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On August 11, 2014 Square Books will host an event to celebrate the publication of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the highly anticipated novel by acclaimed novelist Harukami Murakami. This is a participatory event.Participants are requested to do the following things:  1. Think of a color you associate with yourself. 2. Prepare to recite your own haiku composition. Those needing assistance may find a haiku generator (no kidding) here: http://www.languageisavirus.com/interactive-haiku-generator.html#.U6szTJRdVZM 3. Reveal a dream you feel has been important to you in some way. (Important: There is a strict 30-second time limit.) Feel free to dress in what you feel to be appropriate attire. You may wear a kimono (or bathrobe), and if you wish to bring a flower that would be nice. The doors will open promptly at 11:15 p.m., at the main store, and the event will be upstairs. Sake mint juleps or tea will be served before the haiku exchange.Beginning at 12:01 a.m., August 12 (publication date of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami) copies of the book will be will be available for purchase. We expect to receive a limited number of signed copies from Mr. Murakami’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. These signed copies will be sold at regular list price ($25.95) to people who have pre-registered to attend this event AND are in attendance at the event. 
To register, please email Murakami@squarebooks.com
 We will send you a reminder the day of the event.

On August 11, 2014 Square Books will host an event to celebrate the publication of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the highly anticipated novel by acclaimed novelist Harukami Murakami. This is a participatory event.

Participants are requested to do the following things:

1. Think of a color you associate with yourself.
2. Prepare to recite your own haiku composition. Those needing assistance may find a haiku generator (no kidding) here: http://www.languageisavirus.com/interactive-haiku-generator.html#.U6szTJRdVZM
3. Reveal a dream you feel has been important to you in some way. (Important: There is a strict 30-second time limit.)

Feel free to dress in what you feel to be appropriate attire. You may wear a kimono (or bathrobe), and if you wish to bring a flower that would be nice.

The doors will open promptly at 11:15 p.m., at the main store, and the event will be upstairs.

Sake mint juleps or tea will be served before the haiku exchange.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m., August 12 (publication date of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami) copies of the book will be will be available for purchase. We expect to receive a limited number of signed copies from Mr. Murakami’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. These signed copies will be sold at regular list price ($25.95) to people who have pre-registered to attend this event AND are in attendance at the event.


We will send you a reminder the day of the event.

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Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back
With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships—Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short among them—Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now—at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.
Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan’s inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.
Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. McMillan’s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.


About the Author
Terry McMillan’s debut, Mama, won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction and American Book awards. McMillan has been honored by the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NAACP, and Essence. She lives in Los Angeles.

Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back

With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships—Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short among them—Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now—at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.

Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan’s inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.

Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. McMillan’s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.

imageAbout the Author


Terry McMillan’s debut, Mama, won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction and American Book awards. McMillan has been honored by the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NAACP, and Essence. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Don’t miss Mississippi native, University of Mississippi graduate and former Oxford Eagle reporter Neely Tucker tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Off Square Books."An utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the landscape of print journalism… . Meticulously plotted, fast-paced … Every character is fully fleshed out and the dialogue is pitch perfect… . For mystery and crime fiction lovers, particularly fans of Elmore Leonard, to whom Tucker dedicates his book, this is a must-read." —Associated Press 

Don’t miss Mississippi native, University of Mississippi graduate and former Oxford Eagle reporter Neely Tucker tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Off Square Books.


"An utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the landscape of print journalism… . Meticulously plotted, fast-paced … Every character is fully fleshed out and the dialogue is pitch perfect… . For mystery and crime fiction lovers, particularly fans of Elmore Leonard, to whom Tucker dedicates his book, this is a must-read." —Associated Press
 

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Place reservation for your choice of CREAMY AVOCADO PASTA SALAD or SMOKED TURKEY PANZANELLA SALAD by Monday, July 21st at Square Books.

A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in Civil Rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity, secrets, and laughter.

When Ibby Bell’s father dies in an accident in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby in New Orleans with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s rundown Victorian mansion is like no place Ibby has ever been, and Fannie—who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while—is like no one she has ever met. Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, who makes the best gumbo and redfish courtboullion in New Orleans, has run Fannie’s household ever since it was Fannie’s household, and her sassy daughter, Dollbaby, has big dreams and an even bigger mouth. Between them, Queenie and Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both in its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed doors in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there as she uncovers the ghosts of her family’s past. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that sometimes, family can be found in the least expected places.

Told through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time, Dollbaby is a love letter to New Orleans—bringing to life a city in the midst of Civil Rights-era unrest. By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel of Southern eccentricity, secrets and charm—a glimpse into a sparkling world that readers will take to their hearts.

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From Dollbaby:

Queenie pointed a finger at Ibby. “Rule Number One in this house. Don’t ever go asking Miss Fannie about her past. Rule Number Two. She starts talking about her past, let her talk but don’t go asking questions. Rule Number Three. You see her hand start twitching, you better change the subject. Rule Number Four. You got something you want to know, you come ask one of us. But don’t never let on to Miss Fannie that I said nothing. That’s Rule Number Six.”
“That’s Rule Number Five, Mama. There ain’t no number six,” Doll said.

"Doll, shut your mouth. Miss Ibby knows what I’m getting at."
Doll rolled her eyes. “Maybe Rule Number Six should be don’t argue with Mama.”
“That’s an unwritten rule. Don’t need a number.”

About the Author


Laura Lane McNeal grew up in New Orleans, where she lives today with her husband and two sons. She graduated from Southern Methodist University. She also has an MBA from Tulane and ran her own marketing consulting firm in New Orleans. This is her first novel


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The search for Waldo begins today! Stop by Square Books, Jr. to pick up your passport and begin your search for Waldo in 26 stores on the Square all through the month of July. Each day in a new place Waldo will be hiding. From Amelia’s to Amy Head Cosmetics, from Nest Paper Studio to Olive Juice Gifts, Waldo figures are showing up July 1-31. You can also find Waldo’s dog Woof sniffing around Square Books, Jr. everyday. Those who spot them can win prizes, including buttons, books, and coupons.

See if you can find Waldo below.

The search for Waldo begins today! Stop by Square Books, Jr. to pick up your passport and begin your search for Waldo in 26 stores on the Square all through the month of July. Each day in a new place Waldo will be hiding. From Amelia’s to Amy Head Cosmetics, from Nest Paper Studio to Olive Juice Gifts, Waldo figures are showing up July 1-31. You can also find Waldo’s dog Woof sniffing around Square Books, Jr. everyday. Those who spot them can win prizes, including buttons, books, and coupons.

See if you can find Waldo below.

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New totes at Off Square Books. Library card bags (really cool) and first edition bags. Come and get em.

New totes at Off Square Books. Library card bags (really cool) and first edition bags. Come and get em.

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@ffbrown To Kill a Mockingbird “Scout and Boo” necklace (my favorite). At Off Square Books.

@ffbrown To Kill a Mockingbird “Scout and Boo” necklace (my favorite). At Off Square Books.

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New out of print necklaces just on at Off Square Books. These are very elegant and the one featured is of Alice chasing the rabbit down the rabbit hole. We also have a To Kill a Mockingbird necklace and Moby Dick. These would make a great gift for you or someone else.

New out of print necklaces just on at Off Square Books. These are very elegant and the one featured is of Alice chasing the rabbit down the rabbit hole. We also have a To Kill a Mockingbird necklace and Moby Dick. These would make a great gift for you or someone else.

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Under a new policy announced this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors will advise parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. The New York Times reported the decision evolves from “the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills.” The group, representing 62,000 pediatricians across the country, “is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor,” the Times noted. “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy.

Under a new policy announced this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics, doctors will advise parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. The New York Times reported the decision evolves from “the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills.”

The group, representing 62,000 pediatricians across the country, “is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor,” the Times noted. “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy.

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