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We’ve moved! October 9, 2013

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You can now visit Written in the Stars: The Blog of The Galaxy Bookshop HERE.

The Bestsellers of 2012 December 31, 2012

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It’s always fun, at the end of the year, to run our bestsellers report. It rarely mirrors the national bestseller lists (you’ll find 50 Shades of Grey falling square in the middle of the list, rather than up at the top), but instead reflects the books and authors we have admired and welcomed to Hardwick through the year. All but two of the authors of our top 10 books gave readings at the store this year!

The topic of food continues to dominate our local reading lists, and there was an exciting race for our number 1 book of the year–Bethany Dunbar nosed ahead by one single copy to take the title from Ben Hewitt during the last week of the year!

Without further ado, here are The Galaxy Bookshop’s Top 20 Bestsellers of 2012:

1. Kingdom’s Bounty, by Bethany Dunbar
2. The Town That Food Saved, by Ben Hewitt
3. The Great Northern Express, by Howard Frank Mosher
4. The Lepine Girls of Mud City, by Evelyn Grace Geer
5. The New Feminist Agenda, by Madeleine Kunin
6. Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
7. True Colors, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
8. Paradise City, by Archer Mayor
9. The Greenhorns, edited by Severine Von Tscharner Fleming, et. al.
10. Vermont Wild: Volume 3, by Megan Price
11. Stand Against the Wind, by Chris Braithwaite
12. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
13. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
14. Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch, by Constance Hale
15. Park Songs, by David Budbill
16. Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr
17. The Bear That Heard Crying, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
18. Privacy, by Garret Keizer
19. Life Everlasting, by Bernd Heinrich
20. A Wedding in Haiti, by Julia Alvarez

Moving Day February 16, 2012

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in our new space for a month already! So far, things are going very well. We continue to move and add things throughout the store, so keep coming by to see what’s new since your last visit!

We had such an amazing show of support from our customers and neighbors in Hardwick throughout our moving process. Sadly, some of the photos taken during our move were lost in the bowels of a computer, but here are some wonderful images from the weekend before and day of the move to Main Street. Photos are by Diane Grenkow and Elena Gustavson.

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Thank you for 23 years (and still counting!) December 3, 2011

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Thanks to everyone who came to the bookstore for our Sirius Reader Party! As always, it was a great pleasure to see so many friendly faces and spend time talking with everyone throughout the day. We had delicious food, including cheeses from the Cellars at Jasper Hill and from Bonnieview Farm, and even a visit from strolling musician Michael Kennedy. We’ll be posting photos soon, as well as more information about our upcoming move, but for now, we’ll leave you with our anniversary video:

Video directed, edited, and produced by Claire Greene

Canceled: Wallace Stegner Weekend August 17, 2011

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Despite the amazing agenda lined up for the 2nd Annual Wallace Stegner Weekend at the Highland Lodge, the event has been canceled due to small registration numbers. We are hopeful that the event will happen again, so if you had planned to go make sure to sign up early next year– and tell all of the Stegner enthusiasts in your life!

Welcome, Ivy! March 12, 2011

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It’s no secret- in fact, I think that most of us are ‘in the know’ at this point- but I would be remiss in not officially welcoming our newest member of The Galaxy family, Ivy Lee Scott. I am happy to report that mother and child are happy and healthy! Of course, don’t expect to see Sandy behind the register for a good, long while! Our best wishes to the Scott family!

The Best Gift Books December 31, 2010

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All through December, we were recommending and selling (and buying) books that people would be receiving as gifts. The gift givers were all pleased with their choices, and we had fun wrapping many gifts while imagining the delight with which they would be opened and read.

Now, the question is: What books were you given that you are excited to read (or have already read and loved)?

Here’s my answer: All of them! I was given two Mark Bittman cookbooks–How to Cook Everything and Kitchen Express–which I’ve dipped into already and look forward to using often, and two wished-for books for the baby’s growing library–The Christmas Magic and Waiting for Winter.

However, the best book, simply because it was just the novel I needed to immerse myself in the day after Christmas, was Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda. This book has been recommended to me several times by a bookseller friend of mine and also by a customer. I’d been thinking of giving to myself for Christmas but before I could do so, a wonderful friend gave me a copy, without even knowing that I’d wanted it! It’s absolutely wonderful writing, an engaging story about four outsiders living in Paris who find each other and form a family. I actually haven’t finished the book yet, but only because I don’t really want to–I want to keep reading about these people and their lives.

I hope you’re all enjoying some good books, and would love to hear about them!

Happy Reading, and Happy New Year ~

Sandy

Read-a-Thon Wrap-up, 2010 November 12, 2010

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I believe this year’s Read-a-Thon fundraiser for Hardwick Head Start and Early Head Start can be declared a success! We had 19 students–from junior high through college–sign up, collect pledges, and spend all (or at least most) of the night reading. We also had a great showing of support from other community members, including parents, librarians, Head Start faculty, and other friends who helped publicize the event, donated food and beverages, and came to spend the night, helping to keep the whole thing running smoothly. I also need to mention my gratitude to the Grand Union and Hardwick House of Pizza for their donations–the support of our fellow businesses in town means a great deal, and allows us to continue to host this special fundraiser.

While most of the night was spent reading, along with some sleeping (there’s no shame in taking a nap!), there were also chances to rest the eyes to eat pizza, play Literary Jeopardy, join children’s librarian Susan O’Connell on a midnight run to the Jeudevine Library, and play a spirited game or two of Bananagrams. Even with such distractions, a lot of reading took place, with books from The BFG to Twilight to Sometimes a Great Notion keeping readers engrossed in literature through the wee hours of the morning. It’s always a joy for a bookseller and a book lover to see others excited about reading, especially young readers, who are often cited as losing interest in books by various polls and studies. If I could share one moment with you: imagine between 35 and 40 people of all ages,¬† sitting or lying in various spots around the bookstore, completely silent except for the soft shuffle of turning pages.

Those people were here because they share a love of books, and they are passing that on through the donations they raised for the Head Start students. The money raised by every Read-a-Thon goes in some way to support literacy, whether it’s comfortable seating in the Head Start reading area, books for the program’s library, a listening center to allow children to listen to audio books, or gift certificates for the Head Start families to buy books to keep and read at home. Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone who made a donation to share the gift of reading with a new generation of readers.

There’s Going to Be a Baby–and a picture book giveaway! October 28, 2010

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John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury are beloved British children’s book authors and illustrators who happen to be married. Over the course of their marriage, however, they have never collaborated on a book–until now. There’s Going to Be a Baby, which Burningham wrote and Oxenbury illustrated, is a narrative of the wait for a new baby to be born. A mother and son carry on a conversation over the months before his new brother or sister arrives, as both wonder what the baby might be like. Will it be a chef? A banker? Will it make messes on the rug? Imagining all sorts of scenarios, the little boy wonders if he might not want a new baby after all. When the time comes to see the baby for the first time, though, he is full of excitement and curiosity. The old-fashioned color palette and funny illustrations of the baby performing in various imagined careers make this a special book to share with all expectant families.

Now, it just so happens that there IS going to be a baby at The Galaxy Bookshop! For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Sandy is expecting a baby in March. After taking some time off to spend at home, she plans to be back with baby in tow.

In honor of this announcement (and thanks to Candlewick Publishers–one of our favorite children’s publishers) we have a copy¬† of There’s Going to Be a Baby to give away! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post–we’ll choose a winner at random next Friday, November 5.

Read a Q&A with Burningham and Oxenbury.

2010 Read-a-Thon! October 22, 2010

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A night of reading, among readers–it’s time again for Read-a-Thon!
In its first year, The Galaxy Bookshop’s Read-a-Thon raised over $800 for Hardwick Head Start and Early Head Start. Last year, we doubled that figure and brought in $1,660–money that went towards supplying books to students in the early education programs.

Readers get comfortable and settle in with some good books for the night.

This year’s Read-a-Thon is an overnight event, running from 5 p.m. on Friday, November 5 through 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 6. Participants spend the night at The Galaxy Bookshop, where they will have hours to read, plus have the option to participate in a variety of book related activities.

Not sure what Read-a-Thon is all about? Just like any fundraising marathon, Read-a-Thon participants sign up in advance to receive a form for collecting pledges that will go to Hardwick Head Start and Early Head Start. Donors can choose to sponsor a reader by the hour, by the page, or with a set donation.

We are looking for participants and for volunteers to assist with setup, food donation, overnight supervision, activities, and cleanup.
Click on the links below to download forms to register as a participant or to be a volunteer.

Forms are due back at The Galaxy Bookshop Friday, October 29.

2010 Registration Packet

2010 Volunteer form