Eric Litwin coming to Best of Books - September 19th!

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Join Best of Books in welcoming New York Times Best Selling author Eric Litwin on Tuesday, September 19th at 6pm!

***This event is FREE and open to the public! You MUST purchase a book from Best of Books to receive a line number for the signing. Order now to receive your place in line! Any of Eric Litwin's books (listed below) will qualify you for a line number, but ONLY the Groovy Joe books can be personalized. All others will get his signature only. Please call 405-340-9202 if you have any questions or to get a book. You may also order online to reserve your spot in line. Can't wait to see you all!***

Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, #1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together. He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric's books have sold over 8.5 million copies, been translated into 14 languages, and won 18 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

PREORDER NOW to receive a line number! If you have any questions, please call 405-340-9202. If you can't attend, we will be happy to get a book signed for you to pick up after the event.

Books to order for a line number:

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown (Groovy Joe #2) Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545883795
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orchard Books - September 12th, 2017

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs (Groovy Joe #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545883788
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orchard Books - August 30th, 2016

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061906220
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - March 2nd, 2010

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062110589
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 2012

Rocking in My School Shoes Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061910241
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - July 26th, 2011

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062110626
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - September 23rd, 2014

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316322447
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 29th, 2014

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316322508
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

The Nuts: Keep Rolling! Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316322515
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

An Afternoon with Oklahoma Authors - Sept 23!

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Join us for an afternoon of meeting local authors! On Saturday, September 23rd from 12:00-2:00pm, Best of Books will be hosting many excellent local published writers, who will be signing copies of their books!
 
Authors attending will be:
  • Gene Triplett, author of Mr. Gone
    • Gene Triplett is a veteran newspaper journalist who served ten years as city editor of The Oklahoman, the state’s largest daily newspaper. He won numerous awards for his breaking news and entertainment coverage, film and music reviews, and feature writing. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Carol. In 2017 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Mr. Gone is the follow-up to his 2016 debut crime novel, Wheel Man.
  • John Thompson, author of A Teacher's Tale
    • John Thompson graduated from Oklahoma City University and earned a doctorate at Rutgers University. He is an award-winning historian when crack and gangs hit my neighborhood in the 1980s. He became attached to the kids in the drug houses and became an inner city teacher. He worked on holistic, science-based reforms during the MAPS for Kids process and saw the progress that could be made. Then came the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. His book, A Teacher's Tale, is a case study in teaching in the age of school "reform." It explains how reforms designed to help poor children of color backfired, and turned his run-of-the-mill inner city school of John Marshall into Centennial High School, a school as troubled as the toughest schools in Baltimore or Chicago.
  • Doug Hoke, chief photographer for The Oklahoman, will be displaying his artwork!
    • Doug Hoke has been a staff photographer at The Oklahoman 40 of his 43 years in photography. Sports, Fashion and portraits have been the staple of his work at The Oklahoman, but he has not limited himself to any one area of photography. Currently he is exhibiting and selling fine art photography, capturing abstracts out of everyday life.
  • Drs. Kevin & April Morford, authors of Unexpected Wellness: A Radically Simple Approach to Healthy Living
    • Drs. Kevin and April Morford have a combined 30 years of experience in health and wellness.  Dr. April is also a certified yoga instructor and Dr. Kevin is an instructor at OSU-OKC.  Both have spoken at conferences and events here and around the U.S.  They practice at Chiropractic Now in Edmond and spend most of their leisure time with their beautiful daughter.
  • Queila Omena, author of Broken to Blessed: An Encounter with God's Healing and Purpose
    • An Evangelist from Brazil, Queila Falcao De Omena has a passion for healing broken hearts. Overcoming her own trials, Queila offers hope and encouragement for people facing depression, anxiety, sorrow, bitterness, loneliness, and anger. She shares the victory she found in the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Queila is also a journalist. She won Journalist of the Year 2017 from the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Christian Leadership at Southwestern Christian University. Broken to Blessed gives hope for people who may feel abandoned, rejected, and misunderstood. The words and personal testimonies in this book will uplift, and bring strength and wisdom for people to move forward as they learn to focus on their future instead of their past mistakes. Queila believes everyone has been given an opportunity for a new beginning and a fresh start to live a life of joyful abundance. For Queila, Jesus is the answer to all life’s challenges.
  • David DeGeorge, author of Internment
    • David DeGeorge is the author of Friendship, a coming-of-age novel, Internment, a suspense story, and Chalktrauma, a horror novel, to be published in November. He’s also had short stories in various genres published. A couple of the short stories were finalists in writing contests. If he’s not writing, reading or drawing, he’s talking to or visiting his nieces.
  • Connie Rish, author of A Tapestry in Time: The Return of MoChre
    • Connie Rish is a classically trained artist working from her home studio in Edmond Oklahoma. A growing interest in genealogy led her to the discovery of her family's history. Beyond discovering that she was of Scottish descent, her research took her back to the dark ages of the Scottish Chieftains, and the Stewart kings of Scotland. Finally after actually visiting the Isle of Bute, the home of her ancestors, all of her research was confirmed. Upon returning, Connie was inspired to combine her love of art history, and her own family lineage, to create the historical fiction series, A Tapestry in Time. Book one, The Return of Mochre, was released in the summer of 2016. Additional family research discovery led her to continue the saga with the second book The Oracle of Bute which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017.
Come meet them, chat with them, and add to your collection of signed books! We cannot wait to see you there!

New Writing and ESL Classes by Richard M. Crum, former National Geographic Writer and Editor!

A NEW program is now open at Best of Books in Edmond, which features a variety of writing workshops and classes! We are delighted that Richard M. Crum will be conducting this BOB Writing Program!
Richard M. Crum is a former National Geographic Writer and Editor; a published writer of fiction and nonfiction; the owner of The Editorial Annex, a publishing house; an instructor of English composition at the University of Central Oklahoma; a certified teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL); and a featured lecturer of the BOB Writing Series.

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Richard will be offering a variety of workshops, including:

  • Thursdays with Richard - get your works-in-progress edited in one-on-one sessions
  • Essay Writing Workshop (for grades 5-12)
  • Fiction Writing Workshop for Teens
  • Fiction Writing Workshop for Adults
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Workshop

For more information about these workshops, see below!

Storytime with Sue Lowell Gallion - September 30!

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Best of Books will be hosting a very special storytime on Saturday September 30 at 11am with author Sue Lowell Gallion, who will be reading her book Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat to usher in autumn!

About Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat: Halloween night has come to Pug and Pig’s house, and the darling duo is sporting matching costumes. The costumes are cozy. They glow in the dark. And they have masks! There’s only one problem—Pug hates wearing his. So he decides to rip it up and stay home. But Halloween just isn’t any fun for Pig without Pug! Can Pug find a way to be a good friend and get back into the Halloween spirit?

Sue Lowell Gallion writes for kids because she's passionate about children, books, and any combination of the two. Her first book, Pug Meets Pig, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Pug and Pig's new adventure, Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat, received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Sue lives in Leawood, Kansas. She has two grown-up kids, two young grandsons, and a black lab mix named Tucker who likes to hold hands. Her favorite day of the week is Tuesday, when she reads with first and second graders in Kansas City, MO. She is a graduate of SMU. Visit Sue at suegallion.com, and download free Pug and Pig activity kits. She lists kids' book recommendations on Goodreads and tweets @SueLGallion.

Pug & Pig Trick-Or-Treat Cover Image
By Sue Lowell Gallion, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481449779
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - July 25th, 2017

Pug Meets Pig Cover Image
By Sue Lowell Gallion, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481420662
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 27th, 2016

Our Fifth BOB Writing Series starts September 7!

$99.95
SKU: 0913

Best of Books is proud to announce the fifth BOB Writing Series, a five-week course offering viewpoints and tips from the five important areas involving writing and publishing books! The course is intended for writers, authors and all those interested in publishing a book. With this series, you will be able to unlock the mysteries of writing, publishing, and selling a book!

This special series will take place at Best of Books on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm, beginning September 7  and continuing weekly through October 5. Registration is limited. Slots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size must reach 15, but will be limited to 20. Partial refunds are not offered if you miss a week.

The cost is $99.95 for the five-week course. Each evening, a different expert will discuss a perspective of book publishing, from being an author to an editor to a publisher to an agent to a bookseller. 

Speakers will be as follows:

  • No. 1 OKLAHOMA BESTSELLING AUTHOR Kent Frates
  • Former National Geographic editor Richard Crum
  • Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Jeanne Devlin
  • Agent and Marketer Nancy Berland
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning editor/Best of Books owner Joe Hight

Since the formation of the BOB Writing Series, TWO of its participants have become published Oklahoma bestsellers! The series has also spawned a Best of Books Writing Group - led by Writing Series participant Mike Wiley - that meets the second Monday of every month in the store.

Individual coaching will be offered at $50 per half-hour before/after each session (except the author's session). First come, first served. Coaching could be offered outside course.

You can register for the BOB Writing Series below or at the store by calling 405-340-9202.

Price: $99.95

Author Adam Silvera signing - October 4th!

Please join Best of Books in welcoming Adam Silvera to Edmond! This will be a joint signing with YA author Lauren Oliver!

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. He is tall for no reason and writes in New York City.

Author Lauren Oliver signing - October 4th!

Join Best of Books in welcoming Lauren Oliver to Edmond! This will be a joint signing with YA author Adam Silvera!

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; Before I Fall has been made into a major motion picture.

Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges.

Author Lois Ruby signing - October 7th!

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Please welcome author Lois Ruby to the store on Saturday October 7th from 1-2:30pm! She will be signing copies of her books, including The Doll Graveyard and The Secret Grave!
 
About The Secret Grave: Hannah and Scooter's sprawling, ramshackle house is named for the lethal plant that grows in the dark woods behind it. Hannah knows she's not supposed to explore the forest or nearby Moonlight Lake. But she's feeling lonely and desperate for an adventure. And there Hannah meets Cady, a mysterious girl who promises everything Hannah's been missing. Only Cady has a secret...
Cady wants Hannah all to herself.
Soon Cady is copying Hannah's style so they can be more alike. She lies to Hannah's friends, insults Scooter, and begs Hannah to break her parents' rules and sneak out for a midnight swim. Hannah wants to believe Cady's just a little insecure. But when she discovers a cemetery beyond the lake with an eerily familiar headstone, she must decide whether to trust her new friend or dig for answers that may lead her to a watery grave...
 
About The Doll Graveyard: This graveyard hides buried dolls...and buried secrets!
The house at Cinder Creek hides many secrets. Shelby and Brian Tate have heard heated voices crying out in the night. They've noticed the unsettling way things move around on their own. But the most chilling thing about their new home is the cemetery someone's built out back. The graves are tiny, only big enough for dolls.
AND THE DOLLS WON'T STAY BURIED.
Soon Shelby's learning all about them. Betsy Anne's angelic appearance hides a raging fire behind her eyes, while Baby Daisy changes faces as quickly as she changes moods. And Miss Amelia's cracked porcelain skin and twisted lips only hint at the pain she once endured at the hands of a very angry girl. If Shelby can help the dolls find peace, she and her family might actually be happy at Cinder Creek. But if she can't--the dolls will have their revenge....
 
Lois Ruby is the author of several books for middle graders and teens. She and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the foothills of the awesome Sandia Mountains. While traveling, Lois explores ghostly locations in Kansas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and even a few spots in Australia, Spain, and Thailand. No spirits have tapped her on the shoulder yet, but she’s ready for that to happen any time now.
 
If you are unable to attend this event, call 405-340-9202 to reserve a signed copy!
The Secret Grave: A Hauntings Novel Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545932509
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

The Doll Graveyard Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545617864
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 24th, 2014