Patton Oswalt Signing and Discussion

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 5 p.m. at Off Square Books

New York Times
bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late '90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

*Purchase the book in advance from Square Books to receive reserved seating

Oswalt will be performing at The Lyric at 7 p.m. Click here for details.

New Harper Lee Novel to be Published July 14, 2015

Word reached Square Books today that a second Harper Lee novel -- Go Set a Watchman -- is to be published by HarperCollins this summer.  The approximately 300-page book is set to arrive at Square Books July 14 and is available for pre-order at the price of $27.99. Or call or email Square Books now to reserve a first edition copy.  We look forward to celebrating this event with all readers who have loved To Kill a Mockingbird.  For further information a press release is attached here.

Christopher Scotton With THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH - Thursday the 15th, 5pm

Thursday, January 15, at Off Square Books, Christopher Scotton will be on hand to talk about The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, the number 1 national Indie Next pick for the month of January.   14-year-old Kevin,  whose younger brother's death has torn his family apart, moves to his grandfather's house in a small town which is itself torn apart by mountaintop removal mining.  Booksellers and critics across
the country have been heaping praise on this powerful debut novel.

Shortly before Lyn Roberts introduces Mr. Scotton, Square Books owner Richard Howorth will give a VERY brief “State of Square Books” report to the public which will include an acknowledgment of local writers who contributed to the bookstore and the community in 2014.

As is the custom at special events, a special punch will be served.  Be there and be Square. 

Young Adult Bestsellers

2014 was another great year for teen, or young adult, literature with a few authors dominating the scene.  No surprise that John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was number 1 and his Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines were numbers 5, 8 and 10 respectively.  Maze Runner (#2) by James Dashner, Divergent (#3) & Insurgent (#4) & Allegiant (#7)  by Veronica Roth, and If I Stay (#6), Gayle Forman, The Book Thief (#12), Markus Zusak,all were popular even before the movies premiered.  Thirteen Reasons Why (#11) was bolstered when Jay Asher came to Oxford on his 50 states tour.  Kiera Cass, The Selection (#13) and Ally Condie, Matched (#15), Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (#16) & Catching Fire (#14), Cinder (#17), Marissa Meyer, all evidenced the continuing popularity of dystopian and speculative fiction in young adult fiction  as it is enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Jr. Chapter & Middle Grade Bestsellers

Obert Skye's first in a series of chapter books of wacky book mash-ups, Wonkenstein, was the top middle grade seller at Square Books Jr. for 2014 followed by Jeff Kinney's 9th Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long Haul, John Grisham's 4th Theodore Boone, The Activist, was number 3.  Tim Green held number 4 with New Kid and Sheila Turnage, who will be back in March, followed with Three Times Lucky.  Jon Scieszka's visit put his Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor at number 6.  A regular on the list, Kate DiCamillo had Flora & Ulysses at number 7 followed by Rick Riordan, The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch, and Andy Griffiths, who traveled here all the way from Australia for the 13 Story Treehouse.

Square Books Jr. Picture Book Bestsellers

Our number one 2014 book in the picture category at Square Books Jr, was a 2013 favorite as well, Where Do They Go On Gameday?, Laurie Fisher's delightful story of the squirrels in the Grove, and number 2 Goodnight Ole Miss by Courtney Solon Brown, Andrea Lee and Matt Gardner made for a nice pairing.  Chris Van Allsburg's visit moved his latest, Misadventures of Sweetie Pie, to number 3, and his classic, Jumanji, made a return to the top 20 as well.  Aided by Drew Daywalt's visit during the Oxford Conference for the Book, The Day the Crayons Quit finished at number 4.  Sarah Frances Hardy's second book, Paint Me!, made number 5.   Judy Schachner's visit for Skippyjon Jones Snow What spurred sales and excitement about Adam Rubin's forthcoming visit in March put Dragons Love Tacos put them on the list.  "Frozen" books of all sorts were popular, and store favorites, The Pout-Pout Fish, Pete the Cat, and How Rocket Learned to Read, appeared on the list, and perennial classics like  Seuss's Oh the Places You'll Go, Green Eggs & Ham, The Giving Tree, The Real Mother Goose and Pat the Bunny were at the top of the list reminding us that good books never expire.