Friday, July 31, 2009

Save the date(s)!

Tonight's the night -- unfortunately, at midnight tonight the Massachusetts sales tax rate will change to 6.25%. (Yeah, we're bummed too.) Fortunately, all my other news is much happier!

- On Sunday, August 23rd, Sir John Hargrave will be here to demo pranks from The Mischief Maker's Manual. Learn some second- and first-class pranks and get your copy of this pranking manifesto signed by the Master Mischief Maker himself.

- On September 8th, Kate DiCamillo's newest novel The Magician's Elephant will hit our shelves -- but if you preorder it from us you'll get a limited edition print of one of its incredible illustrations! New staffer Natasha has (believe it or not) traveled into the future and already read The Magician's Elephant, and she says we can expect "a fairly quick, but serious and fairy-tale-like read" with a "dark and pseudo-Victorian tone" in this newest offering from the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

- September 12th brings the second annual Bookish Ball to Harvard Square, when bookstores around the Square celebrate reading and independent bookselling with great events. We'll keep you posted as to what bookish business will be happening at Curious George, but for now, let me say that the scheming of wonderful schemes has begun.

- Finally -- and you know I've been bursting to tell you about this one -- we'll be hosting a Graveyard Book themed Halloween party on the evening of October 30! Come in your best Graveyard-inspired finery ready to danse macabre. What could be better than celebrating my favorite holiday with one of my all-time favorite books? The party will be our entry in a contest to win a signing with Neil Himself this December when his next book, Odd and the Frost Giants, comes out!

Hopefully you've been penciling these dates in as you read -- but we'll keep updating you with the latest details and reminders, so no worries if you don't have your calendar handy. :)

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