Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Poster Sale for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Blood Drive Signup, Saturday Evening Filming

A post in three parts about what's going on this Labor Day weekend at Boswell.

1. So many of you ask us what we do with our blown-up book jackets which decorate Boswell. The truth is that we keep a lot of them a long time, but some do get discarded. By popular demand, we're offering you the opportunity to purchase a select assortment of these posters during Labor Day weekend. Fifty posters and blow-ups will be included in this program - we'll be donating 100% of our proceeds from these purchases to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the preferred charity of our Texas bookstore friends, in the wake of this tragedy.

This sale runs from Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4. Because we're raising money for charity with this program, we're using an auction system. Each poster will have a form where you can pay whatever you want, with bids starting at one dollar. After Labor Day, we'll contact the person with the highest bid, and they'll have a week to purchase the item. If the purchase isn't made, we'll contact the person with the second highest bid. And so forth. Decorate your home, your office, your classroom, or your dorm space.

Most are foam core posters. We've also got cardboard blowups for Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy, Nick Offerman's Gumption, and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Hard Luck. A few of the cardboard pieces are a bit shopworn, but all will be available to review before bidding to determine whether it's worth the purchase. Please note that you're purchasing from us and we're donating the money, so all sales are taxable. If this is successful, we'll do this again. If not, we won't!

Here's the complete list, not in any order:
1. Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen
2. Binge, Tyler Oakley
3. Absolutely on Music, Haruki Murakami
4. Your Fathers, Where Are They? Dave Eggers
5. Buried Giant, The Kazuo Ishiguro
6. Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson (Rory)
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney (cardboard)
8. Day the Crayon Came Home, Drew Daywalt
9. What the Dog Knows, Cat Warren
10. And Again, Jessica Chiarella
11. Barbara the Slut, Lauren Holmes
12. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
13. Thickety Well of Wishes, J.A. White
14. The Painter, Peter Heller
15. Becoming Wise Krista Tippett
16. A Lowcountry Christmas, Mary Alice Monroe
17. Herbert Hoover, Glen Jeansonne
18. Searching for Howard Hughes, Jason Diamond
19. Will it Waffle, Daniel Shumski
20. Bream Gives me Hiccups, Jesse Eisenberg (small)
21. Little Bee, Chris Cleave (smaller)
22. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion (also smaller)
23. Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Dave Hill
24. Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving
25. Life on Mars, Jon Agee (cardboard)
26. Gumption, Nick Offerman (the lifesize blowup)
27. Second Life of Nick Mason, Steve Hamilton
28. Daredevils, Sean Vestal
29. Calling, David Isay
30. The Confessions of Young Nero, Margaret George
31. Reunion, Hannah Pittard
32. Books for Living, Will Schwalbe
33. Ruby, Cynthia Bond
34. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse, Brian Farrey
35. Mr Wuffles, David Wiesner
36. Church of Marvels, Leslie Parry
37. In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume
38. Glow, Ned Beaumann
39. Super Freakonomics, Steven Levitt
40. Of Noble Family, Mary Robinette Kowal
41. California, Eden Lepucki
42. Girls from Corona Del Mar, The Rufi Thrope
43. On the Move, Oliver Sacks
44. Water Knife, The Paolo Bacigalupi
45. Zero Zero Zero, Roberto Saviano
46. Automobile Club of Egypt, The Alaa Al Asany
47. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansarai
48. White Collar Girl, Renée Rosen
49. Here, Richard McGuire
50. The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau
51. The Black Country, Alex Grecian
52. Dream Big with BFG, Roald Dahl (cardboard)
53. This Is Your Life Harriet Chance, Jonathan Evison
54. The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood
55. The Kindness Diaries, Leon Logothetis
56. And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
57. The Great Jumperee, Julia Donaldson/Helen Oxenbury
58. Not My Father's Son, Alan Cumming
59. God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
60. Evergreen, Rebecca Rasmussen
61. Presence, Amy Cuddy
62. The Infatuations, Javier Marias
63. Doomed, Chuck Palahniuk
64. Cheever, Blake Bailey
65. Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
66. South of Broad, Pat Conroy
67. The Drifter, Nick Petrie (don't worry, Nick. We kept one for the store)
68. Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon
69. The Orenda, Joseph Boyden
70. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

Please note that you are purchasing the item, so alas, we have to add tax onto your bid. Please take that into account.

2. On Saturday evening, a crew will be shooting a film scene at the store. It's happening around 7:30 pm. Most likely, we'll be open a little later than normal to accomodate the crew. If you sign a release, you might be able to be an extra.

3. On Sunday, we'll have a signup for a 9-11 blood drive in front of the store. The blood drive itself will be from 3 to 7 pm at the War Memorial Veterans Center on Monday, September 11 (obviously).

4. Don't forget, we're open Labor Day. We open at 10 am (regular time) and close at 5 pm (irregular time).

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