Relax—you still have time to buy books for Christmas without paying shipping fees or worrying that they won’t arrive in time. These options are for—
- Out-of-town family and friends who have Kindles or Nooks (or the free reading Kindle app on their computers or smartphones). Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have e-book gift-giving options; just look for the “Give/buy as gift” button. If providing the recipient’s email address is a problem, Amazon will let you use your own. (I’m thinking you could print out the email and put it in a card or stocking . . . )
- Family and friends who live around here. For these, I’m talking about our local bookstores, which are suddenly competitive with the online booksellers when you absolutely have to have a tangible gift for someone to open at Christmas and you haven’t bought it yet.
Sorry, you’re on your own with e-book-phobic, out-of-town family and friends. Even when you pay extra for shipping, delivery by Christmas Eve is not guaranteed.
Favorite locally owned bookstores are Sundance Books and Music and Grassroots. If you’re willing to patronize a chain store, we have Barnes & Noble, of course. But did you know Costco sells local books? And—if you’re like me both a procrastinator and a cheapskate—you never know what like-new used books you’ll find at Sundance and Grassroots as well as most of the local thrift stores.
Nevada book ideas
The Sorrow of a Crescent Moon by J. Wagoner
The Little Man in the Map by Andrew Martonyi
Picture books by David Michael Slater
For middle graders
Willow series by Jacci Turner
For young adults and older
Viral Nation series by Shaunta Grimes
Books by Jacci Turner
The Light Key Trilogy by Tracy Clark
His Dark Ways by Naomi Canale
“Teen novels” by David Michael Slater
For historical fantasy readers
Books by Marissa Ames
Books by Margaret McGaffey Fisk
For adult fiction readers
Books by J T Hume
Parallel to Paradise by Laura Newman (short stories)
Flipka by JT Twissel
Dishrags to Dirtbags by Brooke Santina
Books by David Michael Slater
For romance readers
Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
For science fiction readers
Books by Trevor S. Schmidt
Wicked Tides by Sean Kinsley
For local history buffs
Write, If You Live to Get There by Mary K. Sonntag and Mary Jo Sonntag
The River and the Railroad by Mary Ringhoff and Edward J. Stoner
Reno Now and Then by Neal Cobb and Jerry Fenwick
I’ve included some of my favorite Northern Nevada authors here. If you have a book with a Nevada connection that you’d like me to add, let me know.
From a Sundance Books and Music news release
Sundance Books will hold a reception for the author of The Red Queen’s Run (Henery Press, 2014) at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 9.The book is the first mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former University of Nevada, Reno, professor Bourne Morris. Morris will give a short reading followed by Q & A and book signing.
The book begins with a famous journalism dean found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean—distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red’s the next target for death.
Morris began writing at Bennington College, where she studied under the late poet laureate Howard Nemerov. After college, she worked at McCall’s magazine and went to Ogilvy & Mather, New York, during the “Mad Men” era. In 1983, she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as a full professor in journalism, where she taught until 2009. She learned about campus politics when she served as chair of the faculty senate.
“Former university professor Bourne Morris proves herself a masterful storyteller in this compelling debut novel. The Red Queen’s Run is compulsive reading as it takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of campus violence. I can’t wait to follow its smart new heroine, “Red” Solaris, as this trilogy continues.”
–Alan Deutschman, author of Change or Die
Learn more at http://www.sundancebookstore.com/morris.
This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.