It’s not too late to buy books for Christmas

ChristmasNVRelax—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—

  1. 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 . . . )
  2. Family and friends who live around here. For these, I’m talking about our local bookstores, They can’t always compete with the online booksellers on price, but they are here for you when you absolutely have to have a tangible gift for someone to open at Christmas and you haven’t bought it yet. (Remember that!)

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.

Three to sign books at Sundance

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Sundance Books will hold a  book signing with Pickles comic-strip author Brian Crane (25 Years of Pickles), RGJ reporter and author Guy Clifton (Dempsey in Nevada), and children’s book author Jake Willers (Spooner the Bear) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

The authors

Pickles_0Crane is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Reuben Cartoonist of the Year Award. Pickles appears in more than 900 newspapers worldwide and has been nominated twice for Best Comic Strip, winning in 2001. He lives in Sparks with his wife, and they are the proud parents of seven children and 14 grandchildren. His most recent collection is 25 Years of Pickles (2015, from Baobab Press, the publishing arm of Sundance Books and Music).

DempseyClifton is a senior reporter and columnist for the Reno Gazette-Journal,specializing in stories about Nevada and Nevadans. In addition to newspaper writing, he has written six books: a history of the Reno Rodeo; two volumes of You Know You’re A Nevadan If…Dempsey In Nevada (about former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey’s days in the Silver State); Johnson–Jeffries: Dateline Reno, a look at the 100th anniversary of the famous heavyweight-title fight; and Reno, a photographic history of Reno for Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.

Spooner the BearWillers is an international TV presenter, filmmaker, and author. He has traveled to over 30 countries and filmed in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. He has hosted 30 wildlife shows which have enjoyed success in 147 countries and have been translated into 25 languages, working with channels including National Geographic Channel International, Nat Geo Wild and Channel FIVE, UK. In 2007 he formed NineCaribou Productions, LLC, a production company dedicated to expanding people’s knowledge of wildlife and the world around us. Spooner the Bear is a children’s book about a young bear determined to change the trash-eating habits of his fellow neighborhood furry friends.

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Aww . . . baby animals

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Baby AnimalsSundance Books and Music will hold a book signing with author Jerri Conrad and designer Patrick Turner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. They’ll be signing their new board book, Our Nevada: Baby Animals (Baobab Press, 2015).

The book takes young readers on an adventure across Nevada’s contrasting landscapes, introducing them to a variety of young creatures who call our state home. They meet the peeking pika, the fluttering falcon, the strutting sage grouse and many more adorable animals on their journey. Our Nevada: Baby Animals is in both English and Spanish and is from Baobab Press, the publishing arm of Sundance Books and Music.

Conrad has a degree in journalism. She has traveled throughout Nevada for fun and for work and as a board member for a wilderness non-profit.

After a twenty-plus-year career as an advertising art director, Turner departed the agency world to become the director of marketing and communications for the Nevada Discovery Museum. Outside the museum world, he and his wife are raising two children and attempting to take them on worldwide cultural adventures while keeping them rooted in school, sports, community and family.

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