Monday, September 16, 2013

Fantastic Event!

Elizabeth Wein with Code Name Verity

Talking code, vintage WWII airplanes, and woolen mittens to dozens of standing-room-only rabid fans, multiple award-winning author, Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity) from Australia touched down at Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, California for the U.S. book launch of her much anticipated follow up and companion novel, Rose Under Fire.  Pictured above with thrilled staff from Once Upon A Time and those valuable woolen mittens. 

We are looking forward to Jon Scieszka's return 9/30 for the finale of Spaceheadz!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Secret is OUT!!!

Monday, June 17th @ 5:30 p.m.

Our store will be graced by the presence of the elusive Pseudonymous Bosch.
If you are a reader of the Secret Series, an inspiring mystery author between the ages of 9-14, or just want to know what the secret is join us.  This event is public but those young authors who have signed up for the 6 week writing class using PB's book Write This Book, will get some exclusive time to talk with the author.  Check out our website or call (818) 248- 9668 for any questions.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Find Great AUTOGRAPHED Books Here!

The LA Times Bookfair has come and gone but we still have some fantastic reads.  A signature from the author illustrator adds a special touch to any book, without any additional cost.  Like always, if it is a gift we would be happy to wrap, free of charge. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fancy Nancy meets Superhero Joe!

Sunday was a biiiiiig day at Once Upon A Time--the all-star sister duo of Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser were here to read and sign many of their books! Before all the fancy glitter and superhero capes descended on the store, we had some heavy moving to do to clear enough space for all the fans. But we got it done, and soon the space was filled with fancy ladies in hats and boas, and even a few superheroes!

Robin and Jackie were so much fun, and talked about their books--and what inspired them. Robin definitely was a Fancy Nancy type when she was a little girl, and she still likes looking fancy!

Jackie shared a secret--that she used to be afraid of lots of things. But, like her character Superhero Joe, she discovered that she could be brave...even when daring to enter scary places like the basement and confronting the monsters in her closet!

The two together have also written a book called "You Can't Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum," and we had plenty of copies on hand for them to sign, too! The signing line went on...and on...and on...

Afterward, the sisters were nice enough to sign some extra copies for us to have in the store, for people who couldn't make it to the event. Then they posed for a picture with the orchestrators of the event, our very own Maureen and Kris!

All in all, a very fun (and fancy (and heroic)) day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Old books for new readers

There are so many fabulous children's books around us here, and it's always exciting to introduce a new reader to old favorites. I'm a sci-fi/fantasy type of girl, and I've got books for any age percolating in my mind from years of reading. Just today, I introduced two budding readers to two of my favorite series: The Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce for a 12 year old girl, and The White Mountains by John Christopher for a 10 year old boy. Both are old favorites in my family, and my parents always love hearing me talk about introducing our favorite books to new readers. They'll be happy when I tell them about today!

For he is a pirate king...

One of the great things about working in a bookstore is being on top of release dates for new and exciting books! One of my favorite (adult) mystery series (and one of our big sellers!) are the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books by Laurie R. King. What started as an exciting introduction to retired Sherlock and his brilliant young protege Mary in The Beekeeper's Apprentice has continued to what is now the eleventh book, Pirate King. Because I've been working, I haven't had time to start reading yet, but I can't wait! Yo ho...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's a great day!

Sure, it's hot outside, but inside the store we are enjoying the A/C, putting out the spanking-new fall releases we've been anticipating and engaging customers in discovering just the perfect book to purchase.