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Why I Have a Crush on Jason Segel — and You Should, Too

“I’m a 34-year-old man with a house full of puppets,” Jason Segel said to me and a huge group of children’s booksellers at the BEA breakfast this morning, “so it occurred to me that I might feel at home in a room full of people who love children’s books.” Jason […]

Choose Your Own (Book Conference) Adventure

This morning, I had breakfast with Neil Patrick Harris. Well, kind of. Really I sat in the back of a BEA conference room sipping coffee and eating a protein bar while Neil stood on stage talking about his new biography, but I’m counting it. Neil, unsurprisingly, was brilliant. And even […]

Book Nerds Unite! Representing Birmingham at Book Expo America

What’s better than a trip to New York? A trip to New York that includes author sightings, book nerdery, and lots of free books — so I’m packing my bags next week and leaving Alabama for BEA, the biggest book conference in the U.S.   I’ve been to Book Expo […]

If Facebook Ads Worked, I’d Buy Them

Inside sources are reporting that Facebook plans to throttle page views for businesses even more than they already do, effectively choking off any organic search your business (or blog, or possibly organization) page hopes to have. If you want page views, you’ll have to pay for them, the plan goes. […]

Where’s PostScript Been Hiding: Our Break from Blogging

Regular readers of this blog are probably mad at me — and for good reason. We went on an unplanned hiatus for the past month: no posts went up, no books were reviewed, and no mention was made of where we went. Readers noticed and let us know through comments […]

Zealot’s Claims Only Serve to Reaffirm Faith

Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, a Research Associate at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and a contributing editor for The Daily Beast.   His latest book, Zealot, offers an alternative […]

February Social Media Workshop Now Open!

I’ve had such a great time teaching the first two Pop-Up Workshops, and I’m excited that I’ve already had lots of inquiries about our next event. I’ll be back later this week with details about what went well in the January workshop, but I know some of you are itching […]

Do Reading Resolutions Make Us Hate Books?

I’m the kind of person who makes ridiculous resolutions. (Like vowing to shop only at locally owned Alabama stores for a year and blogging about it. Or spending as little money as possible for three months and blogging about it. Or writing a novel in a month and blogging … […]

Is It Lame to Give Books for Christmas? Sometimes.

I have a big extended family, so whenever we’re all together for Christmas, we’ve developed a system for opening gifts: We all open one at the same time, then we take a moment to go around the room and share what we’ve just unwrapped. One year I was watching everyone […]

Two Great Birmingham Events Bring Books and Music Together

  We love art and story in all its forms, and anyone who’s ever walked into Church Street to get a latte and heard Michael Jackson followed by Shovels & Rope followed by Ray Charles knows that our taste in music ranges far and wide. We’re so happy when musicians […]

When Social Media Turns into TMI

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, most of us know the feeling of over-sharing pretty intimately. We do it ourselves, and we see it from friends (and even some businesses). It never feels good to realize you’ve just spent two hours numbly browsing Facebook, or that you’ve inadvertently started a […]