News from The Bookstore

indie bookstore day logo 2017Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day April 29

This Saturday (April 29) we're having a big party in honor of Independent Bookstore Day! Come in and celebrate your love of indie bookstores with us from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We LOVE our customers! Here's how we're showing it:

  • Clifford The Big Red Dog will visit the store twice during the day, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. 
  • Shoppers can choose from special book-shaped cookies, dog biscuits and other giveaway items, while supplies last, on this day.
  • Kids can make their own Little Golden Book and other crafts.
  • Our Blind Date With a Book section will be overflowing with wrapped reader's copies of new books in exchange for your cash donation to the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center.
  • Write your favorite book title on our white board and tell us on a sticky note why you love The Bookstore.
  • Adults can purchase special-edition books, exclusive artwork and book-related items for sale that will ONLY be available beginning on this day and ONLY at indie bookstores. Selections from Michael Chabon, Jenny Lawson, Oliver Jeffers and more will excite book lovers. We have a limited number of items so come early.
  • And prizes! We're holding a drawing for customers on Indie Bookstore Day. Prizes include Wild World, a beautiful photography book by Lonely Planet, and a $50 Bookstore gift certificate!

See you Saturday!

Author Appearances

  • DAN GEMEINHART will sign copies of his new book Scar Island at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Glen Ellyn Library. He also will speak about his passion for writing, as well as about his books. A Q&A session will follow with questions submitted in advance to Middle School Librarian Christina Keasler at When submitting questions, please include your contact information and which session you plan on attending. Dan is an elementary school teacher-librarian. Be sure to register at the library
  • EUGENIA CHENG will sign copies of her new book Beyond Infinity at STEM-CON at the College of DuPage, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. While you're there, stop by The Bookstore's booth for books about science, technology, engineering and math. We have a wide selection of books for purchase. STEM-CON is hosted by the College of DuPage at its main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public.
  • WILLIAM HAZELGROVE will sign copies of his book Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt on Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m. at The Bookstore. In this narrative of Teddy Roosevelt, Hazelgrove uses Roosevelt's own reflections to immerse readers in the formative seasons that America's twenty-sixth president spent in "the broken country" of the Wild West. Hazelgrove is the author of 10 books.
  • SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER will sign copies of her books at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. She will also talk about her books, including her new books Silly Wonderful You and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, her writing process, and where she looks for new ideas for stories. She will take questions from the audience. Afterward, the library will host a craft project based on her books. Be sure to register at the library

A Poem in Your Pocket

Celebrate Poetry Month in April. We have plenty of fun, easily digestible poetry books for adults and kids. On April 27 (Poem in Your Pocket Day), stop by The Bookstore and pick up a free poem to put in your pocket, backpack or lunch box.

Books that make us think of spring

We're going on an egg huntEgg How to be Bigger BunnyBloom

Tournament of Books

The Morning News' Tournament of Books. And the winner is: The Underground Railroad. 

But the real news is that our very own Jenny Fischer and Sue Kowalski were featured on the national platform as judges. They provided guest commentary on March 16 about "The Nix" vs. "We Love You, Charlie Freeman." Check out their full commentary here


Reading Club Night recommendations

Did you miss our 2017 Reading Club Night when we offer suggestions for book clubs? No worries, we have our complete list of 2017 Reading Club Night recommendations saved here. We had a lively chat with book group members that night so be sure to watch for our next Reading Club Night. In the meantime, stop in the store and our knowledgeable staff will share some discussion topics for these books.

Decomposition Books

New at The Bookstore this month: spiral and clothbound notebooks from Decomposition Book® in a variety of decorative covers, from teacups to peacocks to sloths. All have 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages printed with soy ink, and are made in the USA. A must-see item for those tween and teen Easter baskets!

Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address:

The Bookstore Gives Back

The Bookstore staff is proud to serve our community. We contribute in a variety of ways:  donations, volunteering and in-kind exchanges. Last month, we supported the following organizations: Anima, DuPage County 4H Foundation, Glenbard South & West Boosters, NAMI, Parkview Elementary. Good luck in your endeavors!

Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.

What We're Talking About This Month

► April Staff Picks: Sue chose "All Grown Up."

April Book Club Picks including our book club's pick "Orphan’s Tale."

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

Books Heard on NPRIll Will, Rigor Mortis, Lucky You, All Grown Up

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide

Coming Attractions

 Before I fall  The Shack  Zookeepers wife      

We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 


Our Favorites in 2016

The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child A Man Called Ove Stop the PressesPhysicians untold storiesNightingale

You've seen the lists from New York and Chicago, but what were the Top 10 Bestsellers in Glen Ellyn? We compiled a list of our customers' favorites and you'll be tickled by the selections, including several from local authors. 

Here is the list of The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by JK Rowling
  2. "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
  3. "Stop The Presses!" by Robert Goldsborough
  4. "Physicians’ Untold Stories" by Dr. Scott J. Kolbaba
  5. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
  6. "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
  7. "Spice Companion" by Lev Sercarz
  8. "Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin
  9. "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry" by Fredrik Backman
  10. "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

Alexander HamiltonSpice companionSwans of Fifth Avenuemy grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorryOrdinary Grace

For more list mania, see below for our staffers' individual favorites from 2016. Jane, Jenny, Renee and Sue looked back on what they read in 2016 and selected 5 or 10 of their favorites. Click the links below to see their full lists, or stop by the store to learn more about their favorites reads in 2016.

Jane's Favorites

Last Days of Night


Click to see all of Jane's favorites in 2016.

Jenny's Favorites

The Orenda The tsar of love and techno

Click to see all of Jenny's favorites in 2016.

Renee's Favorites

Lab GirlChicago

Click to see all of Renee's favorites in 2016.

Sue's Favorites

News of the World

Gentleman in Moscow

Click to see all of Sue's favorites in 2016.

Sherri Duskey Rinker Book Signing May 6

SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER will sign copies of her books at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. She will also talk about her books, including her new books Silly Wonderful You and Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, her writing process, and where she looks for new ideas for stories. She will take questions from the audience. Afterward, the library will host a craft project based on her books.