The 4th Annual Harry Potter Book Night is Thursday, February 1st! This year’s theme is Fantastic Beasts. Join the worldwide celebration in bookstores and on social media!
Need to brush up on your beasts in preparation for Harry Potter Book Night 2018? Check out our list of fascinating Fantastic Beasts below then get to know ALL the magical creatures by listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook!
Dragon In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we get our first close look at the majestic and dangerous dragons as the Triwizard Tournament Champions each must face off against these fierce, fire-breathing foes.
Thestral Thestrals are present throughout the Harry Potter audiobooks, as the invisible creatures that pull the Hogwarts’ carriages. However, it is not until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Harry can see the Thestrals, and they actually play a bigger part in the story.
Acromantula Aragog, the Acromantula is a terrifyingly large spider that lives in the Forbidden Forest and is only loyal to Rubeus Hagrid. He comes to an unfortunate end in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Centaur Centaurs are half-man and half-horse, and prefer to have very limited interaction with the rest of the wizarding world. However, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the centaurs of the Forbidden Forest join the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledore’s Army in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a man remembered for all he did for the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. His work was integral to ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States.
Dr. King’s speeches stirred a generation to change – and outlined a practical way to economic freedom and true democracy. His words would help bring about the end of a brutally unequal system – and would show a timeless method for achieving fairness and justice for all.
A Call to Conscience contains 12 moving speeches voiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, some of the world’s most renowned leaders and theologians share with you their reflections on these speeches, and give priceless firsthand testimony on the events that inspired their delivery.
Sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King. Collectively they present King’s fusion of Christian teachings and social consciousness, and promote his prescient vision of love as a social and political force for change.
Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963. King examines the history of the civil rights struggle, noting tasks that future generations must accomplish to bring about full equality, and asserts that African Americans have already waited over three centuries for civil rights and that it is time to be proactive.
The last book written by Dr. King contains his final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, powerfully asserting that humankind—for the first time—has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.
Now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet,Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
“…Hammer’s voice is brimming with such melody that, if you listen to it long enough, you can probably get drunk off it.” — Vulture.com
Dunkirk details the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied soldiers from the French city of Dunkirk and stars Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Mark Rylance. In the audiobook Joshua Levine, the film’s official historian, explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.
“Fascinating…Fills in a lot of the historical context that Nolan so purposefully avoids in his film.” — Under the Radar
As seen in the new movie The Post, here is the captivating audiobook that tells the inside story of the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. In this bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Katharine Graham tells her story—one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.
“Graham’s book, like her life, is harnessed to history, political and journalistic. Her myriad stories–discreet to a fault–humanize a whole pantheon of Personalities. Her personal drama, however, upstages the rest.” — Kirkus Reviews
Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking audiobook.The Shape of Wateris set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.
“…Perhaps the greatest of The Shape of Water’s many surprises is how extravagantly romantic it is…It’s as pure-hearted and simple a girl-meets-Amazonian-water-creature-who-might-just-be-a-god story as any ever made.” — Variety
Listen to these audiobooks before (or after!) you see the films on the big screen. Which do you think will win the Golden Globe for Best Drama?
The editors at the New York Times work hard to curate this annual listing which is not ranked by sales or popular vote. In a recent Books Briefing email, Editor Pamela Paul said, “These are not necessarily the most relevant or important books of the year; many books feel very timely because of their political importance or social message. When we say ‘best,’ we mean overall quality. These are books we think should and will endure, books that transcend the current moment and will be read for years to come.”
The books are chosen from among the 100 Notable Books of 2017 from the New York Times Book Review. From there, the selection is narrowed down by “Collaboration and argument,” says Pamela Paul. “The staff editors of the Book Review keep a running list of contenders beginning around February, and we periodically circulate that list among ourselves. Titles come onto the list and, less often, get knocked off. By September, we have a long (sometimes very long) list. We begin to address Best Books in our weekly meetings, and early frontrunners emerge and make it on to a shortlist. Toward the end of the year, the Book Review’s staff editors, along with other writers and editors on the Books desk, vote on all the nominees. The process ends in November, when it comes down to raw numbers and, occasionally, brute editorial force (i.e., an autocratic decision) about what makes the final cut. We think these books are worth it.”
This year’s list includes 5 Fiction titles and 5 Non-Fiction, with a wide range of topics represented. “It so happens that the themes considered in this year’s 10 Best happen to touch on very urgent issues: migration, gender inequality, identity, civil rights, Brexit. They also happen to be fantastic books in every sense — beautifully told, well argued, highly readable.”
Black Friday: a day of frantic shopping for the best deals offered by the biggest companies – all competing for attention and control of your wallet. Sure, you might get a great deal but what does it save you in the end? Or perhaps what does it cost you…
Enter Small Business Saturday – the antithesis of Black Friday which occurs the very next day, Saturday. Started by American Express back in 2010, SBS encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. In it’s eighth year, the enthusiasm for shopping local has only seemed to grow as the impact of larger companies starts to reflect in our communities and for retailers like Elwood Adams which just closed it’s doors after 235 years of business as the country’s longest running hardware store. This story was heard near and far but there are too many that go unnoticed.
This brings us to Indies First – the celebration of “Indies” (e.g., Independent Bookstores) on Small Business Saturday. Spearheaded by author Sherman Alexie in 2013. It started with the question, “What can authors do to help the indies?” Over the Labor Day weekend, Alexie started the movement with a letter to a small group of authors, whom he called on to become “superhero[es] for independent bookstores.” This event has grown in size of the years with the support of the American Booksellers Association and other authors whom have embraced Sherman’s passion for supporting local bookstores.
And now to Libro.fm. The first (and only) audiobook company that enables local bookstores to sell over 75,000 audiobooks. This year marks our second Indies First promotion which offers over 60 audiobooks for over 50% off. The goal of this promotion, made possible by our publishers, is to drive business to our partner bookstores through audiobooks. In it’s second year, the discounted audiobooks can also be purchased as gifts and Libro.fm members get to combine their 30% off a la carte discount with the 50% off on Indies First for 80% off. You can browse the 60+ audiobooks here and get ready by adding them to your Wish List before November 25th.
In the end it’s simple: shopping local supports community, supports people, and keeps your favorite local businesses thriving.
Ah, November. Outside, crisp leaves are falling and a cold wind nips at your nose. Inside, fires are crackling and the smell of hot chocolate sweetens the air. The holiday season is upon us! This is a time for family and friends, for giving thanks, and for warm meals so rich and full they’ll put you to sleep. In celebration of this holiday season, we at Libro.fm have compiled a list of audiobooks sure to keep you wide awake and inspired.
Deemed “enthralling” by NPR, Bill Buford’s Heat will get you thinking (and laughing) like a New York restaurateur, just in time for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner.
Speaking of cuisine, check out Julie Powell’s Julia and Julia, her bestselling cooking memoir that became a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep!
Ever wonder what takes place behind the banquet room doors? Let Anthony Bourdain show you, through his NYT bestselling memoir Kitchen Confidential.
Mildred Armstrong Kalish’s Little Heathens, based on her life on a 1930s Iowa farm, is a heartwarming charmer with just the right dash of Americana to season your holiday evenings.
Get into the Thanksgiving spirit by reading Khizr Khan’s An American Family, a memoir that Kirkus Reviews says will “…remind us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands.”
We are excited to share extended audiobook excerpts of two forthcoming novels, Sometimes I Lie by Alice Freeney (Macmillan Audio; March 13, 2018) and Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Macmillan Audio; February 6, 2018).
Previously Audiobook of the Month, we would like to introduce Audiobooks of the Month! Each month a theme will guide our list of suggested audiobooks to suit a variety tastes and interests. We look forward to sharing this broader monthly list and accompanying themes with you.
For August, our theme is: Summer Reading Picks. Everyone these days is talking about their favorite summertime reads, so we’ve compiled selections from celebrity book clubs, our own partner stores, and our first Summer Listening Challenge finishers. What is Oprah Winfrey reading? How about Andrew Luck? What are Ann Patchett and Emma Straub talking up at their bookstores? What are customers of Vroman’s listening to? Whether you prefer the sun or the shade, there’s a summer read here for you.
For his book club, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck chose the New York Times bestseller Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose’s definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.
Jeff Kinney, author and owner of the An Unlikely Story bookshop, suggests Kim Scott’s Radical Candor, which explores how to be a “…Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.”
The inaugural pick of actor Sarah Jessica Parker’s book club, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts reimagines The Great Gatsby through a contemporary African-American family in a small North Carolina town.
Bestselling author and bookstore owner Judy Blume chose Sarah Gerard’s acclaimed book of essays Sunshine State, which uses the author’s experiences growing up along Florida’s gulf coast to illuminate the struggles of modern human survival.
Actor Whoopi Goldberg’s summer pick is the New England mystery Since We Fell, written by Dennis Lehane, who was recently dubbed by the New York Times “one of the great, diabolical thriller kings.”
Ann Patchett, bestselling author and owner of Parnassus Books, says the novel Chemistry by Weike Wang “starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page.”
Finally, actor Reese Witherspoon recommended to her book club, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, which NPR called “…a crackling tale of spies and suspense.” Della A., a customer of Hudson Booksellers also recommends this audiobook which she listened to while commuting.