2014 Holidays Gifts for Book Lovers
November 29, 2014 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

Our annual list is so much fun to make – I hope you enjoy purchasing from it as much as we enjoy showing you all these great ideas and projects!
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Authors love to travel to book locations, too. See where they travel and the places that inspire them.

Festivals and Events

Take a road trip to a book festival or event!

Fiction

See the places, homes, castles, train stations and settings in your favorite fiction books.

Kids

Visit the places found in your favorite chapter books, young adult lit and picture books.

Non-Fiction

See the places authors write about in their biographies, history books and memoirs.

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Treasure House Books’ Treasure is Behind the Counter
September 9, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment
Jim at Treasure House Books and Gifts in Old Town, Albuquerque

Jim at Treasure House Books and Gifts in Old Town, Albuquerque

A bookstore can be old, dirty and or full of rats and people who love books will still go inside. Books have a power to draw people in the doors to thumb through rough edged pages, entice sniffs of ink and enchant us to take them home to our collections.

Once in a while, a bookstore’s charm isn’t in the pages it holds, but rather in the people who run it. Treasure House Books and Gifts in Old Town, Albuquerque, has a treasure behind the front counter. He’ll only give his name as Jim, but the 86-year-old owner and his son, John, have been in the book business for a long time. (And just for the record, the store is clean and well-cared for, unlike the metaphor above.)

“Have a question?” he asked. “I’ve read every book in this store. I can answer anything,” he said with a smile. He’s been selling books on New Mexico, the Southwest, native America, the Old West and Hispanic culture for 40 years in Old Town.

Jim claims he doesn’t have a story; he’s there to tell other people’s stories. He points to a recent photo on the wall of himself with a friend who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. “That’s Hiroshi Mayamura,” he said. “We call him Hershey. He was a prisoner of war for 28 months.”

Jim was in the military, too, but he easily changes the subject to a story Hershey told at a recent meeting about his wife of 67 years. “He said the main thing is to celebrate your anniversary every year. Go to the highest price place in town; order the highest price thing on the menu.  He goes Thursday. She goes Friday.”

The narrow store holds book signings and loves visitors to Albuquerque’s Old Town area. Jim says he’ll stay there working until he can’t.

“I’ve met every goal I ever had but one,” he said. “My goal was to jump out of an airplane. I picked 92 as an age. In 2004 I got a magazine from National Geographic and I saw a guy who was 101 years old doing it. I want to go to 102. Just 102.”

Treasure House Books and Gifts is at 2012 South Plaza NW in Albuquerque.

Peter Heller: And I Asked Her to Marry Me
September 7, 2014 – 9:22 am | No Comment
Peter Heller: And I Asked Her to Marry Me

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll be …

Sandra Brannan: Two Trips with Someone You Love
September 6, 2014 – 6:02 pm | One Comment
Sandra Brannan: Two Trips with Someone You Love

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll be …

Lawrence Diggs: Travel for Novel-Worthy Narratives
September 4, 2014 – 12:19 pm | No Comment
Lawrence Diggs: Travel for Novel-Worthy Narratives

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Larry Watson: Spectacular Prairie Sunset
September 4, 2014 – 10:42 am | One Comment
Larry Watson: Spectacular Prairie Sunset

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Sharon Chmielarz: Dared to Explore
September 3, 2014 – 3:46 pm | No Comment
Sharon Chmielarz: Dared to Explore

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Avi: Never Had a Better Trip
September 2, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment
Avi: Never Had a Better Trip

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Sam Kean: Nowhere I’d Rather Have Been
September 1, 2014 – 9:36 am | No Comment
Sam Kean: Nowhere I’d Rather Have Been

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Lane Dolly: How Did I Get Here?
August 30, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment
Lane Dolly: How Did I Get Here?

Road Trips for Readers asks one question to authors who are attending the South Dakota Festival of Books each year. This year, we asked, “What is your favorite road trip you ever took?” We’ll …

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013
December 8, 2013 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

It’s time for our annual list of holiday gift ideas for the readers in your life! Enjoy!
Author Dolls 
 
This Etsy shop offers over 180 different author dolls! They’re darling and affordable. Get James Joyce, Gene …

Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?
September 13, 2013 – 8:32 am | No Comment
Allison Lynn: Will the Squirrels Help?

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I’m a creature of habit, so my favorite place to write is at my own desk …

Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements
September 9, 2013 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
Michael Dahlie: Dark Basements

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write, Michael Dahlie?
My favorite place to write is any dark basement.
SDBookFestival.com …

Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World
September 9, 2013 – 7:36 pm | No Comment
Danielle Sosin: Writing in a Rarified World

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write is in the rarified world of an art colony. It is …

Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine
September 8, 2013 – 7:03 pm | No Comment
Peter Heller: Unlimited Caffeine

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
I write in my neighborhood coffee shop, in Denver.  I like the hubbub, the noise, etc.  …

Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner
September 8, 2013 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Andrew Nikiforuk: Writing in a Dark Corner

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place is the dark corner of a room away …

Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People
September 8, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Brian Fagan: In the Company of Congenial People

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
Any place where I’m in the company of congenial people with …

B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston
September 8, 2013 – 10:56 am | No Comment
B.A. Shapiro: Overlooking Boston

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
Where do you like to write?
My favorite place to write is in my tiny study at …

Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature
September 8, 2013 – 10:44 am | No Comment
Mary Cassanova: Being Near Nature

Road Trips for Readers asked some of the writers attending the 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books where they like to write.
My favorite place to write? Two favorites! I love to write from the yellow Adirondack chair …

Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming
July 31, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment
Cast of “Longmire” Series to Attend Longmire Days in Buffalo, Wyoming

BUFFALO, W.Y. — A&E’s No. 1 original hit drama series “Longmire” has launched into its second season with more than 4.3 million viewers, the series is one of A&E’s most successful shows to debut. …

Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin
October 1, 2012 – 1:07 pm | One Comment
Nancy Horan: Soaking In the Atmosphere at Taliesin

Ms. Horan , do you write on location or on your desk at home?
Yes, I definitely write when I visit the location of a scene from the book I’m working on. In the case …

Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear
September 30, 2012 – 9:54 am | No Comment
Wendy McClure: Writing to Defeat the Fear

Where do you write, Wendy?In my office at home, though sometimes I like to take my laptop out to my back porch. I have also written in hotel rooms and I plan on spending …

Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience
September 8, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment
Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival in Las Vegas: A Real Time Travel Experience

Guest Post by Mark Steve
If you want to spend some moments in the scenario of 500 years ago, then there can be no better medium than a renaissance festival. The “Age of Chivalry Renaissance …

Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci
August 29, 2012 – 8:53 pm | No Comment
Sioux City, Iowa: Introduce Your Kids to Da Vinci

By Jennifer Noble
Guest Post
 I went on a recent exploration of the Sioux City Art Center  in Sioux City, Iowa, and had a blast!  I knew there was a Da Vinci exhibit on the way, …

Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman
August 27, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment
Fish On Kids Books by K. J. Houtman

Intended to educate and motivate the five book Fish on Kids book series gets kids inspired to put down the smart phone and pick up the fishing rod.
With a career in the American Sportsfishing …

Five Cities with Book Tours
March 11, 2012 – 4:28 pm | No Comment
Five Cities with Book Tours

Everyone loves a book where the setting is as important as the characters. The Help wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t in Jackson, Mississippi. The Firm just had to be in Memphis …

Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances
February 11, 2012 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Gift Ideas for Readers Who Love Romances

Have a friend who is always glued to the latest romance novels? Here’s a list of gift ideas for her for Valentine’s Day!
Personalized Romances – choose from a large list of romantic books, and …