Wednesday, February 3rd: We are pleased to welcome northern Virginia's own Julia Sarcone-Roach, who comes back home to share her new picture book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, at a very special 5 pm story time.
Take a bite of this delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear's journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it's not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.
Wednesday, February 3rd: This month's Adult Fiction Book Club pick is A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Email our book club staffer Amanda firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to join the club, and remember: book club members get 20% off each month's pick! 7 pm.
A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.
Thursday, February 4th: Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells! Join us for wizarding games, readings and quizzes that will challenge both novice and more advanced Harry Potter readers. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and win a prize for best costume! Be sure to bring your camera or cell phone and snap photos in our Harry Potter photo booth, courtesy of the Apothecary Museum. Visit our potions corner and shop for your favorite Harry Potter books! 4 pm.
Friday, February 5th: Make a jester hat or a crown befitting a Mardi Gras King or Queen and snack on Mardi Gras cookies at our Mardis Gras Madness Party - then head down to the Durant Arts Center on Cameron Street for Mardi Gras in Alexandria! 4 pm.
Saturday, February 6th: Local author Claudia Kalbwill present and sign her fascinating new nonfiction book for adults, Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities. 4 pm.
Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this surprising, inventive, and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gives readers a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture.
Tuesday, February 9th: We are thrilled to welcome author and Broadway actor Gavriel Savit, who brings us one of the most talked-about debut novels of the season: Anna and the Swallow Man. To reserve your place in the autograph line, purchase your book by phone at 703-548-4092 or in the store. We can't wait to see you there! 7 pm.
Kraków, 1939. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She's alone until she meets the mysterious Swallow Man, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. When the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. Anna follows him into the wilderness.
Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. This crackling debut is a must-read for fans of The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See.
Wednesday, February 10th: Come help us celebrate author Laura Gehl's book launch party for her adorable new picture book, Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching! Come for the crafts, treats and games (with prizes!) at 4 pm, and stay for the special 5 pm story time featuring the author herself!
Saturday, February 13th: Hooray for Books! presents its very firstLove Our Local Authors (LOLA) Festival! Are you a local author looking for a venue to showcase your book? Hooray for Books! is here to help! We'll host a series of four in-store book festivals in 2016 that celebrate, promote, and network local self-published and small-press authors. Download the 2016 LOLA application here for more information about how the program works and who can apply!
Tuesday, February 16th: Educator Appreciation Party! Meet publisher representatives and learn about the biggest books of the season! 4 pm.
Wednesday, February 17th: The very first Adult Nonfiction Book Club meeting, featuring Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson! Contact Amanda at email@example.com information about how to join. Remember: book club members get 20% off each month's pick! 7 pm.
Saturday, February 20th: My Kissing Hands returns to Hooray for Books! Immortalize your little one's handprint or footprint as a beautiful ceramic keepsake. For more information and appointments, check out the My Kissing Hands website.1-3 pm.
Wednesday, February 24th: Hooray for Books! welcomes back New York Times bestselling authorDan Gutman, who comes to share his new middle grade novel, Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project. Pre-order your copy now to reserve your place in the autograph line, either by coming in or calling us at 703-548-4092. 7 pm.
Four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most importantly: not get caught!
Make 2016 the Year of Books!
Resolved to have more books in your life? Hooray for Books! offers a Book-of-the-Month subscription! For a flat yearly fee, we will pick out, wrap, and mail the perfect books for your loved ones every month, based on their age, reading level, and interests/hobbies. Only want to give six months of books, or one book every other month? We are happy to tailor this flexible program to your needs. Email our knowledgeable staffer Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get started!