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Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.

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  • The Crazy Woman Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

    Selected Poems Gwendolyn Brooks

    I shall not sing a May song. 
    A May song should be gay. 
    I'll wait until November 
    And sing a song of gray. 

    I'll wait until November 
    That is the time for me. 
    I'll go out in the frosty dark 
    And sing most terribly. 

    And all the little people 
    Will stare at me and say, 
    "That is the Crazy Woman 
    Who would not sing in May." 


    -- Gwendolyn Brooks from Selected Poems 

  • Colson Whitehead at The Englert TONIGHT!

    The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead

    Prairie Lights customers.  Be sure not to miss Colson Whithead reading from his magnificent new novel, The Underground Railroad at the Englert Wednesday at 7.  If you can’t be there, at least read the book.  He stands with Toni Morrison as one of the greatest chroniclers of the horrors of slavery. 

  • Indie Bob

    Here’s a photo of Indie Bob, a marvelous customer and advocate of independent bookstores everywhere.  He shows up to chat whenever he’s in town to tell us of his adventures traveling the highways and byways in search of brave souls who’ve gone it alone in the shark infested world of Amazon and Barnes for the love of selling books. He’s always mentioning stores we’ve never heard of, praising proprietors and booksellers and stores. He’s a tall high-spirited gent always eager to talk about the books in his life and wondering about ours. Next week he’s scheduled his first trip to Canada.

    His goal is to publish a book about ALL the indies he’s visited on his travels. He’s an excellent and wide-ranging reader who is always welcome in Prairie Lights. We wish him well.