In light of the many kind and encouraging responses to our previous post, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the new items and books that we are bringing to GBE, as well as some of the changes we are already implementing! So, without further ado, here’s what’s new at GBE this month.
New Local and Indie Books
We are very pleased to announce that we have expanded our offering of local and independent titles! There is a wide range of genres in stock, including memoir, poetry, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, children’s books, and more. We have books by Delaware-native authors Leslie Anne Alexander and Amy Butcher, Ohio natives Cheyenne Van Langvelde and Dan Morrow, as well as popular indie titles like 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons and From the Mouths of Sirens by Abigail Hair. If you’re looking for a unique read, stop in and try a local or indie title today! They also make great gifts for the bookworm in your life who’s already read everything else. 😉
A Local Superhero Comic
In addition to our local and indie books, we now have an indie comic available as well! Scarlet Huntress is a superhero comic created by Delaware-local comic book artist Sean Forney. We have issues 1-4 in stock right now, as well as the companion book Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids and Other Creatures, and the upcoming issue 5 is on its way in December!
Locally-Made Greeting Cards
We are also very excited to introduce locally-made greeting cards by Gem Garden Arts! These lovely cards are designed and made right here in Delaware, Ohio by designer Stephanie Steinbeck. If you are in need of cards for the holidays, birthdays, or just because, stop in today and check out our display. Cards are competitively priced at $4.50 each, and each purchase supports not one, but two local small businesses!
In Progress: Better Organization
Among the several priorities I outlined in our last post, first on the list was organizing our current offering of used books so that it is easier and more enjoyable for customers to browse and find what they’re looking for. I am happy to report that we are making great progress on this goal; as of this writing, our Sci-Fi/Fantasy, General Fiction, Autobiography/Memoir, Independent and Local, Young Adult, and Middle Grade sections are all organized alphabetically by author. The Classics and Mystery/Thriller sections are in the process of being organized, and then I will tackle our Christian/Theology section, followed by our infamous Nonfiction section, which I am hoping to arrange by subject.
In Progress: Rare and Collectable Books
Another priority I mentioned in the previous post is finally doing something with our collection of old and rare books. “Rare” is in our tagline, after all! I am happy to announce that this past week I listed our first rare book, a beautiful First American Edition of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, for sale on our Facebook and Instagram pages. (It’s still available, by the way, so check it out if you’re interested!) I have a small queue of other rare titles that I hope to be listing soon, so keep an eye on our social media feeds if that is something that interests you!
Last, but certainly not least, I just want to remind you that we have an exciting event coming up soon! On October 22nd, we will be hosting award-winning children’s author Julie Dinges for a special author event and book signing. It will be a super fun event for kids of all ages, and we would love to see you there! For more information, check out the graphic below or visit the original announcement post here. You can also RSVP via the official Facebook event here, if you like!
Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you in the store sometime soon!