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Art Book Extravaganza!

Wait until you see this!

The Liman Gallery and Bookshop in Palm Beach, Florida recently closed the doors of its book department and donated tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of large format art books to Books & Books @ The Studios.On February 25, for one day only, the Helmerich Theater will be transformed into a bookstore, and hundreds of titles originally selected and curated by a professional art historian will be available for purchase, including many first editions and collectibles, all deeply discounted.

Early bird admission for voucher buyers at 11:00am. General admission at 1:00pm.

It’s a feast for the eyes…and a bonanza for the buyer! Louise Bourgeois, Picasso, Beardsley. Beautifully illustrated collections about visual artists — Bonnard, Lautrec, Chagall, O’Keefe and many others. Profusely illustrated catalogs from major auctions, all available at a small fraction of the Liman Gallery prices. Some as low as $5. These are new books, but in some cases less than mint because of customer handling.

Want to be sure you get first access to the collection? Pre-buy a $25 voucher applicable to your purchases, and you’ll be allowed in to the sale at 11am – two full hours before the doors open to the general public. All proceeds go directly to support Books & Books @ The Studios.

Voucher holders will be limited to 100 and be admitted in order of their time/date of purchase.
Dealer purchases limited until 1pm.

11am – *Doors open to voucher holders.
1pm – Doors open to the general public.

(*If you’d like to get exclusive early access to the collection at 11am, click here to pre-purchase a $25 voucher.)

Cafe Con Libros

We’re proud to announce that the Monroe County Library’s popular Cafe Con Libros series will be cosponsored this year by Books & Books, and hosted at The Studios Key West. A distinguished writer will be appearing each Tuesday morning at 10:30am:

Jan. 23 – Lucy Burdette speaking about “Constructing a Cozy Crime”
Jan. 30 – Elisa Seagrave – “The Girl from Station X”
Feb. 6 – David Beckwith on turning reality into fiction
Feb. 13 – Ralph De Palma – “The Soul of Havana”
Feb. 20 – John Henry Felming – “We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida”
Feb. 27 – Ryan McIlvain – “The Radicals”
Mar. 6 – Leslie Linsley – “Salvage Style”
Mar. 13 – Karen Brown – “The Clairvoyants”
Mar. 20 – Samuel Harrington, M.D. – “At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life”
Mar. 27 – Kennith Michaels – “Only in Key West”
Click here for a printable version of the full schedule.

Introducing the B&BKW Virtual Book Club

One of the things we all enjoy most about being booksellers is talking to people about books. So now we’re starting the B&BKW Virtual Book Club to foster more engaging, smart, enjoyable conversations about books.

Our book club will be an online opportunity to interact with us and each other about interesting books. Sometimes we might pick a hot new book that everyone is buzzing about, but other times we hope we’ll surprise you, encouraging you to pick up a book you might not otherwise read.
Click for our December newsletter with the scoop on our first book club selection and enrollment info and more.

What’s New This Week

Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage.
A searing story of love and injustice.
Oprah Book Club Selection.

Directorate S, by Steve Coll. The story of the Pakistan military’s covert operation to train and legitimize the Taliban.

Essays from Zadie Smith and short stories from Joyce Carol Oates.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’re awash in new books just waiting for you.


BINC to the rescue!

We’re happy to report that the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) has provided $4,000 in financial assistance to some of our employees who suffered losses from Hurricane Irma. We are very thankful for its help.

This foundation was started for Borders Bookstore employees, but when that chain went our of business, it opened its coffers to all bookstore employees suffering financial duress from problems ranging from natural disasters to medical problems.

Donation to help support the work of BINC can be made by clicking here.

It’s Biography Week!

 This week’s new books bring a tantalizing stack of biographies.
— Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein) adds Leonardo Da Vinci to his subjects in a “majestic . . . enthralling, masterful, and passionate” biography.
— David Yaffe brings us Reckless Daughter, an intimate biography of Joni Mitchell, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell and the songwriters she influenced, from Joan Baez to Leonard Cohen.
— Cristina de Stefano’s Oriana Fallaci: The Journalis, The Agitator, The Legend explores the life of  this remarkable woman whose groundbreaking work and torrid love affairs will not soon be forgotten.
— Astronaut Scott Kelly tells his own story in Endurance, from his rough and tumble childhood to his year-long stay in space.
— And not to be outdone by these humans,Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West brings us the enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

Time to stop by and pick us some reading about your fellow mammals.

While You Were Gone (or Surviving) …..

For Key West, September may have been the month of Irma but the book biz was been on a roll. New books are out from a string of A-list authors. Our staff loves Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Entertainment Weekly’s #1 Must-Read Book for Fall. Alice Hoffman brings us The Rules of Magic, a prequel to her triumphant Practical Magic. Dan Brown sets Professor Robert Langdon on a new quest in Origin, with his trademarked combination of tricky clues and sinister characters. Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (Welcome to the Goon Squad) takes us back to the 1940’s with Manhattan Beach, a noir tale of a young woman caught up the world of the gritty Brooklyn waterfront.

If biography is your thing, Ron Chernow’s Grant promises to reshape thinking about the famed general, much as he did with Hamilton. Or you might want to check out new major biographies of Mohammad Ali, Herbert Hoover, Martin Luther, or Bunny Mellon — what a range of characters!

Other non-fiction includes The Origins of Creativity by the distinguished biologist E.O. Wilson and The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers. On the political front Hilary Clinton explains What Happened, conservative columnist Charle Sykes provides an insightful analysis of How the Right Lost Its Mind and Ta-Nehisi Coates.offers a lament We Were Eight Years in Power.

We’ve got them all in our stacks of new books. Come on down to Key West’s local independent bookstore and inhale the aroma of all the new goodies.

Hurricane Irma begone!

We’re open again, from 10:00 to 6:00 every day.

We’ve got a special sale on some slightly damaged books from the hurricane. Come and see the treats that Irma prepared for you. And our 20% off sale for Loyalty Club members has been extended to Oct. 14.

The Studios served as a hurricane shelter for 20 or so hardy souls, including pets and children. They all fared well. The store was buttoned up tight and suffered only limited damage. We’re ready to roll into the upcoming season.

Books for Listening

Driving some where? Just kicking back? Make time fly listening to a book from Books & Books @ The Studios. We’ve partnered with to provide you with a great audiobook experience. The same audiobooks you get from other sources (like Audible) with a membership that offers no expiration dates and other great features! 

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There are iPhone/iPad and Android apps, or you can listen on your computer.

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