We are excited to be hosting a new Historical Fiction bookclub, starting in January. We will be meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm, in the Jittery Joe’s coffee shop next to the bookstore. Our focus will be on historical fiction by acclaimed authors like Hilary Mantel, Kristin Hannah, Colson Whitehead, and Maggie O’Farrell. We will also discuss the wonderful books being written by talented local authors like Kaia Alderson and Laura Morelli.
The Historical Fiction bookclub will be replacing the Erudite group, which is being folded into the Booker Bookclub.
Yes, we have new features already!
Primary among the changes are the browse by category pages. These are now fully curated by us and each title will indicate whether it's in stock here at the store, available in our warehouse, or backordered. Additionally, you can now select to purchase an audiobook version of many of the titles on our site by using the format dropdown menu. The performance of these pages has also been significantly improved.
We were thrilled to open our October issue of Southern Living magazine yesterday afternoon and find Righton Books featured. Thanks to Caroline Rogers of Southern Living for the kind words:
Righton Books, St Simons Island, GA
Explore a welcoming new destination for readers in Georgia's Golden Isles
We had a small but opinionated group on Monday for our discussion of Maddie Mortimer’s Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies. A few of us found that the use of cancer as a narrator in parts of this book was too weird and intense, and were unable to finish it. On the other hand, a few of us liked this book very much, and thought that the author, who is only in her mid-twenties, really captured the reality of a family living with this dreadful disease. We also admired the use of typography to emphasize the destructive effects of illness.
Late Announcement: The Breach: The Untold Story of the Investigation into January 6th will publish Tuesday
Henry Holt publishers just announced that a previously secret title, The Breach: The Untold Story of the Investigation into January 6th by Denver Riggleman with Hunter Walker, will be published next Tuesday, Sept 27.
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Apparently we had a configuration issue with our new online system and we were not able to accept credit cards as payment. This has been fixed as of Sunday evening. We apologize for the problem. Not exactly how we wanted our first weekend to go...
This morning the selections for the 2022 National Book Awards longlists were announced. The finalists will be announced on October 4.
Welcome to our new web site and online store. It has been a two year process and we are thrilled to share it with you. Finally.
I enjoyed our conversation about Alice Feeney’s Rock Paper Scissors. A few of us really loved this book, and the rest of us marveled at the twisty plot of this psychological thriller. We all found it to be a quick read, and appreciated its tone, which was creepy without venturing into Stephen King horror territory.
The Booker Prize short list has traditionally just appeared online at midnight, on the appointed day (7 pm here.) This year there was a ceremony, and the head judge spoke for more than half an hour before giving us the list:
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Trees by Percival Everett
Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
At Tuesday’s Booker Bookclub meeting, we discussed this year’s long list. Three of the books on the list are not available in the United States right now; here are our impressions of the rest:
Glory - Brilliant writing, but the Animal Farm - style political satire was a bit much for our reader.
Trust - Interesting structure and great writing.
The Trees - A book that addresses issues of race in a way that our reader found offensive at times, but also darkly humorous.
One of the advantages of our new web site is that we control the entire process. So, we are thrilled to announce that we are now offering free USPS Media Mail shipping on book orders over $50.
“Reading this book felt like wading in a waist high river of words— heavy and deep— filled with sexual innuendo. Veronica is struggling through years of memories bathed in denial and distortion to avoid the truth of her family dynamics and her own inability to maintain healthy relationships with husband and children. I loved the book and greatly admire Enright’s use of language! So heavy— so Irish.” Lou Polle
We’ve partnered with Libro.fm to make it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through our bookstore. Browse the catalog of over 250,000 audiobooks, including New York Times best sellers, and discover hidden gems curated by our expert booksellers.
Dav Pilkey, author of the Dog Man and Cat Kid Comic Club series will release a new Dog Man book in March of 2023: Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea.
On July 26, the 2022 Booker Prize Longlist nominees were announced. It includes three debuts, the shortest book, and the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated.
Unusually, there were several titles from the US included this year. A few have not yet been published in the US, but we expect they will be in the next couple of months.
Skip the line and download the Righton Book Café app for iPhone or Android.
Our terrific new app allows you to place advance orders for any of our beverages and pastry. Just give us 15 minutes and your order will be ready to pick up when you walk in.