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Subject: Loganberry News September 2020
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:42:12 -0700
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Loganberry News September 2020

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Fall Onward and Upward

Just when you think the world is ending, it only changes into something new. I’ve been rearing caterpillars all summer: 2 rounds of monarchs, and almost a dozen of the spectacular Spicebush Swallowtail. My neighbors have enjoyed the progress, and I feel guilty not bringing the show to Loganberry. So, I’m going to bring some of these Spicebush babies into the shop so you can enjoy them too. Come soon though, because they’re getting ready to pupate (2 down, 2 in process, 8 to go!). I wish all your seasonal and educational metamorphoses to be as glorious as these, even if you don’t know what’s coming next. Happy fall, and happy new beginnings!


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PS: Want to learn more about butterflies, or just enjoy their beauty? Gardening For Butterflies by The Xerxes Society and Life Cycles of Butterflies by Judy Burris are perfect companions, one focused on the plants to attract butterflies, and one to learn more about the life cycle of various common butterflies. Together, they will help you create a butterfly oasis at home and, and to encourage young lepidopterists, too! It's not just fun and educational, it's downright spiritual and phenomenal!


Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, August 29, 2020
This year, on 8/29/20, you're invited to post a photo you've taken at Loganberry (we wanna see those Otis pix!) or of a Loganberry purchase on social media. Tag @loganberrybooks and #bookstoreday2020 to win an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) and to be entered into a drawing for a grand prize gift bag full of gifts and goodies! For those of you able to come visit the store, we'll set up our Wheel of Fortune with an array of possible prizes available to customers with purchases over $25. Our customers and community mean the world to us every year, but we're especially thankful for you in this year unlike any other.


Virtual CMNH Lecture

What It's Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley
Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7pm
Loganberry is delighted to partner with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a special virtual lecture with famed author, illustrator, and birder David Allen Sibley as he discusses his latest book, What It's Like to Be a Bird: What Birds Are Doing, and Why—from Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing.

Event registrants will have an opportunity to purchase exclusive copies of What It’s Like to Be a Bird, signed with a special bookplate and sketch from David Allen Sibley. Please follow this link to register for the event with the Museum of Natural History


Sidewalk Sale

Labor Day Sale
Saturday, September 5, 2020, 10am-6pm
The Sidewalk Sale persists! Along with some of our Larchmere neighbors, including Eclectic Eccentric, Fiddlehead Gallery, Our Favorite Things, Fine Points (new location!), UnBar, Monarch Boutique, and Marc Goodman Antiques,
we'll bring our summers-end specials outside for browsing (this is, of course, a smaller event than usual, with no outside vendors, and -hopefully- no crowds). This Saturday preceding Labor Day we'll have deep-discounted books set up outside on the sidewalk, plus the Loganberry Lumberyard of miscellaneous furniture, knick-knacks, oddballs, and posters (perfect for a new apartment or dorm!). 2021 Calendars will be 20% off (kiss 2020 goodbye). Inside the store, all books are 20% off--an amazing sale that only happens a few times every year!


People of Color Author Showcase

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10am-4pm
The highly successful People of Color Author Showcase returns, this time in a virtual format that you can tune into from anywhere in the world. A number of acclaimed authors will appear this year to read and speak, including Tiffany McDaniel, author of the novel Betty, Nefertiti Austin, author of the memoir Motherhood So White; Echo Brown, YA Author of the East Cleveland-set Black Girl Unlimited, and Abigail Hing Win, author of the YA romcom Loveboat, Taipei. Watch our website and social media for more, coming soon!


Lines from Loganberry Podcast

Wednesdays at 7pm
Lines from Loganberry is the official Loganberry Books podcast! You can listen on Spotify and on Anchor.

Recent highlights include a Loganberry's Local Voices manager Miesha Headen interviewing primatologist Dr Beth Armstrong, about her years at the Columbus Zoo and her memoir Voices from the Ape House and memoirist Chasity Strowther (Broken for the Promise) on her experience of inequity in pregnancy and birthing healthcare.


Private Browsing Hours

New! Available Select Sundays 6pm-8pm
We know many of you have always dreamed of having Loganberry to yourself, and with pandemic concerns, this desire is a bit more pressing for some. We're now offering the option to reserve a private browsing evening for up to 6 people on Sunday evenings 6pm-8pm. The registration fee is $40, an amount fully applicable to all book purchases made during this time. Please note that masks are required while browsing. Contact to reserve your browsing slot today!


Other ways to shop Loganberry

Book of the Month Club: Did you know that we hand-select and mail books directly to your door even when there's not a pandemic on? Our Book of the Month Club has been running for over 20 years. If you'd like to sign up or ask any questions, please email

Gift Certificates: You can order a gift certificate for yourself or a loved one online or over the phone.

Digital Audiobooks: Our store offers thousands of digital audiobooks for instant download--and the good feeling that comes from supporting Loganberry with your purchase.

Buy Ebooks from Loganberry: While a paper book you can hold in your hand will always hold first place in our hearts, we know there are important things an ebook can offer, and that many of our loyal customers sometimes need an ebook. So we're thrilled to announce the Loganberry Ebook Store via Hummingbird!.


Collectible Books for Every Budget

We've just put a whole cartload of super-fun and super-affordable vintage hardback scifi and fantasy! Most are BOMC editions from the 1970s and 1980s, and very reasonably priced--this is a treasure trove for any vintage speculative fiction lover. Flesh-eating aliens not your style? We continue to expand and update our collectible editions listings online weekly. You can also email for a personalized suggestion for any budget!

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Loganberry Swag

You need a way to carry all those books you added to your collection during social distancing! Just a reminder that the Loganberry 25th anniversary tote is the best in the galaxy, with extra long handles, a deep gusset, button closure, and most importantly, Otis' face. We've also got aprons, bumper stickers, and smaller stickers! All available online.


Our Social Media

Hopefully, you're already following us on *Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Loganberry Blog.* Loganberry booksellers continue posting fun recommendations of new items available to order, what they're reading during the pandemic, and contributions from local authors and artists.

Read along with our booksellers

(purchase any book by clicking on its title!)


Elisabeth is reading Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald: As soon as I read Helen Macdonald's genre-bending memoir H Is for Hawk several years ago, it became one of the Books of My Life, beloved and worldview altering. I'm so thrilled her new collection of nature (and life) essays is out now. And we've got signed copies!

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Harriett is reading Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell: "It’s a beautiful tale of star-crossed lovers, wild medicine women, medieval class and inequalities, sibling loyalty, schooling, and ... the bubonic plague."


Wendy is reading The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem (out 11/10; (click here to preorder!): "In a post-apocalyptic world where everything we take for granted (cars, computers, electricity) has stopped working, Journeyman has found a mostly good life in a community centered around the organic farm run by his sister. Their lives are disrupted when a figure from their past arrives from the other side of the country in a fantastical vehicle. His arrival threatens the community, and Journeyman must rise to the occasion."


Julie is reading My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi: "This brilliant middle grade novel set in mid 1980s Harlem, follows a very unusually imaginative little girl whose world is upended when she moves from Alabama to the big city.

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Lorraine is reading The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer : Cookbooks are my go-to comfort read. Over the weekend I needed to pull out the heavy hitter: The Joy of Cooking. This book never disappoints. The "Know Your Ingredients" section is phenomenal, and the 1981 edition has the notorious wild game section--not for the faint of heart or vegetarian--but oddly satisfying. Can't follow a narrative right now? Read some recipes. "


Miesha is reading Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke: An engaging and nail-biting literary mystery from an Edgar-Award winning author. Texas Ranger Darren Matthews must cover up his own complicity in a murder while solving another. Locke beautifully describes the landscape of the setting, a real Louisiana-style steamboat town on the Texas border.


Sarah is reading: Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carey, (yes, that Jim Carey): "This novel (not memoir!) is a wild rollercoaster ride that takes us through Hollywood to—well I don’t want to spoil the ride, but you will never guess where you will end up. It’s fun, bizarre, outlandish, and not what I was expecting, but that is exactly what I loved about it. "

Reminders on our ongoing pandemic precautions:

Loganberry is now open to customers Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm with the following guidelines in place:
• 10am-11am reserved for immuno-compromised and senior customers
• Face-coverings required at all times
• Minimum spacing of 6 feet between people
• Limited to 25 people in the store at any time, and 3 people per alcove or seating area
• We are not currently buying used books.We'll announce when we're ready to resume!
• While the pandemic is ongoing, all sales are non-refundable/exhangable
• Hang in there! We appreciate your business, and we're all in this together.

Thanks for reading,
Harriett & all the Loganberries

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