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Did I mention tomorrow is Harry Potter Day?

Join us as we have expanded our seating capacity on the patio at the Aster Cafe. Tomorrow 6-9pm is Harry Potter Day, a Books & Bars event/trivia/discussion of all 7 books before the final film. booksandbars.com

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”-Roald Dahl

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Really good book trailer for Books & Bars 4/26 pick - The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni. The author will join us at the Aster Cafe for a Q&A, reading, and signing. You better be there, punks. You’ll like the playlist I compiled. And the $3 Fultons always help. Help you make friends. 

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The Rockford Files Theme - The Rockford Files is one of the things the Grandfather misses the most, along with chipped beef, in The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter. We meet Tuesday night at BLB to discuss it. You’ll hear this and other Mike Post classics on Jefe’s latest mix. Come early, stay late. Enjoy. 

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I’d love to go back to a 2004 cocktail party and beat those sure-sounding real estate idiot optimists to death with a For Sale sign. I’d take a good whack at myself, too, because while I suspect that housing prices will eventually bounce back (five years? ten?) I’m also sure of this: I’ll never fall in love again. I’ve lost my innocence. And my disappointment is not that my own home has lost half its value. What disappoints me is me – that I fell for their propaganda when I knew better, that I actually allowed myself to believe that a person could own a piece of the world when the truth is that anything you try to own ends up owning you.

We’re all just renting.
And this is how the poets failed us.

The poets were supposed to remind us of this, to regulate the existential and temporal markets and to balance real estate with ethereal states. Hell, we don’t need bailout, rescue packages and public works. We need more poets.

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter. We’ll video chat with Mr. Walter at the next Books & Bars on 1/11/11, next Tuesday at 7pm, Bryant Lake Bowl. It’s a fast funny read. Pick it up today and make good on your resolutions to try new things. See you soon. I’ll send more choice quotes in our newsletter. Sign up at http://booksandbars.com/mail-list/

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Music/food/writers/bloggers/radio/TV industry people: aster cafe is having a party for you TONIGHT from 6-7pm. Come & see what the buzz is about. Drinks & appetizers provided. Please feel free to SHARE with your colleagues.

Aster is the part time home of Books & Bars including our Holiday party on 12/21 which I will DJ (or FJ?). Hope you can check out this great re-opened venue. You’ll love the space. Thanks. 

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Suzanne Collins talks about The Hunger Games

In preparation for Books & Bars covering The Hunger Games trilogy (Aster Cafe on 11/23), listen to author Suzanne Collins discussing the inspiration and creation of her series. Recorded at a Midwest Booksellers Association breakfast in St. Paul, MN on 10/2/10. (You may need to turn up the volume.)

Let’s compare and contrast this Y.A. series with To Kill a Mockingbird on 11/9 at Bryant Lake Bowl.  

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What do you think of book trailers? Do we need commercials for books? This is one of the more entertaining and descriptive ones I’ve seen. It’s a British version (with English accents) of a New York book, though. Most of the book trailers I’ve seen are pretty generic and bland. Which have you liked?

Tonight we discuss This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper at Books & Bars. Join us at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.