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Stories highlighting the richness of multiple Hispanic cultures and their impact in the world, as well as great reads by Hispanic authors. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for this heritage month because it is the anniversary of independence of five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They are closely followed by the independence days of Mexico (16th), Chile (18th) and Belize (21st).
Stories to inspire. Manuals for change. When you start asking the question––what can I do?––these reads will encourage and teach you where to start for political and social change.
Village Well Favorites
Our community's favorite books. Complete the survey on our home page and add yours to the list!
Books of the Week
Looking for what to pick up next? Start here, with a collection of our weekly reviewed recent releases.
We're focusing on the rapidly chaning environment and the consequences climate change holds. How did we get to this point, and what can we do about it? The following books might help us answer this question. If you have others to add, please email us at email@example.com.
California Independent Bookstore Bestsellers
Sycamore Community School Partnership
We're partnering with Sycamore Community School, a new K-8 independent school in Santa Monica launching in the fall of 2021, to get books to their students! Their mission is to foster resilient, independent, compassionate and engaged students in a small school environment with low student:teacher ratios. Browse their wish list and purchase one for their school library! All books purchased for the school will receive a 20% discount.
If you are ordering online, please let us know in the notes when you checkout that the order is for Sycamore Community School. The discount will be applied after we've processed the order.
PULITIZER PRIZE 2021
From the will of Joseph Pulitzer, this prize was established in 1917. Every year, each winner in the six literature categories receives a certificate and $15,000 cash award. The author must be a U.S. citizen for each category except history, which must be a history of the U.S.
THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
Judges select the best original novels written in English and published in the U.K for this prize. First comes the Longlist in July, then the Shortlist in September, and then the winner in November. The Shortlist author receives £2,500, while the winner receives £50,000.
WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021
The Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. The inspiration for the prize was the Booker Prize of 1991, when none of the six shortlisted books was by a woman, despite some 60% of novels published that year being by female authors.
LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE 2021
In 1980, Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor founded this set of annual book prizes. Each April, this award is announced in twelve categories, such as biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, poetry, and more. Typically, the prizes are presented the day before the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The author of each winning book receives $1,000 and a citation.
INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2021
The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage publishing and reading of quality fiction from all over the world and to promote the work of translators.
Adventures, love stories, mysteries, and other new and upcoming reads to get lost in this summer.
Armchair Traveler Series
Itching for a change of scenery? We get it - and we want to guide you in your travel through books! Read history, fiction, poetry, biographies, and more from countries and regions outside our own little bubble. Where can we take your next?
STOP 1: ARGENTINA
A beautiful country with powerful literature and more. Many of the fiction books from Argentina have political messages written throughout, since open criticism of the government was punishable for most of the 20th century. Let us know if you have fiction, nonfiction, adult or kids books to help us learn from residents of Argentina.
STOP 2: FINLAND
These Scandinavian reads range from chilling noir crime to little-known and controversial war history to life philosophy on Sisu, or everyday courage.
All year round we're celebrating Pride Month by highlighting books to honor, support, and bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ community. From books by Queer authors and stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters, to memoirs, books on history, and resources for kids and teens. Whether you're celebrating or seeking to include more Queer stories in your reading - we've got great lists of recommendations for you.
Books to help us celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the US in 1865, and to grapple with the reality of racism and inequality still pervading our country.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
Stories of history, culture, and impact, as well as great books by AAPI authors.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION:
Jewish American Heritage
Works by Jewish American writers, and stories that share and celebrate the varied experiences and impact of Jewish Americans.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION
Mental Health Awareness
Books that showcase characters with mental health conditions and offer resources to help fight stigma and raise awareness.
ADULT FICTION & NON-FICTION
The word count may be smaller, but the beauty and importance isn't. For those with shorter attention spans, stuck in-between reads, or looking to try out a new author - these short stories are for you!
Spring Break Reads
Romances, mysteries, and other un-put-down-able books for your break in the sun.
Here are our eseential poetry picks we think everyone will love.
Books that teach us to care for our environment and to celebrate the beauty of nature all around us.
Whether you're looking to gain awareness about the autism spectrum or read stories with neurodiverse characters, we've got books to help you celebrate differences and promote acceptance and inclusion.
Highlights of a few of the inspiring, intelligent, and innovative women who continue to push boundaries and change our world.
New and old, here are a few of our favorite reads by authors who have shaped literary fiction.
Advocates for just work places, pioneers in social justice and literature, and stories redefining womanhood.
Stories to teach your young ones about warrior women from all over the world.
Our top picks to honor, amplify, and empower Black authors and stories. 2021's theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity - exploring stories of the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the US.
From classic authors like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, to the modern voices of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brit Bennett, these fictional reads explore Black family and identity across generations and landscapes.
Langston Hughes, Harriet Tubman, Katherine Johnson, and so many more - here's our top books for children and young readers. From a young Malcolm X dreaming of freedom and justice, to a child's shifting emotions throughout the tumult of police violence and protests, these stories aim to help kids (and adults!) learn about and celebrate the Black experience.
The story of The Great Migration, a father's letters to his son, and a Black Power Manifesto - these are our top Non-Fiction reads for Black History Month.
SCI-FI & FANTASY:
Death's adopted daughter, an alien biodome, and a girl's quest to save magic. Get lost in these exciting reads from Black voices.
Whether you're falling in love, out of love, been in love, or searching for love - we've got a book for you.
Learn to live with vulnerability, connect with nature, and form healthy habits with our top picks on self care.