April News & Events

2016 Mah Jongg cards are now in stock! We have both large and standard sizes available.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Book Beat, Sat., April 30

Book Beat ibd2016 is again celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30th with exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items, authors and more! Last year’s celebration with local authors and illustrators had a great turnout and we’re hoping for an even better day this year! We will update this post with the authors and illustrators who will be participating in this year’s festivities as they become available. Stay tuned for further details. For more information about the day and to see some of the exclusive items available only to Independent stores, visit Independent Bookstore Day’s official website here.

April Reading Group Selection

410j4xhqPaLBook Beat’s Reading Group selection for April is Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00pm in the Goldfish Tearoom (117 W 4th St #101, Royal Oak, MI 48067). Reading Group selections are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!

“Mr. Bernhard’s portrait of a society in dissolution has a Scandinavian darkness reminiscent of Ibsen and Strindberg, but it is filtered through a minimalist prose. . . . Woodcutters offers an unusually intense, engrossing literary experience.”—Mark Anderson, New York Times Book Review


Save the Date: David Small at Read in the Park on Sat., May 7th

bloom-9781442406209_hrBook Beat, Berkley Schools, and the Berkley Area PTA Council are proud to present the 9th Annual Read in the Park on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center (2325 Catalpa, Berkley, MI 48072. (11 1/2 Mile, East of Coolidge Rd)). This year’s featured authors are: Caldecott Award-winner David Small (who will be promoting his newest book, Bloom), Sarah Stewart, and Ronnie Bachman. David Small and Sarah Stewart will be presenting their picture books for children and their families and Ronnie Bachman will be presenting his inspirational story for older students and adults. They all will be signing as well as reading from their work. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.

Coming up in June…

Terry McMillan In Conversation With Rochelle Riley, Fri., June 17

81F7Ie83rBL-1Join us at the Northwest Activities Center (18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit, MI 48235) on Friday, June 17 at 7:00pm for a very special evening with New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan in conversation with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley. Terry McMillan will be discussing and signing copies of her latest book, I Almost Forgot About You. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of Book Beat. For more information or to reserve copies of her books, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.



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