Girl Waits With Gun: Q&A With Amy Stewart

Girl Waits With GunAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2016 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus material about our Bluestocking BAM selection to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

We’ve been fans of author Amy Stewart for years; when Bas Bleu featured her book The Drunken Botanist, she even created a cocktail just for us—the delicious Bluestocking’s Crush. So of course we snatched up her debut novel, Girl Waits With Gun, as soon as it hit our shelves. A fictional take on the true story of America’s first female deputy sheriff, this novel has it all: nuanced characters, family secrets, mystery, gangsters, humor, danger…and, yes, one amazing girl with a gun. Recently, Amy took a break from her busy national book tour to talk about her heroine Constance Kopp, separating fact from fiction, and even her take on the 1910s cocktail the Automobile. Continue reading

Winter Reading List 2016

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As the holiday season draws to a close and winter tightens its icy grip, it’s easy to come down with a case of the blues. But there’s hope yet! We can’t whisk you away to the beach or convince spring to arrive early, but we can give you something to look forward to—the new Winter 2016 edition of the Bas Bleu catalog, packed with plenty of books to while away the long, dark days. Continue reading

Artist Profile: Julie Franklin

Twain New Year's CardsWe’re big fans of New Year’s cards here at Bas Bleu. We use them for thank-you notes, to send holiday greetings to those friends we accidentally left off our lists, even in lieu of Christmas cards when December is just too crazy. Plus, we’re suckers for snail mail and pretty stationery!

Earlier this year, when our editors decided to expand our New Year’s card offerings, our research turned up two terrific quotations we thought would be perfect. Continue reading

Editors’ Choice 2015

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It’s December, which means it’s time for book reviewers near and far to release their literary “best of” lists, heralding what they think were the best/most important books published in 2015. We don’t do that at Bas Bleu: For starters, we don’t carry books in our catalog unless we think our readers will love them, value them, and enjoy sharing them with others. Plus, many of our books aren’t recently published titles; we love digging up old favorites or spying those literary gems that fly under the radar.

But though we love all of our books, some do resonate more strongly than others with individuals on our staff. So today in the Bluestocking Salon, Bas Bleu’s editors (that’s us above, decked out in our best winter pajamas for a recent photo shoot) are sharing a few of our personal favorites—two books, plus one non-book item—from our 2015 catalogs. Continue reading

Dating Profiles of the Literary Lovelorn: Chapter 2

lady with lettersBack in August, we thought it might be fun to imagine some of our favorite literary characters venturing into the world of online dating. Well, our experiment was such a hit with Bas Bleu’s readers that we’re back at it! After perusing our bookshelves (and sorting through your recommendations), we’ve penned personal ads for eight more of our fictional favorites. Continue reading

Small Acts of Christmas Kindness

The 13th GiftAs our regular readers know, each month we offer discussion questions or author interviews about Bas Bleu’s Book a Month titles, to enrich the reading experience for individuals or book clubs. But for our December 2015 Book a Month feature, we’ve opted to do something a little different, inspired by the spirit of goodwill and friendship at the heart of this month’s selection, The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle.

In the autumn of 1999, journalist Joanne Huist Smith’s husband, Rick, died suddenly, leaving his wife and three children grief-stricken and utterly devoid of Christmas spirit. Joanne remembers:

I absolutely understood Scrooge now. I want to go to bed tonight and wake up on December 26. No shopping. No baking. No tree with lights. I’m not in a mood to make memories. The ones I have just hurt; I can’t imagine new ones will feel any better.

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