HPB Humble Turns 12

September 19, 2014 at 3:03 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the coolest things I get to do as a part time Event Coordinator, is host parties! And not the sit in someone’s living room and sell products parties – but the kind that involve books, exciting authors, food, live music, and art.

As of September 2014, Half Price Books has had an Humble location for 12 years.  This is the third birthday/anniversary celebration I’ve organized for them.

P1000371Literary Agent Lorrie Patel and Author Edward Castro

P1000378Edward draws a crowd while reading his book Hanna’s Magic Light and passing out goodie bags and cookies.

P1000381Art by Shaka

P1000397Author Kaiya Walker and fan.

P1000423George Poe jammin’ on the piano with some curious kids.

We had a blast!

This next Saturday, I’ll be at the 2nd Annual Good Books in the Woods Fall Festival (September 20th), it should be equally awesome.  I love bookstore events, they are my favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday, September 13th 2014

September 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , )

September 13th 2014

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Dr SuessThis is an annual event at most Half Price Books stores. If you missed it this year, keep your eyes peeled for signage in your favorite store next year.

P1010171Oh The Places You’ll Go!

P1010181One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

There was also had a bowl of colored Gold Fish at the table with a pretty nifty sign of the book cover.  Each kid got a party bag with an HPB cup inside so they could scoop goldfish from the bowl.

P1010184My kiddo with The Cat in the Hat (Kevin Pickle)

P1010185 I think we were just as excited as the kids to take a picture with a real, live Cat in the Hat.

P1010187I got the idea for Truffula Tree Cupcakes on Pinterest.  It’s chocolate cupcake mix, icing dyed green with food coloring, I added dark green sprinkles for fun, and cotton candy on a kebob stick.  Do the cotton candy last minute, I tried to do it too soon and the humidity of Houston caused the cotton candy to crystallize and shrink.  We had to buy a second batch of cotton candy and redo it right before the party.

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So This is 30

February 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm (In So Many Words) (, )

It’s 9am.  I’ve been up for over an hour.  I’m clean. My coffee is being made.  My three year old is asleep in MY bed and my husband is asleep on the couch.  Nothing bad has happened; it is just the merry go-round musical chair – ahem – musical bed – way that we sleep (each one getting up and moving elsewhere a few times by morning).

A kind, old friend from school – kindergarten to be exact – posted on my facebook wall to have a happy birthday and read something for him.  So today, I will absolutely do both of those things.  My something? Paul Collins Not Even Wrong.  It is a story about “A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism.”  No, my kid doesn’t have autism.  I’m not even reading it because it’s about autism.  I’m reading it because it is Paul Collins.  And because it is my birthday.  I’m reading it because I always save Paul Collins for something important, something special.  He’s my favorite.

What better way to spend the Big 3-0 than with coffee and a good book?  Oh, yes, I know I do that every morning.  But I suppose that that’s the thing about being 30, I’ve become a little set in my ways.

My sister took me to Peli Peli on Thursday – one of my favorite restaurants – where we devoured shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms and thought we had died and gone to heaven by dessert.  That was for my birthday.  It was a special treat.

Tuesday I’ll be starting a new bike club – specifically for cruisers that live in my neighborhood – so I suppose that’s a new leaf (turned from the bike club I started in July 2013 that has evolved and grown into something I had never imagined).

So this is 30 too… lunch with my sister at fancier restaurants than I would have gone to at 20.  Bike clubs and organizing community activities – even if I’m not getting paid to do it.  At 20 I would have only started something I was getting paid to organize and direct (Kung Fu Day Camp anyone?).

At 30 I am less busy, but possibly more involved.  (Sounds odd coming from such a busy person, I’m sure.)  At 30 I still sit down with coffee and a good book, but it’s more likely to be a memoir written by a parent than a piece of fiction about drug addicts and orphans (I vaguely recall reading White Oleander in my early 20’s).  I have a copy of Herodotus that I’ve been devouring all week, but even that history book is a far cry from my business text books of college.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot this year.  At 20 I was way hotter, in much better shape – I earned my 3rd degree black belt that year and was running about 5 miles a day.  At 20 I had a pile of friends that I practically lived with, I was constantly surrounded by stimuli and activity.  I worked three jobs.  I went to school full time.  I didn’t sleep.  I still managed to party a lot.  But I wouldn’t go back.

Now, I am just as broke all the time, still paying off my school loans, reading whatever I want for the most part, and writing novels.  Now, I am homeschooling a three year old, savoring my quiet moments of coffee (because quiet is not come by with ease), and starting bike clubs.  I’m alone with only a toddler for company fairly often, and running out and scraping up cash for dinner isn’t as easy as when you don’t have little person at your side.  (I remember picking up shifts on the fly when I was waiting tables just to be able to eat for the weekend when I saw that grocery money was low, when I was 20.)

So… this is 30 and…

I think I like it.

A few months ago I wasn’t so sure I’d be able to say that today.


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September 2013 Events

August 21, 2013 at 1:53 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Duncan Jones11th Anniversary Page One
Jan Nash
September 14th part two
Eric TIptonFall Festival 1st GBITW

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Happy Birthday Half Price Books Humble!

September 16, 2012 at 1:09 am (Events) (, , , , , , , , , )

Today was so much fun for me – a Mommy’s Day Out if you will – spent at Half Price Books in Humble celebrating the 10th year of business. (The whole company’s 40 year anniversary was earlier this year.)  Much of my day was spent handing helium balloons to children as they passed by, another solid bit was giving away free stuff over the intercom, and the rest was hanging out with really awesome people and eating Barbecue (Dickey’s Barbecue Pit moved in down the sidewalk and their food is heaven! They donated sample trays for our patrons as well as gift cards to raffle off.)

Delaney Rhodes and customers enjoying a chat.

Karleen Koen and Delaney Rhodes are both delightful people and I truly enjoy chatting with them.  Delaney has been with us before, and kicked our morning off with a bang giving away 30 copies of the second book in her series.  She was at the store earlier this year with her first book and is such a personable author, with a bright cheerful smile for everyone.  Plus, she gives out chocolate.  No one can pass up a good candy bowl.

Karleen Koen is a best-selling historical fiction author and was also so much fun! I love talking with people so much, and Karleen is so full of ideas and charm.  She gave me a few awesome ideas for future events that I plan to fully implement come Spring – so keep checking in! And a few book recommendations that I can’t wait to look into.  One was Alice Hoffman, apparently one of her favorite writers, Karleen’s whole face lit up when she talked about the book Turtle Moon.

Karleen holding up the “readers” she had to borrow because she left hers at home!

She is also a big fan of the children’s author Rosemary Wells and told me all about the Bunny Cakes series, which of course I now have to go get for the kiddo!  At the end she was kind enough to sign not just my books, but she signed copies of all the used books we had in stock today.  So even if you missed the signing, you might be able to find a surprise signed copy in the fiction section if you go now.

My apologies for any fuzziness in the photos. I have arthritis in my right hand and it shakes when I hit buttons.

Don’t forget Banned Books Week is coming up! http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

Also, if you are an author looking to do a book signing, please email me at andiklemm@rocketmail.com.

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