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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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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3 Year Anniversary

November 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm (The Whim) (, )

WordPress has informed me that it is my 3 Year Blogging Anniversary.  Who will bake my cake?  I want one just like in the picture.  Just kidding.

In honor of this milestone, I have added the Blog Stats widget to the right hand side of the page.  Look at all those hits!

Today I’d like to use my anniversary as an excuse for fellow bloggers and readers to leave me a comment telling me how long they’ve been with me and how they came across me – if you remember.  Also, what are your favorite features of Anakalian Whims, and what would you like to see more of in the following year?

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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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10 Year Anniversary Party!

August 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm (Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As of September 13th Half Price Books has been opened in the Humble area for 10 years! So on Saturday, September 15th, we’re having a party! Come join the fun… book signings, raffles, barbecue, live music in the evening, what more could you want?

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