A Note About the Holidays

Dear Country Bookshelf Readers,

Thank you for your continued support through this chaotic year. 2020 has been unprecedented in many ways, including this note about the holidays -- which may seem out of season but stick with us. In short, we are highly encouraging folks to shop early for holiday gifts. 

We’ve never been one to rush the holiday season, but 3 primary factors this year have coalesced to make this necessary.

Printing issues

Shipping issues

COVID safety and capacity issues

When the country shut down back in March, many spring book releases were postponed or canceled because manufacturers, warehouses, and shipping companies had to abide by local lockdown mandates and social distancing guidelines. Those postponed releases are all happening now -- along with those already scheduled for this fall. This has led to paper shortages and backlogs at the two (yes, only two) book printers in the US. 

We expect this year’s hottest titles to sell out FAST. If the publishers run out and can’t reprint, we may not be able to restock. So, if you see something you like, don’t wait, as it might not be available later. This also goes for our nonbook merchandise like puzzles, cards, calendars, and other gift items. Most of those we will not be able to reorder again before the holidays.

Shipping is taking longer than usual -- to us from our suppliers and to you. All the major shipping companies are working extra hard while having an extra heavy load, and this will likely only get worse as the season progresses. 

Country Bookshelf may be large, but we still must limit our capacity for everyone’s safety. Our first priority is people: customers and staff. Shopping early avoids crowds and gives everyone time to select special holiday gifts. We don’t want you to suffer waiting outside in wintry Montana weather. 

So what should you do?

SHOP EARLY: Usually a last-minuter but have specific titles in mind? Shop in October and November for the best selection or to allow time for us to get in your special requests.

PREORDER: If you already know you want new books such as The Promised Land by Barack Obama, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 15: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney, or The Best of Me by David Sedaris, preordering now will guarantee your copy. This also helps us know how many to order and keeps you from being disappointed.

SHOP ONLINE: The safest way to shop is at countrybookshelf.com. Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Call or email and our booksellers will personally shop for you. And yes, we still gift wrap for free. Just leave a note in the comments section. We offer easy in-store pick up, local delivery, and nationwide shipping.

SHIP EARLY: To guarantee delivery in time, we recommend shipping gifts no later than October 25 for Hanukkah and November 15 for Christmas and Kwanzaa.

We are working our hardest to make this a safe, fun, memorable holiday season for everyone. We hope to see you downtown soon!


Be safe and be well, 

Country Bookshelf Staff


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ISBN: 9781524763169
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

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The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419748684
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - October 27th, 2020

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The Best of Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316628242
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 3rd, 2020

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Pre-Order Now: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Yes! You can place your pre-order now for the just-announced new book by Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Prefer digital audiobooks? No problem! Pre-order through Libro.fm and still support Country Bookshelf.

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A Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400082773
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Broadway Books - August 10th, 2004

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307237705
Availability: Backordered
Published: Broadway Books - November 6th, 2007

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ISBN: 9780525633716
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Audio - November 24th, 2020

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Books in Common NW -- Virtual Events Every Week

We’ve partnered with some of our indie bookstore friends - Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, Oregon and Madison Books in Seattle, Washington - to offer Books in Common NW: A Regional Literary Event Series. From literary fiction to mystery and fantasy, from nature writing to memoir and history and all the spaces in between, we’re packing the calendar with authors to inform and delight. You'll find interesting authors, engaging discussion, and maybe even your next great read. Enjoy world-class authors brought to your living room each Thursday, all while staying safely socially distant and supporting your favorite local bookstore!

We kicked things off on Thursday, July 7th with mystery mavens Elizabeth George and Iona Whishaw. If you missed it, you can still watch it here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/vkitbcc8. Don’t forget to grab copies of their books while you’re here.

And there’s even more where that came from with a great lineup for July, August - AND September! When you attend live you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the authors, and interact with other attendees in the live chat. If you can't make it in real time, still sign up for the event to get the link to watch later. 

7/9/20 - Phillip Margolin
7/16/20- Kendra Atleework
7/23/20 - Erica C Barnett and David Schmader in conversation
7/30/20 - Steve Olson and Sharma Shields in conversation
8/6/20 - Larry Watson
8/13/20 - Sarah Smith and Bookstore Romance Day
8/20/20 - Catherynne M Valente and Jeff VanderMeer in conversation
8/25/20 - Keith McCafferty and Craig Johnson
8/27/20- Daniel Mathews and Valerie Trouet in conversation
9/1/20 - Vanessa Veselka & Peter Geye
9/3/20 - Jane Kirkpatrick & Greg Nokes
9/8/20 - Geraldine Woods
9/10/20 - Janet Fox & Rosanne Parry in conversation
9/15/20 - Chuck Palahniuk & Grady Hendrix
9/17/20 - Jason Diamond & Andi Zeisler
9/24/20 - Ginger Gaffney and Pam Houston in conversation


And this is just the beginning. We’re adding more authors and dates all the time - so keep watching our calendar for more special virtual events.

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Stay Home and Read Campaign

We've partnered with the folks over at Bonfire to create our "Stay home and read" merchandise! For a limited time, proceeds will benefit Country Bookshelf and help us continue to serve you and our community during these unprecedented times. Merchandise will include tshirts for children and adults, tank tops, sweatshirts, and totebags with our new "Stay home and read" design. The last day to purchase is June 16th so act fast!

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Virtual Cinema

Country Bookshelf has teamed up with Magnolia Pictures to present Virtual Cinema featuring great literary documentaries. When you watch through our links, you get to experience powerful films, and Country Bookshelf receives 30% of the ticket price. Win-win!

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