52 Fear Street Sneak Preview: Matt takes on Creature Teacher: The Final Exam

We’re gearing up for 52 Fear Street, our month-long celebration of R.L. Stine leading up to his Halloween Eve appearance here at McNally Jackson, with booksellers, authors, and editors weighing in with guest blog posts on Fear Street and Goosebumps. The series will start on October 1st; follow the 52FearSt tag on tumblr and Twitter to see what they have to say. The below sneak peek is an excerpt from the post we’ll be running by McNally Jackson Marketing Director Matt Pieknik, who holds an M.A. in American Literature and Psychoanalytic Theory and a deep, abiding love for Goosebumps books. 

Stine is not to be faulted for overstretching the bounds of reality; to the contrary, the presentation of determined forces seemingly conspiring to ensure failure as Tommy’s only major achievement in life – that is, being sacrificed to save a mob of unsympathetic campers from becoming Mrs. Maaargh’s gastric delight – are a masterstroke. Do not the hyper-antagonistic circumstances which all but ensure Tommy’s demise reflect the basic economic and social circumstances faced by every working member of society? Are not the fundamental irrationality and erosion of the social contract that exist at Winner Island merely the minimal exaggeration of the conditions of our everyday social relations? To repeat a Brechtian lesson, just as within our fundamentally corrupt capitalist situation there can be no purely “good” ethical position to inhabit, within Tommy’s world there is no “right” choice that he can safely depend on to save him.

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Thursday, October 30th, 7pm: Party Games with RL Stine and Fear Street Editor Kat Brzozowski. 
For the month of October, we’ll be celebrating all things RL Stine with our 52 Fear Street (get it?) project here at McNally Jackson. Follow the #52FearSt tag on tumblr and Twitter to find out what booksellers, authors, and editors have to say about Goosebumps, Fear Street, and the influence RL Stine has had on their lives. 

Thursday, October 30th, 7pm: Party Games with RL Stine and Fear Street Editor Kat Brzozowski. 

For the month of October, we’ll be celebrating all things RL Stine with our 52 Fear Street (get it?) project here at McNally Jackson. Follow the #52FearSt tag on tumblr and Twitter to find out what booksellers, authors, and editors have to say about Goosebumps, Fear Street, and the influence RL Stine has had on their lives. 

From Dan Santat’s Twitter page: 
UPDATE: I noticed #Beekle on a young couple’s baby registry online. I’m sending them this along with other books.
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BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey hits bookstores on September 16th!

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BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey hits bookstores on September 16th!

Sunday at 4pm: Pre-pub event for Anna Carey’s Blackbird!

Staff Pick: Who Is Dolly Parton?

In the 6th grade, I dressed as Dolly Parton for Halloween. As a child growing up in the 80’s, Dolly seemed to be everywhere - TV, movies, radio - and I loved every second. I’ve seen 9 to 5 more than any other movie, I’ve been to Dollywood and seeing her live was a bucket list item fulfilled about 5 years ago.

This fact-filled and inspirational biography taught me a thing or two about her career and life and doesn’t only talk about her successes.

We cannot let today’s children miss out on Dolly! No other public figure has ever taught me how to sparkle and shine like she has. “Dream More, learn more, care more, and be more” is her motto - isn’t that a good lesson for today’s kids? -Jeremy, McNally Jackson Cafe Manager

Jeremy with his goddaughter, Pearle.

McNally Jackson stands with the pink crayon. 

McNally Jackson stands with the pink crayon. 

Stay strong, blue.

Stay strong, blue.

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Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold. On Sale 3/3/2015. 
I count this book alongside my newborn niece and my opening day tickets as some of the most beautiful things I’ve had the privilege of holding; it is just spectacular. This book feels like how french fries taste. I feel so, so lucky to have read it and I’m jealous of anyone who has the experience of doing so to look forward to. 
- Cristin (YA Buyer) 

Mosquitoland by David Arnold. On Sale 3/3/2015. 

I count this book alongside my newborn niece and my opening day tickets as some of the most beautiful things I’ve had the privilege of holding; it is just spectacular. This book feels like how french fries taste. I feel so, so lucky to have read it and I’m jealous of anyone who has the experience of doing so to look forward to. 

- Cristin (YA Buyer)