Bob Wilbur: A Novelty Life

The only plan Bob Wilber had in college was to play baseball 15 years in the big leagues and then go straight into broadcasting. Things did not go according to plan.


Meet Movie Star Biographer Stephen Michael Shearer

One local author is capturing the glamour, glitz and gossip of the true stories of old Hollywood one book at a time, and proving you’re never too old to begin anew. Woodbury resident Stephen Michael Shearer is a film historian and biographer of three books on the lives of movie stars Patricia Neal, Hedy Lamarr and Gloria Swanson, the first two of which have recently been turned into film projects.


Teen Reads to Check Out This Summer

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicole Yoon   

Natasha is trying to keep her family from being deported; Daniel is on his way to an interview that will help him get into Yale. Through a series of events, they unexpectedly fall in love.

Scythe by Neal Schusterman


Love Novels for February

Barnes & Noble in Woodbury offers many romance and relationship books. Here are two recommendations this Valentine’s season.

Someone to Love by Mary Balogh: Orphan Anna Snow has found out that she’s inherited a great fortune. Unwelcome in her new surroundings, a love affair is sparked with a gentleman in her new town.


Sisters Start a Local Nonprofit to Improve Child Literacy Rates in Washington County

February is I Love to Read Month, and Ann and Clara Radke are doing their part by delivering books to children who don’t have access to them. The sisters created Bound to Be, a nonprofit with a goal of collecting 5,000 books and delivering them to food shelves and family crisis centers in Washington County. “We collect books from people who have books at home that they don’t use anymore, so that they can find their way to people who don’t have books,” says fifth-grader Ann Radke.


A Book for Everyone

With more than 60,000 books from almost every genre, The Book Corner provides customers with books and audiobooks that they cannot find at larger bookstores. Dawn Maurer, owner of the bookstore, started the business 24 years ago as a way to share her passion with other book lovers.


Let’s Talk Technology

Local resident Andrea Gribble is the founder of #SocialSchool4EDU, a social media consultancy that partners with and serves schools, students, parents and the local community. As an advocate and speaker, Gribble often talks to students about being safe and kind online. But as a mother of two and stepmother of four, she realized she needed to bring these concepts into her own home. When she couldn’t find a book to share with her children, she decided to write one of her own, titled The Von Awesome Family in a Digital Daze.


Ten Years of Twists

Longtime Woodbury resident and author Brian Freeman is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his publishing career, alongside his character Jonathan Stride’s career, in his acclaimed thriller series. The series’ latest addition, Goodbye to the Dead, gives readers a look back at Stride’s past and lets them get to know more about his younger years as a Duluth, Minn. detective.



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