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PET THE CHICK (with Rent The Chicken) 5/21

Urban chicken ownership is here, and Rent The Chicken will be on hand for two hours to talk about their various programs, answer your questions about everything from fresh eggs to hatching chicks, and (most importantly) to give you a chance to meet real live baby chicks and a full-grown chicken!

Please bring your kids, your neighbors, and your neighbors kids. It’s like we’ll have a one-day petting zoo at Rickert & Beagle Books!

2pm to 4pm on Saturday 5/21


Indie Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 20th


20% off all used books

chance to win a prize at check out

Can’t visit in person? Call us during business hours and shop by phone!


Let Your Light Shine!

Loads of new candles from North Ave Candles  are now in stock!


Amortentia – the most powerful love potion in the world, smells different to each person who encounters it. These candles feature three layers of good smells, corresponding to what Hermione Granger and Harry Potter each thought of when they smelled it for the first time. $18.



Burn candles, not books! These five candles were created to celebrate famously banned and challenged books. Clockwork Orange (clove and orange), Catcher in the Rye (bourbon and tobacco flower), Alice in Wonderland (white tea and rose), The Great Gatsby (gin, juniper and daisy) and Fahrenheit 451 (parchment and smoked pine) $22.



Black skulls (black raspberry) or Red (orange and chili pepper) each come in a re-usable and sinister glass jar. $20.



These candles smell like old books! Each jar is decorated with genuine old-book pages and a luminary cut-out. $12.



Frankinscense candles and Frankenstein’s Bunny. Buy just the candle for $20 or get a candle + bunny for $35. A collaboration between North Ave Candles and Rickert & Beagle Books



Elm Street candles will haunt your dreams until ShadowBunny comes along to eat the nightmares up! Buy just the candle for $20 or get a candle + bunny for $35. A collaboration between North Ave Candles and Rickert & Beagle Books


There’s no where to run! Embrace the impending madness with this Sea Mist OF DOOM! candle and the Old God of the little forest animals: B’nnthulhu. Buy just the candle for $20 or get a candle + bunny for $35. A collaboration between North Ave Candles and Rickert & Beagle Books

A special deal for Evelyn Pryce fans!

We’ll have copies of The Thirteenth Earl and A Man Above Reproach at the signing this weekend, but in honor of  the long, weird friendship of owner Chris Rickert and author Evelyn Pryce we’ve got a little something special for you.

Starting now and ending at the conclusion of Saturday’s signing we’ll be offering a special gift pack to our customers. For $20 you can get a copy of The Thirteenth Earl, a Rickert & Beagle Books mug and a set of limited-edition Evelyn Pryce pins.  (Retail value of this package is $26)


And for fans who have some catching up to do we’ll give you the entire package above PLUS a copy of A Man Above Reproach for $30 (Retail value $39)


All books can be signed by the author if you’d like to pick them up after the event. We can also ship signed books and gift packages anywhere in the US ($3 for a book, $5 for a gift set).

Books can be purchased in three ways:

-Come to the store and pay for your set (you can leave it here for the signing if you want to!)

-email and request an invoice for the books/ sets you want. Invoices will be sent via PayPal.

-use the handy-dandy “buy” button on the Rickert & Beagle Books facebook page to make your purchase.

And remember, this offer is only good until 4pm on Saturday!

The Thirteenth Earl by Evelyn Pryce – 3/26 at 2pm


Join Evelyn Pryce for her (first ever!) signing, of her new book The Thirteenth Earl.

You can find the description here:

Fun asides to be announced as we get closer to the event. There will be cupcakes. There will ALWAYS be cupcakes. There will also be a dramatic (?) reading of scenes from the book and other shenanigans, because that’s what happens when old friends like Evelyn and Chris Rickert get together!

Copies of Evelyn’s books and a limited number of audio copies will be for sale at the event.

Autographs Galore!

It all started with our friend Cat Mihos, who suggested that if her boss (who happens to be Neil Gaiman) sent us some signed bookplates we might be able to sell more copies of his new book. A year later we had our own customized adhesive bookplate and a collection of very generous authors who have signed them for you.

Buy any new book by any of the authors listed below and we’ll throw in an autographed plate for your book! If we don’t have the exact book in stock, we will be happy to order it for you! See something you want below? Call the store at 412-344-7444 or email us at

Currently available (with huge thanks to each author!)


Jess Haines – author of the H&W Investigations series



Maggie Stiefvater – author of the Shiver series, The Raven Cycle and more!



Dana Simpson – writer/ illustrator of Marigold Heavenly Nostrils



Chuck Wendig author of the Miriam Black books and many , many other titles



Neil Gaiman, author of fiction, graphic novels, screenplays, shirt form fiction and other stuff.

Hot Releases for Fall & Winter!

Our pre-order program helps you get a good deal on the books you can’t wait to read this fall, and while it applies to ANY upcoming title, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest releases we’re excited for.

For all the details on our Pre-Order program, CLICK HERE



Recommended January Releases

China Mieville – The Census Taker 1/12

Brandon Sanderson – Bands of Mourning (A Mistborn novel) 1/26

Recommended February Releases

Jo Nesbo – Midnight Sun  2/16

Dana Simpson – Unicorns Vs Goblins (A Phoebe and Her Unicorn Book) 2/23

VE Schwab – A Gathering of Stories 2/23


Odds & Ends from an amazing trade!

Richard Brautigan and Kurt Vonnegut titles aren’t all we got in over the weekend, we added over 100 books to our stock from a few great trade-ins. You’ll have to stop in to browse them all but here are a few of the highlights:


25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy by Andy Warhol, Holy Cats by Andy Warhol’s Mother. Two illustrated books in a slipcase $50. Ref#102217



First printing $40. Ref #102226



A history of psychiatric photography $15. Ref #102227


Rare hardcover first edition $40. Ref#102219


A collection of Hunter S Thompson writings illustrated by Ralph Steadman $15. Ref#102228


The Raging Tide first printing. $40. Ref#102222

Beautiful new Tarot now in stock!

We found two Tarot decks in Schiffer’s catalogs that were so gorgeous we had to pick them up for the store. Since both decks are new (and in spectacular packaging) we can’t photograph the insides of the set, so we’ve got a bunch of sample cards and links to some online reviews for you to browse below.

First, The Ring Cycle Tarot featuring art by Arthur Rackham. This decks’ theme is Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, which was based on some of the same source materials that inspired Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Selected images from the deck are posted below. A review of the deck can be found HERE. Retail price is $45.

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The second deck is The Mary-El Tarot, designed and illustrated by Marie White. You can visit Marie White’s website for more information on her are and photos of individual cards HERE. And here are a few cards images for you:


The Mary-El Tarot retails for $39.99.

Each of these sets comes with a full Tarot deck, a written deck guide and a gorgeous presentation box measuring 12″x 2″x 6″. If you’re buying a deck for a new reader, consider picking up one of our books on basic Tarot reading or traditional Tarot spreads to go along with the deck!

Give the Gift of Neil

While supplies last, purchase any new Neil Gaiman title and get a signed bookplate to go along with it. We have a selection of new books in stock from Neil, but if you want a specific title feel free to call ahead and ask us to order it in for you. Most books and graphic novels will arrive in the store within three business days of your order.