What's new at Elm Street Books


Join New Canaan Library and Elm Street Books on December 1st and December 8th for our second annual virtual book buzz!

December 1st: Holiday Book Buzz for Families. What are all the kids reading? Let’s talk about the best selling, most discussed, and surprise hits of this past year-and some fabulous gems that you’ve yet to discover!

December 8th: Holiday Book Buzz for Adults. Librarians and book sellers unite to present books for mystery lovers, cooks, history buffs and much more! There is a special book for everyone!



Elm Street Books and Random House invite you to join #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown for a special, one-night-only event to launch Atlas of the Heart on Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. ET on Zoom. 

In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brené takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

She writes, “In a sea of constant uncertainty and change, Atlas of the Heart is a book about finding the solid ground within us, and safely navigating our way back to ourselves and each other. This book offers a collection of tools, including new language that helps us more accurately talk about our emotions and experiences and a new model for cultivating meaningful connection.”

Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite. Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event and a hardcover copy of Atlas of the Heart ($30 retail price), as well as sales tax. Shipping is $10 and can be arranged directly by calling the store at 203.966.4545. 

Alternatively, you may pick up your book at ESB on Tuesday, Nov. 30, after Noon.

Please contact ESB with any questions. We can’t wait to see you there!

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the bestselling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience. She hosts the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts, and her TEDx talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than 50 million views. Her Netflix special, The Call to Courage, is the first filmed lecture by a researcher on the streaming service. 


Store Updates

Masks off!

We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces and for you to see ours as we are no longer requiring masks in the store. We do understand that there will be those of you who still feel more comfortable with masks on, so feel free to come as you'd like. We will continue to offer curbside pick up for your convenience until further notice. 



We are in the process of planning some in-store book signings, so be sure to check out our event calendar or follow us on social media. We will also continue to promote upcoming virtual author events on our event calendar when we partner with organizations like the New Canaan Library, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan Land Trust, Stamford Ferguson Library and the Wilton Library.

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