"What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul." 
— Neil Gaiman


Zoom launch of The Counselors

by New York Times Bestselling author Jessica Goodman,

in conversation with Courtney Summers


Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 - 7PM

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email jen@briarsandbramblesbooks.com

From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.

Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe.
She’s always had a special connection to the place, even before she was old enough to attend. The camp is the lifeline of Roxwood, the small town she lives in. Alpine Lake provides jobs, money and prestige to the region. Few Roxwood locals, though, get to reap the rewards of living so close to the glam summer that camp, with its five-figure tuition and rich kids who have been dumped there for eight weeks by their powerful parents. Goldie's one of them.
Even with her "townie" background, Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she’s back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Because Goldie has a terrible dark secret she’s been keeping and she is more in need of the comfort than ever.
But Goldie’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake late one night, she knows that the death couldn’t have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night.
What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn’t she said anything to Goldie about the death? Worse—what did Ava do?
But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.

Jessica Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us, They Wish They Were Us, and The Counselors. She is the former op-ed editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, where she won a National Magazine Award in personal service. She has also held editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly and HuffPost. Follow Jessica on Twitter @jessgood and on Instagram @jessicagoodman.

Courtney Summers is the author of several novels, including the breakout hit Sadie, which was a New York Times bestseller and appeared on over 30 ‘Best of’ lists. In 2018, Electric Literature proclaimed her “a master of the bitch” for her years of writing “nuanced, wrenching stories about angry [and] unlikable girls.” Her work has been released to critical acclaim, multiple starred reviews and has received numerous awards and honors, including the Edgar Award and the Odyssey Award. She lives and writes in Canada.


Zoom with Fiona Davis,
author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, newly released in paperback

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 - 7PM

A Zoom discussion with author Fiona Davis.



 An Evening with William Petrick,

author of Ransom for The Many

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 - 7PM

Thirty two people joined us over Zoom for this conversation and reading from William Petrick's book, Ransom for Many.


An Evening of Prosecco & Poetry featuring Jamie Donnelly

Thursday, November 14th, 2019 6-7pm

You know Jamie Donnelly from her double-wide smile and champagne personality. A veteran actress of stage, television, and movies, Jamie is a bonafide cult figure for not one but two major 20th century cultural events: The original "Rocky Horror Show", both at the Roxy in Los Angeles and on Broadway with Tim Curry, in which she coined the roles of Trixie and Magenta, and "Grease" on Broadway and in the movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in which she played Jan,

the "brusha brusha" Pink Lady.

Jamie resides in Westkill, New York - she's a Catskills local!


Briars & Brambles, SunCommon 

and Drawdown

Saturday, March 23rd from 4 to 6 PM

A discussion about the steps we can each take to reduce climate change. The discussion, based on selections from the book Drawdown, will be lead by Bob Braunlich of SunCommon.


Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of the book!