A Baker's Dozen for Pi Day

Image of a Pi Plate for the celebration of Pi Day at This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

Today, March 14, is known among geeks and others as Pi Day. Why Pi Day, you ask? Today's date is often notated as 3/14 and the value of pi (or π) is 3.14159265358979323846264338327... or to be more succinct, 3.14.

In celebration of Pi Day, we offer a baker's dozen of titles in a surprising range of books appropriate to a wide age range of readers that relate in some fashion to pi or pie, or perhaps some other variant of pi.

Special Event: Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week

Exploring our authors and illustrators who are members/owners of This House of Books in Billings, Montana, your community-owner bookstore and tea shop

The first week in February is Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week. To mark the week, This House of Books is calling attention to our local and regional children’s book authors and illustrators who are member/owners of our bookstore. We plan to wrap up the week on Saturday afternoon, February 10 at 2:00 with a special event featuring authors and delicious desserts. What better way to introduce or reinforce the romance of the written word than to bring your children to meet living, breathing authors of the best our region has to offer?

So Nice!

Customer admiring handmade, locally-sourced shopping bags featuring the logo for This House of Books

"We wanted some kind of logo item for This House of Books," explained Carrie La Seur, Board President for This House of Books. "The vast sea of Made-in-China this and that didn't seem to match the character of a community-owned bookstore, prompting us to look around for what could be made locally."

Sampling pu-ehr tea

I love Indian tea, particularly fully oxidized tea made from the camellia sinensis var assamica plant. I adore the rich tastes and brisk mouth-feel of teas grown in Assam and Darjeeling. However, now I am experimenting with pu-ehr teas from the Yunnan Province of China.