August 5th-7th is South Carolina's annual tax free weekend, so take this opportunity to stock up on school reading! Make sure to tell us that the books are for school when you check out.
When school starts, we'd appreciate it if you could bring in any reading lists that your children's teachers may hand out so that we can make copies and stock up.
Save the Date: Nicholas Sparks Books Signing 10/12
10/12/10, 5-8pm* @ The Embassy Suites HotelNote: Signing tickets required
We are thrilled to announce that we will again be hosting an event with Nicholas Sparks on October 12th, 2011, to celebrate the release of his newest novel, The Best of Me
(Hachette, hardcover, $25.99, releases 10/11/11).
We will be holding the event offsite at The Embassy Suites (670 Verdae Boulevard) from 5-8pm* on Wednesday, October 12th. (*Preferred ticket holders will be eligible for early admission starting at 2pm.)
Mr. Sparks will only sign book and audio copies of The Best of Me (no other material will be allowed into the signing room), and he will not personalize his signatures. Cameras are welcome.
Note: A signing ticket is required for each copy of The Best of Me you wish signed. Each copy of The Best of Me purchased from Fiction Addiction in advance or at the event will come with one free "preferred" signing ticket. If you choose to purchase your books elsewhere, you will need to buy a $5.00 "general" signing ticket at the event for each copy of The Best of Me you wish to have signed ("general" signing tickets will not be sold prior to the event).
Preferred ticket holders will enjoy early admission into the signing line starting at 2pm. General ticket holders will be admitted into the signing line between 4:30 and 5pm.
Since The Best of Me
is releasing only the day before the event, we encourage you to pre-order
your copies today to guarantee availability!
Wed., August 10th, 2-4pm: Libby Bernardin In-Store Signing
Sat., August 13th, 10am-12pm: Fran Cannon Slayton In-Store Signing
Children's author Fran Cannon Slayton
will be signing copies of her middle-grade novel, When the Whistle Blows
(Puffin, paperback, $6.99), at Fiction Addiction. Jimmy Cannon wants to work on the railroad when he grows up. After all, all the men in his family have worked on the rails. But times are changing in the 1940s, and Jimmy's father sees a different future for his son. Join Jimmy on the ride of a lifetime in this coming-of-age story set during the last of the railroad days. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.
Sat., August 13th, 1-3pm: Kathleen Delaney In-Store Signing
Upstate South Carolina mystery author Kathleen Delaney
will be signing copies of the third novel in her Ellen McKenzie series, Murder Half Baked
(Camel Press, paperback, $17.95), at Fiction Addiction. When Grace House, a halfway house for women, goes up in flames, Ellen invites them all to move in with her and her fiance, Dan. Ellen hopes to find them a new building, yet every suspect is connected to Grace House. Are Ellen and Dan in danger? Will they ever solve the murders and get their lives back? If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.
Book Your Lunch with Kim Wright:
Fri., August 19th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25
Meet Charlotte native Kim Wright
as she discuss her debut novel, Love in Mid Air
(Grand Central, paperback, $13.99), which was also featured in People magazine! You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Book Your Lunch with Patti Callahan Henry:
Mon., Aug. 22nd, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25
Patti Callahan Henry
's new novel, Coming Up for Air
(St. Martin's, hardcover, $24.99, on sale 8/16), is an emotional powerhouse of a story about Ellie Calvin, a well-to-do Atlanta wife and mother who must confront and make peace with her past, as well as that of her mother, before she can move forward with her life. Ellie's strength is inspiring and will speak to any reader grappling with midlife angst and self-doubt. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Tuesday, August 23rd*, 7pm: Fiction Addiction Book Club @ Java Jolt (1099 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin)
The Fiction Addiction Book Club is open to the public and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.* In August, come discuss the #1 Indie Next
pick for May, The Story of Beautiful Girl
by Rachel Simon (Grand Central, hardcover, $24.99). *Please note: August's meeting has been moved to the 4th Tuesday, August 23rd.
On September 20th, we will be discussing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith (HarperCollins, paperback, $14.95).
Join Us at the Upstate Women's Show:
August 26-28th @ TD Convention Center (formerly Carolina First Center)
Sat., August 27th, 10am-12pm: Renato Vicario In-Store Signing
Italian wine- and liqueur-maker and Greenville resident Renato Vicario
will be signing copies of his new book, Italian Liqueurs: History and Art of a Creation
(Aboca, paperback, $42.95), at Fiction Addiction. Italian Liqueurs
not only artfully explores how traditions developed in a story-like manner, but offers practical knowledge to create your own liqueurs, emphasizing the importance of taste and understanding what components go well together. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.
Book Your Lunch with Celia Rivenbark:
Thurs., Sept. 8th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $45
Meet our volunteers!
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the volunteers -- Jackie, Kathleen, Malinda, and high-school student Sarah -- who responded to our plea and have been helping us out this summer. In addition to helping at the store, they have been reading up a storm. Here are some of their favorites:
Quinn by Iris Johansen
(St. Martin's Griffin, hardcover, $27.99)
Quinn is a great addition to the ending of the Eve Duncan series. It holds you from start to finish and you will be amazed at the twists in the plot. Getting to know Joe Quinn is fascinating and perhaps overdue, he has always been a strong secondary character, but seeing all the events from his perspective gives the story a new depth. You will be able to relate to Joe in a way that has not been possible in the earlier books. The scenes are riveting and the book was impossible to put down. My only issue is having to wait until October to read Bonnie... - Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is not only a very well-written "who-done-it" but also provides insight into how the world is experienced by a sizeable segment of our population--those with autism.
- Recommended by Kathleen, store volunteer
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
(Atheneum, hardcover, $16.99)
"From the time I was really little--maybe just a few months old--words were like sweet, liquid gifts, and I drank them like lemonade..." And the journey begins according to 10 year-old Melody. She may know more words than many students her age but confined to a wheelchair, with cerebral palsy, it is assumed that she may never be able to communicate with others or handle the demands of a regular classroom. When a computer-assisted program enables Melody to communicate her thoughts it is soon figured out by others (even though her parents figured it out years ago) that she is indeed brilliant! Accepting Melody's physical limitations is hard for other students and even some teachers but she is determined to not let that stop her. Written by award-winning author, Sharon Draper, Out of my Mind leaves the reader cheering for Melody. I highly recommend this book to upper-level elementary and middle school students as well as educators.
A 2011-12 South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee.
- Recommended by Malinda, store volunteer and school media specialist
The First Day of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb is a wonderful book for people who want to reclaim control of their lives. The main character, Madeline, is a motivational speaker who has a troubled past and cannot seem to find a way to overcome it. Filled with music, lavender, love, and inspiration, this book really showed me an individual's inner struggle to accept who they are and not let others mark their worth. - Recommended by Sarah, store volunteer
If anyone else is interested in volunteering, please email us at email@example.com for more information.
August Store Picks
Coming Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry
(St. Martin's, hardcover, $24.99, on sale 8/16)
Coming Up for Air
, an emotional powerhouse of a story, is about Ellie Calvin, a well-to-do Atlanta wife and mother who must confront and make peace with her past, as well as that of her mother, before she can move forward with her life. Ellie's strength is inspiring and will speak to any reader grappling with midlife angst and self-doubt. An August Indie Next
pick. Meet Patti at our upcoming Book Your Lunch
event on Aug. 22nd! - Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
(Viking, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 8/9, *SIGNED COPIES ARRIVING SOON*)
Lee calls Lev Grossman's first book, The Magicians (Penguin, paperback, $16.00), a dark Harry Potterish tale for adults. If that peaks your interest or you've already read The Magicians and loved it as much as Lee, then note that we will be getting in signed copies of its sequel, The Magician King. In the new book, the said Magician King takes on a routine tax collecting/minor adventure at the outskirts of the magical land of Fillory, only to find himself unceremoniously stranded back on Earth with the return to his throne looking bleak.
- Recommended by Jill's husband, Lee Hendrix
Paul Harper (aka David Lindsey) takes us on a summer thrill ride with this tightly plotted psychological hunt for the perpetrator of what could be a traceless form of murder. We are introduced to retired detective Martin Fane who now runs a very secretive and anonymous agency where he fixes problems if he deems them worthy of his crew's efforts. Martin Fane is the ultimate fix-it man. I can't wait to see what new problems he will tackle in future books.
- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
101 Doodle Definitions by Deborah Zemke
(Blue Apple, paperback, $12.99)
Move over flashcards--there's a new learning tool in town! Using the definition along with interesting sentences, this book gives step-by-step doodling instructions to help students really see what the words mean. Best of all, these skills could be applied to other learning opportunities. As the cover says, "Don't just memorize, Visualize!
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Recommended by Cynthia Clack, store employee & soon-to-be art school student
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
(HarperCollins, paperback, $8.99)
A fun, sassy YA paranormal romp involving mermaids, faeries, shape-shifters, and Evie, who always thought she was mortal... Recommended for fans of Buffy and Hearts at Stake.
- Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
(Razorbill, paperback, $10.99)
Yes, it's a book about suicide, and teen suicide at that. But it's also a lesson. Have you ever stopped to think about how your actions (or inaction) affected someone else's life? What about if that someone took their own life as a direct result of what you did or didn't do? This book will make you look at and evaluate how you live your own life and is a must-read for anyone, teen or adult, looking for a springboard into a discussion of heavy subject matter.
- Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a copy of any of the following:
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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2012
(Mitchell Beazley, paperback, $14.99, on sale 8/15)
The original--and the best--pocket guide to wine. As always, the pocket wine book is packed with invaluable features, and for 2012 it has been completely revised and updated, with fresh introductions and new sidebar features for every country. This year's edition boasts up-to-date news on more than 6,000 wines, growers and regions plus invaluable vintage information from expert contributors around the world. Whether you're purchasing a bottle at a shop, ordering wine in a restaurant, stocking a cellar, or investing in a vintage, Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2012 is the one resource you cannot do without.
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The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry
(Penguin, paperback, $16.00)
The untold true story of the murders that inspired the iconic musical Chicago. Award-winning journalist Douglas Perry recounts two scandalous, sex-fueled murder cases and how an intrepid "girl reporter" named Maurine Watkins turned the beautiful, media-savvy suspects--"Stylish Belva" and "Beautiful Beulah"--into the talk of the town. Fueled by rich period detail and a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder City is a crackling tale that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the Jazz Age and its sober repercussions.
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The Night Train by Clyde Edgerton
(Little, Brown, hardcover, $23.00) In 1963, at the age of 17, Dwayne Hallston discovers James Brown and wants to perform just like him. Meanwhile, Dwayne's forbidden black friend Larry--aspiring to play piano like Thelonius Monk--apprentices to a jazz musician called the Bleeder. His mother hopes music will allow him to escape the South. A dancing chicken and a mutual passion for music help Dwayne and Larry as they try to achieve their dreams and maintain their friendship, even while their world says both are impossible.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
(Grand Central, paperback, $14.99) Katie's sudden arrival in the small North Carolina town of Southport raises questions about her past. She seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, but even as she begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her. Katie eventually realizes that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin(Delacorte, hardcover, $25.00)
As a child, Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world's most unexpected celebrity. But Vinnie's fame would also endanger her similarly-sized, gentle sister, Minnie. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman's public triumphs and personal tragedies.
A Small Hotel by Robert Olen Butler
(Grove, hardcover, $24.00)
Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A Small Hotel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after twenty-four years of marriage. The book begins on the day that the Hays are to finalize their divorce. Kelly is due to be in court, but instead she drives to New Orleans and checks into the hotel where she and Michael fell in love some twenty- five years earlier and where she now finds herself about to make a decision that will forever affect her, Michael, and their daughter.
The Typist by Michael Knight
(Grove, paperback, $14.00)
When Francis "Van" Vancleave joins the army in 1944, he expects his term of service to pass uneventfully. His singular talent--typing ninety-five words a minute--keeps him off the battlefield and in General MacArthur's busy Tokyo headquarters. But the first year of the occupation will prove far more volatile for him than for the U.S. Army. Van is suddenly tangled in the complex--and risky--personal lives of his compatriots, struggling to uphold his convictions in the face of unexpected conflict--especially startling news from his war bride.
Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons
(Grand Central, hardcover, $25.99)
Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp, where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak. Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move to Atlanta, only miles from where her father died in a car accident. They lead quiet and happy lives, until Aengus is invited up to Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home, Thayer must confront dark secrets about those closest to her.
How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway (Berkley, paperback, $15.00)
When Shoko decided to marry an American GI and leave Japan, she had her parents' blessing, her brother's scorn, and a gift from her husband--a book on how to be a proper American housewife. Shoko also brought with her a secret she would need to keep her entire life. Half a century later, Shoko's plans to return to Japan are derailed by illness. In her place, she sends her grown American daughter, Sue, whose own life isn't what she hoped for. As Sue takes in Japan, she discovers another side to her mother and returns to America unexpectedly changed and irrevocably touched.
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore (Broadway, paperback, $14.00)
As a Grove, Bezellia belongs to one of city's most prominent families, and her given name has been passed down for generations to the first daughter born to the eldest Grove. Being a Grove is far from easy. Relationships are complicated in 1960s Nashville, where society remains neatly ordered by class, status, and skin color. When Bezellia has an affair with the handyman's son, their romance is met with anger and fear from both families. In a time and place where rebelling against the rules carries a steep price, Bezellia Grove must decide which of her names will be the one that defines her.
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Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson
(Steerforth, hardcover, $24.99)
Emile Guillaudeu is the grumpy taxidermist at Phineas T. Barnum's museum who is horrified by the chaotic change Barnum brings to his beloved institution. Ana Swift is a professional giantess plagued by chronic pain and jaded by a world of gawkers. Emile is isolated and spends his working hours making dead things look alive, while Ana has people pushing against her, and reacting to her, every day. But they both move toward change. Metamorphosis is at the core of Among the Wonderful.
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Mystery & Suspense
The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne
(Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)
Mankind has been in a perpetual struggle between good and evil. For millennia, Satan's demons have been fighting God's angels on Earth, all in hopes of bringing about Satan's greatest ambition, the Apocalypse. Agent Bernadette Callahan is on the trail of a serial killer with nearly supernatural abilities. Sebastian "Batty" LaLaurie is a religious historian who knows far too much about the other side. This unlikely duo pair up for a race across the globe, decoding clues left in ancient texts, and in the process they stumble upon a vast conspiracy.
Silent Enemy by Thomas W. Young
(Putnam, hardcover, $25.95)
The first chapter pulls you in and then you are held hostage along with a plane full of passengers until the end. Thomas Young again shows intimate knowledge of Iraq, Afghanistan, the war on terror and military aircraft in his second novel. This time terror takes to the skies and we can't wait to find out how the pilot and interpreter conquer each new problem as it arises while trying to keep an aging plane full of wounded Afghanis from falling out of the sky. I found myself wanting to whistle The High and the Mighty throughout the book.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
(Orbit, paperback, $7.99)
Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin Bee are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both. Though they are in the beginning of the Industrial Age, magic--and the power of the Cold Mages--still hold sway. Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the rule of the Cold Mages. What do the Cold Mages want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against them?
Germline by T.C. McCarthy
(Orbit, paperback, $7.99)
War is Oscar Wendell's ticket to greatness. A reporter, he has the only one-way pass to the front lines of a brutal war over natural resources buried underneath the icy, mineral rich mountains of Kazakhstan. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the surface. The genetics--the germline soldiers--are the key to winning this war, but some inventions can't be un-done. Kaz will change everything, not least Oscar himself. Hooked on a dangerous cocktail of adrenaline and drugs, Oscar doesn't find the war, the war finds him.
Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia
(Baen, paperback, $7.99)
Earl Harbinger, the leader of Monster Hunter International, has a secret: he's a werewolf. When Earl hears that one of his oldest werewolf foes has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. The only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger's stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.
Do Unto Others... by Michael Z. Williamson
(Baen, paperback, $7.99)
In the process of carving their mining fortune, the Prescott family became some of the richest people in the known galaxy--and human targets. Now the next generation of Prescotts fight for their lives against powerful and lawless invaders who would steal their fortune. Caron Prescott has the spirit to put up a fight, but until now she has gone untested. That all changes as Caron is stranded on a lonely mining outpost world. Now she must prove her mettle as an army of hired goons descends.
Citizens edited by John Ringo & Brian M. Thomsen (Baen, paperback, $7.99)
Legendary science fiction writers--and citizen warriors--deliver science fiction military adventure tales on a grand scale. Giants of science fiction contribute, plus all new fiction by recent vets who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military veterans all. This is the Book of Dreams for anyone who enjoys military science fiction. Gritty takes on future combat. Penetrating looks into the warrior's character, the harsh reality of a life under arms--and how society deals with those it desperately needs and often fails to honor as it should.
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Romance & Supernatural Romance
Sweet Kiss of Summer by Sophie Gunn
(Forever, paperback, $7.99)
For years, Nina Stokes has waited for the day she'd be able to hand over her late brother's rambling house to its new owner. Yet when Mick Rivers arrives on her doorstep, Nina realizes she's not ready to let go of the house and all its memories. Throwing a woman out of her house isn't Mick's style. Neither is dredging up memories of the past. He desperately needs to sell the house, but he finds Nina impossible to resist. So instead of moving on, Mick moves in. Can he tell Nina the secrets haunting his heart, without breaking hers?
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Children's & Young Adult
Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
(Viking, hardcover, $12.99) Squish is just a little rabbit. But being little can lead to big problems. Sometimes Squish is hard to hear...or see. (Which is how he got his name.) And no one notices him. But Squish notices things-- especially when someone is about to get into trouble and needs help. Here is little Squish's BIG chance.
ZooZical by Judy Sierra
(Knopf, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 8/9) Winter weather is keeping children from visiting the zoo. So the animals are out of sorts--listless, grumpy, and no longer fun. All except two little friends, a very small hippo and a baby kangaroo. Their hip-hopping, toe-tapping, and rap-rocking soon has the other animals joining in the hip-aroo beat. Children's favorite songs get a funny new spin as the animals create their very own musical. ZooZical is sure to inspire some "can-do" fun in kindergarten and primary grades.
Not Inside This House! by Kevin Lewis
(Orchard, hardcover, $16.99)
Meet Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse, a curious boy who loves to explore! You'd expect a boy with a name like Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse to explore. But Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse doesn't stop there. He comes home with specimens from his travels! First a bug, and then a moose--what will Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse show up with next? Curious readers are in for a fun adventure.
Bailey by Harry Bliss
(Scholastic, hardcover, $16.99)
Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all. School proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing--and making friends!
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner
(Ember, paperback, $9.99, on sale 8/9)
In a dystopian near-future, neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards--it's the Internet at the speed of thought. For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he masters the new technology, he has a terrifying realization: If anything on his computer is vulnerable to an attack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hacked? An action-packed and thought-provoking sci-fi thriller in which logging on to a computer could mean the difference between life and death.
Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter
(Arthur A. Levine, hardcover, $18.99)
"The Luxe" meets the ancient world in the extraordinary story of Cleopatra and Mark Antony's daughter. Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, and when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.
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Black Butler Volume 6 by Yana Toboso
(Yen Press, paperback, $11.99)
The Noah's Ark traveling circus has been making the rounds, bringing fun and joy to children of all ages. However, a disturbing trend begins to surface in the wake of the colourful entourage. Children seem to disappear whenever the circus packs up, and there are no clues...or corpses...to be found. When the situation calls for Ciel and Sebastian to infiltrate the big top, will Sebastian's inhuman skills be enough to see him and his young master through a treacherous tightrope act that may well end in death?
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Thanks for your continued patronage!
Jill Hendrix, Owner
August 9th Is Booklover's Day!
Celebrate by stopping by the store to purchase a book! Or fill out a store shelftalker about your favorite book to let other customers know about great reads they may have missed.
(Thursdays @ 10:30am)
As many of you know, we are unable to take in on trade every book that comes our way. When considering what to do with the books you're left with, keep in mind Operation Paperback, a non-profit organization that collects gently-used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Find more information at their website.
Book Club Party Tues., October 18th, 6-7:30pm!
Come join us for our 4th annual Book Club Party! Partake of some wine and cheese and browse Algonquin's book-and-wine-pairing catalog, which pairs great book club picks, like the following, with an appropriate wine to enjoy while reading them:
We Love This Book!
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Crown, hardcover, $24.00, on sale 8/16)
Is geek-core a genre? Recommended for fans of Neal Stephenson, John Scalzi, Scott Pilgrim, and anyone who loved the 80s. Read and loved by Jill, her brother Adam, and her husband Lee. Read a review and an interview with the author.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed on any "We Love This Book" reads. If you didn't enjoy it, bring it back in sellable condition and we'll swap it out for another book of equal value.
Since 2006, the Writing Room has offered professional instruction to aspiring writers from the Upstate and beyond. Take your writing to the next level this fall by enrolling in a Writing Room workshop. The following classes are available:
* Poetry workshop
* 8-week workshop: Write Your Novel
* Writing for Children
* Second Sunday $5 Workshops, starting 8/14
Registration links are included with each class registration on the new Emrys website. Just click on the workshop titles you are interested in and register.