Hello, everyone! I can't believe I almost let this month get away without giving you an update. We have so much to talk about!
I'll start with events first. We have two more February events left and both take place this week. Tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 we'll meet at Hatchet Coffee at 7:30pm for our first Hatchet Coffee Book Club. We'll be discussing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and they will have Butterbeer Lattes available for $3, all day. I'm so excited for this meeting and to kick off this new book club in partnership with Hatchet Coffee. We still have copies of the screenplay available for purchase at the store.
Saturday, February 25 we'll meet at the store for the February meeting of the Foggy Pine Book Club. We'll be discussing the beautiful novel, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. We'll also be finalizing our book choices for the next 6 months of reading! And, as always, we'll have wine and snacks to share.
There are also some March events that I'd like to go ahead and tell you about. We'll be jumping back into Spring with our First Friday event. It begins at 7pm on March 3rd and will last until 9pm. We'll have free wine. a giveaway, 10% off the entire store, and a Thirty-One vendor available for questions and orders.
We'll also be returning to our children's story time. This event will take place on Saturday, March 11 at 3pm. We'll read a story together and have some kind of activity related to the story. This event usually lasts about 30 minutes and we'll have free coffee available for the parents.
Finally, on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm, we have an author reading and signing with Lynn C. Willis for her book, Tell Me No Lies. This event will take place at the bookstore and books will be available for purchase beforehand at 10% off their list price.
We will also be sending out a new email newsletter in partnership with the literary website: Shelf Awareness. Currently, if you have signed up for the store e-newsletter, you are signed up for the Shelf Awareness e-newsletter. If you would like to be removed from the Shelf Awareness mailing list in advance, you can email Mary to have that done. If you check it out but decide that you don't want it, there's an unsubscribe button in the e-newsletter that you can click to have yourself removed. That said, we're really excited to send this newsletter out to our customers. Not only does it keep you up-to-date with the most current releases in hardback/paperback/children's books, you'll also find author interviews, book reviews, and links to other interesting articles on literary sites around the web. Plus, if something sounds so great that you can't live without it, you can click right on the "add to cart" button to buy it from us online. If you would like to register for this newsletter, please use the newsletter sign up. It has been adjusted to let you make a choice of which newsletter you'd like to have delivered to your inbox.
One of the things we believe bookstores exist to do is to function as a community space. Right now, we don't have the space to do a lot of the things that we'd like to do but that doesn't mean that we can't start to offer more community events. So, in the spirit of community interest, we want to know which events you would be the most interested in participating in at the bookstore. We've created a quick, two question survey for you and would really appreciate you taking the time to answer it. We will definitely be reading and acting on responses so the more we have, the better we can serve the Boone community. Since it's such a short survey, we thought we'd just post it here:
The program we're most excited about offering is the Foggy Pine Ambassador Program. We love our customers and we love that our customers love us back. So, we've created an ambassador program for those that want to spread the good news about Boone's new bookstore. Here's how it works: starting in March, you will have the opportunity to become an Ambassador. We will include a signup link in the March newsletter, across social media, and on our website.
To be an Ambassador, you must agree to:
-be vocal about supporting FPB--word of mouth is the best form of advertisement
-write reviews for the store online or write book reviews for the Our Community Reads project
-give interested parties the FPB business card
-volunteer in at least one event every 6 weeks
In exchange, we will:
-give you a 10% discount on all purchases
-let you choose 1 ARC/month (doesn't have to be one we already have! Mary will ask publishers for you!)
-create a private Ambassador page on Facebook to connect Boone's most dedicated bibliophiles
-make sure you're the first to know about upcoming events, store changes, and community updates
So, stay tuned for the signup link coming soon!
We're also extremely excited to tell that we are now able to offer digital audiobooks to our customers! Just go to the Libro.fm website to shop for audiobooks. They start as low as $5 per book and include new releases and children's books! Once you've made your purchase, you simply download the FREE Libro.fm app to your iOS or Android device and sign in. You'll be listening in no time. If you prefer to download your book and listen from your laptop or desktop computer, it's a very simple process. Every purchase you make supports Foggy Pine Books. So, shop away and please let us know if there's anything we can do to help you with this new program.
Last, but not least, we want to talk about Black History Month. We've had an excellent time sharing our favorite authors of color with people celebrating BHM. Though we are dedicated to promoting the voices of marginalized people through literature every day, this month has been a special time to reflect on the contributions that black people have made to literature and to the world. We have thoroughly enjoyed the warm, friendly conversations that we've been able to have with our customers about Black History Month. So, we wanted to take this moment to let you know that we are always okay to have those conversations. We want you to feel comfortable, regardless of race/gender/ethnicity/sexuality/religion/citizen status expressing yourself at Foggy Pine Books. We want to help you find your favorite book or a new author you heard about. We want to help you find the stories and the information that you long to see. We're here to support you. So, please, don't hesitate to make our store your space. Bookstore's belong to community. Let's make sure Foggy Pine Books belongs to Boone.
Thanks for being a part of our community.
Happy New Year! You know what a new year means, right? Awesome new books! There are some books coming out in January that we're very excited about. I'll tell you more about them in another post this week. If you haven't checked out our reviews section, stay tuned for updates on books you won't want to miss! First though, I have updates about the bookstore!
Right now, we are hosting Noble Kava at the bookstore until they are able to move into their new location at Winkler Square. They will be running a booth in the store every day and will have kava, kratom brewskis & bulk, and kava candy/chocolate available for purchase. They are able to accept both cash and credit cards for purchases. The only thing we ask of Noble Kava patrons is that they please be respectful of the bookstore space. This is a drop-in booth and we do not have the space for people to hang out and socialize. Please be concious of the waste that you create and be sure to throw away empties or take with you any product that you've purchased. We also do not allow vaping inside the bookstore so please refrain from using your vape while purchasing product. If you are a bookstore patron and have never tried kava or kratom, feel free to talk to the staff member manning the booth. They will be happy to help you out in any way that they can.
I also want to talk about the new book club program that we are offering. We have already posted about it in the book club section of the site but we want to make sure as many people know about this offer as possible. Foggy Pine book club members already receive 15% off our book club books. We would love to extend that offer to other local book clubs. All we need is a book list and the number of members in your club. We know that not everyone will purchase their book from us but we will keep a few books in stock for those members that do decide to shop local and support their communities. So, send a representative in or email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org to start saving money on your book club's selections! If you are a member of the Foggy Pine book club, please click the book club link to RSVP for this month's meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 7:30pm.
Finally, I want to tell you about the start-of-the-year sale we're having! During the month of January, we will be offering a 15% discount on all self-improvement books. Anything in that genre we don't have, we'll be happy to order for you for the same discount.
That's all for today, friends! We hope to see you in the store sometime soon and look forward to braving this new year with our loyal customers. Stay tuned this week for more info about the best books coming out in January!
Hello, everyone. We're a few days out from the election and it's hard to know the right thing to say. I'm going to try but I'm not perfect and I'm not immune to my own emotions on the topic. So, here goes.
There are a lot of different emotions roiling around your hearts and minds. I know a lot of you are scared right now. Or angry. However, I want to take this time to make sure everyone knows they are loved and accepted at Foggy Pine. We don't tolerate hate speech and we support the rights of EVERY person. If you are scared, you can come be among the books and feel less afraid. If you are angry, you can come run your fingers along the spines and let the rows and rows of letters pressed together to make stories calm your mind. Books don't judge you. They don't ask who you voted for. They aren't going to debate with you. (Neither will I.) They will educate, entertain, and aid in your escape from this reality. They will expand your mind. They will deepen your empathy. Books, honestly, are a sanctuary and a weapon. You can choose what you need right now. Our doors are open.
For me, books have always been a sanctuary and that's the place I've fled to in my mind the last few days. I've been thinking a lot about Harry Potter, which makes sense if you're a Potterhead like me. The theme that keeps returning to me over and over again is to not give up HOPE. Hope is the only thing that sustains us through dark times and, while it may be hard to grasp (or even reach!), we need it as much as we need love and acceptance. So, keep your wands on Lumos because we're going to need the light.
I do have other updates.
We have a lot of events going on this month and we'd love for you to be involved. Tomorrow, 11/12, we have Baby Storytime at 6pm. Bring your child that's 2 years old or younger and we'll read a story together, sing songs and maybe play a game. There will be free coffee for parents. We'll have Toddler Storytime on 11/19 at 6pm with a similar program: story, songs, play, free coffee. This event is for children age 2 -5 years old. Also, this month is National Family Literacy Month and all children's books are 10% off!! Perfect time to get a little holiday shopping done!
We have an author reading and signing this month on 11/18 at 6pm. We will be hosting Sara Rich, our Spotlight local author, as she reads from her novel, Ligatures. You can read my review of it here. We'd love to see you at the event and you definitely won't want to miss Sara's reading.
This month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and we are hosting a write-in on 11/21 from 11am-2pm for any local participants that are looking to meet up with other writers or just have a space to write outside of their home for a while. We are hosting this on a Monday so the store will be closed and you can spread out, relax, and get some work done without worrying that you might bother shoppers or be in the way. It's being held during lunchtime so, if you still have your day job, you can come over during your lunch and add to your word count! That evening, we are also hosting a closed write-in for 4th, 7th, & 8th grade students from Two Rivers Community School who are participating in NaNoWriMo. This will be held from 4:30pm-7pm so parents have plenty of time after work to come by with their kid. There will be drinks & snacks during both events. We are *so* looking foward to it!
We're wrapping up the month with a couple things on the weekend after Thanksgiving, for which we'll be closed. First, we have Small Business Saturday on 11/26. We'll be opening early that day (and Black Friday!) at 10am to give you extra time to shop with our store-wide 25% off discount! Plus, the first 10 people to make a purchase will get a free reusable tote! The Black Friday discount changes throughout the day. 20% off for the first 3 hours and then 15% off during the rest of the day. Plus, we'll have a giveaway for a $25 gift card that you can sign up for all day! We'll do the drawing before we close Friday night. You don't want to miss these deals for your holiday shopping.
Finally, our last event is this month's book club meeting. We are discussing Stuart O'Nan's West of Sunset, a book about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. We'll be meeting on Sunday, November 27 at 6:30pm. We'll have drinks & snacks to share around and plenty of fun as we discuss this month's book. You can read more about it and RSVP here.
The last thing I'd like to mention is that we now carry Out of Print literary themed socks for just $10/pair. Stay up-to-date by following us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
The leaves are changing color rapidly and the peepers are in town in full force to witness the beauty that is the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall. If you haven't had a chance to go outside and enjoy the unseasonably warm weather we've been having, I highly suggest you take a breather from whatever you're doing and feast your eyes upon the glory that surrounds you. If you don't live here, well, you should probably come for a visit before all these colors fall to the ground and are blown away by winter winds.
We have a lot going on this month and shared some of that in our newsletter. If you haven't signed up for our newsletter already, you can do so here.
We are celebrating Pat Conroy week Oct 23-28. Currently, we are holding a raffle for a basket of books! Buy a raffle ticket for only $5 to be entered for a chance to win a copy of each book that won the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. That's NINE free books! Plus, all raffle money will be donated to the Pat Conroy Literary Center, a nonprofit whose aim is to help southern readers and writers. We're having a party on the 28th to celebrate the late author's birthday and to announce the winner of the raffle. You don't have to be present to win but you do have to be able to pick you books up from the store. You'll want to be present though--we're going to have birthday cake & wine! If you can't join us in person, you can join us on social media with the hashtag #PatConroyWeek to share your favorite Conroy book or memory. Make sure to tag @FoggyPineBooks too, so we can see your photos! Supporting the PCLC is something we're proud and excited to do. If you want to enter another raffle, donate at least $41 to the PCLC through their website to be entered to win a copy of every book on the short list for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
We also have a bookclub meeting this month on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 7:30pm. It's not to late to join! We're reading In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware--the perfect choice to discuss just a few days before Halloween. If you are planning on attending this month's meeting, please RSVP here so I know how much I need to provide in the way of snacks.
The same day, Saturday, Oct. 29th at 6pm, we will be hosting Toddler Storytime for ages 2-5 years. We'll be reading We're Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. We'll read the story and then go on a leaf hunt of our own around the store. There will be FREE coffee for the parents. Come out with your little one to explore your community and meet other local families!
Finally, all our fall related and horror books are 15% off for the rest of the month! We look forward to seeing you around the store and hope you'll join us for #patconroyweek and all our other various events.
P.S.--If you wanted to nominate Mary, the store's main bookseller, for one of the James Patterson Bookseller Grants, that would be totally cool. You can do that here.
Nights are cooling off on top of this mountain. Some of the trees are starting to change color and there's a chill to the morning air that is distinctly autumnal. For many, this is a bittersweet time. Summer is ending and fall is sneaking up on us, closer every day. Even though most will welcome the cooler temperatures, they'll also miss the freedom of summer--it's long sunny days that lend themselves to exploring our particular spot in this beautiful world. For me, it's the beginning of the countdown to my favorite season: winter. I'm well aware it's not a popular opinion but I can't help it. I crave the silence after freshly fallen snow. I pine for the smell of wood smoke on my clothes and in my hair. I want to snuggle up under six blankets and read my favorite novels--all the ones I didn't get to during my busy summer. I can't wait to be right square in the middle of my favorite season.
So, in anticipation for those glorious days, we're having a Summer Ends & Winter is Coming Sale! All non-book items will be 20% off and hardcover bestsellers will have their discount upped to 30% off this weekend only--September 9-September 11. If you're wondering what exactly we mean by "non-book items", don't worry, we've got ya covered. Non-book items include Frostbeard Studio candles, Out of Print Clothing, Journals, Game of Thrones merchandise, all bookmarks, and all items on the kid's activities shelf. We're giving the hardback bestsellers a steep discount because we're anticipating a crop of incredible new novels this fall and want to have plenty of space to share them with you! We hope you'll join us this weekend and *gasp* maybe even start your holiday shopping a little early this year. We even have gift cards now!
We also want to remind you about two clubs that we offer at Foggy Pine Books. First is our book club. Our first meeting will be this month, September 24th at 7:30pm. The book we will be discussing is The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. We have copies available in the store for 15% off! The next five book picks are detailed on the book club section of this site. If you plan on attending the meeting, please RSVP so we bring enough refreshments.
The second club is the ARC club. ARC stands for Advanced Reader's Copy. The bookstore receives lots of these each month, more than we can read. Rather than recycle them, we decided to offer them to the community! All we want in return is a review of the book you read! We'll post it on our website and pass it on to the publisher. We're excited to build a community review section of our website but even more excited to share these fun, new titles with our patrons. So, if you're interested, click the ARC club link and register! We'll get back to you within two days to offer you a choice between two or three books. After you choose, you can pick your book up at the bookstore anytime!
Finally, we want to talk to you about something that is very near and dear to our hearts: Banned Books Week. This takes place every September (9/25 - 10/1/2016) and serves to focus the spotlight on books that are controversial to the point of being banned. As a company, and also on a personal level, Foggy Pine Books supports free speech and will always decry censorship. We believe that literature is a key learning platform and that you can never truly understand what you believe until you've had it challenged. Perhaps this comes in the form of a book that complicates your world view, challenges your notion of your place in this world, or your idea of what is right and wrong. You, as a human, have the right to explore these things, without having your resources ripped away from you. Self-discovery often comes at the realization that we are not alone in whatever particular mode of being is controversial today and that we've been taught to repress. We are fervent advocates for self-discovery and free expression of that discovery. To quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall, "I don't agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
To that end, we will have a fabulous Banned Books Week celebration later this month. Stay tuned for more information.
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Winter is coming.
As you are probably aware, there was a huge fire in Valle Crucis last week. Much was destroyed and lost, including the life of one of the residents. This tragedy has left a few county residents homeless and without basic necessities. Foggy Pine Books, in partnership with Appalachian Cookie Company and the Victorian Inn of Blocking Rock, is collecting gift cards to donate to the effected families. You may drop off any card or cash donation, in any amount, to help those suffering right now. You may also click the GoFundMe link below and donate to those in need in this way. Please consider helping out, even if you only have a couple bucks to do so. These families have lost everything. Let's show them what it means to have the support of the Boone Community. Thanks everyone!
Hey there, Foggy Friends! We have a few fun updates for you but we won't take long, promise.
To start, our FIRST newsletter went out yesterday. We're very excited to offer this once-a-month service to those of you that just can't get enough of Foggy Pine Books. The newsletters will go out during the first week of every month and you will able to easily unsubscribe if you decide it's not for you. Each newsletter will include upcoming events, changes in the store, and special updates that newsletter recipients get FIRST. Special editions will include coupons! If you are interested in signing up, you can find the form to do so in the drop down menu of the "About" section. You can also just clickHERE.
Second, we are starting a book club for general adult fiction! Our first meeting will be in September. You can find more information in the new Book Club blog that's found under the "Events" section or you can click HERE. You can also join our book club discussions on Goodreads. We will use this forum to share videos, articles, and interviews pertinent to the current book club selection. Use the widget below to gain access! Don't forget to follow or friend the owner, Mary, on Goodreads too!
Finally, we would like to remind you about our Baby's Storytime this Saturday, August 13th at 6:30pm. We'll be reading a board book version of Jabberwocky by Jennifer Adams/Lewis Carroll. There will be singing, dancing, and just general silliness. Parents, this is a great way to make new parent friends, get out of the house, and find that perfect play date partner. Parking will be free downtown and we'll have coffee for the adults. We can't wait to share our time with you!
First Friday ArtCrawl
Tonight (8/5) from 7pm-9pm we'll be hosting our monthly First Friday event during ArtCrawl! Join us for FREE wine, snacks, a giveaway, and 10% off the entire store - including the new Harry Potter book!
The giveaway will include Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and your choice of a Hogwarts House candle!
We just received a new shipment of BABY LIT books! Each book is a learning primer (colors, numbers, emotions, etc.) that's matched in theme and art to a classic novel. Stop by and get one for your baby (or they make a great baby shower gift).
We will also be hosting storytime again this month! Join us on Saturday, August 13 at 6pm for Baby Storytime. We'll read a fun board book, sing songs, and play with toys! Then, on Saturday, August 20 at 6pm, we'll have Toddler Storytime. We'll read a picture book, sing even more songs and even dance a little! Join us for some weekend fun while there's free parking on King St!
Foggy Pine's Book Club
Starting in September, Foggy Pine will be hosting a book club! We'll start with one club at first, but hopefully expand to include genre specific clubs. Stay tuned, we'll release a six month list soon!
This weekend is a very special one. A new Harry Potter story will be released for the first time in 9 years on Harry's birthday, July 31st. Being HUGE Harry Potter fans, we couldn't pass up this opportunity to celebrate! So, we partnered with Galileo's to bring you a super dank release party for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2. Starting at 9pm on Saturday, July 30th, we will be celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter and the release of a new story after almost a decade of waiting and hoping. There will be a trivia contest, a costume contest, themed cocktails (virgin & nonalcoholic), activity sheets, a Muggle wall (to express what HP means to you), and SO MUCH MORE. Plus, we'll have tons of Harry Potter merchandise there for you to snag, including house candles, journals, and coloring books. Then, at midnight, we'll bring it all to a stop and those who have preordered their copy can pick up their book! We will (well, should) have a limited number of copies for people to buy after midnight as well. We have also ordered more copies for those who aren't able to make it to the release party that will be available when we open on Tuesday, after the weekend. We are still accepting preorders for the midnight release though. All you need to do to reserve your copy is call or come by the store to give us your information and payment! We can't wait to see you on Saturday night! It's going to be a fantastic time. Don't forget to RSVP on Facebook if you're going to make it!
As you know, we are passionate about our role in helping local authors succeed. That's why we started our Local Author Spotlight and are continuously seeking new talent. We are very excited to present our VERY FIRST local author to grab the Spotlight here at Foggy Pine.
Lisa Muir is a Watauga County resident who also teaches at Wilkes Community College. She has been an active member of the literary community for many years but this is her first fiction release. Her collection of short stories, Taking Down the Moon, was picked up and published by 67 Press, an independent press out of Winston Salem which is also dedicated to fringe voices. Mary has written a review for the collection in the Reviews blog and there's even more information about the author and book on the Spotlight page. We highly recommend grabbing a copy at the store, only $9.99! Lisa will also be speaking and signing books at the Watauga County Library on Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:30pm. You definitely won't want to miss this, even if you haven't read the book!
It's taken some work to get to this point but we finally have some good news for you. In the next few days, we'll be introducing you to our first featured local author, Lisa Muir. We are so excited to be a part of her journey as an author and can't wait to share more about her and her wonderful book of short stories. Join us on social media to get the most up-to-date news about what's happening at Foggy Pine Books--Twitter usually sees everything first! Stay tuned!
We are over-the-moon excited about our new local author but since it's not quite time to release the book, and we're jonesing for more local artists, we thought you might be too! So, we've compiled a list of excellent authors from or working in North Carolina. This state has played host to some really remarkable talent over the years and I have the fortune of being able to connect you with these incredible writers. This list consists of Appalachian literary fiction, nonfiction, young adult, science fiction, and short stories--summer reads for everyone. Click each book cover to view it's Goodreads page and discover a new favorite author. Now, without further ado, 15 books by NC authors you just HAVE to read:
1. Serena by Ron Rash
2. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
3. A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America by Paul Cuadros
4. The Mitford Years Series by Jan Karon
5. Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb
6. Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
8. The Silo Series by Hugh Howey
9. Down River by John Hart
10. On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons
11. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
12. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessel
13. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
14. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
15. White People by Allan Gurganus
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