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.
Mary Prewitt: Owner/Manager