Happy new year, y'all! 2018 was a year of big change for Foggy Pine Books and we couldn't have done it without your support--from painting walls and helping move to the new location to shopping with us all year long and sharing our store with friends, family, even strangers. We are deeply grateful, as well, to the other businesses & non-profits who supported and worked with us this past year: Hatchet Coffee, Out of Your Mind, SAGA, and more. This community of giving, creative, thoughtful book lovers is precisely what we'd hoped to foster in Boone. Thank you for everything. Now, keep reading to find out what 2019 will bring and how you can be involved!
Are self improvement books not your style but you resolved to read more in 2019? Check out the "Best of 2018" list that our booksellers made for you! We had Mary & Saide list their favorite books that were released in 2018 & then compiled them on out website for you to browse. You can also check out the "Staff Picks" section in the bookstore which is on the bestseller shelf.
If you like to pick out your own books but would like to challenge yourself to read outside the box, consider doing the Foggy Pine Reading Challenge! Our booksellers created this challenge to help our community read things they might not read otherwise. If you decide to do this challenge and complete it, bring us your filled out challenge list to get a FREE book! Check out the webpage for details.
Next, we have some staff announcements. Saide, a bookseller who joined our team in 2018, has been promoted to assistant manager. We would also like to introduce you to our newest bookseller, Rasier, who joined us during the holidays and will stay on through the winter. He did this interview to help you get to know him a little better and hopes you'll say hello next time you stop by the store.
Moving on to store announcements--we do have a few updates about our event schedule. First, the Young Adult Book Club is currently on hiatus. It didn't get a lot of interest or engagement last year so we're taking a break this winter to develop an excellent reading list and a marketing strategy that will bring this group to the members of our community who need it most.
In addition to this hiatus, the Foggy Pine Storytime is also on hold indefinitely. We spent a lot of time picking stories and creating activities for kids but the event rarely brought anyone in. We tried moving the days & times but there was no change. We still do the Playhouse Storytime on the first Wednesday of every month at 11am, however, and will be considering a renewal of the Foggy Pine Storytime later this year.
Finally, we are also putting a hold on the Swap Shop that we partner with Noble Kava to bring to the community. The Swap Shop generated a lot of interest but we're taking a break during the winter to catalog all the items, make donations to local charities, and get ready to come back this spring--just in time for spring cleaning!
Not everything is leaving our even calendar though. We still have the Foggy Pine and Hatchet Coffee Book Clubs, the Foggy Minds Open Mic that we partner with Out of Your Mind to bring to you, the Watauga Witches community group, and all the awesome literary events we host throughout the year, like--TRIO, the Queer Arts Series, Indie Bookstore Day, Banned Books Week, and more! We're also excited to offer new programs this year. We are currently developing a book subscription service and a book club discount program. The most current news about these developments will come through our newsletter, which offers, in addition to exclusive news, the first announcements of sales and a coupon for our readers. You can sign up for it here, but we'll also make announcements on our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as this blog.
Lastly, we just have some reminders for you. Don't forget while you're Kon Mari-ing your house and getting rid of all your books that Foggy Pine Books will be happy to take them off your hands! Read up about our used book program here, then call us to make an appointment for your book collection. You'll get credit for other used books in the store so you can keep reading without investing a lot of money or space in your newly organized home!
Or maybe you didn't use the Kon Mari method but you're still supposed to host your book club meeting this month? Don't worry, we have you covered there too! Rent out our conference room to get a clean, cozy space for up to 12 people to meet. We have store parking, a comfy couch to sit on, a table to work at, and coffee available to all. If your meeting is during business hours, you can make your appointment online here. If you would like to meet outside of business hours, give us a call and we'll make the arrangements together. If you have any questions about the rental space or would like to check view it, please reach out to speak with Saide or Mary.
That's it for all our biggest updates at the beginning of 2019. We'll be posting on this blog several times throughout the year but the best way to get news about Foggy Pine Books is to sign up for the newsletter. If you sign up before the end of January, we will email you a special coupon to use on your next purchase!
Thank you again, Boone! We look forward to seeing you at our events this year and can't wait to see what great tings 2019 brings for us.
This Saturday is the community swap shop at Noble Kava. Come by from 2-5pm with gently used items and swap them for something new-to-you! Have a few items with the tags still on that you know you can't re-gift? Donate them during the swap for coupons to use at Noble Kava and Foggy Pine Books.
Remember, we are running a sale on our parenting books and all 2018 planners and calendars. We still have some lovely ones left and you have an entire summer of events to plan so come take a peek!
College classes are officially over and that means our conference room is now the perfect place for your writing group, D&D campaign meetings, or just a hidey hole where you can get some peace and quiet while you work on that thing you keep meaning to do! You can rent by the hour (during and after hours), half day, or full day and, as always, we offer a discount for teachers. Come check out the space and you'll want to pull up a chair.
Foggy Pine Reads:
Mary - Right now, I'm reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I think this book is even better than the first in the series and, the further into it I get, the harder it is to care about anything else!
Yelisa - I'm currently reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Both humorous and educative, being a "bad feminist" becomes so relatable and eye-opening, inspiring me to think more analytically about the movement and to use her witty quotes whenever it's appropriate (or in other words, wine drunk and profound conversations with my friends on Friday nights)
Kristina - I'm currently in between books but I'm about to start The Alchemyst for the Young Adult book club that we host on the last Sunday of the month. I read it in high school and remember loving it so I'm looking forward to revisiting the series.
Katharine - I'm just about to finish Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and I love the story concept. For me, it was a good book but it's not as amazing as I think it could have been, given the subject matter. I wanted more!
Be sure to pencil May 23rd into your new, discounted planner because we are turning
and there is no one we'd rather celebrate with than you folks! We are hosting a pot luck so bring your favorite dish to pass around--let's eat, drink, and read together!
That's all for this week, bookworms. See you at the store!
This week was teacher appreciation week and teachers everywhere were showered with chocolate, coffee mugs, and the sweetest homemade cards. It may seem like we're a bit behind (it is Friday, after all) but did you know at Foggy Pine Books, every week is teacher appreciation week? That's right! We offer a 15% discount to all educators, so you can enjoy some non-required reading on your days off! You deserve it! If you need to order books for your classroom, talk to us about what we can do to help. We offer a 30% discount for teachers who place classroom orders of 20+ books.
Are you facing this Friday night with no plans? Got the itch to do something but you're not sure what? We've got you covered! Come hang out with us tonight as we welcome Robert Gipe. We are so excited to have another Southern author visit the store, especially someone whose work shows the beauty and heartbreak of growing up in Appalachia. His new book, Weedeater, is available for purchase and you can snag a copy of the first book, Trampoline, as well. Come down at 6pm to get your books and have Robert sign them for you after his talk!
Tomorrow is story time at Foggy Pine and we're reading a wonderful book about cross-generational bonding and the beauty that can be discovered in unexpected places. Bring your littles and enjoy a free cup of delicious Hatchet Coffee while Mary shares Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña.
Book signings, story time, discounts: there's always a lot going on at Foggy Pine Books. On top of our event packed weekend, we are offering 20% off parenting books and 2018 calendars and planners. Come browse our selection and get some cat snuggles for free!
That's all the news for this week, book worms. See you at the store!
Join us for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday April 28th! We have all kinds of exciting activities planned and we can't wait to celebrate our wonderful little store with you!
To start things off right, we will have FREE COFFEE ALL DAY! Come down and try some delicious Hatchet Coffee while browsing our shelves or crafting a personalized bookmark. Keep it for yourself and your Blind Date book, or give it away to another bookworm - it's up to you!
If you've never heard of Blind Date with a Book, you are in for a treat! Each book in the display will be wrapped up with paper (no peeking) and will tell you which section it comes from. It will also have a small description to help ensure you enjoy your date. This is a fun way to find something new and interesting to read!
We are also hosting a small, in-store scavenger hunt. Your path will twist through the store, with plenty of stops to learn about all the awesome events and promotions that are available at Foggy Pine Books. The first person to complete the scavenger hunt will get a FREE Blind Date with a Book! That's right, finish first and you get to choose your date from our display case - for free!
What if you can't find anything that really grabs you, even after all your browsing? Well, it might be time to place a special order, get what you really want! We are always happy to place special orders but, choose this route on Saturday and you'll get a free book from our top secret Advanced Readers Copy stack! These books haven't been released to the public yet which means you'll be reading it before everyone else. Is there anything more gratifying than that?
You already know we love books, but we love our literary swag as well! Check out our totes, mugs, pins, socks, coasters, and much more for 10% off. We've got something for everyone, so come take a peek at our nerdy merch and take home something that marks you as a true bibliophile!
And as a true bibliophile, if you see a book during your browsing Saturday that you've read a million times over, sit yourself down and write us a review! Let us know which book you're writing up, give us a thoughtful and descriptive review, and you'll earn yourself a coupon for 20% off any book in the store (one per customer, pretty please). You might even get published on Our Community Reads!
Didn't know we offered special orders or hosted community events? Sign up for our monthly Foggy Pine newsletter and get a sneak peek into the bookstore world. There are loads of perks for signing up! You'll be the first to know when new titles are coming out and what events are happening that month AND you'll be entered into a raffle to win a Libro.fm shirt and sticker!
Speaking of Libro.fm, get a FREE audiobook when you create an account with them, Saturday only. Already a Libro.fm member? You still get that audiobook for free - they're so great like that! They have a huge selection of indie audio for you to enjoy (and a really pretty website to boot!
We can't wait to see you Saturday to celebrate books and the places that offer them to you!
Mary Prewitt: Owner/Manager