Hello, fellow bookworms! September is here and we have so much to share with you this month. Perhaps most exciting is our extended store hours! Beginning September 20th, we will be open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Come snuggle cats and grab a book to get you through the weekend. We have added a bunch of new titles to our poetry section and you're sure to find something to love. Choose from titles released this year including Halal if You Hear Me (Breakbeat Poets #3) edited by Fatima Asghar, Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone by Thiahera Nurse, Brute by Emily Skaja, An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (Poet Laureate of the US), Rattle & Numb by John Burroughs (coming soon to FPB), or one of our staff picks, All We Know of Pleasure edited by Enid Shomer & published by Carolina Wren Press, a small press here in North Carolina.
If you’re looking for something a bit longer, check out our great selection of spooky titles, sure to set your spine tingling! Our favorites include Uzumaki by Junji Ito (staff pick), Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, The House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt (staff pick), Wanderers by Chuck Wendig, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (staff pick), and The Changeling by Victor LaValle. They’re guaranteed to keep you up at night!
Something scary not your cup of tea? You can also find great new reads from the Authors 'Round the South Okra Picks! Titles to look forward to this month include My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder, The Edge of America by Jon Sealy (coming to FPB this month), Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, and No Judgments by Meg Cabot. Or take a peek at what the staff at Foggy Pine Books is reading this month. If you join us in reading one of the titles below, be sure to come by for an impromptu book chat!
As you know, September 22nd-28th is host to one of our favorite events, Banned Book Week. We will continue our annual tradition of hosting a Banned Books Reading on Friday, September 27th at 6 pm. We use this time to come together as a community to protest banning books by reading from them, out loud, together. Sign up to read from your favorite banned book, come out to the reading, and browse our banned books display. If you read during the event, we’ll give you a free ARC! We’re also offering 15% off all books on the banned book display during Banned Books Week.
There are lots of other fun events this month and you can keep track of all of them by subscribing to our Google calendar. Use email@example.com and never miss a thing!
If you are a planner, be sure to snag a copy of our holiday catalog to get your wishlist started right. You can pick one up at Foggy Pine Books or browse online starting in mid-October. While you're here, you can also get one of our new stickers, perfect for your computer, water bottle, or car. Support your local bookstore for $1.25!
As you can see, September is shaping up to be full of great events and great reads. We can't wait to see you at the store this month - read on!
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.
Mary Prewitt: Owner/Manager