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
What an incredible first week it's been.
When I decided to open this bookstore, I was worried that the town of Boone would be mildly suspicious of us as a new business. After all, many people take their bookstores very personally. Once you begin to shop at a particular shop, you become connected--to the space, the owner, the vibe. It becomes YOUR bookstore. So, I expected some trepidation on the part of Boone's, typically introverted, bibliophiles. However, I have been quite wrong AND surprised.
Boone has welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful for the support of the community. I have no advertisements out right now, save social media, yet everyone who has come in this week has heard about the store from somewhere. Granted, the article in The Mountain Times was a wonderful help in this field, but most people report that they've heard of the store from someone else. So, for everyone who is talking my store up to your friends, colleagues, customers, family members, and random strangers in the grocery line: Thank you so much. Your actions are making a positive impact. Keep it up and remember that local businesses depend on the support of their locals. Without you, we would soon be gone.
The Grand Opening party is coming next week, next Friday to be exact. We will be staying open late that day, until 9pm, to accommodate all the Art Crawl people out and about. We plan on being a part of Art Crawl every month, with extended hours and featuring some sort of artist--musical or otherwise.
I also want to mention that I am seeking local artists to put work up on my walls. I have lots of space and work on a 70/30 commission scale. You hang up your work with a price tag and title plate; I call you when it sells, keeping 30% for myself. Mostly I just want to provide a space for local artists of all kinds to show off and, hopefully, sell their work. If you know any talented, local painters, photographers, or sculptors, please send them my way.
Which leads me to remind everyone that I am still seeking local authors for my Local Author's Spotlight. If you know a writer that you think is amazing and they live in North Carolina, send me their contact information and I can take care of the rest!
Thank you again everyone. Keep being amazing! I look forward to meeting all of the local book worms so, if you haven't had a chance to come out yet, please come introduce yourself!
Enjoy the weekend...I know what I'm doing...
PS: I have also created an employment section on this site. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a job at Foggy Pine Books, please direct them to that page. It's under the ABOUT section and includes an application. While I am not currently hiring, I will keep all applications on file for 6 months and review them all before hiring. Much love!
PPS: You should check us out on social media, if you haven't already. We are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest! I try to share interesting book related links and memes--basically we strive to be a haven for bibliophiles on the interwebs.
Ok, I'm really done now! Have a great weekend!
Hello, Boone. Nice to meet you. We're Foggy Pine Books are we're so excited to serve downtown Boone.
As you click around and explore this website, you will hopefully notice one thing: we love to read. Not only that, we want to share our love of reading with this amazing community.
We offer fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, children's, teen, local writer's, regional information, including bestsellers and gifts for your favorite book worm. Unfortunately, at this time, we are not going to sell used books.
We will be cultivating a busy schedule of events in the coming months, which will be featured on our Events page. Right now, however, we want to introduce a program that is near and dear to our hearts: the Local Authors Spotlight. We know that breaking into the writing business is incredibly difficult. This fact, however, does not mean that your (or your friend's, mom's, boyfriend's) work isn't creative, interesting, and sellable. Think of Virginia Woolf, who created her own publishing house to be able to work independently and published her own works this way. Just like her Hogarth Press, we want to give the little person a chance. We want to read and promote the small, local authors who might otherwise have a difficult time garnering the attention of consumers, media outlets, and publishers. We desire to provide a space for the creative Appalachian voice and think that Boone will turn out some incredible works. We know there's so much talent in this area; it simply needs a light shined on it, hence Local Authors Spotlight.
So, if you know a talented local author, please send them our way. We would love to connect and discuss how best to accommodate our community artists. There is plenty of information in the Local Authors Spotlight menu, however, please feel free to contact Mary through any of the media buttons at the top left of the page.
Please note that we will not be accepting applications or payments until May 23rd. These pages are up simply for reference until that date.
Speaking of Monday, MAY 23rd this will be our first day open at 444 W. King St, Boone, NC. We hope that you will be patient with us as we work out the kinks that many small businesses face in the beginning of operation. Please let us know how we can improve your book buying experience. We will be hosting a Grand Opening Party on Friday, June 3rd.
Can't wait to meet you, fellow readers of Boone!
-Foggy Pine Books
Mary Prewitt: Owner/Manager