We hope you are able to join us for this event! You can join in to watch our Lives on FB & IG at 7:30pm tonight. RSVP to the event on FB to get notified when we get started: https://fb.me/e/XmqoscRd You can also watch past lives for the event on the event page. We've embedded the video here so you can watch straight from here, whether you're watching the night of the event or after it's ended.
We are going to cover a few of our favorite recent LGBTQIA+ titles & tell you a little about each. Plus, we'll talk about books we're excited to read next & some upcoming titles you should watch out for. We have them ALL linked here so you can easily make your purchase! If we run out of stock before your order & it says it's unavailable, please email us at email@example.com. Our booksellers will be able to process your order & give you an estimate on arrival!
These books are each bookseller's top pick for tonight's discussion:
The Jasmine Throne - Tasha Suri
This lush, sweeping epic fantasy is set in a world based on historical India & is populated with a cast of unforgettable characters. You'll love how Suri's prose effortlessly pulls you in & immerses you in a complex but compelling story of empire & resistance, blood & dangerous love. An imprisoned & vengeful princess and a maidservant who isn't who she appears to be must come together to find the things they're both looking for, family & power, and to save their empire from the clutches of the princess's despotic brother. The first book in a series you don't want to miss!
In the Dream House - Carmen Maria Machado
A somber and raw exposé interwoven with mythos and courage, In the Dream House is a gorgeous memoir that reads almost like a folk tale. Unwinding the thread of an abusive same-sex relationship, Machado illuminates her journey from long-distanced sweetheart to “haunted house” survivor. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, this is must-read for fans of surreal queer horror and lovers of honest and powerful memoirs.
Crier's War by Nina Varela
Crier is an Automae, a being engineered to be perfect, who have risen above humans in the past centuries. Ayla is a human, working in the estate of Crier's "father," the lord of the land in which they live. She is also a part of the human rebellion against the Automae. When Crier nearly falls to her death, Ayla saves her against all of her instincts. She is rewarded with a new job - becoming Crier's primary handmaid. Crier's War a novel of political intrigue and powerful women, with skyrocketing tension as both Crier and Ayla try to decide who they are and what exactly they value most. The second book of the duology, Iron Heart, came out in September of 2020.
These are the books that we'll talk about briefly during the event! You can click each title to read the summary & buy online, if you find something you can't wait to read.
Don't forget that 10% of all sales tonight will be donated to Equality NC!
These books are newer releases that we are excited to read but haven't done it yet.
Hello bookworms! As you may know, we're not quite out of the woods when it comes to public health and safety. To that end, we are continuing to be open by appointment only. Bring your mask and "browse" for some new books. The booksellers will pull titles based on your interests and you can enjoy a personal shopper style book experience. You can schedule your appointment online, over the phone (828-386-1219), or via email.
Now there are even more ways to get your book, no matter how you placed your order. In addition to our curbside pickup, local delivery, and free media mail shipping options, we have recently added a drive thru window!
Check out the video below & our IG page for more details! For more information regarding safety precautions and customer requirements, check out the May blog post on the website. We can't wait to see you all back in person!
In light of recent events, we felt compelled to put together an antiracist reading list for our community of readers. Many of you have been asking about books for kids and teenagers, so we made sure to include books for all ages. This is just the beginning of what will be a very large list. We have over 250 titles on a master list and will continue to add to it every day.
Right now, we are featuring books by Black authors only. While there are many aspects to antiracism that we feel are important for folks to read about, we do not want to distract the conversation away from Black lives and stories right now. So, you'll see included in these lists stories about Black joy and family, Black magic and pain, Black dreams and desire, Black love and friendship.
You can browse see them in their individual categories or scroll through the main list to see more titles. Please be aware many titles are backordered right now but will be arriving soon. We have tried to include as many books as possible that are currently in stock but if you want to be sure before placing an order, just give us a call at
828-386-1219 to check on inventory status.
If you're not quite ready to venture out (we totally get it) you can spend some time looking through these beautiful catalogs from Ingram, featured below. Give us a call when you find that perfect title & we'll get it to you as quickly as possible!
Our book clubs are still in full, online swing! The Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Club is meeting June 25th @ 6:30pm. Come tell us what you thought of E. Latimer's newest story, Witches of Ash and Ruin! And last, but certainly never least, Foggy Pine Book Club is reading The Tale of Gengi (after an enthusiastic vote via Instagram). Join us online June 27th @ 7:30pm for a lively discussion, even if you didn't like it!
If you're looking for something to read now, look no further! We have selected a few fun quizzes and articles to keep you entertained while you are stuck at home.
Stay safe, stay healthy, read on!
By Elly Murray
If you were a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, and loved the mythology element of it especially, check out this list of books about mythology and folktales! This list spans several cultures, including African, German, Native American, Japanese, and Islamic, to name a few. The books on this list explore the fairytales and folklore that we used to explain our world, to terrify children, to develop morality, or as a source of entertainment. Over time, original fairy and folk tales have evolved into common threads that tie together many of our stories today. Several of the books on this list are re-tellings of beloved fairy tales. They share overarching themes with the original tale that allow readers a sense of familiarity, but with a modern twist that brings a new and interesting take.
2. African Tales: A Barefoot Collection by Gcina Mhlophe
9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A modern twist on the old Grimm tales, the Lunar Chronicles follow the stories of futuristic versions of characters like Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and others.
The first book centers on sixteen-year-old Cinder, a cyborg and gifted mechanic living in New Beijing. When her stepsister falls ill, Cinder’s step-mother blames her and volunteers her for plague research. The scientists discover something about her that she never knew, and that others would kill her for.
A complex world and a host of political agendas make this book a spectacular kick-off for the Lunar Chronicles. Reader beware: once you read one, you’ll want to read the next four!
20. The Mabinogion
Twenty books ought to be enough mythology and folklore to get you started, but if you run out, please call or email the store and talk to us! Mary, Katharine, and myself have an extreme love for these sorts of tales, and we can give you more recommendations than you’ll know what to do with. And once again: read on!
By Elly Murray
Novelist and comics writer Neil Gaiman has been on a roll for the past few years.
American Gods, the 2017 television adaptation of his 2001 book, was praised for its visual style and was renewed for a third season to be released sometime in 2020. Good Omens, a hit 2019 interpretation of the book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett way back in 1990, has also seen incredible success in the months since its debut.
Now, Gaiman is working with Netflix to produce a television show based on The Sandman, one of the most influential comics he’s ever created.
Gaiman released the first issue of The Sandman in 1988, under DC’s Vertigo imprint, and the series was soon a cult classic. The story mainly follows the misadventures of Dream of the Endless a.k.a. The Sandman, a powerful being who controls the Dreaming, the place we visit in our dreams. Dream is, as Gaiman describes him, “a gloomy sort of bugger” and throughout the comic he constantly struggles with the knowledge that everyone must change or die, and he will also have to make that choice.
Written in Gaiman’s singularly unique style, The Sandman was one of the few comics to ever make the New York Times Bestsellers list, with Maus, Watchmen, and The Dark Knight Returns for company. It was also one of five graphic novels to make Entertainment Weekly's "100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008," ranking at No. 46.
For over two decades, fans of The Sandman have been hoping desperately that it will be reworked for the screen--any screen, really. There have been a few movie attempts, and the inklings of a television show as well, but nothing has really gotten off the ground.
However, the new partnership with Netflix shows some real promise, especially in the wake of Gaiman’s latest successful TV adaptations. Netflix has also already produced Lucifer, a TV show based on a character from the original Sandman run.
Gaiman is set to be executive-producer of the show, with co-writer David Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) as showrunner. He confirmed in a Twitter post that the first season will be eleven episodes, and will cover The Sandman’s first volume, Preludes and Nocturnes, and possibly part of the second volume, The Doll’s House.
"I hope that it's gonna be about as faithful as Good Omens the TV series was to Good Omens the book,” Gaiman said in a CBC interview. “Which is to say, you do things that people loved in the comic on the TV because they loved that thing and why would you change it? But you also take advantage of what you can do on television and what you can do on the screen. There are a lot of Sandman fans, and they're waiting for the Sandman that they know and love to be on the screen, and that's what we want to give them."
The Sandman TV show is still in the early stages of development, so there’s no release date or cast lined up as of yet. However, fans of Gaiman’s work (myself included!) will eagerly await the news.
And while we’re waiting, if you want to jump into The Sandman or any of Gaiman’s other works, Foggy Pine Books has got you covered!
Come by anytime to get a recommendation from our booksellers or you can get started here:
From this article--
The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Vol. 1) Paperback
American Gods Mass Market Paperback Audiobook
Good Omens Mass Market Paperback Audiobook
Be sure to pop by the store, get your fill of Neil Gaiman’s unique writing style, and give Jane the cat some pets. Happy reading!
Mary Ruthless: Owner/Manager