Well, it was harder than it should have been but we made it through 2019! Hugs, high fives, and hurrahs all around! If you're anything like us, 2019 made you take stock of your convictions and priorities. It galvanized you to be the change you want to see in the world. It motivated you to dive into this mess called life and do the right thing. We are so honored to be moving into this new year with passion and purpose alongside people like you.
As you know, Foggy Pine Books is committed to providing opportunities for giving back, both in our local and global communities. If you've been staying abreast of the news, the fires in Australia are a countrywide catastrophe. Over 18 million acres of land have been burned and half a billion animals are injured, displaced, or deceased. When faced with such widespread destruction, it is hard to determine how we can be helpful, especially from so far away. But every little bit helps and that is why all proceeds of your purchase of a book from our environmental display will be donated to benefit WIRES and The New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Together, we can make a difference for the global community.
We all know that lasting change begins with ourselves. One of the best ways to effect change is to experience new things so we can look at our situation with fresh perspective. Luckily for us book worms, reading can aid us in that pursuit! It's truly amazing that just by sitting down with a good book, we can improve our capacity to understand other individuals and social situations. If you are ready to broaden your horizons, why not join our 2020 Foggy Pine Books Reading Challenge? You can find the challenge here or in the store. If you need a few suggestion, check out this list that Mary pulled together and don't forget to join our other readers via our Facebook group.
While you're here picking up your copy of the reading challenge, be sure to also pick up a ballot to vote for the 2020 Southern Book Prize. The finalists for the Southern Book Prize will receive votes until February 1st, 2020. If you've read one of these titles and loved it (or hated it; it happens sometimes) let your voice be heard! You can also vote with an online ballot, here.
And even more good news - it just so happens that our Foggy Pine Book Club read for January will check a book off our reading challenge for you (you're welcome 😊)! Hope in the Dark is a collection of essays about remaining hopeful in a dark political climate. You can read all about this month's book pick (as well as browse past picks) here. And if you'd rather just escape from it all, take a peek at our Fantasy/Science Fiction pick, The Girl in the Tower, the sequel to Katherine Arden's bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale. You can read reviews, interviews, and find links to buy your very own copy here. We update these blogs each month so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming reads!
It's a new year, so why not throw in a new read? We have some amazing titles coming to the store soon and you're sure to find something you'll love. We will have All the Great Territories, a new book of poetry by local professor & author, Matthew Wimberley; signed copies of Untamed by Glennon Doyle; and the third installment of the Nevermoor series (and staff pick), Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow. Remember, you can get 15% off the cover price when you pre-order any upcoming titles.
If one of your resolutions is to utilize your time more effectively, you're not alone and we've got your back! Can't sit down for an uninterrupted hour to get some serious reading done? Why not listen to a book while driving, running, or cleaning? You're not bored and the boring stuff still gets done - it's a win-win! Check out the incredible titles you want to read at Libro.fm, follow the simple steps to download, and plug into a great story. The best part? You can listen across all your devices because every download is DRM-free!
If you're still wanting to add a few titles to your TBR or you haven't found one yet to tickle your fancy, take a peek at what we're reading in store this month.
A few final reminders as you head into the rest of your day. We have a beautiful, shiny site all ready for your online orders. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account and you can order your books directly to your home or to pick up in store. If you're not able to find something online, don't hesitate to contact the store and let us find it for you.
Finally, if you haven't had a chance to check out our Silent Book Club you should come by next Tuesday, January 14 @ 1pm OR next Saturday January 18 @ 6pm. All you have to do is bring your current read, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and curl up in one of our chairs or couches with your book to read for an hour. Optional discussion group will follow and snacks and drinks are provided. We hope to see you then! You can learn more about upcoming events on our Events page or come grab a monthly event calendar at the store!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
Mary Ruthless: Owner/Manager