Hello, everyone. We're a few days out from the election and it's hard to know the right thing to say. I'm going to try but I'm not perfect and I'm not immune to my own emotions on the topic. So, here goes.
There are a lot of different emotions roiling around your hearts and minds. I know a lot of you are scared right now. Or angry. However, I want to take this time to make sure everyone knows they are loved and accepted at Foggy Pine. We don't tolerate hate speech and we support the rights of EVERY person. If you are scared, you can come be among the books and feel less afraid. If you are angry, you can come run your fingers along the spines and let the rows and rows of letters pressed together to make stories calm your mind. Books don't judge you. They don't ask who you voted for. They aren't going to debate with you. (Neither will I.) They will educate, entertain, and aid in your escape from this reality. They will expand your mind. They will deepen your empathy. Books, honestly, are a sanctuary and a weapon. You can choose what you need right now. Our doors are open.
For me, books have always been a sanctuary and that's the place I've fled to in my mind the last few days. I've been thinking a lot about Harry Potter, which makes sense if you're a Potterhead like me. The theme that keeps returning to me over and over again is to not give up HOPE. Hope is the only thing that sustains us through dark times and, while it may be hard to grasp (or even reach!), we need it as much as we need love and acceptance. So, keep your wands on Lumos because we're going to need the light.
I do have other updates.
We have a lot of events going on this month and we'd love for you to be involved. Tomorrow, 11/12, we have Baby Storytime at 6pm. Bring your child that's 2 years old or younger and we'll read a story together, sing songs and maybe play a game. There will be free coffee for parents. We'll have Toddler Storytime on 11/19 at 6pm with a similar program: story, songs, play, free coffee. This event is for children age 2 -5 years old. Also, this month is National Family Literacy Month and all children's books are 10% off!! Perfect time to get a little holiday shopping done!
We have an author reading and signing this month on 11/18 at 6pm. We will be hosting Sara Rich, our Spotlight local author, as she reads from her novel, Ligatures. You can read my review of it here. We'd love to see you at the event and you definitely won't want to miss Sara's reading.
This month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and we are hosting a write-in on 11/21 from 11am-2pm for any local participants that are looking to meet up with other writers or just have a space to write outside of their home for a while. We are hosting this on a Monday so the store will be closed and you can spread out, relax, and get some work done without worrying that you might bother shoppers or be in the way. It's being held during lunchtime so, if you still have your day job, you can come over during your lunch and add to your word count! That evening, we are also hosting a closed write-in for 4th, 7th, & 8th grade students from Two Rivers Community School who are participating in NaNoWriMo. This will be held from 4:30pm-7pm so parents have plenty of time after work to come by with their kid. There will be drinks & snacks during both events. We are *so* looking foward to it!
We're wrapping up the month with a couple things on the weekend after Thanksgiving, for which we'll be closed. First, we have Small Business Saturday on 11/26. We'll be opening early that day (and Black Friday!) at 10am to give you extra time to shop with our store-wide 25% off discount! Plus, the first 10 people to make a purchase will get a free reusable tote! The Black Friday discount changes throughout the day. 20% off for the first 3 hours and then 15% off during the rest of the day. Plus, we'll have a giveaway for a $25 gift card that you can sign up for all day! We'll do the drawing before we close Friday night. You don't want to miss these deals for your holiday shopping.
Finally, our last event is this month's book club meeting. We are discussing Stuart O'Nan's West of Sunset, a book about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. We'll be meeting on Sunday, November 27 at 6:30pm. We'll have drinks & snacks to share around and plenty of fun as we discuss this month's book. You can read more about it and RSVP here.
The last thing I'd like to mention is that we now carry Out of Print literary themed socks for just $10/pair. Stay up-to-date by following us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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!
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