By Katharine Brown
Hello fellow bookworms! May is our anniversary month and, on May 23, we will have been open for 4 years. Can you believe we've been here that long?! While we're sad that we can't have a big party, we have a few fun things planned for later this month. Keep your eye on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest updates!
We've been holed up like hobbits for what feels like forever and it seems that there will be more second breakfasts ahead of us. But don't despair! Foggy Pine Books is always here for you. Even if we can't host events or chat with you while you browse, we are finding ways to keep your mind busy and sharp and hold boredom at bay. Take a peek below for reviews, quizzes, articles, and book suggestions we've been tracking down for you. And drop a comment to let us know what you're doing to have fun on the home front.
To start, masks are required for anyone in the store for a personal shopping appointment. This is for everyone's safety and there are no exceptions. Also, guests will be required to wash their hands immediately upon entering the store. Then, they will take a seat somewhere they feel comfortable and a bookseller will sit and talk with them about what kind of books they're looking for. Then, the bookseller will go pull books that they recommend for guests to review. Browsing is allowed but only booksellers are allowed to remove books from the shelves. Finally, appointments are limited to two people at once and can only be booked for an hour at a time. If you need more time to shop, please email us to set up your appointment.
Before and after each shopper, the store will be sanitized, as well as any items that may have been touched previously by another customer. Finally, our staff will wear masks at all times.
These may seem like extreme measures but we are committed to safety for our guests & our staff. Each step of the process has been thought through to ensure that we are reducing contact as much as possible. If you have questions or concerns about any of this, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!
This month, we are excited to introduce you to our newest venture. We know this year has been trying, for all of us in the community. We also know that the escape and comfort a book offers is something many of us are taking advantage of during social distancing. In order to be sure this pastime is something that is available to all members of our community, regardless of means, we have started Free Books for Boone. Through this program, we will provide free books to those in Watauga County who are unable to buy their own. Just fill out a short application stating your interests, books you've liked before, and your personal information so we can pick the perfect book for you. We're also accepting financial and book donations from members of the community who would like to help us keep the program going. You can learn more about that here. Have questions? Send us an email at: email@example.com.
Finding yourself pacing the floor, desperate for something to do? What about organizing your bookshelves? Our brilliant intern Elly has gathered up some popular (read: staff) ideas about how to set up your shelves. Check out her post here and let us know how your shelves are organized (or not). Can't wait to read more? Elly has written engaging posts on other topics too. Try Mythology, Up & Coming Books of 2020, or her report on the upcoming Netflix original, Sandman, which is based on the popular graphic novel series.
Ready to try something new? You've got to get your hands on one of the IndieNext or Okra Picks for 2020! Okra Pick books have been chosen by SIBA Indie Bookstores as the books they are most excited to handsell to customers, books that inspire conversation and broaden horizons. IndieNext titles are similar, but feature recommendations from booksellers across the country. Click on the photos below to be taken to the full lists and find the perfect title for you!
And for those of us who just love to browse, 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!
Can't wait for your mystery box or your new orders? Need something book related to read right now? Check out these articles, quizzes, and various sundry we've been enjoying the last few weeks.
Just a reminder, we are still holding our book clubs at the end of the month. You can join us via Google Meet to share all your thoughts and feelings on our May titles. Find the link to join, information, and details about our Fantasy/Science Fiction title here and our Foggy Pine Book Club pick here. Silent Book Club has also moved online so we hope to see you there!
Stay safe and cozy, we will see you soon. Read on!
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!
I can't believe it has already been two years! We have been priviledged to get to know many of you over these last two years and we are so thankful to you for making it possible for us to be here. Your support means the world to us and we enjoy meeting your book needs (and wants). We celebrated this past Wednesday with a community potluck. It was wonderful to see everyone who came out and we appreciate each and every one of our customers.
We still have some available time slots for the conference room so now's your chance to get your book club, knitting club, wine club, whatever club into a great space that is designed to meet your needs. Give us a call at the store to get your time scheduled today!
We are excited to be accepting used books at the store! We are available to go through your order from 12-5pm Tuesday through Saturday. If you have more than 50 books, please call ahead to make an appointment so we can be sure someone gets through them all at once. Your accepted books will be credited to your account and can be redeemed when purchasing other used books. For more information about our used book program, visit this page.
The Southern Bestsellers for this week are live on their page! You can click the titles to purchase the book from us online. The display is also up at the bookstore and is easy to browse and enjoy. We finally have The Overstory by Richard Powers, a SIBA Okra Pick, back in stock and available for purchase. We know that many of you have been looking for this title! Look for the Okra Pick symbol, seen below, on books in the store for titles that were recommended by Southern booksellers as the best books of their season!
Foggy Pine Reads
Mary: I'm reading a few different things right now. I'm listening to Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler for Saturday's book club. I'm reading The Alchemyst by Michael Scott for Sunday's book club and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas. I'm enjoying everything but ACOMAF is, by far, the one that I cannot put down. The Adler book is a re-read for me so it's been interesting to compare my original thoughts on the book to my current ones.
Yelisa: I've been reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, on and off again. It could easily be a quick read, but I like to savor each poem and read them when I really need to as a way to resonate a certain feeling, whether that is hurting, loving, breaking or healing. It reminds me that while all of these aren't necessarily positive, they are essential to make me, and other readers, believe that we are milk and honey, filled with potential and worth.
Kristina: I'm still reading The Alchemyst and really enjoying it. It's bringing me back to the age I was when I first read it. I'm looking forward to the book club discussion this Sunday!
Katharine: I'm starting The Alchemyst. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to let you all know what I thought of it!
We have two book club events over the weekend and would love to see you at either (or both!). Saturday the 26th, Foggy Pine Book Club meets at the store from 7:30-8:30pm. This month, we've been reading Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshipers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Adler. You're welcome to come by, have a glass of wine, and tell us what you think, even if you haven't read the entire book! We are laid back and love to have new members, so don't be shy!
Then, Sunday the 27th we will be hosting the new YA Book Club at the store from 6:30-7:30pm. We have been reading The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott and are excited to chat about it together over snacks and drinks. Coming to book club is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and find other kindred-spirits!
Are you looking for something awesome to read but don't know where to start? Check our the review blogs that we maintain on our website:
If you've read something wonderful lately and want to tell everyone about it, write us a review and we'll feature it on the community page! You can also borrow an ARC (advanced reader copy) and write us a review based on a book that hasn't been released yet! Ask your bookseller for more information.
In the meantime, check out Mary's review for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows--
Mary Ruthless: Owner/Manager