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!
Mary Ruthless: Owner/Manager