In which Jeff VanderMeer is coming to Thomasville!

It's hard to stress here just how difficult it is to get authors to come to our little neck of the woods. You and I know and love the beauty of Thomasville's small-town charm, but to authors, Thomasville proves to be a difficult destination. It's a city far-removed from interstates and major airports, and despite some our best efforts, we can't always convince New York Times-bestselling authors to head this way.   This is why your attendance at our events is crucial. I want talented writers and artists to know how wonderful Thomasville is, to come visit our town and see what I see. But they don't come unless they know you will. They don't come unless they know there's a reason to come, and you're the reason they're looking for.  Enter this Saturday's book signing with Jeff VanderMeer. Jeff is an exception to the aforementioned rule, because Jeff is from Tallahassee. (In case you didn't know, there happens to be quite a bit of talent in and around our tiny city.) Jeff's Southern Reach Trilogy has been popular in our shop -- and around the country -- for years, and now Jeff has written Borne, a new novel which has already garnered a ton of critical acclaim.  Jeff won't tell you this, but I will: He's a big deal. Borne was named one of the most anticipated books of the year by The New York Times and The Huffington Post. The film rights have already been acquired, and Jeff just got back from an 18-city book tour. Authors see it all when they travel to talk about their books. Even Ann Patchett has hosted events where not a soul shows up.  But I really don't want that to happen to Jeff, and I really don't want that to happen here. I want Jeff -- who, admittedly, just has to cross the state line -- to see what makes Thomasville such a unique place to live and work. I want him to see the town I see, the town that loves literature and has supported an indie bookshop for over 30 years.  That town is special, and this Saturday, you get to show Jeff part of it.  I hope you'll come down to the shop to meet Jeff, to hear about his books, and to buy a copy or two. (I hear Father's Day is coming up...) --- BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR JEFF VANDERMEER 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by any time Free and open to the public

It's hard to stress here just how difficult it is to get authors to come to our little neck of the woods. You and I know and love the beauty of Thomasville's small-town charm, but to authors, Thomasville proves to be a difficult destination. It's a city far-removed from interstates and major airports, and despite some our best efforts, we can't always convince New York Times-bestselling authors to head this way.  

This is why your attendance at our events is crucial. I want talented writers and artists to know how wonderful Thomasville is, to come visit our town and see what I see. But they don't come unless they know you will. They don't come unless they know there's a reason to come, and you're the reason they're looking for. 

Enter this Saturday's book signing with Jeff VanderMeer. Jeff is an exception to the aforementioned rule, because Jeff is from Tallahassee. (In case you didn't know, there happens to be quite a bit of talent in and around our tiny city.) Jeff's Southern Reach Trilogy has been popular in our shop -- and around the country -- for years, and now Jeff has written Borne, a new novel which has already garnered a ton of critical acclaim. 

Jeff won't tell you this, but I will: He's a big deal. Borne was named one of the most anticipated books of the year by The New York Times and The Huffington Post. The film rights have already been acquired, and Jeff just got back from an 18-city book tour.

Authors see it all when they travel to talk about their books. Even Ann Patchett has hosted events where not a soul shows up. 

But I really don't want that to happen to Jeff, and I really don't want that to happen here. I want Jeff -- who, admittedly, just has to cross the state line -- to see what makes Thomasville such a unique place to live and work. I want him to see the town I see, the town that loves literature and has supported an indie bookshop for over 30 years. 

That town is special, and this Saturday, you get to show Jeff part of it. 

I hope you'll come down to the shop to meet Jeff, to hear about his books, and to buy a copy or two. (I hear Father's Day is coming up...)
---

BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR JEFF VANDERMEER
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop by any time
Free and open to the public

NEW EVENT ALERT! After chatting with interested folks in the shop and via email, we're finally launching our chess club where parents and their kids can come learn chess in a friendly, safe environment. Jordan, shop husband and chess expert, is a dream instructor, and because he loved learning to play right alongside his dad, he'd love to see parents come with their kids, so you can all learn to play together. Not a parent, or a kid? He'd love to see you there, too! There's no cost, but participants will have the option to buy The Usborne Chess Book by Lucy Bowman. (We are asking that you please RSVP to this event by stopping in the store or giving us a call.)   + Book signing w/ Jeff Vandermeer - Saturday, 6/10, 2 p.m. + Family Chess Night (RSVP required) - Monday, 6/12, 5:30 p.m. + Summer Reading Extravaganza - Thursday, 6/15, 7 p.m. + Story Time at the Amphitheater, Tuesday, 6/27, 12 p.m. + Ladies' Drawing Night w/ Janae Easton - Thursday, 6/29, 6 p.m. + Shelf Talk + Signing w/ Kathy Bradley - Friday, 6/30, 7 p.m

NEW EVENT ALERT! After chatting with interested folks in the shop and via email, we're finally launching our chess club where parents and their kids can come learn chess in a friendly, safe environment. Jordan, shop husband and chess expert, is a dream instructor, and because he loved learning to play right alongside his dad, he'd love to see parents come with their kids, so you can all learn to play together. Not a parent, or a kid? He'd love to see you there, too! There's no cost, but participants will have the option to buy The Usborne Chess Book by Lucy Bowman. (We are asking that you please RSVP to this event by stopping in the store or giving us a call.)
 

Book signing w/ Jeff Vandermeer - Saturday, 6/10, 2 p.m.
Family Chess Night (RSVP required) - Monday, 6/12, 5:30 p.m.
Summer Reading Extravaganza - Thursday, 6/15, 7 p.m.
Story Time at the Amphitheater, Tuesday, 6/27, 12 p.m.
Ladies' Drawing Night w/ Janae Easton - Thursday, 6/29, 6 p.m.
Shelf Talk + Signing w/ Kathy Bradley - Friday, 6/30, 7 p.m

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I found your next book club book. The Leavers won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, given by Barbara Kingsolver to a novel for addressing issues of social justice. The prize, I assure you, was well-deserved. 

Lisa Ko's novel follows young Deming and his mother Polly, both Chinese immigrants living in New York until Polly leaves for her job at a nail salon and never comes home. Deming is eventually adopted by a well-intentioned white couple in upstate New York, and The Leavers depicts Deming's struggles with both his adoptive parents and the absence of his birth mother. Told in both Deming's and Polly's voices, The Leavers is slow to start, but ultimately compelling. 

In this week's episode of From the Front Porch, Chris and I were inspired by an email from a podcast listener to chat about whether we buy or borrow books, and why. Neither Chris nor I are minimalists when it comes to books (we work in a bookstore, after all), but we were able to talk about the benefits of visiting the local library, and how to buy books wisely. Give us a listen here, then weigh in with your comments!

In this week's episode of From the Front Porch, Chris and I were inspired by an email from a podcast listener to chat about whether we buy or borrow books, and why. Neither Chris nor I are minimalists when it comes to books (we work in a bookstore, after all), but we were able to talk about the benefits of visiting the local library, and how to buy books wisely. Give us a listen here, then weigh in with your comments!

-Annie