In which pie and whiskey seem like a good idea.

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When I saw Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze listed in one of this fall's book catalogs, I knew what we had to do: Call Rhonda at Liam's, immediately. 

This book was begging for a Bookshelf event. 

Pie & Whiskey is a collection of essays and recipes all about -- you guessed it -- pie and whiskey. Now look, I'm going to be perfectly honest: I don't like pie, and I don't like whiskey. But I do like books about food, and I love partnering with local foodies who can turn my dreams into a reality. (See: Pen to Plate dinners with our friends at Southern Jubilee Catering.)  

We've been looking for a way to partner with Liam's forever, and this finally felt like the perfect opportunity. Rhonda was, of course, on board, and now we're both proud to present Pie & Whiskey at Liam's. Tickets are $75 a person ($120 for a couple) and include one savory and two sweet pies, three whiskey cocktails, and a copy of the book Pie & Whiskey (which we promise, is an utter delight).  

And because the holiday season probably needs to be launched with a little bit of both pie and whiskey, we're hosting Pie & Whiskey on Tuesday, December 5, at Liam's. Kick off your holiday season with butter and booze; we're betting you'll be glad you did. 


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PIE & WHISKEY AT LIAM'S
Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Liam's Restaurant and Lounge
Tickets ($75, $120) available online or at The Bookshel

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We're taking Bookshelf story time on the road for the next two Saturdays, so parents and caregivers, pay attention! We want to make sure your kiddos don't miss out on the fun!

This Saturday, 10/28, I'll be down at Thomasville's dog park for Howl-O-Ween. I'll be reading a few dog-themed books (including Biscuit, in preparation for another fun community event) and passing out some Halloween goodies; there are family-friendly festivities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and story time begins at 11.

Next Saturday, 11/4, the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation is presenting the children's musical "Biscuit" at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. Tickets to the show are free ($10 for adults), and we wanted to encourage local little ones to spend their Saturday morning at the theatre instead of story time, especially since the musical is based on the books we love so much. The Bookshelf will be at the Center selling Biscuit books and goodies that Saturdaymorning, and the show starts at 11 a.m.

No little ones in your life? Never fear; we've got plenty on tap for grown-ups, too:


Covey Film Festival showing of Same Kind of Different as Me - TONIGHT at 7 p.m. at Gateway Cinemas -- Tickets available here
Secrets, Haunts, and Local Lore - Friday, 10/27 at 6 p.m. at the Lapham-Patterson House -- Tickets and information available here
+ Energy Medicine Workshop with Paige Abgar of Eden Energy Medicine - Thursday, 11/2 at 7 p.m. -- Tickets are $25 and are available in-store and online
Soup Night with The Bookshelf staff, plus a book signing with Bob Balfour - Friday, 11/3 from 6 to 8 p.m. -- Free
Pen to Plate dinner featuring Six Seasons - Thursday, 11/9 at 7 p.m. -- SOLD OUT

  PICTURE OF THE WEEK:  We had a blast at last week's Happy Houseplants workshop. Each participant left with a macrame plant hanger they'd made themselves, plus a potted plant and a copy of either  Happy Houseplants  or  House Jungle , depending on their skill level. Emily McKenna from  You're Maker  was a fabulous instructor, and we loved watching folks get creative in our shop. Stay tuned for more "Entertain Your Inner Nerd" classes at The Bookshelf!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: We had a blast at last week's Happy Houseplants workshop. Each participant left with a macrame plant hanger they'd made themselves, plus a potted plant and a copy of either Happy Houseplants or House Jungle, depending on their skill level. Emily McKenna from You're Maker was a fabulous instructor, and we loved watching folks get creative in our shop. Stay tuned for more "Entertain Your Inner Nerd" classes at The Bookshelf!

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Heating & Cooling by Mississippi writer Beth Ann Fennelly (I love a good double name) was my Shelf Subscription pick for October, and although I was hesitant fellow readers would feel cheated out of a longer novel, I'm so glad this was the book I chose to send out into the world this month.

Beth Ann Fennelly is the poet laureate of Mississippi, and her collection of 52 "micro-memoirs" -- some a few pages, others just a sentence or two -- is filled with both poetic imagery and simple, purposeful prose. Every word matters in this collection, and Fennelly's ability to turn mundane interactions into fascinating stories will have readers looking at their own lives for inspiration. I adored this book

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Do you love a good scare? Then this week's episode of From the Front Porch is for you. Chris and I chatted about our favorite thrillers and suspense novels,  giving you the perfect TBR list for this weekend before Halloween. Listen here, or find us on iTunes or Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. 

This month, we added a couple of local sponsors to From the Front Porch. Fellow small businesses Fuzzy Goat and Fontaine Maury have been featured in this month's episodes; we love sharing the love, so if you're interested in sponsoring an upcoming episode of From the Front Porch, hit reply to this email! We'd love to feature your business on the show. 

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