In Which We Love A Good Pop-Up Shop (or several).

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 We're officially in the "Nobody panic! Everybody stay calm!" stage of the pre-holiday season.   Holiday orders and gifts are coming in every day, and soon, despite my tendency to wait until the last possible moment, the store will be decked out for the most wonderful time of the year. We're trying to get our decorating done in time for this Sunday, downtown  Thomasville's Holiday Open House . If you've ever wandered into Thomasville on a Sundayafternoon, you've probably found a ghost town where our charming down normally resides. Not so this Sunday. The majority of our shops and restaurants will be open, and to celebrate, we're doing a few special thing at The Bookshelf:   + We're hosting our friends from  Polka Dot Press in Tallahassee  for a holiday pop-up shop. Check out their stationery selections and purchase your family's Christmas cards, all from their set-up inside our store.   + We're kicking off our  holiday wish list program ! Have your eye on something special in the shop? Make a note of it using our wish list service; we'll keep your list on hand for friends and family as they shop small this holiday season.  + This year, we're partnering with our friends at Fuzzy Goat for "Letters to Santa." Has your little one written a missive to the man in the red suit? Encourage them to drop it off in one our special mailboxes to Santa -- both Fuzzy Goat and The Bookshelf will have drop-offs ready through December 22.   I love when Thomasville comes together in any capacity: for the annual costume parade at Halloween to staying open way past our bedtimes during Victorian Christmas. Businesses only participate, though, if customers make it worth their while. I'd love to see this Sunday's Holiday Open House downtown be a huge success, and so much of that depends on you! I hope you'll come to The Bookshelf on Sunday and see all our festive decorations, plus buy cards and wares from our friends at Polka Dot Press. I think it's sure to be a fun afternoon, and a lovely way to kick off Thanksgiving week!   HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IN THOMASVILLE  This Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring a pop-up shop with Polka Dot Press For a full list of participating shops and restaurants, check  here

We're officially in the "Nobody panic! Everybody stay calm!" stage of the pre-holiday season. 

Holiday orders and gifts are coming in every day, and soon, despite my tendency to wait until the last possible moment, the store will be decked out for the most wonderful time of the year. We're trying to get our decorating done in time for this Sunday, downtown Thomasville's Holiday Open House. If you've ever wandered into Thomasville on a Sundayafternoon, you've probably found a ghost town where our charming down normally resides. Not so this Sunday. The majority of our shops and restaurants will be open, and to celebrate, we're doing a few special thing at The Bookshelf: 

+ We're hosting our friends from Polka Dot Press in Tallahassee for a holiday pop-up shop. Check out their stationery selections and purchase your family's Christmas cards, all from their set-up inside our store. 

+ We're kicking off our holiday wish list program! Have your eye on something special in the shop? Make a note of it using our wish list service; we'll keep your list on hand for friends and family as they shop small this holiday season.

+ This year, we're partnering with our friends at Fuzzy Goat for "Letters to Santa." Has your little one written a missive to the man in the red suit? Encourage them to drop it off in one our special mailboxes to Santa -- both Fuzzy Goat and The Bookshelf will have drop-offs ready through December 22. 

I love when Thomasville comes together in any capacity: for the annual costume parade at Halloween to staying open way past our bedtimes during Victorian Christmas. Businesses only participate, though, if customers make it worth their while. I'd love to see this Sunday's Holiday Open House downtown be a huge success, and so much of that depends on you! I hope you'll come to The Bookshelf on Sunday and see all our festive decorations, plus buy cards and wares from our friends at Polka Dot Press. I think it's sure to be a fun afternoon, and a lovely way to kick off Thanksgiving week!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IN THOMASVILLE
This Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Featuring a pop-up shop with Polka Dot Press
For a full list of participating shops and restaurants, check here

 In the middle of the chaos, don't forget!  Next Saturday, November 25 , is a big one! It's Small Business Saturday all across the country, and to celebrate, we're hosting a variety of pop-up shops inside The Bookshelf all day (including one by our town's  mini-makers ), plus we're welcoming a very special guest: Jamie Golden of my favorite podcast, The Popcast, will be here as a guest bookseller! Jamie and I are hosting a discussion and trivia night about Books in Pop Culture, and tickets are almost gone! Get yours  here  before we sell out!

In the middle of the chaos, don't forget! Next Saturday, November 25, is a big one! It's Small Business Saturday all across the country, and to celebrate, we're hosting a variety of pop-up shops inside The Bookshelf all day (including one by our town's mini-makers), plus we're welcoming a very special guest: Jamie Golden of my favorite podcast, The Popcast, will be here as a guest bookseller! Jamie and I are hosting a discussion and trivia night about Books in Pop Culture, and tickets are almost gone! Get yours here before we sell out!

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I read The Senator's Children months ago as an advanced reader copy, so it completely slipped my mind that the novel released last week. I can't believe I forgot to tell you!

The Senator's Children is part dysfunctional family drama, part political intrigue, but both parts come together beautifully in a compelling new book I loved. 

When Senator David Christie has an affair, his world comes crashing down, and his infidelity devastates his two daughters -- each from a different mother. If you enjoyed one of my other favorite new titles this year, Young Jane Young, this would make a great, if less humorous, follow-up

 This week on From the Front Porch, Chris and I chat about revisiting classic books -- but not in the ways you might think. Instead of re-reading  Little Women , for example, why not try Elena Ferrante's  My Brilliant Friend ? We each paired some of our current favorite titles with literary classics you've already heard of (and probably read), giving you the perfect pairings to take into next week's holiday.   As usual, you can find full episodes on our  new website , on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

This week on From the Front Porch, Chris and I chat about revisiting classic books -- but not in the ways you might think. Instead of re-reading Little Women, for example, why not try Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend? We each paired some of our current favorite titles with literary classics you've already heard of (and probably read), giving you the perfect pairings to take into next week's holiday. 

As usual, you can find full episodes on our new website, on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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