Okay, I admit: We do a lot of things at The Bookshelf that are my favorite. Pen to Plate dinners, weekly story times, Victorian Christmas... the list could go on and on. Truly, though, Soup Night is one of those events near the top of the list.
Every November, no matter the temperature, we host Soup Night -- a celebration of a new cookbook, and a competition among Bookshelf staffers. Together, our staff selects a newly-published soup cookbook (this year, it's Easy Soups from Scratch with Breads to Match), and we divvy up the recipes, each of us choosing one to make. On Soup Night, we put out big pots of our soup recipe for customers to try, and folks vote on their favorites.
We engage in a friendly staff competition, yes, but we're also trying the recipes so you can know how easy the recipes are and if the cookbook is right for your family. Basically, we're trying it before you buy it, because we want the books you take home to be more than doorstops. We want you to use them and love them like we do.
Soup Night is free and family-friendly, a chance for you to try some soup before attending the plethora of downtown events available on First Friday. (We know our friends at Smith Collective and Fuzzy Goat are both hosting festivities this Friday, plus there's a free concert at the amphitheater in the evening.)
Community events are my favorite events, and few things make my heart happier than a shop full of people, eating good food and mingling together. We hope you'll stop by on Friday night to see what we love about Thomasville and -- yes -- what we love about a really good bowl of soup.
SOUP NIGHT featuring Easy Soups from Scratch with Breads to Match This Friday, 11/3, beginning at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public
And, join us from 4-6 p.m. for a book signing with local favorite Bob Balfour!
November is here! Halloween always kicks off my favorite time of year, and that hasn't changed, even as I navigate -- not always gracefully -- the throes of retail. Here's what we've got coming up in the shop this month:
+ Energy Medicine Workshop with Paige Abgar of Eden Energy Medicine - TONIGHT at 7 p.m. -- Tickets are $25 and are still 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
+ Biscuit Pop-Up Shop at the Thomasville Center for the Arts - Saturday, 11/4 at 11 a.m.
+ Pen to Plate dinner featuring Six Seasons - Thursday, 11/9 at 7 p.m. -- SOLD OUT
+ Stories & Steeples at the Thomasville Visitors' Center - Friday, 11/10 at 5 p.m.
+ Book signing with author Mike Brown - Saturday, 11/18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
+ Holiday Open House and Wish List Party, featuring Polka Dot Press - Sunday, 11/19 from 1 to 5 p.m.
+ Small Business Saturday - Saturday, 11/25 all day
And, DON'T FORGET: Story Time is on the road this Saturday! 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 andgoodies that Saturday morning, and the show starts at 11 a.m.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Downtown's annual "costume parade" (when local preschoolers come trick-or-treat down Broad Street) is honestly my favorite thing about Thomasville. It requires little effort from the downtown businesses, but look at the return: cute kids! extra candy! a morning outside! I adore this tradition, and this year, I loved spotting some literary costumes: a brother-sister dragon and taco, the paper bag princess, and Alice in Wonderland. Small town Halloween is the best kind of Halloween.
Here's the thing: You and I both know there hasn't been a decent romantic comedy film since Crazy Stupid Love, and there hasn't been a truly great one since You've Got Mail.
It makes sense, then, that YA lit is saving the romantic comedy, and never has that truth been more clear than with Tell Me Three Things, a lovely book about Jessie, a high school junior who's dealing with grief and loss and struggles to find her way at her new California prep school school. Enter a mysterious stranger who begins emailing Jessie to help guide her through the ins and outs of her new environment, and soon, the stranger becomes Jessie's closest friend -- even though they've never met. For fans of Read Bottom Up and Attachments.
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