We're excited to welcome authors to the store to share their books with you and to share their writing journey with you.
Taryn Hutchison - November 19th, 6-7p.m.
This will be off-site at the Morganton Community House with an online option as well.
Local author Taryn Hutchison joins us as we celebrate the launch of her YA historical fiction novel, One Degree of Freedom. Set in Romania during the Cold War, this story follows Adriana as she navigates her love of literature and her journey to follow her dreams with family expectations influenced by governing rules. With an excellent cast of supporting characters, the story offers historical details while taking readers along to solve a mystery that becomes more dangerous than Adriana could ever have imagined.
While the target audience is Young Adult (usually ages 14+), the novel is absolutely appropriate in content for middle grades readers as well.
This event will have an in-person option with socially distanced seating and an online option. For the in-person event, properly worn PPE masks will be required. Seats will be limited so get your ticket early! Register here.
Sandra Warren - November 29th, 11a.m.-1:30p.m.
In-Store, Drop-in Style Book Signing
Local author Sandra Warren will be in-store with us on Independent Business Saturday celebrating her children's book, Spivey's Christmas Web! Sandra is also the author of She Started It, a middle grades historical fiction novel about the same subject matter as her non-fiction, adult title, We Bought a WWII Bomber: The Untold Story of a Michigan High School, a B-17 Bomber & The Blue Ridge Parkway. She is also the author of adult historical fiction novel Obsessed By A Promise. These titles will be available for purchase and signing during the event.
Reader Meet Writer - A virtual series in collaboration with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
These are virtual events that take place online. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. RSVP by emailing email@example.com no later than noon the day before the event. You will receive an email on the morning of the event with details to log in to the online event.
Embrace Your Southern Sugar, with Julia Fowler
Thursday, November 12th, 7-8p.m.
More irresistible stories and sayings from the creator of YouTube’s Southern Women Channel.
Ms. Julia Fowler is back, and this time she’s goin’ to talk her lipstick off about even more things Southern. If you’re not from the South, we hope to learn ya a thing or two that you can tote back into your own culture. If you are from the South, then you’re ’bout to be happier than a mule in a pickle patch: Julia’s laugh-out-loud essays cover the dadblame weather, your obsession with football, your Southern fried palate, comin’ and goin’, your health, and bein’ country, all complemented by a list of sayings you will only ever hear in the South. Julia says to embrace it all, as there is nothing purdier than authenticity: Embrace Your Southern, Sugar!
Julia Fowler is the creator and actor of the Southern Women Channel, a popular YouTube channel that celebrates Southern sayings, humor, and stories. After her first video went viral, her work has been featured in major national media, from CMT to The Today Show. Julia was born and raised in Gaffney, South Carolina, and now resides in Venice Beach, California.
Ingram Presents #BlackVoices a Celebration of #BlackJoy Sponsored by HarperCollins
Thursday, November 19th, 7-8p.m.
Featuring authors Paula Chase, Tanita S. Davis, Lisa Moore Ramée, Janae Marks
Turning Point by Paula Chase
Distance threatens to tear apart a friendship. That is, of course, if a secret doesn’t ruin it first.
Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely stand-alone companion to Paula Chase’s So Done and Dough Boys will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.
Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious, Bible-quoting aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to. But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible?
Paula Chase continues to explore the lives of African American middle school characters from the Cove, a low-income housing project, in this stand-alone companion to So Done and Dough Boys. Both universal and specific, Turning Point is rich with thematic threads such as racism, body image, poverty, creativity, religion, Me Too, friendship, and family running through it. A rewarding and thought-provoking read for the older middle grade audience.
Paula Chase is the author of several books for teens and middle school readers. She has worked as a cheerleading coach and in public relations for a tech company. She is the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, a site designed to increase awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. She is the author of So Done and Dough Boys. Paula Chase lives in Maryland.
Serena Says by Tanita S. Davis
Award-winning author Tanita S. Davis delivers a heartwarming and humorous middle grade tale about a young girl who finds her own voice through vlogging and learns to speak out; perfect for fans for Wendy Maas and Lisa Greenwald.
JC shines like a Fourth of July sparkler. She has the best ideas and the biggest, funniest laugh, and the party starts when she arrives. Serena St. John is proud to be known as her best friend.
Everything changes when JC returns from the hospital with a new kidney—and a new best friend. Out of the spotlight of JC’s friendship, suddenly things aren’t quite so sparkly in Serena’s world.
Lonely, Serena works on perfecting her vlogs, hoping to earn a shot at becoming a classroom reporter. If she can be smart and funny on video, why can’t she manage that in real life? If only she could always pause, edit, or delete conversations. It would be so much easier to say the right thing at the right time . . . instead of not saying what she should or, even worse, blurting out a secret that wasn’t hers to share.
Life doesn’t have a pause button—but as Serena discovers her voice through vlogging, she learns that she’s not just there to reflect JC’s light—she’s fully capable of shining on her own.
Tanita S. Davis is the award-winning author of six novels for middle grade and young adult readers, including Peas and Carrots, Happy Families, and Mare’s War, which won a Coretta Scott King Award Honor and earned her a nomination for the NAACP Image Award. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
From the acclaimed author of A Good Kind of Trouble comes another unforgettable story about finding your voice—and finding your people.
Eleven-year-old Jenae doesn’t have any friends—and she’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible in school, it’s almost like she has a superpower, like her TV idol, Astrid Dane. At home, Jenae has plenty of company, like her no-nonsense mama; her older brother, Malcolm, who is home from college after a basketball injury; and her beloved grandpa Gee.
Then a new student shows up at school—a boy named Aubrey with fiery red hair and a smile that won’t quit. Jenae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up everywhere she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more he seems determined to be her friend. Despite herself, Jenae starts getting used to having him around.
But when the two are paired up for a class debate about the proposed name change for their school, Jenae knows this new friendship has an expiration date. Aubrey is desperate to win and earn a coveted spot on the debate team. There’s just one problem: Jenae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of an audience—including risk the first real friendship she’s ever had.
Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she now lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband, two kids, and two obnoxious cats. She is the author of A Good Kind of Trouble.
You can visit her online at www.lisamooreramee.com.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
With equal parts mystery and heart, this middle grade debut by Janae Marks follows Zoe Washington after she receives an unexpected letter on her twelfth birthday from the incarcerated father she’s never met and her courageous journey to uncover the truth about his crime. Perfect for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook!
Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write next. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, she hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed.
Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe’s determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters from her mom and stepdad. Everyone thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge! It’s Zoe’s dream to become a star baker, and she can’t afford to mess anything up.
But with bakery confections on one part of her mind and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: everyone lies.
Debut author Janae Marks follows one courageous girl as she searches for the truth and does what she believes is right, even in the face of great opposition.
Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at janaemarks.com.
Lenoir Rhyne University Visiting Writers Series
It is a great honor to be a part of the 2019-2020 Visiting Writers Series! You'll find us on the Lenoir Rhyne University campus the evening of author events providing books for purchase. Be sure to check out full details at the LRU VWS website.
Past Bookstore Events
John Adam Wasowicz, October 31, 2020
Author of Slaters Run
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, September 19, 2020
Author of Even as We Breathe
Laura McCaskill, Febraury 14th, 2020
Author of Her Keepers and Fallow
Mark Warren, January 24th, 2020
The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, December 5th, 2019
Contributor in Step Into the Circle
Elizabeth Shelburne, November 13th, 2019
Author of Holding On To Nothing
Laura McCaskill, October 12th 2019
Author of Her Keepers
John Adam Wasowicz, October 5th, 2019
Author of Jones Point
Seth Hawkins, September 14th, 2019 & STOP THE BLEED Training
Author of Vertical Aid and Wilderness EMS
Charles Gritzner, September 5th, 2019
Author of North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends
Katie Kath, August 24th, 2019
Illustrator of Me and the Measure of Things
Joan Barasovska, June 22nd, 2019
Author of Birthing Age, a collection of poetry
C. P. Whitaker, May 25, 2019
Author of For the Love of God and For Crying Out Loud
Arcy Patton, May 4th, 2019
Author of Effer Dandy Wanted Candy
Viviane Elbee, May 4th, 2019
Author of Teach Your Giraffe to Ski
Joy Resor, May 3rd, 2019
Author of Designed to Shine
Danielle Gauwain, April 27th, 2019
Author of Scholar of Seduction
Kathy Foster, March 23rd, 2019
Author of Somewhere in the Silence
Les Cochran, October 13, 2018
Book 1: Sax Club
Book 2: Blind Pig
Book 3: Get Even
Beth Revis, October 1, 2018
NY Times Bestselling author of numerous books, including Give the Dark My Love & Bid My Soul Farewell.
Christina Xiong, September 29, 2018
Author of The Gathering Song, a collection of poetry
Ben Anderson, September 27, 2018
Author of Smokies Chronicles
Buck Rish, September 8, 2018
Author of numerous books including Dawg Knows
Seth Hawkins, Corey Winstead, John Chimiak, August 30, 2018
Author of Vertical Aid and Wilderness EMS
Fred Epeley, August 17, 2018
Author of Growing Up In Ottie's World, Don't Let the Green Wave Drown You, and A Tarheel Marches
Dr. Natalie Spencer, July 20th, 2018
Author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens
Austin Helms, July 14th, 2018
Author of Orientation to Graduation (O2G)
P. S. Broaddus, July 13th, 2018
Author of A Hero's Curse, and Nightrage Rising
Mary Ann Domanska, June 19th, 2018
Author of Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer
John Adam Wasowicz, June 9th, 2018
Author of Daingerfield Island