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Play Fiction Addiction Holiday Bingo

11/01/2015 to 12/16/2015

Introducing Fiction Addiction Holiday Bingo! Bring your bingo card each time you shop with us between November 1st and December 15th and get a store stamp for squares as you complete them. Complete a square can involve anything from buying a themed book to attending an author event, signing up for one of our clubs to turning in your card. You’re sure to find ways to get a bingo as you do your holiday shopping with us! Win every time you get a bingo! Each bingo gives you a free book from the giveaway cart and a sweepstakes entry. Grand prize: (1) $100.00 Fiction Addiction Gift Certificate (retail value $100.00). Second prize: (1) In-stock Fiction Addiction T-shirt of your choice (retail value $29.95). Third prize: (1) In-stock Litograph of your choice (retail value $19.95). Odds of winning a prize are based on the number of entries received for the drawing. You can download and print out your own bingo card, or pick one up at the store.

Nicole Seitz Book Talk & Signing

11/21/2015 - 2:00PM to

South Carolina author Nicole Seitz will discuss her new multi-author anthology, When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors (Water Books, paperback, $11.99), on Saturday, November 21st, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. The water-themed book was inspired by the recent South Carolina flooding, and book proceeds will be donated by the authors to water disaster relief efforts. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. In response to the “thousand year flood” of 2015 in South Carolina, eighteen beloved and bestselling authors graciously contributed a water-themed story, essay, novel excerpt, or poem to this heart-warming and thought-provoking anthology. Like a winding river, their words meander through memories and nostalgia or swell in a fit of faith, fear, or questioning. Some offer lessons learned by the water or new beginnings because of it. There are even works of fiction — it often speaks the clearest truth. This is a timeless book for water-lovers and storm survivors. Proceeds support water-disaster relief efforts. Contributing authors: Lisa Wingate, Karen White, Bret Lott, Cassandra King, Majory Wentworth, Jolina Petersheim, Denise Hildreth Jones, Signe Pike, Michael Bassett, Fred Bassett, Eva Marie Everson, Batt Humphreys, Nicole Seitz, Julie Cantrell, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Dianne Miley, Dorothy McFalls, Sarah Loudin Thomas

Frederick Baus & Jeffrey Lefko Storytime & Book Signing

12/05/2015 - 11:00AM

Greenville children’s authors Frederick Baus (accompanied by Roper the Ogre!) and Jeffrey J. Lefko will read and sign their holiday picture books, Oh, Those Holiday Lights! (Baus, United Writers Press, paperback, $12.95) and Solomon Squirrel’s Amazing Chanukah Adventure (Lefko, CreateSpace, paperback, $9.49), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, December 5th, from 11am-1pm. This is a great way to celebrate Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day! In Oh, Those Holiday Lights!, Roper the Ogre lived on a mountain in Greenville a long time ago. No matter how hard he tries to be friendly, everyone is scared of him. To spite the people of Greenville, Roper decides to steal the candles that make everyone else so happy during the holidays. The mayor, the council, and especially all of the children are sad, until one of the children has an idea — each of the children will choose a gift to give to Roper, and maybe the ogre will give their lights back! This rhyming story gives an imaginative account of the inspiration of the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, a Greenville, South Carolina, holiday tradition. Net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Holiday Lights, Inc., a nonprofit company that oversees the annual Roper Mountain Holiday Lights event.   Solomon Squirrel’s Amazing Chanukah Adventure is the story of Solomon Squirrel and his family, who celebrate the Chanukah holiday every year, but this year is going to turn out to be the most special of them all. What happens to Solomon and his family this holiday season make for their most amazing adventure of their lives. Through some twists and turns, the Solomon Squirrel family realize some wonderful things about themselves and about the world that they live in. This book is meant to appeal to readers as a way to explain how different religions and cultures can interact with each other and accept each other for their own traditions and customs. The holiday season is a relevant time for this type of discovery and discussion.

Book Scouts Meeting

12/05/2015 - 1:00PM

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

12/05/2015 to 12/06/2015

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day takes place annually on the first Saturday in December. Come celebrate with your local independent bookstore, Fiction Addiction, on Saturday, December 5th, 2015! From founder Jenny Milchman: “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day began when my children were little and I was going to story time at bookstores nearly every week. Did all children know the pleasure of spending time in a bookstore? I wondered. Of being drawn into a magic world for a while, then being left to choose treasures on the shelf? I wanted to begin a holiday that would expose as many kids as possible to this joy. “But Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day quickly became bigger than one mother and her children. Bloggers and book lovers took it viral across the web, carried posters into bookstores, and welcomed me and my family to local bookstores when we traveled cross country one summer. “Now we are busily adding stores, helping support celebrations on the Day, and leading people to the wonderful places we have found. In the future, Take Your Child to a Bookstore may offer grants for children who can’t visit a bookstore on their own, or perhaps there will be internships for kids who want one day to own a bookstore. Because the sky is the limit when there is a book!”

Patrick L. Washington Launch Party

12/12/2015 - 2:00PM

Upstate South Carolina poet Patrick L. Washington will celebrate the launch of his poetry collection, Praying for God’s Glory: Poems About Life (AuthorHouse, paperback, $14.95), on Saturday, December 12th, from 2-4pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshment will be served.

Melinda Long & Kate Salley Palmer In-Store Signing

12/12/2015 - 11:00AM

Greenville picture book author Melinda Long will be signing copies of her Christmas book, The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina (Sterling, hardcover, $12.95), along with South Carolina author and illustrator Kate Salley Palmer, who will be signing copies of her new coloring book, 2016 Race for the White House (Warbranch Press, paperback, $14.95), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, December 12th, from 11am-12pm. This event is free and open to the public. In Melinda Long’s South Carolina-themed Christmas book, rainbow-painted houses, yummy shrimp stew, war heroes, prowling pirates, kudzu monsters, leaping dolphins…and a wren in a palmetto tree: that’s a South Carolina Christmas, and Laura is experiencing it all for the first time! Kids will love exploring this magical southern state with her.     South Carolina author and illustrator Kate Salley Palmer’s new non-partisan coloring book contains caricatures of 22 candidates for the 2016 presidential race, from both major parties, plus a couple of surprises. Each candidate page is in temptingly colorable cartoon form and pictures something that typifies each of the candidates. On the facing pages are short bios of the candidates in resume form — quite informative and educational.

Sandy Wells Launch Party

12/18/2015 - 4:00PM

Greenville author Sandy Wells will be celebrating the launch of his new book, You Did WHAT? (FPS, paperback, $12.95), on Friday, December 18th, from 4-6pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. From the preface: “After my mother’s death in 2000, a friend suggested that I write about my parents and family. Beck had heard and enjoyed many of their stories and thought other people would enjoy them as well. “The best thing about undertaking this project is that I have enjoyed reminiscing about my family and the good times we had. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed living them.”

Magic of History Panel Talk & Signing

12/19/2015 - 1:00PM to

Meet these historical fantasy authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, December 19th, at 1:00pm: Michael Livingston (author of The Shards of Heaven [Tor, hardcover, $25.99]), Christopher M. Cevasco (contributing author to the collections Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War [Prime, paperback, $15.95] and Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages [Prime, paperback, $15.95]), and Clay and Susan Griffith (authors of the Crown & Key series, including new book The Conquering Dark [Del Rey, paperback, $7.99]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, by calling 864-675-0540, or stopping by the store. Michael Livingston will be discussing and signing his debut historical fantasy novel, The Shards of Heaven. Julius Caesar is dead, assassinated on the senate floor, and the glory that is Rome has been torn in two. Octavian, Caesar’s ambitious great-nephew and adopted son, vies with Marc Antony and Cleopatra for control of Caesar’s legacy. As civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy, a secret conflict may shape the course of history. Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods — or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground. Caught up in these cataclysmic events, and the hunt for the Shards, are a pair of exiled Roman legionnaires, a Greek librarian of uncertain loyalties, assassins, spies, slaves…and the ten-year-old daughter of Cleopatra herself. Michael Livingston’s The Shards of Heaven reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle.   Christopher M. Cevasco will be discussing and signing the historical supernatural anthology, Shades of Blue & Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War, as well as the historical zombie anthology, Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages. More Americans were killed during the years 1861-1865 than any other date in history. Men shattered, women lost, families broken. In Shades of Blue and Gray, editor Steve Berman offers readers tales of the supernatural — ghost stories that range from the haunts of the battlefield to revenants on the long march home. Yank. Rebel. Both finding themselves at odds in flesh and spirit.   Clay and Susan Griffith will be discussing and signing the three books their Crown & Key historical fantasy series: The Shadow Revolution, The Undying Legion, and The Conquering Dark. In the newest book, The Conquering Dark, the Crown & Key Society face their most terrifying villain yet: Gaios, a deranged demigod with the power to destroy Britain. To avenge a centuries-old betrayal, Gaios is hell-bent on summoning the elemental forces of the earth to level London and bury Britain. The Crown and Key Society, a secret league consisting of a magician, an alchemist, and a monster-hunter, is the realm’s only hope — and to stop Gaios, they must gather their full strength and come together as a team, or the world will fall apart. But Simon Archer, the Crown and Key’s lead and the last living magician-scribe, has lost his powers. As Gaios searches for the Stone of Scone, which will give him destructive dominion over the land, monster-hunter Malcolm McFarlane, alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther, gadget geek Penny Carter, and Charlotte the werewolf scramble to reconnect Simon to his magic before the world as they know it is left forever in ruins.

Fiction Addiction Closed for Christmas

12/25/2015 to 12/26/2015

Fiction Addiction will be closed for Christmas. Happy holidays!

Fiction Addiction Closed for Christmas

12/25/2015 to 12/26/2015

Fiction Addiction Closed for New Year’s

01/01/2016 to 01/02/2016

Fiction Addiction will be closed for New Year’s Day.

Fiction Addiction Closed for New Year’s

01/01/2016 to 01/02/2016

Fiction Addiction will be closed for New Year’s. Enjoy your holiday!

2016 Teen Writing Seminar

01/11/2016 - 4:00PM

Sign up now for our 2016 Teen Writing Seminar led by local YA author Sheri S. Levy! Meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of each month from January to May, from 4-5pm at Fiction Addiction. $25 registration price includes a copy of Sheri’s YA novel, Seven Days to Goodbye (Barking Rain, paperback, $13.95), which she will be using as an example text. Attendees should read the novel prior to the first class. The course will cover Plotting, Setting, Character, Conflict, Voice, and Revision. Students are also encouraged to form an optional Critique Group to meet at 4pm on the 4th Monday of each month at Fiction Addiction.

John Lane Book Talk & Signing

01/11/2016 - 10:00AM

The book club at St. Gile’s Presbyterian Church will be hosting Spartanburg author John Lane for a talk about his debut novel, Fate Moreland’s Widow (USC Press, hardcover, $24.95), which delves into historically inspired events of life, livelihood, death, and destiny set against a rural Southern backdrop on the cusp of modernity. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP. Books can be purchased in advance from Fiction Addiction, either online or by stopping by the store. On a placid Blue Ridge mountain lake on Labor Day Weekend in 1935, three locals sightseeing in an overloaded boat drown, and the cotton mill scion who owns the lake is indicted for their murders. Decades later Ben Crocker — witness to and reluctant participant in the aftermath of this long-forgotten tragedy — is drawn once more into the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice. The son of mill workers in Carlton, South Carolina, Crocker is caught between competing loyalties to his family and future. Crocker wanted more than a rough-hewn life on a factory floor, so he studied accounting at the local textile institute and was hired as bookkeeper to the owner, George McCane, a man as burdened by his familial ties as Crocker and even less prepared for the authority of his mantel. McCane’s decision to renovate the Carlton Mill and lay off families connected to the Uprising of ’34, one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. history, puts Crocker in the ill-fitting position as his boss’s enforcer. Days after the evictions, the surprise indictment lands McCane in a North Carolina mountain jail and sinks Crocker even deeper into the escalating tensions between mill workers and the owners. While traversing mountain communities in McCane’s defense, Crocker must also manage the forced renovation of the Carlton Mill, negotiate with labor organizers led by local hero Olin Campbell, collaborate with McCane’s besotted brother, Angus, and fend off his father’s and wife’s skepticism of his own social aspirations. Hanging distractingly over Crocker’s upended life is his burgeoning infatuation with Novie Moreland–the young widow of one of those McCane is accused of killing. Though unrequited, Croker’s relationship with Novie proves to be a beacon of hope amid the shadows of political and social machinations in the darkest chapter in his long life. As the union retaliates and the McCane murder trial is settled, it is uncertain who the winners and losers have been in this generational clash of workers and owners, labor and capital, those tied to the land and its people and those who exploit both. When Crocker looks back from 1988 at these two crucial years in his life in the mid-1930s, he is left to wonder if he did right by himself and those closest to him. Against all better judgment, Crocker knows he must seek out Novie Moreland once more if he is ever to find closure with the past.

New Year’s Resolution Author Panel Talk & Signing

01/16/2016 - 2:00PM to

It’s a brand new year and time for those New Year’s Resolutions! If you’re tired of reacting to life and instead want to turn proactive, let author Hannah Papp teach you how to go on a modern vision quest with her book, The Mystical Backpacker: How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World (Beyond Words, paperback, $16.00). Or perhaps you’ve resolved to share your life story with friends and family. Tracy Crow, author of On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story (Potomac Books, paperback, $19.95), will offer nonfiction writing advice, especially for those writing about traumatic experiences. And Vally Sharpe, co-publisher of FPS Publishing and author The Gospel According to Emily (United Writers Press, paperback, $14.95), will talk about empathy and point of view in both relationships and fiction writing. *Note: Tickets are $10 each and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, by calling 864-675-0540, or stopping by the store. Part memoir, part guidebook, The Mystical Backpacker by Hannah Papp invites you to explore your inner terrain and learn how to create your own unique version of a modern day vision quest or walk-about. Tired of living a life based on others’ expectations, Hannah quit her job, bought a EuroRail ticket and a map, notified her landlady, and left town. Embarking on a journey across Europe with no plan and no direction, Hannah stumbled into becoming a modern-day Mystical Backpacker. Along the way, her discoveries and the teachers she encountered allowed her to go on a deeper journey into the self and the spirit — revealing the real self she had long been missing. The Mystical Backpacker shows you how to identify the signs along the road that will lead to teachers and experiences that will reorient your own life map. Ultimately, The Mystical Backpacker offers a solution, a way to break free and find your inner self’s rhythms and needs, fulfilling your true destiny. It’s time you hit the road and become a mystical backpacker.   Personal writing can be risky for anyone, but for military veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress, sharing stories can trigger painful and disturbing flashbacks. Writing is also risky for the ego. It is one thing to write a military story, especially one based on authentic experiences\; it is quite another to muster the courage to share that story with others for critique and feedback. Award-winning journalist and author Tracy Crow presents a roadmap for writing an authentic, persuasive military story. Drawing from her personal experiences and those of other veteran writers, and from the insights of noteworthy writing and teaching professionals, On Point is the guide Crow wishes she’d had when she first began writing about her military experience. No previous writing guide specifically addresses the unique challenges and rewards facing soldiers who want to craft their military story with courage and candor.   In Vally Sharpe‘s imagined memoir The Gospel According to Emily, acclaimed author Emily Carpenter reveals the inside story about her son Andrew and the events that would change her life and the lives of everyone he touched. As she says in the prologue, “One would assume that thirty years would provide enough distance from an event to make its impact less jarring on the psyche. But if it has to do with one of your children, all bets are off…” An exploration or “imagining” of what it might have been like if Jesus had come into the modern world and Mary, his mother, had written the story of his life from her point of view.

South Carolina Academy of Authors 30th Anniversary

04/15/2016 to 04/18/2016

The Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors is pleased to announce the 30th Anniversary Inductees: Dorothy Allison, Orville Vernon Burton, Betsy Byars, and Guy Davenport. Celebrations will be held April 15-17, 2016 in Anderson, South Carolina. Visit for more information.

Children’s Book Week

05/02/2016 to 05/09/2016

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers, is an anchor sponsor. Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader also created the Children’s Choice Book Award Program in 2008 to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Winners are announced live during Children’s Book Week at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala, the Academy Awards of children’s literature. Voting will open at in March for the 2016 awards.

Fiction Addiction Closed for Memorial Day

05/30/2016 to 05/31/2016

Fiction Addiction will be closed for Memorial Day. Enjoy your holiday!

Fiction Addiction Closed for 4th of July

07/04/2016 to 07/05/2016

Fiction Addiction will be closed for the 4th of July. Enjoy your holiday!

Fiction Addiction Closed for Labor Day

09/05/2016 to 09/06/2016

Fiction Addiction will be closed on Labor Day. Enjoy your holiday!

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