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
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.
01/16/2016 - 2:00PM to
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED** 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. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=new+years+resolution+panel.
02/11/2016 - 5:30PM to
Meet these authors with Books to Fall in Love With as they discuss their work, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Thursday, February 11th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction: Jessica Leake (author of Arcana [Talos, paperback, $14.99, on sale 1/5/16]) and Celeste Fletcher McHale (author of The Secret to Hummingbird Cake [Thomas Nelson, paperback, $15.99, on sale 2/9/16]). Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome — or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting. Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin — and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere — hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand. But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor — even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, is he just another after her power? In the South, you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food — especially dessert — is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family — even if the threat is something you cannot see. Carrigan, Ella Rae, and Laine have been friends since kindergarten…since the day Ella Rae beat up a boy who tried to pick on Laine. They all still live in the small town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, and they’ve been through everything together, from a State Softball Championship to Carrigan’s elopement at seventeen. And Laine is still trying to keep the other two out of trouble. But when cancer threatens to rip the trio apart, their world spins in a way they’ve never known before. How deep do the bonds of friendship go? In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws…from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=books+to+fall+in+love+with+panel.
02/18/2016 - 5:30PM to
Are you in a bookclub? Thinking about joining or starting a bookclub? Like to read “bookclub-type books”? Then come join us for another Bookclub Party on Thursday, February 18th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction! Store owner Jill Hendrix will present suggested titles for bookclubs, and we will be serving wine and cheese and giving away a number of free “advance reader copies.” *Note: Tickets are $10 each and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=bookclub+party&searchby=title&page=shop/browse.
03/10/2016 - 6:00PM to
Meet these mystery authors for a book talk, followed by Q&A and a book signing on Thursday, March 10th, 2016, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction: Trudy Nan Boyce (author of Out of the Blues), John A. Connell (author of Ruins of War and its sequel, Spoils of Victory), and Bryan Robinson (author of Limestone Gumption). *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. From Trudy Nan Boyce, an author with more than thirty years’ experience in the Atlanta Police Department, comes Out of the Blues (Putnam, hardcover, $27.00), a riveting procedural debut introducing an unforgettable heroine. On her first day as a newly minted homicide detective, Sarah “Salt” Alt is given the cold-case murder of a blues musician whose death was originally ruled an accidental drug overdose. Now new evidence has come to light that he may have been given a hot dose intentionally. And this evidence comes from a convicted felon hoping to trade his knowledge for shortened prison time…a man who put Salt herself behind bars. In a search that will take her into the depths of Atlanta’s buried wounds — among the city’s homeless, its politically powerful churches, commerce and industry, and the police department itself — Salt probes her way toward the truth in a case that has more at stake than she ever could have imagined. At once a vivid procedural and a penetrating examination of what it means to be a cop, Out of the Blues is a remarkable crime debut. From John A. Connell, the author of Ruins of War, comes Spoils of Victory (Berkley, hardcover, $27.00, on sale 2/2/16), an electrifying novel featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator Mason Collins, set in the chaos of post-World War II Germany. When the Third Reich collapsed, the small town Garmisch-Partenkirchen became the home of fleeing war criminals, making it the final depository for the Nazis’ stolen riches. There are fortunes to be made on the black market. Murder, extortion, and corruption have become the norm. It’s a perfect storm for a criminal investigator like Mason Collins, especially when his friend, CIC Agent John Winstone, claims that a group of powerful men are taking over the lucrative trade. But before he can fully explain, Winstone — and his girlfriend — are brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Mason plunges into a shadowy labyrinth of co-conspirators, including former SS and Gestapo officers, U.S. Army OSS officers, and liberated Polish POWs. As both witnesses and evidence begin disappearing, it becomes obvious that someone on high is pulling strings to stifle the investigation — and that Mason must feel his way in the darkness if he is going to find out who in town has the most to gain — and the most to lose… With its blend of humor, dark plot, and quirky characters, Bryan Robinson‘s debut novel, Limestone Gumption (Sunstone Press, paperback, $19.95), witnesses beauty and brutality in a small Southern town. This offbeat mystery offers you suspense, surprise, and plenty of chuckles along the way to its solution. The fast pace and twists and turns are as frequent and fast as the Suwannee River itself, and they will keep you on the edge of your seat or make you fall out of it laughing. When Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debit with his long-lost father, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a football legend-turned-cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. Perched high on the east bank of the Suwannee River, the sleepy town of Whitecross, Florida, is known for its natural crystal-clear springs and underwater caverns. Locals are online and computer savvy, but if asked about blackberries, they think cobbler, not wireless. And townsfolk die of natural causes, not murder. Until now. As if being accused of murder isn’t shock enough, the psychologist’s hopes of confronting his father and reconnecting with his cantankerous Grandma Gigi are hindered by the surprise horror surrounding his father’s whereabouts and sinister secrets of the Women’s Preservation Club (WPC). The six quirky “sisterfriends” in the club founded by Grandma Gigi — whom Brad expects to jabber about preparing Sunday’s church bulletin or the next bake sale — start to look more like cold-blooded killers than church ladies. As Brad learns of more dead bodies and that each sisterfriend has reason to kill Big Jake, his suspicions sour into the clabbered taste of fear. What had the WPC planted in their welcome garden on the outskirts of Whitecross? Camellias or corpses? Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=mystery+author+panel.
03/19/2016 - 2:00PM to
Stephanie Evanovich, the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties, is back with The Total Package (William Morrow, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 3/15/16), a funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about love, redemption, and second chances. Ms. Evanovich will be discussing her new book at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, March 19th, at 2pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season, and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public. But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and a following of her own. Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke. But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson — riding high now that he’s revived his career — realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses — or will she sideline him for good?
04/12/2016 - 2:00PM to
In Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Viking, hardcover, $27.00, on sale 4/5/16), the latest in Ann B. Ross‘s New York Times bestselling series, Miss Julia finds herself an executrix on a desperate hunt for a valuable collection amid a jumble of the estate’s antiques, and if she finds a prize she can honor Miss Mattie’s last wishes. Ms. Ross will be discussing her new book at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 2pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but purchasing a copy of Miss Julia Inherits a Mess will guarantee that a seat is reserved for you. Books will be available for sale prior to and at the event. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she’d spent more time getting to know the woman — and not just because she’s the last person in town to hear about the accident! So when the tumble proves fatal, the last thing Miss Julia expects is a phone call from Mr. Ernest Sitton, Attorney at Law: Miss Julia is named executor of Mattie Freeman’s last will and testament, and it looks like her last wishes are more generous than her coffers are full. Faced with a house full of clutter and with her good friend Mildred Allen on bed rest, Miss Julia enlists and accredited furniture appraiser and Helen Stroud to sort through the mess and find something of value for Miss Mattie’s beneficiaries. Thank goodness for Miss Mattie’s handsome young neighbor, Nate Wheeler, who’s ever ready to help out, and of course for Etta Mae Wiggins, who makes an excellent sidekick. But when a peculiar young man claiming to be Miss Mattie’s great-nephew turns up, demanding to live in her apartment while he writes a family history, Miss Julia finds herself closer to Mattie Freeman and her mysterious family than ever before. In this seventeenth installment in the New York Times bestselling Miss Julia series, Ann B. Ross delivers another hilarious and bighearted novel celebrating the South’s favorite steel magnolia and the unforgettable residents of Abbotsville.
04/13/2016 - 6:00PM to
North Carolina author Kristy Woodson Harvey will be discussing her new women’s fiction novel about what it really means to tell the truth, Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley, paperback, $15.00, on sale 4/5/16), at a book talk & signing on Wednesday, April 13th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction. After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing — that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiance and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health. But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves…
04/14/2016 - 6:00PM to
Fiction Addiction invites all elementary school children and their parents to a fantastic free event with Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle, Dan Santat. He will take readers on the road trip of a lifetime when he discusses his new picture book, Are We There Yet? (Little, Brown, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 4/12/16), on Thursday, April 14th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of Are We There Yet? from Fiction Addiction is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Santat will sign other books as long as they are accompanied by at least one copy of the new book. “Are we there yet?” Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride — and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you’ll never look at being bored the same way again. Let’s face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backward — into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother’s birthday party, but instead he’s traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows where — or when — he’ll end up.
05/05/2016 - 11:30AM to
Book Your Lunch with New York Times bestselling South Carolina author Mary Alice Monroe on Thursday, May 5th, at 11:30am at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville. Enjoy a meal of chicken piccata and signature cocktails created by the author, hear Ms. Monroe talk about her new book, A Lowcountry Wedding (Gallery, paperback, $16.00, on sale 5/3/16), and get your book signed by the author. The novel features a signature cocktail that was created in Mary Alice’s own kitchen, called none other than The Lowcountry Wedding and features champagne and Firefly Peach Moonshine, made at the Firefly Distillery in Charleston, SC, and sold nationally. Mary Alice also spotlights a gentleman’s drink called The Firefly Cannonball, which is a blend of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, locally made Cannonborough Ginger Beer, and fresh squeezed lemon. Both drinks will be available to guests at no extra charge, courtesy of Firefly Distillery. *Note: Tickets are $40 each. Each ticket admits one and includes lunch and one copy of A Lowcountry Wedding. Lunch will consist of chicken piccata, with chef’s choice of vegetables and starch. Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s next novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” (Charleston Magazine) Lowcountry Summer series, set against the romantic, charming Charleston Lowcountry. Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding — or two! — in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset… Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series “the perfect beach read and a whole lot more.” Store volunteer Jackie says the series is “certain to be a summer favorite.” Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=mary+alice+monroe.
05/12/2016 - 6:30PM to
Join us at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, May 12th, at 6:30pm for an evening with John Hart, the only mystery author to win back-to-back Edgar Awards for Best Mystery Novel, as he discusses his new book, Redemption Road (Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $27.99, on sale 5/3/16). *Note: Tickets are $30 per person, and each ticket includes a copy of Redemption Road, which releases May 3rd. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. John has been one of Jill and Nancy’s favorite mystery authors since they read his debut novel, The King of Lies. And as the awards attest, he just gets better and better with each book. Here’s what we think about Redemption Road: “John Hart’s work just gets more powerful with each book he writes! Redemption Road is more than just a thriller; it’s an intense confrontation between good (the book’s heroine, police officer Elizabeth Black) and the forces of evil (corruption, betrayal, greed, violence, and insanity) arrayed against Elizabeth and the children she’d give her life to protect.” -Jill “John Hart’s newest novel, Redemption Road, is a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, but it is also obvious that the author has poured all of his heart and soul into this beautifully written story of sadness, despair, love, and hope.” -Nancy It took John five years to write Redemption Road and there is quite a story behind the story, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the author who wins rave reviews from both readers and other mystery authors. Here’s a small sampling of praise: David Baldacci says, “John Hart can flat-out write;” Harlan Coben says, “John Hart is a master storyteller;” and Vince Flynn said, “John Hart has clearly joined the top rank of thriller writers.” Since his debut bestseller, The King of Lies, reviewers across the country have heaped praise on John Hart, comparing his writing to that of Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, and Scott Turow. Each novel has taken Hart higher on the New York Times bestseller list as his masterful writing and assured evocation of place have won readers around the world and earned history’s only consecutive Edgar Awards for Best Novel with Down River and The Last Child. Now, Hart delivers his most powerful story yet. Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen… This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road. Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves again that John Hart is a master of the literary thriller. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=john+hart.
05/13/2016 - 9:30AM to
The LifeWise Page Turners Senior Book Club meets the second Friday of each month at Fiction Addiction. New members are welcome. In order to join, you must be a member of LifeWise, an outreach program sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System designed for women and men 55 and older. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $20. To learn more about LifeWise, download this flyer (includes enrollment form), call 864-675-4303, or visit their website. The Page Turners Book Club will be discussing the following books in upcoming months: May 13th: Dead Wake by Erik Larson (Broadway, paperback, $17.00) June 10th: The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy (Dial, paperback, $17.00) July 8th: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, hardcover, $27.00)
05/17/2016 - 6:30PM to
I’m afraid Mr. Alexis is sick and has canceled our event. Please call the store if you prepurchased books and would like a refund or if you’d like to be notified if event gets rescheduled. National Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will be discussing his life as a writer, including his debut children’s picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $17.99, on sale 5/10/16), at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Smith Recital Hall on Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:30 pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of Thunder Boy Jr. from Fiction Addiction is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Alexie will personalize any and all of his books if you have a signing line ticket. Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name…a name that is sure to light up the sky. National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie’s lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales’s striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.
05/31/2016 - 5:30PM to
Deb Richardson-Moore, author of The Weight of Mercy, will celebrate the launch of her debut novel, The Cantaloupe Thief (Lion, paperback, $14.99), at her launch party on Tuesday, May 31st, at 5:30pm at Cafe and Then Some in downtown Greenville. Fiction Addiction will have books for sale at the event. The decade-old death of matriarch Alberta Grambling Resnick is the only unsolved murder in Grambling, Georgia. With the passage of time, townspeople assumed the deed had been committed by a transient with no real motive or ties to the community. Newspaper reporter Branigan Powers wants to explore that theory by investigating among the town’s homeless population. Even she thinks it’s a long shot – until homeless people start dying. As the action careens from northeast Georgia to the Carolina coast, from posh homes to hidden encampments, Branigan is racked by fear that she has awakened a murderer. Desperate, she seeks help from Malachi Ezekiel Martin, a homeless veteran who glides unseen through the town. But can she trust him? The Cantaloupe Thief is a murder mystery but not like one you’ve read before. It asks what happens when people are invisible. What impact does that have on the rest of us? The novel is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson-Moore. The author is a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless, lending weight to the portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunit.
06/03/2016 - 2:00PM to
New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews will discuss her new novel, The Weekenders (St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $27.99, on sale 5/17/16), at a book talk and signing on Friday, June 3rd, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. Told with Ms. Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape. *Note: Tickets are $30 each. Each ticket admits one to the event and includes a copy of The Weekenders. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends — and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry on Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Isle, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=mary+kay+andrews.
06/04/2016 - 2:00PM to
Meet Furman graduate Amber Brock as she discusses her debut historical novel, A Fine Imitation (Crown, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 5/3/16), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, June 4th, at 2pm. Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction. Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus — the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home. Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too — and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile. When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice — whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have.
06/18/2016 - 2:00PM to
Meet Kim Boykin, native South Carolinian and women’s fiction author, as she discusses her newest book, Echoes of Mercy (River’s Edge, paperback, $17.00), at a book talk and signing on Saturday, June 18th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. How can you make up for something that you did as a kid that was both so stupid and so terrible, forty years later it still follows you like a pack of lost dogs? For Billie Warren, it means piling up more and more responsibilities, doing good for the community as the police chief of her Lowcountry hometown. Trying to be the best mother of a teen mom, and daughter to her mom with Alzheimer’s, that she can be. But Billie’s fragile life is thrown into turmoil when the target of her biggest regret, Crazy Sadie, shows up claiming to have witnessed the only murder in the town’s history. Sadie Byrd accuses the nearly dead and sainted Judge Norris of savagely beating his own little girl to death forty years ago. Could Miss Sadie be right? As Billie uncovers the terrible truth of stolen babies and bone-chilling corruption, she will have to risk everything when powerful people are prepared to do anything to keep it buried.
06/22/2016 - 6:00PM to
Former decorated Marine and retired FBI agent John Ligato will discuss his thriller, Dirty Boys (Post Hill, hardcover, $26.00), at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 6pm. This compelling novel is the perfect blend of fact and fiction, documenting the steady decline of the United States as a world power. Refreshments will be served. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. WHAT IF — A secret cell of ruthless and brilliant extremists possess the blueprint for the ultimate demise of America? WHAT IF — America’s misfortunes over the past twelve years are not chance happenings and the slow, steady decay of the United States hastened by economic instability, educational decline, and supposedly natural disasters are part of a master plan? WHAT IF — The erosion of the American Constitution is part of an orchestrated effort to destroy the United States of America from the inside out? WHAT IF — A tenacious FBI agent begins to connect the dots but is forced to operate outside the system, breaking a full page of regulations and even a few laws to save the country and stop the terrorists? WHAT IF — They can’t be stopped?
06/25/2016 - 2:00PM to
***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!*** We’re very sorry to inform you that Ms. Wax has had to cancel her upcoming event with us due to a family emergency. If you would like a copy of the book, she will send a signed book plate. Join us to hear Wendy Wax discuss her new novel, Sunshine Beach (Berkley, paperback, $16.00, on sale 6/21/16), at a book talk followed by a Q&A session and a book signing at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, June 25th, at 2pm. In this brand-new summer read by the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point, three women join forces to bring a historic seaside hotel back to life. *Note: Tickets are $17.00 each. Each ticket admits one and includes a copy of Sunshine Beach. We will also have the author’s previous books available for sale prior to and at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix… After losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki have banded together to make the most of what they have left, using their determination, ingenuity, guts, and a large dose of elbow grease. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across a once glorious beachfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair. The opportunity to renovate this seaside jewel is too good to pass up — especially when they come up with the idea of shooting their own independent television show about the restoration. What could possibly go wrong? Everything. With the cameras rolling, Maddie’s second-chance romance with her all-too-famous new boyfriend gets complicated, Avery struggles with grief over the loss of her mother, and Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her could leave her to face the biggest challenge of her life. Even the hotel seems to be against them, when their renovation uncovers a decades-old unsolved murder which just might bring their lives tumbling down all over again… Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=wendy+wax.
07/16/2016 - 4:00PM to
*We regret to tell you this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.* You know him from Boondock Saints and Young Indiana Jones. Now meet accomplished actor and director Sean Patrick Flanery in person as he discusses his debut novel, Jane Two (Center Street, hardcover, $26.00), a coming-of-age novel on the bittersweet yearnings of youth and opportunities missed and gained, at a book talk and signing on Saturday, July 16th, at 4pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. “I saw you today. My mouth didn’t work, but I was shouting with my eyes.” Jane Two is about that magical moment in each of our lives when we are neither too young to reason, nor too old to dream. A young Mickey navigates through the dense Texas humidity of the ’70s and out onto the porch every single time his Grandaddy calls him, where he’s presented with the heirloom recipe for life, love, and manhood. But all the logic and insight in the world cannot prepare him to operate correctly in the presence of a wonderfully beautiful girl who moves in just behind his rear fence. This magical moment divides Mickey’s life into a “before and after” and permanently changes his motion down the unpaved road to which only a lucky few are granted access. An accomplished actor and director, Flanery makes his foray into the literary world with Jane Two. Flanery explores “firsts” — in particular, first love. He says, “I think love is life’s most potent narcotic. And our first exposure to it is rarely handled correctly. But it does offer a taste of something that we’ll chase, usually unsuccessfully, for the rest of our lives.”
07/21/2016 - 4:00PM to
J.R. Thornton‘s debut novel, Beautiful Country (Harper Perennial, paperback, $15.99), is a coming-of-age story set in modern day China centering on the friendship between an American and a Chinese boy who meet while training with Beijing’s Junior National Tennis Team. You can meet the author at a free book talk and signing on Thursday, July 21st, at 4pm at Trade Route (in the same shopping center as Fiction Addiction). *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction or Trade Route if you plan to attend. Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy still troubled by the recent death of his older brother. He discovers a country in transition; a society in which the dual systems of Communist Era state control and an emerging entrepreneurial culture exist in paradox. A top ranked junior tennis player in the U.S., Chase joins the practices of the Beijing National Junior Tennis Team and is immersed in the brutal, cut-throat world of Chinese sport. It is a world in which gifted children are selected at the ages of six or seven for specialized sport schools where they devote their entire youth to the pursuit of athletic excellence and are paid as professionals by the state. Athletes find themselves compelled to do anything possible to succeed — right or wrong. Those who fail to reach the pinnacle are cast aside and are left facing a desperate future without hope. In China, Chase gains access to a culture rarely open to Westerners, and soon finds himself caught up in secrets. When his closest friend and teammate turns to him for help, Chase is faced with the dilemma of what to do when friendship, rules, and morals are in conflict. A big-hearted debut, Beautiful Country explores a friendship against the backdrop of a quickly changing country. Trade Route serves as the Upstate’s source for hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and home accessories found nowhere else. Traveling to Beijing, China, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, several times a year and hand selecting each piece from local markets and vendors ensures owner Sherry Smid and her team place a personal touch on each unique find. Their travels provide much first-hand experience and knowledge of both the local cultures and customs and of the items they’re buying, and Sherry and her team have a story for every piece brought back!
08/02/2016 - 6:30PM to
In All Waiting Is Long (Kaylie Jones, paperback, $15.95), a Pennsylvania community discovers the limits of love, loyalty, and sacrifice in a riveting historical tale of female agency in an age of eugenics, the sequel to Barbara J. Taylor‘s best-selling debut, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. You can meet the author at her book signing event on Tuesday, August 2nd, at 6:30 pm at Cafe and Then Some. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. All Waiting Is Long tells the stories of the Morgan sisters, a study in contrasts. In 1930, twenty-five-year-old Violet travels with her sixteen-year-old sister Lily from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to the Good Shepherd Infant Asylum in Philadelphia, so Lily can deliver her illegitimate child in secret. In doing so, Violet jeopardizes her engagement to her longtime sweetheart, Stanley Adamski. Meanwhile, Mother Mary Joseph, who runs the Good Shepherd, has no idea the asylum’s physician, Dr. Peters, is involved in eugenics and experimenting on the girls with various sterilization techniques. Five years later, Lily and Violet are back home in Scranton, one married, one about to be, each finding her own way in a place where a woman’s worth is tied to her virtue. Against the backdrop of the sweeping eugenics movement and rogue coal mine strikes, the Morgan sisters must choose between duty and desire. Either way, they risk losing their marriages and each other. The novel picks up sixteen years after the close of Barbara J. Taylor’s debut novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night — a Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014 — and continues her Dickensian exploration of the Morgan sisters and other characters of Scranton in the early twentieth century.
08/19/2016 - 5:30PM to
Bestselling romance authors Samantha Chase (author of Always My Girl [Sourcebooks Casablanca, paperback, $7.99]) and Sara Humphreys (author of Trouble Walks In [Sourcebooks Casablanca, paperback, $7.99, on sale 8/2/16]) will be hitting the road this summer to celebrate their new releases. Come hear them talk about their new books at a free book talk & signing on Friday, August 19th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP if you plan to attend. Sometimes the love that’s closest to you is the hardest to see. Quinn Shaughnessy’s two older brothers have found their true loves…but Quinn’s not about to join that parade. Nope, as he tells his best friend Anna, there’s a lot more to life than getting tied down to one person. He’s positive tomboy Anna will be on his side — except she’s inexplicably developing other interests — even dating! Suddenly Quinn is seeing Anna in a very different light. Quinn has been Anna’s buddy since they were both five years old. She can tell him anything — except the one big secret she’s been hiding for years — that she’s fallen in love with him. Now Anna is determined to make a life for herself that doesn’t include pining for Quinn. Falling in love with your best friend? Easy. Telling them how you really feel? Impossible. He could be the man to rescue her… Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job — but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest. …in more ways than one. With tragedy in her past, Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.
08/25/2016 - 4:00PM to
Elementary teachers and librarians are invited to our inaugural FREE elementary educators event. We will be serving wine and cheese and giving away goodie bags of free books, so please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for. Attendees will also receive a 20% discount on any of their purchases that day. Greenville County teachers, you can earn professional development credit by submitting your attendance at this event to Candice Moore (email@example.com) as an out of district activity. The event will be focused on the topic of Author Visits. Agenda: Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, will discuss tricks for getting authors to your school on the cheap. Malinda Edmonston, librarian at Pelham Road Elementary, will discuss what she does to prepare her students and teachers for a successful author visit. Jane Robertson, retired Northwood Middle School librarian, will book talk The Mysterious Benedict Society. The author, Trenton Lee Stewart, will be doing a public event at the Hughes Main Library downtown on September 27th for his latest book.
08/27/2016 - 12:00PM to
Clemson, SC, author Kelly Durham has captured Old Hollywood in his entertaining new novel, The Movie Star and Me (paperback, $15.99, on sale 8/9/16), and exposes readers to the history of the movie business in this historical fiction tour de force. Movie magic, labor strikes, HUAC committee hearings, and the business of show business are revealed as a colorful cast of characters fight for their self-interests — with surprising results. You can meet the author at a book talk & signing on Saturday, August 27th, at Noon at Fiction Addiction. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. The Movie Star and Me follows Frank Russell, a young veteran just returned from the Pacific war. On the ship home from Okinawa, Frank discovers several cans of newsreel film in his duffel bag. Once he lands in the States, Frank returns the film to its owner, Pacific Pictures in Hollywood. Over the course of a couple of visits to the studio, Frank impresses its owner Abe Baum, who offers Frank a job. Frank continues to impress and is quickly promoted, earning the attention of Vera Vance, an up-and-coming starlet. Under Frank’s tutelage, the ambitious Vera becomes the studio’s top box office attraction. But there are secrets at Pacific Pictures that threaten futures, and Frank gets caught up in a high-stakes battle where people aren’t always what they seem to be.
08/31/2016 - 5:30PM to
Join these young adult authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Wednesday, August 31st, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction: Jaye Robin Brown (author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit [HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 8/30/16] and No Place to Fall [HarperTeen, paperback, $9.99, on sale 8/30/16]), Ashley Herring Blake (author of Suffer Love [Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $17.99]), Lauren Gibaldi (author of Autofocus [HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99] and The Night We Said Yes [HarperTeen, paperback, $9.99]), and Kathryn Holmes (author of How It Feels to Fly [HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99] and The Distance Between Lost and Found [HarperTeen, paperback, $9.99]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. In Jaye Robin Brown‘s new novel, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love in this charming young adult romance that’s perfect for fans of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees. Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right? Sam Bennett falls for Hadley St. Clair before he knows her last name. When Sam finds out she is that St. Clair, daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family, he has a choice: follow his heart or tell the truth about the scandal that links their families. Funny and passionate, Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate. From Lauren Gibaldi, author of The Night We Said Yes, comes, Autofocus, a fun and heartfelt YA contemporary tale. When Maude decides to search for information about her birth mother, she finds out more than she expected. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Susane Colasanti. Family. It’s always been a loaded word for Maude, whose birth mother died after giving her up for adoption. With her best friend, Treena, in college in the same town where her birth mother grew up, Maude decides to visit and explore her past. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena doesn’t seem to have time for her — or for helping with her search. Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena’s dorm. He understands Maude’s need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude, she starts to realize that her mother’s past doesn’t have to define her own future. In Kathryn Holmes‘ new novel, How It Feels to Fly, a struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams. Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer — but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror in unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse. Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her? This compelling story examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=young+adult+author+panel.
09/03/2016 - 4:00PM to
Fiction Addiction invites you to meet #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny as she discusses her latest spellbinding mystery novel, A Great Reckoning (Minotaur, hardcover, $28.99, releases 8/30/16), at a book talk and signing on Saturday, September 3rd, at 4:00pm at Holland Park Church in Simpsonville, SC. After her talk, she will take questions from the audience and sign and personalize books. *There are three ticket options for this event: • General tickets, $32.00 each. Each ticket admits one and includes one copy of A Great Reckoning. • Premium tickets, $47.00 each. Each ticket admits two and includes one copy of A Great Reckoning. • VIP tickets, $100.00 each. Each ticket admits one and includes three copies of A Great Reckoning. VIP ticketholders will have reserved front-row seating and will be let into the signing line first. We still have plenty of tickets left for this event, but at this point, tickets will need to be purchased at the door. We will open the venue for on-site sales and to start seating attendees at 3pm. After her talk, Ms. Penny will personalize books (including her backlist) and take photographs with her fans. Books, including backlist, can be purchased prior to the event at Fiction Addiction, or at the event as supplies last. After Ms. Penny’s talk, VIP ticketholders will be let into the signing line first, and then we will call other ticketholders by the rows they are seated in, starting at the front of the auditorium. If you can’t make the event, we will have plenty of extra signed copies of A Great Reckoning that can be picked up at the store after the event shipped to you. More about A Great Reckoning: When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.
09/19/2016 - 6:30PM to
Fiction Addiction and The Spartanburg Writing Project will host a FREE* event with National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie. He will be discussing his career as a writer, including his new children’s picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $17.99), at a book talk and signing at the University Readiness Center at USC Upstate (located at 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC, 29303) on Monday, September 19th, at 6:30pm. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. *Note: Attending this event is free, but a purchase of Thunder Boy Jr. from Fiction Addiction (in advance or at the event) is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Alexie will sign his other books as long as they are accompanied by at least one copy of the new book. Books will be available for sale prior to and at the event. Books may be purchased online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. Directions to the University Readiness Center: The University Readiness Center is located on North Campus Blvd. Take I-85 from Greenville, exit onto I-585, then exit onto Valley Falls Rd. Once you cross the bridge on Valley Falls Rd., take the SECOND right. That is N. Campus Blvd. Go through the four-way stop and the URC will be on your left. Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name…a name that is sure to light up the sky. National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie’s lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales’s striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son. The Spartanburg Writing Project (SWP) is a professional development organization that seeks to improve writing and the teaching of writing. Founded in 1982, SWP provides resources to teachers, students, schools, and school districts in their service area. SWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project, which is a successful model for professional development with more than 180 sites worldwide.
09/23/2016 - 6:30PM to
Get ready to sing, dance, and fall in love with reading! Fiction Addiction is bringing Eric Litwin to the upstate for a FREE performance featuring his new book, Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 8/30/16) on Friday, September 23rd, at 6:30pm at Holland Park Church in Simpsonville. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs from Fiction Addiction prior to or at the event is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Eric will also sign copies of his backlist books (The Nuts books, the first four Pete the Cat books), but he will only personalize copies of Groovy Joe. Groovy Joe was living the dream. He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream. And he started to sing: Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream! Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers’ hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do, and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations, come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy!
09/26/2016 - 7:00PM to
September’s meeting has been changed to the fourth Monday, September 26th, at 7pm. We typically meet the 3rd Monday of the month. Guests are welcome, but please let us know to expect you!
09/27/2016 - 4:30PM to
Join us for mystery, riddles, and excitement at this FREE event celebrating the launch of the new children’s novel, The Secret Keepers (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $18.99, on sale 9/27/16), by Trenton Lee Stewart, bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series, on Tuesday, September 27th, at 4:30pm at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. Trenton Lee Stewart will be visiting from his home in Arkansas to share the secret of how he comes up with the riddles, puzzles, and narrow escapes in his books. The Secret Keepers introduces Reuben, who soon embarks on a dangerous adventure full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes as he races to outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and save his town from a terrible fate. On Reuben’s side are the fearless Penny, the mighty Jack, the wise Mrs. Genevieve, and an antique pocket watch that, much like Harry Potter’s cloak, can render you invisible. Event schedule : 4:30p-5p ~ Buy books* (including pre-signed books) and enjoy a snack 5p-5:30p ~ Trenton Lee Stewart talk 5:30p-6p ~ Have your book signed!* *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of The Secret Keepers from Fiction Addiction (in advance or at the event) is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Stewart will sign his other books as long as they are accompanied by at least one copy of the new book. Books will be available for sale prior to and at the event. Books may be purchased online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. If you can’t make the event let us know and we’re happy to get a copy personalized for you to be picked up at the store or shipped to you directly. Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, SC Children’s Book Award nominee, and E.B. White Read Aloud Award winner Trenton Lee Stewart returns with a captivating, heart-stopping adventure about thrilling secrets and dangerous mysteries — and the courage to reveal the most frightening of truths. Eleven-year-old Reuben spends his days exploring, hiding, and practicing parkour among the abandoned buildings of the Lower Downs as a way to escape the rough times that have befallen him and his mom — but his discovery of an extraordinary antique pocket watch changes everything. When Reuben finds that the watch has the power to turn him invisible, he’s propelled on the adventure of a lifetime. Now Reuben is being pursued by a group of dangerous men called the Directions, and someone — or something — ominously called The Smoke. They all want the watch, and with the help of new friends, it’s up to Reuben to unravel the mysteries surrounding it and protect the city from evil. New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart’s latest novel will enthrall old and new fans alike with the twists and turns of an inventive and compelling adventure reminiscent of The Mysterious Benedict Society series.
10/04/2016 - 1:00PM to
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris is well known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, which was made into the TV show, True Blood. Now, after a decade, she is returning to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden mystery series with All the Little Liars (Minotaur, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 10/4/16), a fabulous new entry featuring the small-town librarian. We will be hosting Ms. Harris’s launch for All the Little Liars at a Book Your Lunch event on Tuesday, October 4th, at 1pm at the Thornblade Club in Greer. Tickets are $55 each. Each ticket admits one and includes lunch and a copy of All the Little Liars*. Please call Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540 to see if tickets are still available. If you can’t make the event, we’re happy to get books signed for you to pick up afterward or to be shipped. Aurora has also hit the small screen, courtesy of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. Don’t miss the next entry, Aurora Teagarden: Real Murders, which premieres Sunday, July 26 at 9pm EST. *Event details: The lunch entree will be the club’s Thornblade Salad Trio (chicken salad, pasta salad, and fruit salad), served with a non-alcoholic beverage and dessert. (Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available if requested in advance.) Ms. Harris will do short personalizations (name only, please), and she will sign no more than three backlist books per person. This is for the author’s health, so please do not bring more than three backlist books, as you will not be allowed to get back in line to have more signed. Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery — at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body. While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.
10/13/2016 - 6:00PM to
Meet these North Carolina authors as they talk about their latest books, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Thursday, October 13th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction: Erika Marks (author of The Last Treasure), Marybeth Whalen (author of The Things We Wish Were True), Kim Wright (author of Last Ride to Graceland), and Joy Callaway (author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society). Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed toward a purchase of the authors’ books prior to or at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. From Erika Marks, the author of It Comes in Waves and The Guest House, comes The Last Treasure (NAL, paperback, $15.00, on sale 8/2/16), a novel of three lives entangled in the secrets of the sea and the enduring bonds of love. As students with a shared passion for shipwrecks, Liv, Sam, and Whit formed a close bond searching for the mysterious Patriot, a schooner that disappeared off the Carolina Coast in 1812 with Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia aboard. But as the elusive ship drew them together, love would bring them even closer — and ultimately tear them apart. It’s been nine years since Liv left Sam to be with Whit, and the once close-knit trio went their separate ways. Liv has given up her obsession with Theodosia Burr to focus on her career as a salvage diver and her passionate but troubled marriage to the reckless and hedonistic Whit. But when a diary of Theodosia’s is discovered in a collector’s estate, she is pulled back to the world of the Patriot, this time with startling new clues to what might have really happened. Diving back into the lost history of the Patriot could be just what Liv needs to find closure to a mystery that still haunts her. But when she and Whit reunite with Sam for one last salvage in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, buried romantic tensions begin to resurface, and once again Liv must choose between two men with very different hearts. In Marybeth Whalen‘s new novel, The Things We Wish Were True (Lake Union, paperback, $14.95, on sale 9/1/16), a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations in an idyllic small-town neighborhood. From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts — until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel. During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them? Lauded for her “astute and engrossing” (People) writing style imbued with “originality galore” (RT Book Reviews), Kim Wright channels the best of Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen in Last Ride to Graceland (Gallery, paperback, $16.00), a delightful novel of self-discovery on the open road as one woman sets out for Graceland hoping to answer the question: Is Elvis Presley her father? Blues musician Cory Ainsworth is barely scraping by after her mother’s death when she discovers a priceless piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia hidden away in a shed out back of the family’s coastal South Carolina home: Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk, its interior a time capsule of the singer’s last day on earth. A backup singer for the King, Cory’s mother Honey was at Graceland the day Elvis died. She quickly returned home to Beaufort and married her high school sweetheart. Yearning to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past — and possibly her own identity — Cory decides to drive the car back to Memphis and turn it over to Elvis’s estate, retracing the exact route her mother took thirty-seven years earlier. As she winds her way through the sprawling Deep South with its quaint towns and long stretches of open road, the burning question in Cory’s mind — who is my father? — takes a backseat to the truth she learns about her complicated mother, the minister’s daughter who spent a lifetime struggling to conceal the consequences of a single year of rebellion. Joy Callaway‘s debut novel, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society (Harper, paperback, $15.99), takes place in the Bronx in 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love. When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her — until she attends a salon hosted in writer John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=north+carolina+authors+panel.
10/22/2016 - 4:00PM to
New York Times bestselling Florida author Charles Martin will discuss his new book, Long Way Gone (Thomas Nelson, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 10/4/16), followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Saturday, October 22nd, at 4pm at Fiction Addiction. Long Way Gone is a radical retelling of the prodigal son story. *Note: There are two ticket option for this event: The $28.00 ticket guarantees a seat, admits one to the event, and includes one copy of Long Way Gone. The $10.00 ticket is standing room only, admits one to the event, and includes a $10.00 voucher that can be redeemed at the event. If seats do not sell out, we will seat standing room customers in the order they signed up. Tickets and books may be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. “No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.” At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith. When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past — and if he is ready to face it himself. A radical retelling of the prodigal son story, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=charles+martin.
10/26/2016 - 6:00PM to
Meet New York Times bestselling South Carolina author Mary Alice Monroe and support Helping Equines Regain Dignity (HERD) at a dinner and book talk at Tryon Internation Equine Center on Wednesday, October 26th, at 6pm. Have dinner, hear Ms. Monroe discuss her new book, A Lowcountry Christmas (Gallery, hardcover, $19.99, on sale 10/25/16), and get your book signed. Fiction Addiction will be providing the books included in the ticket price for this event and will also be selling additional books onsite at the event. *Note: Tickets are $100. Each ticket includes a copy of A Lowcountry Christmas, dinner, and a $50 donation to HERD. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Checks can be made payable to Heather Freeman. Helping Equines Regain Dignity (HERD) is a new equine rescue group in the foothills that has assisted in saving 30 horses from dire conditions and in some cases slaughter. Primarily using their own funds, members have rescued, vetted, fed, trained, and given these horses a second chance at life. 26 have been adopted by loving new owners. This is your chance to be a part of a much needed resource for the community. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, please send a check made payable to Heather Freeman for the benefit of HERD to: Stuart Evans 55 Grey Fox Lane Tryon, NC 28782 A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor’s service dog arrives — a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can’t afford, he takes the dog for company — but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.
11/01/2016 - 5:30PM to
Southern cookbook author Cynthia Graubart will discuss her newest cookbook, Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook (UNC Press, hardcover, $20.00), at her book talk and signing on Tuesday, November 1st, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction. This book is a treatise containing essential information for the home cook, humorous anecdotes, and 53 wonderful recipes for both Southern and international chicken dishes. Come hear about the new book, ask questions, meet the author, get your book signed, and taste some recipe samples. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. While fried chicken may be the South’s iconic dish, when it comes to southern foodways, there are a lot of ways to love America’s most popular fowl. Preparations range from Country Captain to Carolina Chicken Bog to Chicken and Parslied Dumplings and more. Here, Cynthia Graubart celebrates the bird in all its glory, southern style and beyond. This little cookbook packs all the know-how that cooks need to make irresistible chicken dishes for everyday and special occasions, from shopping and selecting to cutting up, frying, braising, roasting, and much more. Ranging in style from traditional southern to contemporary to international, fifty-three recipes are organized to help easily match the cut of chicken to the perfect recipe. Be assured that Graubart includes instructions for making the best fried chicken ever — seven different ways. Graubart also brings together the chicken’s culinary history with the popular culture and lore that surrounds chicken cookery in the South. She notes that the special Sunday Sabbath dinner was often built around a chicken — in fact, prior to the 1940s, chicken was sometimes more expensive than beef or pork. Today, the southern states lead the country in annual poultry production, and Kentucky Fried Chicken features throughout the American landscape. But you won’t need take-out when you have Chicken in your kitchen.
11/10/2016 - 12:00PM to
Bestselling novelist Cassandra King‘s fiction has won the hearts of readers everywhere, especially in the American south. Now hear her discuss A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life (Nan A. Talese, hardcover, $25.00), a new nonfiction collection of pieces by and about her late husband Pat Conroy, including an introduction from Ms. King, at a Book Your Lunch event on Thursday, November 10th, at Noon at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville. *Note: Tickets are $55 each. Each ticket admits one and includes lunch and a copy of A Lowcountry Heart. Lunch will be Chicken Marsala with egg noodles and steamed broccolini, and dessert of Apple Cider Doughnut Cake with Caramel Sauce. (Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available if requested in advance.) To purchase tickets and books, please call us at 864-675-0540. If you can’t make the event, we’re happy to get books signed for you to pick up afterward or to be shipped. A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy is a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy’s long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author’s many friends. A Lowcountry Heart collects some of Conroy’s most charming pieces of short nonfiction, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, “Hey, Out There.” Ranging across diverse subjects such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of getting motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly missed friends, Conroy’s lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window in the life of a true titan of Southern writing. In addition, A Lowcountry Heart also includes some of Conroy’s most beloved speeches and interviews, a touching letter to his grandson, and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of The Great Conroy, as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan, and a lasting monument to one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters.
11/21/2016 - 12:00PM to
Join us for Public Education Partners of Greenville County’s 7th Annual Partner of the Year Luncheon on Monday, November 21st, at Noon in the Grand Ballroom at Embassy Suites (670 Verdae Blvd., Greenville), proudly honoring Scansource, featuring keynote speaker Ron Suskind talking about his new book, Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (Kingswell, paperback, $14.99). Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online. Fiction Addiction will be providing books for sale at this event. Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turning them into a langue to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song, until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Tickets: http://publicedpartnersgc.org/partner-of-the-year/.
12/07/2016 - 2:00PM to
Meet Susan Crawford, the author of The Pocket Wife, as she discusses her latest psychological suspense novel, The Other Widow (William Morrow, paperback, $15.99, on sale 12/6/16), which explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity, at a book talk and signing on Wednesday, December 7th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs… It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair — moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact — her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily — Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone… Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating — she found some suspicious emails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her — this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable…and on her own. Insurance investigator Maggie Devlin is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk — a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things — and people — are never what they seem to be. As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge…closer to each other…to a terrifying truth…to a shocking end.
12/23/2016 - 12:00PM
Southern culinary instructor Marilyn Markel and Southern history author Chris Holaday have combined their talents in their new book, Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions (The History Press, paperback, $24.99, on sale 12/5/16). Meet Marilyn at an in-store book signing on Friday, December 23rd, from Noon-2pm at Fiction Addiction, and taste samples of some of these historic Southern breads. This event is free and open to the public. The warmth of the oven and the smell of fresh-baked bread conjure comforting memories of tradition and place. Aside from being a staple on every table in the South, these breads and their recipes detail the storied history of the region. Biscuits emerged from Native American and European traditions. Cornbread, with its vast variety, is a point of debate among Southerners over which recipe yields the most delicious results. The hushpuppy, developed possibly to quiet whining dogs, is a requirement for any true catfish or barbecue meal. Author Chris Holaday and top culinary instructor Marilyn Markel offer the mouthwatering history, famous recipes, and heartwarming stories of Southerners in their kitchens.
12/25/2016 - 12:01AM to 12/26/2016 - 12:01AM
Fiction Addiction will be closed for Christmas. Happy holidays!
01/01/2017 - 12:01AM to 01/02/2017 - 12:01AM
Fiction Addiction will be closed for New Year’s. Enjoy your holiday!
01/23/2017 - 2:00PM to
New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston in The Guests on South Battery (NAL, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 1/10/17), where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away. Ms. White will be discussing this new addition to her Tradd Street series at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, at Fiction Addiction on Monday, January 23rd, at 2pm. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $28 ticket guarantees a seat, admits one to the event, and includes a copy of The Guests on South Battery. The $10 ticket is standing room only, admits one to the event, and includes a $10 voucher that can be redeemed at the event. If seats do not sell out, we will seat standing room customers in the order they signed up. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end — and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more. But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission. Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits — both malevolent and benign — have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street. Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried…. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=karen+white.
02/06/2017 - 5:30PM to
Are you in a bookclub? Thinking about joining or starting a bookclub? Like to read “bookclub-type books”? Then come join us for another Bookclub Party at Fiction Addiction! Store owner Jill Hendrix will present suggested titles for bookclubs, Carolina author Rose Senehi will talk about her new book, Carolina Belle (KIM Publications, paperback, $15.95, on sale 1/2/17), and we will be serving wine and cheese and giving away a number of “advance reader copies.” *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us at 864-675-0540. We prepare gift bags in advance for our attendees, so please make sure to RSVP. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=bookclub+party&searchby=title&page=shop/browse.
02/07/2017 - 6:00PM to
Award-winning author Laurie Frankel will discuss her new book, This Is How It Always Is (Flatiron, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 1/24/17), at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, at Fiction Addiction on Tuesday, February 7th, at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
02/16/2017 - 6:00PM to
Award-winning upstate South Carolina playwright Susan Rivers will discuss her debut historical novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin, hardcover, $25.95, on sale 1/10/17), at a book talk followed by a Q&A and book signing on Thursday, February 16th, at 6:00pm at Fiction Addiction. Through a narrative that unfolds in letters, diary entries, and inquest reports, Rivers vividly brings to life the story of 17-year-old Placidia, who marries a Confederate soldier in haste and is, only days later, left alone to care for his two-year-old child, manage his slaves, and run and defend his isolated 300-acre farm in rural South Carolina. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? Inspired by a true incident, this saga unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation—and the next—began to see their world anew.
02/25/2017 - 2:00PM to
Meet these historical fiction authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing, on Saturday, February 25th, at 2:00pm at Fiction Addiction: Amber Brock (author of A Fine Imitation [Broadway, paperback, $16.00, on sale 1/3/17]), Elizabeth Cox (author of A Question of Mercy [Story River, hardcover, $27.99]), Danny Johnson (author of The Last Road Home [Kensington, paperback, $15.00]), and Janet Lee Berg (author of Rembrandt’s Shadow [Post Hill, paperback, $15.00]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock (Broadway, paperback, $16.00, on sale 1/3/17) is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin. Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus — the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home. Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too — and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile. When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice–whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to have. Adam Finney, a young man who is mentally disabled, faces sterilization and lobotomy in a state-supported asylum. When he is found dead in the French Broad River of rural North Carolina, his teenaged stepsister, Jess, is sought for questioning by their family and the police. Jess’s odyssey of escape across four states leads into dark territories of life-and-death moral choices where compassion and grace offer faint illumination but few answers. A Question of Mercy by Elizabeth Cox (Story River, hardcover, $27.99), set in a vivid landscape of the mid-twentieth-century South, is the fifth novel from Robert Penn Warren Award–winning writer Elizabeth Cox. As she challenges notions of individual freedom and responsibility against a backdrop of questionable practices governing treatment of the mentally disabled, she also stretches the breadth and limitations of the human heart to love and to forgive. Jess Booker, on the run and alone, leaves the comfort of her home near Asheville, recklessly trekking through woods and hitchhiking her way to a boarding house in tiny Lula, Alabama, a perceived safe haven she once visited with her late mother. Pursued by a mysterious car with a faded “I Like Ike” sticker, Jess is also haunted by memories of her mother’s early death, her father’s distressing marriage to Adam’s mother, the loving bond she was able to form with Adam despite her initial resistance, and her boyfriend Sam’s troubling letters from the thick of combat in the Korean War. In Lula, Jess finds, if only briefly, a respite among a curious surrogate family of fellow displaced outsiders banded together under one roof, and there she finds the strength to heed the call homeward to face the questions she cannot answer about her stepbrother’s death. Through her vibrant depictions of characters in crisis and of the lush, natural landscapes of her southern settings, Cox brings to the fore the moral, ethical, and seemingly unnatural decisions people face when caring for society’s weakest members. Grappling with the powerful bonds of love and family, A Question of Mercy recognizes the countless ways people come to help one another and the poor choices they can make because of love — choices that challenge the boundaries of human decency and social justice but also choices that can defy what is legal in the course of seeking what is right. From Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson comes The Last Road Home (Kensington, paperback, $15.00), a powerful, lyrical debut novel that explores race relations, first love, and coming-of-age in North Carolina in the 1950s and ’60s. At eight years old, Raeford “Junebug” Hurley has known more than his share of hard lessons. After the sudden death of his parents, he goes to live with his grandparents on a farm surrounded by tobacco fields and lonesome woods. There he meets Fancy Stroud and her twin brother, Lightning, the children of black sharecroppers on a neighboring farm. As years pass, the friendship between Junebug and bright, compassionate Fancy takes on a deeper intensity. Junebug, aware of all the ways in which he and Fancy are more alike than different, habitually bucks against the casual bigotry that surrounds them — dangerous in a community ruled by the Klan. On the brink of adulthood, Junebug is drawn into a moneymaking scheme that goes awry — and leaves him with a dark secret he must keep from those he loves. And as Fancy, tired of saying yes’um and living scared, tries to find her place in the world, Junebug embarks on a journey that will take him through loss and war toward a hard-won understanding. At once tender and unflinching, The Last Road Home delves deep into the gritty, violent realities of the South’s turbulent past, yet evokes the universal hunger for belonging. Sylvie Rosenberg escaped the holocaust—but can she escape the past? Angela Martino is haunted by events from her childhood and struggles to resolve her guilt. Can these two women from different generations reconcile their own turmoil—or pay the price of an even greater loss? October 20, 1942. Benjamin Katz and his frightened family stand at the train station in occupied Holland, unsure if they would be taken to their freedom—or the death camp. Sylvie, his granddaughter, who was six years old at the time, would later recall the madness as they wondered if their desperate last minute escape would work. When the German officer received the order to allow the escape he said, “I would have much rather been given the order to kill all of you.” Their entire art collection had long made them a prime target of Adolf Hitler and his greedy henchmen. Now they had one big trade — a Rembrandt in exchange for twenty-five lives. Based on a true story, Rembrandt’s Shadow by Janet Lee Berg (Post Hill, paperback, $15.00) is the story of two women from different generations — each with their own distinct horrific memories — who find themselves at odds when forced to confront the here and now. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=historical+fiction+author+panel.
04/22/2017 - 7:00PM to
The Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors (SCAA) extends a cordial invitation to join us for the 2017 Induction Ceremony & Reception honoring Dan T. Carter, Cathy Smith Bowers, Jim Hoagland, and Arthenia J. Bates Millican (posthumous) on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, at 7pm at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, South Carolina. Tickets are $35 per person and may be ordered online at scacademyofauthors.org. For more information, visit www.scacademyofauthors.org or contact Jon Tuttle at email@example.com or 843-661-1521. Tickets: http://www.scacademyofauthors.org/.
05/29/2017 - 12:01AM to 05/30/2017 - 12:01AM
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