08/03/2015 - 6:00PMSouth Carolina native Barton Swaim will be discussing his new book, The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics (Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25.00, on sale 7/14/15), at Fiction Addiction on Monday, August 3rd, at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs for seats and books are appreciated. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-675-0540. An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere. Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn’t have to live by the rules. Using his experience as a speechwriter to former SC Governor Mark Sanford, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist — what makes them invest in these leaders, how these leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down. The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the office of a controversial governor, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he’d rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he’d wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he’d belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized to his staff for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. On the surface, this is the story of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford’s rise and fall. But in the end, it’s an account of the very human staffers who go into politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart.
08/06/2015 - 10:30AMLocal independent bookstore Fiction Addiction hosts a free children’s storytime at our shop at 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5 (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Five Guys, and Jimmy John’s) every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Click here for the books being read this month.
08/17/2015 - 7:00PMWe typically meet the 3rd monday of the month. Guests are welcome but please let us know to expect you!
08/26/2015 - 2:00PMSouthern author Laura Lane McNeal will discuss her debut novel, Dollbaby (Pamela Dorman, paperback, $16.00, on sale 6/23/15), a big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights–era New Orleans — a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets — at her book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Wednesday, August 26th, at 2:00pm. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $16.96 ticket admits two and includes a paperback copy of Dollbaby. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been — and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum — is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. For fans of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time. By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts. Fiction Addiction owner, Jill Hendrix, loves this book, calling it “compulsively readable and moving.”
08/27/2015 - 7:00PMDue to the positive response to our first event, we’re doing another one! Grab your best girl friends and come to Fiction Addiction for your next Girls’ Night In on Thursday, August 27th, at 7:00pm. Grown-up coloring books, summer cocktails, and conversation will make for a great get-together for your friends, or a way to make new friends! Tickets are $25 each. Each ticket includes one in-stock coloring book priced at $12.99 or less. Cocktails from Summer Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa will be served, and we will use Chat Packs for conversation starters. Suburban Paint Co. is co-sponsoring the event and has provided art supplies, but you’re welcome to bring your own favorite coloring tools. Large parties are welcome to book a private event date for your group. See coloring tips in Parade Magazine. Suburban Paint Company (1378 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville) offers the highest quality home finishes and house paints from brands like BenjaminMoore, Davis Paint, Cabot Stains, and Old Masters Stains. They also have a large selection of paint supplies and sundries. Suburban Paint Company has a huge selection of art supplies from Art Alternatives, Paasche, Robert Simmons, M. Graham, Strathmore, Winsor and Newton, and Schmincke.
09/03/2015 - 6:00PMMeet Joseph Galloway — a UPI war correspondent during the Vietnam War and the co-author of the bestselling book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young (Presidio, paperback, $18.00) and its sequel, We Are Soldiers Still (HarperCollins, paperback, $14.99) — at an evening event at The Poinsett Club on Thursday, September 3rd, at 6pm. Tickets are $21 and include a $4 donation to a military charity, as well as beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres. This event is one of a series of military history talks sponsored by the Military Lecture Series committee. Advance reservations are required, and ticket costs cannot be refunded if cancelled within 72 hours of the event. Attire is business casual (no jeans). Fiction Addiction will be selling Mr. Galloway’s books on-site, but we encourage you to reserve books with us when you order your tickets to ensure availability. Following remarks by Mr. Galloway at about 7pm, he will be available to sign books. One of the most famous books about the Vietnam War is the best-selling We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, which was co-authored by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and UPI war correspondent Joe Galloway. These men tell of their experiences when Moore (then a Lt. Col.) and Galloway were helicoptered into the Ia Drang Valley with 450 solders of the 1st Battallion, 7th Cavalry, only to find that they were surrounded by more than 2,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers. This was the first large-unit engagement involving NVA regular troops and an American unit. After three days of non-stop fighting and thousands of casualties, the North Vietnamese withdrew across the Cambodian border. Joe Galloway became the only war correspondent during the Vietnam War to be awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions during the engagement. Mel Gibson starred in a movie adaptation of the book. Moore and Galloway also co-authored a sequel, We Are Soldiers Still, that recounts their return visit in 1993 to the battlefield with some members of the Vietnamese Army who were fighting against them in that battle. Galloway will join us for remarks and will be available for questions, after which he will be available to sign books which will be available through Fiction Addiction.
09/03/2015 - 10:30AMLocal independent bookstore Fiction Addiction hosts a free children’s storytime at our shop at 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5 (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Boardwalk, and Jimmy John’s) every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Click here for the books being read this month.
09/07/2015 - 09/08/2015Fiction Addiction will be closed on Labor Day. Enjoy your holiday!
09/12/2015 - 1:00PMNote that we moved to the 2nd Saturday to avoid the Labor Day holiday. Our ninth program, featuring Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (Dial, hardcover, $17.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.
09/16/2015 - 3:00PMMeet these Southern authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, at 3:00pm at Fiction Addiction: Lisa Wingate (author of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters [paperback, $14.99])\; Matthew Neill Null (author of Honey from the Lion [paperback, $18.95])\; Kim Wright (author of The Canterbury Sisters [paperback, $16.00])\; and Matthew Vollmer (author of Gateway to Paradise [paperback, $15.95]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket can be redeemed toward a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event, and includes one admission pass to the event. From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny in Lisa Wingate‘s new novel, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Tyndale House, paperback, $14.99, on sale 9/8/15). Author of Booklist Top 10 picks in 2012 and 2013, Lisa skillfully weaves stories that Publishers Weekly has called “masterful” and ForeWord referred to as “filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing.” Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and a columnist for Southern Writers magazine. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner. In Matthew Neill Null‘s lyrical and suspenseful debut novel, Honey from the Lion (Lookout, paperback, $18.95, on sale 9/8/15), a turn-of-the-century logging company decimates ten thousand acres of virgin forest in the West Virginia Alleghenies and transforms a brotherhood of timber wolves into revolutionaries. Matthew is a recipient of the Mary McCarthy Prize and the Michener Copernicus Society of America Award, and his fiction appears in American Short Fiction, Ecotone, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Mystery Stories. A native of West Virginia, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and was fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is currently the writing coordinator. This is his first novel. In the vein of Jojo Moyes and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Gallery, paperback, $16.00) is a warm and touching novel about a woman who embarks on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral after losing her mother, sharing life lessons — in the best Chaucer tradition — with eight other women along the way. Kim is the author of Love in Mid Air and The Unexpected Waltz and has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for many magazines, including Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. The Canterbury Sisters is her third novel, and she also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Matthew Vollmer‘s new short story collection, Gateway to Paradise (Persea, paperback, $15.95), is a bold, vibrant, and surprising collection. This new book explores the confrontation with desire as a path to self-actualization. Matthew is the author of a previous short story collection, Future Missionaries of America, as well as an essay collection, inscriptions for headstones, and he is the co-editor of Fakes. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Best American Essays 2013. He is the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts grant, as well as the Sturm Award for Creative Arts at Virginia Tech. Matthew holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently an Assistant Professor and directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Virginia Tech.
09/25/2015 - 6:30PMGet ready to sing, dance, and fall in love with reading! Fiction Addiction and University of South Carolina Upstate are bringing Eric Litwin to Greenville for a FREE 45-minute performance featuring his new book, The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants (Little, Brown, hardcover, $18.00), on Friday, September 25th, at 6:30pm, at the University Center Greenville entrance to McAlister Square (225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville), just outside the USC Upstate office. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants 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 The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House and one additional Pete the Cat book (that he wrote — first four only) per person. Eric will personalize only copies of The Nuts books. Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants is the second book of the Nuts series from the creative genius behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat books! Little Hazel Nut wants her family to sing and dance with her, but they’re just not listening! Mama Nut is buzzing around the house, Papa Nut has his nose stuck in a book, and Wally Nut is up to who knows what. Who will get everyone singing and dancing? Why…their super-cool, super-hip, disco-dancing Grandma Nut, of course! Eric Litwin’s expert use of repetition, call-and-response, and rhyme, combined with Scott Magoon’s clever and hilarious illustrations, offers an unforgettable interactive reading experience inviting readers young and old to join in on the fun. The read-aloud functionality and light animation are sure to have readers singing and dancing along with this nutty family! Help us spread the word! Click here to download a printable poster that you can distribute. This event is sponsored by Fiction Addiction and USC Upstate.
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10/01/2015 - 5:30PMAre you in a bookclub? Thinking about joining or starting a bookclub? Like to read “bookclub-type books”? Then come join us for our annual Bookclub Party on Thursday, October 1st, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction! Tickets are $10 each and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased that evening. We will be serving wine and cheese as we present current and upcoming titles that would make good bookclub picks. We will also be giving away a number of free “advance reader copies.”
10/03/2015 - 3:00PMCelebrate Banned Books Week with Pat Scales, Greenville author and former school librarian, as she discusses her latest book, Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (Rowman & Littlefield, paperback, $19.95), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, October 3rd, at 3pm. Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $21.15 ticket admits two and includes one copy of Scales on Censorship. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal contains Pat R. Scales’ collected columns, all written in response to active book challenges or questions of intellectual freedom and library ethics. These columns have a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy even as they reflect the core values and policies of librarianship. They are organized by topic, and each is framed with a brief new introductory essay. Scales’ powerful reputation and practical ethically-based solutions have made her a key spokesperson and support for librarians working under a censorship siege.
10/03/2015 - 1:00PMOur tenth program, featuring Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Penguin, paperback, $7.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.
10/05/2015 - 5:30PMJoin these young adult authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Monday, October 5th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction: From Asheville, NC: Alexandra Duncan (author of Salvage and its sequel, Sound [hardcover, $17.99]), Alan Gratz (author of Code of Honor [hardcover, $17.99]), and Stephanie Perkins (author of Isla and the Happily Ever After [paperback, $10.99]). And from Athens, GA: Will Walton (author of Anything Could Happen [hardcover, $17.99]). 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, and includes one admission pass to the event. Sound (Greenwillow, hardcover, $17.99) is the standalone companion to Alexandra Duncan‘s acclaimed debut novel Salvage, which was praised by internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins as “brilliant, feminist science fiction.” For fans of Beth Revis, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica. Alexandra is an author and librarian. Her YA sci-fi novel Salvage was nominated for the 2014 Andre Norton Award. It was also a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project selection, a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection, an ABA Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices title, a Spring 2014 SIBA Okra Pick, and a Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next pick. Alexandra’s short fiction has appeared in several Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty — pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina. From Alan Gratz, acclaimed author of Prisoner B-3087, comes Code of Honor (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99), a timely, heart-racing action-adventure about the War on Terror — and the bond between brothers. Alan is the author of several books, including Samurai Shortstop, which was named one of the ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults\; The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist’s Top Ten Sports Books\; Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2015-16 SC Junior Book Award nominee\; and The League of Seven, which just won the SIBA 2015 Young Adult Book Award. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Perkins brings us hopeless romantic Isla and her crush Josh in Isla and the Happily Ever After (Speak, paperback, $10.99), a sweet and sexy story of true love, set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona. A swoonworthy conclusion to her beloved series. Stephanie is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, as well as the editor of the romantic holiday anthology, My True Love Gave to Me. She has always worked with books — first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow. Avid Bookshop bookseller and author Will Walton‘s debut novel, Anything Could Happen (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99), is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again. Will is a book-selling pop music fanatic who grew up on a farm and lives in a bookshop. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently lives in Athens, Georgia. Anything Could Happen is his first novel.
10/29/2015 - 6:00PMMeet these mystery authors for a book talk followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Thursday, October 29th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction: Leann Sweeney (author of the Yellow Rose and Cats in Trouble series, including new book The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret [paperback, $7.99]), Linda Lee Peterson (author of the Maggie Fiori series, including new book The Spy on the Tennessee Walker [paperback, $15.00]), John Sheffield (author of Roseland’s Secret [paperback, $17.95]), and Carol Heilman (author of Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar [paperback, $11.95]). 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, and includes one admission pass to the event. In the latest book in Leann Sweeney‘s Cats in Trouble series, The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret (Signet, paperback, $7.99, on sale 8/4/15), Jillian Hart and Tom are finally tying the knot. When Tom’s stepson, Finn, falls for a pretty cat at the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, they readily agree to make room for one more — even though the kitty is a notorious kleptomaniac. When the cat brings back an antique locket, Finn enlists Tom’s and Jillian’s sleuthing skills to find the owner, but they’re sidetracked when a body is found. Still, their sneaky cat’s find may just lead to the killer. Leann was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse\; she now writes full time. Leann is married with two grown children and three granddaughters. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a mini-labradoodle. In the third installment of Linda Lee Peterson‘s acclaimed Maggie Fiori series, The Spy on the Tennessee Walker (Prospect Park, paperback, $15.00, on sale 9/29/15), Maggie sets out to explore a secret cache of journals, letters, and photographs from her great-great-great-grandmother, Victoria, who was a nurse in a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. This captivating and unusual historical mystery dances back and forth from Victoria’s adventures in the hospitals and battlefields of the Civil War to Maggie’s explorations in modern-day Oxford, MS, and at home in Oakland, CA. Linda is the author of two previous Maggie Fiori mysteries, Edited to Death and The Devil’s Interval. She has also written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers and Linens and Candles, and has written for many national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. A long time San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, OR. In John Sheffield‘s new mystery novel, Roseland’s Secret (Deeds, paperback, $17.95), Andrew Ferguson travels to the remote island of Roseland to research an unusual bird, the Roseland Auk. He’s been advised that the island’s society is matriarchal and the women are off limits to outsiders, but he ignores this and falls for a beautiful islander who is promised to the son of the island’s head. Through his research, Andy uncovers a dark secret the islanders are keeping and puts his own life in danger. John is a physicist who has been writing for many decades, including contributions to a compilation of short stories by local authors, North Point of View: Tales of Alpharetta and Beyond, 2006. He has also published professional books, as well as a humorous memoir, Fun in Fusion Research. He is fortunate to be a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, where he has won two first place prizes for poetry. He recently won the Southeastern Writers Association’s Edna Sampson Award for an unpublished novel, My Friend Albert. In Carol Heilman‘s debut mystery novel, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar (Lighthouse, paperback, $11.95), feisty 71-year-old Agnes Hopper devises a scheme to sneak out of the retirement home where she’s recently taken up residence. But before she can make her exit, Agnes learns that some of the residents are being swindled and over-medicated, so she set out to expose the unscrupulous administrator, protect her new friends, and restore Sweetbriar Manor’s reputation. Carol, a coal-miner’s daughter, married a farmer’s son, her high school sweetheart, over 50 years ago. She and her husband live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Their children and grandchildren live near the east and west coasts, where Carol and her husband often visit. Carol enjoys traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and cooking for friends. She is a recipient of two Carrie McCray Awards for writing excellence.
10/31/2015 - 12:00AMAre you looking forward to the new Star Wars movie? If your kids (or the kid in you) are Star Wars fans, come to our Star Wars Villains Party on Saturday, October 31st, from noon-2pm at Fiction Addiction. Dress up as a Star Wars villain (or costume your little one) and receive 10% off your entire purchase. At 2pm, we’ll give a prize for the best costume, so be creative! We will also have a Star Wars story time and other activities, and we will be serving Star Wars-themed refreshments. Check out our Star Wars selection.
11/01/2015 - 12/16/2015Introducing Fiction Addiction Holiday Bingo! Bring your bingo card each time you shop with us between November 1st and December 15th and get a store stamp for squares as you complete them. Complete a square can involve anything from buying a themed book to attending an author event, signing up for one of our clubs to turning in your card. You’re sure to find ways to get a bingo as you do your holiday shopping with us! Win every time you get a bingo! Each bingo gives you a free book from the giveaway cart and a sweepstakes entry. Grand prize: (1) $100.00 Fiction Addiction Gift Certificate (retail value $100.00). Second prize: (1) In-stock Fiction Addiction T-shirt of your choice (retail value $29.95). Third prize: (1) In-stock Litograph of your choice (retail value $19.95). Odds of winning a prize are based on the number of entries received for the drawing. You can download and print out your own bingo card, or pick one up at the store.
11/05/2015 - 2:00PMMeet these Literary Ladies for a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Thursday, October 5th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction: Virginia Pye (author of Dreams of the Red Phoenix [paperback, $16.00]), Elise Blackwell (author of The Lower Quarter [paperback, $16.95]), Shari Smith (author of I Am a Town [paperback, $18.00]), and Ellen Malphrus (author of Untying the Moon [hardcover, $24.95]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket includes one admission pass to the event and 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 864-675-0540. Taking her own grandmother’s life as inspiration, Virginia Pye, author of the critically-acclaimed debut novel River of Dust, has written a stunning new novel of Americans in China on the cusp of World War II, Dreams of the Red Phoenix (Unbridled, paperback, $16.00). Virginia holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Her highly acclaimed first novel, River of Dust, is also a historical novel set in China. Her father, Lucian W. Pye, was born and raised in China and became an eminent political scientist and sinologist. Her grandfather, Watts O. Pye, was a founder of the Oberlin College-Shansi Program which took him and his wife, Gertrude, to China as the first returning missionaries after the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Her grandmother stayed in China after the death of her husband and fled with her son — Virginia’s father — on the last ship out of China to the U.S. following Pearl Harbor. Pye currently divides her time between Richmond, VA, and Boston, MA. In a hurricane-ravaged city, the discovery of a mysterious body reopens the investigation into a long-missing European painting, leading four lives to intersect and be forever altered. Elise Blackwell‘s new novel, The Lower Quarter (Unbridled, paperback, $16.95), a beautifully woven literary noir, is a provocative meditation on both the art of power and the power of art. Elise is the author of four previous novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Her short stories and essays have been widely published, and her work has been named to various best-of-the-year lists, translated into several languages, and adapted for the stage as well as a song by The Decemberists. She teaches at the University of South Carolina, where she is also organizer and host of The Open Book. Shari Smith‘s roots reach into the Midwest and spread under the Mason-Dixon line into the heart of Dixie. She draws on both in I Am a Town (River’s Edge, paperback, $18.00), a collection of heartwarming stories that originated on her blog, Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots, and Mascara. Shari is the author of I Am a Town, a contributor to The Shoe Burnin': Stories of the Southern Soul, and also is the producer of the Shoe Burnin’ Show. She has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine, and Abilene Living\; she has also written for BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated). In Ellen Malphrus‘s debut novel, Untying the Moon (Story River, hardcover, $24.95), marine biologist and artist Bailey Martin takes a road trip in a ’67 Skylark convertible through blood and bone places in search of of the redemptive possibilities of love and home. Ellen lives and writes in her native Carolina lowcountry and southwest Montana. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Southern Literary Journal, Review of Contemporary Fiction, William and Mary Review, Georgia Poetry Review, Height Ashbury Literary Journal, and the anthology Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. She was a student of James Dickey’s and teaches at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
11/06/2015 - 2:00PMPerennially bestselling North Carolina author Diane Chamberlain will be discussing her new novel and store staff pick, Pretending to Dance (St. Martin’s, hardcover, $26.99), at a book talk and signing on Friday, November 6th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. Her previous novel, The Silent Sister, was a Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today bestseller. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $28.61 ticket admits two and includes one copy of Pretending to Dance. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her. As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge. Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn’t know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders. Told with Diane Chamberlain’s compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.
11/07/2015 - 3:00PMWhy China? Grab your best girl friends and come to Fiction Addiction on Saturday, November 7th, at 3pm to celebrate the launch of upstate South Carolina author Kay Bratt‘s new novel The Palest Ink (Lake Union, paperback, $14.95), and to hear more about why she has chosen China as the basis of her passion and career. *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket today! A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family — but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history. At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history. The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu’s coming of age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.
11/07/2015 - 1:00PMOur eleventh program, featuring The League of Seven by Alan Gratz (Starscape, paperback, $9.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.
11/14/2015 - 3:00PMSouth Carolina author David Burnsworth will be celebrating the launch of Burning Heat (Five Star, hardcover, $25.95), the second book in his Brack Pelton mystery series, at his launch party on Saturday, November 14th, from 3-5pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. As darkness blankets the holy city of Charleston, South Carolina, Brack Pelton, an Afghanistan War veteran, steps out of a rundown bar after a long night. Before he gets to his truck, he finds himself in the middle of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman on the sidewalk. When a little girl joins the couple and gets hit by the man, Brack intervenes and takes him down. But the abuser isn’t finished. He pulls a gun and shoots the woman. Brack saves the little girl, but his world has just been rocked. Again.
11/26/2015 - 11/27/2015Fiction Addiction will be closed on Thanksgiving. Enjoy your holiday!
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Fiction Addiction will be closed for New Year’s Day.
04/15/2016 - 04/18/2016The Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors is pleased to announce the 30th Anniversary Inductees: Dorothy Allison, Orville Vernon Burton, Betsy Byars, and Guy Davenport. Celebrations will be held April 15-17, 2016 in Anderson, South Carolina. Visit scacademyofauthors.org for more information.
05/30/2016 - 05/31/2016Fiction Addiction will be closed for Memorial Day. Enjoy your holiday!
07/04/2016 - 07/05/2016Fiction Addiction will be closed for the 4th of July. Enjoy your holiday!