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Granville Wyche Burgess Book Signing

12/22/2014 - 4:00PM

Greenville, South Carolina native Granville Wyche Burgess will be signing copies of his latest novel, Stone in the Crick (Honey Brook, paperback, $9.99), at Fiction Addiction on Monday, December 22nd, from 4:00-6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Rebecca Zook lives with her close Amish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She has always loved her family and the Amish way of life, so she’s having difficulty understanding why, lately, she feels as stuck as a stone in the family crick.

On the surface, Rebecca tries not to let this feeling show. After all, she has nothing to complain about. The family farm is thriving and, after completing her chores, she enjoys working at Mrs. Ansbacher’s quilt shop, where she puts her talent for quilting into practice. And her fiancé, Jacob, is a good, honest man with his own successful farm.

Even so, Rebecca feels restless. An artist by nature, she longs to make unusual quilts with new designs, but the Amish distrust artistic expression, fearing it can lead to the sin of pride. As for Jacob, while he’s certainly a match any Amish girl would love, Rebecca worries their union will lack something special, a feeling she’s careful to keep to herself.

Then good-looking Englisher Gregory Pinckney comes to the county, searching for the birth mother he never knew. Despite their differences, Rebecca and Gregory find a common bond in their love of horses, especially Gregory’s horse, Bojangles. As their friendship grows, Rebecca’s heart is torn in yet another direction.

Rebecca isn’t the only woman drawn to Gregory. Beautiful, spirited Wanda Heminger has set her sights on the handsome young man. The daughter of dissolute horse-farm owner Ivan Heminger, Wanda is an accomplished rider. Rebecca comes from a culture where animals are meant for work, not play. How can she hope to match Wanda’s riding skills, not to mention her rival’s education and worldliness?

When her father loses his savings, the family farm is threatened. Then Bojangles is poisoned in an insurance scam, and a furious Gregory sets out to find and punish the person responsible. The culprit is willing to go to any length to conceal his crime, including murder. Gregory’s life is in danger, Rebecca’s world is unraveling, and a way out seems all but impossible.

A stirring tale of intrigue and danger set against the backdrop of a traditional Amish community, Stone in the Crick will delight lovers of romance and anyone drawn to dramatic mystery novels.

About the author:
Granville Wyche Burgess is a playwright, lyricist, novelist, director, actor, producer, and teacher. His plays, musicals, and teleplays have been produced nation-wide and on network and cable TV. An EMMY nominee, he has received numerous grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of two screenplays, a novel about Shoeless Joe Jackson, and a children’s book. He has produced, directed, or acted in over fifty musicals and plays.

Granville is co-founder and CEO of Quill Entertainment Company, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and producing original history musicals. He is a graduate of the Philips Exeter Academy, Princeton University (magna cum laude) and the Catholic University of America (MFA) and has taught acting, directing, playwriting, and screenwriting at numerous schools and theaters.

Born in Greenville, SC, Granville lives in Greenwich, CT with Reba Beeson, his Amish-Mennonite wife. They have four children: Emily, Loring, Morgan, and Clara.

 

Fiction Addiction Closed for Christmas

12/25/2014 - 12/26/2014

Holiday Hearts YA Panel Talk & Signing

12/27/2014 - 3:00PM

Meet four regional YA authors at a panel event on Saturday, December 27th, at 3:00pm at Fiction Addiction. Authors include: Jaye Robin Brown (author of No Place to Fall), Alison Kemper (author of Dead Over Heels), Jessica Khoury (author of Origin and Vitro), and Sheri S. Levy (author of Seven Days to Goodbye).

*Note: Ticket includes a $10 book voucher that can be redeemed on any of the featured authors’ book prior to or at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540.

The Sky Is Everywhere meets This Lullaby in No Place to Fall (HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99), Jaye Robin Brown‘s poignant debut novel about family, friendships, and first romance. As good girl Amber prepares for her audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, her relationship with her best friend’s older brother gets more and more complicated. When the bottom drops out of her family’s world in an afternoon, Amber faces an impossible choice, but what choice should a good girl make?

Jaye lives and writes in the mountains north of Asheville, NC. She is fond of horses, dogs, the absurd, and the ironic. When not writing, you can find her in the art room of the high school where she teaches.

 

 

The end of the world just might be the perfect beginning for the heroes of Dead Over Heels (Entangled, paperback, $14.99), Alison Kemper‘s new novel about the Zombpocalypse. Ava thinks Glenview, NC, is the most boring vacation town ever — until the cute-but-really-annoying boy next door shows up in a panic hollering about flesh-eating zombies attacking the town. Now Ava and Cole have to team up to fight for their lives.

Alison writes fun, flirty romances set during a zombie apocalypse. Her first novel, Donna of the Dead, spent several weeks on the Kindle YA Humor bestseller list. She loves to meet new people and talk books.

 

 

 

Jessica Khoury‘s latest novel, Vitro (Razorbill, hardcover, $17.99), is “a violent, thought-provoking tale that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go” (Booklist). Vitros — test tube embryos brought to life by Corpus scientists — have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw. 17-year-old Sophie, with the help of young charter pilot Jim, is going to find out just what happens when science stretches too far when she discovers her Vitro twin Lux.

Jessica has dreamed of being a writer since she wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing video games, and traveling the world. She currently lives in Greenville, SC. She is the author of OriginVitro, and the forthcoming Kalahari (February 2015).

 

 

Sheri S. Levy‘s debut novel, Seven Days to Goodbye (Barking Rain, paperback, $13.95), follows Trina, a puppy raiser for service dogs, during her last week on Edisto Beach with her dog, Sydney. When Sydney connects with a young boy with autism, her best friend becomes jealous as the older brothers show Trina attention. The week is made harder by Trina’s unexpected grief over returning Sydney, the chance of losing her best friend, and knowing a difficult decision lies ahead. This story has humor, growing pains, and plenty of puppy love of both varieties.

Sheri has lived in South Carolina for over 30 years. She has spent many years teaching, is a member of the Carolina chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and volunteers with Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS). Sheri and her husband have enjoyed many years of married life, have two adult children, and two grandchildren. Having loved five past dogs, she now owns two young Australian Shepherds.

Book Scouts Meeting

01/03/2015 - 1:00PM

Our first program, featuring the 2014-15 SC Children’s Book Award nominee, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

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.

Storytime Thursdays

01/08/2015 - 10:30AM

Local independent bookstore Fiction Addiction hosts a free children’s storytime at our shop every Thursday morning at 10:30am.

Colleen Oakley Launch Party

01/08/2015 - 6:30PM

Before I GoGreenville, South Carolina, native Colleen Oakley will be signing her debut novel, Before I Go (Gallery, hardcover, $24.99), at her launch party at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, January 8th, at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. RSVPs (to info@fiction-addiction.com) are requested but not required.

A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

Colleen OakleyAbout the author:
Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer who grew up in Greenville. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York TimesLadies’ Home JournalMarie Claire, Women’s HealthRedbookParade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie ClaireBefore I Go is her debut novel.

Winter Mystery Panel Talk & Signing

01/13/2015 - 6:30PM

Meet five mystery authors for a book talk, followed by Q&A and a book signing. Authors include: Leann Sweeney (author of the Cats in Trouble and Yellow Rose series), J. Michael Orenduff (author of the Pot Thief series), James M. Jackson (author of Bad Policy and its sequel, Cabin Fever), Sean Keefer (author of The Trust and the upcoming The Solicitor), and Betty Jean Craige (author of Downstream).

*Note: Ticket includes a $10 book voucher that can be redeemed on a purchase of any 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.

When Clyde the cat travels two hundred miles back home only to find his former owner dead, the story makes national news in the latest novel in Leann Sweeney‘s Cats in Trouble series, The Cat, the Vagabond and the Victim (Signet, paperback, $7.99). Cat quilter Jillian agrees to foster the cat and learns that Clyde’s owner was actually murdered. When Clyde escapes again and finds another body, Jillian must help find the killer before the claws really come out.

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 latest installment in J. Michael Orenduff’s humorous Pot Thief  series, combining archaeology and philosophy with humor and mystery, The Pot Thief Who Studied Billy the Kid (Open Road, paperback, $15.99), Hubie uncovers a human body while illegally digging for Anasazi pots in a cliff dwelling. After being stranded and escaping the cliff dwelling, his sidekick Susannah convinces Hubie to return, suspecting that the body was not a mummy but contemporary. What Hubie discovers there defies all logic.

Mike grew up in a house next to the Rio Grande. While studying for an MA at the Unviersity of New Mexico, he worked during the summer as a volunteer teacher at one of the nearby pueblos. After receiving a PhD from Tulane University, he became a professor. He went on to serve as president of New Mexico State University. Mike took early retirement from higher education to write his award-winning Pot Thief murder mysteries.

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree returns in Cabin Fever (Barking Rain, paperback, $13.95), the thrilling sequel to James M. Jackson‘s Bad Policy. Seamus’s plans for a quiet, contemplative winter at the family cabin are shattered when he discovers a naked woman on his porch during a blizzard. While he struggles to keep the woman alive and find a way to get an SOS message out, a domestic paramilitary organization is hunting for an escaped female prisoner — and closing in on Seamus’s isolated refuge.

Jim splits his time between the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Georgia’s low country. He has published a book on contract bridge as well as numerous short stories and essays. His first novel, Bad Policy, was published in 2013. One of the regular bloggers on Writers Who Kill, he also maintains his own blog, My 2 Cents Worth (Before Inflation).

Set in Charleston, SC, The Trust (Old Line, paperback, $16.95) is the debut novel from Charleston attorney Sean Keefer. Intrigued by a directive in a stranger’s will, attorney Noah Parks agrees to provide legal representation for the estate to receive as part of his fee the contents of a safety deposit box no one knew existed. As the body count begins to rise and Parks is forced to delve deeper in the deceptive Cross family history, the stage is set for an explosive finale.

Though born in North Carolina, Sean was raised near the coast of South Carolina. After graduating from a small high school and the University of South Carolina, he escaped to travel the US and Canada for two years before returning to the SC coast. After studying law in NC, Sean settled in Charleston, SC.

Downstream (Black Opal, paperback, $15.00), Betty Jean Craige‘s debut novel, is a murder mystery with an environmental message. 100-year-old Francis Hearty Withers has just announced his public and monetary support for Senextra, an experimental anti-aging drug that Withers credits for his longevity. When environmentalists insult him, Withers declares he will change his will, but he dies before he gets to his lawyer.

B.J. grew up in El Paso, went to Pomona College for a B.A. in Spanish Literature and to the University of Washington for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, spent a formative year in Madrid, and then ended up in Athens, Georgia, to join the faculty of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia before retiring in 2011 as University Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. She has published 17 academic books and the non-academic book Conversations with CosmoDownstream is her first novel.

Bucky Williams-Hooker Launch Party

01/17/2015 - 1:00PM

Upstate South Carolina author Bucky Williams-Hooker will sign copies of his new book, No More Mr. Cellophane!: The Story of a Wounded Healer (CreateSpace, paperback, $7.95), at his launch party at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, January 17th, 2015, from 1-3pm.

No More Mr. Cellophane!This book is an autobiographical description of a man’s spiritual journey from brokenness to healing. The author describes how as a child he learned mistrust, the feelings of abandonment and deep pain and suffering, rape, separation from his family to living in a world where he felt nearly invisible to others. But once he met his life partner, he began to find his spiritual self, and with his partner’s support began to put the pieces of his life together. These two men struggled over 37 years to build a strong, faith-based relationship, and with therapy the author finally addressed the issues of his childhood and became, and is becoming still, the man his Creator made him to be: a wounded healer, working and dedicating his life to helping others in alleviating their own pain and suffering.

Cookbook Club

01/19/2015 - 7:00PM

We typically meet the 3rd monday of the month. Guests are welcome but please let us know to expect you!

Christopher Scotton Book Talk & Signing

01/26/2015 - 6:30PM

Debut author Christopher Scotton will discuss his new novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth (Grand Central, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 1/6/15), at a free* book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction. Fiction Addiction owner, Jill Hendrix, loves The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, and thinks it will be THE big Southern novel for 2015! In many ways it reminds her of a modern-day To Kill a Mockingbird:   it is a coming-of-age story about a young protagonist who is exposed to injustice and prejudice in a small Southern town but has a wonderful role model to look up to in his grandfather.

*Note: This event is free and open to the public, but half of our seating will be reserved for customers who pre-order or purchase The Secret Wisdom of the Earth from Fiction Addiction. Books can be ordered online, by calling 864-675-0540, or at the store.

The Secret Wisdom of the EarthAfter witnessing the death of his younger brother, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother go to live for the summer with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.

Medgar is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Kevin’s grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the ‘company’ and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Buzzy witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play which tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.

Redemptive and emotionally resonant, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is narrated by an adult Kevin looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community.

Book Scouts Meeting

02/07/2015 - 1:00PM

Our second program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Jonathan Odell Book Talk & Signing

02/23/2015 - 2:00PM

Southern author Jonathan Odell will discuss his new novel, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League (Maiden Lane, paperback, $16.00, on sale 2/4/15), the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida, in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi — one wealthy and white and the other poor and black — who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

*Note: $10 ticket admits one and includes a $10 book voucher. $16.96 ticket admits two and includes one paperback copy of the featured book.

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks LeagueEmbittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.

Book Scouts Meeting

03/07/2015 - 1:00PM

Our third program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Book Scouts Meeting

04/04/2015 - 1:00PM

Our fourth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Independent Bookstore Day

05/02/2015 - 10:00AM

Introducing the first national Independent Bookstore Day!

To help Fiction Addiction, and independent bookstores nationwide, celebrate this event, we will have specially designed, exclusive items for sale only in independent bookstores on May 2nd! Quantities will be limited, so we recommend that you come in early to get your pick of these special items.

As we get closer to May 2nd, we will post some of the exclusive items we will have at Fiction Addiction, as well as any special events we plan for the day.

In the mean time, stop by and pick up one of our Independent Bookstore Day tote bags, with artwork by Roz Chast ($15.95 each)!

Book Scouts Meeting

05/02/2015 - 1:00PM

Our fifth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Children’s Book Week 2015

05/04/2015 - 05/11/2015

Celebrate Children’s Book Week (http://bookweekonline.com/) with Fiction Addiction! Stay tuned as we schedule free events to celebrate.

Book Scouts Meeting

06/06/2015 - 1:00PM

Our sixth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Book Scouts Meeting

07/11/2015 - 1:00PM

Note that we moved to the 2nd Saturday to avoid the July 4th holiday. Our seventh program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Book Scouts Meeting

08/01/2015 - 1:00PM

Our eighth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Fiction Addiction Closed for Labor Day

09/07/2015 - 09/08/2015

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

Book Scouts Meeting

09/12/2015 - 1:00PM

Note that we moved to the 2nd Saturday to avoid the Labor Day holiday. Our ninth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Gold Star Mother’s Day

09/27/2015 - 09/28/2015

Book Scouts Meeting

10/03/2015 - 1:00PM

Our tenth program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Book Scouts Meeting

11/07/2015 - 1:00PM

Our eleventh program. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

Book Scouts Meeting

12/05/2015 - 1:00PM

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. Our twelfth and final program and awards ceremony. Announcement of featured book to come.

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.

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