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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
01/25/2017 - 5:00PM to
ReadUp Greenville — Greenville’s YA and middle-grade book festival — was such a success that we want to keep the excitement (and reading!) going all year. Our first ReadUp All Year event will feature Megan Shepherd (author of The Secret Horses of Briar Hill and the Cage series), Carrie Ryan (author of the Map to Everywhere series and Daughter of Deep Silence), and Jessica Khoury (author of The Forbidden Wish), who will be at Fiction Addiction on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, at 5pm. Like ReadUp Greenville, this event is targeted to teens, preteens, and anyone who loves middle-grade and YA literature. *Note: This event is ticketed. Your book receipt from Fiction Addiction or co-sponsor M. Judson is your ticket to the event. You may purchase any one of the authors’ books, frontlist or backlist, to count as your ticket. Or if you already know you want one book from each author, feel free to bring two friends with you! Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Click here to see more ReadUp All Year events! Described as “reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia” in a starred review, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd (Delacorte, hardcover, $16.99) shows readers everywhere that there is color in our world — they just need to know where to look. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital — the mirrors that reflect the elegant rooms once home to a princess, now filled with sick children. Only Emmaline can see the creatures. It is her secret. One morning, Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens and discovers something incredible: a white horse with a broken wing has left the mirror-world and entered her own. The horse, named Foxfire, is hiding from a dark and sinister force — a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep him from finding her new friend, she must surround Foxfire with treasures of brilliant shades. But where can Emmaline find color in a world of gray? Megan is also the author of the young adult Madman’s Daughter trilogy, and the young adult Cage series. Magical worlds and incredible creatures fill the pages of Shadows of the Lost Sun (Little, Brown, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 1/10/17), the newest action-packed adventure in Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’s Map to Everywhere series! Fearless adventurers Marrill and Fin have just barely stopped the Iron Tide and the evil wizard Serth from destroying the Pirate Stream. Now they’re on a mission to find Fin’s missing mother, but before they can blink, Fin’s people have found him — and they’re not as friendly as he’d hoped. In fact, they’re after a powerful wish orb that could resurrect the debilitating Iron Tide and end the world as we know it. Without their captain Coll and wizard friend Ardent to guide them, are Marrill and Fin brave enough to take on the magic (and evil) of the Pirate Stream on their own? Find out in this exhilarating third book that raises the stakes to new heights! Carrie is also the author of the young adult novel Daughter of Deep Silence and the young adult Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity — only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in The Forbidden Wish (Razorbill, paperback, $9.99, on sale 1/24/17), a dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. Jessica is also the author of the young adult novels Origin, Vitro, and Kalahari. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=january+event.
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.
02/09/2017 - 7:00PM to
An In Conversation With novelist Ryan Graudin. This event celebrates the alternate history of Ryan’s novel, Blood for Blood (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $17.99). *Note: This event is ticketed. Your book receipt from M. Judson or co-sponsor Fiction Addiction for a copy of any of Ryan Graudin’s books is your ticket to the event. Book can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Click here to see more ReadUp All Year Events! The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf. There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it. For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: The world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost. But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face-to-face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all — how far can you go for the ones you love? This gripping, thought-provoking conclusion to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=blood+graudin&searchby=keyword&page=shop/browse.
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), 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
**Elizabeth Cox will not be attending this panel due to a family emergency.** 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.
03/16/2017 - 6:30PM to
From Colleen Oakley, the author of Before I Go, comes Close Enough to Touch (Gallery, hardcover, $24.99, on sale 3/7/17), an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart, perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult. Ms. Oakley will be discussing her new novel at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, March 16th, at 6:30pm. *Note: Tickets for this event are $10. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off merchandise purchased at the event. Or you can pre-order the new book and get a free ticket to the event! Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of event sponsor True Joy Bakery, a fresh, budding bakery specializing in couture and novelty cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and other confections, with delivery available in most of Upstate South Carolina. Love has no boundaries… Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world — and the people in it — that she’s been hiding from. Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad — and man — he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=colleen+oakley.
03/21/2017 - 6:00PM to
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. We are still taking orders for signed books. You can pre-pay for your signed book online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Join us for a book talk and signing with Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Train, at a private event at The Greenville County Museum of Art on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, at 6pm. Ms. Kline will be discussing her new book, A Piece of the World (William Morrow, hardcover, $27.99, on sale 2/21/17), which is inspired by the Andrew Wyeth painting, Christina’s World. After her presentation and Q&A with the audience, Ms. Kline will sign books and then attendees may browse the museum’s Wyeth Dynasty exhibit, a retrospective celebrating the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth and including Andrew Wyeth’s art complemented by works of his father, N. C., his son Jamie, and his sisters Carolyn and Henriette. More than 80 examples are featured in this exhibition of works by the first family of American painting. *Note: Tickets to this event are $30. Each ticket admits one and includes a copy of A Piece of the World. Enter through the back door of the museum. Doors will open at 5:30 and close at 6:15, so be on time! Seating is limited so we suggest purchasing tickets in advance. GCMA members may purchase tickets at a discount through the Museum. Non-members should purchase tickets from Fiction Addiction either online, in person at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Those who cannot make the event may order signed books from Fiction Addiction to be picked up afterward or direct shipped. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train comes A Piece of the World, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. “Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.” To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists. Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=christina+baker+kline.
03/22/2017 - 5:30PM to
Please plan to purchase last-minute tickets at the door. We have plenty of seats available, but as we are moving books to the event site, we are no longer accepting online orders for this event. A ReadUp All Year Event! How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new young adult novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins, The You I’ve Never Known (McElderry Books, hardcover, $18.99, on sale 1/24/17) aims to answer this question. Ms. Hopkins will be discussing her new book at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, at the Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Ballroom at USC Upstate in Spartanburg on Wednesday, March 22nd, at 5:30pm. *Note: This event is ticketed. Your book receipt from Fiction Addiction or co-sponsor M. Judson for a copy of Ellen Hopkins’ newest book, The You I’ve Never Known, is your ticket to the event. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Ticketholders age 17 and under may be accompanied by a parent for free. We are also offering a Buy 1, Donate 1 ticket priced at $36.23, which will include one copy of The You I’ve Never Known for the attendee, as well as one additional copy of the book to be signed by Ellen and donated to the Greenville Juvenile Detention Center and other teens in need. Directions to the Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center at USC Upstate: -From Greenville, take I-85N toward Charlotte -Take Exit 72 onto Hwy 176/I-585 toward Spartanburg -Take the Valley Falls Road Exit and go left across the bridge toward campus -Turn RIGHT at the first red light on University Way -At the traffic circle, veer LEFT onto Gramling Drive -Take the THIRD RIGHT into the parking lot, then go LEFT to the bottom of the hill -The Sansbury Campus Life Center is at the bottom of the hill located behind the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Click here for a campus map. The Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center is building K. Click here to see more ReadUp All Year events! For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined. Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago. What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years? In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves — for both the last and the very first time. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=you+never+known+hopkins&searchby=keyword&page=shop/browse.
03/23/2017 - 7:00PM to
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $28.00, on sale 3/7/17) is a memoir of Andrew Forsthoefel‘s coming of age on a cross-country trek — told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America. Meet Andrew at a book talk and signing at St. Giles Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 23rd, at 7pm. This event is a continuation of Andrew’s transcontinental listening walk: an opportunity to wander in wonder at this shared experience of being human. A combination of storytelling and discussion, all tied together by listening, spend an evening together co-creating the kinder world our hearts are longing for now more than ever. This event is free and open to the public. Fiction Addiction will be providing books for sale prior to and at the event. Books can be purchased online, at the store, by calling 864-675-0540, or at the event. A memoir of one young man’s coming of age on a cross-country trek — told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America. Life is fast, and I’ve found it’s easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane, so I’m slowing down, way down, in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that infuses each moment and resides in every one of us. At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read “Walking to Listen.” He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn’t know how. So he decided he’d walk. And listen. It would be a cross-country quest for guidance, and everyone he met would be his guide. Walking toward the Pacific, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn’t know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart?He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself. Ultimately, it’s the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.
03/30/2017 - 7:00PM to
Girls’ Night Out — Drink, Dish, & Do Good with Troylyn Ball on Thursday, March 30th, at 7pm at Fiction Addiction. Includes a margarita made with Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine and a talk by Troylyn Ball, author of the memoir, Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey (Dey Street, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 2/7/17), that explains how a pearl-wearing stay-at-home mom of three (including two developmentally challenged sons) moved to Asheville, North Carolina, and became the country’s foremost legal distiller of traditional Appalachian moonshine. A perfect talk to celebrate Women’s History Month! Purchase a copy of Pure Heart and we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to Thrive Upstate. *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket includes one margarita. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate investor, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their mute, wheelchair-bound son Coulton, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this booming little Appalachian Mountain city of hippies, farmers, artisans, and retirees, she unexpectedly discovered a support network and something she’d never had in twenty-five years of providing round-the-clock care for her special needs boys: the freedom to pursue her own dreams. She struck up a friendship with a legendary eighty-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine. But when the real estate bubble burst and the collapse of her husband Charlie’s new venture in Asheville left them deeply in debt, Troy realized her ten-year business plan for Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey wasn’t enough. If she was going to save her family — and she was definitely going to save her family — she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. And she needed to do it fast, before the bank took her house, her business, and everything she’d worked so hard to achieve. Full of eccentric characters and charming locations — from a “haunted” cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn — Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=troylyn+ball.
04/07/2017 - 5:30PM to
Cinderella goes to the con in Geekerella (Quirk, hardcover, $18.99, on sale 4/4/17), a fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Meet Columbia author Ashley Poston as she discusses her new young adult novel, after which she will take questions from the audience and sign books, on Friday, April 7th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction. As an added bonus and a nod to the geek culture celebrated in Geekerella, anyone who comes in cosplay costume will get 10% off any merchandise purchased at the event! *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons — before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake — until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
04/08/2017 - 3:00PM to
Ashes to Fire (Harper Voyager, paperback, $6.99, on sale 3/21/17) is the captivating and adventurous follow-up to Emily B. Martin‘s Woodwalker — once more with cover art by the author herself! Meet the Clemson, South Carolina, author and illustrator at a book talk and signing at M. Judson on Saturday, April 8th, at 3pm. *Note: This event is ticketed. Your book receipt from M. Judson or co-sponsor Fiction Addiction for a copy of either of Emily B. Martin’s books is your ticket to the event. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Click here to see more ReadUp All Year events! “You are a country.” Those words have been the guiding force behind Queen Mona’s every move since she was a little girl — the idea that all her actions and desires were, first and foremost, decided based on what was best for Lumen Lake. It had kept her alive after the Alcoran invasion, it had driven her to retake her country, and now it is the steely resolve she needs to finally confront the despotic Seventh King, Celeno. But when her diplomatic mission finds herself on the run through the swamps of Cyprien — accompanied by the unlikeliest group of companions — Mona discovers that while she is her country, she is also someone who has been sheltered by principles and bound by past mistakes. Now she must struggle to reshape her view of the world and face intimate new truths — not only for the good of her country, but for herself, as well. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=emily+b+martin&searchby=keyword&page=shop/browse.
04/13/2017 - 4:00PM to
In Miss Julia Weathers the Storm (Viking, hardcover, $27.00, on sale 4/4/17), the latest installment of Ann B. Ross‘s New York Times bestselling series, Miss Julia takes a trip to the beach, only to confront a hurricane roiling off the coast — and all the trouble it washes ashore. Meet the North Carolina author at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, April 13th, at 4pm. Note: This event is free and open to the public, but purchasing a copy of Miss Julia Weathers the Storm from Fiction Addiction will guarantee that a seat is reserved for you. Others will be seated on a first come, first served basis as long as seats are available. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Miss Julia’s sweet and generous husband, Sam, has decided to take a big group trip to the beach, inviting family and friends. While Miss Julia prepares for the big trip, her longtime friend LuAnne comes to her with a horrifying discovery — her husband may be cheating on her. Julia invites LuAnne along to the beach to get away and clear her head — and to keep from doing anything rash. Everyone settles into the rental house and six-year-old Latisha, their beloved housekeeper Lillian’s great-grandaughter, is having a blast searching for seashells when she discovers some much more valuable treasures that have washed up from a strong storm off the coast. As the storm nears, the crew packs up to head back to Abbotsville, and it appears that the three strangers they met on the beach — who seemed a bit too interested in little Latisha’s treasures — have followed them back to their sleepy town. In Miss Julia Weathers the Storm, another highly entertaining and delightful installment in the series by Ann B. Ross, Miss Julia must rely on her quick wit and strong will to protect Latisha, get to the bottom of LuAnne’s predicament, and once again save the day.
04/13/2017 - 7:00PM to
From Jami Attenberg, the New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins, comes All Grown Up (Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $25.00, on sale 3/7/17), a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection. Meet the author at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, April 13th, at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid — she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh — that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother — who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood — and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.
04/18/2017 - 6:00PM to
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Meet bestselling suspense author David Baldacci on Tuesday, April 18th, at Thornblade Club in Greer. Mr. Baldacci will be celebrating the launch of his new book, The Fix (Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $29.00, on sale 4/18/17). His remarkable detective Amos Decker — the man who can forget nothing — was first introduced in the sensational #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man. Now Decker returns in a stunning new novel. Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6:00-6:30pm, then at 6:30pm Mr. Baldacci will give a talk, take questions from the audience, and sign books. *Note: Tickets for this event are $55 each. Each ticket admits one and includes one copy of The Fix as well as one drink ticket (for wine, beer or a soft drink) and hors d’oeuvres. The club will also offer a cash bar. Please help David Baldacci’s Feeding Body & Mind Initiative. At Mr. Baldacci’s event, Fiction Addiction will have a donation box for customers to donate new or gently used books, which the Wish You Well Foundation will then send the books directly to a local food bank in our community. Please bring your new and gently used books to the event to help with this great program. Established by David Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks to families in need. Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker’s extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter — a family man with a successful consulting business — and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack. Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren’t cleared for it. But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government — or worse, an international terrorist group — and an attack may be imminent. Decker’s never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it’s too late.
04/20/2017 - 6:00PM to
Meet North Carolina author Robert Morgan at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, April 20th, at 6pm. Robert will be celebrating the paperback release of his latest novel, Chasing the North Star (paperback, $15.95, on sale 4/4/17), a story about a slave running to freedom and the hope that perseveres in the darkest times. The author will talk about his novel, take questions from the audience, and sign books. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $17 ticket guarantees a seat, admits one to the event, and includes a paperback copy of Chasing the North Star. 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 us at 864-675-0540. In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back — no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide. Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit. In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him. Bristling with breathtaking adventure, Chasing the North Star is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=robert+morgan.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-661-1521. Tickets: http://www.scacademyofauthors.org/.
04/24/2017 - 6:00PM to
April is Financial Literacy Month! To help you with your personal financial literacy, Fiction Addiction is hosting a free personal finance seminar at the store on Monday, April 24th, at 6pm. This seminar will be based on All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi (Free Press, paperback, $15.99). Topics will include budgeting, emergency planning, paying off credit cards, and saving for retirement. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. This personal finance guide from Dr. Phil’s financial guru, Elizabeth Warren, offers a new way of thinking about and managing your money that will allow you lifelong emotional peace and financial well-being. You work hard and try to save money, so why is there never enough to cover all the bills, to put some away in your child’s college fund, to pay off your credit card debt — or to relax and have some fun, for once? In the New York Times bestseller All Your Worth, mother/daughter team Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi — authors of the acclaimed The Two-Income Trap — tell you the truth about money. The authors lay out a groundbreaking approach to getting control of your money so you can finally start building the life you’ve always wanted. The result of more than twenty years of intensive research, All Your Worth offers you a step-by-step plan that will let you master your finances — for the rest of your life. The secret? It’s simple, really: get your money in balance. Warren and Tyagi show you how to balance your money into three essential parts: the Must-Haves (the bills you have to pay every month), the Wants (some fun money for right now), and your Savings (to build a better tomorrow). No complicated budgets, no keeping track of every penny. Warren and Tyagi will show you a whole new way of looking at money — and yourself — that will help you get your finances on track so you can enjoy peace of mind for the rest of your life.
05/02/2017 - 5:30PM to
Meet these mystery authors at a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction: Katherine Bolger Hyde (author of Arsenic with Austen [Minotaur, hardcover, $24.99]), Sasscer Hill (author of Flamingo Road [Minotaur, hardcover, $25.99]), and Paul A. Barra (author of Astoria Nights [Black Opal, paperback, $14.49]). *Note: Tickets for this event are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off the featured authors’ books. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. In Katherine Bolger Hyde‘s debut novel, Arsenic with Austen, Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt and expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life. Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town’s eccentric inhabitants — including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards — she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident. Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt’s property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen’s charming reprobates. In the first book in South Carolina author Sasscer Hill‘s new series, Flamingo Road, Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races. To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly’s beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles — first to find out what’s really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who’s close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win. In South Carolina author Paul A. Barra‘s new novel, Astoria Nights, Terrence Muldoon can knock the fillings out of a man’s teeth with either hand, but he can’t prevent his girlfriend from being murdered… Life is good for Catholic schoolteacher Terrence. He owns his own house in Astoria, New York, and a one-year-old Volvo, both paid for. His only dependent is a rescued greyhound, and his avocation as a club fighter, under the ring name of Seamus Muldoon, provides all the excitement he needs. Then all that changes when his jockey girlfriend is killed during a race at Belmont. Unable to save her, Terry is driven to find out who wanted her dead, and why. Or was she just collateral damage? He teams up with a NYPD detective friend in a quest for answers that takes him to Myrtle Beach, the rural environs of South Carolina, into the world of Queens gangsters, down to the Brooklyn waterfront, and out to Fire Island. As if his mission isn’t fraught with enough danger, he’s training all the while for a bout with a man being touted as the next Ali. ESPN gives Terry only a “puncher’s chance.” But even if Terry survives the match, the investigation is winding up for a knockout punch as well, with Terry facing the toughest fight of his life… Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=mystery+panel.
05/13/2017 - 2:00PM to
Join these Bublish women’s fiction authors for refreshments and champagne as they talk about their book series, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Saturday, May 13th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction: Christine Nolfi (author of the Liberty series, starting with Second Chance Grill [paperback, $13.95]), Julie Allan (author of the Lowcountry Home series, starting with The Eyes Have It [paperback, $12.99]), and Pamela Poole (author of the Painter Place series, including new book Jaguar [paperback, $14.99]). This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction with her book Second Chance Grill, the first book in her Liberty series. Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio, she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the amusing preteen — or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America. South Carolina educator and author Julie Allan will make you fall in love with lowcountry girl Lizzie Long and the friends and family that help her find her way home in The Eyes Have It, the first book in her Lowcountry Home series. One thing every Southern girl knows — if you are lost, your inner compass will point you home. For Lizzie Long, home is the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry, where a close-knit community welcomes her with open arms and nurtures her spirit after her world implodes. As Lizzie tries to hit the reset button and put the pieces of her shattered life back together, the magic of the South Carolina coast and the rekindling of childhood friendships help her open her eyes to both the hard truths and the amazing possibilities ahead. Having gone through much of her life with blinders on, Lizzie slowly begins to rebuild her spirit and her confidence. But will she open her eyes in time to recognize the one man who has always seen her as the strong, intelligent, and loving southern girl that she is? North Carolina artist and author Pamela Poole writes about a fictional island along the coastline of South Carolina in Jaguar, the newest book in her Painter Place series. Caroline and Chad Gregory are happy on their island home at Painter Place. But suddenly, an old vendetta against them puts Caroline in terrible danger. Her enemies are closing in, and the future of Painter Place is at stake. Her only hope of escape is a man known as the Jaguar, a legendary international operative and Caroline’s old flame. Even if he and a miracle can save her, Caroline will never be the same sheltered woman who has been groomed from childhood to inherit the island. About Bublish: Bublish is the world’s first complete publishing platform with integrated marketing, branding, and discoverability features. Authors can create and share branded excerpts called “book bubbles,” telling readers the stories behind their stories. Think of book bubbles as a director’s cut for a book! Readers can share these book bubbles with their friends and follow the authors they like. Visit Bublish.com to learn more and sign up for free.
05/16/2017 - 6:00PM to
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in Nemesis (Putnam, hardcover, $17.99), a riveting new thriller from Brendan Reichs, the co-author of the Virals series. Meet the Charlotte, NC, young adult author at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Tuesday, May 16th, at 6pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction or co-sponsor M. Judson if you plan to attend. See all ReadUp All Year Events! It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown — alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased. Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink. For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
05/17/2017 - 2:00PM to
You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews‘ recipes. Meet the author and enjoy some nibbles from her new cookbook, The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin’s, hardcover, $29.99) at her book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction Wednesday, May 17th, at 2pm. Mary Kay will give a talk about her new book, take questions from the audience, then sign books. *Note: Tickets for this event are $40. Each ticket admits one and includes a copy of The Beach House Cookbook as well as samples to taste. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. All you need to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that makes Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime favorite at the beach. From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits ‘n’ greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=mary+kay+andrews.
05/18/2017 - 6:00PM to
Meet these debut Southern authors as they talk about their first books, then take questions from the audience and sign books, at a panel talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, May 18th, at 6pm: Bren McClain (author of One Good Mama Bone [USC Press, hardcover, $27.99]), and Phillip Lewis (author of The Barrowfields [Hogarth, hardcover, $26.00]). This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. In One Good Mama Bone (USC Press, hardcover, $27.99), an unforgettable novel about motherhood, the human-animal bond, poverty, and redemption, native South Carolina author Bren McClain gives us the story of Sarah Creamer, a recently widowed and dirt-poor single mother struggling to survive in rural South Carolina in the 1950s. Sarah grew up hard and believes what her mother said — that Sarah doesn’t have “one good mama bone” in her, which presents Sarah with a dilemma since she’s trying to raise sweet Emerson Bridge, a boy she loves though he came to her by way of her husband’s affair with Sarah’s best friend. How is she, Sarah Creamer, to raise this gentle child? He deserves better. But then Sarah learns of a way to earn real money and, at the same time, provide her boy with a kind of friend. She buys Emerson Bridge a steer that he names Lucky, and they plan to enter Lucky into the Fat Cattle Show & Sale, where boys “feed out” a steer for several months for a chance to win the coveted Grand Champion blue ribbon and prize money. But the money comes from the sale of the animal, who will be slaughtered, something neither innocent heart understands. Until they do. The morning after Lucky arrives, so does his mother, who breaks free and travels four miles to her calling calf. For Sarah, watching Mama Red then — and over time — provides a powerful lesson in what motherhood and compassion can be. Sarah purchased the steer from local landowner Luther Dobbins, whose greatest ambition is to see his youngest son, LC, renew the family tradition of taking the prize. Powerful but insecure, Luther wants to win so people think well of him, especially LC. Luther lets Sarah keep Mama Red because he thinks it helps his cause, and as he ratchets up the pressure on LC and connives their way toward another win, they all discover — too late — what they most prize has nothing to do with 4-H. Praised for its wisdom, heart, and beautiful prose, One Good Mama Bone joins the ranks of The Art of Racing in the Rain, Water for Elephants, and even Charlotte’s Web in its affecting depiction of animals-as-teachers and announces Bren McClain as an important new voice. Charlotte, NC, lawyer Phillip Lewis‘s striking debut novel The Barrowfields (Hogarth, hardcover, $26.00) traces the fates and ambitions of a father and son across the decades, centered in a small Appalachian town that simultaneously defines them and drives them both away. Just before Henry Aster’s birth, his father reluctantly returns to the North Carolina town in which he was raised — Old Buckram, a place of grim poverty yet staggering natural beauty — with his outsized literary ambition and pregnant wife in tow. He installs his young family in a “monstrous gothic skeleton” of a house made of iron and glass and with an eerie history, separated from town by a barren, rocky stretch of land called the Barrowfields. There, Henry and his little sister, Threnody, grow up in thrall to their fiercely brilliant, obsessive father, who spends his days a lawyer in town and his nights writing in his library. But when tragedy tips his father toward a fearsome unraveling, Henry’s youthful reverence is poisoned; by the time he leaves for college he’s resolved never to return, despite promising to come back and take care of his mother and sister. During his time away at college and then law school, Henry meets a young woman named Story. A fellow student whose own family past is shrouded in mystery, Story helps him grapple with his father’s haunting legacy. Henry is gradually forced to face the tragic possibility that he’s more like his father than he’d like to admit and that, try as he might, he can never truly escape his home, which calls him back over and over again. Mythic in its sweep and mesmeric in its prose, The Barrowfields is a breathtaking novel that plumbs the darker side of devotion, the limits of forgiveness, and the question of whether identity is forever bound to where you come from.
05/30/2017 - 6:00PM to
Purchase tickets for this event at the door. Jeff Shaara, bestselling author of historical fiction about World War II, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War — including Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, which complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, The Killer Angels — will be at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, May 30th, at 6:00pm. Mr. Shaara will be talking about his new book, The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War (Ballantine, hardcover, $28.99). Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s ‘Forgotten War,’ when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe. Join us for hors d’oeuvres from 6:00-6:45pm, then at 6:45pm Mr. Shaara will give a talk, take questions from the audience, and sign books. *Note: Tickets for this event are $50 each. Each ticket admits one and includes one copy of The Frozen Hours as well as hors d’oeuvres. The club will also offer a cash bar. The dress code requires NO DENIM. Sport coats or suit jackets are requested for men, but ties are not required. The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eyes to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin. June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China. But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable — and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one. The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined defeat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move. Praise for Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Series “Outstanding…Shaara combines his extensive knowledge of military history with his consummate skill as a storyteller to vivify [Sherman’s March to the Sea]…Shaara has opened a welcome literary window to some of the less familiar Civil War battles and campaigns.” —Booklist, on The Fateful Lightening “[An] exciting read… This novel is meticulously researched and brings a vivid reality to the historical events depicted.” —Library Journal, on Blaze of Glory “Shaara’s historical accuracy is faultless, and he tells a good story… The voices of these people come across to the reader as poignantly clear as they did 150 years ago.” —Historical Novels Review, on A Chain of Thunder “Shaara’s mastery of military tactics, his intimate grasp of history, and his ability to interweave several supporting narratives into a cohesive and digestible whole…will appeal to a broad range of historical and military fiction fans.” —Booklist, on The Smoke at Dawn Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=jeff+shaara.
06/21/2017 - 6:00PM to
Meet Southern authors J.C. Sasser (author of Gradle Bird [Koehler Books, paperback, $17.95]) and Rose Senehi (author of Carolina Belle [KIM Publications, paperback, $15.95]) at a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Wednesday, June 21st, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction. *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her Grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than the one she came from. Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif “Tadpole” Walker, and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man, and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles. As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis’s imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when surfaced Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most. Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause. Belle McKenzie is obsessed with finding the best apple anyone ever bit into, and determined to rekindle the love this obsession has nearly destroyed. Scarred by betrayal, this story spans Belle McKenzie’s transition from bitterly unforgiving to a woman willing to swallow her pride to win back the man she never stopped loving. Cut from the same tenacious cloth as her grandfather, Pap, who owns the biggest apple orchard in North Carolina, she risks her life rescuing four hundred antique apple trees her neighbor and mentor has spent a lifetime collecting from old farms and fields all over the South. From them, Belle, a botanist and farmer, is hell bent on creating a “billion dollar” apple she’ll call the Carolina Belle. Matt has worked for Pap since he was old enough to hold up his end of an apple box. Pap thinks of him as the son he never had, but Belle as the man whom she loved and who betrayed her. With his recent divorce, Matt pursues Belle, the love his father forced him to turn his back on. Will the missteps of their past keep them from trusting each other, or will their suppressed love bloom enough to overcome unfounded suspicions? Rich in emotion and driven by suspense, this tale reveals the bold, resourceful character needed for a clan to survive for five generations in the precarious business of apple growing in the North Carolina mountains. Woven throughout this story is the fascinating history of the American apple that started when countless settlers planted seeds all over a country that had no apple trees, kicking off one of the biggest evolutionary experiments this nation has ever seen. Read this novel and you’ll never look at an apple the same way again. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=southern+authors+panel.
06/28/2017 - 6:00PM to
Twelve-year-old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in Exit Strategy (Aladdin Books, hardcover, $16.99), Lauren Allbright‘s laugh-out-loud debut novel! Meet the author as she discusses her new book, answers questions from the audience, and signs books at Fiction Addiction on Wednesday, June 28th, at 6pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots — which means no more school moves. And no more moves mean no more school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank. Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he’s never had to do before. Then Ross hits on a hypothesis: if pranks are cool because they are funny then maybe he could discover the formula for funny! If his nerdy “peer review” partner doesn’t cramp his style and if the embarrassing notebook full of his “research” doesn’t get out, then maybe Ross can actually be happy staying in one place. But can he really figure out the formula for ultimate middle school happiness?
06/29/2017 - 11:30AM to
Join New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe for a Literacy Luncheon as part of her book tour for Beach House for Rent (Gallery, hardcover, $26.00), her new standalone novel and final installment from the Beach House series. Monroe, an award-winning author of nearly two dozen books, will speak, take Q&A from the audience, and following the program, she will also sign books. Tickets are only $45, and that includes a copy of the new release! Tickets are limited, and reservations are required. Benefiting both Friends of Allandale and the Literacy Council of Kingsport. New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house. When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, a young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted. It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds — and the man who rescues them — begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other. And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monroe-at-the-mansion-literacy-luncheon-2017-tickets-32629893891?aff=es2.
07/23/2017 - 2:00PM to
New York Times bestselling Southern women’s fiction author Patti Callahan Henry will discuss her new book, The Bookshop at Water’s End (Berkley, paperback, $16.00), followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, at Fiction Addiction on Sunday, July 23rd, at 2pm. In this summer novel, the women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $17 ticket admits one and includes one copy of The Bookshop at Water’s End. The $10 ticket admits one and includes a $10.00 voucher that can be redeemed at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared. Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=patti+callahan+henry.
08/10/2017 - 6:00PM to
Debut young adult authors Christina June and Katy Upperman will discuss their new books, It Started with Goodbye (June, Blink, paperback, $12.99) and Kissing Max Holden (Upperman, Swoon Reads, hardcover, $17.99), at a panel talk and signing at Fiction Addiction on Thursday, August 10th, at 6pm. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night, which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented — and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway. But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And when Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s It Started with Goodbye will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith. Equal parts swoonworthy romance and deeply affecting family drama, this debut novel about the boy next door-turned-super hot bad boy will have readers hooked from the very first kiss. After his father’s stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea. With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school suddenly up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart, and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all? Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Katy Upperman’s debut novel Kissing Max Holden skillfully navigates the tenuous territory of bad influences, good friends, and complicated families.
08/16/2017 - 7:00PM to
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in Seeing Red (Grand Central, hardcover, $27.00, on sale 8/15/17), her latest thriller about tainted heroism and vengeance without mercy. Meet the author and hear her discuss her new book on Wednesday, August 16th, at 7pm at Headquarters Library in Spartanburg, SC. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a special gift for the first 150 attendees, so be sure to arrive early! Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major — even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra’s hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry — with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra — Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing. Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy — and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
08/29/2017 - 2:00PM to
Southern author Leah Weiss will discuss her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise (Sourcebooks, paperback, $15.99, on sale 8/22/17), at a book talk and signing on Tuesday, August 29th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. Leah will be introduced by her friend and fellow author Sue Inman, Greenville author of Year of the Snake: 1989. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. He’s gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn. Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline…if she can just figure out how to use it. This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
09/06/2017 - 6:00PM to
***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.*** Do you have trouble picking out books for the children in your life? We will be offering children’s book recommendations at our Parents’ & Grandparents’ Party on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, at 6pm. We will be serving refreshments, talking about new and upcoming children’s books, giving recommendations for your kids and grandkids, and giving away Advance Reader editions of children’s books. Everyone is welcome — parents, grandparents, children, grown-ups who like to read children’s books! *Note: Tickets are $15 each. Each ticket admits one adult (children are free) and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets can be purchase online, at the store, 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=parents+party&searchby=title&page=shop/browse.
09/09/2017 - 2:00PM to
Lawrence Thackston and Sean Keefer will not be at this event due to hurricane Irma. Meet these Southern authors at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Saturday, September 9th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction: Roger Johns (author of Dark River Rising [Minotaur Books, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 8/29/17]), Lawrence Thackston (author of Carolina Cruel [Rivers Turn Press, paperback, $14.95]), Sean Keefer (author of The Solicitor [paperback, $16.95]), and Brock Adams (author of Ember [paperback, $18.00, on sale 9/5/17]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off the featured authors’ books. Dark River Rising is a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana, from debut author Roger Johns. Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she’s called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for. When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason’s federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated — and dangerous — by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives. In the deep swamps of the South Carolina Low Country, two hunters stumble upon a sheriff’s patrol car, which disappeared over forty years before. Inside the car are bullet holes, blood stains, and scattered bones that provide long-awaited clues to solving one of the Palmetto State’s greatest mysteries. Enter cold case reporter, Tindal Huddleston, who must weave through local resistance and historical angst to piece together the explosive story of race, politics, crime, and corruption. She recruits Chan Adams, a burned-out former reporter of the local paper, who must overcome the demons of his own painful past before involving himself again in the decades-old case. Against impossible odds, the two reporters will make startling connections between an executed mass murderer, the fallout from the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, and the hanging of one of the state’s most prominent citizens. And in their search for answers, they will discover a cruelty so devastating; it will change countless lives forever. Mystery fans will enjoy Lawrence Thackston’s Carolina Cruel, a suspenseful page-turner filled with historical significance and social commentary. An attorney behind bars seeks justice in The Solicitor, the sequel to Sean Keefer’s debut novel The Trust. When you make your living fighting for justice, the last place you expect to wake up is behind bars. Attorney Noah Parks has spent his life keeping people out of jail. When he’s charged with the murder of a candidate for Charleston County Solicitor he finds himself on the wrong side of the law for a crime he says he didn’t commit No longer fighting for others and now relying on the help of the few people he does trust, Noah must fight to clear his name and find the real killer before it’s too late. His search will lead him through a maze of deceptions, lies, family turmoil, and treachery that spans generations. The Solicitor is set in historic Charleston and the surrounding South Carolina Lowcountry where under the surface things are not always as genteel as they appear. Three years ago, the sun began to die. In a desperate attempt to reignite the failing star, the United States had joined the rest of the planet in unloading its nuclear arsenal at the flickering ember. The missiles burst from silos in Wyoming and Bangladesh, cocooning the earth in tendrils of smoke as they began their two-and-a-half year journey into space. When they finally reach their target, it’s thirty degrees in July and getting colder. Lisa and her husband, Guy, sit shivering on a Southern hilltop, watching as humanity’s last hope at survival shimmers faintly…and then disappears below the horizon. A group of militant rebels called the Minutemen take advantage of the ensuing chaos to knock out power grids, cloaking the freezing earth in near darkness. Seizing control. To escape this ruthless new world order, Lisa and Guy join a reluctant band of refugees crossing the snow-covered South in search of shelter and answers. From an icy parking lot in Atlanta to the Minutemen’s makeshift headquarters at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, only one thing is certain: in a world with little light, nothing is guaranteed — least of all survival. Brock Adams’ Ember is the 2016 winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize as judged by novelist Bridgett M. Davis. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=southern+authors+panel.
09/30/2017 - 2:00PM to
Meet these Southern women authors at a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Saturday, September 30th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction: Emily Colin (author of The Dream Keeper’s Daughter [Ballantine Books, paperback, $16.00]), Dorothy St. James (author of Asking for Truffle [Crooked Lane Books, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 9/12/17]), and Nicole Seitz (author of The Cage-Maker [Story River Books, hardcover, $27.99, on sale 8/15/17]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off the featured authors’ books. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. A woman discovers an impossible connection that transcends time and place in The Dream Keeper’s Daughter, a stirring, unforgettable novel from Emily Colin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief. Isabel Griffin has done her best to move on since her boyfriend, Max Adair, vanished without a trace eight years ago, leaving her heartbroken — and pregnant. Eerily enough, this isn’t the first time someone Isabel loves has gone missing. When she was sixteen, her mother disappeared, and her father became obsessed with finding his long-lost wife — at the expense of parenting Isabel. Determined not to repeat her father’s mistakes, Isabel works hard to become a respected archaeologist and a loving mother to her daughter, Finn, a little girl with very unusual abilities. But while Isabel is on a dig in Barbados, she receives a disturbing phone call. The hauntingly familiar voice on the other end speaks just four words — “Isabel. Keep her safe.” — before they’re disconnected. Isabel tries to convince herself that the caller can’t possibly be Max. But what if it is, and Finn is in danger? As one mysterious event after another occurs, she can’t shake the feeling that, despite what everyone else believes, Finn’s father is alive — and he’s desperately trying to reach her. When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina, complete with free cooking lessons at the town’s seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she’s immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize — only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate. Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn’s quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she’s learning to love. Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke. Bringing the New Orleans of the late 1800s and early 1900s vividly to life, Nicole Seitz’s latest novel, The Cage-Maker, unfolds as a series of letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles discovered in the secret compartment of an enormous and exquisitely detailed birdcage that Trish, a twenty-first-century blogger, has inherited from a heretofore unknown relative. As she peruses the documents, Trish finds herself irresistibly drawn into the history of her family — a tale that is, as one letter puts it, “part love story and part horror and madness.” In 1906, Dr. René Le Monnier is ready to retire after a lengthy career as the New Orleans coroner and physician for the insane asylum. Still mourning his wife’s death, the Civil War veteran wants nothing more than to finally write his account of the Battle of Shiloh. But when a sixteen-year-old girl, Carmelite Kurucar, enlists his aid in saving her brother from a death sentence, the good doctor has to reckon with old ghosts and dusty, long-forgotten files — in particular the case of a patient to whom he may not have given sufficient treatment and consideration. Le Monnier’s efforts to help Carmelite lead him to Bertrand Saloy, one of the richest men in all New Orleans; to the Le Monnier mansion, which still haunts him; and down a dark family lineage “cursed” by a succession of wealth. Amid the mysteries and suspenseful intrigue, a French birdcage maker’s obsessive love for Madame Saloy emerges at the heart of the story. Based in part on real people and events and featuring illustrations by the author, this engrossing epistolary novel offers fresh twists on the Southern Gothic genre. It reveals much about criminal justice, about early-twentieth-century notions of care for the mentally ill, and, most important, about the many ways in which the weight of history hangs over the present from one generation to the next. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?page=shop/cname&cname=southern+women+authors+panel.
10/02/2017 - 6:00PM to
Reveal and explore your personal healing abilities with healing medium Anysia Marcell Kiel. Anysia will discuss her new book, Discovering the Healer Within: Use Chakras & Intuition to Clear Negativity & Release Pain (Llewellyn Publications, paperback, $15.99), at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Monday, October 2nd, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. One lucky attendee will win a free healing session gift certificate (a $250 value), so don’t miss it! You can heal yourself. It’s time to remember how. While many people are likely familiar with psychic mediums who do readings, few know about healing mediums who teach you how to clear illnesses and ailments in a noninvasive, peaceful way. Anysia Marcell Kiel guides you on a journey to awaken powerful healing abilities within yourself through her remarkable life stories and client sessions. Featuring easy-to-use exercises and how-to instructions, Discovering the Healer Within is usable by anyone (regardless of psychic or medium abilities). You’ll explore fascinating and useful topics, such as clearing karmic imprints, communicating with loved ones in spirit, and aligning with your soul path. This inspiring book, packed with Anysia’s experiences and insights, will show you how to embrace love, live your purpose, and align with your soul.
10/04/2017 - 5:30PM
Greenville author (and Clemson graduate) Dan Leach will be celebrating the launch of his debut short story collection, Floods and Fires (University of North Georgia Press, paperback, $19.95), at his launch part on Wednesday, October 4th, from 5:30-7:30pm. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Floods and Fires, the first collection of stories by Dan Leach, tests Marilynne Robinson’s assertion that “Families will not be broken.” In the title story, a father harbors his fugitive son from the town bully-turned-sheriff and meditates on suffering in small towns. In “Everything Must Go,” an estranged husband spots his ex-wife’s belongings at a garage sale and grapples with an onset of paranoia. In “Transportation,” a trailer park outcast uses wild acts of imagination to transcend his bleak existence. Wrestling against limitations that are Southern in aesthetic but universal in nature, the characters in Floods and Fires seek redemption in the face of hard times. Quirky, outlandish, but in the end emotionally poignant, Dan Leach’s stories follow imperfect people struggling against their circumstances, their histories, and, most importantly, themselves.
10/05/2017 - 6:00PM to
Meet internationally bestselling and award-winning author Natasha Boyd at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing, on Thursday, October 5th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction. She will discuss her new book, Indigo Girl (Blackstone Publishing, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 10/3/17), a historical novel about the teenage Eliza Lucas and her production of indigo dye on her family’s South Carolina plantations. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family’s three plantations in rural South Carolina, and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything. Upon learning how much the French pay for indigo dye, Eliza believes it’s the key to their salvation. But everyone tells her it’s impossible, and no one will share the secret to making it. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds her only allies in an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye, and in return — against the laws of the time — she will teach the slaves to read. So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice. Based on historical documents, including Eliza’s letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral. This book is set between 1739 and 1744, with romance, intrigue, forbidden friendships, and political and financial threats weaving together to form the story of a remarkable young woman whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.
10/07/2017 - 10:00AM
Greenville resident, Clemson professor, and certified leader of the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) writing method, Kim Manganelli of Wisteria Writing Workshops will be leading a writing workshop at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, October 7th, from 10am-Noon. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. A minimum of four signups needed or the workshop will be cancelled. The Amherst Writers and Artists method is founded upon the simple belief that everyone is a writer with a story to tell. This workshop is open to writers of all backgrounds and experience, from those who haven’t written since they were in classroom settings to those who write regularly as a hobby or have already published their work. The workshop will proved writers with the prompts, practices, and confidence to put their first thoughts and impulses on the blank page in order to generate the raw material that can later be shaped into stories, poems, novels, and memoirs. During the workshop, attendees will write together to prompts Kim selects. Anyone who wants to can read aloud what they’ve written. Once someone shares what they’ve written, they will hear from the other workshop participants about what is working and wonderful about what they’ve just put on the page. At the end of the two hour workshop, writers will leave with new pages that they’ve written and specific feedback on what is working and wonderful in their writing.
10/07/2017 - 2:00PM
Virginia author William Gerald Hamby will be signing copies of his debut novel, A Gambler’s Feast: Summer of 1969 (Keith Publications, paperback, $15.95), at an in-store signing on Saturday, October 7th, from 2-4pm at Fiction Addiction. Read about Victor Sinclare’s experiences during the life-changing summer of 1969, the time of Vietnam, moonwalks, and Woodstock. This event is free and open to the public. In June 1969, Victor Sinclare leaves conservative Cincinnati, Ohio, to join a former high school friend for a summer job in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Victor is 1-A in the Draft, flunking out of college, reeling from the news that a fraternity brother has been killed in Vietnam, and running from the inevitable disappointment he is about to be to his parents. Victor is habitually stoned, drinking too much, frustrated at sex, tormented by dreams and feeling smothered by his hometown. He is bewildered about his future and Tahoe seems as good a place as any to avoid himself and the world. Between June and October, in the stifling kitchen of The Mine Shaft Casino, a popular local destination known for its cheap, twenty-four hour smorgasbord, Victor meets the first real characters of his life. For him, the transients, drinkers, braggers, dopers, women, womanizers, cheats, gamblers and reputed Mafioso are romantic, welcome distractions. But the darkness of 1969 reaches him nonetheless. Men walk on the moon with immediate and devastating consequences, Woodstock beckons, friends vanish and Vietnam encroaches. Victor is permanently altered, and none have more influence on him than Lee, the stylish and self-destructive night chef, a dubious mentor who might be a remarkable man of the world, a simple and tragic drunk, or possibly both. Finally, one by one, the summer crew moves on, including Lee, until it is just Victor. And only after an explosive and violent incident is he finally forced to confront his future. Victor makes an emotional sprint down the California coast to Mexico and onto New Orleans, then north. On the side of a road in Mississippi he finally faces his truth.
10/13/2017 - 2:00PM to
October is Local History Month! To celebrate, we will have these South Carolina History Press authors at Fiction Addiction on Friday, October 13th, at 2pm to discuss their books about our local history: Tally Johnson (author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry [paperback, $19.99]), Alexia Jones Helsley (author of Hidden History of Greenville County [paperback, $19.99]), and Wilson Casey (author of Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails [paperback, $19.99]). This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Book can be ordered online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. With a history that stretches back to the earliest years of America, it comes as little surprise that the Upstate region of South Carolina is home to many ghosts and to hundreds of intriguing legends. In Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, librarian and folklorist Tally Johnson introduces us to some of the area’s most colorful specters, from Major Ferguson, a British officer in the Revolutionary War who still haunts the grounds of his last battle at Kings Mountain, to the Hound of Goshen, a demon dog who has been chasing passersby in Union and Newberry Counties since the mid-nineteenth century. Among these stories Johnson weaves the local lore and history of thirteen upstate counties, drawing upon sources as varied as historic records, newspapers, and personal interviews. Historically, Greenville County owes much to its natural advantages of scenery, location, and abundant water, but it has also benefited from its colorful characters, such as Richard Pearis, Vardry McBee, Richard Furman, and the Earle family. Hidden History of Greenville County details the personalities, places, and events that have given Greenville its progressive, diverse environment. Join archivist and history professor Alexia Helsley as she explores some of these individuals and their contributions, as well as little-known events in the area and the ever-fascinating “Dark Corner.” From mansions to murders, learn things about Greenville County history that you’ve never encountered before. In 1949, two bandits from Youngstown, Ohio, boarded a B&O passenger train from Washington, D.C., to Detroit. In the West Virginia mountains near Martinsburg, Luman “Lu” Ramsdell and his gang stopped the train to rob and terrorize nearly 150 people on board. They pistol-whipped several and shot at others before exiting the train to next rob a tavern and hijack getaway cars. National headlines likened the event to the exploits of Jesse James and the infamous days of the Wild West. Lu and the gang led authorities on a chase that ended with a harrowing shootout five blocks from the White House. Climb aboard with author Wilson Casey for a firsthand account from the head bandit himself in this true tale of America’s last moving train robbery.
10/14/2017 - 2:00PM
South Carolina author Sheila Ingle will be celebrating the launch of her new book, Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills (Ambassador International, paperback, $14.99, on sale 10/14/17), at her launch party on Saturday, October 14th, from 2-4pm at Fiction Addiction. In this book, Sheila writes about her husband John’s childhood in Ingle Holler in Union, South Carolina. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Sheila Ingle’s husband John was brought up in Ingle Holler in Union, South Carolina, with eight other Ingle families. They worked together in the mills, shared their gardens, attended church, and enjoyed the playing and singing of the songs from the Grand Ole Opry. When five of the brothers went off to war, those who couldn’t fight took care of their families. The Ingles stuck together, just like they were taught in the Appalachian hills of Erwin, Tennessee. Love of God, love of family, and love of country were modelled in each home. In fact, one year Make Ingle put his sons and grandsons together to build Hillside Baptist Church. Adults kept up with the newspapers and the radios; world happenings were important. Any type of sickness brought a barrage of soup and cornbread, because children still had to eat. On those twenty acres, the children played in the creek, cowboys and Indians, and hide-and-seek. They built their own wagons and sleds to race down the hill on the dry, hickory leaves. All the boys learned to shoot a .22 caliber, and John’s mother Lois could light a match with her shots. Living in Ingle Holler was home, where each one was accepted.
10/14/2017 - 10:00AM
South Carolina author Sara Christie will be celebrating the release of her new children’s picture book, The Wrecking Crew (FPS, paperback, $11.99), at her launch party at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, October 14th, from 10am-Noon. Join Boots the Dog on a railway adventure and learn some neat facts about railroad history. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. In the 1880s, the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad and other lines in the Carolinas were combined. Seaboard’s lease of the Georgia, Carolina & Northern Railway in 1889 gave it a connection to Atlanta. In 1899, the addition of the Florida, Central & Peninsular Railroad connected the cities of Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. On July 1, 1900, the entire system was consolidated and reorganized as the Seaboard Air Line Railway, a 2600-mile network stretching from Virginia to Florida. Given that in 1900, the Wright Brothers and other inventors had not yet succeeded in bringing the airplane into existence, the “Air Line” in the railroad’s name referred to its direct routes. This is a story about a “wrecking crew,” men who stood by — ready to go on a moment’s notice to a train that had crashed or derailed, where they would clear or repair the tracks and get the railroad back in service.
10/17/2017 - 4:30PM to
New York Times bestselling authors Shannon and Dean Hale will discuss their new middle-grade novel, The Legend of Shadow High (Little, Brown, & Co., hardcover, $14.99, on sale 10/17/17), a mash-up of the popular Ever After High and Monster High series, at a book talk and signing on Tuesday, October 17th, at 4:30 pm at Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. This event is aimed at children ages 9-15. 4:30-5:00pm: Buy books*, have them signed, and enjoy a snack. 5:00-5:30pm: Shannon and Dean Hale 5:30-6:00pm: Book signing* *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but a book purchase is required in order to join the signing line. In order to obtain a ticket to join the signing line, each customer must purchase at least one copy of The Legend of Shadow High from Fiction Addiction, either on-site at the event or by pre-ordering in advance online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Once you have your ticket, the authors will be happy to sign any of their books that you own. A dangerous story is bubbling and almost all the Narrators are scared to tell it. Cracks in the World of Stories are spreading, and the ominous Shadow High is gaining power. Only one young, brave Narrator, Brooke Page, is ready to tell this tale. As the first cracks show, Frankie and Draculaura are accidentally transported to Ever After High, where they meet Raven Queen and Apple White. After the girls recover from the shock of learning that fairytales and monsters are real, they discover that the Evil Queen has escaped her mirror prison in search of the ultimate power, hidden in Shadow High. Frankie, Raven, Draculaura, Apple, and Brooke must stop the Evil Queen and save the World of Stories from the evil that lurks in Shadow High!
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
ReadUp Greenville is an annual celebration of Young Adult and Middle Grade books and authors. By bringing teens in close contact with authors through book signings, panels, and interactive events, the festival will encourage youth to continue their love for reading and hopefully encourage non-readers to become readers. ReadUp is a day of celebration. There will be book sales, author signings, panel discussions, and keynote speakers. The day will feature multiple panels specific to different themes. One panel may focus on graphic novels and another on romance YA books. The event is free to all with the exception of the keynote events. Click here for more information about authors, schedule, and tickets.
10/22/2017 - 11:00AM
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Take Heart, My Child and popular FOX news anchor Ainsley Earhardt comes Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me (Aladdin, hardcover, $18.99), a sweet new book that celebrates wonders and miracles. This is a great holiday gift for the parents and children in your life, and you can get a SIGNED copy at Ainsley’s in-store book signing on Sunday, October 22nd, from 11am-2pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public. Ainsley Earhardt reflects on her experiences as a mother and viewing wonders of the world through a child’s eyes in this stunning follow up to Take Heart, My Child. So often as we race through life, we need the wisdom and perspective of a child to remind us what is important and what should be celebrated and remember: the everyday joys and miracles and simple pleasures of life. Our children teach us and awaken our own inner child.
11/01/2017 - 6:00PM 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, Southern author Daren Wang will talk about his new novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires (Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26.99), and we will be serving wine and cheese and giving away a number of “advance reader copies.” *Note: Tickets are $15 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. Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang’s The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South. As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves. Tickets: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/?keyword=bookclub+party&searchby=title&page=shop/browse.
11/23/2017 to 11/24/2017
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11/24/2017 to 11/25/2017
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12/25/2017 to 12/26/2017
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01/01/2018 to 01/02/2018
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05/28/2018 to 05/29/2018
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07/04/2018 to 07/05/2018
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