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Upcoming Events

Storytime Thursday

09/03/2015 - 10:30AM

Local independent bookstore Fiction Addiction hosts a free children’s storytime at our shop at 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5 (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Boardwalk, and Jimmy John’s) every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Click here for the books being read this month.

Fiction Addiction Closed for Labor Day

09/07/2015 - 09/08/2015

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

Book Scouts Meeting

09/12/2015 - 1:00PM

Note that we moved to the 2nd Saturday to avoid the Labor Day holiday. Our ninth program, featuring Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (Dial, hardcover, $17.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.

Southern Storytellers Panel Talk & Signing

09/16/2015 - 3:00PM

Meet these Southern authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, at 3:00pm at Fiction Addiction: Lisa Wingate (author of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters [paperback, $14.99])\; Matthew Neill Null (author of Honey from the Lion [paperback, $18.95])\; Kim Wright (author of The Canterbury Sisters [paperback, $16.00])\; and Matthew Vollmer (author of Gateway to Paradise [paperback, $15.95]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket can be redeemed toward a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event, and includes one admission pass to the event. From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny in Lisa Wingate‘s new novel, The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Tyndale House, paperback, $14.99, on sale 9/8/15). Author of Booklist Top 10 picks in 2012 and 2013, Lisa skillfully weaves stories that Publishers Weekly has called “masterful” and ForeWord referred to as “filled with lyrical prose, hope, and healing.” Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and a columnist for Southern Writers magazine. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a two-time Carol Award winner.   In Matthew Neill Null‘s lyrical and suspenseful debut novel, Honey from the Lion (Lookout, paperback, $18.95, on sale 9/8/15), a turn-of-the-century logging company decimates ten thousand acres of virgin forest in the West Virginia Alleghenies and transforms a brotherhood of timber wolves into revolutionaries. Matthew is a recipient of the Mary McCarthy Prize and the Michener Copernicus Society of America Award, and his fiction appears in American Short Fiction, Ecotone, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Mystery Stories. A native of West Virginia, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and was  fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is currently the writing coordinator. This is his first novel.   In the vein of Jojo Moyes and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Gallery, paperback, $16.00) is a warm and touching novel about a woman who embarks on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral after losing her mother, sharing life lessons — in the best Chaucer tradition — with eight other women along the way. Kim is the author of Love in Mid Air and The Unexpected Waltz and has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for many magazines, including Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing. The Canterbury Sisters is her third novel, and she also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.   Matthew Vollmer‘s new short story collection, Gateway to Paradise (Persea, paperback, $15.95), is a bold, vibrant, and surprising collection. This new book explores the confrontation with desire as a path to self-actualization. Matthew is the author of a previous short story collection, Future Missionaries of America, as well as an essay collection, inscriptions for headstones, and he is the co-editor of Fakes. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Best American Essays 2013. He is the recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts grant, as well as the Sturm Award for Creative Arts at Virginia Tech. Matthew holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. in English from North Carolina State University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently an Assistant Professor and directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Virginia Tech.

Fiction Addiction Closing at 1:00pm

09/17/2015 - 1:00PM

Fiction Addiction is closing early, at 1:00pm, on Thursday, September 17th. Jill and Melissa will be at the annual SIBA trade show and Ike has an afternoon class we don’t want him to miss. The store will be open regular hours on Friday and Saturday.

Alex Bledsoe Book Signing at the Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire

09/18/2015 - 09/19/2015 - 5:00PM

Fantasy author Alex Bledsoe will be signing his Tufa novels, including latest book Long Black Curl (Tor, hardcover, $25.99), at The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire (at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville) on Friday, September 18th, from 5-11pm and Saturday, September 19th, from 10am-6pm. This event is free with regular admission to the Ren Faire ($10 adults, $6 children). Fiction Addiction will be providing books for sale at the event. In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people. Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the “Hillbilly Hercules” for his immense size and strength, and who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He’s ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds. The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, even he isn’t sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again? Will he join her in her quest to unite the Tufa under her rule? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?

Cookbook Club

09/21/2015 - 7:00PM

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

Eric Litwin Performance & Book Signing

09/25/2015 - 6:30PM

Get ready to sing, dance, and fall in love with reading! Fiction Addiction and University of South Carolina Upstate are bringing Eric Litwin to Greenville for a FREE 45-minute performance featuring his new book, The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants (Little, Brown, hardcover, $18.00), on Friday, September 25th, at 6:30pm, at the University Center Greenville entrance to McAlister Square (225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville), just outside the USC Upstate office. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of  The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants from Fiction Addiction prior to or at the event is required in order to join the signing line. Mr. Eric will also sign copies of The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House and one additional Pete the Cat book (that he wrote — first four only) per person. Eric will personalize only copies of The Nuts books. Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants is the second book of the Nuts series from the creative genius behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat books! Little Hazel Nut wants her family to sing and dance with her, but they’re just not listening! Mama Nut is buzzing around the house, Papa Nut has his nose stuck in a book, and Wally Nut is up to who knows what. Who will get everyone singing and dancing? Why…their super-cool, super-hip, disco-dancing Grandma Nut, of course! Eric Litwin’s expert use of repetition, call-and-response, and rhyme, combined with Scott Magoon’s clever and hilarious illustrations, offers an unforgettable interactive reading experience inviting readers young and old to join in on the fun. The read-aloud functionality and light animation are sure to have readers singing and dancing along with this nutty family!   Help us spread the word! Click here to download a printable poster that you can distribute.   This event is sponsored by Fiction Addiction and USC Upstate.

Cindy Landrum In-Store Signing

09/26/2015 - 1:00PM

Greenville newspaper reporter and author Cindy Landrum will be signing copies of her debut book, Legendary Locals of Greenville (Arcadia, paperback, $21.99), on Saturday, September 26th, from 1-3pm at Fiction Addiction. Greenville has long been a city of visionaries. Richard Pearis settled on the banks of the Reedy River in Cherokee hunting land where few white men would venture. Max Heller, who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria as a teen, triggered the rebirth of downtown. They are some of Greenville’s local legends who have seen possibilities, not limitations. They come from all walks of life. Textile leaders such as John T. Woodside, Thomas Parker, and John D. Hollingsworth transformed the city into the “Textile Capital of the World.” When textiles began to fade, businessmen and leaders such as Charles Daniel, Tommy Wyche, Tom Barton, Virginia Uldrick, Dick Riley, Carl Sobocinski, and Xanthene Norris helped transform the city once again. Stories of people who have shaped Greenville with their vision, making it what it is today, fill these pages.

Gold Star Mother’s Day

09/27/2015 - 09/28/2015

Banned Books Week

09/27/2015 - 10/04/2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week! Banned books in stock at Fiction Addiction Pat Scales Book Talk & Signing — Celebrate Banned Books Week with Pat Scales, Greenville author and former school librarian, as she discusses her latest book, Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (Rowman & Littlefield, paperback, $19.95), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, October 3rd, at 3pm. Tickets are $21.15 (admits two and includes one copy of the featured book) or $10 (admits one and includes a $10 book voucher).

Storytime Thursday

10/01/2015 - 10:30AM

Local independent bookstore Fiction Addiction hosts a free children’s storytime at our shop at 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5 (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Five Guys, and Jimmy John’s) every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Click here for the books being read this month.

Fiction Addiction’s Annual Bookclub Party

10/01/2015 - 5:30PM

Are you in a bookclub? Thinking about joining or starting a bookclub? Like to read “bookclub-type books”? Then come join us for our annual Bookclub Party on Thursday, October 1st, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction! Tickets are $10 each and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Local author Sue Lile Inman will be presenting her new novel, Year of the Snake: 1989 (FPS, paperback, $19.99), and store owner Jill Hendrix will present other suggested titles for bookclubs. We will also be serving wine and cheese giving away a number of free “advance reader copies.”

A. Scott Henderson Launch Party

10/02/2015 - 5:00PM

Greenville poet A. Scott Henderson will be signing copies of his debut poetry collection, Gin and Gardenias: A Memoir of Desire, Love, and Loss (FPS, paperback, $12.95, on sale 9/29/15), at his launch party on Friday, October 2nd, from 5-7pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments (wine, cheese, cake, soft drinks) will be served. Gin and Gardenias is a powerful verse memoir about the social, political, and spiritual challenges of forging a male gay identity in the South. “Gin and Gardenias is a remarkable book that chronicles what Adrienne Rich has called “the damage that was done / and the treasures that prevail.” Scott Henderson’s verse memoir of growing up gay in the South, of finding and losing his beloved partner, and of embracing his own identity will touch your heart and mind in equal measure. He has prevailed with candor, with tears, with hard-earned laughter, and with verbal and spiritual grace.”  -Gil Allen, member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and winner of the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry “Each of these poems tells a powerful story. Taken together, they form a moving memoir of the struggle to find one’s true self amid the byways and folkways of the American South. Scott Henderson writes honestly and authentically, with phrases and images beautifully honed and pitch-perfect. Best of all, he hides nothing from the reader, a gracious gift that is entirely rewarding.”  -Paulette Alden, author and winner of a 2013 Best Indie Book Award for The Answer to Your Question

Ben Matthews In-Store Signing

10/03/2015 - 11:00AM

South Carolina lawyer and author Ben Matthews will be signing copies of his debut mystery novel, The Pursuit of Justice (Rushton, paperback, $14.99), on Saturday, October 3rd, from 11am-1pm at Fiction Addiction. “Written with authority, Matthews’ auspicious debut courtroom drama finds an ethically compromised attorney taking a murder case nobody wants and a client nobody trusts.” (Kirkus) Attorney Raymond Jackson is troubled by ethics charges, his failing practice, and memories of his still-missing sister. When he agrees to resolve the ethics charges by taking on a case from the public defender, he gets saddled with a client nobody wants. The client is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, an exotic dancer who was pregnant at the time of the crime. Investigating the State’s key witness, Ray discovers several similar unsolved murders from the past few years. Needing help, Ray must turn to the man he trusts the least. Ray also becomes involved in a money laundering investigation with his old girlfriend. As the bodies pile up, Ray finds himself framed for murder on the eve of trial. When the investigations collide, the cases become personal and Ray must choose between justice for his client or himself.

Book Scouts Meeting

10/03/2015 - 1:00PM

Our tenth program, featuring Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Penguin, paperback, $7.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.

Banned Books Week — Pat Scales Book Talk & Signing

10/03/2015 - 3:00PM

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Pat Scales, Greenville author and former school librarian, as she discusses her latest book, Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal (Rowman & Littlefield, paperback, $19.95), at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, October 3rd, at 3pm. Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $21.15 ticket admits two and includes one copy of Scales on Censorship. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal contains Pat R. Scales’ collected columns, all written in response to active book challenges or questions of intellectual freedom and library ethics. These columns have a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy even as they reflect the core values and policies of librarianship. They are organized by topic, and each is framed with a brief new introductory essay. Scales’ powerful reputation and practical ethically-based solutions have made her a key spokesperson and support for librarians working under a censorship siege.

A-Plus YA Authors Panel Talk & Signing

10/05/2015 - 5:30PM

Join these young adult authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Monday, October 5th, at 5:30pm at Fiction Addiction: From Asheville, NC: Alexandra Duncan (author of Salvage and its sequel, Sound [hardcover, $17.99]), Alan Gratz (author of Code of Honor [hardcover, $17.99]), Stephanie Perkins (author of Isla and the Happily Ever After [paperback, $10.99]), and Renee Ahdieh (author of The Wrath and the Dawn [hardcover, $17.99]). And from Athens, GA: Will Walton (author of Anything Could Happen [hardcover, $17.99]). Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event, and includes one admission pass to the event. Sound (Greenwillow, hardcover, $17.99) is the standalone companion to Alexandra Duncan‘s acclaimed debut novel Salvage, which was praised by internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins as “brilliant, feminist science fiction.” For fans of Beth Revis, Firefly, and Battlestar Galactica. Alexandra is an author and librarian. Her YA sci-fi novel Salvage was nominated for the 2014 Andre Norton Award. It was also a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project selection, a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection, an ABA Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices title, a Spring 2014 SIBA Okra Pick, and a Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next pick. Alexandra’s short fiction has appeared in several Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty — pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina.   From Alan Gratz, acclaimed author of Prisoner B-3087, comes Code of Honor (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99), a timely, heart-racing action-adventure about the War on Terror — and the bond between brothers. Alan is the author of several books, including Samurai Shortstop, which was named one of the ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults\; The Brooklyn Nine, which was among Booklist’s Top Ten Sports Books\; Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2015-16 SC Junior Book Award nominee\; and The League of Seven, which just won the SIBA 2015 Young Adult Book Award. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.     New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Perkins brings us hopeless romantic Isla and her crush Josh in Isla and the Happily Ever After (Speak, paperback, $10.99), a sweet and sexy story of true love, set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona. A swoonworthy conclusion to her beloved series. Stephanie is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, as well as the editor of the romantic holiday anthology, My True Love Gave to Me. She has always worked with books — first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.     Debut author Renee Ahdieh tells a sumptuous and epic love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights in her book, The Wrath and the Dawn (Putnam, hardcover, $17.99). Caliph Khalid takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride with a clever plan to get her through to the dawn that no others have seen. Renee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea\; consequently, Renee enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. The Wrath and the Dawn is her first novel.     Avid Bookshop bookseller and author Will Walton‘s debut novel, Anything Could Happen (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99), is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again. Will is a book-selling pop music fanatic who grew up on a farm and lives in a bookshop. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently lives in Athens, Georgia. Anything Could Happen is his first novel.

Dr. Ben Carson Book Signing

10/10/2015 - 3:00PM

Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson will be signing copies of his new book, A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties (Sentinel, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 10/6/15), on Saturday, October 10th, at 3:00pm at Fiction Addiction. Signing details: For every copy of A More Perfect Union purchased from Fiction Addiction, Dr. Carson will sign one of his backlist books also bought from Fiction Addiction. Pre-orders (including backlist books) are strongly recommended to ensure availability. Those who cannot make the event can pre-order signed books to be picked up at the store after the event or shipped. Dr. Carson will sign his name only\; no personalizations. An event photographer will be onsite to take pictures — photos from your phone/camera will not be allowed. You can download your free photos from after the event. Attendees will NOT be allowed behind the signing area to pose for photographs. Please note that Dr. Carson will sign ONLY his books: no yard signs, photographs, etc. The signing line will be formed on a first-come, first-served basis and will wrap outside our building, so bring umbrellas in the case of bad weather. Parking: Once our shopping center parking lot fills up, please park at Haywood Mall and walk across the service road to our center. We do not anticipate this happening, but it’s possible the signing may have to end before you’ve made it through the line. If so, Dr. Carson has prepared personally autographed bookplates which will be given out for each book you have purchased as Dr. Carson walks down the remaining line and shakes hands before returning to the tour bus. Dear Reader, Many people have wondered why I’ve been speaking out on controversial issues for the last few years. They say I’ve never held political office. I’m not a constitutional scholar. I’m not even a lawyer. All I can say to that is “Guilty as charged.” It’s true that I’ve never voted for a budget America could not afford. I’ve never raised anyone’s taxes. And I’ve never promised a lobbyist anything in exchange for a donation. Luckily, none of that really matters. Our founding fathers didn’t want a permanent governing class of professional politicians. They wanted a republic, in Lincoln’s words, “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” A country where any farmer, small-business owner, manual laborer, or doctor could speak up and make a difference. I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution. And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery. The founders wrote it for ordinary men and women, in clear, precise, simple language. They intentionally made it short enough to read in a single sitting and to carry in your pocket. I wrote this book to encourage every citizen to read and think about the Constitution, and to help defend it from those who misinterpret and undermine it. In our age of political correctness it’s especially important to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speak, bear arms, practice our religion, and much more. The Constitution isn’t history — it’s about your life in America today. And defending it is about what kind of country our children and grandchildren will inherit. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about the fascinating ways that the founders established the greatest democracy in history — and the ways that recent presidents, congresses, and courts have threatened that democracy. As the Preamble says, the purpose of the Constitution is to create a more perfect union. My goal is to empower you to help protect that union and secure the blessings of liberty. Sincerely, Ben Carson

Jenny Milchman Mini Workshop & Signing

10/13/2015 - 2:00PM

Please join award-winning suspense novelist Jenny Milchman, author of As Night Falls (Ballantine, hardcover, $26.00) as “the world’s longest book tour” brings her to Fiction Addiction on Tuesday, October 13th, at 2:00pm! Authors, emerging writers, and suspense fans alike will enjoy hearing about Jenny’s thirteen year journey to publication. She will share an inside look at the publishing industry, and explore the growing popularity of domestic suspense as a genre. Attendees are also invited to take part in a lesson on crafting the Perfect Pitch and selling a novel to agents and editors. There are two ticket options for this event. The $27.56 ticket admits two and includes one copy of As Night Falls. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close. In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Upstairs, the fifteen-year-old—smart, brave, and with every reason to be angry tonight—keeps her distance from her mother. Sandy’s husband, Ben, a wilderness guide, arrives late to find a home simmering with unease. Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses. After almost twenty years as prison cellmates, they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle, Nick the mind and will. As they approach a secluded house and look through its windows to see a cozy domestic scene, Nick knows that here he will find what he’s looking for . . . before he disappears forever. Opening the door to the Tremont home, Nick brings not only a legacy of terror but a secret that threatens to drag Sandy with him into the darkness.

Bucky Williams-Hooker Book Signing

10/17/2015 - 2:00PM

South Carolina author Bucky Williams-Hooker will be signing copies of his new book, Musings: Reflections of an Author’s Mind (Outskirts, paperback, $14.95), on Saturday, October 17th, from 2-4pm at Fiction Addiction. Musings contains reflections of an author’s thoughts in several different genres. It is a collection of short stories, poems, essays, and reflections on topics of interest to the author, as well as recipes, letters, and an autobiographical folllow-up to his first book, No More Mr. Cellophane. This mixed genre book should provide something of interest to readers of all ages and tastes who are looking for something bold and refreshing to read.

S.C. Gwynne Book Talk & Signing

10/17/2015 - 2:00PM

New York Times bestselling author S.C. Gwynne will be discussing his latest book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson (Scribner, paperback, $20.00), a thrilling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic hero, at a book talk and signing at the Upcountry History Museum on Saturday, October 17th, at 2:00pm. This event is free with regular admission to the Upcountry History Museum (free for members, $6 for non-members, $5 for seniors or students), but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP to the museum by emailing or calling 864-467-3100. Admission can be paid in advance or on the day of the event. Fiction Addiction will have S.C. Gwynne’s books for sale in advance and at the event itself. Book reservations are recommended and can be emailed to Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged\; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862, Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked—hope—and struck fear into the hearts of the Union. Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne’s hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend\; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself\; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable man.

Richard Wall Discusses Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening

10/27/2015 - 7:00PM

In 2014, Carol Wall wrote about her remarkable friendship with native Kenyan and gardener, Giles Owita, in Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart (Berkley, paperback, $16.00). Now Richard Wall, Carol’s husband, shares the incredible story behind the story on Tuesday, October 27th, at 7pm at Hughes Main Library (Meeting Room A). Fiction Addiction will be providing books for sale at the event. A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing — and ultimately everything — in common. Carol Wall, living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, is at a crossroads in her life. Her children are grown\; she has successfully overcome illness\; her beloved parents are getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But Carol and Giles both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

Fall 2015 Mystery Panel Talk & Signing

10/29/2015 - 6:00PM

Meet these mystery authors for a book talk followed by a Q&A and a book signing on Thursday, October 29th, at 6pm at Fiction Addiction: Leann Sweeney (author of the Yellow Rose and Cats in Trouble series, including new book The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret [paperback, $7.99]), Linda Lee Peterson (author of the Maggie Fiori series, including new book The Spy on the Tennessee Walker [paperback, $15.00]), John Sheffield (author of Roseland’s Secret [paperback, $17.95]), and Carol Heilman (author of Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar [paperback, $11.95]). Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket can be redeemed for $10 off a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event, and includes one admission pass to the event. In the latest book in Leann Sweeney‘s Cats in Trouble series, The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret (Signet, paperback, $7.99, on sale 8/4/15), Jillian Hart and Tom are finally tying the knot. When Tom’s stepson, Finn, falls for a pretty cat at the Mercy Animal Sanctuary, they readily agree to make room for one more — even though the kitty is a notorious kleptomaniac. When the cat brings back an antique locket, Finn enlists Tom’s and Jillian’s sleuthing skills to find the owner, but they’re sidetracked when a body is found. Still, their sneaky cat’s find may just lead to the killer. Leann was born and raised in Niagara Falls and educated at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She also has a degree from the University of Houston in behavioral science and worked for many years in psychiatry and as a school nurse\; she now writes full time. Leann is married with two grown children and three granddaughters. She lived in Texas from 1974 to 2012 and now lives in South Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a mini-labradoodle.   In the third installment of Linda Lee Peterson‘s acclaimed Maggie Fiori series, The Spy on the Tennessee Walker (Prospect Park, paperback, $15.00, on sale 9/29/15), Maggie sets out to explore a secret cache of journals, letters, and photographs from her great-great-great-grandmother, Victoria, who was a nurse in a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. This captivating and unusual historical mystery dances back and forth from Victoria’s adventures in the hospitals and battlefields of the Civil War to Maggie’s explorations in modern-day Oxford, MS, and at home in Oakland, CA. Linda is the author of two previous Maggie Fiori mysteries, Edited to Death and The Devil’s Interval. She has also written several nonfiction books, including The Stanford Century, On Flowers and Linens and Candles, and has written for many national publications, including the Chicago Tribune. A long time San Franciscan and an alumna of Stanford University, Peterson now lives in Portland, OR.   In John Sheffield‘s new mystery novel, Roseland’s Secret (Deeds, paperback, $17.95), Andrew Ferguson travels to the remote island of Roseland to research an unusual bird, the Roseland Auk. He’s been advised that the island’s society is matriarchal and the women are off limits to outsiders, but he ignores this and falls for a beautiful islander who is promised to the son of the island’s head. Through his research, Andy uncovers a dark secret the islanders are keeping and puts his own life in danger. John is a physicist who has been writing for many decades, including contributions to a compilation of short stories by local authors, North Point of View: Tales of Alpharetta and Beyond, 2006. He has also published professional books, as well as a humorous memoir, Fun in Fusion Research. He is fortunate to be a member of the Atlanta Writers Club, where he has won two first place prizes for poetry. He recently won the Southeastern Writers Association’s Edna Sampson Award for an unpublished novel, My Friend Albert.   In Carol Heilman‘s debut mystery novel, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar (Lighthouse, paperback, $11.95), feisty 71-year-old Agnes Hopper devises a scheme to sneak out of the retirement home where she’s recently taken up residence. But before she can make her exit, Agnes learns that some of the residents are being swindled and over-medicated, so she set out to expose the unscrupulous administrator, protect her new friends, and restore Sweetbriar Manor’s reputation. Carol, a coal-miner’s daughter, married a farmer’s son, her high school sweetheart, over 50 years ago. She and her husband live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Their children and grandchildren live near the east and west coasts, where Carol and her husband often visit. Carol enjoys traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and cooking for friends. She is a recipient of two Carrie McCray Awards for writing excellence.

Star Wars Villains Party

10/31/2015 - 12:00AM

Are you looking forward to the new Star Wars movie? If your kids (or the kid in you) are Star Wars fans, come to our Star Wars Villains Party on Saturday, October 31st, from noon-2pm at Fiction Addiction. Dress up as a Star Wars villain (or costume your little one) and receive 10% off your entire purchase. At 2pm, we’ll give a prize for the best costume, so be creative! We will also  have a Star Wars story time and other activities, and we will be serving Star Wars-themed refreshments. Check out our Star Wars selection.

Play Fiction Addiction Holiday Bingo

11/01/2015 - 12/16/2015

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

An Evening with Joseph Galloway

11/03/2015 - 6:00PM

Meet Joseph Galloway — a UPI war correspondent during the Vietnam War and the co-author of the bestselling book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young (Presidio, paperback, $18.00) and its sequel, We Are Soldiers Still (HarperCollins, paperback, $14.99) — at an evening event at The Poinsett Club on Tuesday, November 3rd, at 6pm. Tickets are $21  and include a $4 donation to a military charity, as well as beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres. This event is one of a series of military history talks sponsored by the Military Lecture Series committee. Advance reservations are required, and ticket costs cannot be refunded if cancelled within 72 hours of the event. Attire is business casual (no jeans). Fiction Addiction will be selling Mr. Galloway’s books on-site, but we encourage you to reserve books with us when you order your tickets to ensure availability. Following remarks by Mr. Galloway at about 7pm, he will be available to sign books. One of the most famous books about the Vietnam War is the best-selling We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, which was co-authored by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and UPI war correspondent Joe Galloway. These men tell of their experiences when Moore (then a Lt. Col.) and Galloway were helicoptered into the Ia Drang Valley with 450 solders of the 1st Battallion, 7th Cavalry, only to find that they were surrounded by more than 2,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers. This was the first large-unit engagement involving NVA regular troops and an American unit. After three days of non-stop fighting and thousands of casualties, the North Vietnamese withdrew across the Cambodian border. Joe Galloway became the only war correspondent during the Vietnam War to be awarded the Bronze Star for Valor for his actions during the engagement. Mel Gibson starred in a movie adaptation of the book. Moore and Galloway also co-authored a sequel, We Are Soldiers Still, that recounts their return visit in 1993 to the battlefield with some members of the Vietnamese Army who were fighting against them in that battle. Galloway will join us for remarks and will be available for questions, after which he will be available to sign books which will be available through Fiction Addiction.

Susan M. Boyer Launch Party

11/03/2015 - 5:00PM

Agatha Award-winning Greenville author Susan M. Boyer will be celebrating the launch of the newest book in her USA Today bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series, Lowcountry Bordello (Henery, paperback, $15.95, on sale 11/3/15), at Fiction Addiction on Tuesday, November 3rd, from 5-7pm. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The Charleston streets are dressed for the holidays in sophisticated Southern style: topiaries adorned with red ribbons, garland entwined with white lights, and poinsettias potted in gold planters. The high class bordello in a stately historic home is certainly no exception. When Private Investigator Liz Talbot’s dear friend Olivia swears she saw a dead body in the parlor of this bordello, one Olivia accidentally co-owns, Liz promptly comes to her aid. With her wedding back home on Stella Maris less than a week away, Liz must juggle one elderly madam, two ex and future in-laws, three ghosts in the bordello, four giddy bridesmaids, five lovely courtesans, six suspicious patrons…and a partridge in a pear tree as she tries to keep her bridesmaid out of jail and live to walk down the aisle.

Literary Ladies Panel Talk & Signing

11/05/2015 - 2:00PM

Meet these Literary Ladies for a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing on Thursday, November 5th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction: Virginia Pye (author of Dreams of the Red Phoenix [paperback, $16.00]), Elise Blackwell (author of The Lower Quarter [paperback, $16.95]), Shari Smith (author of I Am a Town [paperback, $18.00]), and Ellen Malphrus (author of Untying the Moon [hardcover, $24.95]). *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket includes one admission pass to the event and can be redeemed for $10 off a purchase of the featured authors’ books prior to or at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Taking her own grandmother’s life as inspiration, Virginia Pye, author of the critically-acclaimed debut novel River of Dust, has written a stunning new novel of Americans in China on the cusp of World War II, Dreams of the Red Phoenix (Unbridled, paperback, $16.00). Virginia holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Her highly acclaimed first novel, River of Dust, is also a historical novel set in China. Her father, Lucian W. Pye, was born and raised in China and became an eminent political scientist and sinologist. Her grandfather, Watts O. Pye, was a founder of the Oberlin College-Shansi Program which took him and his wife, Gertrude, to China as the first returning missionaries after the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Her grandmother stayed in China after the death of her husband and fled with her son — Virginia’s father — on the last ship out of China to the U.S. following Pearl Harbor. Pye currently divides her time between Richmond, VA, and Boston, MA.   In a hurricane-ravaged city, the discovery of a mysterious body reopens the investigation into a long-missing European painting, leading four lives to intersect and be forever altered. Elise Blackwell‘s new novel, The Lower Quarter (Unbridled, paperback, $16.95), a beautifully woven literary noir, is a provocative meditation on both the art of power and the power of art. Elise is the author of four previous novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Her short stories and essays have been widely published, and her work has been named to various best-of-the-year lists, translated into several languages, and adapted for the stage as well as a song by The Decemberists. She teaches at the University of South Carolina, where she is also organizer and host of The Open Book.   Shari Smith‘s roots reach into the Midwest and spread under the Mason-Dixon line into the heart of Dixie. She draws on both in I Am a Town (River’s Edge, paperback, $18.00), a collection of heartwarming stories that originated on her blog, Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots, and Mascara. Shari is the author of I Am a Town, a contributor to The Shoe Burnin': Stories of the Southern Soul, and also is the producer of the Shoe Burnin’ Show. She has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine, and Abilene Living\; she has also written for BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated).   In Ellen Malphrus‘s debut novel, Untying the Moon (Story River, hardcover, $24.95), marine biologist and artist Bailey Martin takes a road trip  in a ’67 Skylark convertible through blood and bone places in search of of the redemptive possibilities of love and home. Ellen lives and writes in her native Carolina lowcountry and southwest Montana. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Southern Literary Journal, Review of Contemporary Fiction, William and Mary Review, Georgia Poetry Review, Height Ashbury Literary Journal, and the anthology Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. She was a student of James Dickey’s and teaches at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Diane Chamberlain Book Talk & Signing

11/06/2015 - 2:00PM

Perennially bestselling North Carolina author Diane Chamberlain will be discussing her new novel and store staff pick, Pretending to Dance (St. Martin’s, hardcover, $26.99), at a book talk and signing on Friday, November 6th, at 2pm at Fiction Addiction. Her previous novel, The Silent Sister, was a Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today bestseller. *Note: There are two ticket options for this event. The $28.61 ticket admits two and includes one copy of Pretending to Dance. The $10 ticket admits one and is redeemable for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her. As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge. Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn’t know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders. Told with Diane Chamberlain’s compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.

Book Scouts Meeting

11/07/2015 - 1:00PM

Our eleventh program, featuring The League of Seven by Alan Gratz (Starscape, paperback, $9.99). The Book Scouts will meet monthly — usually the 1st Saturday of the month at 1:00pm at Fiction Addiction, and meetings will last approximately 1-1/2 hours. At each monthly meeting, Fiction Addiction will share information about a book that we love, bring in a guest speaker for related Show and Tell, have a fun activity, and close with refreshments and handing out any Book Scout badges that the children have earned. For more information or to sign up your child(ren), click here.

Kay Bratt Book Talk & Signing — Why China?

11/07/2015 - 3:00PM

Why China? Grab your friends and come to Fiction Addiction on Saturday, November 7th, at 3pm to celebrate the launch of upstate South Carolina author Kay Bratt‘s new novel The Palest Ink (Lake Union, paperback, $14.95), and to hear more about why she has chosen China as the basis of her passion and career. *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket today! A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family — but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history. At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history. The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu’s coming of age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.

David Burnsworth Launch Party

11/14/2015 - 3:00PM

South Carolina author David Burnsworth will be celebrating the launch of Burning Heat (Five Star, hardcover, $25.95), the second book in his Brack Pelton mystery series, at his launch party on Saturday, November 14th, from 3-5pm at Fiction Addiction. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. As darkness blankets the holy city of Charleston, South Carolina, Brack Pelton, an Afghanistan War veteran, steps out of a rundown bar after a long night. Before he gets to his truck, he finds himself in the middle of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman on the sidewalk. When a little girl joins the couple and gets hit by the man, Brack intervenes and takes him down. But the abuser isn’t finished. He pulls a gun and shoots the woman. Brack saves the little girl, but his world has just been rocked. Again.

Fiction Addiction Closed for Thanksgiving

11/26/2015 - 11/27/2015

Fiction Addiction will be closed on Thanksgiving. Enjoy your holiday!

Book Scouts Meeting

12/05/2015 - 1:00PM

Fiction Addiction Closed for Christmas

12/25/2015 - 12/26/2015

Fiction Addiction will be closed for Christmas. Happy holidays!

Fiction Addiction Closed for Christmas

12/25/2015 - 12/26/2015

Fiction Addiction Closed for New Year’s

01/01/2016 - 01/02/2016

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

Fiction Addiction Closed for New Year’s

01/01/2016 - 01/02/2016

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

South Carolina Academy of Authors 30th Anniversary

04/15/2016 - 04/18/2016

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

Fiction Addiction Closed for Memorial Day

05/30/2016 - 05/31/2016

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

Fiction Addiction Closed for 4th of July

07/04/2016 - 07/05/2016

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

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