Myrtie Cope's "Pixels and Patchwork"
 


A Novel Experience: The April Newsletter
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           Pixels and Patchwork Show in April with Myrtie Cope
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Dear Friends of A Novel Experience,  
    
      At the bookstore, April has always been a month of activity and creativity--in contrast to the cacophony of media just-breaking news flashes we celebrate the spare elegance of poetry, the tactile lusciousness of hand-sewn quilts, and Myrtie Cope's wonderful color photographs of these works of art. Please join us for a reception for the artists on Saturday, April 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. We're hoping to swing open the front doors to a lovely, warm Spring late afternoon and enjoy the camaraderie and art, along with afternoon tea and tasties. Participate in "Poem in Your Pocket" all month long--we have tiny folded up poems that you can carry around all day and enjoy (try reading your poem early, middle, and at the end of the day to see if the meaning changes for you...). And, come to our Poetry Open Mic Night on Saturday the 22nd at 7--read a selection from your favorite poet or one of your own.

      Least we get too distracted by poetry (oh, how it grows on you--check out our selection of poetry books), we'll also be hosting our third Living Room Conversation--this month's topic is "Health Care".  What a topic given the yawning space just created by the failure of Repeal and Replace--we are looking forward to a discussion from all points of the political spectrum, accomplished in an atmosphere of curiosity, respect, and fun. There's room for 12 and we do it on a "first come, first serve" sign-up every month. Come and contribute! ( The Living Room Conversation website is fantastic for anyone who wants to do their own--complete with topics, questions, and great tips--put one together!)

      And, Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 29th! All day! All across the country! We're planning lots of specials--and a great way to help our local teachers build their classroom libraries. As a community, we can help. Hope that you drop in!

      Our book groups always offer a chance to talk with other book lovers about titles that may not have shown up on your reading lists--it's a great way of being challenged by new ideas--why not? It's Spring! And, stay tuned for the return of our every-so-often Women of a Certain Age (you know who you are..) get-togethers. As we prepared our taxes we reckoned that  a discussion about financial management might be just the ticket--we'll set date and time as soon as we identify a great speaker. 


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      Thanks everyone for your entries to our first "Zebulon Show"--we're looking forward to seeing more for our June show. There's still time to enter! See below for  a link to enter four of your favorites. And, as soon as the Call for Entry for the 15th annual SlowExposures show is released we'll send you a notice. This year we're calling it SlowExposures 2017: Unplugged...(there are so many reasons why...).

     And, as always, come on by and tell us what you're reading...Karen is just dipping into The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz (with Chris not far behind) and Shaunesee loves the Beautiful Creatures series. Thanks for supporting the store--we couldn't do it without you!
    
                                                                 All of us at A Novel Experience

    


 
   
     
Our April Show: Pixels and Patches

Featuring Quilts by Myrtie Cope and Marshall Dewell and

Photography by Myrtie Cope
 
 
     We've just finished hanging a virtual garden of beautiful contemporary and traditional quilts made by Myrtie and Marshall. Myrtie says her inspiration comes from many directions--quilts inherited from her grandmother, or an inspiration in a fabric design. Her favorites are traditional designs that employ contemporary fabrics in bright jewel tones. And, she takes the finished quilts on expeditions throughout the South--her photographs add just the right kick to the actual objects!

     Please join us for a late afternoon reception on Saturday, April 8th from 4-6--we'll be serving tea and tasty treats along with an opportunity to meet Myrtie and Marshall.

RECEPTION:  Saturday, April 8th from 4-6 at A Novel Experience

 

2017 People's Choice:
Charlie's Last Day by Lori Kolbenschlag



Goodbye, 2017 Dog and Pony Show

         We say goodbye to the wonderful collection of horse and dog photographs that have adorned our walls for the past month. And, to celebrate the People's Choice winner--who can forget that image of a sweet, but tired, beloved dog...this is truly the power of photography. We don't see Charlie's owner but the photograph's perspective and construction tell us so much about the sorrow and love that was present. Thanks, Lori for sharing this moment with us--it was unforgettable.



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April 2017 Calendar

 
WE ARE OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 10 TILL 7 P.M.!   
 
Grandma's Pinwheels by Myrtie Copeland


 
April at the GALLERY: Pixels and Patchwork documents the tradition of quilting with photography by Myrtie Copeland and quilts created by Myrtie and Marshall Dewell. We'll have a reception at the store on Saturday, April 8th from 4-6--just the thing for a weekend excursion to the country in bloom. Exhibit open from April 3 - 29th during store hours, 10-7 Monday through Saturday.

Pick up your "Poem in a Pocket" all month!

RYAN CUMMINGS plays guitar--stay tuned May concert.
 
THE NOVEL POETS AND PROSE WRITERS GROUP 
meets this Friday, April 7. Karen will be here to meet with writers and poets at 7--bring your work to share.
 
SATURDAY, April 8: RECEPTION FOR PIXELS AND PATCHWORK  4-6 pm at the store.
 
 
EVERY  MONDAY MORNING :  
The Knit-a-Longs are here to purl, slip, and practice their knitting--they are also great helpers for those who are just getting the hang of it! Come from 11 am-1 pm with your project and your questions! (We hear they crochet, too). 
  
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 4: Our Spirituality Book group meets at 1 p.m. where we will pick up the robust discussion of A Book of Celtic Wisdom. This group will not explore or take as its perspective any particular theology, Christian or other, but focuses on the spiritual rather than the religious. This distinction will allow us to discuss relationship with the Divine however we experience it.

 
TUESDAY EVENINGS (EXCEPT the first week--then, it's WEDNESDAY): EVENING KNITTERS
The knitters are here on Tuesday evenings (and the first Wednesday night) from 6 to 8 to do the knitting thing! Come on out!  
   
 
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THURSDAY, April 6: Our DROP-IN, GUILT FREE BOOK CLUB
This month we're reading "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by Ruth Ware.

TUESDAYS in April: The members of Artist's Way continue to meet on Tuesday afternoons. Creativity is sizzling!
   
 
 
THURSDAY, April 13: THE NERD HERD
meets at 7:00 p.m. Shaunasee and Grazio welcome all fans of great Young Adult reads--This month the group will be reading The Alchemists of Loom. And, check out our Nerd Herd FB page!

SUNDAY, April 23:
LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS will explore Healthcare--we wish everyone who wants to attend could but we have to limit it to the first 12 folks who sign up (or else it gets too unwieldy). Sign up by emailing us at anovelexperience@gmail.com. 
 

WEDNESDAY, April 19:
BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP: 
 This month's book: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. High noon.

APRIL 15th DEADLINE FOR OUR FIRST "ZEBULON SHOW"! 
Enter your photos of Pike County and the counties that touch our borders. The deadline is April 15th--celebrate finishing your taxes with something fun! Sara Keith, director of the Atlanta School of Photography (and an incredible teacher who has led classes at SlowExposures) is our Juror. ENTER here!   
 


 
  
SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd:
Open Mic Poetry Night starts at 7--read one of yours, or one from your favorite poet! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 28th: CLASSICS BOOK GROUP discusses Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey at 7:00 .


SATURDAY, APRIL 29th: INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY!