February 2013
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No Winter Story Time
We're Expanding!
Publishing Workshop
ROYAL Book Club

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Sunday Feb. 3rd
ROYAL Book Club
Author Beth Revis joins us to discuss
A Million Suns

Thursday Feb.14th
Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday March 3rd

ROYAL Book Club
Author Megan Shepherd joins us to discuss
The Madman's Daughter

Sunday March 3rd
Megan Shepherd presents "Intro to Publishing" workshop

It's that time of year, and we have boxed and single cards for your young (or young at heart) valentine.
New Releases
When Kitty's owners have finally had enough of her bad behavior, it's time to ship her off to obedience school.
Bad Kitty: School Daze
by Nick Bruel. $13.99

The final book in the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE science fiction trilogy.
Shades of Earth
by Beth Revis. $18.99
signed copies available!
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Spellbound Children's Bookshop 
21 Battery Park Avenue 
Suite 101 
Asheville, NC 28801  

phone: 828-319-1907 


Store Hours 

  Mon - Thur 12-8pm 

Fri 12-10pm  
Sat 11-10pm  
Sun 1-6pm    

Story Time Is on Winter Break
Weekly story time is on Winter Break during January and February. We'll let you know when we start up again in the spring!

A Steampunk Extravaganza at ZaPow
A new group show is opening at Zapow gallery that should have a lot of kid appeal. If you've read and loved the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld or other steampunk-inspired books, you'll love this show. Member artists have created works based on the theme "Steampunk & Carnival." There will be an opening reception Sat. Feb. 9th, and the steampunk works will up for a month.

Spellbound Is Expanding!
Or, There and Back Again

After a rough few years that included leaving West Asheville to move downtown, then moving one street over and downsizing, Spellbound has survived the The Great Recession and is ready to grow again. With your help, we are about to expand back to original size--and then some!

grow More details will be forthcoming soon, but for now just know that we are busy looking for property to lease for a full-size main location with more space for events and better parking. The search is concentrated for now in West Asheville--right back where we started from!

We're not abandoning downtown, however. We want to give you the best of both worlds. We are planning to keep our current location inside the fabulous ZaPow illustration gallery as a satellite location, possibly with more of a focus on teens.

Soon, we will reach out to you, our faithful customers, with some opinion polls to get your feedback on this and other questions, such as what event programming you'd like to see offered. 

As part of our financing for the expansion, Spellbound will launch IndieGoGo an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds. If you haven't heard of it, IndieGoGo is somewhat like Kickstarter. It is a crowd funding platform which helps us appeal to potential supporters both locally and nationally. Everyone who contributes (from $5 on up) to help us expand will receive special perks as thanks--the bigger the contributions, the bigger the perks!

When we launch the campaign in early March, we'll provide lots more detail about the perks, our vision of the new space and our increased inventory, programming, and more. The money raised will allow us to do the construction "build-out" that will be necessary in the new space before we can move in, as well as allowing us to add more fixtures to hold a much bigger, deeper inventory selection and provide the programming that our customers have been asking for--more of the big book-themed events that brought many of you to us in the first place, as well as adding birthday parties, summer day camps, parents' night out, and more.

Thank you for all your years of support, and I hope you will consider helping us write the next chapter in the Spellbound story.

Happy Reading,

Leslie Hawkins
Workshop: Intro to Publishing
with Megan Shepherd
Local author Megan Shepherd, whose debut YA novel The Madman's Daughter has just been published by Harper Collins (and has been optioned for a movie), is presenting a publishing workshop at Spellbound on Sunday March 3rd at 5:30pm.

"Intro to the Publishing Process" will include Megan's advice about writing queries, as well as finding an agent, self publishing vs traditional publishing, and other topics of importance to writers just launching their careers. The presentation will last about 30 minutes, with another 30 minutes set aside for Q&A afterward.

Seeing as Megan's very first book garnered a three-book deal with a major publisher plus a movie deal, it's a good bet that she has some helpful insights! You don't have to be targeting the YA market to benefit from her knowledge and experience.

Because The Madman's Daughter is our March selection for the ROYAL Book Club (Megan will be joining us at the meeting--details below), it is available at Spellbound for 20% off retail price now through March 3rd. The workshop is free with your purchase of The Madman's Daughter OR $10 at the door.

Retail Price: $17.99
Spellbound Price: $14.39 (through March 3rd)

To gain admission to the workshop, please be prepared to either show your Spellbound receipt for this book, or buy a copy at the door, or pay a $10 admission fee at the door.


Join the ROYAL Club!
We're very happy to announce that in February and in March, the authors of our book selections will be at our meetings to take your questions and talk about their upcoming projects.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for a small group discussion with the author. We're sure they would each be happy to sign your books, as well. 

ROYAL is Spellbound's monthly book club for adult Readers of Young Adult Literature. We meet the first Sunday of each month at 4pm. Anyone 18+ is welcome, no rsvp necessary. Book club selections are always 20% off until the day of the meeting.
There is a  ROYAL board on Pinterest if you'd like to check out all the titles we've read so far.
 Sunday, February 3rd at 4:00pm
A Million Suns
by Beth Revis 
Book two in the best-selling Across the Universe trilogy:  It's MillionSunsPB been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision--no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder learns shocking news, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on "Godspeed," all the while dealing with the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.  



Sunday, March 3rd at 4:00pm
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in MadmansDaughterHC London--working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Retail price: $17.99
Spellbound price: $14.39 (through March 3)

Asheville author Megan Shepherd is off to a flying start with her debut novel. The first of a trilogy, movie rights have already been sold.  For aspiring authors and illustrators who would like some advice, Megan is presenting an Intro to Publishing workshop at Spellbound after the Royal Book Club meeting.Details here.

Spellbound is a locally owned independent bookstore just for kids,
serving Asheville and Western North Carolina since 2004.

We are happy to special order any title (for kids or grown-ups) at no extra charge--we can ship anywhere in the country, and you can feel good knowing that your money is staying here to support the local economy. Free shipping on orders of $30 or more.