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February 2017

 

Fiction Addiction has customers and employees on both sides of today's political divide. As a bookstore owner, I believe in freedom of speech and am opposed to censorship. 

We hold author events for politicians on both sides. We have done book sales for Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn and Greenville's Democratic Women's group, as well as hosted Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, Republican Senator Marco Rubio (before he ran for president), and (now-former) Governor Nikki Haley. Given the geography of our store, we do tend to get more Republican events than Democratic ones.

I hope that our liberal customers who were upset with us for hosting conservative events will come out and support our February 7th event with Laurie Frankel. Laurie is not a politician; however, her novel, This Is How It Always Is, revolves around a family with a transgender child. Laurie's novel is based on her own experience with her own child. If the store can show a good track record of support for more liberal authors and events, then we can lobby publishers for more such authors. At the same time, we of course hope our conservative customers will attend the event to understand what the Frankels are going through and to be part of a constructive dialogue. I met Laurie at a book trade show last September, and she told me that she is very hard to offend and is open to any question that any customer may have for her.

On event days, we naturally sway more to one side than the other. But on nonevent days, we hope that every customer finds our store to be a safe space with books supporting all views.

-Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction

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We're Hiring (Again)!
I'm looking for a book lover with multiple skills for a full- or part-time position at Fiction Addiction. The ideal candidate:
 
- Reads voraciously, especially Southern fiction
- Is a people person, comfortable one-on-one or introducing an author in front of a crowd of 200
- Can make great book recommendations and successfully upsell at the register
- Is detail oriented
- Has great PC skills
- Is punctual, reliable, honest, and efficient
- Strives for continual improvement
- Can handle the interruptions, swiftly changing priorities, and multitasking required in a retail environment
- Is willing to work for our meager pay but with all the benefits of working for an independent bookseller (flexibility, small staff, responsibility, casual dress code, no corporate hierarchy, access to advance reader copies)
 
We've found that part-time employees need to work a minimum of 20-25 hours a week to stay up-to-date on our inventory, events, and changing procedures. Full time employees can set a schedule of 35-40 hours per week.
 
To apply, fill out this application, and email it to info@fiction-addiction.com or bring it by the store.

Deal of the Month
books

Introducing Fiction Addiction's Deal of the Month! Each month, we'll feature a discounted book. These deals are only good through the end of the current month, and quantities are limited, so get yours today!

This month's deal is I Am a Town by Shari Smith (River's Edge Media, paperback, now $4.50). 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 this collection of heartwarming stories that originated on her blog, Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots, and Mascara.

 

We have a limited number of signed copies in stock, and you can get 75% off the original cover price of $18.00 on this great book through February 28th!

 


2017 Southern Book Prize Nominations
2016 Southern Book Prize

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books we couldn't stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For a book to be eligible for the 2016 Southern Book Prize, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or both), and it must have been published in 2016. We would like to invite you, our customers, to nominate your favorite southern books from last year. Our display up front is stocked with some great ideas, but don't feel limited to just what we could fit there! But hurry, as the nomination deadline is next Friday, February 10th. So stop by the store by February 10th and fill out a nomination form.

 

Upcoming Events
If you are unable to make one of our author events, you are welcome to reserve signed copies by contacting us in advance, by email at   info@fiction-addiction.com  or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.

books
Fiction Addiction Book Club Party: Monday, February 6th, 5:30pm @ Fiction Addiction, 10*

Are you in a book club? Thinking about joining or starting a book club? Like to read "book club-type books"? Then come join us for another Book Club Party at Fiction Addiction! Store owner Jill Hendrix will present suggested titles for book clubs, and we will be serving wine and cheese and giving away a number of free "advance reader copies." *Note:Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off any merchandise purchased at the event. Tickets can be purchased 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 to guarantee you will get a bag.

 


Laurie Frankel
Laurie Frankel Book Talk & Signing: Tuesday, February 7th, 6pm @ Fiction Addiction, Free*

Award-winning author Laurie Frankel will discuss her new book, This Is How It Always Is (Flatiron, hardcover, $25.99), at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing at Fiction Addiction. This is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family, and how families with secrets don't get to keep them forever. *Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to Fiction Addiction if you plan to attend. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

 

 


Ryan Graudin
ReadUp All Year: In Conversation With Ryan Graudin : Thursday, February 9th, 7pm @ M. Judson , Ticketed*

An In Conversation With novelist Ryan Graudin. This event celebrates the alternate history of Ryan's young adult novel, Blood for Blood (Little, Brown, hardcover, $17.99). 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. *Note: This event is ticketed. Your book receipt from M. Judson or co-sponsor Fiction Addiction is your ticket to the event. You may purchase any one of Ryan's books, frontlist or backlist, to count as your ticket. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

 


Susan Rivers
Susan Rivers Book Talk & Signing: Thursday, February 16th, 6pm @ Fiction Addiction, Free*

Award-winning upstate South Carolina playwright Susan Rivers will discuss her debut historical novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin, hardcover, $25.95; a January 2017 Indie Next Pick; a Winter 2017 SIBA Okra Pick), at a book talk, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing 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. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

 

 


Amber Brock   Elizabeth Cox   Danny Johnson   Janet Lee Berg  
Historical Fiction Author Panel Talk & Signing : Saturday, February 25th, 2pm @ Fiction Addiction , $10*

Meet these historical fiction authors for a book talk, followed by a Q&A and a book signing, at Fiction Addiction: Amber Brock (author of A Fine Imitation [Broadway, paperback, $16.00]), 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 any of the authors' book purchased at the event. Books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

 


Colleen Oakley
Colleen Oakley Book Talk & Signing: Thursday, March 16th, 6:30pm @ Fiction Addiction, 10*

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. *Note: Tickets are $10 each. Each ticket admits one and can be redeemed for $10 off that author's books 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 us at 864-675-0540.

 


Even More Events...
March 21st
March 22nd
March 30th
Christina Baker Kline Ellen Hopkins Troylyn Ball
Christine Baker Kline Book Talk & Signing at the Greenville County Museum of Art, 6pm, $30 ReadUp All Year: Ellen Hopkins Book Talk & Signing at USC Upstate, 5:30pm, Ticketed Drink, Dish, & Do Good with Troylyn Ball at Fiction Addiction, 7pm, $10

April 18th
David Baldacci
David Baldacci Book Talk & Signing at Thornblade Club, 6pm, $55

Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club
Deep Run Roots
Monday, January 20, 7:00pm @ Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction's Cookbook Club meets monthly.

In February, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard (Little, Brown, hardcover, $40.00).

If you're interested in joining our cookbook club, please email us at info@fiction-addiction.com or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.

 

Children's Storytime
Join us for storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. We will be reading the following titles in upcoming weeks:

Feb. 2nd
Feb. 9th
Feb. 16th
Feb. 23rd
North, South, East, West
Love Monster and the Last Chocolate
Mini Racer
Bee
Hardcover
$17.99
Hardcover
$17.99
Hardcover
$16.99
Hardcover
$14.99

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Customer Reward Program

We offer customers two purchase-based rewards. Any time you spend $50 in one transaction, you may pick a free ARC from our gift cart. When you spend $100 in one transaction, you will get 10% off of any merchandise purchased at that time (excludes event tickets) as well as two free ARCs from our gift cart.

Signed First Editions Club
February 2017
March 2017
Mischling
All the Little Liars
Hardcover - $27.00
Hardcover - $25.99

Our Signed First Editions Club makes it easy to become a collector! We pick great books -- past picks have included a National Book Award Winner and an Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel -- and you get one signed first edition every month. Our picks run the gamut from memoirs to popular fiction, cookbooks to mysteries. All you have to do is provide us with payment information and commit to purchasing at least 10 of the 12 books picked each year. Collect for fun or for profit -- our club members have seen their books increase in value since they purchased them! A club membership also makes a great gift for the book lover in your life.

(Prices are subject to change by the publisher.)



February New Releases
Nonfiction
My Life, My Love, My Legacy My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
The life story of Coretta Scott King as told fully for the first time toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. After marrying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and being thrust into a maelstrom of history, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women's, workers', and gay rights, and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity. Coretta's is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in 20th-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.


Henry Holt & Co. - Release Date: 1/17/17 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $30.00


Everything I Need to Know About Family I Learned from a Little Golden Book
Originals
Hardcover - $9.99
Paperback - $17.00
On sale 2/7/17

General & Historical Fiction
The Things We Keep The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, 38-year-old Anna Forster knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. Anna does not plan on staying. But she does not expect the love that blossoms between her and Luke, the only other resident her age, even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke. Single mother Eve Bennett finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind House, where she meets Anna and Luke. When a tragic incident leads Anna's and Luke's families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.


St. Martin's Griffin - Release Date: 1/27/17 - Format: Paperback - Price: $15.99


Science Fiction & Fantasy
Norse Mythology
Hardcover - $25.95
On sale 2/7/17

Young Adult
Cruelty Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom
When Gwendolyn Bloom's father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive. Taken Meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Bourne Identity in this action-packed debut thriller (optioned for film by Jerry Bruckheimer) from Scott Bergstrom.

Feiwel & Friends - Release Date: 2/7/17 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99


Carve the Mark
The You I've Never Known
Hardcover - $18.99
Meet the author at a Book Talk & Signing on March 22nd!

The Forbidden Wish
King's Cage
Paperback - $9.99
Signed Copies Available!
Hardcover - $19.99
On sale 2/7/17

Shelf Awareness Email Newsletter
Would you like to learn about even more great books and book-related news? Shelf Awareness sends out a twice-weekly email newsletter filled with book reviews, book lists, author interviews, and more. If you're interested in subscribing to the Shelf Awareness email list, please email us at info@fiction-addiction.com.

What Local Authors Are Reading
Fallen Land

Volunteer Picks
City of the Lost City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Casey Duncan is a brilliant homicide detective with a deep, dark secret in her past that seems to be catching up to her -- one only her best friend Diana knows. So when Diana finally agrees to run away from her abusive ex, Casey decides it is time for her to run also. When a secret committee accepts Diana and Casey into Rocton, a unique town in the middle of nowhere in the Yukon that claims to be able to protect and hide victims from abusive spouses or hit men or other people out to do harm, sheriff Eric Dalton reluctantly agrees to give Casey a 6 month trial as his deputy, as people are disappearing and he fears something very serious is going on. As Casey begins investigating, there are soon way more questions than answers, and no one may be who they are supposed to be. Lots of twists and turns and surprises make this first-in-series a great thriller and mystery.

Minotaur Books - Release Date: 1/17/17 - Format: Paperback - Price: $15.99


Behind Her Eyes Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes took me totally by surprise. From the beginning, I knew it was a story of a very disturbed person, but which one was the sick one? I knew something happened in the past which was driving two of the main characters, and slowly I thought I was discovering the truth about the past -- but boy was I wrong. A very dark and eerie psychological thriller about love and obsession that you will not be able to put down until you discover the truth.

Seconded by Melissa, store employee


Flatiron - Release Date: 1/31/17 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.99


The Dry
The Travelers
Hardcover - $25.99
A January 2017 Indie Next Pick
Paperback - $16.00

The Photographer's Wife The Photographer's Eyes by Suzanne Joinson
A sweeping novel about a young girl who lives with her father in Jerusalem prior to the war. She is 11 and has an absurd amount of freedom, and with that comes the potential for disaster. We follow Prue through her marriage adn the birth of her child. The focus of the books is the incredible way that tragedies in childhood can impact your entire life. Parts of the novel are hard to read, but the brutality that exists in the world is brought to life by the author's words. A strong historical aspect, but the main story is that of Prue's life. For any fan of historical fiction based in war time.

Bloomsbury - Release Date: 2/7/17 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.00


Rise
Pachinko
Hardcover - $27.00
On sale 2/7/17
A February 2017 Indies Next Pick

Mort(e)
Sleeping Giants
All Our Wrong Todays
Paperback - $16.00
Hardcover - $26.00
On sale 2/7/17
#1 February 2017 Indies Next Pick

Staff Picks
Because You'll Never Meet Me Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Told through the correspondence of two teenage boys with unusual abilities (you could even call them superpowers), Because You'll Never Meet Me is a novel of loneliness, bullying, first love, and fighting for the life you want. Leah Thomas's marvelous debut has the quirkiness of John Green, the heart of Wonder, the imagination of one of Ollie's beloved comic books, and a unique voice all its own.

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books - Release Date: 2/7/17 - Format: Paperback - Price: $9.99


Truthwitch
Denton Little's Deathdate
Paperback - $9.99
Paperback - $9.99
On sale 2/7/17

Frostblood
The Ethan I Was Before
Caraval
Hardcover - $17.99 
Hardcover - $18.99 

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
The Forgetting Time
Hardcover - $17.99 

Store & Community  News
Volunteer to help us at the store! Our volunteers receive a free "advance reading copy" for every three hours worked, and a 20% discount on all merchandise. If you're interested in volunteering at Fiction Addiction, please email Jill at info@fiction-addiction.com or call 864-675-0540.

Thanks for your continued patronage!

 

Sincerely,

 

Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5  
Greenville, SC 29607
864-675-0540