A Novel Experience: The Newsletter

It's 2018! And, we still read! 


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Dear Friends of A Novel Experience,  
      What a way to go into the New Year! We are so appreciative of your support during the holidays--we had a record-breaking month. Thank you, everyone. The best part of the holidays is seeing folks from near and far who stop by and catch us up with what's been happening in their lives--thank you to our annual visitor who taught us how to say "Merry Christmas" in Finnish! We love seeing our "regulars" who stop by to check if they can snag any used Lee Child titles (sorry, they go out as soon as we shelve them!) and everyone who keeps us in the loop with local news--and, gives us suggestions for books to stock.

      For the New Year, we are going to focus on a couple of initiatives. First, we're going to read. We're going to read...books. During the holidays, we rediscovered how setting aside our gadgets and opening a book was remarkably calming. No humming, buzzing, ring tones, or anticipatory distractions...a delicious satisfaction in confounding the Machine's algorithms. We were reminded again about how monumentally noisy our lives have become. Try this for 10 minutes at a stretch and see what you think.

      Our second plan is to offer more opportunities for face-to-face sharing, conversation, and civil discourse. We're going to continue our  "Living Room Conversations"--we have been meeting with interested conversationalists once a month on Sunday afternoons to discuss  topics of national importance--we've done gun control, immigration, sexual harassment and media influences.  Ryan Cumming's classical guitar concert last week was standing room only and just wonderful--we hope we can tempt him back for more... and, we invite you to join one of our monthly book groups--they are fabulous opportunities to share the discovery of new books--perhaps ones you might never had considered picking up--the conversation among book lovers is always enlivening and enriching. Stop by, introduce yourself, and be a part. 

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      This year we are looking forward to the start of the renovation of our backyard neighbor, the old Zebulon School. All of the "t's" are just about crossed and the "i's" dotted for work to start in earnest. Our  community raised over $135,000 to begin the renovation of this grand old lady. It was truly inspiring. We'll keep you updated!

      Entries for the 2018 "Dog and Pony Show" photography exhibition are coming in--the deadline is January 10th and we'd love to see your images. (We'd love for the winner to take those three donkeys as well...)  See below for more information. 

        As always, stop by and visit and let us know what you're reading!

                                            All of us at A Novel Experience




Let us help you keep your New Year's Resolution! 

     Shaunasee has brainstormed a clutch of familiar resolutions and picked some great titles to assist in their successful conclusion. Advisory Alert! Don't let the term "resolutions" scare you--or dissuade you from trying to do something challenging. We salute you for considering a life-enhancing project. And, we have the books to help on the journey--from getting organized to faith strengthening. Check out the front table for some inspiration! As an added inducement, they are on sale for half price!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Dog and Pony Show 


     Come and be a part of a tradition--if you have a great shot of a dog, or a horse, or both, enter it for this juried show that will hang at A Novel Experience during the month of February. We are pleased to announce that author, photographer, and Emmy winner Ray Sullivan will return as our 2018 Juror--and, he'll be on hand at the Reception to comment on the work and sign his book, Zen and the Art of Dog Walking!

How to Enter

     Here's how you enter: Pick up to 4 of your favorite images. UPLOAD them by going to the link below. There is no fee to enter! We'll announce the Juror's picks by Jan 19. Print them and drop them by the store (or ship them to us at 426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA 30295.) Note: Plan to either frame them or mat them--we'll hang them alongside wonderful dog and pony quotes for a fantastic exhibit--our biggest and most popular show. Come to the reception and enjoy!

The Prizes

First Prize: Choose either a blue ribbon or 3 donkeys (the winner must pick them up at Karen and Tom's farm)

Second Prize: A red ribbon or 2 donkeys.

Third Prize: A yellow ribbon or 1 donkey.

                                                                 Horse Line by Colton Vincent


                                                               Auditorium at the Old Zebulon School by Jack Spencer
January 2018 Calendar



January at the GALLERY: We're holding over Pat Hankins and Bambi Rogers shows! Exquisite clay and watercolor treasures!  

JANUARY 10TH: MIDNIGHT DEADLINE to enter The Dog and Pony Show!



WE'RE OPEN ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING KING, JR. DAY! Monday, January 15th! Come on by and watch the Parade as it goes by the store (about 1-ish--we'll send out a blast when we know more).

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4: Our DROP-IN, GUILT-FREE BOOK CLUB reads and discusses "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward.  Join us at 7:00 pm. 
It's a great time to start book club--join us. Our February book will be "Descent" by Tim Johnson.

Our meeting of the SPIRITUALITY BOOK GROUP meets at 1 p.m. We continue our spiritual sojourning...
meets Friday, January 5th! Write. Share. Reach.  
EVERY  MONDAY MORNING...and Tuesday evenings :  
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 at 10 am with your project and your questions!  And, Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 to do the knitting thing! Come on out!     
Meets at 7:00 p.m. Shaunasee welcomes all fans of great Young Adult reads. This month the group will be reading The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine.  And, check out our Nerd Herd FB page!
Join us at noon! This month's book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Next month: "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27th: THE CLASSICS BOOK GROUP is reading Richard Adams' Watership Down.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28th: Living Room Conversations at 3:00--Topic TBD--We'll let you know as soon as we do, but plan on coming!