A Novel Experience: The May Newsletter
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Dear Friends of A Novel Experience,  
      This month we celebrate "The Makers" and welcome a delectable assortment of crafts for you to admire--and, collect. Objects fashioned from venerable trees, clay, paint and canvas--it's all here at the store for the month of May. And, why not? The Lower Piedmont of Georgia is bursting with organic growth and renewal--we know we've survived the winter when we see the bright green leaves of our pecan trees emerge.  We present the work of Bennie Evans, Fawne DeRosia, Dan Dunnahoo, and Brenda Fayard for May.  Please come to see--and do touch these remarkable pieces! (May we add Mother's Day is May 14th and these would make lovely, one-of-a-kind gifts for your mom?)

      We've planned a diverse menu of events for May beginning with our favorite classical guitarist, Ryan Cummings who returns on Friday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. And, we're bringing back "Women of a Certain Age" for a program on financial literacy presented by Amy Dunham. The book club selections are arresting and sure to prompt great discussions--especially due to our hometown favorite author Gwen Roland joining us at the Brown Bag meeting where we're reading "Postmark Bayou Chene". And, stay tuned for the announcement of photographers who have just been selected for our first "Zebulon Show" in June--our esteemed juror, Sara Keith of the Atlanta School of Photography has just made her picks from a grand collection of entries. The Living Room Conversations are thriving and we're going to talk next on the first Sunday of June--topic to be announced. An observation: The last three discussions have resulted in an extraordinary recognition of our common values--we may diverge on specifics but there has been a surprising level of agreement--so far, we've talked about American values, health care, and the media. Try doing one--check out The Living Room Conversation website for the how-tos for anyone who wants to do their own--complete with topics, questions, and great tips.

      We loved seeing many of you on Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th--and congrats to Chris Palmer who won our $50 gift certificate (now he can't say he's never won anything...:) It was great celebrating with you and sharing the sense of community and commitment that "buying local" is all about--may we all continue to support our very own places and people. Thanks, all! And, if you are in town on Mondays, please drop by to welcome our newest sales associate Seyward--she can talk books and horses with enthusiasm and elan!

     And, as always, come on by and tell us what you're reading...Shaunasee has a new favorite, The Black Witch, and Chris has added Francis Fukuyama's Political Order and Political Decay to her "must read (by the end of the decade) pile (...and the latest Jack Reacher collection of short stories)! Thanks for supporting the store--we couldn't do it without you!
                                                                 All of us at A Novel Experience



May 2017 Calendar

We just came across this photo from a while ago--we bet these guys have grown a bit!

May at the GALLERY: The Makers Show features work by Bennie Evans, Fawne DeRosia, Brenda Fayard and Dan Dunnahoo. Come and see! Exhibit open all month during store hours, 10-7 Monday through Saturday.

RYAN CUMMINGS plays guitar at 7 on Friday, May 12th!
meets this Friday, May 5. Karen will be here to meet with writers and poets at 7--bring your work to share.
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, MAY 2: 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.

The knitters are here on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 to do the knitting thing! Come on out!  
This month we're reading "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler.
meets at 7:00 p.m. Shaunasee and Grazio welcome all fans of great Young Adult reads--This month the group will be reading Rebel of the Sands. And, check out our Nerd Herd FB page!

SUNDAY, May, 14th: It's Mother's Day. You know what to do.

TUESDAY, May 16th @ 7 p.m.:
It's baaack! Our every-so-often Women of a Certain Age! Join us with guest Amy Dunham to talk about financial management for mature women.

SUNDAY, June 4th @ 3:00 pm:
LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS will explore another current topic TBA--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, May 17 at Noon:
 This month's book: Postmark Bayou Chene by our own Gwen Roland who will be joining us! Everyone welcome. High noon.

COMING IN EARLY MAY: We'll announce the juried-in photographers for our first "ZEBULON SHOW" in June! 
Sara Keith, director of the Atlanta School of Photography (and an incredible teacher who has led classes at SlowExposures) is looking at the entries now!

  Gwen Roland joins the Brown Bag Book Club on May 17th! 
MONDAY, MAY 29th is MEMORIAL DAY: We'll be open our regular hours--10-7--stop by and visit! 
SATURDAY, MAY 26: CLASSICS BOOK GROUP discusses Chopin's  The Awakening at 7:00