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Closed Easter Sunday, April 21
Greetings! April is brimming with author events and we have something for every interest. Several events offer tickets for reserved seating, including Ann B. Ross, Ruth Reichl, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, Barbara Taylor Brown, Martha Hall Kelly, and Anna Quindlen. Plan to join us on Saturday, April 27th for Independent Bookstore Day!

We've started signups for summer book clubs and workshops for kids and teens.

I f you can't attend an event and would like a signed book, call 919-828-1588 or email . Order online 24/7 at . Purchasing from this independent bookstore directly benefits our local economy. We offer free shipping for online purchases of $50 for books shipped within the lower 48 states.

Contact me with your questions or for more information. Thank you very much for your continued support.

René Martin, Events Coordinator
Monday, April 1, 7:00 PM
Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South
With contributors Jill McCorkle, Steven Petrow, Hal Crowther and Elaine Orr

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know, about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes and expands our notions of motherhood in the South. Visit our website to see the full list of the contributors to the book.

Wednesday, April 3, 3:00 PM
ANN B. ROSS, Miss Julia Takes the Wheel
Seats may be reserved

We welcome Ann B. Ross with the next installment in this beloved and bestselling series set in small-town North Carolina. Never one to miss an opportunity to entertain--or size up--a newcomer, Miss Julia invites the charming new doctor and his painfully shy wife to dinner. But there is just something she can't place about the Crawfords, and she won't rest until she gets to the bottom of it.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 PM
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
In Conversation with Linda Watson
Seats may be reserved

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. For the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor-in-chief of Gourmet . Reichl will be in conversation with local food writer and creator of the website Cook For Good , Linda Watson .

SOLD OUT: Thursday, April 4, 1:00 PM
An extended Q&A with AMOR TOWLES
A Gentleman in Moscow (paperback release)
Waitlist Available. If you already have tickets for this event, but will not be attending, please let us know so that we can offer your seats to those on the waiting list.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Receive a ticket for up to 2 reserved seats and the signing line with QRB purchase of the new U.S. paperback or the hardcover.

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM
Divergent author VERONICA ROTH
The Fates Divide (paperback release)
In conversation with Brendan Reichs
Ticket sales through Eventbrite

In the conclusion to the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives. There's more about the event and a link to buy tickets on our website .

Sunday, April 7, 2:00 PM
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
In conversation with Dana Trent
Seats may be reserved

The renowned and beloved author of  An Altar in the World  and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia. Taylor will be in conversation with J. Dana Trent, Raleigh author of One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation .

Monday, April 8, 7:00 PM
AMY HEMPEL, Sing to It: New Stories

Hempel, one of the most celebrated and original voices in American short fiction, joins us to share a ravishing, sometimes heartbreaking new collection—her first in over a decade. These fifteen stories reveal the author at her most compassionate and spirited, as she introduces characters, lonely and adrift, searching for connection. " Sing to It fascinates. It pulses with absurdist glee, but has enough humanity to ground its characters in the hard work of looking forward."—Scott Neuffer

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM
The Open Discussion Project Book Club

Meeting monthly on second Wednesdays, the goal of this book club is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with differing political viewpoints. Book selections will range across the political spectrum and meetings will have dedicated facilitators. April's book is The Future of Capitalism  by Paul Collier. Receive a 21% discount when purchasing the book for club attendance.

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM
The New Guide to North Carolina Beaches: All You Need to Know to Explore and Enjoy Currituck, Calabash, and Everywhere Between

This descriptive guide to our coastal counties showcases all that the seaside has to offer, from beach access points and camping options to aquariums, museums, and other attractions. With informative and entertaining histories of each county, insights into the maritime environment and its wildlife, and useful tips on subjects like the dos and don'ts of beach driving. Includes detailed maps, contact information, hours of operation, and much more.

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 PM
KELLY STARLING LYONS, Going Down Home with Daddy

A picture book for ages 5+. "On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home." In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award honoree, Daniel Minter, reveal the emotion and connections in a large, multigenerational family. As with all of Kelly's book launches there will be fun and refreshments. She will serve mini-biscuits, with a jelly-tasting station including mayhaw jelly.

Saturday, April 13, 7:00 PM
Readings from the North Carolina Literary Review

NCLR is celebrating Poetry Month and the release of its 2019 online issue which features content by and about African Americans in North Carolina’s past and present. We'll have readings by contributors AMBER FLORA THOMAS , CATHERINE CARTER , LAURENCE AVERY , JON OBERMEYER , J. S. ABSHER , CRAIG THOMPSON FRIEND and CRYSTAL SIMONE SMITH .

Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM
Seats may be reserved

Kelly's bestselling novel Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses , set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War One.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 PM
BELLE BOGGS, The Gulf: A Novel
In conversation with Sarah Ruiz

Hardly able to support herself teaching and not making progress on her poetry, Marianne accepts a job directing a school for Christian writers. In this debut novel, Boggs (author of The Art of Waiting ) plumbs the troubled waters dividing America with humor and empathy. "The Gulf is literally a divine read—it's also smart, profound, very funny, and finally redemptive."—Lee Smith

Friday, April 19, 7:00 PM
A discussion of Young Adult literature with moderator AMBER SMITH

Two authors of Young Adult fiction team up to discuss writing and their latest novels. In Brenda Rufener's Since We Last Spoke , a fatal car accident rocks the relationships of two families and two teenagers. Kirkus Reviews says, "Rufener's treatment of grief is nuanced and deeply felt.” Jaye Robin Brown's The Meaning of Birds is a beautiful exploration of first love and first loss. Moderater Amber Smith is the author of  The Way I Used to Be . For ages 14+.

Monday, April 22, 7:00 PM
SCOTT REINTGEN, Nyxia Uprising
Fantasy fiction for ages 12+

In the highly anticipated finale to the Nyxia Triad , Emmett and the Genesis team must join forces with a surprising set of allies if they’re ever to make it home alive.

Scott Reintgen's former career as a teacher of English and creative writing in diverse urban communities in North Carolina taught him that inspiration isn't equally accessible to everyone. So he set out to write fiction for the front-row sleepers and back-row dreamers in his classes, and hopes his students see themselves, vibrant and on the page, in characters like Emmett.

Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 PM
For ages 8+

The critically acclaimed author of The Ethan I Was Before joins us with a story of one girl’s journey to a magical seaside town, where she uncovers her family’s long hidden secrets, ultimately finding truth and redemption. Fans of Sharon Creech and Rebecca Stead will be captivated by this story filled with warm humor, mystery, whimsy, and characters you can’t let go.

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 PM
Na naville: Adventures in Grandparenting
In conversation with QRB's Mamie Potter
Seats may be reserved

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother.

Friday, April 26, 7:00 PM

NYTimes -bestselling author Finder visits with an explosive new thriller about a judge and the one personal misstep that could lead to her–and her family’s–undoing. David Baldacci says, “This is an exquisite game of cat and mouse. Finder is fully in his groove here ... Judgment rocks.”

Saturday, April 27, 9 AM–9 PM

It's a celebration of Indie bookstores that takes place across the country on the last Saturday in April, with activities all day long.

For Kids:
  • Crafts, coloring, face-painting and slime-making
  • Storytime with the Cat in the Hat

For Everyone:
  • Drawings for gift bags every hour
  • Free cookies all day!
  • A visit from the Poetry Fox
  • Purr Cup Cat Cafe is back by popular demand!
  • Exclusive books and literary items for sale, in-store only, on this day only
  • Create your free account by April 27 to claim free audiobooks on this day.

Find the full schedule and latest details on our website !

Monday, April 29, 7:00 PM
The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life Without Disposable Plastic

Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist in Durham, NC, who makes art out of stuff people usually throw away. She had long wondered where is “away”? Realizing that what we discard never really goes away, she began saying NO to single-use plastic and spent a year discovering creative ways to live without it. Holsenbeck's sculptures will be on display at the event.

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 PM
The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood

In her international bestseller, Strong Is the New Pretty , professional photographer Kate T. Parker changed the way we see girls by showing us their truest selves—fearless, messy, wild, stubborn, proud. Now it’s time to talk about our boys--there’s a national conversation going on about what defines masculinity and how to raise sons to become good people. Parker turns her lens to boys from ages 5 to 18, with words from the subjects themselves enriching every photo.

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