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           We celebrate the 4th and high summer!



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We will be closed on the 4th! Enjoy the day with your families!

Dear Friends of A Novel Experience,  
     The pool awaits! Our annual  tabletop wading pool  holds a delicious collection of great summer reads! They are all gently used books--those titles you were meaning to put on your book pile and never got around to, seduced by another must-read. Come check it out--the best thing about reading used books is that beach sand, surf, and injudicious handling is no big deal--one can just enjoy.

      The 4th is this Wednesday. We're in fireworks territory for the next several days complemented by pop-up thunder showers (anyone who owns a phobic canine can't miss it). For inspiration, try reading the Declaration of Independence or, for a traditional treat, tune into NPR radio on the morning of the 4th when all the commentators take turns reading this document. It's a great way to remember how our country began--and the courage and commitment of our Founding Fathers. 


      July 7th is the last day of Steve Harrison's gallery show--we hope you've been by to see his diverse collection of paintings and drawings. Besides selections from his career as a medical illustrator, it turns out that Steve's first love is race cars. He's just arrived in Pike County from Arizona and heard about our local race driver phenom--Madeline Crane aka "Mad Maddie". As part of his show, Steve arranged with her grandfather to present her with a drawing of her race car. We welcome Steve to our community and look forward to his plans to teach art lessons. And, we wish Madeline best of luck in her racing career! 

     Monday, July 9th marks the opening of  the second annual Zebulon Show! Jurors Greg and Jennifer Blair picked a show from a great selection of entries--stop by and see if you can identify the who-what-where of these winning photos. Our reception for the photographers will be Saturday, July 21--come on by, meet them, and take in the Juror's Talk at 6:30--it's always interesting to hear how the images were chosen. And, keep an eye out for this year's photos--we'll be posting them all month on Facebook!
     We've brought back one of our favorite things: "What I'm Reading Now". Every month we feature one of our customers on a poster with their current favorite title--if you are totally engrossed in a new discovery, stop by and we'll take a picture of you and the book and maybe, you'll be our featured poster person for the month! (You get to keep the poster after the end of the month!)  And, poster or not, stop by and let us know what you are reading! 
                                                                        All of us at ANE!
Steve surprises Madeline with a painting of her race car while grandparents Virgil and Sally Brown look on.



                                                Marla Puziss' image from the 2017 Zebulon Show
 July 2018 Calendar

WE ARE OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 10 TILL 7 P.M.--but not Wednesday, July 4th!


 JULY at the GALLERY:  We ring  down the curtain on Steve Harrison's show July 7th and then, our second annual Zebulon Show goes up on Monday, July 9th. It's a real treat to see how photographers from near and far see our local places! Reception for the photographers--and the Jurors Talk by Greg and Jennifer Blair happens Saturday, July 21st from 6-8 pm. We'll be posting this year's selections on Facebook all month! 
It happens this Friday, July 6th at 7 p.m.  For writers and poets--keep writing!  


TUESDAY, July 10th: Our SPIRITUALITY BOOK GROUP is a treasure! We meet at 1 p.m. We're reading " Touching the Holy: Ordinariness, Self-Esteem, and Friendship" by Robert J. Wicks. 
The knitters are here on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 to do the knitting thing! We welcome fiber crafters, needlepointers and crocheters, macramers, quilters, loomers, beaders/jewelry makers! Come on out!  
This month we're reading "Over the Plain Houses" by Julia Franks. 7:00--everyone welcome!
Poetry on the Porch meets inside the store with AC all summer!
FRIDAY, July 13th: POETRY ON THE PORCH at 6:30 p.m. No sweat--We've moved into the A-C for the summer! Read one of your own poems, or one by your favorite poet. Or, just come to listen and enjoy the lovely sunset and a bunch of fine folks.

meets at 6:00 p.m. We're reading  A Court of Frost and Starlight. And, check out our Nerd Herd FB page!

SATURDAY, JULY 21st: Our 2018 ZEBULON SHOW Reception! Jurors Talk at 6:30. Meet the photographers from 6-8 pm.

WEDNESDAY, July 18th at Noon:
 This month's book: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. This is a mindbender and oh-so-relevant for understanding Korea's past and present--besides being a great story. Everyone welcome. High noon.

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SATURDAY, July 28: CLASSICS BOOK GROUP  reads Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene at 7:00 pm. 

      We're meeting to continue our discussions of topics ranging from gun control to the First Amendment. It's a great occasion for folks who want to be a part of a balanced, robust discussion in the hopes of discovering common ground and learning from each other. It's Inspiring--and fun. Topic: Literacy and the State of Education in America.