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Dear Friends of A Novel Experience,  
     May brings a bouquet of invitations to pick up a book and read. The Great American Read premiers on Tuesday, May 22 on your local PBS station--it's an eight-part television and on-line series that celebrates the power of reading--told through the prism of America's 100 best-loved novels. Wait till you see the list--you'll encounter many memorable--and surprisingly contemporary--titles. Read some again (we guarantee you that Catcher in the Rye reads differently at age 17 and 57!). There will be an opportunity for everyone to vote for "America's best-loved" book which will be revealed in October during the final episode. Closer to Zebulon, we're happy to announce the continuation of Poetry on the Porch after a wonderful inaugural meeting last month! We invite all poets and poetry lovers to join us at 6:30 on the second Friday of every month. And, our biannual Author's Showcase is scheduled for May 19th. Meet and talk with authors about the  fascinating process of writing and producing a book.  
     Talk about a serendipitous meeting--we were introduced to new Pike County resident Steven Harrison at last month's Historical Society Banquet and it turns out that he is an accomplished artist--from his career as a medical illustrator to painter of race cars and landscapes. Please come and welcome him at a reception on May 12th. His work is gracing our walls for the entire month.
     Get out those cameras! In June, the second annual Zebulon Show will feature photography of our county and those nearby. Stay tuned for the Call for Entries and be a part of this year's show. This year, our plans are to produce a postcard of one or more of the images--a win-win for the photographer and a way for us to address frequent requests for "local" images from visitors to Zebulon.
     Thanks all for continuing to support our local stores and economy--it really makes a difference. And, stay tuned for things to get hoppin' around town this summer. Come by. Tell us what you're reading and consider joining one of our book groups--it's a great way to schedule a pause in your busy--and getting busier--day. Did you hear the latest on "happiness"--it is reinforced through relationships, sharing face-to-face experiences, and being a part of something meaningful and community-oriented. We can help! :)
                                                                        All of us at ANE!
From last year's Zebulon Show: Abandoned by Clay Fisher



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Watch for summer flocks to arrive! Photo by Ryan Steed, last year's SlowExposures featured artist at A Novel Experience.

 May at the GALLERY: Steven Harrison brings a world of vast and varied experience to his visual art. From his career as a medical illustrator and Chairman of the Department of Medical Illustration at the Medical College of Georgia, to a PhD in Art from UGA in 2008, Steve continues to travel down an amazing diversity of creative paths. He writes "Once you are familiar with the "rules and tools" of art and have the confidence to jump into the middle of your "pool of creativity", experience will reward you time and time again. Will you ever achieve perfection--no, at least I hope not. If you ever think you've achieved perfection, it's time to quit. I thought I had achieved perfection on one ocassion. Then my errors were pointed out to me. That's why I go back for more!" Come and see how this refreshing philosophy plays out in the work gracing our walls this month--and, meet him at a reception in his honor on Saturday, May 12th from 6-8.
This Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
 For writers and poets--keep writing!  


TUESDAY, May 1st: 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 "Gradle Bird"" by J.C. Sasser. (This book is sure to prompt lots of discussion! C.)
meets at 6:00 p.m. We're reading The Book Jumper. And, check out our Nerd Herd FB page!
FRIDAY, May 11: POETRY ON THE PORCH at 6:30 p.m. we're opening the back doors wide, lighting the place and setting up the mic for poetry lovers. Read one of your own, or one by your favorite poet. Or, just come to listen and enjoy the lovely sunset and a bunch of fine folks.

SATURDAY, May 12: Reception for artist Steven Harrison.
WEDNESDAY, May 16 at Noon:
 This month's book: The Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor. Oh, we're batting a thousand this year on our book picks! Everyone welcome. High noon.

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SATURDAY, May 19: AUTHORS SHOWCASE 4-6 p.m.  Call Chris for more information and to let us know you're coming!
SATURDAY, May 26: CLASSICS BOOK GROUP reads Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck.

      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: How Can We Talk About Politics and Stay Connected?