June 2021 Updates


Summer Hours

We are expanding our hours starting June 2!

Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday and Thursday: 11-5

Friday and Saturday: 11-4

Shop TLB for Father's Day!

Father's Day is June 20th! Stop by TLB to get the perfect book for Dad. We have lots of suggestions...or get him a gift certificate so he can pick out his own books!


Upcoming Virtual Author Events

hosted by the Southern Independent

Booksellers Alliance and

Southern author Wiley Cash

Call or email TLB to register!



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The Soulmate Equation with Christina Lauren

Tue Jun 8th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners returns with a witty and effervescent novel about what happens when two people with everything on the line are thrown together by science--or is it fate? Perfect for fans of The Rosie Project and One Plus One. (from sibaweb.com)


We Are Each Other's Harvest with Natalie Baszile

Thu Jun 10th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From the author of Queen Sugar—a critically acclaimed series on OWN directed by Ava Duvernay—comes a beautiful exploration and celebration of black farming in America. (from sibaweb.com)


The Killing Hills with Chris Offutt

Thu Jun 17th 7:00pm - Thu 24th 8:00pm

A literary master across genres, award-winning author Chris Offutt’s latest novel, The Killing Hills, is a compelling, propulsive thriller in which a suspicious death exposes the loyalties and rivalries of a deep-rooted and fiercely private community in the Kentucky backwoods. (from sibaweb.com)


My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black with Terry Roberts

Thu Jun 24th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

My Mistress’ Eyes Are Raven Black is a noir thriller set on Ellis Island in 1920. It explores just how far some human beings will go to protect racial purity and condemn those they fear. (from sibaweb.com)


Nowhere Girl with Cheryl Diamond

Tue Jun 29th 7:00pm - 8:00pm

“An absolutely breathless read. Nowhere Girl is a courageous, heart-breaking, and beautifully written story of a girl doing everything in her power to protect the ones she loves.”

—Paul Haggis, Academy Award-winning writer/director of Crash, Million Dollar Baby, and Casino Royale (from sibaweb.com)

Books We're Excited About!


Out 6/1!

Hilderbrand steers this tightly written novel with ease and skill. . . . Less a story about a secretive affair and more a tale of sweet nostalgia and fate, this title will be popular with a wide audience.-- Library Journal

"It has suspense, beautiful beach scenes and inspirational anecdotes. You really can't do better than that."-- Cosmopolitan


Out 6/1!

"It's 1983 in Malibu, and the famous Riva siblings are hosting their annual end-of-summer party--a legendary affair. By morning, the house is in flames, a blaze fueled by smoldering secrets and long-simmering drama. [Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines." --The Washington Post


Out 6/1!

"A psychological thriller for the modern-day working girl . . . filled with suspenseful twists and turns."-- "PopSugar"

"Racist behavior in the workplace, white colleagues' awkward attempts to pretend it doesn't exist, and the exhaustion of being Black in white spaces are all encapsulated in a pitch-perfect way by Harris . . . this compelling debut thriller will be in demand; a must for public libraries."-- "Booklist (starred)"


Out 6/1!

"Expertly blending elements of Zimbabwean and Scottish culture, Huchu's occult thriller is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

A fast-paced, future-set Edinburgh thriller. The Library of the Dead mixes magical mysteries with a streetwise style of writing . . . roll on the sequel. -- The Times


Out 6/8!

Galchen's latest book, which is by turns witty, sly, moving, and sharp, is a marvel to behold . . . There is so much in this novel to consider--the degree to which we make monsters of one another, the way that old age can make of femininity an apparently terrifying, otherworldly thing--but it is also, at every step along the way, an entirely delicious book. Dazzling in its humor, intelligence, and the richness of its created world.



Out 6/1!

A favorite series at TLB

"Graceful prose and mastery of period detail . . . [ The Bombay Prince] propels a rich story of female empowerment during a pivotal era."

--Kirkus Reviews

"No need to have read the earlier two books of this series ( The Widows of Malabar Hill, The Satapur Moonstone)--just plunge into this new release . . . Massey's skills are strengthening with each book, and this is definitely her best yet."

--Kingdom Books


Out 6/15!

The author of the critically acclaimed The Silent Patient permanently cements himself as a top modern author with this new work, a masterful, slow burn blend of Greek mythology and a knife-edged plot...destined for the bestseller list.


Michaelides' stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner.

-- Booklist, starred review


Out 6/22!--Staff favorite!

"An utterly spellbinding historical yarn." --Booklist, starred review

"Heywood breathes new life into two central figures of the Greco-Roman tradition... [and] certainly achieves the feat of giving rich interiority to women who are often treated as little more than symbols." --Kirkus


Out 6/1!

"[An] emotional experience in the form of beautifully heartbreaking prose."

-- Off the Shelf

"Tracing the paths of immigration and poverty, Tran's moving and exceptionally readable memoir is at once heartbreaking, shocking, and hopeful ... Tran is exceptional at telling her story with honesty and without judgment. Readers who loved Tara Westover's  Educated (2018) will find a similarly compelling memoir of resilience in a not-often-seen America."

-- Booklist, starred review


Out 6/1!

"Thanks to deeply sourced research and her own travels along Wilkins' route, Letts vividly portrays an audacious woman whose optimism, courage, and good humor are to be marveled at and admired. Upbeat and touching, Wilkins' story is the perfect pandemic escapist read." --Booklist (starred review)

"This engaging folk-hero biography, which follows Wilkins throughout her grand adventure, also touches on the cultural history of mid-20th-century America...A heartwarming and nostalgic book to appeal to horse lovers and fans of the author's previous books." --Kirkus Reviews

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Out 6/1!

Pure fun from start to finish. Curse of the Specter Queen is a delightful historical romp, riddled with cryptic puzzles, hints of romance, and an adventurous cast of characters. An ideal escape for fans of curses, magic, and mystery.-- Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caravel series

"Apocalyptic curses, blood-chilling demons, and a centuries-old treasure hunt with a brilliant bookish heroine. Curse of the Spector Queen had me feverishly turning pages until I finally arrived at the epic conclusion."-- Livia Blackburne, New York Times best-selling author of Rosemarked and Midnight Thief


Out 6/15!

While fans of Johnson's Truly Devious trilogy (and there are many) will undoubtedly be eager for this spinoff, Stevie's summertime exploit both stands alone and adds compelling layers to the established characters--an impressive feat. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Johnson builds on the success of her NYT-bestselling Truly Devious series with this standalone spinoff that blends mystery and horror conventions in a summer-camp setting--perfectly timed for summertime campfires. -- Booklist (starred review)


Out 6/29!

"A verdant read as rich as the greenery within it, This Poison Heart will wrap its vines around you and never let go." --Kayla Ancrum, author of THE WICKER KING

"Bayron takes an old story, turns it on its head, and makes it her own with a stunning display of pacing, character, and legacy." -- #1 New York Times bestselling author E.K. Johnston


Out 6/1!

★ "An endearing, affecting exploration of the journey of love. Everything Yoon touches turns to gold and this cinematic supernatural romance will be no exception."-- Booklist, starred review

★ A remarkable, irresistible love story that will linger long after readers turn the final page.-- Kirkus, starred review

★ "Yoon delivers a story of love's unpredictability and the importance of perspective that unfolds with ease and heart." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Out 6/1!

★ There is plenty to keep readers engaged in this heartfelt exploration of goodness. . . . Satisfying and life affirming: a perfect thing in the universe of juvenile fiction. --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ Through metaphor and imagery, Springstubb's (Every Single Second) tender, sensitively written story captures the essences of places and characters, including frequently dismayed, brave Loah. -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


Out 6/1!

Short chapters, plenty of action, and the wry voice of the omniscient narrator help make this title, with its themes of gender equity, Native pride, and environmentalism, accessible... A refreshing adventure that breathes new life into a classic text.-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A sharp, contemporary retelling of a classic that puts the focus on the Indigenous kids this round.-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

New in Kids


Out 6/8!

Fans of these sweet squirrels will devour this highly a-peel-ing volume." -- Kirkus, starred review


Out 6/22!

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little animals lined up in the school bus's many windows, and Blue wishes he could be a school bus too. What a fun job--but much too big for a little pickup like Blue. Or is it? When somebody misses the bus, it's up to Blue to get his friend to school on time. Beep! Beep! Vroom! (from Ingram ipage)


Out 6/1!

"[T]ailor-made for sharing with big groups. . . . Roaring good fun." -- Kirkus Reviews


Out 6/15!

A little crocodile explores the first day of preschool in this colorful, noisy book filled with sounds and new experiences, some wonderful, some not, that are sure to delight toddlers. (from Ingram ipage)


Out 6/22!

The letter Z is missing! Help little Oakley find it in this charming picture book with photos of real squirrels! (from Ingram ipage)


Coming Soon!

From Zach Daniel, WTVR CBS 6 Chief Meteorologist...

Walter and the Terrible Twister is a 24-page hardcover book, beautifully illustrated with paintings and pencil sketches. Walter and Stanley find themselves home alone during a tornado warning. The story blends poetry, art, science, and a little humor to show readers of all ages how to remain calm and stay safe during severe weather. 

CCPL Upcoming Author Event


An Evening with Sadeqa Johnson

Saturday, July 24, 2021  7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education

Registration is required and begins June 26.

Call (804) 751-2275 to register.

TLB will be handling book sales for this event, so swing by the store to get your copy or buy one at the event. See you there!!

Pre-order Leah Weiss's New Book!


We are so excited for Leah Weiss's newest novel, All the Little Hopes, coming 7/27! She is a favorite of TLB, and if you loved If the Creek Don't Rise, you will want to add this one to your list.

Paperback, $16.99

"Leah Weiss has done it again. Another powerful, masterly observed story. This time, firmly setting us down in tobacco land North Carolina with two teenaged girls at its heart and told in language that is uniquely Leah's. I read the novel with my jaw dropped open. For Leah's fans, prepare to be thrilled again. For future ones, get set to be." - Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone

"Wrapped in hope and mystery, this beautifully crafted story, set under a warm North Carolina sun, is full of heart. You won't want to miss this one." - Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything

TLB will be taking pre-orders, so give us a call! All orders taken and paid through July 17th will be entered into a drawing for a store gift certificate!

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