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Monday, June 17, 2024
A Night w/ KATHERINE CENTER
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm
Headquarters Library, Spartanburg

Katherine Center and SCPL have a big thing in common: we both want you to read for the joy of reading. To celebrate her latest novel, “The Rom-Commers,” the Queen of Comfort Reads will be in Spartanburg to talk about her new book, what it means to read for the sake of reading, and how she develops happy endings.

As part of this event, SCPL is giving away copies of “The Rom-Commers” to the first 100 people who arrive for the event. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Fiction Addiction will be on hand to sell copies of Center’s substantial backlist of novels.

Sunday, June 23, 2024
Boozy Book Fair
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
RJ Rockers

There was nothing like the elementary school book fair – the smell of new books in the air, the rush of racing your friends to find the next installment of your favorite series, and, if you were lucky, the crinkle of money from Mom in your pocket.

Life felt so much easier back then, didn’t it? Don’t you find yourself wishing from time to time that you could just go back?

You can – but we’re doing it grown-up style.

Don’t miss our Boozy Book Fair at RJ Rockers (226 W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306 ) on Sunday, June 23rd from 1-3pm!

We will have STICKERS!!! as well as books for everyone and every interest:

-Geeks and Gamers

-Myths and Fairy Tales

-Gothic and Ghastly

-Happy Endings

-Romantasy

-Read the Rainbow

-Bookclub Picks

-Celebrate the South

-Nonfiction

-Whodunnits & Thrillers

-Father’s Day Ideas

-Criminally Good Reads

-The Birds and the Bees

…and much much more!

This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring your friends! Be sure to RSVP so we have the booze + books ready – we can’t wait to see you there.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Tessa Fontaine in Conversation with Eric Kocher
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm
Hub City Writers Project

When her mother goes missing, a young woman uncovers the secrets beneath her protected community.
The women asked: How are they safe?
And Tamsen Nightingale said: In this red grove, no woman can be harmed. No violence may come upon her. No injury to her flesh from the flesh of another.
The Story of the Sisters, Welcoming Incantation

The Red Grove is a special place, protected. Some say a spell was cast by the community’s founder, Tamsen Nightingale. Some say the mountain lions who stalk the nearby hills guard its mysteries and its people. Some say the mighty redwoods keep them safe.

Yet Luce’s mother, Gloria, has gone missing. A man came seeking answers among the Red Grove’s mysteries―a connection to the beyond―and died. And then Gloria vanished. The Red Grove is Luce’s whole world. She is devoted to its mission, its rituals and myths. But she knows that her mother, frustrated free spirit though she might be, wouldn’t just leave without a word, wouldn’t leave her little brother, Roo, and especially their aunt Gem, whose care in that suspended state of everdream depends on Gloria in every way. But as Luce tries to figure out what has happened to her mother, she discovers that this special place is not what it seems and that protection comes at a cost.

The debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Electric Woman, Tessa Fontaine’s The Red Grove is an exploration of the legacies of violence, the price of safety, and the choices we make to protect what we love.

About the Author

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-defuing Acts, New York Times Editors’ Choice; Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and best book of 2018 by Southern Living, Refinery29, Amazon Editors’, and The New York Post. Other writing can be found in Outside online, The New York TimesGlamourAGNIThe BelieverLitHub, Creative Nonfiction, and more. Raised outside San Francisco, Tessa is a former professor and has taught in jails and prisons for five years. She co-founded and teaches the Accountability Workshops with writer and pal Annie Hartnett, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, goofy dog and sassy cat. The Red Grove is her first novel.

About the in-conversation Partner

Eric Kocher, assistant professor of environmental studies at Wofford College, explores domestic encounters with planetary forces, and his writing on the topic has appeared in a variety of national publications. In the classroom, he works to help students understand how environmental ideas from literature, art, film and digital media shape our treatment of the environments in which we live.

Sunday, July 14, 2024
Boozy Book Fair
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Southern Growl

There was nothing like the elementary school book fair – the smell of new books in the air, the rush of racing your friends to find the next installment of your favorite series, and, if you were lucky, the crinkle of money from Mom in your pocket.

Life felt so much easier back then, didn’t it? Don’t you find yourself wishing from time to time that you could just go back?

You can – but we’re doing it grown-up style.

Don’t miss our Boozy Book Fair at The Southern Growl (155 N Buncombe Rd, Greer, SC 29651) on Sunday, July 14th from 1-3pm!

We will have STICKERS!!! as well as books for everyone and every interest:

-Geeks and Gamers

-Myths and Fairy Tales

-Gothic and Ghastly

-Happy Endings

-Romantasy

-Read the Rainbow

-Bookclub Picks

-Celebrate the South

-Nonfiction

-Whodunnits & Thrillers

-Ready for the Olympics?

-Criminally Good Reads

-Kids

-Nature

-Sidelines

…and much much more!

This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring your friends! Be sure to RSVP so we have the booze + books ready – we can’t wait to see you there.

Monday, July 29, 2024
Snowden Wright & Leona Sevick In Conversation with George Singleton
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop & Press

Join us for a night full of authors and conversations! Snowden Wright and Leona Sevick will be in conversation with Hub City Press author George Singleton about their new books “Queen City Detective Agency” (Wright) and “The Bamboo Wife” (Sevick). Meet us at the Bookshop on August 29th at 6 p.m. This is a free event open for anyone to join.

Save your seat when you RSVP and get a 10% discount on the books when you purchase through Eventbrite.

About Queen City Detective Agency

Following an unforgettable cast of characters and a jaded female P.I. enmeshed in a criminal conspiracy in 1980s Mississippi, The Queen City Detective Agency is a riveting, razor-sharp Southern noir that unravels the greed, corruption, and racism at the heart of the American Dream.

Meridian, Mississippi—once known as the Queen City for its status in the state—has lost much of its royal bearing by 1985. Overshadowed by more prosperous cities such as New Orleans and Atlanta, Meridian attracts less-than-legitimate businesses, including those enforced by the near-mythical Dixie Mafia. The city’s powerbrokers, wealthy white Southerners clinging to their privilege, resent any attempt at change to the old order.

Real-estate developer Randall Hubbard took advantage of Meridian’s economic decline by opening strip malls that catered to low-income families in Black neighborhoods—until he wound up at the business end of a .38 Special. Then a Dixie Mafia affiliate named Lewis “Turnip” Coogan, who claims Hubbard’s wife hired him for the hit, dies under suspicious circumstances while in custody for the murder.

Ex-cop turned private investigator Clementine Baldwin is hired by Coogan’s bereaved mother to find her son’s killer. A woman struggling with her own history growing up in Mississippi, Clem braves the Queen City’s corridors of crime as she digs into the case, opening wounds long forgotten. She soon finds herself in the crosshairs of powerful and dangerous people who manipulate the law for their own ends—and will kill anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets.

About The Bamboo Wife

Leona Sevick’s The Bamboo Wife captures the experiences of an imperfect woman held up against the standard of “good” wife and mother. Sevick is a master of metaphor and imagery, depicting, for example, a mother as a kraken. In the sea creature’s words, “It takes a hard-ass woman to raise her young.” Every poem is wrought with precise description and emotion. We get nature as well as some location-based poems orienting us in Korea. There is anger and sadness, “the animal need to run in all directions at once,” and family trauma both past and present. This trauma is inflicted on the speaker as a child and to some degree perpetuated through her own parenting. The collection asks the reader to provide space in poetry for a woman trying to do her best for her own and others’ sake, for one who has “made bad decisions and lived.” Every poem is necessary, and Sevick makes each word count. Honesty carries this collection through her speaker’s good, bad, and ugly moments. It takes courage for someone to say, “there’s no mistake I haven’t made.”

About Snowden Wright

Born and raised in Mississippi, Snowden Wright is the author of American Pop, a Wall Street
Journal WSJ+ Book of the Month and NPR Best Book of the Year. He has written for The
Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications,
and previously worked as a fiction reader at The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review.
Wright was a Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellow at the Carson McCullers Center, and his
small-press debut, Play Pretty Blues, received the Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize.
He lives in Yazoo County, Mississippi.

About Leona Sevick

Leona Sevick’s recent work appears in Orion, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, The Southern Review, and The Sun. Leona serves on the advisory board of the Furious Flower Black Poetry Center and is provost and professor of English at Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she teaches Asian American literature. She is the 2017 Press 53 Poetry Award Winner for her first full-length book of poems, Lion Brothers. The Bamboo Wife is her second book of poems.

About George Singleton

George Singleton has published ten collections of stories, two novels, a book of writing advice,
and a collection of essays. His stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Story,
One Story, Playboy, the Georgia Review, Zoetrope, Subtropics, and elsewhere. His personal
essays have appeared in Garden and Gun, Bark, Best American Food Writing, Oxford American, and elsewhere He’s received a Pushcart, and a Guggenheim fellowship. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he lives in South Carolina.

Thursday, September 12, 2024
Caroline Cleveland: When Cicadas Cry Reading
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop & Press

Caroline Cleveland will be at Hub City Bookshop discussing her book “When Cicadas Cry.” Listen to a reading of the book that Hank Phillippi Ryan describes as “John Grisham meets Nelle Harper Lee.”

About the Book

In this stunning debut by a South Carolina attorney, Zach Stander, a lawyer with a past, and Addie Stone, his indomitable detective and lover, find themselves entangled in secrets, lies, and murder in a small Southern town.

A high-profile murder case—A white woman has been bludgeoned to death with an altar cross in a rural church on Cicada Road in Walterboro, South Carolina. Sam Jenkins, a Black man, is found covered in blood, kneeling over the body. In a state already roiling with racial tension, this is not only a murder case, but a powder keg.

A haunting cold case—Two young women are murdered on quiet Edisto Beach, an hour southeast of Walterboro, and the killer disappears without a trace. Thirty-four years later the mystery remains unsolved. Could there be a connection to Stander’s case?

A killer who’s watching—Stander takes on Jenkins’s defense, but he’s up against a formidable solicitor with powerful allies. Worse, his client is hiding a bombshell secret. When Addie Stone reopens the cold case, she discovers more long-buried secrets in this small town. Would someone kill again to keep them?

Ideal for fans of mystery, suspense, and thrillers in the vein of Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls and Stacy Willingham’s A Flicker in the Dark, as well as for readers who followed the high-profile Murdaugh murder trial, held in the same small town as in When Cicadas Cry.

About the Author

A native South Carolinian, Caroline Cleveland grew up in the small town of Walterboro, and she credits her love of reading to its quieter way of life. Her love of the written word eventually led her to law school, and later to establish the law firm Cleveland & Conley, LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she represents public employers, inlcuding local governments and law enforcement. Caroline writes stories from a Southern perspective, featuring deceptively peaceful small towns and strong, complex characters who rely on their Southern sense of values. Her debut novel is When Cicadas Cry, published by Union Square & Co. Visit her website at www.CarolineClevelandAuthor.com

Saturday, September 28, 2024
Nicholas Sparks Meet-and-Greet
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Nicholas Sparks Meet-and-Greet at Fiction Addiction on September 28th, 2024
Nicholas Sparks will be making a brief stop in Greenville on his tour and is available for a quick meet-and-greet opportunity with his fans.

Get your photo made with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks as well as a signed copy of his new book, Counting Miracles, at an in-person meet-and-greet on Saturday, September 28th, starting at 12pm Eastern.

Each ticket includes one pre-signed regular edition hardcover book, an opportunity to take a professional photo with Mr. Sparks, and a downloadable file of your photo.

Check-in opens at 11:30am, and please be in line no later than the meet-and-greet start time, 12pm. Our past experience is that this event moves amazingly fast.

This is a rain-or-shine event and the line will run outside. Please bring rain jackets and umbrellas if the forecast looks bad.