Reader Meet Writer Presents – Kirsten Miller, Jonathan Auxier, Beth Ferry This Saturday

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Kirsten Miller, Jonathan Auxier, Beth Ferry

Let us deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Kirsten Miller, Jonathan Auxier, Beth Ferry. Kirsten Miller, Jonathan Auxier, Beth Ferry will be talking with us about their newest book Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8, Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1), Fox & Rabbit Make Believe (Fox & Rabbit Book #2) and answering your questions. Kirsten Miller, Jonathan Auxier, Beth Ferry is one of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times–bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, and Sweep. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kirsten Miller is a renowned author of middle-grade and YA fiction. She lives in Brooklyn with her precocious 10-year-old, who helped write this book.

Beth Ferry is the author of many books for young readers, including Caveboy Crush, The Scarecrow, and the New York Times–bestselling Stick and Stone. She lives in New Jersey with her family

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Date: 10/24/2020
Time: 10:00:00 AM CST
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Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8, Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1), Fox & Rabbit Make Believe (Fox & Rabbit Book #2)

The Fabled Stables #1:

Welcome to the Fabled Stables, a magical building filled with one-of-a-kind creatures. Creatures including the Gargantula, the Yawning Abyss, the Hippopotamouse . . . and Auggie. Auggie is the only human boy at the Stables, and he takes care of all the other animals. The Fabled Stables have a mind of their own, and every so often, the building SHAKES and SHUDDERS, TWITCHES and SPUTTERS—it’s making room for a new arrival! It’s Auggie’s job to venture out and rescue a new creature from mortal danger. But will he be able to complete his mission before it’s too late? With some help from Fen (a literal stick-in-the-mud) and his animal companions, Auggie saves the day and makes a new friend in the process.

Every Thing You Need to Know When You Are 8:

Dominate age eight with a trove of earth-shattering secrets, jokes, and tips they won’t teach you in school!

What’s the best gift for a kid who’s turned eight? Everything they need to know! Eight is a banner year in every kid’s life. It’s when they’re finally granted “big kid” status. That means more freedom and responsibility. It also means there’s a ton of stuff to learn, and some of it’s pretty important. Inside this hilarious handbook is the information kids need to make eight one of the best years of their lives—from the fun (How to Win Halloween), to the serious (How to Get Germs Before They Get You) and the downright disgusting (How to Make Boogers You Can Eat).

Fox & Rabbit Make Believe:

Book #2 in the Fox & Rabbit series celebrates the magic of making believe and making new friends! Fox and Rabbit are the very best of friends. They do everything together. Good things like getting ice cream and not-so-good things like getting bad haircuts. But when they meet a new friend, Owl, Fox isn’t so sure if there’s enough friendship to go around. Soon, Fox learns that it’s easy to be friends with Rabbit and Owl. They have lots of fun exploring the depths of Owl’s big imagination. Together, Fox and Rabbit and Owl sail the high seas, get swallowed by a whale, defeat evil woodchucks, and more—all from the comfort of the playground. Featuring the same funny text and fresh art as Book #1, the second book in the Fox & Rabbit series will delight old fans and seamlessly welcome new ones!

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Virtual Storytime – Kitties on Dinosaurs

Tune in for a reading of Kitties on Dinosaurs courtesy of The Haunted Book Shop and Dial Books!

About Kitties on Dinosaurs by Michael Slack

A daring, dinosaur-climbing adventure leads to hilarious kitty hijinks in this adorable tale of perseverance

They’re adorable! They’re daring! They’re kitties who love to climb things! And they won’t give up until they’ve achieved their ultimate climbing dream: scaling the dinosaurs on nearby Dinosaur Island. The level-headed narrator warns the kitties that the dinosaurs look hungry, that their teeth are super big, that things look terribly bleak if they go through with climbing the dinosaurs. But these kitties have a plan. And then another plan. And then another…well, you get the idea. Can these fair kitties conquer their biggest challenge yet and avoid cat-astrophe?

Published on September 22, 2020
Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
$17.99 USD
40 pages

Date: 10/17/2020
Time: 10:30:00 AM – 11:00:00 AM
Cost: 0


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Happy 2-Year Anniversary to Us!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two years since we officially opened our doors on Artwalk night in October 2018! When I first realized I’d be able to open this store, I remember thinking the day would never come; I was so excited to share with you my vision and the stock I’d accumulated that summer.

Along the way, we’ve made many new friends and regulars, as well as adjusting the stock selections based on your preferences. Two years ago, it was just me operating the store, and now I have Alex on full-time, and Candice and Courtney part-time. We also now have a bookstore cat, Mr. Bingley!

We also have an honorary employee in Ms Coco, who shares her artistic vision each month by decorating one of the display windows for artwalk, though we had to postpone that during the months we were closed. She’ll be unveiling a new window this Friday for the first time since March!!

I couldn’t be happier with the community that we have created with all of you, and we certainly wouldn’t be still here without all of your support along the way!

It’s such a pleasure to come in every day and talk books with our customers and to hear the excited squeals of kids when they see we have a fave. We still have so many more exciting plans that we haven’t been able to implement, but we’ll get there.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!



Reader Meet Writer Presents – Andrew Reiner

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Andrew Reiner

Let us deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Andrew Reiner. Andrew Reiner will be talking with us about their newest book Better Boys, Better Men and answering your questions. Andrew Reiner is one of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

Andrew Reiner is a professor at Towson University, where he offers the seminar “Changing Face of Masculinity.” He has written on masculinity and men’s issues for the New York Times, Italy’s la Republica and the Washington Post Magazine, and his work has been featured on NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and in The Guardian, Men’s Health magazine, and Forbes. He speaks about masculinity regularly at schools and conferences nationally and internationally.

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Date: 10/15/2020
Time: 6:00:00 PM CST
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Better Boys, Better Men

A thought-provoking and much-needed look at how modern masculinity is harming and holding back men–and all of society–and what we can do to promote a new masculinity that allows men of all ages to thrive.

In Better Boys, Better Men, cultural critic and New York Times contributor Andrew Reiner argues that men today are working on an outdated model of masculinity, which prevents them in moments of distress and vulnerability from marshalling the courage, strength, and resiliency–the very characteristics we regularly champion in men–they need to thrive in a world vastly different from the ones their fathers and grandfathers grew up in. According to Reiner, this outdated model of manhood can have devastating effects on the entire culture and, especially boys and men, from falling behind in the classroom and rising male unemployment rates to increased levels of depression and disturbing upticks in violence on a mass scale.

Reiner interviews boys and men of all ages, educators, counselors, therapists, and physicians throughout the United States to better understand what factors are preventing the country’s boys and men from developing the emotional resiliency they need. He also introduces readers to the boys and men at the vanguard of a new masculinity that empowers them to find and express the full range of their humanity.

Urgent and necessary, Better Boys, Better Men will change the way we talk about boys and men in America today.

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Alex Reviews: Ring Shout – The Klan has demons, and Maryse hunts them with a sword that sings

The Klan has demons, and Maryse hunts them with a sword that sings.

That is the premise of Ring Shout. Set in 1922 Georgia, she moves through a world filled with a quiet kind of magic–it’s not there unless you know it is, but when you find it, it’s deep.

I’m a longtime fantasy reader. I love it. I read it a lot. One of the drawbacks, though, is how often you see concepts come around again. Ring Shout hit me with stuff that was new to me–and all the more impressive because of how little P. Djèlí Clark made up out of whole cloth. He drew on folklore I’d never heard of, and made some serious A-grade horror and magic happen. Seriously, y’all, some of these demons and monsters pin your imagination down, give it a big wet kiss, and promise you’ll remember them.

And the feels, man. The feels in this book. I cried at this book. Some of the writing is so beautiful, some of the feelings hit so hard, you can’t keep it back.

But despite the horror, despite the violence, despite the talks about power and punishment and penance and people, it all comes through.

And I want to read more when it comes.

Ring Shout comes out this Tuesday, October 13th, preorder it on our website at

Alex Reviews: The Hollow Places–books that make you go eeeEEEeeeEEEeeEeEeEEE

“Pray They Are Hungry” is a line that ends up setting a lot of tone in The Hollow Places. There’s so much worse things than being eaten.

The next horror novel from T. Kingfisher (author of The Twisted Ones), I had inaccurate expectations and I was fine once I rid myself of them. I somehow had the notion that this would be another Twisted Ones or a story set in the same world. It’s not, it’s very much its own thing and hits its own flavor in the horror. It’s pretty explicitly based on The Willows from Algernon Blackwood, just as The Twisted Ones was based on The White People from Arthur Machen. It’s spookception all through here.

The Twisted Ones played the slow game, building the tension and creepy and letting it ebb with the plot’s incidental visits to a normal small town and normal life. The Hollow Places gets you to the “weird” part sooner, and keeps you there longer–and then the horror starts.

I was reading it and thinking ‘this is weird but isn’t that spooky’ and then I found out it’s not scary because it’s not meant to be scary and hoo boy Kingfisher knows exactly what she’s doing when she wants to scare you. She hits you with a busload of scary at once, and I now have issues with the word ‘unravelling’.

Once the The Hollow Places ramps up, you’re unsure what’s going on and all your hypotheses are too horrible to contemplate for long. It’s a good book at making, to paraphrase T. Kingfisher from another work, ‘normal’ feel like a thin skin over an abyss. If you’re looking for an October spooky read, you can’t go far wrong with this one.

Where to get it

You can find The Hollow Places in our store or, if you’re unable to pass through the august doors of the Haunted Book Shop because of time or distance or because I renewed the wards and bindings last week in preparation for Halloween, you can get it at our Bookshop website. It’ll be mailed from our distributor, but we’ll still make a commission on the sale.

The Hollow Places

Signed copies available of V.E. Schwab’s haunting new fantasy – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

We have signed copies available of this new fantasy, which releases Tuesday! From the publisher:

New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab delivers a brilliant standalone novel, blending iconic periods in history with magic and romantic intrigue, spanning countries and centuries.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.

An atmospheric fantasy of two people who longed to live a life where others saw them and valued them for themselves, but made Faustian bargains with differing results–those who met Henry always saw what they desired to see in him, and Addie was cursed to never be remembered. Aching and poignant.

Angela, owner of The Haunted Book Shop

Reader Meet Writer Presents This Thursday – Lisa Unger

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Lisa Unger

Let us deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Lisa Unger. Lisa Unger will be talking with us about their newest book Confessions on the 7:45 and answering your questions. Lisa Unger is one of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

Lisa Unger is the NYT bestselling author of 18 novels. Her books are published in 26 languages, with millions of readers worldwide. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Agatha Christie. Her work has been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by Today, People, GMA, EW, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.

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Date: 10/1/2020
Time: 6:00:00 PM CST
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Confessions on the 7:45

“[A] taut, beautifully-written novel.” –Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Anonymous Girl
From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.
Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…
Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.
But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.
Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.
Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

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Reader Meet Writer Presents – Connor Towne O’Neill This Tuesday

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Connor Towne O’Neill

Let us deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Connor Towne O’Neill. Connor Towne O’Neill will be talking with us about their newest book Down Along With That Devil’s Bones and answering your questions. Connor Towne O’Neill is one of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

Connor Towne O’Neill’s writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. This is his first book.

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Date: 9/29/2020
Time: 4:00:00 PM CST
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Down Along With That Devil’s Bones

In Down Along with That Devil’s Bones, journalist Connor Towne O’Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts, O’Neill examines the legacy of white supremacy in America, in a sobering and fascinating work sure to resonate with readers of Tony Horwitz, Timothy B. Tyson, and Robin DiAngelo.

When O’Neill first moved to Alabama, as a white Northerner, he felt somewhat removed from the racism Confederate monuments represented. Then one day in Selma, he stumbled across a group of citizens protecting a monument to Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as “that devil.” O’Neill sets off to visit other disputed memorials to Forrest across the South, talking with men and women who believe they are protecting their heritage, and those who have a different view of the man’s poisonous history.

O’Neill’s reporting and thoughtful, deeply personal analysis make it clear that white supremacy is not a regional affliction but is in fact coded into the DNA of the entire country. Down Along with That Devil’s Bones presents an important and eye-opening account of how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville, and where, if we can truly understand and transcend our past, we could be headed next.

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Reader Meet Writer Presents – Margaret Kimberley This Thursday

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Margaret Kimberley

Let us deliver authors to your living room. The next author in the Southern Edition series is Margaret Kimberley. Margaret Kimberley will be talking with us about their newest book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents and answering your questions. Margaret Kimberley is one of many authors we’ll be bringing into your living room.

Margaret Kimberley is a New York-based writer and activist for peace and justice issues. Dr. Cornel West has called her “one the few great truth tellers who, along with Glen Ford, Adolph Reed, Jr. and Bruce Dixon, preserved her integrity during the Obama years.” She has been an Editor and Senior Columnist for Black Agenda Report since its inception in 2006. Her work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Consortium News, American Herald Tribune and CounterPunch. She is a contributor to the anthology, In Defense of Julian Assange. She is a graduate of Williams College and lives in New York City.

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Date: 9/17/2020
Time: 6:00:00 PM CST
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Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents

“Margaret Kimberley gives us an intellectual gem of prophetic fire about all the U.S. presidents and their deep roots in the vicious legacy of white supremacy and predatory capitalism. Such truths seem more than most Americans can bear, though we ignore her words at our own peril!”
~ Cornel West, author of Race Matters

Prejudential is a concise, authoritative exploration of America’s relationship with race and black Americans through the lens of the presidents who are elected to represent and govern all of its people. Throughout the history of the United States, numerous presidents have been remembered as slaveholders, bigots and inciters of racial violence, but were others generally regarded as more sympathetic to the plight and interests of black Americans—such as Lincoln, FDR and Clinton—really much better? And what of all the presidents whose interactions with and impacts on the lives of black America are hardly considered at all? Over the course of 45 chapters—one for each president—Kimberley examines the condition of black America through the attitudes and actions of the highest elected official in the country. This is not meant to be a definitive examination of the topic but rather an informative and engaging guide that illustrates the merits and especially the shortcomings of even those presidents considered more progressive than their contemporaries on race issues. By casting sunlight on an aspect of American history that is largely overlooked, Prejudential aims to increase awareness in a manner that will facilitate discussion and understanding.

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