Celebrating May, Celebrating Moms!

Phew! It’s been a whirlwind of events around here since Indie Bookstore Day. Yesterday we kicked off May with two great events – C. Hope Clark at Main Street Reads and Dwight McInvaill, Caroline Palmer and Anne Tinker at the gorgeous Public Works Arts Center around the corner.

As always, we sat these amazing authors down to sign a few extra copies for those who might’ve missed the fun. Grab yours this week – signed books make the perfect Mother’s Day gift after all – calorie-free and they won’t wilt in a week!

Readers learn about the fascinating life of famed Charleston Renaissance artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith from authors Caroline Palmer, Dwight McInvaill and Anne Tinker at the Public Works Arts Center

CONGRATS Teacher of the Week:

Jenn Santmyer, Teacher of the Week!

We’re proud that there are several teachers we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks for our Teacher of the Week program. This week we’re honoring Ms. Jenn Santmyer from Alston Middle School, nominated by fellow teacher Claire Dixon!

Said Claire in her nomination, “Mrs. Santmyer teaches Read180 at AMS. She works hard to make reading exciting and engaging to students who most need it. Mrs. Santmyer always has a smile and a kind work for students and staff at AMS.”

From all of us at Main Street Reads, THANK YOU for everything you do!

The May Lineup: New Events Unveiled

Lots of events this month – time to mark the calendar and come on out for some fun!

Main Street Writes

May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
NOTE: WE WILL MEET VIRTUALLY UNTIL THE GROUP DECIDES TO RESUME LIVE MEETINGS AT THE STORE! For the inner writer in all of us, our regular Monday evening writers group that’s growing every week! Come on out any/every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and bring a few pages with you to share with fellow scribes, or just listen in and learn! Anyone wanting to join in via Zoom, use the following credentials: Find out more »

Wednesday Stories on the Square!

May 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.

Colleen is now officially on maternity leave! Substituting will be Main Street Reads’ own Ashley Bohinc! Join us every WEDNESDAY morning at 9:30 a.m. for “Stories on the Square,” our outdoor storytime adventure  – kids of all ages welcome! Treats served and student discounts to ALL attendees! We have lots of chairs for younger listeners, hoola-hoops for distancing…Find out more »

Reader Meet Writer: A Memoir of Food and Love in Thirteen Courses (Virtual Event)

May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Sobremesa reads like a cross between magical realism and the food section of the New York Times. Delicioso!” —Beth Ostrosky-Stern, New York Times Bestselling Author If food is the universal language of love, sobremesa is the romance. Gather around the table with C-level career woman turned foodpreneur, Josephine Caminos Oría, as she cooks up a magical tale, told morsel by morsel, of some of her most memorable tableside chats—sobremesaa—that provided the first-generation Argentine-American the courage to leave the safe life…Find out more »

Mother’s Day Weekend

May 8 @ 10:00 am – May 9 @ 4:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

We’re celebrating moms all weekend long with sales, treats and gifts. Stop in for yours, Saturday May 8th 10-6 and Sunday May 9th 11-4!Find out more »

Living Large Bookclub:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

A special treat for readers on May 11th, the second Tuesday of May, when we’ll be discussing one of our favorite picks of the year, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. We’ll meet LIVE in the store (or on the square if the weather’s nice) but anyone who wants to join via Zoom can do so via this link: Find out more »

Virtual Launch Party:
Deborah Clark Vance with Sylvie Denied

May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us to celebrate the launch of Sylvie Denied by Deborah Clark Vance! Deborah will join us from her Ohio home via Zoom to chat about what brought her to write this fascinating book. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the author. As she enters adulthood in the turbulent 1970s, Sylvie thinks the way to change a violent world is to become a peaceful person. Yet she slowly sees how…Find out more »

Meet the Author:
Eileen Harrison Sanchez with Freedom Lessons

May 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

We’re thrilled to host award-winning author Eileen Harrison Sanchez at Main Street Reads May 15th, to discuss her novel, Freedom Lessons. Told alternately, by Colleen, an idealistic young white teacher; Frank, a black high school football player; and Evelyn, an experienced black teacher, Freedom Lessons is the story of how the lives of these three very different people intersect in a rural Louisiana town in 1969. Colleen enters into the culture of the rural Louisiana town with little knowledge of…Find out more »

Third Thursday: Music and Fun for All!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

THIS MONTH: “SUMMERVILLE IN ART” is the theme… we’ll offer up some BOOK THEMED ART and art books for visiting readers! On the third Thursday of each month Historic Downtown Summerville transforms into a special marketplace featuring local entertainment, craft vendors and artisans, to complement the extended hours of eclectic shops, boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy partying out on the square, sales and treats at Main Street Reads, and singer/ songwriter/guitarist Mike Kaltofen keeping the vibe cool and festive as we…Find out more »

Scholastic Parents Night:
The Power of Summer Reading!

May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC 29483 + Google Map

School’s out! At Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading, a virtual panel of Scholastic authors, education experts, and booksellers will give tips and book recommendations that will keep kids excited to read all summer long! Be sure to tune in for: A book recommendation speed-round with an indie bookseller – Ask for recommendations based on your child’s likes and needs! Interviews with beloved authors Varian Johnson (Twins and The Parker Inheritance) and Kelly Yang (The Front Desk series)…Find out more »

Pulpwood Queens Bookclub:
When the Stars Go Dark

May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

Join us for a thoughtful discussion of When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (in-store purchases are eligible for the 10% bookclub discount). From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal? ” absolutely incredible literary thriller.”–Good Morning America online “A powerhouse of a novel…Find out more »

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