Main Street Reads’ All-AmeriCANs!

Charleston author Kathleen Varn (Ameera Unveiled, Gardenia Duty) won last year’s Oxygen Ball dance competition by raising thousands of dollars for the American Lung Association (and of course, by dancing her Stray Cat Strut butt off!).

This year, without a live Oxygen Ball due to Covid-19, she’s created some amazing auction items for the virtual auction (LEARN MORE HERE) including plenty of books from Main Street Reads favorite authors (Kathryn Taylor, Ruthie Landis, R. Scott Boyer and more!) Kat staged a pic in the lowcountry room (shown here) of her Pulpwood Queens basket of books, and above with some specialties from lowcountry author Susan Boyer. Way to be an All-AmeriCAN, Kat! Use the link above to bid on lots of amazing items, August 10-16 to benefit the American Lung Association.

And now, a look at the week ahead!

MONDAY: Main Street Writes

For the inner writer in all of us, our regular Monday evening writers group will meet in person and via Zoom for those who aren’t ready/able to venture out yet! If you’d prefer to send your pages in advance (no more than 2 single-spaced or 4 double spaced, you can email them to –we’ll have copies printed and ready to share with the group. See you soon — and Write ON!Find out more »

TUESDAY: Reader Meet Writer: Rules for Being Dead w/ Kim Powers in Conversation w/ Louis Bayard

Join us Tuesday Aug 11th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm for a conversation with author Kim Powers about the August 4th release of the Rules for Being Dead. Email or message us to get your confirming link and password to attend free, and don’t forget to order a book from us for pickup in the store or at the link to the book on Bookshop, our warehouse site! It’s the late 1960s in McKinney, Texas. At the downtown theater…Find out more »

TUESDAY: Thrill in the ‘Ville Book Club

For Summerville lovers of mystery and thrillers, our Thrill in the ‘Ville Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, August 11th this month! Next up is “The Boy from the Woods” by Harlan Coben. A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Prefer to order online? CLICK HERE Copies are available at Main Street Reads at the 10%…Find out more »

WEDNESDAY: Stories on the Square!

Join us every WEDNESDAY morning at 9:30 a.m. for “Stories on the Square, our outdoor storytime adventures with reading by Colleen Rackleff – kids of all ages welcome! Treats served and student discounts to ALL attendees! Colleen’s Story Time at Main Street Reads has become one of our featured events and we’re so excited to be back, doing the events outside to ensure proper social distancing. We have lots of chairs for younger listeners and plenty of juice boxes and…Find out more »

THURSDAY: Young Adult Book Club

Our next YA Book Club meeting is happening on the 2nd Thursday, August 13th, 2020, at 6 p.m. Leading the discussion will be Hannah Rose Summers when we’ll talk about NYT bestseller, Dear Martin by Nic Stone. We have book club discounted copies in paperback at the store – come grab one and get ready for a spirited discussion! “Powerful, wrenching.” -JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down “Raw and gripping.” -JASON REYNOLDS,…Find out more »