Thank You Readers and Authors!

Thanks to all the readers and authors who participated in yesterday’s Independent Bookstore Day. We had a BLAST with authors on the square, and loved being part of a national celebration that included over 1,000 participating stores! Authors were stellar in their panels; I hope to interview them in video clips soon because more of you need to meet more of them; what a talented bunch!!!

And YAY – We still have some uber-cool Independent Bookstore Day exclusive items available – head on over to Main Street because when they’re gone, they’re truly gone. Among featured items – a “Meet Me at the Bookstore” tote (just 14.99 OR free with $75 purchase); wicked collapsible water bottle, and a London Seance Society “Seance Kit” that includes a beautiful scarf, candle in a tin, and a pen; it’s adorbs.

Meanwhile, here’s some news about upcoming events you definitely need to know…

Just One Week ‘Til Patti Callahan Henry!

Best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry is the featured guest at the Timrod Library Summer Author Event on May 7. Patti will discuss her latest novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea. Patti’s presentation begins at 2 p.m. at the fellowship hall of the Bethany United Methodist Church (right across from the Timrod), followed by an elegant reception (with great food!) and book signing at the Timrod Library.

Tickets are $40 and include the author’s presentation and reception, plus a hardcover copy of The Secret Book of Flora Lea. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Main Street Reads will be the book vendor for this special event and will have other popular titles by Patti available for purchase. HINT: A signed copy of any of these great works make fantastic Mother’s Day gifts – already got some for my mom!

The Secret Book of Flora Lea releases Tuesday and we have plenty at the store – if you have tickets you are welcome to pick up your book before Sunday!


Since May is a five-week month, we’re pushing book clubs forward a week so everyone has time to read the new releases. Our Thriller Club, reading Death of a Bookseller that released this past Tuesday, will take place on May 16th. Our Living Large Club that normally takes place on the third Tuesday, will instead be on May 23rd since we’re reading The Secret Life of Flora Lea that releases THIS Tuesday!

May Day, May Day!

Monday, May 1st is May Day and our May Day basket is full of fun:

The Main Street Writes writers group will meet LIVE in the store. The monthly live gathering is free and open to all; you bring YOU and we’ll bring the treats!

May 1st also begins our School Spirit Week benefitting Spann Elementary School. 10% of sales will go to support our neighborhood elementary school. We’re proud and honored to partner with Spann – after all, today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders!

10 Reasons to Love Indie Bookstores: A Poem

Okay, so when we were challenged to offer up 10 reasons to shop local with indie bookstores, I thought it’d be fun to turn that into a poem. Sadly, this isn’t in my skill set, so I turned the project over to ChatGBT, and look what it did! (Feel free to share!)

Here’s a look at upcoming events and we’ll be back soon with more on all the fun yet to come… See you on Main Street!

Spann Elementary School Spirit Week at Main Street Reads
Monday Main Street Writes: LIVE This Week!
Wednesday Stories on the Square
Patti Callahan Henry Coming to Summerville!
May Thriller Book Club: Death of a Bookseller
May’s Living Large Book Club: The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry!