Thanks for a Wonderful Indie Bookstore Day!

Hannah Rose, Emma and Ashley – the Dream Team!

What an amazing day at Main Street Reads and we have SO MANY to thank! First, to our brilliant staff: Hannah Rose, Emma and Ashley, who helped in the early a.m. hours with setup and then worked hard all day long to keep authors organized and readers entertained.

Then, to the 16 authors who gave of their time to engage with readers and fellow authors and regale us with tales of their books and their publishing journeys. Each of you were so informative and entertaining – it’s no wonder the lowcountry is a mecca for literary talent!

Mike Kaltofen starts the celebration with some tunes!

Third, to our “resident musician” Mike Kaltofen. Not only did he set up his sound system for us and help w/ MC duties all day long, but he entertained with singing and guitar playing up ’til we had to move inside in the afternoon – the rain got more insistent and we had no choice.

And last but certainly not least – a HUGE shoutout to all the readers who helped us celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Despite the rain, it was a banner day at the bookstore, and we were so thrilled you were there to share in the fun!

For those who didn’t make it out due to weather or conflicts, we’ve kept signed copies from the participating authors, as well as some free items and giveaways, so stop by today – we’ll give out goodies while supplies last!

We’ll be posting a full gallery of the weekend’s photos on Tuesday and will share links on our Facebook page!

CONGRATS Teacher of the Week:

Teacher of the Week Paula Snell, choosing one of our favorite selections, This Will Make it Taste Good – YUM!

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. Paula Snell from Spann Elementary School, nominated by fellow teacher Myranda Foether!

Said Myranda in her nomination, “Paula is our Read 180 teacher so she helps kids to struggle with reading. I have seen how she awakens a love of reading in her students. Paula has also been teaching in-person and online at the same time all year. She is a rockstar and a mentor.”

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


MONDAY: Main Street Writes

April 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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!

April 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.

Join us every WEDNESDAY morning at 9:30 a.m. for “Stories on the Square, our outdoor storytime adventure with reading by Colleen Rackleff – kids of all ages welcome! Treats served and student discounts to ALL attendees! Colleen’s Storytime at Main Street Reads has become one of our featured events, held outside to ensure proper social distancing. We have lots of chairs for younger listeners, hoola-hoops for distancing and plenty of juice boxes and fruit snacks to munch while they listen.…Find out more »

SATURDAY: C. Hope Clark with Reunion on Edisto!

May 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC 29483
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Get ready for the amazing C. Hope Clark to return to her hometown of Summerville (she graduated from SHS) when she visits Main Street Reads to celebrate the launch of her newest book, Reunion on Edisto (Book 7 of the Edisto Island Mysteries). We’ll also have plenty of Hope’s other popular books on hand, or you order them from our ONLINE SHOP HERE. Hope is known for writing award-winning mysteries steeped in South Carolina humidity and personalities. Find out more »

SATURDAY: Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith Charleston Renaissance Artist – SPECIAL EVENT at Public Works Art Center!

May 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Public Works Arts Center
135 West Richardson Avenue
Summerville, SC 29483
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Just in time for the perfect Mother’s Day gift! ALICE: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist, has come to Summerville and it is GORGEOUS! A collaboration between authors Dwight McInvall, Caroline Palmer and Anne Tinker, along with Middleton Place Foundation and Evening Post Books, this is a valuable piece of women’s and Lowcountry history in our store AND at Public Works Art Center, right around the corner! Prouder still, we’re collaborating on an event…Find out more »

And, Coming Soon…

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 »

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 29483 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: If prompted, Meeting ID: 820 1858 9873 Passcode: 350216 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER NATIONAL…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. The Zoom link and password are below! 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 29483 + 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 »