Today’s Readers: Tomorrow’s Leaders

Yesterday’s signing with Jack Russell (Fox World) gave us all the thrill of listening in on some incredible conversations about conservation (say that 10 times fast, right?). There’s nothing quite like a book to get even the most introverted of us yakking away about the issues of our times. Conservation, education, kindness to others and to our animal friends…

Jack’s booksigning brought together readers from as close as up the street to as far as Gavle, Sweden!

And today’s book signing and discussion will take the conversation to social justice and some important healing truths. We’re honored to host this signing and book discussion around the new release from Charleston’s Evening Post Books: Ukweli: Searching for Healing Truth.

You’ll get to meet Summerville’s own Herb Frazier as well as contributing authors from the project; come engage in a substantive discussion.

Ukweli is the Swahili word for truth. This book meets this moment in America as a healing truth to overcome the trauma of slavery and the decades of violence that followed it. The personal accounts and insights from forty-five writers and poets begins the conversation about racial bias. Ukweli provides insight in to the struggles Black people have faced as they’ve made substantial contributions to America, and helped to define its soul. It shows a part of American history often overlooked or misunderstood. Inspired by a poetry, lecture, and dialogue series of the same name organized by poet Horace Mungin in 2020 at Charleston’s McLeod Plantation, Evening Post Books released Ukweli in February 2022.

With the signing, we’ll have an open discussion (refreshments served). I hope to see many of you here to encourage this work and this conversation!


It’s another fun-filled week coming up to Easter Sunday (when we’ll be closed to enjoy a day of quiet time with family). Here’s a look at what’s coming up – AND this week’s State-by-State picks for… IOWA!

State by State – Week Fifteen in Iowa – If You Build It…

Join the state-by-state reading fun with Main Street Reads all year long! Throughout the year we’re your state-by-state travel guide, with a curated book list each week, suggesting books from the featured “State of the Week.” Each list includes both fiction and non-fiction, with adult and young reader titles so families can join the fun together! HINT: Our entire list to date is also HERE

MONDAY Main Street Writes

April 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
For the inner writer in all of us, our regular Monday evening writers group! Join us via the Zoom link See you soon — and Write ON! Find out more »

TUESDAY Thriller Book Club: The Fields by Erin Young

April 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

A breakneck procedural that is beautifully written and masterfully crafted, Erin Young’s The Fields is a dynamite debut–crime fiction at its very finest. Some things don’t stay buried. It starts with a body–a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big Agriculture. When Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations for the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, arrives on the scene, an…Find out more »

WEDNESDAY Stories on the Square

April 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

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! Find out more »

SATURDAY Easter Egg “Not-A-Hunt”

April 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

Here’s an egg-cellent chance to win egg-citing prizes during our egg-straordinary “Not a Hunt” — We’re putting all our eggs in one basket (should I stop now?) and each in-store purchase wins you an egg! Besides a couple of surprise sweet treats inside each egg, there’ll be a prize for a free giveaway item from the store – it may be a pen, or a print, a candle, or a book, or a gift certificate…you won’t know ’til you crack…Find out more »


Living Large Book Club: Groundskeeping by Lee Cole

April 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

We’re thrilled to have a chance to chat about Grounds-keeping by Lee Cole – join us live – refreshments will be served! A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK – Find out more »

Flower the Town: April’s Third Thursday
at Main Street Reads!

April 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

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 our eclectic shops, boutiques and restaurants. This month’s theme is “Flower the Town” and we’ll be featuring plenty of gardening and art books to do just that! Find out more »


Pulpwood Queens Bookclub: The Cicada Tree by Robert Gwaltney

April 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

The wonderful book everyone’s talking about! Come join the discussion and enjoy free treats and a chance to ask the author your burning questions!…Find out more »

Independent Bookstore Day 2022:
Book Fair on the Square

April 30 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC + Google Map

One day. Hundreds of bookstores. Fifty states. Join the celebration! Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Find out more »