Jul
22
10:00 am10:00

Moving Stories with Camerin

  • Main Street Books

Based on Brain Dance research, Moving Stories with Camerin is a story time incorporating guided movement for kids aged 6 months to 6 years old. 

This workshop combines dance, music, and stories to engage small movers and their caregivers in age appropriate mobility skill development. Movement is focused on Brain Dance techniques (Anne Green Gilbert) encouraging movement patterns that re-enforce the mind- body connection and contribute to brain development. Each class focuses on a book and uses the story as a catalyst for movement development and exploration. Care-givers are expected to interact one-on-one with their child, offering an exciting experience for student and care-giver alike.

Moving Stories is sponsored by CANNON SCHOOL, an independent JrK-12 college preparatory school.

Jul
22
4:00 pm16:00

Self Inquiry Workshop with Beth McNamee

In 1986, philosopher and writer Byron Katie developed a line of self-inquiry, entitled the Work, that teaches participants to identify and question the way they perceive and respond to the world around them. Since then, the Work has been championed as a means to alleviate depression, decrease stress, improve relationships, reduce anger, augment mental clarity, and increase energy.

Beth McNamee holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and is a certified Co-Active Life Coach. She has been a student and facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie since 2008 and is excited to offer an free introductory experience at Main Street Books. 

Jul
23
1:00 pm13:00

Get Lit! at Birdsong

Get Lit! is a Main Street Books original pop-up series that travels among breweries in the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas. Every Sunday, Main Street Books sets up a table with limited merchandise at one of four breweries, where a familiar bookseller is available to help beat back the Sunday blues by talking books and sipping beers.

On July 23rd, find Main Street Books at Birdsong Brewing Co. in NoDa from 1 - 4 pm. In 2010, Chris Goulet, Tara Goulet, and Conor Robinson started making moves to ditch the corporate world and start their own neighborhood business. Within a year, the Birdsong Brewing Co. was born and has grown exponentially since, thanks to its delicious beer, friendly staff, and community-first mentality. 

This Sunday, 10% of all book sales at Birdsong will be donated to 24 Foundation, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that has raised $17 million in support of cancer navigation and survivorship programs in cancer centers across the nation.

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Moving Stories with Camerin

  • Main Street Books

Based on Brain Dance research, Moving Stories with Camerin is a story time incorporating guided movement for kids aged 6 months to 6 years old. 

This workshop combines dance, music, and stories to engage small movers and their caregivers in age appropriate mobility skill development. Movement is focused on Brain Dance techniques (Anne Green Gilbert) encouraging movement patterns that re-enforce the mind- body connection and contribute to brain development. Each class focuses on a book and uses the story as a catalyst for movement development and exploration. Care-givers are expected to interact one-on-one with their child, offering an exciting experience for student and care-giver alike.

Moving Stories is sponsored by CANNON SCHOOL, an independent JrK-12 college preparatory school.

Jul
29
4:00 pm16:00

String Music Masters: Author Elizabeth Carlson with Mandolinist Michael Orlando

Join beloved Davidson mandolinist Michael Orlando and director of Carolina Music Ways, Princeton graduate, and author of String Music Masters Elizabeth Carlson for an evening of live music and literature.

The roots of American music are deeply grounded in North Carolina’s music history. In fact, North Carolina musicians like Doc Watson, Charlie Poole, and rising star Rhiannon Giddens pioneered and mastered the genres of old-time and bluegrass music, in effect creating the music genre we know and love today. Elizabeth Carlson profiles these and other masters of string music in this fascinating record of North Carolina’s musical past, present and future entitled North Carolina String Music Masters.

Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Waldo and Main Street Books Birthday Party

This year marks both Waldo’s and Main Street Books’ thirtieth anniversary, and to celebrate, Main Street Books will throw a joint birthday party at 2 pm on Sunday, July 30th. The whole town is invited to join in birthday games, indulge in snacks and sweets, find a good book, witness the reveal of the Find Waldo Local prize winners, find our celebrity Waldo, and more!

 Main Street Books has lived in the old general store on Main Street since 1987, when Barbara Freund and Betty Reinke established the area's most esteemed bookstore. After 27 years of expertly putting books in the hands of bibliophiles around town, Betty and Barbara retired in 2015. Adah Fitzgerald now carries the torch as proprietor of Main Street Books and aims to celebrate the store’s important and long history at the party on July 30th with flare and, of course, Waldo.

Jul
31
Aug 4

Sweet Cream & Book Dreams Camp: Session 2

Camp Information & Logistics:
Camp is open to kids ages 6 and up.

Camp SESSION 2 runs July 31 - August 4th, 2017 from 9:15 a -1 p each day.

Camp costs $175 for the week, $50 deposit due by May 1st (deposit can be made at Main Street Books or Ben & Jerry's, but full payment is due if using the online registration).

Camp tuition includes all supplies for activities and a select lunch menu from the Pickled Peach each day.

Camp begins daily at Ben & Jerry's in Davidson, NC, 202 South Main Street.

Once deposit or tuition is paid, you will receive a camp waiver and form to compete for each participating child. 

Monday at Ben & Jerry's:
Monday is a full day of all things Ben & Jerry’s. Each camper will make a tie dye t-shirt, homemade ice cream, & waffle cone,. Campers will tour the entire store, learn about Ben & Jerry’s history, including the importance of fair trade & how non-GMO matters. Campers will choose and pack the ice cream for the cake they will decorate on Friday. Kids finish the morning with Ben & Jerry’s trivia and prizes.

Tuesday with the Sanctuary:
On Wednesday, Ms. Maria from the Sanctuary of Davidson invites you to be an artist for the day. She will transform Ben & Jerry's into an artist studio with easels, palettes, brushes, and canvases. In her class, campers will learn to use strokes, value, and form with acrylics so that they can create a full painting to take home.

Wednesday at Main Street Books:
On Tuesday, Main Street Books is bringing back the lost art of letter writing. We will read The Day the Crayons Quit (a book written in letters, of course) and start letter writing from the beginning by folding our own envelopes, creating our own stationary, composing letters, and addressing them correctly. Come prepared with the address of a friend or we will have military pen pals you can write to. We will mail our letters and end with a tour of the Davidson Post Office to learn how letters get from here to there.
Thursday with Over the Chessboard:
On Thursday, our professional chess instructor & director of Over the Chessboard, Jessica Prescott, will teach campers the basic rules and strategies of the chess, including special rules such as castling, promotion and en passant. We will also discover exciting tactics such as pins, forks, and skewers. Playing chess has been shown to improve critical thinking, academic scores, & risk/benefit analysis, even with very young players. 

Friday at Ben & Jerry's:
Friday, the final hurrah! Campers will decorate their own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake and take it home! Karen Toney will teach campers how to color their own icing, how to use a pastry bag with various cake tips to create different effects, and how to plan and write with icing. Campers will create their own cake design with their new skills and a variety of topping choices. Everyone will take home their own ice cream cake masterpieces to share with their families.

Aug
5
10:00 am10:00

Signing Table: AnnaLisa Grant

Stop by Main Street Books between 10 am and 12 pm on Saturday, August 5th to meet local writer and author of The Lake Trilogy, AnnaLisa Grant. Four years ago, with drafts of all three books in hand, AnnaLisa Grant published each installment of the The Lake Trilogy within months of one another, delighting readers of all ages and selling close to half a million copies within the first year of publication. 

In the first installment of The Lake Trilogy, the reader is introduced to Layla Weston who, having lost both her parents and grandparents, moves from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt.

In North Carolina (IN MAIN STREET BOOKS, NO LESS), Layla meets the handsome and charming Will Meyer, whose sincerity and passion are everything she needs to find the strength and confidence she lost with the deaths of her family members.

Learn more about this series from the author herself at Main Street Books on August 5th!

Aug
5
10:00 am10:00

Moving Stories with Camerin

  • Main Street Books

Based on Brain Dance research, Moving Stories with Camerin is a story time incorporating guided movement for kids aged 6 months to 6 years old. 

This workshop combines dance, music, and stories to engage small movers and their caregivers in age appropriate mobility skill development. Movement is focused on Brain Dance techniques (Anne Green Gilbert) encouraging movement patterns that re-enforce the mind- body connection and contribute to brain development. Each class focuses on a book and uses the story as a catalyst for movement development and exploration. Care-givers are expected to interact one-on-one with their child, offering an exciting experience for student and care-giver alike.

Moving Stories is sponsored by CANNON SCHOOL, an independent JrK-12 college preparatory school.

Aug
6
1:00 pm13:00

Get Lit! at Bold Missy Brewery

Get Lit! is a Main Street Books original pop-up series that travels among breweries in the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas. Every Sunday, Main Street Books sets up a table with limited merchandise at one of four breweries, where a friendly bookseller is available to help beat back the Sunday blues by talking books and sipping beers.

Find us from 1 - 4 pm on Sunday, August 6th at Bold Missy Brewery in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte. Every morning, when Bold Missy Brewery founder, Carol, began another day of work at her first job, her boss popped over the cubicles and shouted, “Look out, everybody! Here comes the Bold Missy!” Years later, after doing hard time at a mega brewer, Carol opened Bold Missy Brewery, which offers original craft beer and delicious snacks in celebration of bold missies and misters nationwide. 

Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Moving Stories with Camerin

  • Main Street Books

Based on Brain Dance research, Moving Stories with Camerin is a story time incorporating guided movement for kids aged 6 months to 6 years old. 

This workshop combines dance, music, and stories to engage small movers and their caregivers in age appropriate mobility skill development. Movement is focused on Brain Dance techniques (Anne Green Gilbert) encouraging movement patterns that re-enforce the mind- body connection and contribute to brain development. Each class focuses on a book and uses the story as a catalyst for movement development and exploration. Care-givers are expected to interact one-on-one with their child, offering an exciting experience for student and care-giver alike.

Moving Stories is sponsored by CANNON SCHOOL, an independent JrK-12 college preparatory school.

Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Readers Book Club: A Gentleman in Moscow

Main Street Readers is open to all who wish to join. No registration necessary!

About our August selection - An Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles:

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Moving Stories with Camerin

  • Main Street Books

Based on Brain Dance research, Moving Stories with Camerin is a story time incorporating guided movement for kids aged 6 months to 6 years old. 

This workshop combines dance, music, and stories to engage small movers and their caregivers in age appropriate mobility skill development. Movement is focused on Brain Dance techniques (Anne Green Gilbert) encouraging movement patterns that re-enforce the mind- body connection and contribute to brain development. Each class focuses on a book and uses the story as a catalyst for movement development and exploration. Care-givers are expected to interact one-on-one with their child, offering an exciting experience for student and care-giver alike.

Moving Stories is sponsored by CANNON SCHOOL, an independent JrK-12 college preparatory school.

Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Readers Book Club: The Year of Living Danishly

Main Street Readers is an open book club. No registration necessary.

About our September selection: The Year of Living Danishly

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches,The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

Wiley Cash, reading & book signing

Celebrated Southern writer, Wiley Cash, returns to Davidson to read and sign his new book, The Last Ballad. Join us for an evening with the author.

About The Last Ballad - Twelve times a week, twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill’s owners—the newly arrived Goldberg brothers—white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May’s best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it’s the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find.

When the union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county’s biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement—a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town—indeed all that she loves.

Seventy-five years later, Ella May’s daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the tragedy that befell Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929.

Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America—and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.

Wiley Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Wilmington, NC.


Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Readers Book Club: Hillbilly Elegy

Main Street Readers is open to all who wish to join. No registration necessary!

About our July selection - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance:

From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.

The next Main Street Readers meeting will be on August 15th.

Jul
16
1:00 pm13:00

Get Lit! at Crafty Beer Guys

Get Lit! is a Main Street Books original pop-up series that travels among breweries in the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas. Every Sunday, Main Street Books sets up a table with limited merchandise at one of four breweries, where a friendly bookseller is available to help beat back the Sunday blues by talking books and sipping beers.

On July 16th, find us at Crafty Beer Guys in Huntersville from 1-4 pm. The Crafty Beer Guys patron can enjoy over 350 beer labels, a rotating selection of draft beers, 150 different wines, and home-brewing supplies. And the best part? The Crafty Beer Guys are child, dog, food, and book friendly.

An Evening with Carlie Sorosiak
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Carlie Sorosiak

Join YA writer Carlie Sorosiak at Main Street Books for a reading and signing of her debut book, If Birds Fly Back

If Birds Fly Back introduces readers to Linny and Sebastian. Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye, while Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.

Although they’ve never met, Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of finding people who leave and loving those who stay, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Emery Lord.

“Sorosiak’s debut tells a sweet love story with plenty of emotional heft...Fans of brainy romance will likely like this one.”—Booklist

Jul
12
10:00 am10:00

Story Time with Adah

Join us with your preschoolers for a story time with picture books and finger plays. Store owner, Adah Fitzgerald, will share her love of reading with you and your children.

Jul
9
1:00 pm13:00

Get Lit! at D9

Get Lit! is a Main Street Books original pop-up series that travels among breweries in the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas. Every Sunday, Main Street Books sets up a table with limited merchandise at one of four breweries, where a friendly bookseller is available to help beat back the Sunday blues by talking books and sipping beers.

On July 9th, you can find us at D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius from 1 - 4 pm. In 2014, two engineers and a doctor opened D9 Brewing Company, since growing it from a closet-sized, single brew operation into a beautiful, indoor-outdoor destination with 15 original, rotating beers on tap.

Let's Get Lit!

An Evening with Billy Coffey
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Billy Coffey

Join author Billy Coffey at Main Street Books for a reading and signing of his latest novel, Some Small Magic.

In Some Small Magic, all Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past. When Abel discovers letters to him from the dad he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.

With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel leaves Mattingly in search of the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely upon his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman who was already on the train. 

From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. 


This event is free and open to the public.

Jul
5
5:00 pm17:00

Serafina and the Splintered Heart Release Party

Stop by Main Street Books for our Serafina Release Party, where Serafina enthusiasts can have their faces painted, compete in Serafina trivia, sip tea, watch a screening of the book trailer, hear a dramatic reading of the beginning of the newest book, and, of course, pick up their copy of Serafina and the Splintered Heart!

Serafina has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that a mysterious threat moves towards her home at the Biltmore Estate, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty's #1 bestselling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

Pre-order your book by July 1st and receive a swag bag when you attend the party!

Jun
27
12:00 pm12:00

Kathryn Smith: A Reading and Signing

Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper, a groundbreaking biography of Marguerite "Missy" LeHand, visits Main Street Books for a noontime reading and signing.

Widely considered the first female presidential chief of staff, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand was the right-hand woman to Franklin Delano Roosevelt—both personally and professionally—for more than twenty years. Although her official title as personal secretary was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. Everyone in the White House knew one truth: If you wanted access to Franklin, you had to get through Missy. She was one of his most trusted advisors, affording her a unique perspective on the president that no one else could claim.

With unprecedented access to Missy’s family and original source materials, journalist Kathryn Smith tells the captivating and forgotten story of the intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making. The Gatekeeper is a thoughtful and revealing story about a woman ahead of her time, the true weight of her responsibility, and the tumultuous era in which she lived—and a long overdue tribute to one of the most important female figures in American history.

Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

An Afternoon with Sharon Reed

Sharon Reed is a blogger, author, advocate, speaker, entrepreneur, and innovative change-agent, who lived in Davidson. Meet her at Main Street Books for a reading and signing of her book, Walking the Heart Path.

Influenced by the author's own leadership journey and some of the lessons and learnings along the way, Walking the Heart Path marries original art and insights that touch on nine key themes that are central to living and leading a heart-aligned life: Finding Your Authentic Voice, The Art of Becoming, Dreaming in Full Bloom, Growing Strong, Navigating Change, Building Relationships, Living Your Values, Serving Above Self, and Leadership. 

Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Reading and Signing: Rose Senehi

Originally from Michigan, Rose Senehi landed in Syracuse, New York, where she worked as a reporter for several years before entering the corporate sphere. Seeking a respite from the snow, Rose relocated to South Carolina in 1996, and purchased a house in the North Carolina mountains shortly thereafter.

Her most recent book, entitled Carolina Belle, was published in January of this year and charts the trials of Belle, a fifth generation apple grower hellbent on cultivating the perfect apple, as well as keeping at bay the man who spurned her years before.

Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Readers Book Club: Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

About our June selection: Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met-- a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places

Jun
12
Jun 16

Sweet Cream and Book Dreams Summer Camp: Session 1

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THIS SESSION IS FULL
Camp Information & Logistics:
Camp is open to kids ages 6 and up.

Camp runs June 12th- June 16th, 2017 from 9:15 am - 1 pm each day.

Camp costs $175 for the week, $50 deposit due by May 1st (deposit can be made at Main Street Books or Ben & Jerry's, but full payment is due if using the online registration).

Camp tuition includes all supplies for activities and a select lunch menu from the Pickled Peach each day.

Camp begins daily at Ben & Jerry's in Davidson, NC, 202 South Main Street.

Once deposit or tuition is paid, you will receive a camp waiver and form to compete for each participating child. 

Monday at Ben & Jerry's:
Monday is a full day of all things Ben & Jerry’s. Each camper will make a tie dye t-shirt, homemade ice cream, & waffle cone,. Campers will tour the entire store, learn about Ben & Jerry’s history, including the importance of fair trade & how non-GMO matters. Campers will choose and pack the ice cream for the cake they will decorate on Friday. Kids finish the morning with Ben & Jerry’s trivia and prizes.

Tuesday at Main Street Books:
On Tuesday, Main Street Books is bringing back the lost art of letter writing. We will read The Day the Crayons Quit (a book written in letters, of course) and start letter writing from the beginning by folding our own envelopes, creating our own stationary, composing letters, and addressing them correctly. Come prepared with the address of a friend or we will have military pen pals you can write to. We will mail our letters and end with a tour of the Davidson Post Office to learn how letters get from here to there.

Wednesday with the Sanctuary:
On Wednesday, Ms. Maria from the Sanctuary of Davidson invites you to be an artist for the day. She will transform Ben & Jerry's into an artist studio with easels, palettes, brushes, and canvases. In her class, campers will learn to use strokes, value, and form with acrylics so that they can create a full painting to take home.

Thursday with Over the Chessboard:
On Thursday, our professional chess instructor & director of Over the Chessboard, Jessica Prescott, will teach campers the basic rules and strategies of the chess, including special rules such as castling, promotion and en passant. We will also discover exciting tactics such as pins, forks, and skewers. Playing chess has been shown to improve critical thinking, academic scores, & risk/benefit analysis, even with very young players. 

Friday at Ben & Jerry's:
Friday, the final hurrah! Campers will decorate their own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cake and take it home! Karen Toney will teach campers how to color their own icing, how to use a pastry bag with various cake tips to create different effects, and how to plan and write with icing. Campers will create their own cake design with their new skills and a variety of topping choices. Everyone will take home their own ice cream cake masterpieces to share with their families.

Jun
10
4:00 pm16:00

An Afternoon with Bren McClain

Join author Bren McClain for a reading and signing of her debut novel, One Good Mama Bone, which explores the strengths and limitations of parental love, the healing power of the human-animal bond, and the ethical dilemmas of raising animals for food.

Set in early 1950s, rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her mama bone, after she is left to care for a boy who is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend. When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and the boy to survive. When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the 1951 Fat Cattle Show & Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and purchases a steer..

McClain's writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction. Her characters transcend their archetypes and her animal-as-teacher theme recalls the likes of Water for Elephants and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

"McClain’s first novel resists predictability and instead weaves together questions about poverty, class, violence, and religion as these two families question what parent-child relationships should be." -- Kirkus Reviews

Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

Charlotte Storytellers Showcase

Charlotte Storytellers Showcase: Binaries
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Charlotte Storytellers was founded with a simple proposition in mind – to give a voice to amateur and experienced storytellers in Charlotte, North Carolina. After a year and a half of operation, Charlotte Storytellers now provides a safe space to share, workshop, and perform personal stories in order to foster empathy in the local community. 

The theme of Charlotte Storytellers' Main Street Books performance is ‘Binaries’ — how we construct divisions, form divides, and often see things in black and white without leaving any room for gray. 

Tickets for this performance cost $5 and can be purchased online by clicking here or at the store. Tickets will also be available the night of the show for $10.

May
31
10:00 am10:00

Tunes & Tales with Jamie

Join us with your kids for a story time with live music! Our musical story teller, Jamie, will lead our avid young readers in tunes accompanied by her mellifluous guitar and ukelele that complement the book of the day. Repetition and rhythm are the framework of this story time program. Story time is free and open to everyone.

May
25
12:00 pm12:00

Luncheon with Lynne Hinton at Flatiron

We invite you to our second author luncheon at Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse. Converse with New York Times bestselling author Lynne Hinton over food and drink by purchasing your tickets online by scrolling down or in the store by May 23nd.

Lynne Hinton is the author of 20 books, including the NY Times Bestseller, Friendship Cake, and, most recently, Traveling Light, which was published in January 2017 under the name Lynne Branard. She is a regular guest columnist in the Faith and Values Section for The Charlotte Observer and was selected as the 2008 Lucy B. Patterson Author of the Year by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in NC. 

She has been endorsed by authors Sue Monk Kidd, Rita Mae Brown, Silas House, Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and her favorite, Dr. Maya Angelou, who wrote about the novel, Friendship Cake, "I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book."

 

About the Meal

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Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse was started by four Davidson College graduates with a passion for delicious food, well-crafted beer, food-friendly wine, and ethical sourcing.

Author Luncheon Menu:
You will select one meal and one beverage when you purchase your ticket. You will also have an opportunity to share any dietary needs during the ticket purchasing process. 

Buffalo Chicken Salad: Spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese dressing.

Kale and Quinoa Salad: Pear, candied walnuts, shaved pecorino, honey vinaigrette.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich: Bacon, melted Gouda, mustard, lettuce, tomato, toasted ciabatta. Served with choice of side.

Taphouse Burger: Bacon-onion jam, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, brioche bun. Served with choice of side.

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich: Shaved prime rib, caramelized onion, bell peppers, melted provolone. Served with choice of side.

Skillet Seared Salmon: Pearl barley, garlic spinach, honey viniagrette

Side options: hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, side salad, sautéed spinach, seasonal vegetables, corn relish, slaw

Beverages:
Mimosa, House Cabernet Sauvignon, or House Chardonnay

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Story Time with Tricia Martineau Wagner

Main Street Books welcomes nationally renowned author, historian, living history presenter, and elementary teacher Tricia Martineau Wagner to the store for Saturday morning story time. She will be reading from her latest book, 50 Wacky Things Animals Do: Weird and Amazing Animal Facts.

Did you know that giraffes clean their ears with their tongues? Or that food passes through a giant squid's brain before going to its stomach? 50 Wacky Things Animals Do describes 50 unbelievable animals and the things they do that seem too crazy to be true - but are! Whether incredible, funny, or just plain gross, these peculiar and fascinating animal behaviors will surprise and delight fun-fact lovers of all ages. 

An Evening with Travis Mulhauser
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Travis Mulhauser

With the heart, daring, and evocative atmosphere of Winter’s Bone and True Grit, and driven by the raw, whip-smart voice of Percy James, a blistering debut about a fearless sixteen-year old girl whose search for her missing mother leads to an unexpected discovery, and a life or death struggle in the harsh frozen landscape of the Upper Midwest.

As a blizzard bears down, Percy James sets off to find her troubled mother, Carletta. For years, Percy has had to take care of herself and Mama—a woman who has been unraveling for as long as her daughter can remember. Fearing Carletta is strung out on meth and that she won’t survive the storm, Percy heads for Shelton Potter’s cabin, deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. A two-bit criminal, as incompetent as he his violent, Shelton has been smoking his own cook and grieving the death of his beloved Labrador, Old Bo.

But when Percy arrives, there is no sign of Carletta. Searching the house, she finds Shelton and his girlfriend drugged into oblivion—and a crying baby girl left alone in a freezing room upstairs. From the moment the baby wraps a tiny hand around her finger, Percy knows she must save her—a split-second decision that is the beginning of a dangerous odyssey in which she must battle the elements and evade Shelton and a small band of desperate criminals, hell-bent on getting that baby back.


“The perfect balance of humor and heartache... a masterful debut... as wise as it is suspenseful, as funny as it is tragic... written with guts, grit, and grace, Sweetgirl is the book you want to keep you company on a cold winter’s night.” — Ploughshares, Best Books of the New Year

Sweetgirl works on so many levels, it’s difficult to know how to classify it... hilarious, heartbreaking and true, a major accomplishment from an author who looks certain to have an impressive career ahead of him.” — NPR

 

Main Street Books Interview with Travis Mulhauser

Main Street Books: The protagonist of your debut novel, Sweetgirl, is a 16-year-old female. You, from what I have read on the internet, are not a 16-year-old girl, nor have you ever been one. How did you find your way into the headspace of Percy James?

Travis Mulhauser: Can I plug my website and an essay I wrote about this very thing? It’s actually a pretty complicated answer if I really get into it, but I think a short summation would be I never really thought of her as a girl. She was just Percy, and like any character or actual person, she came from all these different places and I never really felt like I had to reach to get into her headspace. I always felt really comfortable writing in her voice and in her point of view because I felt like I knew her and I think I felt that way because I did. 

As a sort of summary of the essay, I essentially drew her from the girls I grew up with in Michigan, the students I taught at a community college in Smithfield, North Carolina, and some of the personal history of my Polish immigrant grandparents. It was an interesting mix, and common characteristics that cut across those different groups were toughness and savvy. 

Here’s the backstory: http://www.travismulhauser.com/about-percy-james.html

Main Street Books: Some fiction writers are driven by their characters, others by their plots, and yet more by their settings. When reading it’s often pretty clear which element spoke to an author with the most volume. Yet, in Sweetgirl, all three components come together in a flurry of brilliance, informing and transforming one another. Was there one component that sparked and/or directed the novel?

Travis Mulhauser: I think the whole novel springs from the unexpected discovery of the baby, and, working out from there, everything sort of fills in. The natural world places a role in everything I write and, to a certain extent, the characters and the situations are only really possible in this particular time and place. So the evasive, writerly answer is they are all related and inextricable from each other, but if this were Family Feud and I had to narrow it down to the one I thought was at the top of the board, I think I would say setting, and by that I mean northern Michigan in the winter because of how present the blizzard is, and how limited the characters are by both the conditions and the limitations of a small tourist town in the off-season. 
 

Main Street Books: You construct some intriguing familial relationships in Sweetgirl. Young Percy’s dedication to her negligent mother, Percy’s attachment to the stolen baby, and the quasi-fatherly presence of Portis Dale all point to the elasticity of the term “family.” Is there now or has there previously been anyone in your life who you considered family, despite narrower definitions of the word?

Travis Mulhauser: This is a really great question and the answer is yes, absolutely. And I think - more to the point - it is one of the things I wanted to capture in the book. So many people have to create family and are not lucky enough to be born into one that provides them what they need when they need it. Maybe everybody has that experience to a certain degree, but I think for a lot of people it's really, really fundamental to their development and, in other cases, their survival. 

I have had those people in my life and created relationships to help sustain me when my own family, for whatever reason, was unable. My parents, who are both wonderful people and parents, had a terribly destructive relationship with each other. It was volatile and problematic for most of my childhood, involved separations, frequent and colorful arguments, and all sorts of chaos. There was always the feeling, even between fights, that there was another one coming. You could feel it in the air; we all sort of lived with the sense that the rug could be pulled out at any moment, and so I went other places for the feeling of solid ground beneath me. Some of those places were good for me, and some were wildly unhealthy, but that search is something I often find myself writing about and I do love the idea of people making and finding family where they can. I think those bonds, at the end of the day, were as instrumental as anything in my own story.
 

Main Street Books: Why do you think you were drawn to Michigan as the backdrop for Sweetgirl?

Travis Mulhauser: I was born and raised there and it’s always with me. It’s such a stark, beautiful place, and I just have it in my bones. I don’t know any other way to say it. I think not living there for my adult life has really helped me write about it, as well. I go back at least once a year and it's always sort of mystical and intense, which feeds my energy to continue writing about it. 
 

Main Street Books: How long have you lived in North Carolina? Do you think the Tar Heel state might ever be the setting for your fiction?

Travis Mulhauser: I have been here for almost 20 years, and I do want to set something in NC eventually. I love the South for many of the same reasons I love the Midwest. At this point, it's pretty clear to me that I’ll never be a coastal elite. I’m a flyover country guy, and the south has such a rich culture and sense of being. A lot of things have happened here. Serious shit has gone down in the south and I think it hovers over the place in a really interesting way. I love the trees in Durham. I love the way some of the side streets look in the summer and how tangled and viney everything is—and I like the mountains and the beach. Like Michigan, there is a real sense of the seasons here, and the extremity of the heat in the summer drives me a little bit nuts in the same way that the cold did during a Michigan winter. 
 

Main Street Books: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Travis Mulhauser: It would without a doubt be Lewis Nordan’s Wolf Whistle, because it is my favorite book ever written. I’ve probably read it over twenty times, in part because I always used it when I taught...but it's such a brilliant and funny book, and there is so much there. Lewis Nordan is my favorite writer. I adore everything he did, and his interviews about writing helped me as much as anything I’ve read about being a writer. He had both a sense of humility and magic about his work, right down to each individual sentence, and I had so much success with students on that book. I can’t tell you how many told me it was the only novel they ever liked or were ever able to finish. I find it endlessly interesting and entertaining and laugh out loud funny. How’s that for an endorsement? 
 

Main Street Books: What was the last movie you watched?

Travis Mulhauser: Boss Baby! I went with my kids on spring break and we all laughed like crazy. 


Main Street Books: Sweet or savory?

Travis Mulhauser: Savory, and it's not even close. 

May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Main Street Readers Book Club: Victoria's Daughters

About our May selection: Victoria's Daughters by Jerrold Packard

Packard closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off more for political advantage than for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their brother to the throne.

Sycamore Release Party
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Sycamore Release Party

Join Main Street Books and award-winning writer Bryn Chancellor for the release of Sycamore, her debut novel in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.

Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town. 

"Masterful. . . . What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed.”— Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

"Riveting. . . .This is a movingly written, multi-voiced novel examining how one tragic circumstance can sow doubt about fundamental things. . . . a transporting vision of community, connection, and forgiveness."Publishers Weekly (Starred review, Pick of the Week)