Aug
23
10:00am10:00am

Moving Stories with Camerin

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.

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Aug
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

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Aug
30
10:00am10:00am

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.

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An Evening with Joy Callaway
Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Joy Callaway

From Joy Callaway, author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, comes an unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities. On August 31st, join Main Street Books in conversation with Joy Callaway on her newest novel, Secret Sisters.

It's 1881 and Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt.

Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion.

As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she uncovers deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and has to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.


Between the Lines: Joy Callaway Interview with Main Street Books

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Why this story, and why this story right now?

JOY CALLAWAY: This story had an interesting origin. Another author friend of mine emailed me one day saying she had a dream about me in a sorority and thought to tell me in case it prompted any writing. She didn’t know it, but I’d been in a sorority for a time in college--Alpha Xi Delta--and had always been fascinated by the founding of the country’s first sororities. Outside of Greek chapter rooms, the origin of these organizations is relatively unknown by the general population and it shouldn’t be. The women that started sororities, really women’s fraternities, were pioneers. In the Gilded Age only one percent of the female population attended college, and so these women were charting unknown territory mostly alone--until they banded together to form women’s fraternities.

I think this story is incredibly important now. Sororities, at their core, are about friendships, about taking a stand for what’s right, about the idea that striving for achievements together make them all the more possible. In a world that seems to be so filled with divisiveness and negativity, I think this novel is needed to remind us that regardless of differences, we’re stronger together.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Both of your novels, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society and Secret Sisters are historical. In fact, they are set within a decade of one another, the former in 1891 and the latter in 1881. What allure does this time period hold for you? Will your novels continue to rewind time in 10-year increments?

JOY CALLAWAY: I am absolutely dazzled by the Gilded Age. I’ll admit that I was lured to the time period first by the glitz - the exorbitant wealth of families like the Vanderbilts and Astors, the elaborate costumes and parties - but when I looked a bit deeper, I was struck by the disparity. In fact, Mark Twain coined the term "Gilded Age" in his novel A Tale of Today, which referred to the era as a time of vast social problems masked by thin gilding. With The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, I was able to explore that stratification by living both in the circles of glamor and in typical Gilded Age life. Additionally, I’ve always felt that the Gilded Age teeters on the cusp of great societal change. Even when looking at fashion, you can see it: in the 1920s, the costume requirements of society begin to alter drastically and, along with them, the rigid social structure.

I’m sure I’ll write another novel set in the Gilded Age at some point - I think it’ll always be my favorite era. However, right now I’m writing a book set in 1908 and 1942.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: For the protagonists in both of your books, gender plays a pivotal role in complicating their pursuit of careers and other ambitions. Why does this battle resonate with you?

JOY CALLAWAY: To be honest, I never set out in either book to make gender an issue, but as I dove into research, I realized the protagonists´ gender-based struggles were both necessary to the narrative and true, and to omit these complications would be historically inaccurate.

Just last night, someone asked me if I’d ever felt that being a woman complicated my career, and I answered honestly: no. I know that wouldn’t be the answer for every woman today, unfortunately, and that society still has quite a way to go, but I was able to say no because of the women who fought for equal rights before me. I think, as a woman, it’s important to recognize that generations before us were fighting for this generation, and it’s only because of them that we’ve come this far. We also owe it to our daughters and granddaughters to keep pursuing our dreams so that they will be even more empowered than we are.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Which do you enjoy more: the research or the writing process? Why?

JOY CALLAWAY: I love both, so this question is tough. Research is always where the story begins for me. I thoroughly enjoy collecting photographs, newspaper articles, and journal entries and dropping myself into a time period. But writing is where I get to “live” the story, and it’s like getting to go back in time. So, it’s impossible to choose which I enjoy more.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Can you tell us about a detail originally written into one of your books, but later removed after an editor or reader identified it as anachronistic?

JOY CALLAWAY: Yes! The original car owned by John Hopper in The Fifth Avenue Artists Society had to be changed. I can’t even recall what I’d selected at first - I believe it was a Benz - but I had to find another car to use in its place as that particular car wasn’t manufactured until the following year. This was a challenge as there were only one or two automobiles in existence at the time.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Best historical nonfiction book you’ve read or documentary you’ve seen?

JOY CALLAWAY: This is tough. Most recently, I’d say The History of the Greenbrier: America’s Resort by Robert Conte.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: What song is stuck in your head right now?

JOY CALLAWAY: Cages by Needtobreathe. Anything by Needtobreathe is just incredible.

 

MAIN STREET BOOKS: Beach or mountains?

JOY CALLAWAY: I love the beach, but I’d have to go with mountains. There’s just something wild and free and lovely and ancient about being in the mountains. Most of my family is from West Virginia, and I can’t get enough.

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Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Signing Table: Ty Burton

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From Charlotte resident Ty Burton comes A Journey to Manhood, an account of his experience growing up the son of a teenage mother in an environment plagued by teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence. A Journey to Manhood is a story of determination and perseverance, an affirmation of the transformative power of education and athletics, and an homage to the village of family members, teachers, coaches, and mentors who helped Ty succeed, despite society's low expectations for his future.

Ty grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He holds dual Master’s degrees from Shippensburg and Villanova Universities in the Administration of Justice and Human Resources Development. This is his first book.

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Sep
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Sep
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

An Afternoon with Jeffrey Meyer

Join local writer Jeffrey Meyer at Main Street Books for a discussion of his new novel, A Call to China.

A Call to China interweaves the tales of Victoria and Olivia. Victoria, a child of American missionaries, disappears at a Beijing festival in 1940 and is never seen again. Although devastated, Victoria's parents continue their missionary work in China, eventually producing a second child.

Years later, the story continues as two sisters, raised in two different cultures, begin a search for identity and family. Set against the background of revolutionary change in 20th century China and America, China-born and American-raised Olivia hears her “call to China” and embarks on her own mission through the exotic country to find the sister she never knew.

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Young Adult Writing Workshop and Author Panel
Sep
24
3:30pm 3:30pm

Young Adult Writing Workshop and Author Panel

Do you love YA books? Do you love to write? Ever wondered what it might be like to publish a book? Then sign up for our Young Adult Writing Workshop and Author Panel, to be held on Sunday from 3:30 - 6 pm at AR Workshop.

Both the workshop and the panel will be led by three talented YA writers: Shaila Patel, Joanne O'Sullivan, and Kristin Smith.

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Shaila Patel is the author of a paranormal romance entitled Soulmated, in which new neighbors Liam and Laxshmi find themselves drawn to one another, despite their parents' objections. Liam's family is entangled in royal politics that hinge on his ability to find the proper mate, and Laxshmi's mother insists that she attend med school and submit to an arranged marriage. As tough as their parents are, Liam and Laxshmi soon learn that parental disappointment is the least of their worries as they are targeted by ancient and nefarious forces.

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Although Joanne O'Sullivan has published a number of children's nonfiction books, her most recent release is a YA novel entitled Between Two Skies. With rave reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal, Between Two Skies is the lyrically written tale of Evangeline, a young woman whose life is upended by Hurricane Katrina, that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, Between Two Skies is a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.

Kristin Smith is the creator of The Deception Game, an action-packed series set in a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu. Here resides seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston who, as a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, doesn't fit in. Following the death of her father, Sienna is forced to provide for her family, but without the good looks and talents of her peers, she must make money by breaking the law. Soon, her lawlessness catches up to her and she turns to an extremist group for help, but their help comes with strings attached.


At the hour-and-a-half-long workshop, attendees will respond to prompts, hone their writing skills, and learn the ins and outs of publishing a book. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased here:

Following the workshop and a brief snack break, our three authors will host a panel discussion where they will answer any remaining questions and speak on a variety of topics. The panel discussion is free and open to everyone.

 
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Sep
27
10:00am10:00am

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.

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An Evening with Brock Adams
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Brock Adams

On Thursday evening, join Main Street Books in welcoming Brock Adams to a reading and signing of his new book, Ember. In addition to winning the 2016 South Carolina First Novel Prize, Adams has published stories in Sewanee ReviewBest American Mystery StoriesBarrelhouse, and in a collection entitled Gulf. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and teaches English and creative writing at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

When Ember begins, the sun has nearly reached the end of its lifespan. In a desperate attempt to reignite the failing star, the United States had joined the rest of the planet in unloading its nuclear arsenal at the flickering ember. The missiles burst from silos in Wyoming and Bangladesh, cocooning the earth in tendrils of smoke as they began their two-and-a-half year journey into space. When they finally reach their target, it’s thirty degrees in July and getting colder. Lisa and her husband, Guy, sit shivering on a Southern hilltop, watching as humanity’s last hope at survival shimmers faintly...and then disappears below the horizon. 

A group of militant rebels called the Minutemen take advantage of the ensuing chaos to knock out power grids, cloaking the freezing earth in near darkness and seizing control. To escape this ruthless new world order, Lisa and Guy join a reluctant band of refugees crossing the snow-covered South in search of shelter and answers. From an icy parking lot in Atlanta to the Minutemen’s makeshift headquarters at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, only one thing is certain: in a world with little light, nothing is guaranteed―least of all survival.


"This terrifying spin on the possibilities of extreme rhetoric will chill readers with its bleak image of the failure of humanity and the futility of fighting massive climate change."

-- Publisher's Weekly

 

"Against a haunting, apocalyptic Southern landscape, and with a panoply of rich characterizations, this beautiful novel is a cautionary tale about the power-hungry who rise from the ashes of a lost and dying world . . . Ember begins with a small, glowing flame of intrigue and originality, then grows into a fireball of dazzling plot and prose, bursting into a literary tour de force.”

-- SC First Novel Prize Judge Bridgett M. Davis

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Diane Chamberlain
Oct
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Diane Chamberlain

Join us in welcoming Davidson favorite, Diane Chamberlain, for a reading and signing of her new novel, The Stolen Wife.

From perennial bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes a compelling new novel.

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on. 

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

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Wiley Cash, reading & book signing
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Anne Bogel aka Modern Mrs. Darcy
Oct
22
5:00pm 5:00pm

Anne Bogel aka Modern Mrs. Darcy

One of our favorite book world personalities is Anne Bogel, creative genius behind the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and the voice and reader behind the podcast What Should I Read Next. If you've followed the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog for any length of time, you've noticed that Anne has a deep interest in using personality type to live a more intentional life. Well, Anne's new book, Reading People, applies her interest and knowledge of personality type to life and reading.

We are honored to host Anne Bogel for a literary match-making event this fall in which she will guide guests in understanding their personality type and how it can influence their reading life. Guests will take home a signed copy of Reading People and a surprise book recommendation based on their reading personality. We'll serve light refreshments and drinks, and it'll be great fun.

This event will be ticketed. Ticket information will be posted in late August. Please sign up for our newsletter to be the first to receive the ticket info. 

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Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Moving Stories with Camerin

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.

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Aug
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Aug
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

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 August 13th, 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.

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Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Aug
9
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Aug
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

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. 

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Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

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!

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Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

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.

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Jul
31
to 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.

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Jul
30
2:00pm 2:00pm

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.

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Jul
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

String Music Masters: Author Elizabeth Carlson with Musician 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.

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Jul
29
10:00am10:00am

Moving Stories with Camerin

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.

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Jul
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

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Jul
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

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. 

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Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

Moving Stories with Camerin

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.

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Jul
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Jul
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

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

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

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Jul
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

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!

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

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.

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Jul
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

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!

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Jun
27
12:00pm12:00pm

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.

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Jun
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

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. 

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Jun
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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