Happy Spring!

Finally, after a few false starts from spring and relapses of winter, the weather seems to be matching the calendar, which means it's nearly time for porch mornings, hammock afternoons, and lakeside evenings, all spent, naturally, with a book in hand.

I'd again like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm for David Sedaris' visit on May 31st. It's precisely because we have the sort of diehard readers who will kidnap Carol Quillen, attempt to bribe booksellers with a lifetime of free Summit Coffee, and offer their firstborn children in exchange for David Sedaris tickets that we can host authors of his caliber. If you were unable to purchase a ticket before they sold out (in mere minutes!), then I urge you not to fret! We're putting together the party of all parties to celebrate David and his fans, where we'll stream the audio from his remarks in the store and where he'll converse with EVERY SINGLE READER who approaches him in the signing line. To make sure you get a copy of his newest collection, Calypso, be sure to pre-order online or on Main Street.

This month, mark your calendars on April 19th for a visit from musician, composer, lyricist, and writer Radney Foster, who has written eight number one hit singles, and whose discography contains cuts by Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Marc Broussard, and Hootie & The Blowfish. We're also especially excited to partner with Charlotte Writers Club North to host a celebration of local legend Tony Abbott, whose personal and literary impact has been and continues to be profound. Plus, Jennifer McGaha will drop by Main Street to discuss her memoir, Flat Broke With Two Goats. Local authors visiting the store this month include Davidson College professor Graham Bullock, author of an exploration of environmental labels entitled Green Grades, and Helen Hope Kimbrough, author of a children's book promoting healthy eating habits entitled Yummy, Healthy Tasties in My Tummy.

Last but not least, gear up for Independent Bookstore Day, which falls on Saturday, April 28th this year! Annually, independent bookstores across the nation celebrate and are celebrated, using Independent Bookstore Day as an opportunity to acknowledge and build our roles within our respective communities. Everything our bookstore offers the community is a direct result of your support and intentional choices as a consumer and citizen, dear reader. So, the Main Street Books team is going to celebrate you, and us, and you and us with sweet treats, exclusive swag, celebrity storytellers and booksellers, live music, literary cocktails, classes, and much more. I sincerely hope you'll join us.

Read on to learn more about April's new releases and events. Our events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. And, as always, we love to share books, community events, and general literary merriment. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Happy reading,

New Releases

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets Faith Frank, who, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades. Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place- follows Faith down a path to make something out of that sense of purpose. The Female Persuasion is about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

A mad-cap noir set on the streets of post-World War II San Francisco follows a smitten barkeep and unofficial fixer-for-hire as he investigates his paramour's disappearance amid a series of weird events involving an unidentified flying object and a mysterious plane crash. Noir is not quintessential Christopher Moore, but his trademark humor, absurdity, and utter unpredictability, with the added delight of film noir ambience and patois.

Illuminating the violent political history of the Philippines in the 1980s and 1990s and the insular immigrant communities that spring up in the United States, Castillo explores the promise of the American dream and the power of the past. With an uncanny ear for the unspoken intimacies and pain that get buried by the duties of everyday life and family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave home to grasp at another, sometimes turning back.

Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, and Eligible, has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. With this first collection of short fiction, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles. In You Think It, I'll Say It, she writes what we're all thinking--if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

In 2009, after performing a concert at London’s Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old Edwin Rist boarded a train for the Tring museum. Once there, he broke inside, grabbed hundreds of bird skins, and disappeared into the darkness. A rollicking true-crime adventure and a thought-provoking exploration of the human drive to possess natural beauty, The Feather Thief is perfect for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.

April Events