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April 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jan 25

Boy, March sure departed like a lion and now, we welcome April! Please, no more showers! Stop by--you can't have too many books!


We're open 10 am - 7 pm Monday through Saturday! 426 Thomaston Street Zebulon, GA 30295 770-567-1103 New and Used Books Art Gallery Book Groups “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero April! No foolin'! It's been quite a weather experience this past week as we negotiate lots of washed out roads throughout Pike County! Look ahead and join us this month for some great reading, book club discussions, and sharing stories!

We welcome photographer John Brown as our featured April artist and invite you to a reception this Saturday from 6-8 p.m. While you're here, check out a treasure trove of books on gardening and landscaping before the weeds take over! And, we hope the Easter Bunny will leave some fun-to-read titles in your Easter baskets that will be perfect for a lovely, warm day to sit outside in April (after you've picked all the chickweed). Checkout our happenings this month and join us at the store for a stimulating book group or a discussion at Living Room Conversations. It's also Poetry Month and Pike County School's Kim Johnson has been so kind to create all sorts of fun things to do--stop by and create your own poem from lines-on-sticks--ya have to see it! Enjoy! And, let us know what you're reading! The Novel Experience Team Check out our April show!

Framed photo of sea turtle

"From a Mile High to 130 Feet Deep" Photography by John Brown John has always had an interest in photography starting at a young age--he invested in his first 35mm camera around 1987. He enrolled in a darkroom course and shot a roll of film a week to learn the how-to's. While shooting he connected with a newspaper reporter who asked him to take photos of a local game. This led to a by-line, an on-going assignment, free film and development, and sideline passes to Auburn and Alabama ballgames. Since then, John notes "I have taken pictures of anything you can think of from a mile high out of a hot air balloon to 130 feet deep in the ocean." Join us in welcoming John on Saturday, April 1st from 6-8 pm--and enjoy his perspective from the heights to the depths! Check out our new Science Fiction Book Club on the second Friday of every month! Are you a fan of Science Fiction or are you curious about the genre? If so then come check out our new Science Fiction Book Club. We will be meeting at the bookstore on the second Friday of every month from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Bear in mind that this club is intended for an older audience as we may discuss topics that are not suitable for younger readers. The first book we will be reading is what many consider to be the origin point of the genre, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Some themes from the novel we'll be discussing include childbirth, ambition, the pursuit of knowledge, and sublime nature. The first meeting will be on April 14th at 6 P.M. We hope to see you then! THANKS to everyone who made our 2023 Dog and Pony Show such a warm, fun success! Special thanks to our Juror-for-Life Ray Sullivan who chose a fantastic show, and Coco's Cupboard who did their yearly parade of pooches who are looking for homes. We hope this one, and others were adopted! YOU'RE INVITED...! POETRY ALL MONTH LONG! Pike County will celebrate National Poetry Month with the theme of Bloom! throughout April with several events that foster a love of reading and writing poetry. Clayton Moon, a teacher in Pike County Schools, is the featured poet for the progressive poetry walk. His poem “The Kiss of a Flutter’s Eye” will begin at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and will be segmented into stanzas along the courthouse square for readers to enjoy in sections as they stroll. Olivia Mitchell, a graduate of Pike County Schools, illustrated the poetry walk pages. SATURDAY, April 1st: ARTIST'S RECEPTION for John Brown from 6-8. Meet the photographer and see his show "From a Mile High to 130 feet Deep". TUESDAYS: Our drop-in, learn-how-to-do-it KNITTERS GROUP gathers every Tuesday 4-7 for knitting, crocheting, and conversation. Bring your stuff, learn the how-to's, teach, assist, create, and start that project! THURSDAY, April 6th: THE DROP-IN GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP will meet on Thursday at the store at 7:00 p.m.! We're discussing "West with Giraffes" by Lynda Rutledge. Join us! FRIDAY, April 7th: The Writer's Group meets at 6. Keep writing and bring your work to share. TUESDAY, April 4th: THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets at 1:00 p.m. at the store. We are continuing to discuss an incredible, and timely, book--We Make the Road by Walking by Brian D. McLauren.. SATURDAY, April 8th: THE YOUNG ADULT BOOK GROUP meets at 6-7 to discuss The Other Merlin. If you are interested in joining this great group for young adults, come and grab a seat! FRIDAY, April 14th: BOOKSIGNING with Clayton Moon 5:30-6:30. SUNDAY, April 16th: LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS will explore this month's topic: AI--Impact and..?. Stay tuned! We welcome anyone who is interested in civil discussion and a part of our diverse community. Join us Sunday at 3:00! WEDNESDAY, April 19th at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUPdiscusses The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah. Join us! SUNDAY, April 30th: THE CLASSICS GROUP meets at 2:00 pm to discuss The Wasteland and other Poems by T. S. Eliot.

Sincerely, All of us at A Novel Experience 770-567-1103. 426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA 30295

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