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August 2022 Newsletter

Updated: Jan 25

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde It's the dog days of summer--but we're featuring cats for August! We've invited Fred Strobel to show his extraordinary photographs--stop by and enjoy the inscrutable portraits of felines..."What are they thinking?" Join us on Saturday, August 6th at our purrrrfect reception for Fred and enjoy the show! We've enjoyed great discussions when we meet for our monthly "Living Room Conversations"--we celebrate diversity in opinion and celebrate how we pull off discussing a variety of topics in a fun, civil and informative way. It can be done! And, books can spark an amazing response in readers--we're featuring two displays-- titles that have been banned through the years and winners of the Pulitzer Prize--There's something for everyone in these two collections! And, check out Emily's "space" collection of books--she's been putting it together ever since the images of the James Webb Space Telescope began coming back. For more down-to-earth favorites we've assembled a group of books about camping, hiking, and enjoying America's wild places. Come and see us! And, tell us what you've been reading! The Novel Experience Team

Kitten sleeping on chair

"Cat Napping" by Fred Strobel Our August Gallery Show! "Saving Many More Than Nine Live

Grey kitten with arm resting on orange kitten

We met photographer Fred Strobal at this year's Dog and Pony Show--he was awarded first place--and People's Choice--for a lovely photo of a dog that captivated viewer's hearts. And, now, we are treated to his cat portraits. In 2017 Atlanta's first cat cafe opened in Grant Park--customers interacted with adoptable cats from Paws Atlanta while enjoying hot or cold beverages. The cafe doubled the number of adoptions to 1,000! Fred took over 4,000 photos of the cafe's cats over five years until, sadly the Cafe closed in 2022. Fred has been photographing the cats and dogs of Paws Atlanta since 2013 to help them get adopted. Recently he has started photographing specially enabled dogs for Speak Rescue and Sanctuary. These dogs include some that are both deaf and blind. We are honored to show his work this month at A Novel Experience!

Stop by on this Saturday August 6th from 6-8 for our Reception--Enjoy the work and meet Fred! Plus, imagine what those cats were thinking when he took their pictures!

Our August Calendar! TUESDAYS: The Knitters and Crocheters are back! We welcome back the knitting and crocheting enthusiasts who have a casual, drop-in gathering every Tuesday--if you are a pro, or want to figure out how to wield those knitting needles you put down ages ago, stop by!

FRIDAY, August 5th: The Writer's Group meets at the store at 6:00 pm. It's not too late--write something to share! "The creative process takes its own course. If it did otherwise, it would not be creative" P.W. Martin TUESDAY, August 2th: THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP met at 1:00 p.m. Sorry for the delay of our newsletter! For your calender the group meets the first Tuesday of every month! THURSDAY, Aug 4th: THE DROP-IN GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP meets at the store at 7:00 p.m.! We're discussing "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires " by Grady Hendrix. Oh, this book is a romp and the discussion is going to be fun! Join us! SATURDAY, Aug 6th: ARTIST RECEPTION with Fred Strobel. Join us from from 6-8. SUNDAY, Aug 21st at 3:00: LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS invites everyone who enjoys civil discussion with a diverse group on a variety of topics--topic: TBD. Join us at 3:00! WEDNESDAY, Aug 17th at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUPdiscusses The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. THURSDAY, Aug 18th: THE NERD HERD meets at 6:00 to discuss Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. If you are interested in joining this great group for young adults, come and grab a seat! SUNDAY, Aug 28th: THE CLASSICS GROUP meets at 4:00 pm to discuss Danticat's Krik! Krak! Sincerely, All of us at A Novel Experience 770-567-1103. 426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA 30295

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