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December 2022 Newsletter

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." ― Charles W. Eliot

Greetings! We just had a fabulous Thanksgiving season as we met your family members from all across the U.S. who were in town for the holiday. And, now for Yuletide celebrations! Emily is going to create our traditional Book Tree beginning this week! Come on in with your family beginning next week and take your picture in front of our this year's version. We've unpacked our annual "stocking stuffers" for the holidays (who knew that Squoosh Moosh Squishy Friends would be so popular...). Check out the unique gifts that can't be beat for those special people on your list. We can't wait to greet everyone at Pat Hankins' annual show this Saturday as she presents her latest clay works. This year she is joined by Bambi Rogers who is showing her lovely watercolors. Don't miss the artists' Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8--it's one of the most interesting and fun crowds we host all year. And, photographer alert! We've just about to release the Call for Entries for the 2023 Dog and Pony Show! Our D&PJuror-for-Life, Ray Sullivan is on tap to pick 2023's show. See below for more info and start thinking which photos of dogs or horses to enter--and there's still time to take some! Ray will choose his favorite 30 photographs and we'll feature them along with the famous parade of adoptable dogs from Coco's Cupboard at the Reception in February. Have you checked out our webpage and social media? And, our TikTok account! Many thanks to Emily for being at the helm of these so we can stay in touch a la the 21st century. And, as the year ends, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your role in supporting our indie bookstore throughout this past year--we couldn't do it without you. Stop by and as always, let us know what you're reading! The Novel Experience Team

BIG SALE! ALL CHRISTMAS BOOKS ON SALE FOR $1.00! HO HO HO!!!


The Holiday Art Show featuring Clay Works by Pat Hankins and and Art by Bambi Rogers RECEPTION: Saturday, December 3rd 6-8 p.m. We are so looking forward to seeing Pat's annual ceramics show at A Novel Experience--she brings her skill and adventures to every piece she creates. And, we've invited her friend Bambi Rogers to show her lovely watercolors.

Clifford's Bubble Bath by Bambl Rogers

Spazz at Paws Atlanta by Fred Strobel Stay tuned for our Call for Entries coming soon! Get ready to enter the Dog and Pony Show! Pick out your best 4 dog and/or pony photos! The deadline will be Midnight, January 8th Be part of our annual tradition of celebrating dogs and horses! We're working with CoCo's Cupboard (our local dog rescue group) to bring the best to our February show. There will be dogs-for-adoption, fresh air, and a parade. We'll hang the accepted work on the walls of the bookstore and, enjoy our scrumptious hot dog feast at the reception. Sale of work will be encouraged! December at A Novel Experience SATURDAY, December 3rd: RECEPTION for Pat Hankins and Bambi Rogers from 6-8 pm. Join us for great food and drink with a great group of art lovers as we share their lovely work! THURSDAY, December 8th NOTE DATE CHANGE!: THE DROP-IN GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP meets at the store at 7:00 p.m.! We're discussing "Normal People" by Sally Rooney. And, we're picking next year's books! Join us! FRIDAY, December 2nd: The Writer's Group meets at the store at 6:00 pm. It's not too late--write something to share! TUESDAY, December 6th: THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets at 1:00 p.m. at the store. Interested in participating? Call the store at 770-567-1103 and talk to Karen about the group--or, just come! They are discussing an incredible book--When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. FRIDAY, Dec. 9th: This is Pike County's 200th birthday! Come on downtown for the Parade at 7:00 and shop at the Christmas Market around the Square and at the 1828 Coffee Company during the day! SUNDAY, Dec. 10th: THE NERD HERD meets at 6-7 to discuss Lore by Alexandra Braken. If you are interested in joining this great group for young adults, come and grab a seat! LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS will return in January for a full year of incredible discussions of current topics. We welcome anyone who is interested in civil discussion and learning about our diverse community. Join us every third Sunday of the month beginning again in 2023. THE CLASSICS GROUP returns in January! The book: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. WEDNESDAY, December 21st at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP discusses "The Book Woman's Daughter" by Kim Michele Richardson (note book change--our original title we chose hasn't gone into soft cover yet). This is the followup to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek but it's a fine "stand-alone" even if you have not read the first! SATURDAY, Dec. 24th: We will be closed for Christmas Day but open from 10-2 on the 24th, Christmas Eve for late gift shopping! Regular hours Mon-Saturday through December including New Year's Eve. We'd love to meet your out-of-town family members who visit for the holidays! Can't wait to see you! Make sure to tell us what you've been reading! Sincerely, All of us at A Novel Experience 770-567-1103. 426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA 30295

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