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July 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jan 25

““Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden



Our tradition to honor of the founding of our country is to display the flag that graced Karen's father's casket (thankfully, he survived combat at the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and lived to a grand old age). In this tumultuous time it's that important to join together to celebrate on the 4th. And, we're doing our best to honor the ideals that make our country great, among them the founder's robust--and civil--debate that eventually resulted in the Constitution. Stop by--our bookstore's rule is "Anyone can join any conversation" and, we do have interesting discussions! Also consider our monthly "Living Room Conversations" when our diverse group discusses a current topic in an informative, and civil, way.


Hot enough out there for you? Check out summer reads in our traditional wading pool of great summer reads for beach vacations (used books are the best antidotes to worrying about spilling drinks on pristine new ones...).


Here's the latest on our wonderful booksellers--Birthdays: Keela notches another year on her belt on July 19th, Karen celebrates on July 31st, and Brenda Fayard blows out her candles on July 26th. Come and say Happy Birthday! And, we welcome back Shaunasee--she'll be bringing her enthusiasm and good cheer throughout the month!


4th of July Alert! We'll be closed on Tuesday the 4th. Enjoy the holiday!


The Novel Experience Team




Person parachuting at sunset with American flag behind them

"Glory" by Karen Blevins

Have an American Flag picture? We'd love to hang it for July at the store!

For our July photography show we traditionally invite our customers to bring photographs and art featuring the American Flag. If you would like to participate this month, please stop by and bring us a picture to hang at the store. Thanks for sharing the red, white, and blue!



Silver arch through sky with American flag in left corner

Gateway by Paul Conlan




Our July Calendar!


Please note that we'll be closed on Tuesday the 4th but will be back on our regular schedule M-Saturdays 10-7!


TUESDAYS: The Knitters are here! We welcome a great group of knitting enthusiasts who have a casual, drop-in gathering every Tuesday beginning at 5 and going to 7. If you are a pro, or want to figure out how to wield those knitting needles you put down ages ago, stop by!


THURSDAY, July 6th: Author Laurel Blount will be signing the third book in her Amish romance series at the Pike County Library starting at 5:30 and our bookseller Neca will be there selling the whole series!


SATURDAY, July 8th: NOVELS AT NIGHT discusses The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz at 6 pm--everyone's invited!


FRIDAY, July 7th: 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


THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP will not be meeting this month--that gives everyone an extra month to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson for next month's gathering at 1:00 p.m. on August 1st.


THURSDAY, July 6th: THE DROP-IN GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP meets at the store at 7:00 p.m.! We're discussing "Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles. Join us!


FRIDAY, July 14th: THE SCI-FI BOOK GROUP gathers at 6:00 to discuss Dune by Frank Herbert. Join us!


SUNDAY, July 23rd at 3:00: LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS invites everyone who enjoys civil discussion with a diverse group on a variety of topics--topic: The State of Public Education Today. Join us at 3:00!


WEDNESDAY, July 19th at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUPdiscusses The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel.


THURSDAY, July 14th: THE NERD HERD meets at 6:00 to discuss Vicious by V.E. Schwab. If you are interested in joining this great group for young adults, come and grab a seat!


SUNDAY, July 30th: THE CLASSICS GROUP meets at 2:00 pm to discuss Roderick Hudson by Henry James. Now, that's a classic!

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

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