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October 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jan 25

Halloween table display of books with grim reaper in corner

It's getting spooky out there!

“Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...” Dwight D. Eisenhower

It's Fall! We have been treated to lovely cool mornings and breathtaking sunsets of late. And, wait till we start seeing the scarecrows in front of our downtown shops! Downtown Zebulon will host our annual Treat or Treat on the Square when we welcome all manner of ghosts, goblins, and superheroes. It happens on Tuesday, October 31st from 6-8 p.m. And, spook alert--our favorite "visitor" will be here at the store for the month--the hooded guy arrayed in black with a scythe and that deep, deep laugh when you walk by...

A special shout-out to our bookseller Emily who has made an incredible display of Banned Books to "celebrate" Banned Books Week, October 1-7--you wouldn't believe the titles that have been chosen over time (and, why...). And, writers! Check out the "Writing Wild" event sponsored by Pike County Schools' observance of the "National Day on Writing". Led by Rachel McDaniel of the Pike County Journal Reporter there will be a free writing workshop to create collectively and individually--mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 20th from 6-8 pm and meet at the 1828 Coffee Co. on the Square.

We were treated to a fantastic parade of visitors last month who were in Pike County for the SlowExposures Photography Festival--and, the Chamber's fabulous "Princess" event. It's always great catching up with you (and, our favorite Princess)! Stop in, catch up, join one of our book groups, and, as always, let us know what you're reading!

The Novel Experience Team

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We welcome the photographs by members of the local Georgia Nature Photographers Association to celebrate the beauty and spirit of our natural world.

From beasts and birds to sunsets and canyons, the members have captured nature in a way that makes one pause to enjoy and reflect on its beauty, mystery, and, our role in protecting it. The images are worth over a thousand words. Come see.

October at A Novel Experience

THURSDAY, October 5th: THE DROP-IN, GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP meets at 7 pm to discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

FRIDAY, October 6th: THE WRITERS GROUP meets at the store at 6:00 pm. It's not too late--write something to share!

TUESDAY, October 3rd: THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets at 1:00 p.m. at the store. Interested in participating? Join them! The group continues discussion of The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness by Gregory Boyle.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: NOVELS AT NIGHT meets at 6 to discuss Truthwitch by Susan Demard.

SUNDAY, October 15th at 3 pm: LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS is baaaaack! We'll discuss Homelessness. Lack of affordable housing and addiction support, changes in employment, unexpected medical emergencies, mental health, gender based violence, trauma, and stagnant wages all contribute to a growing homeless or unhoused population. Experts, direct service providers, and politicians try to find potential “solutions” with varying results. At times, solutions are rebuffed by the community with cries of “Not in our neighborhood” when shelters or affordable housing are proposed. What is our responsibility as members of a community to people of all ages without a stable place to live?

SUNDAY, October 29th: THE CLASSICS GROUP meets at 2:00 at the store. We're reading As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

WEDNESDAY, October 18th at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP discusses Home by Toni Morrison. Join us!


Can't wait to see you! And 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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