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September 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Jan 25


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Brass Band by Mark Caceres 2022 SlowExposures People's Choice

Books and Photography of the Rural South: Join Us in Welcoming Back SlowExposures to Pike County


“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit

Books and fine art photography! Can it get any better than that at A Novel Experience? September ushers in the 20th edition of SlowExposures--the photo festival held annually in Pike County that celebrates photography of the rural South. And, join us at the store where we honor the incredible volunteers of SlowE whose photographs will grace our walls this month. Come for Saturday Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 17, 9-11 to meet them--and stay for Jerry Atnip's Juror's Talk about the PopUp Tour around the Square during SlowE.


You never know where a discussion on a book will take you--and, how much fun it can be to share ideas with fellow book lovers. Consider joining one of our monthly get-togethers. We have discussion groups on current subjects of interest, knitting groups, and book groups about all kinds of subjects. We enjoy great discussions at 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! Alert! We won't be meeting this month because of the photo festival but we'll be baaaack!


Come and see us! And, as always, tell us what you've been reading

The Novel Experience Team



SlowExposures: The 20th annual photography festival featuring photography

of the contemporary rural South

Through the course of three days, September 15th through September 17th enjoy 9 distinctive photography exhibitions throughout Pike County--all set in historic buildings. Start at the Main Show at Strickland's in Concord--87 images by photographers from across the U.S. chosen by Jurors Alexa Dilworth and Aline Smithson. They will be on tap to discuss their selection process at the Juror's Talk at 11:00 am on Sunday, Sept. 17th at Strickland's. For more information, go to www.slowexposures.org. Show Catalogs also available at the store

Our September Calendar!


Please note we will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. We'll be back at work on Tuesday!


TUESDAYS: The Knitters are back! We welcome back the knitting enthusiasts who have a casual, drop-in gathering every Tuesday at 6--if you are a pro, or want to figure out how to wield those knitting needles you put down ages ago, stop by!


FRIDAY, September 8th: THE SCI-FI GROUP meets at 6:00 to discuss Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower".


THURSDAY, September 7th: THE DROP-IN GUILT-FREE BOOK GROUP meets at the store at 7:00 p.m.! We're discussing "Still Life" by Sarah Winman.


FRIDAY, September 1st: 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, September 5th: THE SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets at 1:00 p.m. and explores "The Whole Language" by Gregory Boyle.


SATURDAY, September 9th: NOVELS AT NIGHT meets at 6 to discuss The Deep Dark River by Hannah Kato Stallo.


FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 16, 17th: We welcome everyone who is coming to celebrate the 20th "SlowExposures Photography Festival"! Get your "passport" for all the shows featuring photography of the rural South at The Main Exhibition in Concord--and then visit us in Zebulon! Remember, we're doing Brunch on Saturday beginning at 9!


LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS will not be meeting this month! (We have to make room for SlowExposures). Join us next month! Imagine-- enjoying civil discussion with a diverse group on a variety of topics! Join us at 3:00 next month--Sunday, October 16th!


WEDNESDAY, September 20th at High Noon: The BROWN BAG BOOK GROUP discusses Zorrie by Laird Hunt.


SATURDAY, September 16th: SLOWEXPOSURES BRUNCH Join us from 9-10 am for a delicious reception for the artists on the PopUP Tour!


SUNDAY, September 24th: THE CLASSICS GROUP meets at 2:00 pm to discuss Nella Larson's Passing.

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

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