Open House Roundup

Ally’s awesome cheese board from the event! (ooooh, ahhhhh)

Ally’s awesome cheese board from the event! (ooooh, ahhhhh)

Hello Book Friends!

As those of you who attended will already know, last week we had an open house! It was a lovely opportunity to get to know some of our customers better as well as introduce many of our neighbors to the store who didn’t know about it yet! Our fearless leader Ally made a gorgeous cheese board (see above!), Matt baked chocolate biscotti, and our friends cookbook authors Cathy Barrow and Domenica Marchetti brought pie and even more biscotti! All in all it was a lovely evening of delicious food and good conversation. We’re extremely grateful to Domenica and Cathy for helping to cater the event; Cathy’s book Pie Squared and Domenica’s books Preserving Italy and Ciao Biscotti are in stock on our shelves right now, generously signed by their lovely authors - come down to the shop and pick one up!

Ally revelaing the logo for the Emerging Writers Festival!

Ally revelaing the logo for the Emerging Writers Festival!

However, the open house was more than just a chance to mingle and eat good food in your favorite community bookstore, it was also a chance for us to announce a major event coming this summer: the Emerging Writers Festival! It’ll run from August 16-18 and will include author events from many exciting new writers, including Mesha Maren, whose Sugar Run was our last book club pick! You can sign up for email updates about the festival at emergingwritersfestival.com, and early bird tickets will be available at the same link soon! We’re excited to be bringing many wonderful writers to Alexandria!

Happy Reading, and hope to see you in the shop soon!

-Team OTB