Hello Book Friends!
First things first: We're throwing a party! We're excited to invite you to our upcoming Open House taking place this week on Wednesday, February 27th. Join us for a special announcement about exciting new summer programming, as well as tasty treats and a cookbook signing by authors Cathy Barrow and Domenica Marchetti. Festivities begin at 6:30PM, with our special announcement at 7PM. No need to RSVP - just pop on by the shop, say hello, and meet your fellow book-loving neighbors!
Celebrating our first big event!
We hosted out first off-site event! Thank you to everyone who came out for our event with award winning authors Carmen Maria Machado and Nicole Chung. We're so grateful to the folks at NVFAA and the Atheneum for hosting. Matt wrote a wrap up blog post about the event, check it out on the blog, here.
What's new around the shop:
In other *very important* shop news: The tote bags have landed! Our totes are custom made on the East Coast and are the perfect size for books. I love the long-but-not-too-long handle, the sturdy thick cotton canvas, and our bright Old Town Books logo, of course!
Upcoming Spring Events
Saturday, March 23rd at 7PM - Kyshona Armstrong
Our long-awaited second installment of Shop Tunes IRL is going to be a special one: We're thrilled to welcome Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong to the shop for an intimate acoustic show this month. Check out her interview on NPR's World Cafe: Essential and Emerging Artists. Come hear this exciting, compassionate, and powerful performer - in a bookstore! Tickets are $10. 100% of all Shop Tunes IRL ticket sales go to the performing artist.
Saturday, March 30th at 6:30 PM - Read Write Now with Abby Maslin
We're also celebrating our third installment of Read Write Now, a series of skill-building talks for readers and writers, on Saturday, March 30 at 5:00pm. Memoirist Abby Maslin will share her writing journey from starting a blog to publishing a book.
In 2012 Maslin's life changed forever when her husband was mugged and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She shared her family's story, blog post by blog post, to help face her new reality. Her debut memoir Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love will be published by Dutton in March 2019. This event will include a publishing talk, a group writing exercise, and audience Q+A. Attendees will leave with renewed inspiration and practical steps to take towards crafting personal stories to share online and in print. This is a ticketed event- click here to purchase. Admission price includes a signed copy of Maslin's book.
More Upcoming Author Events
Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 PM - The Art of the Essay with Randon Noble and Xu Xi
Essayist Randon Noble is a master of the form, a Pushcart nominated writer with bylines in the NY Times and Creative Nonfiction Magazine, among many others. She’s also my former creative writing professor from American University, and a huge influence on my own journey as a writer and thinker. Join us in celebrating her new collection Be With Me Always from University of Nebraska Press. Randon will be in conversation with novelist Xu Xi, who will also read from her new collection, The Fish is Fowl. This is a free event, but save your seat with an RSVP.
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 PM - Meander, Sprial Explode with Jane Allison
Call it the week of the essay because just two days later we’re hosting Jane Allison for her exciting new book on narrative forms. Here's literary criticism at its best – searching, smart, and incredibly fun to read. In Meander, Spiral, Explode Allison considers shapes and patterns from nature – waves, fractals, cells – and seeks them out in novel forms. Pre-order and RSVP for the author talk here.
Book Club Updates
Our March book club meeting is full, but there's still time to snag a copy of The Library Book by Susan Orlean for April's meeting on 4/6 at 10AM. RSVP today to save your spot.
Looking for the next book for your own club? Check out our latest blog post on forthcoming spring releases from book buyer Laura Chasen.
We love hosting book clubs in the shop and offer a 15% discount on your club pick when you register your group with the store. Just reach out to email@example.com for more information.
Happy reading, and hope to see you in the shop soon!
-Ally + Team OTB