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Theoretically, I prefer the blog to the facebook. Unfortunately, it is so much easier to post to facebook than to a blog. It fits in so easily with the daily activity of the business. Any ideas?

Romance Novel Stacking Contest

Friends of the Library and The Book Tavern are sharing the Love…

The love of reading that is-

Come stack romance novels in timed races and win a prize!

First Friday, February 4  5:30-8:00

$1 donation per race, race as often as you like. (Donations benefit The Friends of the Augusta Public Library. Each race participant receives $1 off at the Book Tavern & the Friends Shop-823 Telfair St.)

Two grand prizes awarded:

    $10 certificate to the Book Tavern
    $10 certificate to the Friends Shop

Also, enter to win fantastic prizes in our I Heart the Book Tavern Giveaway going on all February. Every time you spend $10 during the month, you’ll get an entry into a drawing for over $1500 worth of prizes. Keep watching the blog or follow us on Facebook to learn more ways to win and get sneak peeks at some of our fabulous prizes.

What I was reading in 2010 [Part I]

Lately when people ask me what I’ve been reading, I tell them not much. It’s perplexing that owning a small, independent bookstore doesn’t free your time for reading the way working a straight 40 at McDonald’s leaves you able to spend the other 128 hours in the week as you wish. Of course, neither the task of balancing the books on your nose nor flipping burgers and having impatient, arrogant, self-important customers angry at you for a 3 minute delay in getting their heart-attack in a bag is really conducive to the sort of mental state I require for reading. Or at least for serious reading. I will freely admit it takes little effort to unlock the best escapist fantasy even though the same book may have a great deal to unlock. Certainly my favourite in this genre for 2010 was Patrick Ness series Chaos Walking. The final book in the trilogy just came out this September past, so for those who need to be certain they can finish what they start there will be no disappointment.

In the past few months, I have recommended this series to dozens of readers, both young adults and those who enjoy excellent science fiction and fantasy.  So far, I’ve gotten no complaints and plenty of raves.  The problem I’ve been having is how to adequately represent the series without giving away key details about the books.  So far, I mainly tell people the books are about a young man whose coming of age puts him on a suspenseful path of exodus and discovery.  It’s set in a world colonized by people who sought a return to mid 19th century farming type communities but have encountered a series of adaptive disruptions, the most crucial, a virus which has apparently killed all the women and made men able to hear each others thoughts.

This is probably, to me, one of the crucial selling points.  Patrick Ness has made telepathy a real burden, a far cry from the traditional scifi view of telepathy as gift. When I say men can hear each others thoughts, I’m not talking about hearing thoughts like one hears speech. Though our brains do interpret thoughts into speech and images as one would expect, the trick is you hear ALL the thoughts.  Every thought comes flowing out in a see of what Ness’s character Todd calls Noise.  For a moment, just imagine all the thoughts you have in a given moment.  Not just the ones that form the words you speak, but all the thoughts that go into crafting that speech.  And add in all the motive thoughts, those underlying desires keeping your brain at work thinking.  Now imagine those thoughts broadcast out for a whole world to hear.  While there are proximal limits to this broadcast, imagine a town where fifty or a hundred souls are all proximate and broadcasting.  This is the horror of Todd’s world.  And the secrets behind it are the driving forces of the story.  So now, I feel I’ve told you nearly all that can be safely told besides a few final tidbits: Animals thoughts can also be heard.  A great deal of what Todd knows about his world is based on lies. And once you start reading, you won’t want to put this down until you’ve uncovered the ever difficult to deal with truth.

The series is fairly morally complex and is quite violent so I recommend only mature young adults be entrusted with it.  While its not filled with the sex occupying the pages of so many young adult novels these days, the emotive elements are powerful and I highly encourage parents to read it along with any children given the books.  Besides, it will be just as fulfilling and entertaining for you as for them.

Martin Clarke to Judge 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Acclaimed author Martin Clark, who serves as a circuit court judge when he is not writing best-selling novels, will now also judge the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review. Submissions for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize are accepted from December 1 until the postmark deadline of January 30.

Martin Clark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1992 he was appointed as a juvenile and domestic relations judge for the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit and currently serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia.

His first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000 and a Book –of-the-Month Club selection. His second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, appeared on both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100 list for 2004. His third book, The Legal Limit (2008), was praised by reviewers as “the new standard by which legal fiction should be judged” and “the best courtroom story ever.” He lives in Stuart, Virginia, with his wife Deana.

Entries for the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize must be no more than 12 double-spaced pages, and must be postmarked by January 30, 2011. Checks must be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be mailed to –

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

c/o Tony Abbott

PO Box 7096

Davidson College

Davidson, NC 28035

The winner will be announced in April. Please see below for complete guidelines.

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)

Submissions Accepted from December 1 – January 30

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all writers without regard to geographical region or previous publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages.
  • Names should not appear on manuscripts but on separate cover sheet along with address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 NCWN for members, $25 for nonmembers. You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.

The winner is announced in April.

Send submissions, indicating name of competition, to:

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

PO Box 7096

Davidson College

Davidson, NC 28035

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

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About the North Carolina Writers’ Network

Founded in 1985, the nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the largest statewide literary arts organization in the country. The mission of the North Carolina Writers’ Network is to connect, promote, and lead emerging writers and established writers through workshops, conferences, and other programs and services. The Network builds audiences for literature, advocates for the literary arts and for literacy, and provides information and support services for writers of all kinds and at all levels.

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Fun stuff to do at the Tavern

The Re-Inklings
2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm to discuss works by The Inklings.

The Stalwart Storytellers' Union
2nd Friday of every month at 7pm where writers and storytellers come to share and sharpen one another.

The Graphic Novel Syndicate of Augusta
3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm to analyze, appreciate and discuss story, art, and theme as it pertains to the graphic novel art form.

Sketch Party
Come on the 3rd Friday of every month and sketch your hearts out. Some materials provided.

Tavernacle Poetry
Play Poetry Games, read poetry aloud (yours and others works) and learn about the oldest literary tradition on the Fourth Friday of every month.



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