Events – Authors, Discussions & More

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Al Roker & Deborah Roberts, been there, done that
Saturday, April 30 (Offsite) at 3:30 pm

al rokerDeborah Roberts Returns to Her Hometown of Perry, Georgia!
Houston County Library
1201 Washington Street, Perry, Georgia
Saturday, April 30, 3:30—5:30

Deborah Roberts is “coming home” to Perry, Georgia, with her husband Al Roker.  The couple will speak at the Houston County Library on Saturday, April 30, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a copy of their new book, been there, done that, and get it signed.

“Life lessons from New York Times bestselling author and Today show personality Al Roker and his wife, globetrotting ABC news journalist Deborah Roberts. Al Roker and Deborah Roberts have sixteen Emmy Awards between them. They have covered everything from the Olympics and the Gulf War to natural disasters and the AIDS crisis in Africa. Now these two married journalists and parents have collaborated on the most personal and important “story” of their lives. been there, done that is a funny, heartfelt, and empowering collection of life lessons, hard-won wisdom, and instructive family anecdotes from Al and Deborah’s lives, from their parents and grandparents, and from dear friends, famous and not.”

FoxTale Book Shoppe, a locally-owned independent bookseller will be at the event with books for sale.  But if you order from them beforehand, you can save $5 and have it delivered to you at the event!  It’s easy to do. Just click below to order your copy, then mark April 30th on your calendar.  If you are attending the luncheon in Perry, you can also preorder here.  Please type “Luncheon” in the instruction box so we’ll know where you’ll pick up your book.

been there, done that to be picked up at the Library Event OR Luncheon ($22; Authors will sign all books at the event)

Can’t attend, but would like an autographed copy of been there, done that?  No problem!  We’ll mail it to you, anywhere in the U.S.  ($27 + shipping)

Don’t forget, FoxTale Book Shoppe will be selling books at the event too, so help support them as an independent business by purchasing your copy through this participating business.  If you have questions about the book, contact:  FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main Street, #138, Woodstock, GA  30188; 770/516-9989

Francine Bryson, Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen
Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm



Francine invites you into her home to share the recipes for everything that graces her Southern table.  We had a delightful time when Francine visited for Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award finalist and Okra Pick. She has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Francine, a member of the American Pie Council, lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina.  Join us for what will be a fun (and flavorful!) event.



Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 pm


#1 Indie Next author Katarina Bivald is coming to FoxTale (from Sweden, no less!) for her international and New York Times bestselling breakout debut: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.

This is a book about how books can change lives. Warm, witty & charming, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a story about a farm town down on its luck – shrinking population, deserted storefronts, and quiet desperation. The residents could hardly be called voracious readers. But they just need someone to show them that once they let books into their world, anything can happen!

A lucky reader at this fun event will receive a FREE gift basket chock full of goodies!

Brian Lies, Gator Dad
Monday, May 9 at 4:30 pm

From the author of Bats at the Beach, Bats in the Library, Bats in the Band and Bats at the Ballgame, comes another beautifully illustrated book.

gator dad

We’re thrilled to welcome NY Times bestselling author and illustrator Brian Lies to FoxTale Book Shoppe! Often underrated, Dads take center stage in this heartwarming new book! We know a fox or two will be getting a copy for the special Dads in their lives.

Free event! Ideal age range birth through Elementary School!

Who is a Gator Dad? He’s the dad you see in the supermarket with his kids, making sound effects as he wheels the cart around the corner. He’s the dad at the playground urging his child to swing higher. He’s the dad who’s present for his kids, and—though some of the things he does is different—loves them and will do anything for them.

A father shows love in many ways. Sometimes it’s in what he says, but sometimes it’s in what he does.

Come along as a gator dad and the kids do nothing in particular . . .and still get a whole lot done together. In this celebration of the inventive—and sometimes unorthodox—ways that dads do things, Brian Lies‘s bright-eyed gators demonstrate an energetic and loving style of parenting, one that embraces each day to the fullest.

Terry Kay, The King Who Made Paper Flowers
Saturday, May 14 at 1:00pm


Award-winning Georgia author Terry Kay returns to FoxTale Saturday, May 14 at 1:00 pm. His new book, The King Who Made Paper Flowers, has been described as a “perfect book” by Huffington Post.



Mary Kay Andrews, The Weekenders
Sunday, May 15 (Offsite) Book Launch Party at 3:00pm

Save the Date

It’s that time of year again . . . . LAUNCH PARTY for Mary Kay Andrews! About THE WEEKENDERS:  “Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it’s something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.”

Please click here for more details on Mary Kay Andrews’ fabulous Launch Party!

Rheta Grimsley Johnson, The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, A Memoir in Dog Years
Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30pm


In The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson uses a parade of beloved dogs to take readers on a colorful journey. It’s not really a dog book in the Old Yeller sense; it’s a personal story that uses dogs as metaphors for love, loss, and life.


Karen White, Flight Patterns
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30pm

Click here to go to the PRE-ORDER page!


The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind and to the woman she always wanted to be.  Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china, especially of Limoges, requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit.

It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida and seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing. Unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life mistakes, she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep.

Mary Kubica, Don’t You Cry
Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm

We’ve been working on getting Mary Kubica, Author to this side of the Mississippi for about a year and we are thrilled she will be coming to FoxTale Book Shoppe with her latest psychological thriller, DON’T YOU CRY!

K Fox loved Mary’s debut novel THE GOOD GIRL, loved her sophmore novel PRETTY BABY and knows DON’T YOU CRY will be fantastic.

We’re delighted to have Kimberly S. Belle, Author joining us to introduce Mary. Both of these thrilling ladies are published by Harlequin/ Harlequin

Mary Alice Monroe, A Lowcountry Wedding
Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm


Mary Alice Monroe always makes a big impression at FoxTale because to know her is to love her, and lots of fans (and all the Foxes) do!  Wedding season has arrived in New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s next novel in the “distinct, complex, and endearing” Lowcountry Summer series.  “Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding or two in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry.  Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding, Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series the perfect beach read and a whole lot more.

Jolina Petersheim, The Alliance
Saturday, June 4 at 1:00pm



Those who plank together, stay together! We’re thrilled that our Jolina Petersheim is coming back to FoxTale Book Shoppe with THE ALLIANCE!





Join Us for the Dorothea Benton Frank, All Summer Long, Brunch Event
Thursday, June 9 at 11:30 am at

The City of Woodstock’s MAGNOLIA HALL, 108 Arnold Mill Road, Bldg. C.



She’s back, and she’s better than ever, our friend Dorothea Benton Frank.  This entertaining lady is one of our most requested authors each year because it’s impossible NOT to have a good time with the so-much-more-than-an-author Dottie Frank.  At this reservations-only event, you will enjoy a delightful meal catered by Tea Leaves and Thyme that includes BLOODY MARYS and MIMOSAS.

Your $60 ticket** includes a signed first edition of ALL SUMMER LONG, Tea Leaves and Thyme cuisine with drinks (even the tip is included), and valuable coupons!

Make your reservation today! 


Or make your reservation by calling/coming by FoxTale Book Shoppe, 770/516-9989, 105 E. Main St., #138, Woodstock, GA  30188




Brad Meltzer, The House of Secrets
Thursday, June 9 (Offsite) at 7:00 pm
Performing Arts Theater at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock


Yes, NY Times Best-selling author, Brad Meltzer is coming to Woodstock for the release of his new book, The House of Secrets!

Meltzer is one of the few authors to have books on the bestseller list for Fiction, Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.  In addition to his novels, Meltzer was the co-creator of the television series Jack & Bobby, and hosted the History series, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. as well as Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, also on the History channel.

Known for his thorough research, Meltzer counts former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush as fans, and both have helped him with his research.  In September 2006, Meltzer participated in a work group along with the CIA, FBI, various psychologists, and Department of Homeland Security intelligence staff to brainstorm new ways that terrorists might attack the U.S.

As an inspirational speaker, Meltzer’s TED Talk, How To Write Your Own Obituary, has been viewed over 50,000 times, and prompted TED to ask him to do another inspiring TED Talk: Write Your Story, Change History, which has been viewed over 80,000 times.  Meltzer is also responsible for helping save the life of his 11th grade history teacher. When his teacher told Meltzer she was sick and needed a new kidney, Meltzer asked his 100,000 Facebook fans to find her a new kidney and in the process, helped save her life.  During Star Wars Night at the 2015 Marlins/Mets baseball game, Meltzer threw out the first pitch of the game, then proceeded to fight mascot Billy the Marlin in a light saber battle.  Yes, this amazing man is coming to Woodstock, and you can be part of the excitement!

MARK YOU CALENDARS FOR JUNE 9th!    Your $32 ticket INCLUDES the newly-released book, The House of Secrets; reserved seating for you and a family member; access to the book signing portion of the event; and valuable coupons.  Brad Meltzer is super excited about coming back to Atlanta to see ALL of his fans and hopes that you will all be able to attend this event.  We encourage the $32 ticket for best value and enjoyment of this unique experience. 

The event will be held across the street from FoxTale Book Shoppe at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Performing Arts Theater at 8534 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188.  Purchase your event ticket here or at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., #138 Woodstock, GA 30188; 770/516-9989.  Present your PayPal receipt (print out or on your phone) at the event.  You will NOT receive a ticket in the mail.


Mary Kay Andrews, The Weekenders
Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30pm

weekenderMary Kay Andrews is one of our most anticipated authors each year. If you can’t make it to her book launch party (offsite) on May 15, make plans to see her at FoxTale on June 14.  About the new novel:  “Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.”


Anton DiSclafani, The After Party
Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30pm, Luncheon Event


Anton DiSclafani - MAIN AUTHOR PHOTO$50 includes the book and catered lunch at FoxTale

“DiSclafani paints a rich portrait of a cloistered society and its damaged inhabitants in a consistently absorbing narrative…this talented newcomer’s gifts for characterization and atmosphere are as sharp as ever.” — Kirkus

“intriguing …. compelling… a most memorable read”
                                                          — Publishers Weekly

“THE AFTER PARTY is a literary gin and tonic, brisk, intense and delicious.”                —Adriana Trigiani


Immersed in the big, sun-drenched world of 1950’s Texas oil money and social clubs, THE AFTER PARTY unfurls a story of female friendship as obsessive, euphoric, and consuming as any romance. Best friends since pre-school, the femme fatale Joan and the sharp, careful Cece are seemingly opposites. Joan is out every night; Cece is up at dawn every morning with her toddler son. But the two have grown up almost like sisters, and their lives are inexorably intertwined despite secrets they keep from each other, secrets they keep even from themselves. When Joan starts to drift beyond the borders of their confined socialite world, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, for better or for worse.

DiSclafani has a gift for storytelling and a voice that is so full of warmth, texture, and personality that you’d happily follow it anywhere.

Wendy Wax, Sunshine Beach
Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30pm



In this brand-new summer read by the USA Today bestselling author of The House on Mermaid Point, three women join forces to bring a historic seaside hotel back to life.  There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix.  After losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki banded together to make the most of what they’ve got left through determination, ingenuity, guts, and a large dose of elbow grease. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across a once glorious oceanfront hotel that has fallen into disrepair. The opportunity to renovate this seaside jewel is too good to pass up—especially when they come up with the idea of shooting their own independent television show about the restoration. What could possibly go wrong?


Marta McDowell, All The Presidents’ Gardens
Wednesday, June 22 at 12:30pm Reception


Marta McDowell, author of Fox Favorite, Beatrix Potter‘s Gardening Life, returns to FoxTale with All the Presidents’ Gardens!

“A history-rich and very readable account of how our presidents and their families have left their imprint on the 18 acres surrounding the executive mansion.”


Susan Branch, Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams
Saturday, June 25 at 1:00pm



What began as a customer’s request quickly turned into the scheduling of a major event!  Susan Branch is the author of soon-to-be 15 books with over four million copies in print ~ all of them hand-written and water colored, filled with quotes, recipes, tips, stories and personal mementoes. Susan’s Heart of the Home books celebrate the home arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, family, best friends, entertaining, and all the things that make life sweet. Susan lives with her husband Joe Hall in an 1849 home on the Massachusetts Island of Martha’s Vineyard ~ which she refers to as her “heart magnet.” One of the most prolific artists working today, Susan has produced close to 3,000 pieces of original art that adorn everything from dish towels and teapots to calendars, books, and wrapping paper.  This will be a fantastic event.  Watch for more details!

Sign up now for the Susan Branch event.  $32.00 allows you entry into the event to meet Susan Branch AND comes with an autographed copy of her brand new book, MARTHA’S VINEYARD–ISLE OF DREAMS.  Your PayPal receipt will be your ticket into the event.  Your book will be available for pick up at the event OR you may pick it up anytime after May 1 (publication date) and return with it for signing on June 25.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like an autographed copy of MARTHA’S VINEYARD–ISLE OF DREAMS, click below.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your book will not be mailed out until after the June 25 signing.  Shipping applies only to the continental United States.

Beatriz Williams, A Certain Age
Saturday, July 9 at 1:00pm

AA Fox Favorite and frequent guest, Beatriz Williams brings the Jazz Age and Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, a love triangle, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction , A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.

Trudy Nan Boyce, Out of the Blues
Saturday, July 16 at 1:00pm

outTrudy Nan Boyce was a police officer for the City of Atlanta before retiring in 2008. During her more-than-thirty-year career she served as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. Out of the Blues takes the reader for an exciting ride through old Atlanta with brand new homicide detective, Sarah Alt, aka Salt as our guide. Salt is brave and imaginative, salty and sweet, and her creator former Atlanta homicide detective, Trudy Nan Boyce uses her impressive descriptive power to make our ride colorful, gothic, and irresistibly Southern.” #1 New York Times -bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh 

Jane Green, Falling: A Love Story
Saturday, July 23 at 1:00pm


New York Times bestselling author Jane Green has a new novel coming out July 19FALLING: A Love Story (Berkley). She will make her second visit to FoxTale on Sat., July 23 at 1:00.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…


Erika Marks, The Last Treasure; Kim Wright, Last Ride To Graceland; Joy Callaway, Fifth Avenue Artists Society; Mary Beth Whalen, The Things We Wish Were True
Saturday, October 29 at 1:00pm



These friends and fantastic authors have new books coming up that they want to share with their fans at FoxTale Book Shoppe!  They’ll be heading over from Charlotte with lots to talk about.  And wait until you see these beautiful books!