FoxTale Author Events and Book Signings
Rob McClurkan Storytime and Book Signing, Aw, Nuts!
Saturday, September 13, 11:00am
Squirrel sets off on a chase after the perfect acorn in debut author-illustrator Rob McClurkan Illustration’s picture book Aw, Nuts! With bold, graphic art, Squirrel will have young readers laughing out loud on every page, eager to find out what will happen next.
Squirrel loves acorns, so when he spots the perfect one, he must have it! But it bounces away. . . . So he jumps into a taxi, but the taxi runs out of gas. Aw, nuts! He bounces on a pogo stick, but it lands in a hole. Aw, nuts! He hops on a boat, gets shipped away, hitches a ride on a little girl’s bike, and more! Will Squirrel be able to catch up to the most delicious acorn ever?
Check out Rob McClurkan book trailer.
Lisa Wingate & Renea Winchester
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30pm
The Story Keeper & Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches
We are happy to welcome back authors Lisa Wingate of Reader’s Circle and Renea Winchester of In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes to FoxTale Book Shoppe to sign and discuss their new books, The Story Keeper and Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches.
“A kaleidoscope of past and present, ‘The Story Keeper’ finds the soft spot of our souls where who we were, stands face to face with who we are. Can we go home again? Faith, courage and the power of story are the backbone of generations of the Appalachian women you’ll meet in these stories. I was captivated by this story and can’t wait to share it with my customers. Lisa Wingate, you rock!” –Karen
“The Story Keeper” introduces Jen Gibbs, a New York editor who left the mountains for the big city. An anonymous manuscript finds its way to Jen’s desk, and as soon as she begins turning the pages, she can’t put it down. Jen finds herself immersed in the world of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped by dangerous men in the turn of the century Appalachia. Mystery surrounds the manuscript – and it takes Jen back to a place she thought she had left behind forever.
“Ideal for anyone who enjoys books by master storytellers such as Adriana Trigiani or Karen White,” raves Julie Cantrell, The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author.
Tucked behind a magnolia tree on a busy Georgia road is a magical place–a simple country farm, unchanged by time. On this little strip of land, chickens scratch greetings and goats bleat hello. Sweet yellow corn grows tall, and curly bean vines reach for the sky. A burly tractor and a fifty-year-old Chevy wait inside the shed, ready for action. For some folks, farms trigger childhood memories, such as Sunday supper at their grandparent’s table, or recollections of past generations smiling from picture frames gathering dust on the mantle.
For 82-year-old Billy Albertson, his farm reflects a time before folks were hurried, or technology ruled our lives. Families grew gardens and feasted on fresh vegetables, adults spent time on front porches comparing stories, and children scampered barefoot through the grass waiting their turn at the hand-cranked ice cream freezer. Spending time with friends on the farm is Billy’s life. Here you don’t have to be a gardener or blood kin to be family. Inside the pages of Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches is a story about Billy and his magical farm.
Terry Kay, Song of the Vagabond Bird
September 27 at 5:30pm
When he arrives on Neal’s Island to begin ten days of intensive group therapy to treat his obsession for a woman he cannot forget, he brings with him the pseudonym of Bloodworth. Pseudonyms are a requirement to participate in Dr. Carson X. Willingham’s unconventional and often bizarre seminars–a deliberate lie to inspire the search for a needed truth. What he discovers is an island of ghosts, an island of intense, but fragile, relationships founded on deceit, and, yet, an island strangely harboring the yearned-for promise of healing. The same is true for Barkeep, Menlo, Max, and Godsick–his fellow members in the seminar, each with his own pseudonym and each suffering his own agony because of a relationship with a woman.
Vastly different as individuals, yet suffering the same crippling malady of obsession, the five are not prepared for the antics of Carson X. Willingham. He is maverick and madman, a brilliant investigator of his subjects, a mesmerizing performer, and either a genius or a charlatan with a rare gift of persuasion. Willingham is also a man with his own demons, caused by his own history of obsession. It is in this environment that Bloodworth finds himself faced with the delicate question of honesty as he tries to free the memory of his Kalee, and begin his new journey into the uncertainty of what might be.
Francine Bryson, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen
Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm
National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’s The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Known for her down-home Southern charm and sass (and for successfully pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon), Francine now shares her sought-after recipes and tips in her very first baking book.
“Here are the recipes and tricks I was taught by my Great-Granny, Granny, Nana, and Mama—the women who schooled me on the ways a Southern woman keeps a kitchen—and that I learned from twenty-plus years of competing on the baking circuit. Now you can bake up award-winning pies such as Upside-Down Apple Pie, fluffy Biscuits Like Nana Made, and irresistible treats like Soda Pop Cake and Classic Southern Lemon Bars—all so good they have made the rounds with the ladies at church, the bridge clubs, supper clubs, and mom groups for generations.”
Erika Marks, Kim Boykin & Barbara Davis
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30pm
Star Wars Reads Day
Saturday, October 11 at 11am – 1pm
Star Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners — ABRAMS Books, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Klutz Books, Random House Audiobooks, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing. Last year, Quirk Books joined the fun, and we’re excited to have Disney Book Group participate this year.
This will be a free, family-friendly event that will delight kids and adults. One of the last things Master Yoda said to Luke was, “Pass on what you have learned.”
Lots of details to come! We welcome any input, suggestions or volunteers! Please contact us here!
Jeff High, Each Shining Hour
Saturday, October 11, 2pm
When he comes to the aid of a woman at the grocery store, Luke is fascinated to learn she is Estelle Pillow, the cheery sister to his prickly housekeeper, Connie. Estelle wants to open a bakery in town—and Connie’s disapproval of the venture stirs up a whirlwind of emotions between the siblings. But Luke’s attention is soon diverted when he learns about a long-ago double murder.…
During World War II, an unknown traveler arrived in town, and before the day was over, he and the local baker lay dead near the bandstand at the local lake. The incident has since been exaggerated into Watervalley lore—with the newcomer rumored to have been a German spy. As Luke pieces together exactly what happened, he realizes that the consequences of this event have rippled painfully into the lives of townsfolk he has come to know.
As winter gives way to spring, Luke keeps busy at the medical clinic and enters a tentative, exhilarating romance. And when his support of Estelle’s bakery collides with new revelations about the old murder, Luke witnesses the true power of reconciliation working in the hearts of those he holds dear—a revelation that will change his life.
After growing up in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is a three time winner, in poetry and fiction, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in cardiac surgery.
Danielle Walker, Against All Grains and Meals Made Simple
Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30pm
Beloved food blogger and The New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker is back with over 100 new Paleo recipes in her sophomore cookbook, Meals Made Simple—a collection of gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo-friendly recipes for easy weeknight meals.
Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at twenty-two, Danielle Walker spent many years in and out of the hospital and on high dosages of debilitating medications before taking her health into her own hands and drastically changing her diet. In a true lemons-to-lemonade story, Danielle transformed her adversities into opportunities and created her wildly successful blog, Against All Grain, in an effort to help those in need eat well and feel great, without feeling deprived.
With recipes that make cooking for the grain-free family both easy and enjoyable, Meals Made Simple answers the age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” Danielle Walker takes the guesswork out of meal planning with eight weeks’ worth of dinner ideas, complete with full shopping lists and recipes for using up leftovers. Whether we’re moms, students, or business owners, at the end of the day we all want fresh, home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare. And we want lots of variety.
Preparing real foods can be time-consuming and monotonous, but Danielle brings both simplicity and creativity to the everyday meal with an enthusiasm for flavors and textures that are often lacking in easy weeknight dishes. Meals Made Simple includes a variety of slow cooker, one-pot, and thirty-minute meals, as well as ways to create entirely new dishes from leftovers.
As in her critically acclaimed first cookbook, Against All Grain, Danielle offers special “tidbits” to help ensure that your meals turn out picture-perfect. The vibrant flavors and colors in these grain-free dishes, like slow-cooked Pork Ragu, Beef Stroganoff, Peruvian-Style Chicken, Chicken and Rice Casserole, and Barbecue Salmon with Peach Salsa, add delight to any meal and put an end to all those nights of mundane grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. Even the desserts are quick to make, should a craving or a last-minute celebration arise.
Callista Gingrich & Newt Gingrich, From Sea To Shining Sea and Breakout
Friday, October 17 at 7pm
In Callista’s newest children’s book we join Ellis the Elephant on a new adventure into American history as he explores the untamed wilderness with Lewis and Clark! In From Sea to Shining Sea, Ellis learns all about the Louisiana Purchase, the two explorers’ epic journey across the North American continent, and the amazing discoveries and innovation it sparked. Parents and children will be thrilled by the sweeping adventure — and along the way, they’ll learn about an important chapter of American history.. FoxTale will also have Sweet Land of Liberty, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride available for purchase and signing.
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is touring with the paperback release of Breakout. He is the author of several bestselling books, including the George Washington series of historical fiction novels. FoxTale will have
Breakout plus some of the fiction novels; specific titles forthcoming.
NOTE: We can get any titles in advance for Speaker Gingrich
Lisa Boalt Richardson, Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage
Saturday, October 18, 2pm
Discover the health benefits pairing tea and chocolate on a fall afternoon with international tea expert Lisa Richardson of Lisa Knows Tea. Catered by Woodstock’s very own Tea Leaves & Thyme. Details to come!
It’s a beverage, a commodity, a ceremony, a meal, a spiritual encounter, a connector of people, a drink of peace, a pick-me-up, a comforter, and a way of life for many. As tea continues to rise in popularity, this comprehensive guide explores the celebrated beverage through the eyes of a certified tea specialist. From its sometimes murky origins to today’s wide range of tea ceremonies, Lisa Boalt Richardson delves into the world of tea to create a fresh and accessible package for tea rookies and gurus alike. With tips for shopping, storing, steeping, and tasting, plus advice for using tea in pairings, cooking, cocktails, and home health remedies, this fascinating read is everyone’s cup of tea.
Tommy Greenwald, Middle-Grade author of Charlie Joe Jackson
Wednesday, October 22, 4:30pm,
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30pm, Natalie Parker & Friends
Tuesday, November 4, 4:30pm, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9 Book Release Party
Saturday, November 8, 1pm, Marta McDowell, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life
*****Monday, November 10, 6:30pm, Robert Crais, The Promise*****
*****Monday, November 17, 6:30pm, Wiley Cash, This Dark Road to Mercy*****
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30pm, Olivia deBelle Byrd, Save My Place
Saturday, November 22, 1pm, Lindi Peterson, Faith Trilogy #2
Sunday, December 7, 1pm, Virginia Willis, Okra Cookbook********
Tuesday, December 9, 7pm, Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story *********