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Thank you + our weekend deals.

We know it's time to tell you all about our Black Friday deals and Small Business Saturday steals, but the truth is, we couldn't let this week go by without saying thank you.
Thomasville loves its local businesses, that much is clear. In a world that's increasingly reading books on a screen instead of in-hand, our bookstore is alive and growing. The Bookshelf has had an outstanding year, even with a change in ownership, and that's due to you and your continued support. Thank you for being the best kinds of customers -- the kind who turn into friends. We love serving you. 
If you're feeling the itch to get some holiday shopping done this weekend, come see us this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. We'll be offering a few fun deals:
- All weekend, customers who sign up for our email list will be entered to win a $20 Bookshelf gift certificate, and we're offering buy one, get one free on all items on our sale cart. 
- In addition, on Friday, early bird shoppers (10 a.m. until noon) get 20% off hardback books.
On Saturday, customers who spend $100 or more will receive a free, Read Local tote bag ($20 value), while supplies last
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! The holidays are here!

A Southern sense of place.


A Good Morning by 2013 PWAF featured artist Peter Corbin


A friend from Utah emailed me this week asking for my thoughts on the South, on what it's like to be born and raised here, on what it means to be Southern. 

I didn't really know how to respond at first. I've never been sure if the Southern label was for me.

Yes, I was born and raised in Florida's panhandle, but I don't say y'all. I don't drink sweet tea, and grits aren't my thing. I'm quieter, I think, than your stereotypical Southerner, and I don't hunt or fish or have a husband who does. Most of my belongings aren't monogrammed, and I only own one set of pearls.


There is, inside of me, this rather innate sense of place, of belonging. And I think, really, that's a very Southern thing. This idea that we have a people, a clan, and those people were born and raised here, among the tree-lined dirt roads and rough sandy beaches.

Southerners like their land, their space. They know it; they own it; they breathe it.

Maybe, for some, that means hunting and fishing. It means getting up early and waiting patiently in the tall grass on a cool November day. Or maybe it means hiking and walking and looking around thinking, "This is glorious." 

I think maybe, that might be Southern.

This weekend, Thomasville will celebrate its annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. It's a pretty cool concept, really, to celebrate your place in the universe and the ecology that is yours. That's what PWAF is all about, and the way the festival combines that natural world and the cultural arts is such a unique, bold concept, a way for all kinds of Southerners to meet and mingle and rejoice in their heritage. 

How do we, as book lovers, play a part in that celebration?

With stories, of course.

This weekend, stop by the shop to discover all the books that define our little corner of the South. (We've created a pretty handy list, below.) And while you're in town, meet local author Chip Bragg, whose new book, Crescent Moon Over Carolina, recognizes Southern history and weaves the story of Major General William Moultrie. Chip will be signing copies of his book Saturday from 11 to 1, so you can stop by in between art exhibits and gallery offerings.

Celebrate your people, your land, your ecology this weekend. If you'd look around, you'd see: it's a pretty beautiful thing.

Book List
ISBN-13: 9781611172690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of South Carolina Press, 10/2013

ISBN-13: 9780807835753
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University of North Carolina Press, 10/2012

ISBN-13: 9780820330471
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: University of Georgia Press, 2/2010

ISBN-13: 9780813041483
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University Press of Florida, 10/2012

ISBN-13: 9780062242389
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harperwave, 10/2013

A Place Apart
Model: place

A Land Remembered (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781561641161
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pineapple Press, 9/1996

The Lion's Paw (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780982093207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: A.W. Ink, 10/2008

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