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Taking the First Step

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Beyond Fish on Fridays

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, I not only enjoyed a day off, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I also had the pleasure of having my sister in law and niece over for dinner. Roasted butternut squash, mashed rutabaga, and a salad with homemade dressing seemed to be the ticket. In all honesty, I had never made rutabaga before, however, it had caught my eye in the produce department the day before, so I thought “Why not?”. Now what possessed me to test this new vegetable out on my pregnant wife and sister in law (who is also expecting), I’ll never know; but I’m glad I did. Even our 16 month old daughter liked the rutabaga enough to discard her spoon and begin eating it by the handful…

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Shop Local for the Holidays

Louisville is well known for its local, independently owned businesses and restaurants. These small shops, cafes, and bistros, contribute to the unique and quirky Louisville flair that we all love!

Saturday, November 24th is Small Business Saturday. Your support of our store directly contributes to the one of a kind culture that Louisville offers and is a way you can proactively support the local economy.

During this holiday season, keep it local and shop small businesses FIRST for all your holiday gifts!

Right now, the store is featuring a special selection of holiday children’s books.

Come browse our wonderful selection of new and gently new children’s classics and holiday books for the young readers on your holiday gift lists.

We also are currently featuring a wide array of journals. The perfect gift for the creative type on your wishlist. A journal is the perfect way to enter the new year thoughtfully and with purpose!

Let’s celebrate small business together and patronize the local businesses we all love here in Louisville! Shop local FIRST!

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An Evening of Poetry

One of the many benefits of a local bookstore is the ability to celebrate local authors. This Saturday, September 22, we will be hosting An Evening of Poetry from 4-8PM.

Join us as we listen to the work of these local poets and artists, visit with fellow book lovers, enjoy refreshments, and browse our favorite local bookstore.

Check out information on our featured guests:

Tom Gibbs, author of the recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem.Tom Gibbs grew up in Waco, Texas. Besides Texas, he has lived and written in West Virginia, Florida, and Kentucky. He holds both a BA and an MA from Marshall University. His book, No Willow: For the Zen Cowboy, (Appalachian Writers Project, 1978; Sullen Art Press, 1986) received the Teel Award for Poetry at Marshall University in 1978. His recent book, The Water Gospel: A Long Poem, was published in 2011 by Tekton Press with an introduction by Larry E. Maze, former Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas. Gibbs’ work has appeared in America, Concho River Review, Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual, Et Cetera, and other magazines and journals. Gibbs lives and writes in rural Kentucky.

Jim McGarrah’s poems and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Breakwater, Café Review, Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, Elixir Magazine, GreenBriar Review, and North American Review. He is the author of two books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003 and When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009. He has also written a memoir of the Vietnam War entitled ATemporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007) that won the Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and The End of an Era, a nonfiction account of life in the American counter-culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s, published in 2011 by Ink Brush Press. McGarrah has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a finalist twice in the James Hearst Poetry Contest.

Danny O’Bryan is the host of “Jazz Insights,” on 91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville. Considered “The Renaissance Man of Everything,” Danny O’Bryan is a singer, saxophonist, poet, playwright, actor, English Professor, and former contributing entertainment columnist and jazz critic for the Louisville Times and Courier Journal, The Lexington Herald, and the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO). Listen to Jazz Insights on Sunday mornings from 8-10!

Brett Eugene Ralph spent the better part of his youth in Louisville, Kentucky, playing football and singing in punk rock bands. He holds degrees from the University of Evansville and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where his poetry was twice awarded prizes from the Academy of American Poets. His work has appeared in journals such as Field, The American Poetry Review, Conduit, Exquisite Corpse, Willow Springs, and McSweeney’s, and his first full-length collection of poems, Black Sabbatical, was published by Sarabande Books in 2009. Brett is a professor of English at Hopkinsville Community College, where he also directs the Hoptown Reading Series and oversees publication of The Round Table, HCC’s literary magazine. The debut album by Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue is available from Noise Pollution.

Ron Whitehead is a poet, writer, editor, publisher, organizer, scholar, professor. He attended Georgetown College, Western Kentucky University, The University of Louisville, and Oxford University (England). Ron has taught college for 15 years at The University of Louisville, Spalding University, Jefferson Community College, St. Catharine College, and Bellarmine University. In 1992 Ron founded The Global Literary Renaissance, a non-profit organization, supporting the global literary community. Ron’s work has been exhibited round the world from New York City to Louisville to New Orleans to San Francisco and from India to Czech Republic to Italy to Portugal to Ireland to The Netherlands to Iceland and beyond. The UN/UNESCO “Poetry on the Peaks” program selected The Dalai Lama/Ron Whitehead “Never Give Up” message/poem poster as its theme for 2002.

See you on Saturday!!

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Make Yourself a Mystic Brew

A Reader’s Corner Bookstore enjoys the privilege of offering Mystic Monk Coffee for sale in our store to the Louisville community.

Small business promoting small business. It is a beautiful thing!

What is so special about Mystic Monk Coffee you say?

Imagine the careful selection of high quality coffee beans which are then roasted in small batches to ensure full bodied taste.

Imagine these delicious and aromatic beans roasting in the clean fresh wide open spaces of Wyoming.

Imagine Carmelite Monks carefully crafting each freshly roasted coffee to the utmost perfection. The monks roast coffee as a form of manual labor as part of their monastic life.

Imagine supporting the important work of the Carmelite Monks, makers of Mystic Monk Coffee, who use the proceeds from the coffee sales to build their monastery. The manual labor in the coffee production is an integral part of their monastic life.

Stop by A Reader’s Corner today to get your very own Mystic Monk Coffee!

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For a limited time only!

Why do we love A Reader’s Corner Bookstore?

The reasons are endless!

We love walking into this local shop and being greeted by a familiar face behind the register. We love getting to know Tim and Judy, the owners of A Reader’s Corner, their love for books and their community is contagious. We love Magnus, the shy bookstore pup. We love the rocking chairs, the children’s book nook, the many opportunities for finding a great deal on a old favorite or a current best seller. I could go on and on!

Speaking of deals, A Reader’s Corner is having a special sale that just had to be shared. For a limited time only, we are offering 30% off a selection of classic children’s books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

30% off $21.99

10 Apples up on Top

by Dr. Seuss

30% off $8.99

To see more books in this sale, check out our Facebook Page!

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My favorite female book characters

In no particular order…

1. Anne (with an “e”) Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Aliena from Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

6. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

7. Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

8. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

9. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

10. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Who would you choose???

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