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Yoga Frog, Renée Ahdieh and more

Dear Gentle Reader,

A big weekend coming up for the younger set. Middle grade book clubs, yoga for the young’uns, and a young adult discussion. Looking forward to a fun time and will cap the weekend off with our monthly NC Poetry Society reading!

We are at the ready to help navigate your summer reading lists for you and your favorite camper, so pop in this weekend.

Thursday, June 21st at 4pm
Bookends Book Club discusses Allison Lurie’s Foreign Affairs

Friday & Saturday, June 22/23 from 10:00am-12:30pm
McIntyre’s Summer Writing Workshop For Kids!

Please note that this workshop is sold out, but we are creating a list for another workshop in August. Call the McIntyre’s for details 919.542.3030

Saturday, June 23rd at 11am
Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter
Learn Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses with a Meditative, Mindful Frog

Frog loves to practice yoga. And he will inspire kids to enjoy doing yoga, too. Follow Frog’s yoga flow, from warming up to cooling down. Start with the mountain and chair poses, then work into giraffe, cat-cow, downward-facing dog, butterfly, and bridge. End with the quieting happy baby and savasana poses to help your muscles relax before going to bed or starting your day.

For fans of Yoga Bunny and I Am Yoga, Yoga Frog’s simple, meditative text is complemented by playful yet instructive illustrations by Mark Chambers to teach youngsters how to start their very own yoga practice – and to have fun while doing so, too. Nora Carpenter will be here to read and demonstrate some poses.

Nora Carpenter, pictured above, is a Certified Yoga Teacher and has taught numerous kids’ and adults’ yoga classes since 2007. She also holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she rotates as Head Grad Assistant for the program’s summer residencies. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Saturday, June 23rd at 2pm
Renée Ahdieh concludes her national tour of Smoke in the Sun with a conversation with authors S. Jae-Jones and Roshani Chokshi

The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist – an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and The Dawn.

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. She is a graduate of UNC-CH and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix and author of the author of the New York Times bestselling Wintersong and its sequel, Shadowsong. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina.

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched series and Aru Shah and the End of Time, book one in the Pandava series. She grew up in Georgia, where she acquired a Southern accent but does not use it unless under duress. She has a luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. She is the 2016 finalist for the Andre Norton Award, and a 2016 Locus finalist for Best First Novel.

Sunday, June 24th at 2pm

Middle Grade Book Club
 discusses Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm

Join McIntyre’s children’s bookseller Anna Shartzer as she leads a summer books club for kids ages 8-12. This club guarantees fun, friends, crafts, snacks and great book talk. Receive 20% off the selected title.

This week’s selection: Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm

School’s out for summer, and Penny and her cousin Frankie have big plans to eat lots of butter pecan ice cream, swim at the local pool, and cheer on their favorite baseball team – the Brooklyn Dodgers! But sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Penny’s mom doesn’t want her to swim because she’s afraid Penny will get polio. Frankie is constantly getting into trouble, and Penny feels caught between the two sides of her family. Set just after World War II, this thought-provoking novel also highlights the prejudice Penny’s Italian American family must confront because people of Italian descent were “the enemy” not long ago.

Jennifer L. Holm is the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Jenni lives in California.

Book Club Leader Anna Shartzer has been a reading specialist, instructional coach, teacher and most recently bookseller. Her eighteen year career has been all about encouraging reading and readers. She has founded three children’s book clubs and has helped to lead sessions on more than thirty titles. She is passionate about engaging readers, supporting them in making connections and creating a fun environment for young book lovers.

Sunday, June 24th at 2pm
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Chris Abbate, Dorothy Baird, and Beth Copeland

Saturday, June 30 at 11am
Liese O’Halloran Schwartz opens The Possible World

Saturday, June 30 at 2pm
Lynne Hinton explores The View from Here

All the best from the usual suspects:
Pete, Sarah, Mouse, Billy, Johanna, Anna, Juliana, Abby, Kelley, Hazel and Keebe