Thursday, October 19th from 6-8 pm
Come to Four Seasons Books to celebrate the great teachers and mentors of our community! We take great pride in our local educators, so we are happy to host an evening especially for them. Join us for refreshments, conversation, and a 15% discount on your purchase!
We will also be hosting a book signing that evening with West Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Erin Sponaugle. Erin's new children's book, The Adventures of Berkeley the Bear, uses an endearing storyline and full page illustrations to instill the values of state pride, friendship, and self confidence in young readers.
Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm
Join us for a poetry reading and signing with local authors Tracy Seffers and Tom Donlon.
Tracy's new collection, Some Other Life, brings into view the deep "other life" hidden underneath the commonplace. It is a celebration of the small and unseen lives that reveal deeper truth both divine and deeply human: the poetry sings an incarnational universe.
Tracy Setter currently serves as registrar for Shepherd University, a public liberal arts university in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Though her study of poetry was deep and delicious, she did not begin writing her own poetry until she moved to her West Virginia riverside home, in 2003. Her 2013 participation in the Appalachian Writer's Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky was an important catalyst for many of the works in this volume.
"Tom Donlon’s “Peregrine” is a stunning first chapbook of poems. Donlon is a Catholic writer with a vision of humanity that radiates love, peace and goodwill... As a whole, [this] is a dazzling first book of poems by an accomplished poet. As Donlon explores both his faith and his family life, he leads us on a spiritual journey. These poems are evidence of the love in the universe. These poems bear witness to the presence of the eternal in the every day. “Peregrine” is a wise and exquisite collection." -- Sonja James
Tom Donlon is a project manager for Verizon and lives with his wife and children in Shenandoah Junction, WV. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the American University in Washington, DC before moving to West Virginia in 1986. Poems have appeared in ABZ, America, Blue Collar Review, Christianity and Literature, Commonweal, Folio Hospital Drive, Kestrel, Poet Lore, Sow's Ear Poetry Review and in other journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Recognition has included Pushcart Prize nominations and a fellowship from the WV Commission on the Arts.
Four Seasons Books is happy to be an official Come Write In location! Bring your laptop and come by the shop for a quiet space to write or for a brainstorming session with your NaNo buddies. Check out our contact page above for our hours. Feel free to send us an email ahead of time so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information about events just for our local novelists!
Saturday, October 21 at 3 pm
We are delighted to again host a visit from Alex Rossino, as he signs and discusses his young adult novel, Needwood.
Thirteen-year-old Savilla Morgan has a secret so hidden that even she doesn’t know it. Savilla thinks she is an ordinary girl, but she is actually descended from a long line of spellcasters who trace their origin back to the ancient story of Lilith. Savilla discovers this only after the killing of two local farmers by a mysterious demon sends her on a journey deep into enchanted Needwood Forest. Joined by her friend Alistair, and assisted by a talking cat, Savilla delves into her past, discovering along the way that she is more remarkable than she ever imagined.
Alex Rossino is an author and historian whose early work on German racial-political policies in wartime Poland received widespread acclaim. No longer affiliated with any academic institution, Dr. Rossino has turned his attention to the American Civil War, particularly the campaign 1862 in Maryland. When time allows he also dabbles in fantasy writing.
Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm
Join us for a reading with local author James Pate as he shares his neo-noir novel, Speed of Life.
1978. It’s a hot summer night in Memphis when rock singer Oscar hears the news that his ex-bandmate Tommy has overdosed in a hotel room. Oscar isn’t buying it, and sets out to discover what really happened.
Oscar finds himself sucked deeper into the seedy underbellies of two great American cities seemingly on the verge of nihilistic collapse, and as he gets closer to the real reasons behind the death of his bandmate Tommy he finds himself thrust directly into the line of fire.
James Pate is a fiction writer and poet. He is the author of THE FASSBINDER DIARIES (Civil Coping Mechanisms), and FLOWERS AMONG THE CARRION (Action Books).
He has had work published in Black Warrior Review, Blue Mesa Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, New Delta Review, Cream City Review, Plots with Guns, storySouth, La Petite Zine, Pembroke Magazine, Superstition Review, and Shotgun Honey, among other places.
Saturday, October 28 at 1 pm
Come hear a reading and discussion with author Kiki Dombrowski.
Eight Extraordinary Days is both an accessible introductory book and innovative supplement for witches and pagans who want fresh research on the Wheel of the Year. Step into the seasons and connect with nature through this compendium of witchcraft and magic! Deepen your connection to the modern pagan’s Wheel of the Year in Eight Extraordinary Days. This book has a variety of inspiring content – from mythology to divination, DIY activities to magical correspondences – you will discover new ways to celebrate the holidays.
Kiki Dombrowski lives in Nashville where she is a tarot card reader, certified life coach, and workshop teacher. Prior to her time in Tennessee, Kiki lived in Connecticut, Paris, and Nottingham, where she was an English and creative writing student. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her Master's Degree from Nottingham University. Kiki's written work has been featured in Witch Way Magazine, Green Egg Magazine, Witch Vox, and elephant journal.
Friday, November 3 at 7 pm
Join us for a talk with Andrew Fisher, author of Big Hunger. The 2016 election reminded us of the depth of economic insecurity across America, and of the political implications that come from ignoring this populist angst. The decline of Rust Belt communities since the 1980s has been paralleled by the rapid growth of food banks. Instead of challenging the government and corporations to provide living wages and good jobs, to support unions and oppose globalization, the anti-hunger movement has instead built alliances with Walmart, Tyson, and Monsanto, among other socially irresponsible companies. Big Hunger reveals the damage caused by this hunger-industrial complex, and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement to eliminate hunger through a focus on health, economic justice and local economies.
Andy Fisher is a leading national expert on community food security. In 1994, he co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a national alliance of groups working on food access and local food, until 2011. His book on the anti-hunger movement, “Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups” was released by MIT Press in April, 2017.
Thursday, November 2 at 7 pm
Join us for a presentation and book signing with the authors of Rising Tides.
Global climate change is undeniable. Over the next few decades, as sea levels rise, storms intensify, and drought and desertification run rampant, hundreds of millions of civilians will abandon their homes, cities, and even entire countries. What will happen to these massive numbers of environmental refugees? Where will they go, what rights will they have, and who will take care of them?
Rising Tides sounds an urgent wake up call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. The crisis is everywhere and it is imminent. Detailing a number of solutions, John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone. The crisis of climate refugees requires global, concerted solutions beyond the strategic, fiscal, and legal capability of a single country or agency.John R. Wennersten is an environmental affairs writer and author of Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century.
Denise Robbins is a writer and communications expert on climate change issues in Washington, DC. A graduate of Cornell University, she regularly publishes articles dealing with all aspects of global and national environmental change, with a focus on regional politics.
Sunday, December 17 at 4 pm
Hosted at Reynolds Hall
National Book Award finalist Nancy MacLean visits for a lecture, Q&A, and book signing.
Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award
“[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . .” – The Atlantic
Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.
Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.
Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times "noteworthy" book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune “contemporary history at its best.” The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Saturday, November 5 at 1 pm
We are happy to have author Lyn Widmyer joining us for a discussion of her newest book, Chasing Pills.
Chasing Pills shares humorous, informative advice about navigating the tricky shoals of old age. Topics include unwanted body noises, fear of dementia, living with a hard of hearing spouse, computer mysteries (what is the cloud, anyway?), understanding confusing medical bills and the new wedding etiquette.
Lyn Widmyer retired in 2014 after working for decades as a community planner and serving 6 years on the Jefferson County Commission. Her writing career began in 2002 when she became a community columnist for a local newspaper. Since then, she has published over 150 columns for 3 different newspapers. Lyn published her first book, Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore in 2012 followed by Chasing Votes: I Got Elected, Now What? in 2015. When not writing, Lyn spends her time locating misplaced items and remembering to fill her pill dispenser.
Introducing the Europa Dinner Club!
Get started on the new year with a brand new book group, one that will transport you to new lands and enlighten your view of the world. Using the Europa Editions, which features international fiction, each month the club will examine a new locale while enjoying great food in downtown Shepherdstown.
For $40 a person (or $60 a couple), you will receive entry to the club's family style dinner at Bistro 112. Discussion and dinner will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.
Stop in at Four Seasons Books and pick up a ticket today!
June title: "The Golden Age," by Joan London,
to be discussed June 8th at 7 pm.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, it traces the story of two young polio patients as they fall in love and learn to live in their new realities.
With tenderness and humor, The Golden Age tells a deeply moving story about illness and recovery. It is a book about learning to navigate the unfamiliar, about embracing music, poetry, death, and, most importantly, life.