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Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

We get to hang out with 2 of our 3 adult September book pick authors at our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, October 9th, and it’s gonna be a good time! 

*This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members.*

PAST EVENTS

All 3 of our August adult book pick authors will attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, September 11th, and we are stoked!

*This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members.*

Join us for a live art demo and book signing with author and illustrator Ashley Belote on Saturday, July 30th in celebration of her debut picture book Listen Up, Louella. For more information on how to RSVP, please click the button below.

DATE:  Saturday, July 30th

TIME:  11:00am EST

WHERE:  The Art Gallery at Morning Star

ADDRESS:  12509 Idlewild Rd, Matthews, NC 28105

We’re so excited to have all 3 of our June book pick authors attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, July 10th!

*This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members.*
This event has been postponed!

We’re hosting not 1, not 2, but 3 local authors on Saturday, July 9th in celebration of Patrice Gopo’s debut children’s book All the Places We Call Home and New York Times Bestselling author Derrick Barnes latest book The Queen of Kindergarten.

DATE:  Saturday, July 9th

TIME:  11:00am EST

WHERE:  The Art Gallery at Morning Star

ADDRESS:  12509 Idlewild Rd, Matthews, NC 28105

We are proud to partner with Freedom School Partners for their Great Day of D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Book Drive this year! Their goal is to provide almost 600 of their scholars with copies of Susan Verde’s children’s book I Am One this summer.

To donate a copy of the book, please follow the steps below:

  1. Add I Am One to your Shelves shopping cart. (You can donate as many copies as you want).
  2. Enter the following shipping address at checkout: Regina [First Name], Rhodes [Last Name], Freedom School Partners [Company],  3605 Drive [Street Address], Suite D [Apt, Suite, Unit, etc.], Charlotte [City], NC [State], 28211 [Zip Code].
  3. Under shipping, select the Donation – Great Day of D.E.A.R. Book Drive option.

Click here to donate a copy of I Am One.

**All book donations will be delivered to the schools after the campaign ends on June 30th.

    On June 22nd, we turn 3 years old, but we’re celebrating all month long! In addition to product discounts and giveaways, we are popping up at Enderly Coffee Co. every Friday & Saturday during the month of June. We hope you will come out and support us.

    DATES:  June 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th. 

    TIME: 9am-1:30pm EST

    ADDRESS: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

    *Enderly also serves as a Local Pickup location for Mecklenburg County residents that order from our online store. They deliver for us on Fridays too.

    Kindred Stories, Solid State Books, Cafe Con Libros, and Shelves Bookstore present Good Morning, Love with debut novelist Ashley M. Coleman in conversation with Pauleanne Reid. Anyone that purchases a copy of Ashley’s novel before 6.22.22 will be automatically added to the guest list for this event.

    DATE: Wednesday, June 22nd

    TIME: 7:30pm EST/6:30pm CST/4:30pm PST

    WHERE: Crowdcast (virtual)

    READ ABOUT GOOD MORNING, LOVE HERE

    It’s never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist!

    Join us on Thursday, June 16th on Zoom as we celebrate Juneteenth—and learn how to talk to the young people in our lives about its history and significance. Ibram X. Kendi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, will be joined by panelists to discuss Juneteenth; the ways it is celebrated across the country; how the holiday can serve as the perfect jumping-off point to talk to kids from toddlers to teens about our country’s complicated, often-ugly history; and how they can shape an antiracist future.

    Every ticket will include a copy of Dr. Kendi’s forthcoming book, How to Raise an Antiracist, which has been called “the quintessential parenting book for these times” by Publishers Weekly. Buy your ticket soon to get a special copy with a signed bookplate from Dr. Kendi! The event will also feature a special conversation between Dr. Kendi and illustrator Cbabi Bayoc about their new children’s book Goodnight Racism, a modern bedtime classic that gives children the language to dream of a better world.

    DATE: Thursday, June 16th

    TIME: 7:30pm EST

    WHERE: Zoom (virtual)

    We’re so excited to have all 3 of our May book pick authors attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, June 5th!

    *This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members. Learn more about the RIAL crew [here].*

    Our friends at Enderly Coffee Co. will host our Pop-Up Bookstore 3 out 4 Saturdays during the month of May.

    DATE: March 14th, 21st, and 28th

    TIME: 9am-1:30pm EST

    ADDRESS: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

    *Enderly also serves as a Local Pickup location for Mecklenburg County residents that order from our online store. They deliver for us on Fridays too.

    We’re thankful to have author Jenny Tinghui Zhang attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, May 1st to discuss her debut novel Four Treasures of the Sky! In addition to Jenny’s novel, we will also talk about our other two April book picks as well.

    *This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members. Learn more about the RIAL crew [here].*

    Shelves is 1 of 11 indie bookstores participating in the 2022 Greater Charlotte Book Crawl, which kicks off on Friday, April 1st. This book crawl will last for 30 days and will officially come to an end on Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated this year on Saturday, April 30th.

    Enderly Coffee Co. will host our Pop-Up Bookstore 4 times during the month of April. (read below)

    DATE: April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

    ADDRESS: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

    TIME: 9am-1:30pm EST

    Visit greatercharlottebookcrawl.com for more information.

    We’re so excited to have all 3 of our March book pick authors attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, April 10th!

    *This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members. Learn more about the RIAL crew [here].*

    The Council for Children’s Rights is a local advocacy agency that impacts the lives of children in the areas of education, abuse and neglect, mental health, custody, domestic violence, and juvenile defense.

    We are proud to partner with them as they launch a book series that highlights three important topics that strongly relate to the lived experience of their child clients and the difficult issues that impact their well-being. This book series offers a deeper insight into these challenging issues and the work of the Council provides to address them.

    This is a hybrid event – both in-person and streaming options will be available for participants. Click on the link below to learn more about the books and register for the event.

    DATE: Wednesday, April 6th 2022

    TIME: 5:30pm-7:30pm EST

    COST: Free

    LOCATION: In-person (Children and Family Services Building 601 E 5th St Charlotte, NC 28202) or virtual options are available.

    *Shelves will donate 10% of the proceeds from these books to the Council for Children’s Rights.*

    Buy the books here!

    After this kickoff event, we hope you join us and attend individual book panels this Summer with experts in the field as well as regional and national leaders on the topics! More information about the panels and dates will be released in the coming weeks.

     

    **Please be aware that these books discuss difficult and sensitive topics, including violence, trauma, and abuse, and may be triggering to some readers.

      If you’ve ever lived in Charlotte for a period of time, you may have heard grumblings about local government’s habit of replacing the city’s history every 10 years or so with new buildings and businesses. So, in an effort to help the Queen City’s next generation of adults connect the dots between past events’ impact on present day Charlotte, we’ve launched the Give the Gift of Legacy campaign.

      Our goal is to donate 100 copies of local historian Pamela Grundy’s new book Legacy: Three Centuries of Black History in Charlotte, North Carolina to ten schools in the Charlotte area. This campaign will be in effect from March 1st-31st and is solely dependent on the generosity of our amazing supporters. To donate a copy of the book, please follow the steps below:

      1. Add Legacy to your Shelves shopping cart. (You can donate as many copies as you want).
      2. Enter the following shipping address at checkout: Legacy [First Name], Campaign [Last Name], PO Box 42299, Charlotte, NC 28215
      3. Under shipping, select the “Free delivery – Give the Gift of Legacy donation” option.

      Click here to donate a copy of Legacy

      **All book donations will be delivered to the schools after the campaign ends.

        Our friends at Enderly Coffee Co. will host our Pop-Up Bookstore 3 out 4 Saturdays during the month of March.

        DATE: March 12th, 19th, and 26th

        TIME: 9am-1:30pm EST

        ADDRESS: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

        *Enderly also serves as a Local Pickup location for Mecklenburg County residents that order from our online store. They deliver for us on Fridays too.

        You’re invited to the virtual launch event for local Charlotte author, Vanessa Miller’s new novel Something Good! Vanessa will sit down with your Friendly Neighborhood Bookseller for an informal conversation about the who, the what, and the why of her latest novel. That’s not all… we intend to get the inside scoop about her extensive writing career (she’s written over 50 novels y’all!). Event guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions during our Q&A segment.

        All pre-orders will be signed by Vanessa and will come with free swag. Pre-order customers will also be emailed the event link 48 hours before the event start time, so there’s no need to RSVP.

        Date: Tuesday, March 8th 2022

        Time: 7:30pm EST / 6:30pm CST / 5:30pm MST/ 4:30pm PST

        Where: Online via Zoom

        Click here to order SOMETHING GOOD!

        *Want to attend the event without ordering the book? Please RSVP by clicking –> here.*

        March marks our 1-year anniversary since we sent our first Reading Is a Lifestyle book picks since launching our subscription a year ago, and having all 3 of our February book pick authors attend our RIAL Hangout on Sunday, March 6th makes it this anniversary even more sweeter.

        *This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members. Learn more about the RIAL crew [here].*

        Our friends at Enderly Coffee Co. will host our Pop-Up Bookstore every Saturday during the month of February.

        DATE: February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

        TIME: 9am-1:30pm EST

        ADDRESS: 2620 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

        *Enderly also serves as a Local Pickup location for Mecklenburg County residents that order from our online store. They deliver for us on Fridays too.

        Shelves is partnering with the good folks over at Queen City Nerve for the launch of local historian Pamela Grundy’s new book Legacy: Three Centuries of Black History in Charlotte, North Carolina. The launch event will take place during the Friday night Charlotte Hornets vs. Toronto Raptors game at The Spectrum Center. You can order your copy online or pick up a copy at the game.

        DATE: Friday, February 25th 2022

        TIME: 7:00pm EST 

        WHERE: The Spectrum Center

        ADDRESS: 333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

        ORDER YOUR COPY OF LEGACY

        Join authors Mansi Shah and Jennifer Pastiloff (On Being Human) for a vibrant conversation about Mansi’s debut novel The Taste of Ginger. In her novel, a family tragedy beckons a first-generation immigrant to the city of her birth, where she grapples with her family’s past in search of where she truly belongs. Click here to read the full synopsis.

        When you order a copy of The Taste of Ginger, you will automatically be added to the guest list for the event and will receive the event link 48 hours beforehand (if you order the book before the event’s start time, you will receive the link). Listen, if you’ve never attended a virtual event with Jen Pastiloff then you do not want to miss this!

        Date: Wednesday, January 12th 2022

        Time: 8pm EST / 5pm PST

        Where: Online via Zoom

        ORDER THE TASTE OF GINGER HERE

        *Want to attend the event without ordering the book? Please visit the Contact Us page on this website, and select “I want to RSVP for The Taste of Ginger event” from the subject list.*

        We were lucky to kick off our events schedule for 2022 with 2 of our 3 December 2021 Reading Is a Lifestyle book pick authors: Neel Patel and Okezie Nwoka. They will attend our first virtual RIAL hangout of the new year on Sunday, January 9th where we will discuss their novels!

        *This event is exclusively for Reading Is a Lifestyle subscription members. Learn more about the RIAL crew [here].*