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Book Bash 2010 to hit Black Bear

Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Monday comes in with a bang at Black Bear Books, as Book Bash 2010 brings readers together for food, friendship and, of course, a few good books.

While the book list is top secret, the itinerary isn't, and, according to Black Bear's Erin Thompson, it's a party you don't want to miss, full of food, wine, coffee and giveaways.

"We get advanced reader copies all year, and we've been saving them to give away," she said. "I just opened a big box from Random House and it's got some great stuff."

Several area book clubs will be at the event, and it's the perfect time for the unaffiliated to get involved. Thompson, a proud book club member, recommends membership as a great way to find both quality material and quality people.

"A book club, first and foremost ... is a great way to keep you tied to your reading," she said. "It holds you accountable, especially when life gets you really busy ... this way you keep yourself on a schedule. ...It's a great way to discuss the book with people who are likeminded."
And the people make the club.

"It's neat how women or men who wouldn't otherwise be connected or be connected in this way come to rely on each other as a support system," she said.

Her own club's diversity is part of what makes it special, and she hopes Watauga County residents will use the bash as a chance to find their own book club niche.

"If they're not in a book club and want to be, I've given this invitation to tons of people," Thompson said. "I think there actually will be people there looking to join a book club."

The book list, to be released Monday, is another special addition.

"We have gotten tons of recommendations from everyone who works here, some publishers, things like that, and we'll be giving out those lists," she said. "We'll be going over the ones people here have recommended, and we'll be talking about discounts for books."
She's expecting a crowd.

"It's just going to be a big party," she said.

The event happens Monday at Black Bear Books, located at 2146 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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