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Forever Books is a general, full-service bookstore located in historic downtown St. Joseph, Michigan.  Chosen as the "Most Romantic City" by the Detroit Free Press, St. Joseph overlooks the lighthouse and the western shores of Lake Michigan.

Opened on April Fool's Day in 1999 as a children's bookstore, Forever Books is now 60% adult books and 40% children's books, housed in 1700-square feet.  Forever Books has garnered distinction for its customer service and knowledgeable staff, winning the Reader's Choice Award as the "Best Place to Buy Books in Southwest Michigan" for the last eleven years.  The store has been featured on an Oprah Winfrey show book club program, and the store has been nominated twice for the Lucille Micheels Pannell Award for Excellence in Children's Bookselling.

Forever Books has also been featured in Lake Magazine and in Midwest Living, which highlighted the store with a full-page photo in its coverage of "Fifteen Essential Winter Experiences Along Lake Michigan".

Owner Robin Allen, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Cornerstone Alliance, leads her staff in the store's motto:  "We sell books the old-fashioned way...we read them!".  Forever Books is "the destination" in southwest Michigan for people who know and love books.

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August Newsletter
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Here's what's happening at Forever Books...
Meet Peter Ferry, author of Old Heart
Speaking and Signing
Monday, August 17th 6:30 PM
Reservations requested but not required.
Tom Johnson has turned 85 and has suffered a few events, although he knows his mind is sharp. His two children want to move him out of the homestead lake house and into a retirement home in town. What Tom wants to do is to find the only woman he ever loved. And so he slips away, deftly covers his tracks, and begins his search for her. 

Peter Ferry's stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Fiction, OR, Chicago Quarterly Review and StoryQuarterly; he is the winner of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Short Fiction. He is a frequent contributor to the travel pages of The Chicago Tribune and to WorldHum.  He has written two novels,
Travel Writing, which was published in 2008, and Old Heart, which appeared in June of 2015.  He lives in Evanston, Illinois and Van Buren County, Michigan with his wife Carolyn.

Back to School with Crayons!
Tuesday, August 18 at 10:30 AM
The crayons quit but now they've come home! Bestselling picture book, The Day the Crayons Quit, has a follow-up book! Join us in celebrating
The Day the Crayons Came Home with a special storytime event at 10:30 on its release date with fun and games. A longer, more complex book, best for ages 4-8. Special 20% off the book for all attendees.
Children's Storytime
Thursday August 20th at 10:45 AM
Rude Cakes! by Rowboat Watkins. Hear a story about a rude cake who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents, and a giant cyclops who is polite. (Cupcakes served!) Best for little ones up to 6, but everyone welcome. Special 20% off for all attendees.
Go Set a Watchman
Book Discussion
Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM
Join us for a Go Set a Watchman book discussion, including To Kill a Mockingbird, led by Donna Dumke. A former English teacher at St. Joseph High School, Donna has advised the school's student book club for many years, including the last five years since her retirement. To Kill a Mockingbird remains a constant on her list of all time favorites since she first read the novel.

Reservations Requested
Staff Favorite Summer Reads...
by Paula McLain

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller, The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920's. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Recommended by Robin 
In the Dark Places
by Peter Robinson
A stolen tractor and a human bloodstain in a hangar at at abandoned airfield presents Inspector Alan Banks and his team with what seem to be two different crimes. But as the cases start connecting , a wide-ranging conspiracy begins to unravel. The newest police procedural from master mystery writer Robinson. Releases 8/11. Recommended by Stephen.
by Alice Hoffman
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and Museum of Extraordinary Things a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissaro - the Father of Impressionism. The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. Recommended by Diana.
by Jill Morrow
Take an eighty-year-old textile magnate, plus his new forty-something fiancée, add séances,  the magnate's two entitled forty-something children and the Boston lawyers, throw in "the will", and set it in pre-1920's Newport, Rhode Isand, and you get a great read perfect for summer and the beach! Recommended by Sherry.
Get ready for the astonishingly true story of the search by modern treasure hunters for the ship stolen by a highly-esteemed English merchant captain-turned-pirate during the Golden Age of Pirates. If they find the ship they will make history; it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. By the author of the best seller, Shadow Divers.  Thrilling!! -Robin
by Dr. Suess
A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick out a pet? Naturally, they just can't choose one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment - - choosing a pet - - and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! An Editor's Note at the end discusses Dr. Suess's creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work.
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