Bards Alley Bookshop

Bards Alley Bookshop

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My dessert cookbook is available at Bards Alley Bookshop in Vienna, and BOLD FORK BOOKS in DC. And is always available for online orders at BookBaby (see my website). Having covered all costs of my book, I'm able to donate ALL profits to three charities doing amazing work: World Central Kitchen The Trevor Project and St. Jude Children's Research From just 2 months of sales, I've donated over $9,500! Would love to keep this going!
VC ANDREWS personal story is out next month. THE WOMAN BEYOND THE ATTIC. I am giving away FREE STICKERS ( more stuff) and can see details on the VC Andrews Fan Page. Including sneak peeks inside the book ect
Happy New Year and God Bless You All xoxo
Who's left on your list? I've still got a few folks to shop for. So far, we've gotten 100% of our holiday gifts from small, local businesses and we're trying to keep that trend going! We've shopped at our favorite Vienna bookstore Bards Alley Bookshop, gotten Virginia-made treats at Very Virginia Shop in Leesburg, supported a Maryland apiary New Horizons Apiaries , got a Vienna print from a local artist The Sketchy Brit, and had the pleasure to meet and purchase pottery from WareClay !

Who are you shopping small with this holiday season? Give your favorite local small business a shoutout in the comments! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

And of course, if you're still searching for the perfect gift, I'm selling glass ball and acrylic ornaments until Friday, December 10! This is the last chance to purchase ornaments this year. Use the code LOCALPICKUP for free pickup from me in Vienna. Thank you for shopping small, local, and handmade!
As a Certified B Corp, we like to take time during the holidays to highlight our fellow businesses who are doing good in the world. We also love to highlight our favorite local family-owned businesses and services that are close to our VA warehouse and our DC officeโ€”and close to our hearts! โค๏ธ
Rustic Love Vienna Trace - The Zero Waste Store Bards Alley Bookshop Vienna, VA Vienna Business Association #viennava #localgifts #bcorp #bcorpgifts

The Ipsun 2021 B Corps (and More!) Gift Guide
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Lots going on for Small Business Saturday!

* Weโ€™re participating in Owlyโ€™s Book Hunt! Bards Alley Bookshop has hidden books at businesses all over Vienna. We have a few in the shop!

* Our Rustic Love Vienna collab t-shirts are $5 off this weekend (both long and short sleeved versions). So, LS shirts are on sale for $20 and SS shirts for $15. These shirts are very soft and comfy! All profit from these shirt sales goes to Rustic Love!

* While youโ€™re at the shop, enjoy a *NEW* Ultimate Hot Chocolate, made with a scoop of your favorite ice cream!
Can't get enough of Madeline Miller's CIRCE? Leah of Bards Alley Bookshop recommends these other myth and folk story retellings to read next!

https://bookshop.org/lists/folklore-retold-with-leah
Thanks to Bards Alley, and all the cool cats who came for the Max Meow book signing and art lesson THIS WEEK! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
Happy October! Enjoy this reading from my vampire novel --
Bookstore branded merchandise is so fun!

Learn about how other bookstores make it in this roundtable, moderated by Leah from Bards Alley Bookshop and Josh from Underground Books
The Arc of Northern Virginia's former Board member David Egan will be signing his memoir, "More Alike Than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome," next Friday, September 17th from 5 pm to 7 pm at Bards Alley Bookshop in Vienna.

https://patch.com/virginia/vienna/bards-alley-host-vienna-advocate-people-disabilities
I stopped by yest to check out Romance Books day. I bought three and also had fun with my "speech bubble." Thank you Bards Alley, and especially Leah for our fun visit! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“š

Bards Alley Bookshop is an independent bookstore that hosts events like story time, author appearances, and book clubs and featuring locally sourced light fare.

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Online services available; Delivery available; Pickup available

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Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Tuesday, April 5th at 6PM as we welcome Ethan Burroughs for a special TWO BOOK event! Burroughs will be signing copies of his Clayton Haley thrillers, Messianic Reveal and Writ Reveal. Call ahead to reserve your copies!

03/15/2022

NEW BOOK CLUB ALERT!!

Banning books is all about restricting access; weโ€™re about reading those books instead! Join the Reading Not Restricted book club as we read frequently challenged and banned books and discuss why itโ€™s critical that kids have access to them. This club will focus on books frequently challenged in schools, so weโ€™ll read a mix of picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. Reading these books prepares us to defend them when others try to get them removed from places readers can access them.

We want this book club to be as accessible as possible, so weโ€™ll have both in person and online meetings. Theyโ€™ll both operate in the same manner and be led by Kathy Ellen. Attend either one and feel free to go back and forth between the two as your schedule allows.

For more information, or to join virtually, email Kathy Ellen at kathyellendaviswriter AT gmail DOT com.

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Kitty says, "For sweeping political intrigue and betrayals this Ides of March, read A Memory Called Empire and its sequel, A Desolation Called Peace, the delicate dance of spaceborn ambassador trying to negotiate with the overwhelming might and grandeur of the Teixcalaanli Empire, based on Byzantines and the Mesoamerican Triple Alliance." Just try not to get stabbed today! (Looking at you, Caesar.)

Order MEMORY: https://loom.ly/PqadaBM

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Join Bards Alley Bookshop TONIGHT at 6PM as we welcome debut author Lillie Lainoff for a signing of ONE FOR ALL! One for All is a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love. http://ow.ly/fTRO50HFzeH

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Fiona wants to know what women authors you're reading to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth! Drop them in the comments!

What's Fiona reading? Find out here: https://loom.ly/6vKA8zE

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Amy says, "Tensions flare in the New Orleans of Beverly Jenkins' post-Civil War romance - and so do passions. Rebel provides a scorching-hot reminder that women of the past were just as full of desire as women today."

Get yours: https://loom.ly/-Bz_8AQ

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Books and bagels? Sign us up! Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Saturday, April 2nd, at 11AM as we welcome cookbook author Cathy Barrow. She'll be signing copies of BAGELS, SCHMEARS, AND A NICE PIECE OF FISH. If you're lucky, you might even snag a treat from our friends at Bobby's Bagel Cafe!

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We are heartsick over what's happening in Ukraine. Next Saturday, March 19th, we'll be doing a fundraiser in two parts: A Pay-What-You-Will Book Sale, from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Josรฉ Andrรฉs' World Central Kitchen, and a winter coat and clothing drive for refugees in Poland, to be donated through Give Back Box.

More on World Central Kitchen: https://loom.ly/1S2USAY
More on Give Back Box: https://loom.ly/3_iCCh0

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Unfortunately, this afternoon's event with Ashley Bernardi has been POSTPONED. We'll let you know as soon as we've set a makeup date! Until then, take care of yourselves, and happy reading!

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Join Bards Alley for an evening of mystery with one of our favorite authors: Ellen Crosby! We'll be celebrating the release of Ellen's latest Wine Country Mystery, Bitter Roots, on Friday, April 8, at 6PM, with an in-person event. Call ahead to preorder your copy!

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What better way to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth than with a book by Vienna's own badass women? Harper Kincaid and Mary Lee Montfort are both local, and you can find both of their books at Bards Alley!

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Did you hear? You can preorder your special SIGNED edition of the next stunner from Emma Straub, THIS TIME TOMORROW, from Bards Alley! Out May 17th!

Place your preorder here: https://loom.ly/Pe4cYYo

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Did you know that March 10 is Encourage A Young Writer Day? That's why today's #ThursdayThoughts is: How do you encourage the young writers in your life?

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Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Tuesday, April 5th at 6PM as we welcome Ethan Burroughs for a special TWO BOOK event! Burroughs will be signing copies of his Clayton Haley thrillers, Messianic Reveal and Writ Reveal. Call ahead to reserve your copies!

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Kitty says, "They Were Her Property by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is the harrowing, often unsettling story of the oft overlooked contributions of wives and mothers to the horrors of chattel slavery, which otherwise go unaddressed or softened in modern recollection." https://loom.ly/tVVh76k

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GROUNDSKEEPING is the March Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick, and you can "meet" Cole in TWO WEEKS! Tuesday, March 22 at 6PM we'll be hosting a special VIRTUAL conversation with Lee Cole and bookseller Diane. Register for free on Eventbrite! http://ow.ly/10Lo50HFzws

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Jen is celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by getting her Rosie the Riveter on in the kids section! Which one of these woman-centric titles will you order to celebrate?

Bookshop list here: https://loom.ly/l2Pbs9g

Photos from Bards Alley Bookshop's post 03/08/2022

The Perfect Combination ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“š - https://mailchi.mp/665261d9311d/this-week-at-bards-alley-september-4-20155532

03/07/2022

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โœ๏ธI like my books like I like my checksโ€”SIGNED. โœ๏ธ

Seriously, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค, and my signed copies have pride of place in my personal library.

If, like me, you get a thrill when you flip open the copy of a novel and see the authorโ€™s signature on the flyleaf, then ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž-๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐š ๐’๐ˆ๐†๐๐„๐ƒ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐๐˜ ๐…๐ˆ๐‘๐„.๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ž ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐๐€๐‘๐ƒโ€™๐’ ๐€๐‹๐‹๐„๐˜, ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐„๐—๐‚๐‹๐”๐’๐ˆ๐•๐„ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž-๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.

If you live locally (in the DC metro area), you will be able to ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐ฎ๐ฉ your signed book on or after release day (May 10, 2022). BUT ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐š๐ซ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฒ (a woman owned business I might add) ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ your signed copy out to you when AND BY FIRE releases.

BARDS ALLEY PRE-ORDER LINK: https://bit.ly/SIGNED_Preorder

Bards Alley Bookshop #crimefiction #mystery #preorderbooks #womenauthors #womanownedbusiness

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ONE WEEK! Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Tuesday, March 15th at 6PM as we welcome debut author Lillie Lainoff for a signing of ONE FOR ALL! One for All is a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love. Guarantee your copy by ordering ahead! http://ow.ly/Wxoj50HFz6E

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Today, Turtle Joe is thinking about Axie Ohโ€™s THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA that his owner Mallory read with him as an audiobook! This is a feminist retelling of the Korean tale of Shim Cheong, and an ode to the women of Korean legends, forming their own destiny rather than abiding by a perceived fate. Too bad there aren't any mythical turtle beasts in it!

Listen on LibroFM: https://loom.ly/SE347e8

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Elizabeth says, โ€œToday is the birthday of one of my favorite authors of all time, Gabriel Garcรญa Mรกrquez! Best known for 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE, Garcรญa Mรกrquez was a Colombian journalist who spent most of his life writing in exile. For first time readers, I would recommend beginning with his marvelous short story collection," which you can order here: https://loom.ly/L-vYyUI

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ONE WEEK LEFT! Join us on Saturday, March 12, at 2PM for an in-person signing with Ashley Bernardi, author of Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel! Great for fans of Brenรฉ Brown! "Bernardi has searched for true healing and growth for more than twenty years; Authentic Power equips you with the tools to ignite your own journey now." Guarantee your copy by ordering ahead.

http://ow.ly/S6Iw50HFy2b

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Elizabeth says, "Are you familiar with this piece of women's history? Published in 1946, THE STREET was the first book by an African American woman to sell more than one million copies. Despite being a groundbreaking author, Ann Petry doesn't get anywhere near the recognition and acclaim she deserves. THE STREET is quintessential American fiction, and its focus on the sacrifices Black mothers are required to make to protect their sons from anti-black violence is sadly just as relevant today as it was in 1946."

Order your copy here: https://loom.ly/vHtjrZw

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Books and bagels? Sign us up! Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Saturday, April 2nd, at 11AM as we welcome cookbook author Cathy Barrow. She'll be signing copies of BAGELS, SCHMEARS, AND A NICE PIECE OF FISH. If you're lucky, you might even snag a treat from our friends at Bobby's Bagel Cafe!

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Jen says, "People tend to think of women innovators as individuals, but THE AGITATORS shows the power of women working together to further their ideas--as women do today, and have always done. If you enjoy multiple POVs and generational impact, this book is a must!"

Order: https://loom.ly/MESwQQA

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March is #WomensHistoryMonth--which means that this #ThursdayThoughts is the perfect time to celebrate all the women authors who are making history RIGHT NOW! Who are YOUR favorite women authors?

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TWO WEEKS! Join Bards Alley Bookshop on Tuesday, March 15th at 6PM as we welcome debut author Lillie Lainoff for a signing of ONE FOR ALL! One for All is a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love. Guarantee your copy by ordering ahead! http://ow.ly/aEss50HFz1z

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Come visit us in Vienna, VA right on historic Church Street or shop online at www.bardsalley.com. We offer a wide range of books for every interest and a great selection of fun gift items. Our friendly staff will be happy to recommend a good read or a gift for someone else. You can even grab a bottle of wine, literary teas, local honey and snacks. For special events, we host story times for kids, author appearances, book clubs, and more (all events are currently online).

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110 Church Street NW
Vienna, VA
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Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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