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I Love Books celebrating new releases, free ice cream and more

T. Glen Moody • Apr 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM

As usual, lots of things are happening around I Love Books Bookstore and the NEW Fort Henry Mall. The mall is looking great with brand new carpeting upstairs and downstairs just finished, new soft but bright lighting in the common areas, a new elevator, new stairs, new paint and decorating everywhere, new public restrooms in the works, and beautiful local and regional murals throughout the mall. There's also new large outdoor signage and anchor store directional signs.

The new NCG Theater is doing really well with already more popular movies in 2018 than were released in all of 2017. Directly above the theaters, the new Dunham's Sporting Goods store is fabulous, with the best variety and prices in the area.

Meanwhile, back at the bookstore, our bustling activity continues as we have rearranged some departments and expanded others. Our vintage comics and vintage record albums are now located adjacent to each other; our tea, herbs and spices, and essential oils are now situated for better access to clerk assistance.

We've introduced a Sunday FREE ice cream for the kids ages 5-11 event with no purchase required - just bring the coupon found in the advertising section of this issue of Sunday Stories. We're giving out free ice creams and frozen treats for kids ages 5-11 from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Bring the family for lunch at Italian Village or Piccadilly Cafeteria and then stop by I Love Books Bookstore for FREE frozen treats for the kids ages 5 to 11 (and maybe a little more); you can tour the mall and see all the new improvements; maybe stop at Auntie Anne's for a homemade pretzel or The Nutty Java for a specialty coffee or a snack.

It's hiking season now and it will be camping season soon, so you'll want to pick up a copy of our most popular regional hiking book, "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia: Your Guide to the Area's Most Beautiful Hikes" by Northeast Tennessean Johnny Molloy, a widely-published outdoor writer who has a weekly article in the Kingsport Times News.

J. L. Stepp and his wife Dr. Lin Stepp are popular regional writers who have just published "Discovering Tennessee State Parks: A Guide to the State Parks in Tennessee" and previously published "Afternoon Hiker: A Guide to Casual Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains." Lin also just released "Lost Inheritance," her newest installment in the very popular “Smoky Mountain Novels” series. All the books are available now at I Love Books Bookstore - pick up a copy now and then join us for a joint book signing event with the Stepps on Sept. 8.

One of the most popular and well-known regional writers, Keith Donnelly with his wife Tessa (both Tri-Cities natives), recently relocated to the Kingsport area after losing their home in the Gatlinburg fires. Keith is a veteran fiction writer in the John Grisham genre, with his Donald Youngblood mystery series. Youngblood, the main character, returned from New York City to his East Tennessee hometown and opened Cherokee Investigations with his best friend Cherokee Indian Billy Two Feathers. Book seven, "Three Divers Deep," just released – we have autographed copies in the bookstore and will host a book signing and 'meet and greet' with Keith on Sunday, Aug. 5.

The Scott County Historical Society just released volumes 1 and 2 of "Yesterday in Scott County" and they're working on volumes 3 and 4. Copies are available at I Love Books while supplies last. And remember Rye Cove native Jack Stallard's book, "Don't Call Me Doctor," is also still available.

Kingsport natives will be glad to hear about Robert Gipe's new book, "Weedeater – An Illustrated Novel," a followup to his popular "Trampoline – An Illustrated Novel." Robert, a Kingsport native, is an expert in Appalachian studies and culture, and teaches college in Southeast Kentucky.

We receive and process several hundred new and used books every day, so lots of things are new and different all the time. Our book subject categories have grown to nearly 400 unique topics from new releases to really scarce older items and signed first editions. Don't forget our library carts near the entrance with “gently used” recent bestsellers at 75 percent off the original prices... and our variety of “frequent shopper” cards for vintage comics, teas, honey, essential oils and several book categories. We also still have limited and signed copies of Earl Carter's "Appalachian Album" and Vince Staten's "An UnCONVENTIONAL History of Kingsport."

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