Something unusual is brewing at the Doylestown Bookshop, and it involves wacky games, a bunch of liars and one chill dog.
The Philly Liar’s Club is hosting a party called “Liars Tell the Truth about the Doylestown Bookshop“, which will be held at the store, located on 16 South Main Street in Doylestown, on Saturday, May 2nd from 2-4 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, features free food, tons of authors, and chances to win prizes that include signed books and an appearance on the canine web comedy It’s Todd’s Show.
The Philly Liar’s Club is a group of professional writers who basically…lie for a living.
Visitors to the May 2nd celebration will get to play truth or lie games for prizes, and will enjoy hanging out with the following Liars:
Marie Lamba, author of Doylestown-based YA novel What I Meant
Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero and Zombie CSU.
(If you couldn’t make Zombie Fest, now’s your chance to chat with the author of soon-to-be hit Joe Ledger series!)
L.A. Banks, New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Huntress series
Kelly Simmons, author of a powerful first novel, Standing Still
Dennis Tafoya, author of the newly-released gritty thriller Dope Thief
Keith Strunk, author of Arcadia’s New Jersey-based Images of America: Prallsville Mills and Stockton
D.H. Dublin, author of the Philadelphia-based forensic CSU Investigation series
Gregory Frost, author of the mythic Shadowbridge series
Merry Jones, author of the suspenseful Zoey Hayes mysteries
Also attending will be social networking guru Don Lafferty, Edgar Allan Poe scholar Ed Pettit, and Emmy-award winning producer of The Golden Girls & Alf, Laura Schrock.
As a special treat, Laura will be bringing along her dog, Todd, star of her newly developed web-based canine comedy It’s Todd’s Show! Check him out at ItsToddsShow.com.
Stop by on May 2nd, grab something to eat, play some games, and get a few books signed.
It’s a celebration of the spirit of local community that all of us — the authors, the Bookshop, and you — contribute to.
So what’s the occasion? “With the rise of online bookselling, and the dominance of big chain bookstores, independent bookstores have been really challenged to stay afloat,” says author Marie Lamba. “We are throwing this party to let everyone know that independents like the Doylestown Bookshop offer everything the competition does, plus more. And that we never want to live without them!” The Doylestown Bookshop is the largest independent bookstore in Bucks County. Still, Lamba points out that if you think book orders are limited to what is found on its shelves, you’re mistaken.
“By going to www.doylestownbookshop.com, you can order any title quickly, whether the store stocks it or not.” Shipping is free for all orders over $30, and there is no shipping at all on orders you pick up at the store. “Best of all, by ordering through them you are benefiting a local business, one that offers a unique shopping experience, and that showcases titles you won’t find in any of those megastores.”
Doylestown Bookshop owner Pat Gerney of Wrightstown agrees. “We have a hand-picked selection of books based on what our community wants and needs, unlike chain bookstores that order from a central location that services hundreds of stores.” This translates into a collection that truly caters to the community, including unusual fiction and non-fiction, school reading list titles, shelves dedicated to local authors, and many titles about Bucks County.
“Independent bookstores cater to independent minds,” says author Jonathan Maberry. “It’s more than just about selling books – the Indies cultivate a love and appreciation of books, literacy, learning, reading and intellectual growth in ways the big chain stores don’t – or can’t.” The Doylestown Bookshop has become a cultural hub and a gathering place of sorts. Readers can meet other booklovers by joining book clubs, including a mother/daughter group, one for sci fi/fantasy/horror fans, and a Smart Books for Smart Women group. They even have a book group for food lovers, which meets at the specialty food store Cote and Co. The bookstore also has frequent book signings, and supports local artists with exhibitions, and local musicians with live performances.
“The past ten years have been rough for Independents,” says bookshop manager Shilough Hopwood. “But we’ve prospered and flourished, thanks to our community. A dedicated community really makes a difference in preserving independent stores everywhere.”
“We hope everyone comes out May 2nd to show their dedication, and to hang out with the Liars,” says Lamba. “It’s going to be a blast…and that’s no lie.” For more information, or to reserve a copy of an author’s book before the event, call the Doylestown Bookshop at 215-230-7610.