A Neighborhood Bookstore in the Heart of Atlanta
AUGUST 1, 2022
  •  August 1: First day of school for APS schools; better make sure summer reading has been completed!
  • August 2: VaHiKids Storytime with Sheri Dillard, 10:30 am
  • August 4: Virginia Highland Farmers Market at Farm Burger, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • August 6: Trees Atlanta Urban Walk, 10:00 am to noon
  • August 6: “Back to School” Book Signing with Chris Negron and Rosalind & Maggie Bunn (portion of sales to benefit Springdale Elementary School
  • August 9: VaHiKids Storytime with Sheri Dillard, 10:30 am
  • August 9: Annual meeting of the Virginia Highland District, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • August 11: Virginia Highland Farmers Market at Farm Burger, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • August 12: Popup Vinyl Shop to celebrate National Vinyl Record Day
  • August 12: Food Truck Friday at Neighbors, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • August 14: Virginia Highland Community Cleanup, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • August 14: In Store Event: Cynthia Tolbert, author of Sanctuary, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • August 20: In Store Event: Book Signing with H.K. Jacobs, author of Ever Wilde, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • August 25: Storytime with Author Shelli R. Johannes, celebrating Back to School and the VaHi Farmers Market, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to celebrate Back to School and the VaHi Farmers Market with Author Shelli R. Johannes
*Additional details included in newsletter below 

Yep, it's that time again. We've had a wonderful summer here at Virginia Highland Books; our Summer Reading Program, our Where's Waldo Shop Local scavenger hunt, and our themed story times during the VaHi Farmers' Markets, have all been great- we thank YOU for making each a success! As it does every year, however, August heralds in yet another school year. We wish all students and teachers an excellent 2022-23 academic year!



Join us on August 6 for a book signing with authors Chris Negron and Rosalind & Maggie Bunn. A portion of the sales from the event will benefit Springdale Park Elementary School!


Check out our in store Pop-Up Vinyl Shop all day on August 12 in celebration of National Vinyl Record Day!


Join us in welcoming author Cynthia Tolbert, author of Sanctuary, in the store on August 14 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

In Sanctuary, detective Emma Thornton takes on another murder investigation. This time, she’s helping a former client accused of killing the leader of a suspicious cult in New Orleans. James Crosby, the head of the Japaprajnas, is found dead one late afternoon, his body draped over an iron fence in the courtyard of the nineteenth century house where he and several cult members work and live. Initially presuming the fall was an accident, police investigators quickly discover that James had received a lethal dose of a drug before he was pushed from his office balcony. The next day the police discover a syringe and a substantial amount of the drug which killed James in Stacey Robert’s bedroom and bring the nineteen-year-old cult member in for questioning. She’s arrested the next day. Stacey asks Emma to represent her. Emma, who had represented Stacey when she was a sixteen-year-old runaway, agrees to take the case. Convinced that Stacey is innocent, Emma begins an investigation into the cult and its members. But Emma’s questions uncover hidden secrets, illicit activities, and the exploitation of innocent victims. Emma’s suspicions lead her down dangerous paths where she is confronted with life threatening circumstances. Eventually she finds the killer’s trail and discovers the case’s final resolution.


Author Shelli R. Johannes will join us for a special story time on August 25 at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 pmto celebrate Back to School and the VaHi Farmers Market.

  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  2. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  7. Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin
  8. Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
  9. Writers and Lovers by Lily King
  10. Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner
  11. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  12. Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  13. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  14. Trust by Hernan Diaz
  15. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zein
  16. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  17. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  18. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  19. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  20. The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Have you ever wondered what people who sell books for a living choose to read themselves? Several of our VaHi booksellers have revealed what they have on their current TBR lists!

Bookseller Kate may physically be in Atlanta, but mentally she's in Italy! Kate enjoys keeping it light and fun, gravitating toward romance and escapist fiction. Her next read is perfect if you're looking for your next getaway! Pictured: One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle.

Bookseller Gray's next read takes place in outer space, where thirteen-year-old Dash investigates the poisoning of an intergalactic billionaire. If you love to mix genres, then this read is for you. It's both science-fiction and mystery, and we can't wait to hear how he enjoys it. Pictured: Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fantasy, you will want to piggyback on Bookseller Reese's latest pick! Reese has had this book on her shelf for months and is eager to give it a read. It won the Hugo Award in 2015 and will likely live up to the hype. Pictured: The Fifth Season: Every Age Must Come to an End by N.K. Jemisin.


VaHiKids Storytime will meet every Tuesday at 10:30 am. Sheri Dillard, Author of children's book Cowhide-And-Seek, will entertain the group each week with books and fun, keeping the kiddos giggling and learning!  Would you like a list of the books and songs Ms. Sheri shares with the group each week? Click here!

Look at all the fun stuff that our VaHi District is bringing to the neighborhood!

Thursday August 4 and 11, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This community hub for local produce and goods will run from March 31 to November 17! Every Thursday, rain or shine, you can stock up on your favorite tasty treats while supporting local farmers and businesses at our Virginia Highland Farmers Market. The Market will have regular farmers, food vendors, flowers and local art, along with monthly rotating vendors; you can look here in advance to find out which vendors will be present each week. The market is run by Community Farmers Market, sponsored by the Wheeler family, Virginia Highland District Association and the Virginia Highland Farm Burger

Saturday August 6, 10:00 am to noon.
Stroll through the Virginia Highland neighborhood with 
Trees Atlanta Docent Jim Long. The Virginia Highland Neighborhood Arboretum was created in collaborated with neighbors, Trees Atlanta staff and volunteers. Touring a Neighborhood Arboretum is a delightful way to learn more about the special trees and explore (or rediscover) the urban forest growing along our community streets and parks. Meet in the triangle in front of Murphy's.

Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Stay in touch on all the latest happenings in the neighborhood. Whether you want to get involved, give us feedback, or stay in the know, we would love to have you join! 

Friday August 12, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
Scoop up your favorite dish from the trucks parked in the Neighbor’s parking lot, grab a drink at Neighbors, and head across the street to jam to live music in N. Highland Park. The featured band on August 12 is The Wren and the Ravens. 


Sunday August 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 Join us for a quick update to our planters and a spruce up to the neighborhood! Meet at the triangle outside Murphy's.



Virginia Highland District is excited to be launching Resident Sponsorships to support efforts and annual events! This is a great opportunity to show your support for your local VaHi business district and community. For more information on how to become a neighborhood sponsor, check out VaHi District's website.

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Atlanta, GA 30306
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