Author Gloria Houston will be the guest bookseller at Spellbound on Nov. 30

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Author Gloria Houston will be the guest bookseller at Spellbound on Nov. 30

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is pleased to announce that it will be hosting author Gloria Houston as a guest bookseller on Saturday, November 30, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, to chat with customers and recommend her favorite books, including her own award-winning works, as part of the national Indies First movement.

Gloria Houston PhD is the author of numerous books for children, including My Great-Aunt Arizona, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb, which was a Smithsonian Treasure, among other honors and is a perennial favorite of teachers. Perhaps her most famous book is The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, which was an annual Publishers Weekly Bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Decade by the American Library Association. She currently lives in Western North Carolina.

In addition to showing her support for independent bookstores, Dr. Houston is visiting Spellbound to celebrate Ruthie’s 100th Birthday and the 25th year of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree in hardcover, available for a limited time with a special celebration seal and signed by the real Ruthie.

About Indies First:
Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.

Other participating Indies First stores and authors may be found on

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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