Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Walter White Wednesday 99

Here it is - the final "Walter White Wednesday" before the official book launch on Saturday, April 26 at Fireside Books & Gifts!  They're located at 212 S. Lafayette Street in Shelby, NC and we'll start at 5pm, but there's plenty else going on in Shelby that day.  Ensley's posting information about the launch, too - but remember, April 26th is also the start of the two-day Foothills Merry Go Round Festival and the Foothills Farmers Market will be taking place on the square that morning with Arts on the Square and the Broad River European Classic going on through the afternoon!  You can take a tram ride up to the gorgeous restored carrousel in the Shelby City Park (you might want to go back there after you have dinner for the fireworks at 9 pm) before you come on by Fireside at 5pm!  Meet the authors (we're simply delightful!), browse Linda's fine store, buy the book!!, and help yourselves to some yummy snackerels and wine (provided by Ni Fen Bistro and Dragonfly Wine Market) while we sign it.  Then go visit one of the Shelby businesses that are helping us promote this fabulous Breaking Bad companion book!  Deals abound and we'll have a few more to report to you before the actual event, but that signed book is worth:

  • A free order of potstickers with your meal at Ni Fen Bistro! (Remember, these are award-winning dumplings - they are delicious!!)
  • 10% off your dinner order at Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille 
  • Free house dessert with your meal at Joe's Place
  • You could also go visit Newt's Pub Burgers for the "Heisenburger" and get a side of Jesse's Blue (Nacho) Chips
  • Or, if you prefer sweet to savory, go to Lily Bean's Micro-Roasted Coffee for the "Lydia Special" which is a Blue Magic cupcake and a freshly-brewed chamomile tea (but careful about adding Stevia!)

Remember these deals are only good on Saturday, April 26 - so come on out!

We're also excited to continue to post and link pictures of Wanna Cook? that have come from fans - like the one at the top of this post from a bookstore in Akron, Ohio!  Wanna Cook? is all over the place!  Send us your picture, or tweet it to the world and let us know about it by including us (@KDaleKoontz and @EnsleyFGuffey) in the tweet!  Remember to use the hashtags #wannacook and #breakingbad while you're at it!

The book continues to get some very nice publicity, too - this is what the April 15 edition of Library Journal had to say:

For five seasons, the AMC television series Breaking Bad, which was created and produced by Vince Gilligan, garnered both critical acclaim and widespread audience appeal. Historian Guffey and pop culture writer Koontz (Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon) offer an insightful companion text to the Emmy Award–winning drama, which aired from 2008 to 2013. Besides introductory and concluding essays analyzing the production and its characters, the authors provide an episode-by-episode recap of the series. Titles, air dates, and the director of each episode are included. Fun facts, character analyses, film and production notes, and dialog highlights are found in each chapter under the headings “Lab Notes” and “Special Ingredients,” a clever reference to the show’s plotline about a chemistry teacher who “breaks bad” and turns to a life of crime as a methamphetamine producer and dealer after being diagnosed with cancer. ­VERDICT This “unofficial” companion book is essential for fans of Breaking Bad and for those who want to learn more about what some have called the “greatest television show.”—Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL

See you Saturday!!

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