SOUTHERN BYWAYS BOOKSTORE PROJECT: FICTION ADDICTION

Fiction Addiction

Address: 1020A Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

Phone: 864-675-0540

Owner: Jill Hendrix

Website: www.fiction-addiction.com

Owner Jill Hendrix had been working for internet startups in New York when the Internet bubble burst in 2001 and was laid off.  She has also sold her apartment at the same time, so she had an unfortunate pairing: no job and nowhere to live.

Some might have drowned in despair, but not Jill. Instead, she decided that she wanted to run her own startup and as an avid reader, a bookstore instantly came to mind – Fiction Addiction was born. The store moved to its current location just over a year ago. The previous shopping center location was losing stores right and left and this more visible, vibrant location fit the bill perfectly.

Regional fiction does very well at the store, and they have a lot of mystery and thriller readers too.  The store has also gained fans through their new author events program, Book Your Lunch, which to my mind is a perfect representation of Southern culture.

They invite authors  - like to  Kristy Dempsey, Michael Cogdil, Melinda Long, Shirley Twiss, Karen White, Ron Rash and Mindy Friddle  - to speak over lunch and get to show off  their Southern hospitality while letting our customers learn all the behind-the-scenes details (i.e. gossip) that led to the creation of their favorite books.

What can I say? Food and books – what could be better?

Posted August 30, 2010 at 8:07 am · 1 comment · Leave a Comment

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  1. bermudaonion (Kathy), August 30th, 2010, 9:02 am

    Jill's knowledge of books and publishing is fantastic and so are the Book Your Lunch events! I can't wait to attend yours - I've bought my ticket already!

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