Your neighborhood bookshop staffed by local book-lovers!
Avid Bookshop is YOUR neighborhood bookshop. Visit our charming store to browse our well-curated selection of books for all ages. We can give you a classic, personalized shopping experience in-store as well as more modern offerings such as online shopping, e-books, textbook rentals, access to almost any book in print, cutting edge events, regular children's story times, and more.
Avid Bookshop is relatively new (Oct. 2011), locally owned, and based in Athens, Ga., about an hour from Atlanta.
The shop regularly holds events such as readings and signings with authors of all backgrounds, genres, and fame levels. We’re happy to quickly special order virtually anything in print by working with you in person or over the phone. Avid offers personalized shopping services, wish lists, book club consultations, and more.
Come see us at one of our two locations in Athens, Georgia. The Prince Avenue Location is located in our historic building between Fire Hall #2 and the Daily Co-op. We are open from 10-8 from Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11-6 on Sundays and Mondays. Our Five Points Location is opening this fall at 1662 Lumpkin St.! Stay tuned for updates on the new location. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com, or at 706-352-2060.
About Our Crew
Janet Geddis: Owner
Avid Bookshop owner Janet Geddis feels a little panicky if she's ever out somewhere and realizes she doesn't have a book within arm's reach. She is an equal opportunity reader, though of late she gravitates toward adult literary fiction and highly engaging middle grade books (which she'll recommend to adults as well, of course). She manages this awesome team of booksellers at Avid, does all the buying for the store, performs myriad duties as the captain of this crazy ship, and has a hard time leaving her beloved bookshop at the end of her shift. Outside of the book world, Janet acts as a featured writer and patient advocate at Migraine.com, is quite proficient at starting and never finishing various creative projects, and takes entirely too many photos of her cat.
Rachel was a back-up singer and cheerleader for Avid Bookshop before the brick and mortar store existed and is tickled to help out with events and public relations. She's got a teaching background with two degrees in education, experience in the classroom with toddlers to adults, and a lifelong love of learning. Rachel is a quintessential people person who reads and writes constantly. When Rachel grows up, she wants to be a librarian. She adores cheese (especially goat), books (particularly those that change her mind), and people (pretty much all of them). The one fiction character she would most like to hang out with is Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce.
Tyler loves reading sad novels, memoirs, and poetry but isn't a sad person, and if somehow he really could have dinner with Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, and Charlotte Brontë he would probably explode.
Rachel Kaplan equally loves books and bringing people together, so she is perfectly suited for the position of events director. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in English and Public Relations. She loves events so much that she should probably marry them. Speaking of marriage, her biggest author crushes are Julia Elliott, Ruth Ozeki, and Helen Oyeyemi. The one thing she truly knows without a doubt is this: Caleb Zane is way cooler than her (Caleb definitely didn't write that last part when Rachel K. wasn't looking, no way).
Caleb Zane is a playwright, novelist, and also your favorite bookseller! (Don't tell the others.) He majored in Theatre and Public Relations at the University of Georgia, and he can name every Pokemon based on their silhouette. Ask him about video games, skeleton boyfriends, and graphic novels. He and Rachel K. are currently tied for Best Hair.
Hannah is Avid Bookshop's children's book connoisseur. She dreams of living a calm and peaceful life in Moominvalley, traipsing the Maine coast with Miss Rumphius, and greeting the spring with friendly Frog and Toad. A librarian at heart (and in training), Hannah loves the look on a kid's face when they find a book they truly love.
Elizabeth looks this windswept 100% of the time. She is a fourth year English major at UGA with an emphasis on Multicultural American Literature. She loves reading all things feminist, short stories, literary fiction, and fantasy page turners. Ask Elizabeth about all of her dream travel destinations (THE WORLD!).
Hope Hilton was born in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Hilton curates, collaborates, designs, publishes, writes, and walks. Recently completed projects include the writing of over 200 personal letters to anonymous participants for College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, a Topophilia workshop with teens in Bonao, Dominican Republic, AND a project about her love of reading at The Kitchen, NYC as well as in Beit HaGefen Art Gallery in Haifa, Israel. She is the Artist in Residence at Double Helix STEAM School, an adjunct professor of Art Appreciation at Athens Technical College, a consultant for The Georgia Virtual History Project, as well as teaching art to children at Treehouse Kid & Craft and Athens Institute for Contemporary Art . Hilton was awarded a grant in 2010 from the Forward Arts Foundation in Atlanta and was a finalist for the inaugural Hudgen's Prize. Hilton resides in a crooked farmhouse on a hilltop near Athens, Georgia.
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