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Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business with two shops in Athens, Georgia. In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens' Favorite Local Business for seven years in a row! As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide. 

In 2017, Avid was named a top-five finalist in Publishers Weekly's Bookstore of the Year competition, and Janet was named an Ambassador for Athensmade, a local group with the mission of “amplifying brands, attracting talent.” 

Avid Bookshop has been on the Bulldog 100 list three years in a row—this distinction indicates that Avid is one of the fastest-growing businesses owned/run by a University of Georgia alumna/alumnus. 

While we focus on supporting the local community both culturally and economically, Avid is also very active in regional and nationwide organizations such as the American Booksellers Association, the Independent Booksellers Consortium, and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. 

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Upcoming Events

Athens Children's Book Festival
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Taylor Brown: PRIDE OF EDEN
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Alan Gillis and David Wheatley
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

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The Avid Book Subscriptions Program is one of the most wonderful services Avid provides. Each month, booksellers Julie and Katie hand-select a separate title for each subscriber, each one tailored to suit his, her, or their individual tastes.

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Support your neighborhood bookstore, no matter where you are. Avid Bookshop has over 2 million books in stock, and we can ship everywhere in the nation. Browse our bestseller lists or our staff picks to find your next great read!

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Adult Hardcover Bestsellers

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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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Nothing to See Here Cover Image
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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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The Revisioners Cover Image
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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
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Never Have I Ever: A Novel Cover Image

Children's Bestsellers

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Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) Cover Image
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) Cover Image
Guts Cover Image
Best Friends (Real Friends #2) Cover Image
Autumn's Arrival
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition Cover Image

Culinary Bestsellers

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Secret Handshakes: The Ike & Jane Manual
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Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut Cover Image
Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South Cover Image
Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over Cover Image
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations Cover Image

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