Dear Woodstock Likewisers,

Author and artist Susan Branch arrived in Woodstock on Saturday afternoon amid great literary fanfare. (The last time I saw this many people scurrying around with books in their hands, I might’ve been in high school.) Susan’s latest work, Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams, is currently ranked Number 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List in the Travel category. Congratulations, Susan!

Foxtale Book Shoppe customers turned up in droves to meet the author–so many, in fact, that a change of venue to the larger Magnolia Hall had to be reserved to accommodate the growing crowd. Besides her local following, devoted fans traveled from such far-flung locales as Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Pensacola, just to name a few.

Susan Branch Author Event

Woodstock’s Magnolia Hall was filled to the brim with eager fans who were dying to make her acquaintance after reading her fifteen (and counting!) books. Susan received a standing ovation and a hearty round of applause as soon as she was introduced by Karen Schwettman, co-owner of the Foxtale Book Shoppe.

Susan’s highly confessional writing, recorded in journal-form with her own handwriting, personal photos, and hand-painted watercolors, evoke a profound sense of closeness with her readers, which may explain the depth of her readership’s devotion. Indeed, reading her books is much akin to discovering someone’s diary, and after reading it from cover-to-cover, feeling like you’ve found someone with whom you’d love to have for a best friend.



Susan fielded a lengthy Q & A session, touching on subjects such as her creative process, her book tour across the nation, her upcoming trip to England, and her favorite quote: “Seek not outside yourself; heaven is within.” The author admitted to the significance of the quote in her own life, alluding to a certain epiphany that set her on a more authentic path.



Susan charmed the crowd by inviting her youngest fans to her signing table first. (Not only is she talented, she’s also thoughtful!)


Behold, the fabled Joe: Susan introduced her husband Joe, who plays a very prominent role in her books. (We first meet Joe (and so does she!) in her book A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside.)


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A special congratulations to Susan is in order, whose hard work and dreams-following has led her right into the arms of the New York Times bestseller list! But I would also like to give thanks to our own indie bookstore, the Foxtale Book Shoppe, for reaching higher, always bringing our favorite authors to town, and allowing us to come together as a community and share what we love. For Susan and Foxtale, we are better with you and for you. Thank you. It has made all the difference to this city.

For more information on upcoming events, visit:

The Foxtale Book Shoppe


Address: 105 East Main Street, #138
Woodstock, GA 30188

Telephone: 770-516-9989

Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine,, Woodstock Patch, and the City of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at and

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  1. jencarter

    I am so pleased with how many of you have lovingly shared this post! We love Susan Branch here in Woodstock, and I’ve really enjoyed connecting with other Susan “girlfriends!”