New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is coming to the FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock on Oct. 3 to hold a meet and greet with fans, as well as discuss his new book “The Return.”

FoxTale Book Shoppe owner Karren Schwettman said that Sparks will visit FoxTale starting at 2 p.m. and those who are interested in purchasing tickets to the event will need to select a specific time slot to allow for social distancing. She said that Sparks will be taking socially distanced photos with fans and each ticket-holder will receive a signed first edition hardcover of “The Return.” Schwettman added that one ticket will only allow one person in, and that ticket will also only allow one book. No refunds will be provided.

Schwettman said that those who cannot attend the event in person will be able to pick up a copy of the book the following week, or can call and have it shipped with a shipping fee.

She added that, in the event that an in-person event is canceled due to changing circumstances, no refunds will be issued. However, everyone who purchases a ticket will still get a signed copy of “The Return.” Book plates may also be used instead.

Masks are being required and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Books will be signed prior to coming through the signing line. Schwettman said that Sparks will not be personalizing books, but attendees will be able to meet and greet from a socially distanced space of six to seven feet. She added that a professional photographer will be present to take photos at no cost to attendees.

“This is going to be different than anything we have done before because of COVID-19, but with strict guidelines in place, I think this will be a very safe and organized event, and we have already sold over 300 books for this event,” Schwettman said.

Special Events Manager Gary Parkes of FoxTale Book Shoppe added that the book shoppe is excited to welcome Sparks to FoxTale.

“Sparks is a reader favorite and his stories touch so many people,” he said. “I know meeting him is a dream come true for many fans and we’re delighted to be a part of such a special event.”

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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