Lovey-dovey novels have never really been my thing, but one thing's for sure -- they sell. Especially when they're made into movies that have audiences in a theaters leaving with mascara dripping down their faces. Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks is a pro when it comes to this. Did anyone see The Notebook? You can meet this master mind of heart-throbbing novels when he visits Charlotte in promotion of his newest novel, The Lucky One. Arrive early. Free. 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-341-9365.