Sum Sum Summertime...

We’re BIG fans of Summer on Sanibel.

The days are longer. The pace is slower.

There’s more time to breathe and more time to chat.

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If you haven’t been in for a few months, we invite you back for a visit.

We’re recommending books for the beach, for book club and potential gifts for upcoming holidays

(think Father’s Day!).

We’ll also have more spontaneous community activities coming up so stay tuned!

April Book Club

This month we’re reading When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton.

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana.


Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. 

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. 

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart.

Join us on Thursday, April 25th at 6 p.m. to discuss!

We're Celebrating Books & Community!

Join us for coffee & cake all day on Wednesday, March 27th. We’ll be celebrating our 59th Birthday!

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Ron Base will be in the shop from 11-2 signing his beloved Sanibel Sunset Detective Series mysteries and later in the day (6 p.m.) Ariel Hoover will stop by to offer a thoughtful discussion on climate change drawing from a recent seminar she attended.



Meet Leah Weiss and Bren McClain

We’re thrilled to welcome two of our favorite Southern Authors, Leah Weiss & Bren McClain. They’ll be in our shop Wednesday, March 6th at 6 p.m. to chat with fans and sign books. We hope you’ll join us!

Selected as an Indie Next, Okra Pick and Library Reads.

  • #5 on the National Bestseller list for Independent Bookstores for the 2017-2018 Winter Quarter.

  • On Bestsellers List for Southern Independent Booksellers (SIBA for 5 weeks), the Great Lakes (GLIB) and Midwest (MIBA).

  • A finalist in the 2018 Library of Virginia People's Choice Award

  • A finalist for the 2018 Library of Virginia Literary Awards Fiction Category

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble.  But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, was released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time.

* 2017 Willie Morrie Award for Southern Fiction

* Long-listed for the Southern Book Prize, Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association

* A 2017 Great Group Reads selection by the Women’s National Book Association

* Named top book of 2017 by Lit Picks

* A Southern Independent Booksellers Association Okra Pick 

* Finalist for The Crook's Corner Book Prize for a debut novel set in the American South

* Named Pulpwood Queen Book of the Year 2017

* Included in Hungry for Good Books’ Best Novels of 2017 & Bookworm Sez’ Best Books of 2017

 

In this unforgettable novel about motherhood, the human-animal bond, poverty, and redemption, Bren McClain gives us the story of Sarah Creamer, a recently widowed and dirt-poor single mother struggling to survive in rural South Carolina in the 1950’s. One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy, who is not her own but the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But an even bigger obstacle is undoing the words her mother told Sarah when she was six years old, words that set up a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.”  Sarah’s “help” comes in the form of an unlikely teacher, a mother cow, who comes to live in Sarah’s midst.

 

BREN MCCLAIN was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is at work on her next novel, TOOK, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner –William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress. She makes her home outside of Nashville, Tenn., on 100 acres. This is McClain’s first novel.

Join us for our next Literary Lunchbox Event!

Join us for a Literary Lunchbox Series Event

at

Sanibel Community House

Monday, February 25th

featuring

Best-Selling Historical Mystery Author

Jonathan F. Putnam.

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Jonathan’s Lincoln and Speed historical mystery series has been a critical and commercial success.  Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin called it, “Splendid … one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time."  MyShelf called Final Resting Place, "a historical masterpiece." Historical Novels Review called These Honored Dead “wonderful historical fiction” and Perish from the Earth “well-plotted, compelling and exceptional.” Publishers Weekly praised These Honored Dead in a starred review.  Shelf Pleasures called Perish from the Earth, “One of the best books I have read in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough… I’m certain you will be captivated by its raw and honest look at this part of American history and by the beauty of the language used to portray the people, both real and imaginary.” Jonathan has been featured by such media outlets as Fox-TV.  He was chosen to narrate an episode on the young Lincoln for the popular “10 American Presidents” podcast series.  He has given talks about Lincoln for bookstores, civic groups, libraries, and lawyer groups all around the country.

Jonathan will be the third author to appear in our new Literary Lunchbox Series in conjunction with the Sanibel Community House. This series features a variety of best-selling, nationally known authors discussing their books, writing careers and in Jonathan’s case, his extensive research into the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Tickets are $25 each and include a copy of Final Resting Place, the latest Lincoln and Speedy Historical Novel (paperback $15.99) and a boxed lunch provided by the Sanibel Deli and Coffee Factory. Discussion will be followed by an opportunity to have your book personalized. Tickets can be purchased at MacIntosh Books and Paper or by calling 239-472-1447.


Upcoming Events

Join us for three terrific local authors events this coming week!

Meet Ron Base Friday, November 23rd at 11 a.m.

He’ll be signing his new Sanibel Sunset Detective Mystery titled I, the Sanibel Sunset Detective.

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Meet Jennifer Schiff Wednesday, November 28th at 11 am.

She’ll be signing her latest Sanibel Island Mystery titled In the Market for Murder.

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Meet Marsha Diane Arnold Friday, November 30th at 11 a.m.

She’ll be signing her latest children’s picture book titled Galapagos Girl.

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Meet James Anderson November 8th at 4pm

Author James Anderson will be in store signing copies of his latest novel, Lullaby Road, which is a prequel to his first novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner. Both are published by Penguin Random House.

James Anderson was born in Seattle and raised in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and received his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Boston. For many years he worked in book publishing. Other jobs have included logging, commercial fishing and, briefly, truck driver. He currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.

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About Lullaby Road-

Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads “Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan” And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. “Bad Trouble. Tell no one.”. 
 
Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

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Praise for Lullaby Road-

“…a delicious cast of colorful characters…Lullaby Road is a triumphant mix of landscape, character, wit and sagacity wrapped in a noir thriller.” -Shelf Awareness

“Atmospheric…Arresting desert vistas and distinctive characters leave a lasting impression.” —-Publishers Weekly

“The action is nonstop, and the plot twists are heart-pounding.  Anderson’s vivid prose gives a sense of vastness that is the desert he so brilliantly describes – it is an amazing use of language to create a mood and feeling…Fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book and long for another visit with the residents along Route 117.” -Library Journal

MacIntosh Presents our 2018/2019 Literary Lunchbox Series

Wednesday, October 24th 11-1

Jen Calonita

JEN CALONITA has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Justin Timberlake, but the only person she's ever wanted to trade places with is Disney's Cinderella. She's the award-winning author of the My Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Fairy Tale Reform School series. Jen lives in Merrick, New York with her husband, two sons, and their two Chihuahuas, Captain Jack Sparrow and Ben Kenobi. 

Monday, October 21st 11-1

Clara Silverstein

Clara Silverstein is the author of WHITE GIRL: A STORY OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION and three cookbooks. Her work has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in publications including American Heritage, Southern Cultures, Blackbird, and The Boston Globe. The former program director of the Chautauqua Writers' Center, she lives in the Boston area.


Monday, February 25th 11-1

Jonathan F. Putnam

Jonathan F. Putnam is a writer and attorney. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and avid amateur Lincoln scholar. He currently lives with his family in London, England. This is his third Lincoln and Speed mystery.

*Ticket information can be found under each author’s name/date on our MacIntosh Events page or by calling

239-472-1447.