Huge thanks to Laura DeFeo of Something to Wine About Paint Parties for providing us a creative outlet! If you missed our painting party, don't fret! We'll be hosting Laura again on July 19th at 6:30. Space is limited so RSVP soon!
Book Club will be here before you know it, so start reading! This month's selection is the Lying Game by Ruth Ware. If you've read the book you are welcome to join us for snacks and conversation on Thursday, June 28th at 6 p.m.
Work continues on our expanded Mini-Mac in the Franklin Shops on the corner of First Street and Broadway in the Fort Myers River District. Stop in and check it out!
Meet Jennifer Schiff
Tuesday, June 5th from 4-6
We're having a PARTY for local author Jennifer Schiff and her new release Something Fishy, A Sanibel Island Mystery. Join us for some great conversation and fun, cozy mystery. It makes a great gift!
Tuesday, June 5th from 6-7
If you've read Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney we invite you to join us for book club from 6-7.
We had such a terrific Independent Bookstore Day that we're celebrating into the week with an extra 25% savings off our already half price sale cart items! Shop early for the best selection. We also have signed books left over from Ron Base's signing while supplies last and a few special IBD items like the Dragons love Books onesie and the Colson Whitehead pouch.
We're congratulating local writer Terry John Malik on winning the Gold in the I.B.P.A Benjamin Franklin Award Program for his debut mystery the Bricklayer of Albany Park. Copies are available in the shop and Terry will be here on May 26th from 10-12 if you'd like to chat with him and have your book personalized.
And, last but not least, Book Club will meet Thursday, June 5th at 6 p.m. We'll be reading Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk this month by Kathleen Rooney. Hope to see you there!
Cookbook Open House
Tuesday, April 24th from 4-6 p.m.
Join us for samples from our current favorite cookbooks, along with wine and special discounts. This month we'll be serving something delicious from the Tacos of Texas by Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece AND Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin.
Celebrating 50/50 Day
Thursday, April 26th from 5-6:30 p.m.
April 26th is International 50/50 Day! What is that you ask? It is all about getting to 50/50…a gender balanced world that is better for EVERYONE. And you are invited to join the celebration!
As some of you know, our fabulous Nori Ann Reed is a Florida delegate for the national organization Vision 2020 from Drexel University. In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Vision 2020 is working, along with many partners including the League of Women Voters, to complete the unfinished business of economic, political and social equality for women.
They have 4 goals in their vision:
- 50/50 shared leadership in business and government,
- civic engagement to encourage every eligible woman to vote in 2020,
- economic parity for women,
- youth education that supports gender equality.
NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED! Come have a drink and a nibble, learn about Vision 2020, enter for our door prize and talk to other individuals who care about these issues.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 28th is National Independent Bookstore Day and we'll be celebrating ALL DAY with local authors, one-of-a-kind IBD items and fun FREEBIES for book lovers of all ages. Here's just a sample of what we're offering-
10-12 Read to Wila, our Shop Dog. She loves a good story and she'll be happy to let your reluctant reader tell her a story or two!
10-12 Ron Base will be our guest bookseller. He'll be happy to help you pick out a new book or tell you about his wildly popular Sanibel Sunset Detective Series.
All Day- Cookies and coffee, FREE reusable Blu Bag with a $50+ purchase, FREE ice cream cone for kids 12 and under with a book purchase courtesy of the Sanibel Deli. FREE Llama, Llama coloring book and crayons while supplies last. Special gift items only available on IBD and last, but not least, BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF on all in stock hardcovers!
Ron Base will be here for the last time this season on Wednesday, April 18th. He'll be signing his popular Sanibel Sunset Detective Series and chatting with fans beginning at 10 a.m!
Thursday, April 19th we'll be be hosting our island book club beginning at 6 p.m. If you've read the Alice Network by Kate Quinn you are welcome to join us. We're an informal and diverse group and lots of fun!
Other upcoming events include-
April 24th from 4-6 is our monthly cookbook open house (food, discounts & fun!)
April 26th from 5-6:30 we'll celebrate 50/50 day with wine, cheese, discounts & a raffle prize
April 28th from 9-5 it's Independent Bookstore Day! Join us for discounts, limited edition IBD items and a whole bunch of activities for the whole family!
Meet David Watts on Monday from 10-12. He'll be signing his memoir, the Accidental P.I. and his new thriller, Loose Ends.
Accidental P.I. takes you on a thrill ride following the fifty-year professional career of Private Investigator David Watts, as his life story treats you to these experiences and more. From murder, rioting, gambling and drug raids to sex cases, and fraud, this behind-the-scenes peek at real-life cases shows how investigators get the job done--not like in the movies or on television.
David Watts entered the investigative field as a young New Jersey policeman at the beginning of the turbulent 1960s. His descriptions of the seedier side of the cultural revolution during that era is riveting . . . and you get to go along for the ride! Switching to the private sector, armed with a Super 8 camera, he had the guts to quit law enforcement and start his own business in 1976 and has been at it ever since.
We'll welcome back Jennifer Schiff on Friday the 13th from 11-1 to sign copies of her Sanibel Island Mystery, a Shell of a Problem. This cozy mystery is a local best-seller and fun beach read!
Saturday, April 14th we'll try a relaxing chair meditation with Barbara Ward. All are welcome!
Here's a snap of our Top Ten Bestsellers for the month of March
Save the Date!
Meditation clinic with Barbara Ward
Saturday April 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a. m.
Barbara P Ward, psychotherapist and Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher believes that there is too much hype and too many myths about Meditation. She has been sharing her “ practice” with her students at The Yoga Connection in Massachusetts for over 20 years. She says “We can be mindful every day and every way if we choose to do so. Intention, attention, moment to moment, breath by breath”. Come especially if you tried to meditate and feel you failed or come if you just want to try it for the first time. Leave your expectations at the door and best of all, It’s FREE.
Wednesday, March 28th
We'll be celebrating our 58th Birthday. That's right, 58!! and we hope you can join us. We'll be serving cake and coffee from 11-5.
Local author, Jennifer Schiff will be celebrating with us and signing her new, locally set, cozy mystery titled A Shell of a Problem.
Thursday, March 29th
Local author Ron Base of the Sanibel Sunset Detective series fame will be joining us from 11-4 to sign his books and chat with fans. They'll be cookies, of course!
Book Club @6 p.m.
We'll be discussing this month's selection, Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton . Hope to see you there!
We'll be selling books for the fabulous Mary Alice Monroe when she appears at the Community House this Tuesday, March 6th. This is a ticketed event sponsored by the Sanibel Public Library. If you'd like a personalized book we'd be happy to have one signed for you. Call 239-472-1447 to place your order.
Rosalie Masella will be in the shop on Tuesday, March 6th from 11-1 signing her two wonderful children's books. I Am a Manatee, Yes I Am! and the Adventures of Dingle Dee and Lingle Dee. A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Both books are beautifully illustrated, of local interest and make a great gift or souvenir!
Gary McLouth will be here on Wednesday, March 7th from 11-1 signing his latest book of poetry titled the Time We Make in Passing. Gay is an adjunct professor in the English Dept. of FSW, participates in poetry slams, is part of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, The Lee County Alliance for the Arts, and the Sanibel Writers. He also does free-lance writing and editing on a variety of prose projects. Stop in and chat about all things writing with Gary and the Mac staff.
Monday, February 26th-
Ron Base will be joining us to sign and chat about his Sanibel Sunset Detective Series novels. Meet Ron between 11 and 2.
Friday, March 2nd-
Art Walk in the River District. Join us at the "Mini-Mac" in the Franklin Shops for books and conversation from 6-9.
And, last but not least, we have selected our March book club pick, Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Copies can be purchased in shop and our next meeting will be March 29th at 6 p.m. We hope you can join us!
We're reading If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss and thoroughly enjoying it. Join us at 6 for snacks and great conversation. RSVP by commenting below or calling 239-472-1447.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From Florida’s king of mayhem—"compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey—comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms.
No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they’re on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years.
Growing up, Serge was enthralled by the Legend of Riviera Beach, aka Darby, a welder at the port who surfed the local waves long before the hot spots were hot. A god on the water, the big-hearted surfer was a friend to everyone—the younger surfers, cops, politicians, wealthy businessmen and ordinary Joes—a generosity of spirit that earned him the admiration of all. Meanwhile, there was a much murkier legend that made the rounds of the schoolyards from Serge’s youth—that of the crazy hermit living in a makeshift jungle compound farther up the mysterious Loxahatchee River than anyone dared to venture.
Then Serge moved away. But never forgot.
Now he’s back, with those legends looming larger than ever in the rearview mirror of his memory. As his literary odyssey moves north from Key West, closer and closer to his old stomping grounds, Serge digs into the past as only Serge can. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce.
As the body count grows, so does the list of questions:
Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?
Told in alternating flashbacks between Serge and Coleman’s childhoods and the present day, The Pope of Palm Beach is a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of Tim Dorsey.
Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.
From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.
The Pope of Palm Beach is the 21st book in the Serge Storms Series.
Wednesday, February 14th @Noon
Jennifer Lonoff Schiff will be in store signing her best-selling cozy mystery, A Shell of A Problem. A great gift for yourself or your valentine!
Thursday, February 15th @4
Meet Jeff Zwagerman and Dr. Morton Tavel during our monthly local author afternoon. Each author will have a selection of their books available for signing and purchase.
If its a new mystery your after, Jeff will introduce you to his semi-local series featuring the memorable character Zander.
If nonfiction is more your taste, you'll be happy to chat with Dr. Tavel. He's authored several books that he'd be happy to introduce you to!
We'll be serving wine and cheese to make this the best Happy Hour on Palm Ridge!
Friday, February 16th @ Noon
Jeri Magg will be here at Noon on Friday to sign and discuss her beautiful history book of the islands and her interesting and true stories of the Remarkable Women of Sanibel and Captiva.
New In Hardcover
New In Paperback
New In Kids
Author Charles Todd is the pen name of Caroline and Charles Todd, mother and son. Caroline lives in Delaware, Charles in North Carolina, and they have written dozens of prize-winning books set during and right after World War I-era Britain. Charles will be here on February 7th at noon to discuss their latest Ian Rutledge mystery (#20) titled the Gate Keeper, published this February by Harper Collins.
About the book-
On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.
Hours after his sister’s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.
She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man’s face.
Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he’s on the scene. But is he seeking justice—or fleeing painful memories in London?
Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.
Mark your calendars! On Friday, January 26th at 10:30, Sanibel's own Charles LeBuff will be in the store to tell us all about the Calusa, the first people to live in our beautiful Southwest Florida area.
Charles has extensive knowledge about Sanibel and Captiva, as well as history of the area. For more information on this event please visit our events page, or you could stop in on a Sunday from 11-5 and visit with Charles!
Happiest of New Year's to our bookish friends near and far! We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing many stories with you in 2018.
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Julie will be here from 4-6 to sign her latest book, teach us her favorite yoga poses for the desk or plane and enlighten us with her knowledge of the yoga lilfestyle.