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May 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of How to Speak Golf with author Sally Cook and illustrator Ross MacDonald

How to Speak GolfFrom ace to zinger, How to Speak Golf includes over 125 golf terms paired with charming and clever illustrations that decode the words and phrases that fly around a golf course. Clubhouse Chatter sections are sprinkled throughout where you’ll learn about everything from the origins of golf, the worst courses and biggest sand bunkers in the world, to the reason why there are so many bird references in golf terminology, a history of famous holes-in-one, and much, much more!

Some of the terms included in the book are:

Army golf: The inconsistent hitting of the ball from one side of the fairway to the other. (Think: Left, right, left.)
-Cabbage: The worst of the rough. (Also known as “Spinach” or “Lettuce.” Whatever you call it, this is a salad to be avoided.)
Ham and egg: When two players on a team pair well, with one player excelling whenever the other falters.
Velcro: Greens that are slow, where it seems like the ball sticks to the grass.

A perfect blend of funny anecdotes and fascinating bits of history and trivia, this is the perfect gift book to have you talking like a master whether you’re a pro, a lifelong fan, or a novice on the greens.

Start: May 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
End: May 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

July 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Bill Doyle launches his latest book The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place

Prizewinners of Piedmont PlaceOne lucky family is about to win big! The prize? Twenty minutes to grab anything—and maybe even everything—in the world-famous Wish Shoppe. Cal Talaska knows his family was born to win. But before he can prove it, he needs to convince his family to compete. You’ve gotta be in it to win it, right? That means Cal needs to focus on what they want.
Dad wants a new piano . . . no, a whole orchestra! Mom has her eye on a new home gym…which might be hard to grab! His little sister Imo needs tools to build a spaceship. And baby brother Bug? He just wants candy! (To share with the beloved family dog, of course!) But what about Cal? He just wants to win . . . or maybe he has something to prove? There’s only one way to find out. Let the contest begin! This hilarious new series features a loveable family, high stakes, and hijinks.

Start: July 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
End: July 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

October 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Edward Sorel launches Mary Astor’s Purple Diary

mary-astor-purple-diaryIn a hilarious send-up of sex, scandal, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary cartoonist Edward Sorel brings us a story (literally) ripped from the headlines of a bygone era. In 1965, a young, up-and-coming illustrator by the name of Edward Sorel was living in a $97-a-month railroad flat on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Resolved to fix up the place, Sorel began pulling up the linoleum on his kitchen floor, tearing away layer after layer until he discovered a hidden treasure: issues of the New York Daily News and Daily Mirror from 1936, each ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor. Mary Astor’s Purple Diary narrates and illustrates the travails of the Oscar-winning actress alongside Sorel’s own personal story of discovering an unlikely muse. Throughout, we get his wry take on all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary’s life as a child star—her career in silent films began at age fourteen—presided over by her tyrannical father, Otto, who “managed” her full-time and treated his daughter like an ATM machine.

Start: October 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

November 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of Shop Cats of New York with author Tamar Arslanian and photographer Andrew Martilla

Shop Cats of New YorkHumans of New York meets The French Cat in this carefully cultivated, gorgeous full-color collection featuring New York’s iconic felines and the stories behind them.

They inhabit New York City’s most legendary and coziest spots—the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, and a host of yoga studios,  bookstores, and bike shops in between. True New Yorkers—masters of people watching—they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel countertop, taking in the activity around them. Depending on their mood, these cats will ignore enthusiastic admirers, offer a few delightful purrs, or occasionally even take a swipe. Some even find a mouse or two to chase.

Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines—all who have an extraordinary story to tell. Popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well cared for animals in their city habitat and reveal how they came to reign over their urban kingdoms. A celebration of some of the city’s most revered citizens and a unique look at New York life, this enchanting illustrated volume is a must for every cat lover, and every Big Apple devotee.

Start: November 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
End: November 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

February 23 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Golden Legacy with Leonard S. Marcus

Eminent children’s historian Leonard Marcus’ Golden Legacy chronicles the fascinating story of the creation, marketing, and worldwide impact of Little Golden Books, the most popular children’s books of all time. Launched during the dark days of WWII, Golden Books such as The Poky Little Puppy were an instant sensation. Hallmarked by their superlative quality yet affordable, they changed the cultural landscape and mirrored our changing postwar culture: the powerful influence of television, the post-Sputnik renaissance in American science education, and the birth of the civil rights movement. Lavishly illustrated with the iconic Golden Book covers and colorful artwork  generations of children have pored over, Golden Legacy is a compelling tale of mavericks, innovators, and renowned authors and illustrators. . . a stirring celebration of the humble books in which we scrawled our names, with the cardboard cover and the shiny gold-foil spine.

Start: February 23 @ 6:00 pm
End: February 23 @ 7:30 pm

April 3 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Speed of Life with author Carol Weston

the-speed-of-lifeSofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it’s a new year and they’re ready for Sofia to move on.

Problem is, Sofia can’t bounce back, can’t recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don’t have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

Speed of Life is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it’s just beginning. It’s a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.

“A wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter.” —Richard Peck, author of The Best Man 

Start: April 3 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 3 @ 7:30 pm

April 5 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Botanical Shakespeare with author Gerit Quealy

botanical-shakespeareA captivating, beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind color compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited in the works of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, accompanied by their companion quotes from all of his plays and poems. With a foreword by Dame Helen Mirren—the first foreword she has ever contributed.

In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare.

Botanical Shakespeare opens with a brief look at the Bard’s relationship to the plants mentioned in his works—a diversity that illuminates his knowledge of the science of botany, as well as the colloquy, revealing his unmatched skill for creating metaphorical connections and interweaving substantive philosophy. At the heart of the book are “portraits” of the over 170 flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds and vegetables that Shakespeare mentions in his plays and poems. Botanical Shakespeare features a gorgeous color illustration of each, giving a “face” to the name, alongside the specific text in which it appears and the character(s) who utter the lines in which it is mentioned.

This fascinating visual compendium also includes a dictionary describing each plant—such as Eglantine, a wild rose with a slight prickle, cherished for its singular scent, superior to any other rose; and the difference between apples and apple-john—along with indices listing the botanical by play/poem, by character, and genus for easy reference, ideal for gardeners and thoughtful birthday gift-giving.

This breathtaking, incomparable collection of exquisite artwork and companion quotes offers unique depth and insight into Shakespeare and his timeless work through the unusual perspective of the plants themselves.

Start: April 5 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 5 @ 7:30 pm

April 19 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of How to Speak Soccer with author Sally Cook

how-to-speak-soccerFrom “assist” to “woodwork,” How to Speak Soccer includes over 125 terms paired with funny and charming illustrations that decode the words and phrases that sail around a soccer field. With the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup championship game being the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, interest in soccer has never been higher, and there’s sure to be more newcomers discovering the game who will want to learn the lingo as well as the fascinating anecdotes and bits of trivia shared throughout the book.

How to Speak Soccer covers well-known words like “corner kick” and “dive,” as well as the more uncommon words and phrases such as:

-Banana kick: A unique kick used frequently on corner kicks that causes the ball to take a curved path.
Daisy cutter: A type of low, hard shot that either stays completely on the ground or sails just above it.
Rabonna: A type of pass where the kicking leg wraps around the back of the standing leg.

How to Speak Soccer is the perfect blend of knowledge and entertainment and makes a fantastic gift book for soccer fans, children and adults playing in soccer leagues, and any of the growing number of fans of this exciting sport!

Start: April 19 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 19 @ 7:30 pm

April 20 @ 5:30 pm

Celebrate the latest Wilcox and Griswold mystery with author Robin Newman

case-of-the-poached-eggWhen Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?

Start: April 20 @ 5:30 pm
End: April 20 @ 7:00 pm

May 18 @ 5:30 pm

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Grace Hopper with author Laurie Wallmark and illustrator Katy Wu

grace-hopper“If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.”
The inspiring story of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science—is told told in an engaging picture book biography.

Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Acclaimed picture book author Laurie Wallmark (Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine) once again tells the riveting story of a trailblazing woman. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly was “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys. With a wealth of witty quotes, and richly detailed illustrations, this book brings Hopper’s incredible accomplishments to life.

Start: May 18 @ 5:30 pm
End: May 18 @ 7:00 pm
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