"Indie bookstores are the last line of reason and discourse in this country."

--James McBride,
author of The Good Lord Bird

Hello Friends of the Penguin,

We just celebrated our 85th birthday and we feel young as ever!  Thank you to all the customers who filled out the “Why do you shop at the Penguin Bookshop” cards, which now decorate our window.  (My two personal favorites: “Because I love reading and they have a lot of books."  "Close to Grandma's house.")  Thank you, also, to all the customers who stopped by on Wednesday to share a cupcake or a glass of champagne with the Penguin team.

Now we begin our holiday season.  We kick it off with our exciting event with the author of Mastering the Art of French Eating, Ann Mah.  We will be hearing all about Ann’s culinary adventures  in and around Paris, while drinking wine and eating cheese….what could be better, n’est ce pas?  We still have some tickets available and would love to see you there.

We have some fun Saturday Children’s Storytime events coming up, the store looks beautiful and is filled with wonderful books (and some other goodies), and we are looking forward to a joyous season here at the Penguin.

Thanks for keepin' it local,

Susan & the Penguin Team


         November 15, 2014
                      12:00-2:00 p.m.
                             Table Signing with local author, 
Aaron Skirboll

The Thief-Taker Hangings:
How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity

Please stop by and Meet Aaron!!
    Notable Saturday 

All storytimes begin at 11:00 a.m.

November 1, 2014, 11:00am
Licensed Kindermusik educator Alison Tremel will deliver a fun-filled storytime and musical adventure!
Alison will also have materials available for parents interested in her program.

November 22, 2014, 11:00am 
Sewickley neighbor and friend of the Penguin, Jill Webb, has published Construction Kid  for all those children who cannot get enough of the construction vehicles we see around town. She will read from her new book.  Go, Jill!

November 29, 2014, 11:00am
Max Tiber and his mom will be here to read from their book, Awesome Animals Rock the Holidays; a unique animal alphabet book that blends whimsical illustrations with animal facts. Parents and children will delight in each animal's antics as well as learn amazing animal facts about species both living and extinct.  Way to go Mom and Max!

New Holiday Season Store Hours!!

Monday- Wednesday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

open late, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October Penguin Bestsellers

The Boys in the Boat
by Donald J. Brown

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Not That Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham

Kiling Patton
by Bill 'Reilly

by Marilynne Robinson


Children's Bestsellers for October

Heroes of Olympus: Book Five
by Rick Riordan

Minecraft: Construction Handbook

The Terror of the Southlands
by Caroline Carlson

The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

Coming up...

Ann Mah, Mastering the Art of French Eating and the novel,  Kitchen Chinese, coming November 5, 2014 - Tickets $20.00 -- includes a signed paperback of Mastering the Art...plus wine and French treats!  If you already own the book but would like to attend, tickets for the event are only $5.00.  Patrons who have tickets to the Sewickley Annual Wine Walk that evening will also be welcome to attend (book not included).


 What We're Reading
(and loving)...

Marilynne Robinson's
Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church--the only available shelter from the rain--and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.

Ina Garten's

Make it ahead
For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead? If you've ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! 

Rainbow Rowell's
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble, that it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her - but that almost seems beside the point now. Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him that she can't go. She's a TV writer, and something's come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - he is always a little upset with her - but she doesn't expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she's finally done it. 
Ian McEwan's
The Children Act

A British High court judge, ruling on a series of highly charged cases, finds herself increasingly distant from her husband and emotionally isolated.  One case will have lasting personal ramifications, and will leave the reader reflecting on the human costs associated with professional, and personal, detachment.  McEwan's  clean, spare prose elevates this powerful, timely and cautionary tale.

Mac Barnett's & Jon Klassen's
Sam & Dave Dig A Hole
 With perfect pacing, a New York Times-bestselling team digs down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor. Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all.

Greg Iles'
Natchez Burning
#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years--Natchez Burning--the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Ann M. Martin's
Rain Reign

In her most powerful novel yet, the Newbery Honor-winning author of "A Cornerof the Universe" tells the story of girl with mental/emotional challenges andthe dog she loves.

John Green's

Paper Towns

With his trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty, the Printz Medal-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, John Green, writes about a teenage girl who has mysteriously vanished, and the boy who looks for her by following the clues she has left behind just for him.

Penguin Evening Readers

Thursday, November  20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II


A stunning and unprecedented portrait of women--from factory workers to pinup girls to spies--during World War II, which drastically transformed women's roles in American society.  Never before has the vast range of women's experiences during this pivotal era been brought together in one book.

New members always welcome!
Kristin is back and will be leading the group.


Future Releases

Release date November 4, 2014:
* Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney
*Waiting Is Not Easy!
by Mo Willems

Release date November 10, 2014:
* Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments in Grace
by Anne Lamott

Release date November 11, 2014:
*Revival: A Novel
by Stephen King
*41: A Portrait of My Father
by George W. Bush

Release date November 24, 2014:
*Hope to Die 
by James Patterson

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