"I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants."
 T.C. Boyle, from By The Book,  New York Times

Dear Friends of the Penguin,

Is it spring yet?  Well, things are blooming at the Penguin, at least.

We have such an exciting April in store:  National Poetry Month, with three
wonderful and very different poets – Fred Shaw, Celeste Gainey and Richard St.
John; The Gallery Walk, with Open Mic Night; authors Philip Beard and Susan Mann;
our Self-Published Author day; and Shakespeare Saturday with a special Children’s
Storytime and Shakespearian actor Mark Staley performing later in the afternoon.

And for May, don’t forget to mark your calendars for several special events:  May 14th, the launch of our PENGUIN BOOKSHOP WRITERS SERIES with Kristin Bair O’Keefe conducting her writing workshop, WRITERHEAD; DEBORAH HARKNESS at the Shadyside Academy Hillman Center on Sunday, May 31st -- remember to go on-line and purchase your tickets!

Everyone on the Penguin Bookshop team continues to work hard to create interesting events, provide great customer service, and to keep the tradition of independent bookselling alive and well in Sewickley and Pittsburgh. 

Keep reading and, as always, thanks for keepin’ it local,

Susan & the Penguin Team

The Penguin Bookshop & Shady Side Academy Present:
   Deborah Harkness
at the Hillman Center
May 31 at 7:00 P.M.


    Special Saturday Storytimes
11:00 A.M.
April 25, 2015

"Shakespeare Saturday"
Celebrating the Bard's 451st  Birthday!

We will be reading Shakespeare-
inspired children's stories!

April Store Hours:

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

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

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Adult Bestsellers for March

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

Girl On The Train
by Paula Hawkins

All The Light We Cannot See 
by Anthony Doerr

Almost Famous Women
by Megan Mayhew Bergman

The Husband's Secret
by Laine Moriarty


Childrens Bestsellers for March

The Littlest Bunny in Pittsburgh: An Easter Adventure
by Lily Jacobs

The One That Counts
by Rosemary Macuga

by Carson Ellis

Ten Easter Eggs
by Vijaya Bodach

Saturday, May 2,

2:00-3:00 PM

 Meet Pittsburgh Dad authors

Chris Preksta & Curt Wootton!


Wednesday, April 22

Meet Philip Beard,
author of Swing


Saturday, April 18

Meet Susan Flanders,
author of Going to Church: It's Not What You Think


  What We're Reading
(and loving)...

Ann Packer's 
The Children's Crusade: A Novel
Family drama -- nuanced and deeply, emotionally, wrought -- my favorite kind of novel! Follows the life of one California family over 5 decades as they grow apart and come back together again and again, with the fate of their family house at the center of it all, and a symbol of both their shared past and uncertain futures.  Packer's "talents are on dazzling display in... an extraordinary study in character, a rare and wise examination of the legacy of early life on adult children attempting to create successful families and identities of their own."​

Kelli Estes'
The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

This is a debut novel that will not be released until July, 2015 (sorry, but I couldn't wait!).  A fascinating look back at a controversial time in history when the United States was concerned about jobs being "given to the Chinese". Set both in the past and in the present, the story is about two young women and their struggle to appear strong & independent in the eyes of their families'.   And at the heart of the story lies the intriguing mystery behind a beautiful embroidered sleeve hidden behind a staircase.

Available July 7 in paperback!

Amelia Morris's
Bon Appetempt: A Coming-Of-A Story (w/ Recipes!)
A book-based-on-a-blog, and centered on cooking...sound familiar? But Bon Appetempt is not Julie and Julia. Morris (a southwestern PA native) uses food, her memories of it, and her attempts to cook it to trace her coming-of-age story. Morris shows that life is messy and difficult and sometimes even following the directions doesn't lead to a picture-perfect outcome...but even messy chocolate cake is still chocolate cake!
Elizabeth Kolbert's 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert puts into fascinating historical context the concept and understanding of  â€œextinction”.  Just as disruptive technologies are acknowledged to be permanently changing economies, disruptive events and species have and will continue to change the history of our planet.  Combining history, science and travel, The Sixth Extinction is accessible reading and worthy of the many accolades it received last year: 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Non-Fiction Finalist; New York Times 10 Best of 2014; and a 2014 Library Journal Top Ten Book.

Lisa Genova's 
Inside the O'Briens
Much like Genova's bestseller Still Alice examined Alzheimer's through the eyes of the patient, Inside the O'Briens explores Huntington's disease through the life of a Boston police officer as he copes with the disease's symptoms, diagnosis, and his subsequent decline . This book evokes an array of emotions as Joe O'Brien comes to terms with what the disease means for himself and his children,while his youngest daughter, Katie, tries to understand what it means for her future. It may be hard to believe for those who have been touched so deeply by Still Alice, but I believe that Inside the O'Briens is even better. 


Penguin Evening Readers
        Thursday, April 30, 2015  at 7:00 p.m.
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation
by Judith Mackrell

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrow-raising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness of the Great War and stride into the future in one deft, stylized gesture. The women who defined this the Jazz Age—Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Tamara de Lempicka—would presage the sexual revolution by nearly half a century and would shape the role of women for generations to come.  

So much to talk about with this book -- please join us!!
Penguin Evening Readers receive special discounts on all bookclub books.


Future Releases

Release date April 7, 2015
Lisa Genova's 
Inside the O'Briens

Brian Grazer's 
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

Release date April 14, 2015
Lisa Scottoline's 
Every Fifteen Minutes

Release date April 21, 2015
Robert Baldacci's 
Memory Man

Dallas Hartwig's 
The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom

A.N. Roquelaure's
Beauty's Kingdom

Release date April 27,2015
Toni Morrison's 
God Help the Child

Release date April 28,2015
John Sandford's 
Gathering Prey

Release date May 5, 2015
David McCullough's 
The Wright Brothers

Pre-Order online or in store

April is National Poetry Month & the Penguin Bookshop is inviting you to create your own poem which we will post in the store. Click here to download our template or stop by to pick up the form. 

We will also be hosting three talented and provocative poets:
  • Fred Shaw (April 8th)
  • Celeste Gainey (April 16th)
  • Richard St. Johns (April 29th)
And during the Sewickley Gallery Walk on Friday, April 10th at 7PM we will be hosting an Open Mic Night!!  This event is sponsored by the Sewickley Academy Middle School Writing Club.  All ages are welcome to take the mic and share their poems.
 Self-Published Authors Day!
Saturday, April 18, 2015 
12:00 to 2:00 PM

The following self-published authors will be here to sell and sign their books:

Chloe T. Barlow - Three Rivers, City of Champions

Dominic A. Bianco - The Apparition

Jim Caldwell - DiPrinanio's Stand; Treasure The Intersections

Sharon J. Hamovitz - Just Like Gas...This Too Shall Pass!: Pass It On! Not the Gas...The Laughter! 

Joseph Moore - Maxwell, The Raindrop Who Wouldn't Fall 

Laura Smith - The Stable House, Saving Hascal's Horrors, The Castle Park Kids

Emily Schroeder -  The Windkeeper

J. D. Wylde - When Push Comes to Shove, When Law Met Disorder, Karma in Camo, Cupid in Camo, The Journey, The Dream, Beyond the Checkered Flag, Holiday Wish

Visit our website for more information about the authors and their books
The Penguin Bookshop Writers Series will officially launch on
May 14th,
with author
Kristin Bair O'Keefe
and her exciting workshop,

Writerhead: Getting into Your Creative Groove
all writers and aspiring writers welcome!!

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