"You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose." -- Dr. Seuss
Happy May!  

Spring means summer reading is just around the corner.  We have many wonderful events and activities planned to celebrate this new season of reading, including a Book Club Open House (June 7th) and Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off (June 16th), so please check out our website for details.  

We also have some exciting new paperback releases in the store, including GONE GIRL, GULP, and CUCKOO'S CALLING, both perfect for starting off your summer reading extravaganza!

If you're thinking about getting ready for Mother's Day, we have some terrific gift ideas (and remember, we provide complimentary gift-wrapping, with a smile :-).  This is a particularly exciting month for women writers. Currently on our shelves we have inspiring books by Elizabeth Warren, Diane Keaton, Arianna Huffington, and Robyn Roberts.  And, of course, some great new fiction by women, as well, including Elizabeth McCracken's new story collection, THUNDERSTRUCK.  I'm currently reading one of my all-time favorite authors, Mona Simpson (CASEBOOK) and recently finished Alice Hoffman's THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS and Lorrie Moore's short story collection BARK.  

We also have some great books for the graduate in your life (and our beautiful Papyrus cards).  

Some of my most treasured gifts are books that were given to me by special people in my life, with beautiful inscriptions written inside.  We'd be happy to help you find that special book.

A few exciting author events coming up include Michael Pollan at the Hillman Center on May 10th; Jonathan Auxier (THE NIGHT GARDENER) here at the store on May 19th (7pm); and Charlie Lovett (THE BOOKMAN'S TALE) here on June 11th (6pm).

And last but not least, it is with mixed emotions that we say congratulations to Tess on her brand new teaching job at the Montessori middle school here in Sewickley!!  We are sad to see Tess go (at the end of May), but so happy that she will be "taking her talents" to the Montessori school.  Tess's students will be lucky to have such a gifted and passionate teacher. Please stop by on Tuesday, May 27th, when we will have some special treats to celebrate Tess's new adventure.

Best of luck, Tess! 

Here's to spring and new adventures -- both literal and literary!

Thanks for supporting the Penguin,
Spring Store Hours
Monday- Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

Storytimes at the Penguin

(Beginning in June, weekly Storytimes at the Penguin will be on hiatus until the fall)

Toddler Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:00 in May

Songs, stories, and activities to encourage children to listen and read.
Pre-School Storytime
Wednesday at 12:00, May 7th  & 21st

Bring your lunch and enjoy stories and a craft.

April Bestsellers

Finishing Well
by Bob Buford

He, She and It
by Marge Piercy

Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis

by Colum McCann

The Perfume Collector
by Kathleen Tessaro

Children's Bestsellers for April

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Fairy Houses
by Tracy Kane

Growing Up in Coal Country
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done
by Stephan Pastis

Me and My Dad!
by Alison Ritchie

 What We're Reading

Susan says:
For those of you who haven't read this terrific mystery by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, now's your chance before the 2nd book in the series, THE SILKWORM comes out on June 19th.  THE SILKWORM will once again feature Cormoran Strike, wounded war veteran and now struggling P.I., and his assistant, Robin, a young woman who never expected to find herself trying to solve murders. We're happy to take pre-orders-- just give us a call.

Mary says:
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender not only reads well, but it smells great too as most of the book takes place in a bakery! This is Leslye Walton's debut novel. I'm already looking forward to her next.

Tess says:
Ferrell Savage is convinced he comes from a long line of cannibals. It will take a sled riding race and a cold night with his arch-nemesis to convince him otherwise. Best for ages 8 to 12, but grown-ups will love it, too. Put a few steaks on the grill and enjoy a family read aloud!

Kristin says:
In Carol Cassella's latest medical thriller, GEMINI a doctor must find the identity of a Jane Doe and the identity of the hit-and-run driver who put her in the hospital. This is one of those books that makes you think about medical miracles and ethics and what it is to be human.

Kate says:
If you have ever loved a dog, you should read DOG SONGS, a collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched Mary Oliver's world.

Thomas says:
GAME OF THRONES is a fantastic series! I've finished the first and am almost ready for Book 3. It has all of the best elements of a really great fantasy novel, but is also quite believable.

Michael Pollan at Hillman Center for Performing Arts


May 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

We'll be there selling books. Stop by and say hi!

Book Signing with Jonathan Auxier

Monday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Did you love Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes? Have you been anxiously awaiting something new from the pen of Jonathan Auxier? Wait no more! We are thrilled to be hosting Jonathan on the eve of the publication of his newest book, The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making. Recommended for readers age 10 and up.

Penguin Evening Readers

Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us as we discuss Oxygen by Carol Wiley Cassella. The book opens with Marie Heaton, an anesthesiologist at the height of her medical career, facing a nightmarish operating room disaster that ends a child’s life and launches a tangled malpractice suit. As Marie twists through depositions, accusations, and a remorseful preoccupation with the dead child’s mother, she must also cope with her own aging father and confront questions of love and betrayal, family bonds, and the price of her own choices. With a final twist as heartrending as it is redeeming, Oxygen is a gripping and auspicious debut.

Coming in June...

Saturday, June 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Book Club Open House

Please come in and register your book club with the Penguin to make sure you get your discounts and other goodies.  Gather your book club members and join Kristin and Tess as they recommend new titles for discussion.

Wednesday, June 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Book Signing with Charlie Lovett, author of THE BOOKMAN'S TALE

Monday, June 16

Penguin Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off

Read all summer and earn discounts and prizes.

Coming in July...


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