Spirit of '76 Events

Teen Writing Workshop with Lori Goldstein (Fee Required - Details Below)

Oh, What a Character!

All the best stories in books, movies, and television have one thing in common: characters we care about. While you can’t have a story without a plot, viewers and readers won’t be invested in the action of the story unless they are invested in the character—love ’em or hate ’em, doesn’t matter, so long as we feel something for them. In this session, Lori will teach you the tricks that writers use to develop great characters with a distinct voice. As a group, we will create characters by “interviewing” them, coming up with their “wound and their want,” and following a writing prompt to drop them into a story.

Purchase Required: This workshop is "free" with the purchase of a hardcover copy of either one of Lori's books. 


Lori Goldstein lives in Cambridge, MA, and is the author of Becoming Jinn (available now) and Circle of Jinn (releasing May 17, 2016), both from Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. Lori was a journalist and copyeditor before embracing her love of fictional people. The Becoming Jinnseries is a modern spin on the tale of wish-granting genies and book one received a star from VOYA magazine, which named it one of the Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror of 2015, saying “this well-written title will not stay on the shelf.” Advance praise for Circle of Jinnfrom Booklist says, “Book two takes a sharp turn into high fantasy as Azra and her friends and family band together to stop the oppressive rule of the Afrit, the jinn ruling class. Romance and wish granting take a backseat to friendship, political intrigue, and Azra’s maturation and ongoing discovery of her heritage. Fans of the first book should be satisfied by this conclusion."

Becoming Jinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250055392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 21st, 2015

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

Circle of Jinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250055408
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 17th, 2016

Being Jinn is Azra's new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds human and Jinn. Soon secrets spill, and rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit's reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna.

Book Signing with Timothy Quigley

Since the suicide of his younger brother, Julien has burrowed away from life, turning his back on family and friends. His only human contacts are the denizens of a downtown Boston homeless shelter where he works the graveyard shift. One in particular — Rosie, an Irish “hag” — helps guide Julien through a particularly dark night, as he traverses the dim caverns and blind curves of the human spirit. The single night is filled with flashbacks, interactions with shelter transients, and Irish storytelling, that Julien hopes against hope might help him find some kind of resolution and purpose. Timothy Quigley deftly interweaves Celtic mythology, Christian dogma, street smarts, New Age drunk talk and mad men’s ravings, to create a deeply compassionate portrait of a jaded, disillusioned man’s struggle to get his life back on track. "Kissing The Hag is a dark night of the soul, a harrowing trip into the battered heart of the narrator…. Mr. Quigley... brings us through this night, and into the day…with grace, where new life and forgiveness abide.” ~ Bret Lott, author of Jewel (an Oprah pick) “[Timothy Quigley’s fiction]... is wonderful... buoyant and lively and crackling with fascinating energies and tensions.” ~ Dr. James D'Agostino, author of "Nude with Anything" and Editor of "The Chariton Review"

Kissing the Hag Cover Image
ISBN: 9780986064906
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pixel Hall Press - November 15th, 2015

Paul Korins

Sammy Baker receives a special gift from his grandpa for his twelfth birthday: an ancient Royal typewriter. Sammy is perplexed. Why would he ever type on this thing? He has a brand-new Apple laptop! But his grandfather urges him to use the typewriter to write an essay on the Great Depression—he and his family struggled through those rough years in the 1930s—for an English assignment. He suspects that Sammy will “get a feel for those hard times,” and he thinks a straight A is a real possibility. Reluctantly, Sammy complies, but his grandfather’s insistence bewilders him. Why must he use this old typewriter? Why the Great Depression? He’d much rather take on an easier topic, such as the1969 moon landing. And his grandpa’s mysterious predictions confuse him even more: “Once those fingers of yours start flying over the keys, you can’t stop ‘em. Take you to all sorts of places.”

Paul Korins is the author of three adventure/mystery novels for pre-teens and young adults aged 10 years and older. He current lives in Marblehead, MA and has signed on to work with WriteBoston to help high school students with college application essays and writing in general. You can find him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/paul.korins) where he is happy to hear feedback on his writing. 

The Magic Typewriter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781519110206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 7th, 2016

Eric Jay Dolin -- Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

One great local author, two great events! 

Join us for an evening with author Eric Jay Dolin:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945


Monday, May 31, 2016

Swampscott Public Library

61 Burrill Street 
Swampscott, MA 01907

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Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871406682
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 18th, 2016

In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 160 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades.

Fall in Love with a Feline


Fall in Love with a Feline
Fundraiser for
The Friends of Marblehead's Abandoned Animals

Join us at the bookstore for a fundraiser to support the Friends of Marblehead's Abandoned Animals, with special consideration for shelter's many adoptable felines. 

On Wednesday, February 24th from 6PM- 8PM, 20% of all sales will go to benefit the Marblehead Animal Shelter

Come in and do some early St. Patrick's Day and Easter Basket shopping, and help out the Marblehead Animal Shelter at the same time! Interested parties will also be able to learn a bit about the shelter's current feline residents. 

Can't make it to the fundraiser? We will happily take orders over the phone-- 20% will go to FoMAA! Call us at (781)-631-7199.

Fundraiser for the Ben Farrar Fund!

Join us on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 from 6pm- 8pm for a fundraiser for the Ben Farrar Fund!

Come stock up on autumn reads and support Ben and the Farrar family --

20% of all purchases will be donated to the Ben Farrar Fund!


Ben's Story:
On April 19, 2015, Ben Farrar was enjoying his first trip to France on an honors student high school exchange program when, in just one moment, his life changed. What began as an innocent attempt to cool off in the ocean turned into a serious accident, when Ben dove into the too-shallow waters and hit his head against the hard bottom of the ocean. 

The collision crushed Ben’s vertebrae in his neck, and the shock of the hit resulted in an intake of dangerous levels of sea water into his lungs. He was pulled quickly from the ocean, unable to move, revived, and transported to a local hospital in Nice to receive emergency surgery. 

Once Ben returns home, medical care, on-going treatment and recovery will certainly be a strain on the Farrar family. On Wednesday, September 30th 20% of ALL SALES made between 6PM & 8PM will be donated to the Ben Farrar Fund. Additionally, donations can be made through GoFundMe.com, and to the fund directly through the National Grand Bank (The Ben Farrar Fund c/o The National Grand Bank, 91 Pleasant Street Marblehead, MA 01945). Any donation you make, large or small, will help Ben’s family get him the best possible medical care and meet his needs. 

For updates on Ben and his recover progress, you can visit the Ben Farrar's Status Facebook page. Make sure to show your support on social media with the #BenStrong tag. 




Lecture with Stewart Gordon -- "A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks" (Marblehead Museum/Spirit-Marblehead)

The Spirit of '76 is delighted to have been invited by the Marblehead Museum to sell the copies of A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks for their upcoming lecture with author Stewart Gordon. This Lecture is being held at 7:30PM at the Marblhead Museum (170 Washington Street), and Spirit will be on hand before and after the lecture for booksales.


From the Museum's Website:

Come join us for a lecture and book signing by Stewart Gordon, senior research scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. He will speak about his newest book, The History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks.


“Stewart Gordon has once again offered the reading public an instance of his innovative and accessible style of writing world history, this time using the category of shipwrecks ― a tragic but near-universal human experience ― as his unit of analysis. From dugout canoes dating to 6000 BC down to 2012, when a modern cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy, Gordon lucidly shows how maritime activities reflect the ever-increasing pace of globalization.”―Richard M. Eaton, professor of history, University of Arizona


Members $10  Non-members $15


Light refreshments to follow


A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611685404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Foreedge - May 5th, 2015

Stories of disasters at sea, whether about Roman triremes, the treasure fleet of the Spanish Main, or great transatlantic ocean liners, fire the imagination as little else can. From the historical sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania to the recent capsizing of a Mediterranean cruise ship, the study of shipwrecks also makes for a new and very different understanding of world history.


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