Spirit of '76 Events

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


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.

Book Signing with Katherine Howe -- The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen (Spirit-Marblehead)

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen is a haunting, contemporary love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Conversion


It’s July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.


As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There’s just something about her that he can’t put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie’s from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she’s been searching for something—a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes’s help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie’s dark past.


Katherine will be at The Spirit of '76 from 12pm- 2pm signing copies of her new book, The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen. 


Copies of the book will be available at the Spirit of '76 on its release date, Tuesday, September 15th. 





ISBN: 9780399167782
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G. P. Putnam's Sons - September 15th, 2015

A haunting, contemporary love story fromthe "New York Times "bestselling author of "Conversion"

It's July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a seance at a psychic's in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

Fundraiser for Casa Rombach: The House That Love Will Buy

Join us on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 from 6pm- 8pm for a fundraiser for the Casa Rombach Foundation!

Come stock up on last minute summer reads and vacation books and support Chloe and the Rombach family --

20% of all purchases will be donated to Casa Rombach!

Chloe's story:
On December 9th, 2014, Chloe Rombach (22 yrs old), stepped into a dark and rainy night to make the 10 minute walk to her job as a yoga instructor for Karuna Yoga in Northampton, MA. She never made it. 

As she entered the crosswalk at Fair and Bridge Streets, she was struck by a car and dragged 150 feet. It took a team of firefighters to free her. The Rombach family entered a living nightmare that night and have been by the bedside of Chloe in the many long weeks that have passed since the accident.

A few days after the accident, Chloe had an emergency double craniectomy (removal of two large portions of her skull) to allow her brain to swell and prevent further damage. Since that time, she has been especially vulnerable - but finally, on Thur. 4/30/15, she went into surgery to add titanium plates and make her skull whole once again. This is a major blessing and her family and loved ones celebrate each incremental step in her progress toward healing, regaining consciousness and to hopefully, one day, regaining her independent life. 
While handling this unimaginable tragedy, the Rombachs face a towering mountain of financial obligations, and Chloe will need continuing medical care for many years to come. Financially, things could not be much worse.

Let's try to eliminate one of their greatest monthly financial obligations: Paying for their home. 
If they know they've got a roof over their heads, free and clear- a place where they can find some comfort and a place where Chloe can hopefully return home to- that will be a huge burden lifted.

Let's do it for the love of the Rombachs: 
Ed, Jeannie and AJ (their eldest daughter) and, especially, for Chloe.

The goal is set as follows:
$112,567 to pay off the mortgage
$38,372 to pay off the home equity line
$75,000 to pay for home repairs and improvements to the main house and basement - to make the house safe and wheelchair accessible for Chloe
$225,939 total goal

Info taken from: 



Harry Potter 35th Birthday Bash!

Join us at the bookstore on Saturday August 1st as we celebrate 
Harry Potter's 35th birthday!*

In honor of our most favorite wizard we are offering a

10% discount off everything in the store all day long!



Come in wearing your House Colors

(Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Gryffindor)

to receive 15% off!





If you can answer a Harry Potter trivia question correctly, 
we will take 20% off your purchase!

PLUS, we'll be serving butter beer and Harry Potter birthday cupcakes 
from 2pm until we run out! 
*The character Harry Potter's actual birthday is July 31st, but that's the Find Waldo wrap party at Wit and Whimsy, which you should totally go to by the way.

Book Signing with Dina Vargo, Author of "Wild Women of Boston"

Join us on Saturday, July 25th at noon for a book signing with Dina Vargo, author of Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub

About the Book:
The Sons of Liberty are celebrated in the rebellious history of Boston—but what of their sisters? An audacious and determined procession of reformers, socialites, criminals and madams made the city what it is today. One hundred years before Rosa Parks, African American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond refused to give up her seat while attending a play in Boston. Fiery activists Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall led a boycott against bird plumage in ladies’ dress and brought the fashion industry to its knees. Rachel Wall was the last woman to be hanged in Massachusetts after leading a daring life as a robber and pirate. Later, women like Boston Marathon runner Kathrine Switzer also blazed their own trails. Author Dina Vargo unearths the remarkable stories of the wild women of the Hub.

About the Author:
Dina Vargo has been a lover of history and tricorn hats since dressing up at the age of six as Betsy Ross for our nation's bicentennial. After receiving her BA in fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and as a part-time archivist for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Dina also holds an MPA in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. After moving to the Boston area, she became a docent for Boston By Foot, where she developed and interest for writing off-beat walking tours. She currently resides in Salem, Massachusetts, where she practices witchcraft only if the Stealers are playing. Her next project is to train for whatever marathon Kathrine Switzer and 261 Fearless crew are doing next. 

This is a table signing, and is free and open to the public. 

Follow Dina on Twitter @mettleandmoxie & while you're at it, follow the bookstore @spiritof76books. We're also on Facebook

ISBN: 9781626197954
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - May 4th, 2015

The sons of liberty are celebrated in the rebellious history of Boston--but what of their sisters? An audacious and determined procession of reformers, socialites, criminals and madams made the city what it is today. One hundred years before Rosa Parks, African American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond refused to give up her seat while attending a play in Boston.

Summer Reading Book Fair for the Swampscott Middle School

Come to the bookstore to get your summer reading books, and put money back into your school! 

If you're a parent, student, or teacher with the Swampscott Middle School, make sure to come out to the bookstore next Thursday night (June 18th) from 6pm- 8pm for your school's book fair. We'll have the summer titles available, and moms and dads can grab some great summer reads too, all while supporting the Swampscott Middle School. 

From 6pm- 8pm on Thursday, June 18th we'll be tracking all sales and donating 20% to the school. Make sure you don't miss it!




Fancy Nancy Tea Party (Take Two)

Fancy Nancy Tea Party (Take Two)
Your attendance is requested at
The Spirit of '76 Bookstore on 
Saturday, August 15th, at 2pm for a 
Fancy Nancy Tea Party! 


Sadly there were just too many awesome things going on in the area on the the day that we had our original party back in June. If you missed it because you were at a strawberry festival, arts festival, or other celebration, we'd love to see you this time around!  


Please arrive in your finest attire (attire is a fancy word for clothes), and join us for tea (iced), pink lemonade and other refreshments (refreshments is a fancy word for snacks)! We will have Fancy Nancy activities and a story or two, and a Fancy Nancy Photo Booth (photos can be e-mailed to parents for printing)!


Please note that young gentleman are more than welcome to get spiffed up (spiffed up is a cool way to say dressed up) and attend! If Fancy Nancy isn't your thing, keep an eye out for a day of Swashbuckling fun this September 19th, for International Talk Like a Pirate Day! 





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