Spirit of '76 Events

HUGH PEABODY BISHOP and BRENDA BISHOP BOOMA: "Marblehead's First Harbor: The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port" (Spirit)

Marblehead's First HarborMarblehead’s First Harbor chronicles the maritime and fishing history of Marblehead during its twentieth century heyday. Authored by two beloved fixtures in the Marblehead community, this account paints a picture of the joys and perils of life as a member of the maritime community and commercial fishing industry in one of the most historically significant cities in Massachusetts.

About the authors:

HughBishop and his wife, Judy, live in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He handles a modest string of lobster traps from a small lobster boat (named appropriately September Song), fishing in the same waters where he first set traps over sixty years ago. Other interests include a significant amount of time playing golf.

Brenda Booma, raised in Marblehead, grew up with a deep respect for the ocean and a love of the small area called Barnegat. Having moved away in her twenties, she raised three children while playing and teaching tennis. When she moved back, she became involved with the seafood business, with which she was affiliated until her retirement in 2010. Golf, gardening and grandchilddren are her new passions.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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A reading, signing and sing-along for DAISY NELL's "The Stowaway Mouse"! (Spirit)

Saturday, October 15 from 12:30–3:30

Daisy NellIn the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts, a mouse sneaks onboard a new schooner being launched at Harold Burnham’s boatyard. Leaving the safety of his home at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, he experiences the thrill of the open ocean — and some unexpected close calls.

The Stowaway Mouse is an illustrated children’s book by local musician and maritime historian Daisy Nell. The book is the result of an annual folk music and songwriting project in the Essex, MA elementary school second grade. The two classes worked with Daisy to learn about traditional folk music and instruments. The Stoway MouseMeanwhile, throughout the winter of 2011, a new schooner, Ardelle, was being built, which Daisy decided would be a good basis for a song. The Stowaway Mouse is a ballad which Daisy decided to self-publish as a book, now wonderfully illustrated by Marblehead’s own George Ulrich.

The musical part of the afternoon will be the singing of "The Stowaway Mouse" song. Daisy will play other songs related to New England’s maritime traditions, adapted for who might be in the store while we are there. For more information on Daisy, visit www.daisynell.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant St.
Marblehead
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CLAUDIA NEWCORN: "Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree" (Spirit)

Claudia Newcorn signs her books on Saturday, November 5th, 3–6 PM

Claudia NewcornIn this suspenseful new fantasy fiction adventure, Claudia Newcorn skillfully weaves an unexpectedly contemporary and complex saga where fairies struggle through nine increasingly dangerous rites to earn their wings, even as the shadows of a forgotten prophecy gather to change their world.

Claudia Newcorn, who lives in California, has recently begun work on Scroll 3, the third book in her Krisalys series. She collects antique fairy tale books, attempts to garden, is taking courses in herbology and aromatherapy, and is passionate about hiking, animals, and the environment. Her published short stories include "A Cat’s Gift of Faith," in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, and "The Christmas Tree Nobody Wanted" in Stanislaus Magazine. An experienced public speaker, Claudia writes regularly for a variety of publications, is a magazine editor for two regional magazines, and is a popular newspaper community columnist for The Modesto Bee.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant St.
Marblehead
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Dark Fire: Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree: Scroll 2 Cover Image
$17.94
ISBN: 9781432746421
Availability: Special Order
Published: Outskirts Press - December 3rd, 2009

Crossover: Krislys Chronicles of Fyree Cover Image
$17.94
ISBN: 9781432707798
Availability: Special Order
Published: Outskirts Press - June 20th, 2007

Dana is determined to get her wings. Although she may die trying. Unless her best friend can seduce her into another dimension first.
Every spryte must survive the nine Rites to earn their wings and become full-fledged fyree.


Jewish Book Month Opening Night! (Spirit/JCC)

Wednesday, October 26, 7pm cocktails, 8pm presentation

Phyllis KarasGet the inside scoop on local mob legend Whitey Bulger from co-authors Phyllis Karas and Kevin Weeks, as they discuss their new book, Where’s Whitey? Karas, a long-time JBM friend, has been the go-to media source since Whitey’s capture. Join us for a lively discussion and find out what it’s been like for Karas and Weeks since Whitey was arrested.

Seating is limited, so please call the JCCNS to reserve your ticket: 781-631-8330

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jewish Community Center
Marblehead
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The 17th annual Jewish Book Month, October 26 - November 30

The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore is proud to the official bookseller for the JCCNS
for the 8th consecutive year! Scroll to the bottom to order the books for these events.

The List by Martin Fletcher

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 PM · cocktail reception ($20)
8 PM presentation ($20)
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945

Spend the evening with NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher, who uses meticulous research and his own family’s history in his stunning new novel The List. Fletcher won a Jewish National Book Award for his previous book, Walking Israel.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

Getting Your Best Healthcare: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment by Ken Farbstein

Monday, November 7, noon
Grosvenor Park, Salem, MA 01970 · Tickets $10; limited seating.

Ken Farbstein‘s illuminating guidebook teaches us to have a more collegial, patient-focused and safer relationship with the healthcare system and professionals within it. Enjoy this luncheon and meet Ken Farbstein, MMP, the founder of Patient Advocare.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler

Thursday, November 10, 7 PM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $10; refreshments to follow.

Bold new writer Stuart Nadler discusses his collection of stories about Jewish men and women dealing with their sins and failings, infidelities, grief, missed opportunities at love and ultimately, their hopes for redemption.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman

Sunday, November 13, 10 AM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. Tickets $20.

Share a brunch sponsored by City Grill with author Nadia Kalman as she takes themes about Russian-Jewish immigrants and transforms them into a warm and entertaining story. Kalman’s comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash. and the past has a way of emerging at the most inconvenient moments!

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

Girls Night Out at the Kernwood Country Club!

Thursday, November 17, 6 PM
The Kernwood Country Club, Salem, MA 01970. Tickets $75.

So You Think You Can Write! Enjoy shopping boutiques, dinner and a live presentation with local authors Ellen Frankel, Wendy Polins and Dale Stanten as they talk about the trials and triumphs of writing. Moderated by author Phyllis Karas.

Please call us with the following information: Choice of entrée (salmon, scrod or vegetarian) and with whom you’d like to be seated or the names of the people at your table.

Boutiques open at 6 PM; valet parking is available.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder and the Search for Truth in the Arab World by Joseph Braude

Sunday, November 20, 10 AM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $20. Brunch served.

Set in the teeming underworld of Casablanca, this is both an intricate nonfiction murder mystery and a penetrating, street-level exploration of Muslim-Jewish relations in an Islamic metropolis. Come meet Joseph Braude, a young American journalist with Iraqi Jewish roots.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann

Wednesday, November 30, 7 PM
The JCC,4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $20. Dessert to follow.

Spend the evening with author David Schmahmann and hear about his brilliant new novel that explores the inner life of a man distanced from himself and reality by secrets and shameful desires.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The JCC
4 Community Road
Marblehead
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The List Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780312606923
Availability: Special Order
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 11th, 2011

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Now, Fletcher combines his own family’s history with meticulous research in this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat after World War II.


The Book of Life Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316126472
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - September 2011

Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son.


The Cosmopolitans Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781604890679
Availability: Special Order
Published: Livingston Press (AL) - December 2010

"This ... comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash--and the past has a way of emerging at the most inconvenient moments"--Jacket flap.


The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385527033
Availability: Special Order
Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 14th, 2011

The Arab Islamic world is known for religious extremism, ethnic conflicts, and, now, the overthrow of seemingly unshakable regimes—but if anything has become clear, it’s that our understanding of the region remains shrouded and incomplete.


The Double Life of Alfred Buber Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781579622183
Availability: Special Order
Published: The Permanent Press - June 2011

The Double Life of Alfred Buber is a memoir about an illicit love affair that one gradually begins to realize is rather different than the author confesses. Alfred Buber is a pillar of his community, a respected man with a secret, and a secret life, until one day the two cross over and even he can no longer tell which is real and which is not.


FRANCES GROTE signs copies of "Fire in the Henhouse" (Spirit)

Frances GroteWhat is going on in Dooleysburg, PA? Step inside Fire in the Henhouse for a rollercoaster ride full of local celebrities like the town mascot, a cross-dressing car dealer and the police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged. When widowed Maggie Rifkin returns here with her fourteen-year-old son and her New York attitude, she only wants to leave her past behind. But even a town where friendships ignore racial boundaries and sexual eccentricities are a family business isn’t safe from fate. When sudden tragedy strikes, the thread of destruction might well unravel all the way back to Maggie’s childhood secret.

Frances Grote is the author of award-winning memoir, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She supports her writing habit with a day job for a company that is trying to cure cancer. She and her husband Richard, who live in Marblehead, founded Rule Bender Press in 2010 as the opportunity to create a forum for works that fall outside easy classification.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event address: 
The Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Fire in the Henhouse Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983334101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rule Bender Press - February 2011

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride.


Book launch party for JB NIELSEN's "Journey Through the Garden" (Spirit)

Jane NielsenJourney Through the Garden presents a guide to self-improvement in the form of a metaphor about growing a garden inside oneself. It was inspired by a macabre dream that the author JB Nielsen had after her mother died. She dreamed that bloody slabs of meat with sharp, white razor points were covering her lush green gardens. This dream was a wakeup call that indicated to her just how bloodless her life had become. Journey Through the Garden tells the story of the incredible journey Nielsen embarked upon to find wholeness and meaning in her life.

JB Nielsen has spent her adult life studying and working in the alternaive health, gardening and art community. For over three decades her studies have brought her to countries around the world and back again to her own gardens at Healing Gardens.

Her certifications and practice in alternative healing, gardening, art and Feng Shui opened doors into areas where she wrote newspaper columns, judged art shows, ran a prominent art gallery and created Plein-air art exhibits for well known artists.

JB Nielsen writes about her experiences and knowledge in the areas of alternative healing, gardening, art and energy placement. Her hope is that her writings about these areas can engage others to have the courage to really dig deep and plant their own spirit gardens.

She lives with her family in the Northeast in a small coastal town where many of her inspirations are born.

Event date: 
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Journey Through the Garden Cover Image
$10.30
ISBN: 9781426961656
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Trafford Publishing - July 18th, 2011

Journey through the Garden presents a guide to self-improvement in the form of a metaphor about growing a garden inside oneself. It was inspired by a macabre dream that author J. B. Nelson had after her mother died. She dreamed that bloody slabs of meat with sharp, white, razor points were covering her lush green gardens.


WENDY DUBOW POLINS: "Fare Forward" (Spirit)

In the intersection of modern science and ancient mysticism is a story about finding the things that transcend time. Gabriella Vogel’s grandfather is about to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his shocking proof that will change everything we take for granted. As she stands at the threshold of the beginning of everything in her own life, she knows that her future — and that of the world — hangs delicately in the balance. She must decide: What are the things in life worth fighting for? Can we change our fate?

Wendy Dubow PolinsWendy Dubow Polins is a writer, architect and artist. Like her protagonist, Wendy holds a masters degree in architecture from Columbia University and attended Barnard College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in political philosophy and art history.

She lives in Marblehead with her husband, two daughters, and golden retriever. Wendy is currently teaching art history, designing things and working on her second book — the prequel to Fare Forward. She continues her research into art, science and the mysteries of her imagination.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Fare Forward Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780983748809
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hamilton Hall Press - September 2011

In the intersection of modern science and ancient mysticism, is a story about finding the things that transcend time. Gabriella Vogel's grandfather is about to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his shocking proof that will change everything we take for granted.


Local Author Booksigning during Christmas Walk Weekend! (Spirit)

Drop by the Spirit of ’76 and meet local authors Frances Grote and Wendy Dubow Polins on Saturday, December 3. Frances will be signing copies of her novel, Fire in the Henhouse ; Wendy, of her novel, Fare Forward.

Read more about Frances Grote and Wendy Dubow Polins.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Fire in the Henhouse Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983334101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rule Bender Press - February 2011

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride.


Fare Forward Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780983748809
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hamilton Hall Press - September 2011

In the intersection of modern science and ancient mysticism, is a story about finding the things that transcend time. Gabriella Vogel's grandfather is about to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his shocking proof that will change everything we take for granted.


LAURIE FARIA STOLARZ: "Deadly Little Voices" Booklaunch (Spirit)

laurie stolarzJoin us in celebrating the release of bestselling young adult author Laurie Faria Stolarz’s latest novel in the Touch series, which revolves around high school junior Camelia’s psychometric powers of touch. megan kelley hall Joining Laurie this evening will be fellow bestselling young adult author Megan Kelley Hall. Megan co-edited Dear Bully, which is a collection of 70 letters written by bestselling authors (including Laurie!) to their childhood bullies.

 

Joining us for this event will be Power Animal Reader Cary and Tarot card reader Jenne. They will be doing complimentary readings to anyone and everyone who’s interested!

CaryPower Animal Reader Cary was raised by a family of Tibetan sand foxes until the age of twelve, when she hopped a coal train and convened with a band of gypsies who taught her to speak English and eat with a spoon. While apprenticing under Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Taxidermist for several years, she was able to trace her roots back to Marblehead, Massachusetts, and so traveled to America. Her family welcomed her back with open arms and the vague memory that they had left something of relative importance behind while taking a Carnival Cruise in 1981. Cary has always been able to harness the power of the animals and uses them in her daily life as a source of strength. Today Cary spends her days at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore selling books and hunting the elusive, wild squirrel of Marblehead.

JenneJenne has long enjoyed reading tarot cards for herself and her friends over bottomless cups of tea. Her deck has been with her for years, never failing to offer inspiration and insight. She has longtime haunted both the shelves and staff of the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore — so she more than happily offered to share readings with kindred bibliophiles. Jenne is also quite fond of babies, jealous of anyone who sleeps through the night, and loves herself a hearty glass of divinely dry white wine.

Event date: 
Friday, December 16, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Deadly Little Voices (A Touch Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423131618
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - December 6th, 2011

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062060976
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTeen - September 6th, 2011

Don't miss this excellent catalyst for one-on-one and classroom discussion

Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection.


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