Blind Date with a Book & So Much More

Friday November 24-Sunday November 26, 2017

We’re kicking off the holiday season with Blind Date with a Book. Just what is that, you ask? Well, with any book purchase, you may select an advanced reader copy from a variety of books covered in brown paper with a few hints written on the outside of what they may be. Perhaps it’s a mystery or historical fiction, or self-help or a memoir. Just like a real blind date, you’re not quite sure what you’ll be getting, but it’s worth the fun. Also, on Friday and Saturday, we’ll have free coffee from 10AM-12PM, a free mimosa from 12-4 PM and from 4PM-7PM, we invite you to join us in our café and let us pull a random beer for you from a wide selection for $4 a beer. It was a hit the last time we did this and have been asked to do so again. So won’t you join us in the fun? 

 

Enter-to-Win

Stop in to Turn of the Corkscrew to enter to win a family 4 pack! (But hurry, the show is on Nov. 4th, 2017! http://madisontheatreny.org/event/aesops-fables/

Enter to Win!

Come in to Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine to enter to win tickets to see John Waite with Ellis Paul performing at Madison Theatre at Molloy College. (No purchase necessary to enter to win.)

SEPTEMBER 17, 7:00 PM

Join us for an intimate night with the legendary singer/songwriters John Waite and Ellis Paul. John Waite’s career includes international chart topping hits such as “Missing You”, “Change”, “Every Step Of The Way” and more. Besides his solo career, John also enjoyed success as a member of The Babys and Bad English. Ellis Paul is an American musical storyteller, whose lyrics reaches out from the inside and assist in sharing these feelings, thoughts, and sensibilities that most individuals can relate to. This brilliant poetic artist is considered to be the image of contemporary folk music. For more information visit MadisontheatreNY.org or call 516.323.4444. http://madisontheatreny.org/event/john-waite-with-ellis-paul/

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy…for some…

One of my all-time favorite songs is Summertime, an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera, Porgy and Bess. I have to admit that one of my favorite renditions is sung by Janis Joplin. Oh the pain that she expresses! It almost seems like a contradiction, though, since the song begins: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.

Sounds like life is good, huh? Things are flourishing. I suppose that’s true for some, but for a bookstore on Long Island where there’s plenty of beaches, sand and sun, the competition is tough.

Last summer, as many of you know, we didn’t experience an easy summertime due to the street/sidewalk infrastructure that gave extremely limited access to our bookstore/wine bar; therefore, we have nothing to compare to this summer. Thankfully, one wouldn’t know that by the huge crowd we hosted recently for Now You’re Talkin’, a Moth-inspired storytelling. However, that morning we only had four little ones taking advantage of making pizza with chef/author Alyssa Gangeri for her book, Mimi’s Adventures in Baking. We’ve been asked to host more children’s activities, but figuring out just when to do so has been a challenge for us. We built it so they will come, but that’s not always the case. Fortunately, Alyssa wasn’t discouraged and loved our store, asking to come back in a few months to make gingerbread houses with the kids. (Look for that information soon!)

Therefore, we can’t say that fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high, (metaphorically) but we do have a patio where you may partake in a cold beverage from our café while enjoying being outside, and we are still hosting many events and workshops. So once you brush off the sand and fire down the grill, consider stopping by for some easy livin’. And if you cannot get to us anytime soon, but want to be sure we’ll still be here, consider helping this way: https://www.gofundme.com/2tph29zy. We believe in what we’re doing and hope you do, too.

Onward,

Carol

Like What We Bring to the Community?

If you think we add something special to the South Shore of Long Island and want to see us around for a long time, consider nominating us for a James Patterson bonus for booksellers!  Here is how:

http://bookweb.org/james-pattersons-holiday-bonuses-booksellers-0

 

Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Spring Sunday Hours

Please note: Beginning April 23rd, we will be opened on Sundays, 12-4 PM.

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What Are We Really Saving?

 

Hey, I get it, we all are trying to save a dime here and there. But sometimes it’s at a bigger, long term cost without our even realizing it. This is even more apparent for small business owners, including Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. Most of our patrons do seem to understand the value that we bring to their community while there are others who blatantly tell us that they can buy their books at a much bigger discount from that nameless Internet behemoth. They don’t understand that we simply cannot afford to cut our costs because even though we’re small we have overhead costs that we are committed to, bringing money that stays in the community, unlike that behemoth.

Per the American Booksellers Association press release:

The consolidation of Amazon’s power results in struggling local businesses, shuttered doors, and a dearth of new retail stores and vibrant Main Streets. This is significant because Main Street retailers employ 49 people for every $10 million in sales, while Amazon, for example, employs just 23 people per $10 million in revenue, according to estimates from the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).

That said, even though we cannot give you a dramatic discount on new books, (although our used book collection is growing) we can bring uniqueness to the community.  We host book discussion groups, the Girl Scouts, music recitals, workshops and create a place that patrons gather and socialize among the books. Therefore, please know that when you make a purchase from your local independent bookstore, you are investing in a town that offers diversity rather than domination. Seems like a pretty good investment to me.

What have I been reading? Just finished The Radium Girls by Kate Moore and blown away by it. (We’ll be hosting Kate Moore on May 4th.)

Onward,

Carol