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.)


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.



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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.)





Feeling Grateful

Thank you to everyone who came out to support what we were doing yesterday—from those in attendance for the book club, podcast, Girl Scouts and recital. Thank you also to those who patronized our table at the Seed Swap out East. We’re looking forward to keeping the momentum going. Meanwhile, we hope to see you this week.


Not Giving Up!

Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine will be abuzz today, Saturday, Feb. 11th. Girl Scout Troop 871 will be here selling cookies from 1-4 PM. Chapters Rap Radio will be here interviewing authors Rita Plush and Michael Cascio, and introducing us to some live music. We’re also hosting a book discussion group and music recital in our events room. Where’s Peggy, you ask? Why she’s at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium selling books on gardening and more. We look forward to seeing you!


PS: Looking for a place to work, write, an office space? Come check us out since we have Wi-Fi and could accommodate your needs with reasonable fees.

Slow Down, Carol, slow down!

When I was in school, which was eons ago, my teachers remarked about how neat my script writing was, how I stayed in the lines and made it easy for them to read.

Life seemed to be less complicated then. Ah, those were the days!

After years of writing only on my computer…tapping away at the keys, my handwriting has gotten almost illegible and I am trying to take time now to change that.

There have been conversations in certain circles asking if students should still be taught cursive writing. I may be old school, but I think it would be a shame to lose this means of communicating. I thought of this once again when I was looking at a book we just got in here at Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine. It is Jennifer Basye Sander’s There’s More You Should Know: A Journal of My Life. It’s a beautiful journal with blank lined pages ready to be filled that have numerous prompts, including, Is there anything you think you did too much of in your life? Did you choose your profession, or did it choose you? Is there one character trait that best describes your family? As I read through this book, I kept thinking it would be a wonderful gift to leave for loved ones because sometimes we really don’t know each other. Then I thought, wow, I’d have to be very diligent when writing my responses so that they were legible. Then I had another thought…Perhaps it is a non sequitur, but nonetheless…

How wonderful it is to have access to books such as There’s More You Should Know, as well as the shelves of books that we offer here at the store, along with all the events we host. Already so early this year we’ve hosted several book clubs, Carol Goodman, author of River Road, a parenting workshop, a wine tasting, paint & sip, memoir-writing workshop with Nancy Kelton, author of Finding Mr. Rightstein, an artist’s meet & greet, Girl Scout troop, and Lauren Schroff, author of her latest book, Angels on Earth. I dare say during each of these events, a discovery was made, a conversation developed, and a community was served.

Yes, we’re all busy, hurrying through life, whether it is from going here to there, choosing to read 140 character tweets rather than an entire book, or penning a rushed note, but isn’t it nice to know there’s a place that one can come to sit, sip, listen, converse with each other and make new discoveries?