Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine has been opened for a year now. For several months, we were going in the right direction. It was gratifying to see our hard work, commitment and long hours adding to our success. But then in May 2016 street closures due to major construction turned the tide for us in a negative way. Here it is October and the construction is still going on, with our street being closed every day for almost two months. What followed was our bills piling up while our sales went down. Customers told us they couldn’t get to us due to the mess our street was in. Our business plan didn’t account for this major interruption in business, which is why we are asking for help…because we need your help! If we don’t get some funding, our doors will have to be closed and the community will lose an independent bookstore that is a place for the community to gather where we host many programs, including author discussions, workshops, and our very successful Creative Writers Camp we hosted this summer for 18 young talented writers. We, Peggy and Carol, are co-owners who put our homes on the line and invested over $100,000 of our own money because we believed in this venture, (and still do) not because we expected to get rich. However, we never expected something as unexpected as street construction to hinder our accomplishment. We have many events scheduled in the coming months and need to order books for them, as well as books and products for the holiday season while a sizeable loan payment lingers over us.
Therefore, if you liked what we brought to the community, as well as the South Shore of Long Island, won’t you please help keep us in business? In order to do this, we are trying to raise $75,000 to get us back on our feet. Many of you asked that we not leave the community…please help us stay.
And…if you haven’t been here in a while, here’s a video of what we’ve brought to the community since we’ve opened – and we hope that we can be here for years to come!
We sure could use this! Yes, our street being closed for most of August and September has hurt our sales dramatically and getting a bonus would help us meet our obligations, and you could help! Here’s how:
Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, or bookstore shoppers may submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current independent bookstore employee of an America Bookseller Association member store (Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine is a member) who did not receive a bonus from the 2015 James Patterson Holiday Bonus campaign. (We didn’t.) Applications must be made online by completing and submitting the application form found at bookweb.org/bonus. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the bookstore employee and store in question to confirm current employment. A total of $250,000 dollars will be available in bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for distribution between December 1, 2016, and December 18, 2016. The bonuses will be announced through the website bookweb.org/bonus.
How do you nominate a bookstore employee?
It’s simple to nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus, which range from $1,000 to $5,000. You just have to fill out a form with your name and the bookstore employee’s name and store and describe in 250 words or fewer why this bookseller deserves a holiday bonus. Go to this website to nominate a bookseller: bookweb.org/bonus.
How will bonus recipients be chosen?
The ABA will accept nominations and submit them to James Patterson for approval and fulfillment. He will personally review the nominations and select the bonus recipients.
When will bonus recipients be announced?
Bonus recipients will be announced the week of December 12. A full list of bonus recipients will be posted at bookweb.org/bonus.
What are the requirements to be considered for a bonus?
All employees of ABA member bookstores are eligible for a bonus. Nominations can be made by anyone: store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers. But they must always be nominating a current bookstore employee.
What is a good reason to nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus?
It could be that this bookseller recommended one of your favorite books this year. Maybe they were responsible for an incredible book event or developed a new program at the store. They might stay late every evening to keep the store in top shape or consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. James Patterson wants to reward bookstore employees who are making a difference in their stores and their communities.
Can more than one employee from the same store receive a bonus?
Yes! James Patterson will consider all nominations, including more than one bookstore employee from the same store.
After I submit the form on the website, what are the next steps?
You will receive an email confirmation that your nomination has been submitted. James Patterson will review the nominations and the ABA will follow up individually with bookstore employees who will be receiving a bonus.
Is there a deadline to nominate a bookstore employee?
The deadline to nominate a bookstore employee for a holiday bonus is November 1, 2016. The bonuses will be awarded in mid-December and announced on the website bookweb.org/bonus.
Where is the money for these bonuses coming from?
James Patterson is personally funding all the bonuses. He is devoting proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books to funding pro-reading initiatives like the independent bookstore employee bonus program.
Once again, Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine is offering four fun sessions to help kids with the creative process of writing, for ages 8 and up. These young scribes will be guided in their writing process, geared for their age, whether they want to learn how to write fiction, from short stories to longer works, essays or blogs. They will be encouraged to have fun while being creative with writing prompts and games. Sessions will be on Friday afternoons, from 4:30 pm-6pm, October 14th, 21st, 28th and November 4th. The four-week session is $50.00. Registration is required. Kids may bring pens, paper, iPads, laptops or whatever writing device they prefer. We look forward to seeing you!
It began in May, seven months after we officially opened: Construction on our street. In front of our store. Closing down the block for days at a time. We were told to imagine how beautiful it would be upon completion. The brick work. New sidewalks. New lampposts. Now we are heading into the fifth month of this construction mess, a nightmare for any business, but for the new business trying to build a following, this is a nightmare plus. Are we struggling? Yes. Are we waving the white flag? Absolutely not!
We are starting to see that the project is getting closer to completion and do hope that you take some time to stop in for one of our events, workshops, or the latest book, (Yes, we will have copies of Springsteen’s “Born to Run” when it’s released tomorrow.) And the rumors are true: Our café serves wine and craft beer and we encourage patrons to walk around scouring our shelves while sipping their beverage. And remember, we would be happy to ship your purchase to you. Just give us a call.
(This photo taken September 13th in front of our store.)
Meanwhile, we do hope to see you soon! Remember, shopping local has its benefits for everyone. Here’s why: http://turnofthecorkscrew.com/shopping-local-has-its-benefits/
Does that sound like you? Well, then, no worries! We are here to help you. We are holding two sessions: Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 20th, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM. Kids come with two or three ideas and we will help you expand upon them. This is not an informational meeting, but a working session that will help you hit the ground running while getting the college essay complete! You will be guided by seasoned writers who have also helped their own children with their college essays. There is a registration fee of $25.00. Please reserve your spot by calling 516-764-6000.
Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine is not only encouraging reading, but also writing. Their first Creative Writers Camp was a big success with both kids and their parents. Eighteen children, ages 7 ½ to 14, signed up for the four-week session on Wednesdays, and by the last week the overall consensus was that we continue this program…not just for the summer, but in the fall, too. (We’ll keep you posted on that!)
During the second week, Jane Colgan, who was July’s featured artist for her show, “Men at Work,” came in to listen to the students’ stories inspired by her paintings. Jane left teary-eyed and thrilled with how her creative process inspired the young audience.
Radio host, Steve Vaccaro of The Chapters Rap on WGBB radio, heard about this program and came in the last two weeks and interviewed the kids and had them read from their works for his podcast, which proved to encourage the kids to read aloud and then have the opportunity to hear themselves. He was so impressed with some of the talented kids that he invited them to come to the studio to share their writing with his listeners. Here is a link to one of them: https://www.facebook.com/chaptersrap/photos/a.1506193836299862.1073741835.1463215957264317/1748744865378090/?type=3&theater
Hours: 12 Noon-12:30 AM…Thanks to Harry Potter and His Cursed Child…
Saturday, July 30th, 11 PM, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party!
Come celebrate with us and get your copy of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter & the Cursed Child hot off the press! Call to reserve your copy now! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an upcoming two-part West End stage play and a book written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by author J. K. Rowling, Join us for fun and games. Best costume contest. (Prize to be determined.) Snacks. Books will be sold at midnight, July 31st.
Whether you want to write the all-American story, essay, memoir or blog, now is your chance to make it happen. Participate in our 4-session program at Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine, led by multi-award winning author and co-owner, Carol Hoenig. For over a decade, Carol has worked with writers and publishers in a variety of ways, from first drafts to putting together book proposals to creating publicity and marketing campaigns. She taught fiction and memoir writing at Hofstra University for a number of years. In addition to supporting fellow authors, Carol Hoenig is a freelance writer in her own right and was named Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press and named Outstanding Advocate for the Arts 2013 by the Long Island Arts Council. Her novel, OF LITTLE FAITH, was published October 22, 2013. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her book THE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views. The 4 sessions are scheduled for Thursdays, Sept. 8th, 15th, 29th and Oct. 6th, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM. Preregistration is required. $200.00. (Carol also offers private tutoring. Please ask for details.)
Jane Colgan is a retired health professional who uncovered and developed her artist self in adulthood. Her painting is an exploration of the connections between her visual perceptions of the created world and the Creator within. Her work has been displayed in several galleries on Long Island and in Manhattan at the Salmagundi Center. Meet Jane on Friday, July 8th, 7 PM at her reception.
We will be closed on July 3rd and 4th to enjoy time with our friends and family.