An Unlikely Newsletter
April 12, 2017

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 29th.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. There are exclusive books and literary items that you can get only n that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that lend themselves to serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal equals a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service!
In This Newsletter
Fabulously entertaining author Janet Tashjian will be here for the release of the 6th book in her "My Life As a..." series, My Life as a Ninja!
Joining her will be her son, Jake, illustrator of the "My Life As a..." books! Janet and Jake will talk about how they get their ideas, do a drawing demo, answer questions, and sign books.  Register here for this free event!

An April Shower of Books_
Saturday, April 15th from 2pm - 4pm
An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café is partnering with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to present "An April Shower of Books," a special event featuring ten authors and illustrators of children's books. The event will include an in-store scavenger hunt for young readers. Authors' books will be available for purchase and autographing. This event is free and open to the public.

Tish Rabe _ Clifford
Tuesday, April 18th at 2pm
Bestselling children's author Tish Rabe will give a presentation about how she became a children's book author and how she writes her books, read from her books and sing songs she wrote for Sesame Street and Disney. At the end of the presentation she leaves plenty of time for questions and leads the kids in singing her Reading and Writing Song. Kids (and parents!) can have their picture taken with Clifford. Register here for this free event!

Tuesday, April 25th at 6pm
This is an event you will definitely not want to miss! New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi will visit An Unlikely Story to discuss being an imaginative kid and  becoming an imaginative adult. Tony and Jeff will talk about their books and creative process, answer questions and sign books. There are a limited number of tickets available.

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The Originals_ Coffee House Night
The Originals: Coffee House Night
Thursday, April 27th from 6-8:30pm
Back by popular demand, we are THRILLED to re-introduce our Coffee House Nights with a unique twist! In order to encourage creativity in the local community, we are seeking artists to come play original music and/or read their poetry. Each act will be given 15 minutes to perform and there will be a 5-minute break in between performances for breakdown and set up. Since our store is a family-friendly environment, we ask that the material from each performer be appropriate for all ages. To register for a performance time slot, please call the store at 508-699-0244 or email Shaelyn at
On the Second Story Cafe
Storybook-Making Workshop with Emily Johnson
Back by popular demand, we'll host our second storybook-making class! Students will gather and share ideas, get help writing and editing, and learn about layouts, thumbnails and camera angles. At the end of the workshop, each book dummy will be sent off and printed into a real book! REGISTER HERE!

Big Ryan
Big Ryan's Tall Tales
Get ready to laugh, dance and shout at this fun-filled storytime! Big Ryan will be here with his puppet pals to tell interactive stories for children (and parents) to enjoy! REGISTER HERE!

Friday, April 21st from 3:30-4:30pm
Rainforest Reptile Shows will be back for another fun-filled, educational event for kids and adults! Their herpetologists will conduct a 1-hour show to teach kids and parents about reptiles, their habitats and the importance of keeping the environment clean. REGISTER HERE!

Friday, April 21st from 7:00-8:30pm
Come shake your assets with Laura and Kimberly! They're excited to share some new routines so grab some friends and let's have some fun! REGISTER HERE!
Bookseller recommendations Recommendations
Alisa recommends:
The Women in the Castle
The Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck

At the end of World War II, a Resistance widow comes upon a Bavarian castle and works to pick up the pieces, and protect others after the collapse of Germany at the end of the war. An emotional tale about lives and stories intertwined during a turbulent time. Recommended for fans of All the Light We Cannot See!

Ari recommends:
by Lindy West

West tells her truth by using humor to invite the readers into her world. The feminist lens West uses uncovers societal norms and re-frames issues in a new direction. Some stories will have you laughing and others may bring tears.

Colleen recommends:
Chester and Gus
Chester and Gus
by Cammie McGovern

This is a book that everyone can appreciate. Chester, an aspiring service dog, takes us on his journey of living with Gus, an eleven-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The typical "man's best friend" bond is frequently tested and takes more time to build, helping Chester and the reader better understand the challenges and wonders of living with Autism.  (Ages 8+)

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Cards & Gifts Gifts
Who needs candy? Grab a sweet something from our Easter table: pinwheels, chick socks, games on the go, Crazy Aaron's Easter Putty, and lots more! Hop on in and fill your basket!

Our event with Crazy Aaron filled up crazy fast! We have a limited number of tickets in our overflow seating area, where you can view the presentation via live broadcast, then come down, meet Aaron and get your putty tin signed. Check HERE for available tickets. 
New in Hardcover NewReleases
One Perfect Lie
The Perfect Stranger
Waking Gods
Hallelujah Anyway
The Lowells of Massachusetts
One Perfect Lie
Lisa Scottoline
Megan Miranda
Sylvain Neuvel
Hallelujah Anyway
Anne Lamott
The Lowells of Massachusetts
Nina Sankovitch
New in Paperback
All the Light We Cannot See
The Woman in Cabin 10
The Nest
The Light of Paris
American Heiress
Anthony Doerr
Ruth Ware
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Eleanor Brown
Jeffrey Toobin
New in Childrens
Olivia the Spy
Poptropica_ The Secret Society
Jack and the Geniuses
Alex _ Eliza
Olivia the Spy
Ian Falconer
Mitch Krpata
Kory Merritt (illus.)
Bill Nye &
Gregory Mone
Melissa de la Cruz

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Phone: (508) 699-0244

Happy reading,
Kym Havens
An Unlikely Story

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