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Free and open to all.

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Reception with the author to follow.

"The London Séance Society"

Author Talk with Sarah Penner

Thursday, May 25, 4 pm

New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary, Sarah Penner, returns to Victorian England in her latest, The London Séance Society. Now, Penner's strong female characters search for truth and justice by conjuring the dead to solve a murder within an exclusive gentlemen’s society in Victorian England. This suspenseful tale blurs the lines between truth and illusion, and reveals the grave risks women will take to avenge the ones they love.

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Fish and Crab

by Marianna Coppo

Chronicle Books


with Ms. Dearsha

Saturday, 10:30 am

The Summer of Stories Begins!

Fish and Crab are best friends, always there for each other. When it's time for bed, Crab is ready to go to sleep, but Fish is still wide awake, wondering: What is that noise--that ooh, ooh? What if aliens abduct us as we sleep? What if it rains frogs? What if . . . so many things?!

Follow your feet to the StoryTime rug!

StoryTime with craft and/or activity to follow

is free and open to all thanks to our sponsor,

Synovus Bank.

"The Story of Jazz"

with Les DeMerle

Saturday, May 27, 5 pm

It's a Dixieland Jubilee when Les DeMerle and his Dixieland All-Star band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, present "The Story of Jazz - Part 1." Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Harry Connick, Jr., the 6-piece All-Star Band will have you feeling like you're in N'Awlins.

Purchase $35 tickets here.

Purchase $25 tickets here.

"Address Unknown"

with Frank O'Donnell

& Ron Kurtz

Sunday, May 28, 2 pm

A staged reading with local actors Frank O'Donnell and Ron Kurtz, told entirely in letters between two German friends from 1932 to 1934. A powerful and moving story that captures that difficult time in history.

"Cookin' in the Courtyard"

Monday, May 29, 11:30 am - 2 pm

It wouldn't be Memorial Day without good old-fashioned picnic food! We'll be serving hot dogs, veggie brats, and all the fixin's.

$15 Lunch

Kirkland Hot Dog or

Rachel's Vegetarian Bratwurst

Cole Slaw


Berry Hibiscus Iced Tea

Come join us!

Let us do the grilling!

American picnic food

on Memorial Day

No reservation necessary.

Coming Up Soon...

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"In the National Interest"

with Jay Kayne

Friday, June 16, 3 pm

Local author and blogger Joseph A. Kayne launches the book it’s taken him years to write, an imaginative retelling of the assassination of JFK. Was there a conspiracy? You decide.

Free and Open to All.

Reception with the author to follow.

An Afternoon of Story & Song

with "A Touch of April"

Sunday, June 18, 3 pm

A husband and wife musical duo, Belton Caughman and April Amick Caughman combine outstanding guitar and captivating vocals to create a refreshing and interesting blend of music that every listener will enjoy. 

$25 tickets available online here

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Tickets available here.

"Literary Luncheon"

with Rachel Baribeau

Tuesday, June 20, 12:30 pm

Do you feel like life's kind of kicking you around a bit? Award-winning storyteller and former national sportscaster Rachel Joy Baribeau is the friendly hand reaching for you right now, with her new book, Relentless Joy. She knows what those dark moments are like. And she knows the profound joy of healing and finding happiness again. With gut-level honesty, she shares her own story of changing the narrative of her life from stuck, overwhelmed, and anxious to confident in her identity and joyful in her life's purpose.

$45 tickets includes Program, Lunch, & 1 Signed Book

$70 tickets includes Program, Lunch for 2, & 1 Signed Book

"Love & Lemons" Cookbook Release Cocktail Party

Thursday, June 22, 5 pm

Bestselling cookbook author Jeanine Donofrio returns with a new fresh and fabulous cookbook just in time for summer, Love & Lemons Simple Feel-Good Food. Join us as we serve up samples of delicious make-ahead dishes and celebrate with a toast to the summer season.

Our Bistro will be serving:

Mini Broccoli Steaks with Chickpea Romanesco

Spring Pea Fritters with Whipped Feta

Shredded Brussel Sprout White Pizza

Grilled Zucchini Sandwiches

Freezer Carrot Cake Bars

$25 tickets include food and beverage

$60 includes food, beverage, and a cookbook

$35 tickets available here.

"The Story of Jazz - Pt. 2"

with Les DeMerle

Saturday, June 24, 5 pm

You'll swing, swing, swing when Les DeMerle and his All-Star band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, present "The Story of Jazz - Part 2." Featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more, the 6-piece All-Star Band will make you appreciate the Big Band era. The other shows in this 4-part series cover Brazilian Fantasy (July 22), and BeBop, Blues & Beyond (August 19).

Peck Community Ensemble

Friday, June 30, 5 pm

Celebrating Black History Month and the PCE's 20 years of music in the African-American tradition! The spirituals this group sings encapsulate the centuries of suffering and hopeful rejoicing lived by enslaved and oppressed African-Americans. The Peck Ensemble is comprised of members Nanette Autry, Altamease Holmes, Melita Hubbard, Diane Holt Johnson, Shalene Raysor, Eva Mae Thompson, Janice L. Mote, and percussionist Phyllis Free.

Purchase $25 tickets here.

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How it works:

 ♦ Each week we'll feature a bowl inspired by some of our favorite cookbooks.

 ♦ Select which weeks you'd like to participate and pre-pay (in-store or online) 

 ♦ $12.50 per bowl (one hearty serving)

 ♦ Pick-up any time after 11 am Monday (best enjoyed the same day)

June's Bountiful Bowls:

June 5 - Ginger-Peanut Soba Noodles with crispy vegetables and marinated jackfruit- 

Inspired by the cuisines of Asia! A savory peanut sauce brings together fresh local vegetables, hearty soba noodles, and a mild ginger marinated jackfruit.

June 12 - Kale Pasta Salad Bowl with chickpeas and gluten-free pasta-

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean! Crunchy chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta perfectly compliment our local Bacon's Produce kale and gluten-free pasta. Buon Appetito!

June 19 - Gomen Wat / Misir Wat with Ethiopian kale, spiced lentils, and flatbread-

Come celebrate Juneteenth with our unique take on two Ethiopian staples: Gomen Wat, a hearty dish of well-seasoned greens, and Misir Wat, a spiced red lentil. Served with injera!

June 26 - Tuscan Terrace Bowl with crispy artichokes, beans, and pastina with dressing-

Enjoy a citrusy taste of Northern Italy with our tender Pastina, Crispy Artichoke Hearts, and Savory White Beans with a House-made Lemon Vinaigrette.


Remember that a bowl subscription makes a caring gift

for anyone sick or home-bound.


Click here to order your bowls for May and June

Weekly Bistro Specials

~Serving Brunch & Lunch Until 2pm Daily~

Always made


Soup Special

Carrot-Ginger Chilled Soup

Sandwich Special

Cream Cheese and White Cheddar with Everything Bagel Seasoning, and Smoked & Brined Carrots on Sourdough

Care packages

We're here to help when you need a little something for someone home-bound.


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at, a certified B Corporation founded just three years ago to create an alternative to Amazon for socially-conscious online shoppers, has raised more than $25 million for independent bookstores. We have switched platforms so you can purchase any of the books featured in this newsletter by clicking on the jacket image; books will be shipped to you directly from our warehouse. You may also order and reserve your book to pick up at the store here.

When you order for the first time, please use this link to support Story & Song:

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New Releases

(on sale Tuesday)

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Simon & Schuster

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

The Book of Charlie

by David Von Drehle

When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. But Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie's sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru's president.


by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt

A book designed to foster and encourage imagination, equipping young kings and queens with the creativity and ability to overcome any obstacles in their way. Filled with stunning photography, these magical tales of the diaspora bring to life past, present, and future visions of Black culture to create a society where all kids are created equal and feel empowered to move in the world as their true authentic selves. Included in this collection: The Poisoned Apple, Asha the Little Cinder Girl, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Anasi and the Three Trials, Aku The Sun Maker, How the Zebra Got His Stripes, The Legend of Princess Yennenga, John Henry the Steel Driving Man, The Cloud Princess, and more!

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St. Martin's Press

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

New in Paperback

(on sale Tuesday)

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John Scognamiglio Books

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

Such Good Friends

by Stephen Greco

On a Thursday morning in May 1961, a well-mannered twenty-one-year-old named Marlene enters the Fifth Avenue apartment of Lee Radziwill to interview for the position of housekeeper and cook. The stylish wife of London-based Prince Stanislaw Radziwill, Princess Lee is intelligent and creative, with ambitions beyond simply jet-setting. But to the public, she is always First Lady Jackie Kennedy's little sister. As Marlene becomes a trusted presence in the Radziwill household, she observes the dazzling array of famous figures who flit in and out of Lee's intimate circle, including Gloria Vanderbilt, Rudolf Nureyev, Jackie and the President, Ari Onassis, Gore Vidal, Andy Warhol, and, most regularly, celebrated author Truman Capote.

Fox Creek

by William Kent Krueger

The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom. Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O'Connor's wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow. Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on.

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Atria Books

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

Zach's Sci-Fi / Fantasy Picks of the Week

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Orbit Books

Reserve for in-store pick-up or to mail

The Blighted Stars

by Megan O'Keefe

She's a revolutionary. Habitable planets are being destroyed as quickly as they're found and Naira Sharp thinks she knows the reason why. The all-powerful Mercator family has been controlling the exploration of the universe for decades, but Naira knows the truth, and she plans to bring the whole family down from the inside. He's the heir to the dynasty. Tarquin Mercator never wanted to run a galaxy-spanning business empire. Disguised as Tarquin's new bodyguard, Naira plans to destroy the settlement ship before they make land. But neither of them expects to end up stranded on a dead planet. To survive and keep her secret, Naira will have to join forces with the man she's sworn to hate.

DC Pride: The New Generation

by Various Authors

The highly anticipated sequel to the Ringo Award-winning DC Pride 2021, DC Pride: The New Generation features more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever before! Spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites new and old, including Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Tim Drake, Kid Quick, Connor Hawke, Aquaman (Jackson Hyde), Green Lantern (Jo Mullein), Alysia Yeoh, the Ray, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Batwoman - brought to life by a stellar lineup of queer and ally talent!This volume includes all five parts of Tim Drake's coming out journey, as well as Kevin Conroy's celebrated autobiographical comic "Finding Batman."

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DC Comics

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

Just for Kids - & Kids at Heart

(on sale Tuesday)

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Domino's backyard isn't enough for him, so he builds a tree house. When the tree house isn't quite enough, he builds a tree cottage, then a tree mansion, and on and on, pursuing something "more"--something that he can't put his finger on and can't quite reach. In a series of escalating feats of tree-house engineering, Domino builds and builds, until he finds himself alone on the moon, still not satisfied.

Ages: 4 - 7

Domino's Tree House

by Dawn Patitucci

Worthy Kids


Reserve for in-store pick-up or to mail

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Young Marcus Stroman is determined to make it to the highest playing level he can, despite every coach telling him he's not tall enough to become a "real" pitcher. It's easy to forget that for every professional sports player there was a kid just learning that sport, dealing with nerves during try-outs, dropping the ball when all their teammates are counting on them, and learning how to stay friends with someone who doesn't make the team.

Ages: 8 - 12

The Grip

by Marcus Stroman

Aladdin Paperbacks


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Digger and other big trucks work all day, smashing and building and transforming their jobsite. But when a caterpillar weaves its cocoon onto Digger's bucket, he is forced to stop and be still.

In the stillness, Digger begins to notice the world beyond his worksite. And when the butterfly finally emerges, it's clear that Digger and his friends have also been changed forever.

Ages: 4 - 8

Digger and the Butterfly

by Joseph Kuefler

Balzer & Bray


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