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"Art of Improvisation"

with Sarah Ammar

Wednesday, 3-5 pm


Learning the art of comedy improvisation will not only help you build confidence, but it can also increase creativity, well-being, and the ability to tolerate uncertainty. Even if you're an introvert, this workshop is for you. You'll play improv games that will get you thinking on your feet and laughing in the process.

Sarah Ammar is the lead trainer and founder at Rebelle Creative Strategies, a corporate improv training consultancy. She began performing improv over a decade ago while also working on Capitol Hill, and has trained groups ranging from sales and customer service teams to medical executives in the art of applying improvisation to business.

Registration limited to 15.

Tickets are $10

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Tickets are $25

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"An Evening of Story & Song"

with Ben Bedford

Saturday, 5 pm


Named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years,” Ben Bedford is a masterful musician and storyteller. In the past fifteen years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his music for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He's also played festivals like The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Fox Valley Folk Festival in Illinois, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas.

There's something special about a songwriter able to paint pictures within the lyrics of a song. Bedford is that special someone! Please join us in giving him a warm Amelia Island welcome.

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Oona in the Arctic


Katherine Tegen Books


with Ms. Dearsha

Saturday, 10:30 am

Oona is back with another gorgeous and grand tale--a baby beluga whale has lost her way from her family and needs help getting back to her icy arctic home! But Oona and her best friend Otto have never traveled from their warm ocean waters before. Will old ship maps and a compass be enough to lead them through the dangerous storms ahead?

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.

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Join us for our 5th Birthday celebration!

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"The Kooks"

Saturday, February 4, 3 pm

Amelia Island's own ukulele band, "The Kooks," will delight you with songs about love of all kinds. We'll be serving birthday cupcake treats after the show.

Free and open to all.

Donations gratefully accepted.

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"Queen of Hearts"

Saturday, February 4, 5 pm

This fabulous foursome will win you over with their lush harmonies and truly original songs.

Tickets are $35

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Music in the Courtyard

with Frank Critelli

Sunday, February 5, 12 - 2 pm

A fixture on the New Haven, CT music scene, singer/songwriter/storyteller Frank Critelli joins us to perform his original music.

Come for lunch before the "Queens" concert!

Free and open to all.

Donations gratefully accepted.

"Queen of Hearts"

Sunday, February 5, 2 pm

If you can't join us Saturday, you can still take in an encore performance Sunday afternoon. Better yet, come for both shows!

Tickets are $35

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Mark Your Calendar...

Story & Song Book Group

February 2, 5 pm

Jen and Riley have been best friends since kinder-garten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, though their lives have taken different directions, with one being White, the other Black. Their friendship is severely tested when an unarmed Black teenager is shot by a police officer--Jen's husband. We Are Not Like Them captures much of what we are thinking and feeling about race.

Enjoy Happy Hour prices for wine and craft beer and come enjoy the conversation! ​Free and open to all.​

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S&S Book Group selections.


Atria Books

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"Tea & Tales"

with Ron Kurtz

Friday, February 3, 3 pm


Join us for afternoon tea with readings by Ron Kurtz. He will be reading from Drenched in Light, a short story by Zora Neale Hurston.

We will be serving:

Finger Sandwiches, Scones

Tea Cakes,

and fresh fruit.

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Harper Perennial

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"Feathers at my Feet"

A Galentine's Celebration

with Barbara Pearson

Thursday, February 9, 5 pm


Galentine's Day is a special day for women to celebrate their friendships. Join us for wine, appetizers and a program featuring author Barbara Pearson who will talk about her memoir, a tribute to an enduring friendship that adapts to face unimaginable circumstances with humor and grace.

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$35 tickets includes wine, appetizers, program and one copy of the book.

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"Service Provider"

& "Bon Appetit"

February 11, 5 pm

February 12, 2 pm

An afternoon of operatic fun when an anniversary dinner in a restaurant devolves into chaos, and in a re-imagined episode of The French Chef when chocolate-covered hilarity ensues! Ticket includes a slice of chocolate cake made from Julia Child's recipe.

Tickets are $35

February 11 - SOLD OUT

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"The Rail Splitter"

with John Cribb

February 15, 3 pm

Author John Cribb joins us to talk about Abraham Lincoln's formative years.

Free and open to all.

"Bloody Soil"

with S. Lee Manning

February 17, 3 pm

Author S. Lee Manning shares her life-long interest in Russia and espionage. “Bloody Soil is the 3rd in the “Kolya Petrov” series.

Free and open to all.

"Where the Stories Are"

Writers Workshop

with John Dufresne

February 25, 1-5 pm

Master of “flash fiction” and short stories John Dufresne leads a workshop for those who write a bit or write a lot but want to write more.

$49 tickets include workbook with writing prompts, a 3-hour workshop, and time for questions to follow with wine & cheese.

Purchase tickets online here.

Purchase tickets online here.

"Islands of Cedars"

Literary Luncheon

with Shana Smith

February 28, 12:30 pm

Shana Smith’s new book tells the story of Rosewood, Florida, a thriving African-American community in the Jim Crow South that was torched to oblivion in 1923 by the infamous spark of one white woman's lie.​​


$45 includes Program, Lunch,

& 1 Autographed Book

$70 includes Program, Lunch for 2,

 & 1 Autographed Book

"The Art of Living"

An Afternoon Retreat for

Designing Your Next Chapter

March 26, 1-4 pm

As we begin a new year, consider this an ideal time to set intentions for what you hope and wish for in the next year of your life--and beyond! Come and participate in learning to discover and create your personal life vision with our seasoned facilitators. They will guide you through the steps of discovering your deepest intrinsic desires for your life in 2023.

Click here for more information about the program and facilitators.

$95 includes instruction & refreshments.

Purchase tickets here for March 26.

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How it works:

 ♦ Each week we'll feature a soup inspired by some of our favorite cookbooks. Includes a 26 oz. carton (2 hearty servings) plus what goes best with the featured soup: bread, crackers or a roll.

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

 ♦ $16 per carton

 ♦ Pick-up any time after 11 am Monday

January Soups

Jan 30- Chinese New Year, Carrot and Coriander Soup, V

February Soups

Feb. 6 - Stewed Tomatoes and Blackeyed peas, V

Feb. 13 - Red Pozole, V

Feb. 20 - White Chili

Feb. 27 - Peanut Stew with winter vegetables, V

March Soups

Mar. 6- Curried Red Lentil, V

Mar. 13- Red Beans and Rice, V

Mar. 20- Ash Reghteh, V

Mar. 27- Thai Chicken Meatball

(V)=Vegetarian, (VG)=Vegan


Remember that a soup subscription makes a caring gift

for anyone sick or home-bound.


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Bistro Specials

Serving brunch and lunch

until 2 pm daily.

Beverages and baked goods all day.

Dine in the Bookstore, Art Gallery or Wings Mural Courtyard.

Select Two:

Cup of Signature Soup

House-made Quiche

Grilled Cheese Panini

Fresh Seasonal Salad

Scoop of Ina's Chicken Salad

Beverage choices:

Rishi Berry Hibiscus Iced Tea, Bookstore Blend Coffee, House Red or White Wine

New Releases

(On Sale Tuesday)

The Other Eden

by Paul Harding

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Tinkers, a novel inspired by the true story of Malaga Island, an isolated island off the coast of Maine that became one of the first racially integrated towns in the Northeast. In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discover an island where they can make a life together. Over a century later, the Honeys’ descendants and a diverse group of neighbors are desperately poor, isolated, and often hungry, but nevertheless protected from the hostility awaiting them on the mainland. During the tumultuous summer of 1912, Matthew Diamond, a retired, idealistic but prejudiced schoolteacher-turned-missionary, disrupts the community’s fragile balance through his efforts to educate its children. His presence attracts the attention of authorities on the mainland who, under the influence of the eugenics-thinking popular among progressives of the day, decide to forcibly evacuate the island, institutionalize its residents, and develop the island as a vacation destination.

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W. W. Norton

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New in Paperback

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Ballantine Books

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by Isabel Allende

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life will be marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth.

Through her father's prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses all and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age, and her first suitor will come calling. . . . She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves above all others, recounting devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, times of both poverty and wealth, terrible loss and immense joy.

Zack's Sci-Fi / Fantasy Pick of the Week

Rise of the Mages

by Scott Drakeford

Scott Drakeford's epic fantasy debut, Rise of the Mages combines gripping, personal vengeance with compelling characters for an action packed first book in a trilogy.

Emrael Ire wants nothing more than to test to be a weapons master. His final exam will be a bloody insurrection, staged by corrupt nobles and priests, that enslaves his brother. With the aid of his War Master tutor, herself an undercover mage, Emrael discovers his own latent and powerful talents. To rescue his brother, Emrael must embrace not only his abilities as a warrior but also his place as last of the ancient Mage Kings--for the Fallen God has returned. And he is hungry.

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Tor Books

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Just for Kids- & Kids at Heart

(on sale Tuesday)

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Even superheroes get scared sometimes. When that happens, do they run and hide? NO! They acknowledge the feeling, then choose to be brave! There are villains to fight and cities to save! Young readers can follow the superheroes’ examples and take deep breaths, ask for help, and face new challenges.

Ages 3-5

Union Square Kids


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In the first installment of the action-packed Guardians of Horsa graphic novel series, four young horses from clashing herds must join forces to solve a mystery and save magic.

Welcome to the realm of Horsa, a world of magic, wild horses, and danger.

Ages 9-12

Little Simon


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