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Cooks & Books Presents Mitch Benjamin | BBQ Revolution – TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO CHANGE IN PUBLICATION DATE
Wednesday, June 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with founder of the Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and brand, Mitch Benjamin, to present on his new cookbook, BBQ Revolution: Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster.
Mitch Benjamin has helped open BBQ restaurants in Paris, served his smoked meat to baseball legends at Yankee Stadium, and taken home some serious hardware from just about every major BBQ competition. In this book, he throws open the doors to his kitchen (or as he calls it, his “Mitchen”) and takes BBQ on a wild ride! The book starts with his behind the scenes look at competition BBQ and smoking, then winds its way through chapters both classic and creative. Whether you’re relatively new to BBQ or a seasoned pitmaster, you’re sure to find new ideas, techniques, and flavors in this book.
Mitch Benjamin, founder of the Meat Mitch competition BBQ team and brand, is the inventor of sauces and rubs that are consistently among the most award-winning and decorated in the country. The Meat Mitch competition team has won the prestigious American Royal BBQ Sauce World Championship Competition, The Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Sauce Competition, and finished with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the heralded National Barbecue and Grilling Competition. Meat Mitch products can be found in stores and national chains throughout the US and in more than a dozen countries around the world.
Mitch will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Ross King | The Bookseller of Florence **
Thursday, June 24 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Ross King, author of The Bookseller of Florence, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
Vespasiano da Bisticci operated a bookshop during the 15th century “Golden Age” of Renaissance Florence. At a time when all books were made by hand, he produced and sold many hundreds of volumes from his shop, which became a gathering spot for debate and discussion. His books were works of art in their own right, and his clients included popes, kings, and princes who wished to burnish their reputations by founding magnificent libraries. Vespasiano had reached the summit of his powers as Europe’s most prolific merchant of knowledge when a new invention appeared to challenge his influence: the printed book.
Ross King is the author of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris, Mad Enchantment, Leonardo and the Last Supper, and Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Elizabeth Gonzalez James | Mona At Sea
Tuesday, July 6 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a live online conversation with author Elizabeth Gonzalez James to discuss her debut novel, Mona At Sea. Joining Elizabeth in conversation is author Suzanne Simonetti.
Mona is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona’s the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic’s eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife’s edge as she faces down unemployment, underemployment, the complexities of adult relationships, and the downward spiral of her parents’ shattering marriage. The more Mona craves perfection and order, the more she is forced to see that it is never attainable. Mona’s journey asks the question: When we find what gives our life meaning, will we be ready for it?
Before becoming a writer, Elizabeth Gonzalez James was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her short story, “Cosmic Blues,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and her stories and essays have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She’s attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers Workshop, and Lit Camp. She lives with her family in Oakland, California.
Suzanne Simonetti is the author of The Sound of Wings. She grew up in the New York suburbs just outside of the city. After earning a BS in marketing, she spent several years writing press releases, until she left her corporate job to focus on her passion for crafting fiction. She lives on Cape May Harbor with her husband.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Conversation with Emily Austin | Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
Wednesday, July 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Emily Austin, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. Joining her to discuss her debut novel is Steven Rowley, best selling author of The Guncle, Lily and the Octopus, and The Editor.
Gilda, a twenty-something, atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace. In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.
Emily R. Austin was born in Ontario, Canada, and received a writing grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts in 2020. She studied English literature and library science at Western University. She currently lives in Ottawa.
Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016 and The Editor, named by NPR and Esquire Magazine as one of the Best Books of 2019. Both are in development as feature films. His new novel, The Guncle, was published May 25, 2021. Rowley’s fiction has been published in twenty languages. He lives in Palm Springs.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Bill Lester | Winning in Reverse
Thursday, July 8 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with talk with Bill Lester, author of Winning in Reverse: Defying the Odds and Achieving Dreams, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Joining Bill in conversation is author Jonathan Ingram.
NASCAR has traditionally been a Southern, white man’s sport, but that changed when Bill Lester entered the field. Lester did not grow up in the sport as many drivers have. He raced as a side hobby while working as an engineer until, at the age of 37, he quit his job to pursue racing full time. Lester had a trifecta of odds against him: he was Black, middle-aged, and not a Southerner, and many fans did not hide their contempt. Winning in Reverse explains how he was able to rise above it all  and make history time and again, becoming the first African American to race in NASCAR’s Busch Series, and the first to participate in the Nextel Cup.
Bill Lester received several awards during his racing career, including the Trailblazer in Motor Sports Award and the Jackie Robinson Award from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jonathan Ingram is known for his definitive books and articles on motor racing. He has awards from the National Motorsports Press Association and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Kristin Harmel | The Forest of Vanishing Stars
Monday, July 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kristin Harmel, as she discusses her latest book, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything. Joining Kristin is Kristyn Kusek Lewis, author of Perfect Happiness, for a discussion on “How fiction can change lives.”
After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest—and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.
Kristin Harmel is the author of a dozen novels including The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, The Room on Rue Amélie, and The Sweetness of Forgetting. She is also the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, Friends and Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the bestselling author of the novels Half of What You Wear, Save Me, and How Lucky You Are. Her most recent novel, Perfect Happiness, was published in 2020. Half of What You Hear was nominated for the 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction and both Save Me and How Lucky You Are reached #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Top 100/Bestselling NOOK Books. Kristyn is also the Contributing Books Editor for Real Simple magazine, where she writes the monthly “What Should I Read Next?” page. She previously held editing positions at publications including Glamour and Child, and is a well-established freelance writer who has written for dozens of publications over the past twenty-five years. Kristyn is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA in creative writing, and the College of the Holy Cross. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her family.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Joshua Henkin | Morningside Heights
Wednesday, July 14 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Joshua Henkin, author of Morningside Heights, a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving hardship.
When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn’t have anticipated. Thirty years later, something is wrong with Spence. The Great Man can’t concentrate; he falls asleep reading The New York Review of Books. With their daughter, Sarah, away at medical school, Pru must struggle on her own to care for him. One day, feeling especially isolated, Pru meets a man, and the possibility of new romance blooms. Meanwhile, Spence’s estranged son from his first marriage has come back into their lives. Arlo, a wealthy entrepreneur who invests in biotech, may be his father’s last, best hope. Morningside Heights is about the love between women and men, and children and parents; about the things we give up in the face of adversity; and about how to survive when life turns out differently from what we thought we signed up for.
Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson (a Los Angeles Times Notable Book), Matrimony (a New York Times Notable Book), and The World Without You (winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Bob Drury and Tom Clavin | Blood & Treasure
Thursday, July 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, authors of Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
Like many historical icons, Daniel Boone’s image in popular culture leans toward caricature. He was a frontiersman — arguably America’s first and greatest pathfinder — and Revolutionary War hero whose explorations into the frontier beyond the Appalachian Mountains became the stuff of legend. This book tells the unvarnished story of Boone’s life and the era that gave birth to a nation, illuminating the history of the early United States through the eyes of both the ordinary and larger-than-life men and women, white and Native American, who witnessed it.
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin are the bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is, Lucky 666, Halsey’s Typhoon, Last Men Out, and The Last Stand of Fox Company, which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award. Both men have written extensively for newspapers and magazines and won several journalism awards.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Abby Schneiderman, Adam Seifer & Gene Newman | In Case You Get Hit By a Bus
Monday, July 19 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Back by popular demand! Join us for an online conversation with Abby Schneiderman, Adam Seifer and Gene Newman, co-authors of In Case You Get Hit By a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later, an easy-to-follow guide designed to help readers take control of modern life’s practical details. This book is for just about everyone and is a way to feel like we have some control over current events.
It’s vital to plan and have conversations with parents and families about how to handle day-to-day responsibilities in the event of an unexpected crisis. Since these conversations can be littered with emotional landmines, this book provides plenty of tips on how to eliminate the fear and stress from these topics and break the ice to get your family talking and planning. This foolproof guide prepares anyone, at any age, to organize their life now, because an organized life is far easier to live and leave behind.
Abby Schneiderman, co-founder and co-CEO of Everplans, is an industry expert in the areas of digital estate planning, technology, and consumerism, a Forbes.com Contributor and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Adam Seifer, co-founder and co-CEO of Everplans, has helped create multiple huge online communities and networks and is an inventor on “the social networking patent” now owned by LinkedIn. Gene Newman serves as Everplans’ editorial and education director and has spent his career as a writer, editor, and content leader for Maxim.com, Hachette Filipacchi Digital, and other lifestyle properties.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from our local independent bookstore, Browseabout Books, by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
This event is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community.

 

Cooks & Books Presents David Ross | Tarot & Tequila
Tuesday, July 20 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with David Ross, author of Tarot & Tequila: A Tarot Guide with Cocktails. Embrace the magic of tarot and perfectly match the cards with mixed drinks in this beautifully illustrated bar book.
Tarot & Tequila is a positive and spiritually uplifting guide that includes both basic and humorous tequila-inspired meanings of all 78 tarot cards that both beginners and experienced tarot card readers will relate to. Featuring 40 cocktail recipes—one for each Major Arcana card plus bonus Minor Arcana drinks, too—based on the attributes of the cards themselves, as well as a mystical pairing that explains why professional tarot card reader David Ross chose to pair each card to their respective drink, this magical mixology book can be used as both a guide and a recipe book.
David Ross is a medical sales representative by day and a band player/tarot card reader by night. He created a business called Tarot and Tequila, where he reads cards for people in restaurants and bars, or any place that serves tequila. His spiritual journey started twenty-five years ago when he was a tourist perusing a toy store in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where on a lark he bought a tiny tarot deck. He quickly decided that he was going to learn about tarot and form connections with other people to help them progress spiritually. Ross lives on the Jersey Shore with his wife and two children.
David will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Dean Jobb | The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream
Thursday, July 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Dean Jobb, author of The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Joining Dean in conversation is author Art Taylor.
In the late 1800s, one of the first international serial killers murdered as many as ten people in the United States, Britain, and Canada. Over the span of 15 years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream targeted vulnerable and desperate women who came to him for medical advice, using his knowledge of poisons to conceal his crimes. This definitive account of his life exposes the flawed detection methods, bungled investigations, corrupt officials, and stifling morality of Victorian era society that allowed Dr. Cream to prey on victims undetected, time after time.
Dean Jobb is a three-time winner of Atlantic Canada’s top journalism award. His 2015 book, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation, was named Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. He is a professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Art Taylor has won several awards for his short fiction, and his novel in stories, On the Road with Del & Louise, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. His work has also appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories yearly anthology. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Puja Guha and Dea Poirier | Sirens of Memory and After You Died
Wednesday, July 28 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation between authors Puja Guha and Dea Poirier, as they discuss their latest books, Sirens of Memory (Guha) and After You Died (Poirier). Joining them in conversation is Chantelle Aimée Osman, Editor, Agora – Polis Books.
In Guha’s Sirens of Memory, Mariam is pregnant and fleeing an abusive marriage as the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait begins. Leaving her husband Tareq for dead, she crosses the border and is evacuated with the help of Raj, who she meets at a refugee camp and suggests she assume the identity of his dead wife so she can be issued Indian papers. Twenty-five years later, Mariam is still living under the identity of Raj’s Indian wife in the US. In an attempt to put her past to rest, she attends an event commemorating the anniversary of the invasion at the Kuwaiti embassy. Also in attendance is Tareq, miraculously still alive, who had assumed his wife was killed in the invasion decades before. Angry and obsessed, he begins planning his revenge. The confrontation that follows forces Mariam to confront her past as a victim and decide who she really is, once and for all.
Poirier’s After You Died is a paranormal thriller loosely based on true events. Seventeen-year-old bisexual teen boy Asher remembers nothing from the night in 1968 that the police found him covered in his girlfriend’s blood. He knows he’d never hurt anyone, least of all her. But the only person who believes him is his twin sister. He’s sentenced to five years at the Dozier Reform School. And like Asher’s memory, Dozier hides violent secrets of its own. In hopes of recovering the events from the night of the murder, Asher visits the school’s psychiatrist. But when the memories return, he finds many aren’t his own. Thoughts, feelings, and visions from another life, and another time, slip into his mind. And each new memory brings consequences. First days disappear, then weeks. As the weeks slip away, students follow. As Asher’s possible body count grows, he knows the answers he needs are trapped within his own mind, and in ghosts from the past. He needs to find out who he is and prove the murders aren’t connected to him or risk losing his sanity and freedom forever.
Puja Guha, author of the international bestselling The Ahirman Legacy series, was born into a family of acclaimed Indian architects. Today, she works as an independent consultant on international development programs primarily in Africa and South Asia – traveling to some of the most economically-challenged countries in the world. She has lived in Kuwait, Toronto, Paris, London, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She currently resides in the Denver area.
Dea (D.H) Poirier is the international bestselling author of The Calderwood Cases series, including Next Girl to Die and Beneath the Ashes. She was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she got her start writing in creative writing courses. She attended The University of Central Oklahoma for Computer Science and Political Science. Later, she spent time living on both coasts, and traveling the United States, before finally putting down roots in Central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp. She spends her days at her day job as a Vice President of Digital Marketing, and her nights writing.
Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. Agora focuses on crime fiction with unique social and cultural themes. Titles from Agora’s debut list have been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Lefty, Macavity and Strand Critics awards, and named on multiple best-of lists for 2019 and 2020. Chantelle was named a Publishers Weekly Rising Star honoree in 2020.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books: Sirens of Memory (Guha) and After You Died (Poirier). Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Honorée Fanonne Jeffers | The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois
Thursday, July 29 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
In the author’s first novel, Ailey Pearl Garfield, a young African American woman, seeks to come to terms with her identity by journeying through her family’s past, uncovering tales of generations of ancestors — Indigenous, Black, and White — in the Deep South. She discovers a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story — and the song — of America itself.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist who teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma. She was longlisted for both a National Book Award and the PEN/Volcker Award for Poetry for her latest volume of poetry, The Age of Phillis.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Steve Cottrell and Sarah Cooksey | National Audubon Society Guides for Birds and Trees of North America
Monday, August 2 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Steve Cottrell, President of the Delaware Audubon Society, and Sarah Cooksey, member of the Delaware Audubon Society Board of Directors, for discussion on the recently updated National Audubon Society field guides to the birds of North America and the trees of North America. These guides are the result of a collaboration among leading scientists, scholars, taxonomic and field experts, photo editors, and designers, and are a must-have reference for the library of any bird or nature lover.
The National Audubon Society Birds of North America covers more than 800 species, with over 3,500 full-color photographs of birds in their natural habitat, often with four or five images of each species. This guide also includes an important new category on conservation status and essays by leading scholars in each field who provide holistic insights into the world of birds. National Audubon Society Trees of North America covers more than 540 species, with nearly 2,500 full-color photographs–including images of the bark, fruit, and flowers, as well as photos that illustrate leaf shape and seasonal color changes. The guide includes an important new category on conservation status and essays by leading scholars who provide holistic insights into the world of trees.
Incorporated in 1905, the National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that uses education and advocacy to advance its mission to conserve and restore natural habitats of birds and wildlife in the United States and across the Americas. Audubon also produces bestselling descriptive field guides on a wide variety of nature-related topics.
We invite you to support the National Audobon Society by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books (National Audubon Society Birds of North America and National Audubon Society Trees of North America). Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website.

 

Conversation with Melissa Shapiro | Piglet
Wednesday, August 4 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Melissa Shapiro, author of Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family, a charming, inspirational memoir about empathy, resilience, kindness, and an adorable deaf blind pink dog.
When Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro gets a call about a tiny deaf blind puppy rescued from a hoarding situation in need of fostering, she doesn’t hesitate to say, “yes.” Little does she know how that decision will transform her, her family, and legions of admirers destined to embrace the saga of the indomitable pink pup. One of the most anxious dogs Melissa had ever encountered, the traumatized Piglet weighed under two pounds upon his welcome into the Shapiro household—which included Melissa’s husband Warren and their three college-aged kids, plus six other rescued dogs. After weeks of reassurance, and lots of love, Piglet connected, gained confidence, and his extraordinary spirit emerged. Melissa soon forged a powerful bond with Piglet, allowing the two to communicate without sound or visual cues. Curious, engaged, and incredibly eager to learn, Piglet quickly became part of the family. What started out as a few simple Facebook posts of Piglet and his pack rapidly evolved into a global celebration of Piglet’s infectiously positive mindset.
Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a veterinarian, a lifelong animal welfare advocate, and mom to three children and many disabled rescued dogs and birds. Since bringing Piglet home in 2017, she has used his social media platform to educate, advocate, and inspire others to adopt pets with special needs. Her nonprofit organization, Piglet International Inc., supports the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach, a free downloadable educational program that teaches growth mindset, acceptance, inclusion, empathy, and kindness to students and others in the community, as well as various animal rights causes. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Warren, six rescued dogs, three rescued birds, and Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy.
This event is co-sponsored by Delaware Humane Association (DHA).
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with an autographed and pawtographed bookplate. Browseabout Books is donating $2 from each book sold to Delaware Humane Association. For more information on how to adopt from DHA, please visit their website.

 

History Book Festival Presents Valerie Hansen | The Year 1000
Thursday, August 5 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Valerie Hansen, author of The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World — and Globalization Began, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
People tend to believe that the years immediately prior to AD 1000 were lacking in any major cultural developments or geopolitical encounters — that the Europeans hadn’t yet reached North America and the farthest feat of sea travel was the Viking invasion of Britain. But how do we explain the presence of blond-haired people in Maya temple murals at Chichén Itzá, Mexico? Did the Vikings find their way to the Americas during the height of the Maya empire? Drawing on nearly 30 years of research, historian Valerie Hansen argues that bold explorations and daring trade missions connected all of the world’s societies by the end of the first millennium.
Valerie Hansen is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale, where she teaches Chinese and world history. Her other books include The Silk Road: A New History and The Open Empire: A History of China to 1800. Hansen, who traveled to some 20 countries to research her book, promises to take attendees on a visual “tour around the world in the year 1000” during her presentation.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, and L Fury | RUN: BOOK ONE
Monday, August 9 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with the award-winning authors and illustrators of RUN: BOOK ONE, the highly anticipated sequel to the National Book Award-winning MARCH trilogy. All too often, the depiction of history ends with a great victory. But John Lewis knew that victories are just the beginning. In Run: Book One, civil rights icon John Lewis and longtime collaborator Andrew Aydin continue where the March trilogy left off to tell this often overlooked chapter of civil rights history.
Picking up after the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Run: Book One opens with John Lewis and his colleagues facing another arrest as the Ku Klux Klan prepares their largest hooded march in years. Meticulously researched and brought to life in stunning visual detail, Lewis recounts the highs and lows of a movement fighting to harness their hard-won legal protections to become an electoral force as the Vietnam War consumes the American political landscape—all while the forces of white supremacy gather to mount a decades-long campaign to destroy the dream of the “Beloved Community” that John Lewis, Dr. King, and so many others worked to build.
Andrew Aydin is a bestselling and award-winning writer. He was the Digital Director and Policy Advisor and longtime collaborator to the late Georgia congressman John Lewis as well as the creator and coauthor of March. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Hendersonville, NC.
Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist; his work includes the March trilogy, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, and Save It for Later. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
L. Fury is a lifelong resident of Houston, Texas with a BFA in animation from Sam Houston State University. She dove into comics full time in 2015 with the humor webcomic Bastard Comics before shifting her sights to long-form comics, illustrating the unreleased Double Barrel Shogun. Run is Fury’s first graphic novel.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Robert Weil: “The Man Who Resurrected a Great Publishing House”
Tuesday, August 10 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In 1917 Horace Liveright (1883-1933) with Albert Boni (1892-1981) co-founded the Modern Library and Liveright publishers. In time, the Liveright imprint became both famous and infamous as it published works such as T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, William Faulkner’s A Soldier’s Play, Hart Crane’s The Bridge, and  the English translation of Petronius’ first-century work titled Satyricon, which caught the censorial attention of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice but to no avail as a court dismissed the complaint. Horace Liveright was the driving force behind the renowned Liveright imprint. He was also instrumental in the emergence of the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s and 1930s in that he published many of the great Black writers of that period. When Liveright ceased publishing, W.W. Norton and Co. bought the backlist and name in 1973. In 2011, Norton relaunched the Liveright imprint – thus, this year marks the 10th anniversary of that relaunch.
Join us online as Ronald Collins, Lewes Public Library’s Distinguished Lecturer and author of numerous books, interviews Robert Weil, Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of the Liveright imprint. Weil has published two National Book Award winners and seven nominees along with three Pulitzer Prize winners, one of which was this year: Les and Tamara Payne’s The Dead are Rising: The Life of Malcom X.
Here is a list of the 20 representative books Weil has done at Liveright. We invite you to support Liveright by purchasing any of the books from local independent bookstore, Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website.

 

Conversation with Siân Evans | Maiden Voyages
Wednesday, August 11 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for an online conversation with Siân Evans, author of Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them, an engaging and anecdotal social history that explores how women’s lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America.
During the early twentieth century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were changed forever by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some traveled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold—until now.
Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you’ll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you’ll follow the journey of émigré Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet “The Unsinkable Stewardess” Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster. Entertaining and informative, this book captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe.
Siân Evans is the author of several books, including Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses between the Wars. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine, Coast Magazine, National Trust Members’ Magazine, and The Lady. A freelance film consultant for the National Trust, she has an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, London.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Laura Arnold Leibman | Once We Were Slaves
Thursday, August 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Laura Arnold Leibman, author of Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
Blanche Moses, a descendant of one of this country’s most prominent Jewish families, was researching her family history when she made an astounding discovery: her grandmother and great-uncle were not Sephardic Jews but actually began their lives as poor Christian slaves in Barbados. Sarah and Isaac Brandon transformed themselves, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and — at times — white. Their story sheds new light on the fluidity of race, and the role of religion in racial shift, in the first half of the 19th century.
Laura Arnold Leibman is a Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Ore. She is the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects, and Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life.
This event is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Lives in the Law | Geoffrey R. Stone: National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press
Monday, August 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about their lives in the law along with how their work bears on some of the most controversial issues of our time. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the series including conducting interviews and inviting dialogue. The series is meant for laypersons and specialists alike. Audience participation by way of questions and comments is welcome and encouraged.
Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at The University of Chicago. After serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Stone joined The University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1973. He has served as both Dean of the University of Chicago Law School and Provost of the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books on constitutional law, including National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press (2021); Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court (2020); The Free Speech Century (2018); Sex and the Constitution (2017); Top Secret: When Government Keeps Us In the Dark (2007); and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004). Mr. Stone is also an Editor of The Supreme Court Review and the Editor of a twenty-volume series, Inalienable Rights, published by Oxford University Press.
His most recent book is National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On, a deeply informed, thoughtful, and often surprising examination of who has First Amendment rights to disclose, to obtain, or to publish classified information relating to the national security of the United States.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Katarina Cermelj | Baked to Perfection
Wednesday, August 18 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Katarina Cermelj, author of Baked to Perfection: Delicious gluten-free recipes, with a pinch of science. Katarina will do a cooking demonstration of one of her recipes.
Baked to Perfection begins with a thorough look at the gluten-free baking basics: how different gluten-free flours behave, which store-bought blends work best, and how to mix your own to suit your needs. Covering cakes, brownies, cookies, pastry and bread in turn, Katarina shares the best techniques for the recipes in that chapter, and each recipe is accompanied by expert tips, useful scientific explanations and occasional step-by-step photography to help you achieve gluten-free perfection.
Katarina Cermelj is undertaking a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford. After cutting out gluten from her diet, she used her scientific background to experiment with gluten-free baking, and in 2016 set up her hugely popular baking blog, The Loopy Whisk, sharing her sumptuous allergy-friendly recipes. Baked to Perfection is her first cookbook.
Katarina will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents E. J. Levy | The Cape Doctor
Thursday, August 19 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with E. J. Levy, author of The Cape Doctor, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival.
This novel is based on the true story of Jonathan Mirandus Perry, who began life as a penniless Irish girl but ended up successfully practicing medicine as a man in 19th-century Cape Town, South Africa. Perry changed from daughter to son in order to enter medical school and provide for family but soon embraced the freedom of living life as a man. After befriending the aristocratic Cape Governor, Perry rose to the pinnacle of society, before the two were publicly accused of a homosexual affair that scandalized the colonies and nearly cost them their lives.
E. J. Levy’s work has been featured in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and Paris Review. She is the author of a prize-winning story collection, Love, In Theory, and her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won the Lambda Literary Award. Levy teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Anne Lamott and Neal Allen | Dusk, Night, Dawn and Shapes of Truth
Monday, August 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Join us either in-person or online for a conversation with authors and spouses Anne Lamott and Neal Allen, as they take a break from their annual family beach vacation in Rehoboth to talk about writing, spiritual matters, relationships, and other trivial subjects. They also will discuss their most recent releases (Dusk, Night, Dawn by Lamott and Shapes of Truth by Allen). There will be a book signing at the library following the event.
About Dusk Night Dawn: From the bestselling author of Help Thanks Wow comes an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy in our lives. In Dusk Night Dawn, Anne Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? As bad news piles up—from climate crises to daily assaults on civility—how can we cope? Where, she asks, “do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back . . . with our sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?”
About Shapes of Truth: Hidden in your body is a set of 35 divine objects that represent aspects of God. They can grant immediate and sustained relief from everyday suffering. Shapes of Truth unveils this remarkable discovery and provides step-by-step instructions for encountering them yourself. With parallels in Platonist philosophy and Sufi mysticism, these eternal body-forms are trippy and wondrous. More about Neal and the book at shapesoftruth.com.
Anne Lamott is the New York Times best-selling author of  19 books, including collections of essays, novels such as Rosie and Imperfect Birds, and long-form non-fiction including the classic writing manual Bird by Bird and childrearing memoir Operating Instructions. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.
Neal Allen is a coach and writer who studies and practices traditional and contemporary spiritual paths. His private coaching practice blends standard psychodynamics with spirituality methods. Earlier careers included newspaper journalism and corporate marketing for large public companies. He lives in Northern California with his wife, the author Anne Lamott.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books (Dusk, Night, Dawn by Lamott and Shapes of Truth by Allen). Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

History Book Festival Presents Erwin Chemerinsky | Presumed Guilty
Thursday, August 26 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In collaboration with the History Book Festival, join us for a talk with Erwin Chemerinsky, author of Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights, an offering of the 2021 virtual History Book Festival. Devon W. Carbado will be in conversation with Chemerinsky during the event.
Presumed Guilty is a troubling history that reveals how the Supreme Court has enabled racist policing and sanctioned law enforcement excesses. The fact that police are nine times more likely to kill Black men than other Americans is no accident, the author says, but the result of an elaborate body of doctrines that allow the police and courts to presume that suspects are guilty before being charged. Beginning during Nixon’s presidency, the ascendance of conservative justices has led to rulings permitting the practice of “stop and frisk,” limiting suits to reform police departments, and abetting the use of chokeholds. Chemerinsky argues that an approach to policing that continues to exalt “Dirty Harry” can be transformed only by a robust court system committed to civil rights.
Erwin Chemerinsky is the Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. His other books include The Conservative Assault on the Constitution and The Case Against the Supreme Court.
Devon W. Carbado is the Hon. Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he writes and teaches on constitutional criminal procedure, constitutional law, and race and the law. His book, Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment, is forthcoming from the New Press.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Conversation with Susan Page | Madam Speaker
Monday, August 30 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Join us either in-person or online for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page. Page will discuss her latest book, Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, the definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history. Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself — Madam Speaker is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.
Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer. Nancy didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old. With that, she found her calling. Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or formidable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.
Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered seven White House administrations and eleven presidential elections. She has interviewed the past ten presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. In 2020, she moderated the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. Her first book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, was an instant New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.
NOTE: this session is available to attend in-person or through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER and indicate which you prefer.

 

Cooks & Books Presents Sabrina Snyder | Dinner Then Dessert
Monday, September 13 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a conversation with Sabrina Snyder, author of Dinner Then Dessert: Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5, or 7 Ingredients.
Learn how to make easy, practical, mouth-watering meals in this first-ever cookbook featuring over 100 full-color photos from the genius chef behind the very successful, no-nonsense food website Dinner Then Dessert. With Dinner Then Dessert, you’ll never have to struggle over what to make for dinner again!
Sabrina Snyder is a trained chef from California and the founder of the easy family-friendly recipes website DinnerthenDessert.com, which receives millions of visitors each month. She’s been featured in Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Parade, Yahoo, MSN, and more.
Sabrina will be interviewed by Denise Clemons, Cape Gazette food columnist and author of A Culinary History of Southern Delaware: Scrapple, Beach Plums and Muskrat. She has been writing her weekly food column, Cape Flavors since 2005, focusing on seasonal, local ingredients and food history. She looks forward to sharing the discovery of new cookbooks through these discussions with cookbook authors.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.

 

Here is more information about our Book Discussion Groups, including dates and books to be discussed.

AAUW Notable Books Discussion | The Volunteer
Thursday, July 1 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
The American Association of University Women Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors a Notable Books discussion that meets the 1st Thursday of the month.
This month’s discussion is about The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona.

 

Natural Selections Book Club
Wednesday, July 7 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Everything All At Once | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
The Natural Selections Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss nature-themed books. All are welcome.
May’s discussion is about Everything All At Once: how to unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity, and solve any problem by Bill Nye.

 

Lewes Library Evening Book Club | The Bees
Thursday, July 8 | 6:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
Can’t attend a book club during the day? Join us in the evening on the 2nd Thursday of the month – all are welcome!
This month’s discussion is about The Bees by Laline Paull.

 

LPL Book Club | The Truth According to Us
Thursday, July 22 | 4:00 PM Eastern Time | In-Person
This book club meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Copies of the books are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.
This month’s discussion is about The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows.

 

Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Book & Film Discussion | Begin Again
Tuesday, July 27 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
A partnership with the SDARJ, the Alliance Book and Film Group, celebrating its 5th year, discusses classic and contemporary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and cinematic art. This groups meets the 4th Thursday of the month.
This month’s discussion is about Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

 

Food 4 Thought
Mondays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
A diverse group discussing topics determined by majority vote. Enjoy a stimulating comfortable atmosphere of reasoned interaction.
No preparation is necessary but be prepared to put your brain in gear. Here are the Food for Thought meeting guidelines.

 

Poetry FreeWrite
Mondays | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Weekly meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild Poetry Free Write. ​Explore your writing passion! Attending a Free Write is a fun, low commitment way to dip your toes into the writing pool. Writers at all levels are welcome; you do not need to be a member to attend.

 

FreeWrite!
Wednesdays | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
FreeWrite! is an informal gathering of writers of ALL skill levels who meet to practice their writing in a friendly and nurturing atmosphere. The goal of the FreeWrites is to provide a place and an opportunity for people to have fun with their writing, to explore different genres, and to do this in the company of other writing enthusiasts.
This FreeWrite is facilitated by Tom Hoyer, a Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild member who has experience in teaching, writing and/or leading such groups. Participants write prose, songs, poetry and fiction, work on novels during free writes, and start short stories. Writing Prompts are often (but not always) designed to focus on a particular aspect of writing: the use of sensory details, the necessity of strong verbs, the craft of writing dialogue.
You do not need to be a RBWG member to attend. For more information visit the RBWG website.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Tuesday, July 6 and July 20 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
This support group is for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. The group is facilitated by Ruth Pryor, an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
For any questions, you may call Ruth at 302-231-8186 or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.

 

KidLit Writers
Thursday, June 17 | 6:00 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
The KidLit Writers Group is a critique group for adult writers (18 and older) who would like to write for the children’s market. This group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. All children’s genres welcome.

 

Craft Club | Discover the World of Matisse
Thursday, July 8 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In this workshop facilitated by local artist Rita Healey, participants will discuss Matisse and Rita will demonstrate how to make a silkscreen of one of his famous window pictures found in Tangiers. Participants then will emboss their print and paint it with watercolors, using a very bright palate.
Class size is limited to 8 people so registration is required.

 

Needlepoint Group
Monday, July 19 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | In-person
Join others with an interest in needlepoint. Bring a current project to work on.

 

DAUG – Delmarva Apple Users Group
Wednesday, July 21 | 5:30 PM Eastern Time | In-person
The Delmarva Apple Users Group (DAUG) is a non-profit association dedicated to helping its members achieve a better understanding of Apple products and their use. They meet the third Wednesday of the month and their goal is to provide a low key and casual opportunity to explore the Apple platform and the breadth of products available today. Bring your Apple device (including iPads, iPhones, and Macs) for free help and information.

 

English as a Second Language | Clases de inglés
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:00 AM Eastern Time | Online
May 18 – July 29
The Lewes Public Library is offering free onlines classes this summer in English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL helps non-English or limited English speakers (age 16+) survive in an English speaking community by providing communication skills and necessary cultural knowledge. For more information, call Greg Hitz at 301-275-0250.
La biblioteca pública de Lewes ofrece clases gratuitas de inglés este verano a través del zoom. Para obtener más información, llame a Greg Hitz 301-275-0250.

 

English Conversation Group
Tuesdays through June 29 | 10:00 AM Eastern Time | Online
Join English as a Second Language speakers to improve your English listening and speaking skills, increase your vocabulary and practice pronunciation. A basic conversational English ability is required. Group is open to anyone aged 16+.

 

Italian Conversation Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 1:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join Italian speakers 18+ to improve your Italian-speaking skills. Please note: basic Italian conversational ability is required.

 

Spanish Conversation Group
Thursdays | 2:00 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
Join Spanish speakers 18+ to improve your Spanish-speaking skills. Basic Spanish conversational ability is required.
NOTE: this is not a traditional class — there is no Spanish teacher. Instead, it is a group of people who already speak some Spanish, or who have studied some Spanish, or who are now taking some classes elsewhere. Members include retirees, college students, and others who have a range of Spanish speaking abilities. Members of the group make suggestions as to what we might do in future classes. There is usually a ‘homework’ assignment preparing each person to talk in Spanish for 2 to 3 minutes to the group. There are icebreakers, games, and invited guests who speak on various topics. Each week is different. Nearly all of the discussions are in Spanish. The group is very informal, friendly and there is no pressure to participate.
For more information, call José at 202-494-2623.

 

French Movie Club | French Discussion Group | My Afternoons with Marguerite (La Tête en Friche)
Friday, July 30 | 10:30 AM | In-person
Join us in person for a conversation on a French movie previously seen at home. Please note: basic French conversational ability is required. This group is for participants 18 years and older.
This month’s movie is My Afternoons with Marguerite (La Tête en Friche). This 2010 film directed by Jean Becker is the story of a semi-literate and lonely odd-job man who bonds with a much older and well-read woman. It stars Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, and Maurane.
The video/DVD is available at the library to borrow for one week.
Registration is requested but not required.

 

Drop in Tech Help
1st and 3rd Fridays | 10:00 AM – noon Eastern Time | In-person
Free technology assistance is offered the first and third Friday of each month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on a drop-in basis.
A staff member will be available to assist with a variety of common technology questions. Topics include (but are not limited to): digital books, email, internet, Microsoft Word and Excel, texting, and digital photos. Guests may bring their own devices such as e-readers, tablets, phones and computers—or utilize the library’s PC computers.
No appointment is necessary, and assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages are welcome.
Participants are encouraged to bring relevant usernames, passwords, and login information.

 

Robert Weil: “The Man Who Resurrected a Great Publishing House”
Tuesday, August 10 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
In 1917 Horace Liveright (1883-1933) with Albert Boni (1892-1981) co-founded the Modern Library and Liveright publishers. In time, the Liveright imprint became both famous and infamous as it published works such as T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, William Faulkner’s A Soldier’s Play, Hart Crane’s The Bridge, and  the English translation of Petronius’ first-century work titled Satyricon, which caught the censorial attention of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice but to no avail as a court dismissed the complaint. Horace Liveright was the driving force behind the renowned Liveright imprint. He was also instrumental in the emergence of the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920s and 1930s in that he published many of the great Black writers of that period. When Liveright ceased publishing, W.W. Norton and Co. bought the backlist and name in 1973. In 2011, Norton relaunched the Liveright imprint – thus, this year marks the 10th anniversary of that relaunch.
Join us online as Ronald Collins, Lewes Public Library’s Distinguished Lecturer and author of numerous books, interviews Robert Weil, Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director of the Liveright imprint. Weil has published two National Book Award winners and seven nominees along with three Pulitzer Prize winners, one of which was this year: Les and Tamara Payne’s The Dead are Rising: The Life of Malcom X.
Here is a list of the 20 representative books Weil has done at Liveright. We invite you to support Liveright by purchasing any of the books from local independent bookstore, Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website.

 

14th Lewes Creative Writers Conference **
Saturday, August 14 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | Online
Workshops on a variety of writing-related topics will be held throughout the day.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

 

Lives in the Law | Geoffrey R. Stone: National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press
Monday, August 16 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about their lives in the law along with how their work bears on some of the most controversial issues of our time. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the series including conducting interviews and inviting dialogue. The series is meant for laypersons and specialists alike. Audience participation by way of questions and comments is welcome and encouraged.
Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at The University of Chicago. After serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Stone joined The University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1973. He has served as both Dean of the University of Chicago Law School and Provost of the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books on constitutional law, including National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press (2021); Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court (2020); The Free Speech Century (2018); Sex and the Constitution (2017); Top Secret: When Government Keeps Us In the Dark (2007); and Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime (2004). Mr. Stone is also an Editor of The Supreme Court Review and the Editor of a twenty-volume series, Inalienable Rights, published by Oxford University Press.
His most recent book is National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On, a deeply informed, thoughtful, and often surprising examination of who has First Amendment rights to disclose, to obtain, or to publish classified information relating to the national security of the United States.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing copy of their book from Browseabout Books. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed bookplate.

 

Managing Taxes in Retirement *
Thursday, June 24 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Hybrid (Online and In-person)
This Money School class examines various tax issues related to retirees. We will discuss how Social Security benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), charitable giving and other tax-related items.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.

 

Life After Work | How to Create a Good Life in Retirement  *
Thursday, July 1 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Whether you plan to stop work all at once, or ease into retirement by working part-time, at some point you will need to arrange for multiple sources of income to replace your paycheck. What do you need to think about as you transition from work life to retired life? Where will your income come from? How can you make it last? Join us for an enlightening webinar that will get you thinking about your next phase of life and what you need to do to prepare for it.
Peter Gaertner, CFP® is a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.
This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council.

 

Understanding Annuities *
Thursday, July 8 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Annuities are some of the most complex investment instruments ever created. This class presents an unbiased and educational look at how annuities work, the different types and features of annuities as well as the benefits and downsides to each.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School.
Registration is requested and walk ins are welcome.

 

Medicare Basics In Retirement *
Friday, July 9 | 10:00 AM | In-person
Join us for an educational seminar by Joseph Cisco, President of CAISE Benefits, to help you understand your options when enrolling with Medicare and/or retiring.
We will answer all of your questions regarding signing up for Medicare upon turning 65, retiring, or going on disability:
Medicare 101 – What do all of those letters mean – A? B? C? D? What’s the difference between Plans F, G, and N?

  • Understand the major difference (and importance) between being Observed and Admitted in the hospital.
  • Find out how COBRA and Retiree Benefits can affect your Medicare.
  • This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC).

 

Common Estate Planning Mistakes *
Thursday, July 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
This class covers common estate planning mistakes and how you can avoid them. Uncover some of the common myths about estate planning and learn suggestions on how to optimize your financial future and legacy for your benefit and the benefit of your loved ones.
Deirdra A. McCarney, Esq from Sergovic Carmean Weidman McCartney & Owens, P.A. and Robert Jeter, Financial Advisor from InFocus Financial Advisors are the co-presenters and instructors with the Money School
Registration is requested and walk ins are welcome.

 

Savvy IRA Planning for Baby Boomers *
Monday, July 19 | 12:00 PM ET | Online
IRA planning is a complex process. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on their overall retirement plan.
To help attendees better understand IRA planning, this Money School workshop will cover:

  • 7 strategies for Savvy IRA planning,
  • 6 roll over options for your retirement plan funds,
  • 3 common required minimum distribution mistakes,
  • The difference between indirect and direct rollovers,
  • How to coordinate your IRA planning with your overall retirement, estate, tax, education, Social Security and financial plans, and
  • 3 different options for spousal IRA beneficiaries.

Presented by Peter Gaertner, CFP®, a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.

 

The Four Stages of Taxes in Retirement *
Wednesday, July 21 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Retirees often don’t understand how taxes work in retirement. But they’re keenly concerned about the size of their tax bill each year. Also, tax planning changes through the four stages of retirement. It’s harder than you think and it needs careful planning. Learn what’s involved in creating a retirement tax strategy.
Presented by Peter Gaertner, CFP®, a Financial Planner and community educator with Affinity Wealth Management, LLC based in Wilmington. He has instructed retirement and estate planning courses at Delaware State University and the Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware, and has shared his expertise with many other community members.

 

Inheritance Management *
Thursday, July 22 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
Are you the executor or beneficiary of an estate? Handling the death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time. Finances can make it harder as there are a number of deadlines and things you need to know. This course will walk through various financial considerations and implications you need to be aware of to smoothly transfer assets and minimize confusion in a difficult time.
Presented by Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC is a Financial Advisor at InFocus Financial Advisors, Inc. and instructor with the Money School
Registration is requested and walk ins are welcome. To register by phone, call 1-877-307-6858.

 

* This workshop is presented by The Money School, a program of the Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council (DCRAC). To register by phone, call 1-877-307-6858.

Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy
Sundays through June 27 | 12:30 PM Eastern Time | Online
The Lewes Public Library’s Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present Lunchtime Story Readings for Adults by Suzanne Savoy, offered every Sunday and Wednesday at 12:30 PM. Registration is required.
Bring your lunch—or just a cup of joe—to this half-hour short-story reading by actor Suzanne Savoy or a guest reader with a brief chat following.
Note: these stories are intended for adults due to strong language and adult themes.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

 

A Celebration of Local Artists
Thursday, July 15 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
All are invited to an online performance with local visual art videos, poetry and music hosted by Guillermo Silveira through the Library. Share your art, music, poetry and  thoughts about the artistic expression in our area, in video format or live performance. For more information, please contact Guillermo.

 

An Evening of Readings
Friday, August 13 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us for a virtual Evening of Readings by the 14th Lewes Creative Writers Conference Workshop Presenters: Fleda Brown, Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Anne Colwell, Edgar Kunz, and James Keegan.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

 

** This author is presented in partnership with the History Book Festival as part of the 2021 Virtual History Book Festival.