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Read Between the Lynes is YOUR hometown bookstore. We are proudly located on the Historic Woodstock Square, keeping our focus on convenience, community and you, our customers. Stop by! We can't wait to meet you!

Book Signing With Carl Wolfson

Saturday, August 18th at 2:00-3:30pm

Join us for a special book signing by comedian and radio host Carl Wolfson! He will be signing his book "Slide! The Baseball Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, and the City of Philadelphia - And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened to My Lesbian Great Aunt."

Slide! is the laugh-out-loud true story of the greatest collapse in baseball history, told from the perspective of a boy who lived it. The Philadelphia Phillies' bid for the pennant in 1964 was an almost flawless run. With twelve games to play, the team's lead seemed insurmountable. For 11-year-old Carl Wolfson, it was the happiest summer of his young life. Then the unthinkable happened. With each late-season loss, Phillies fans were thrown into despair, and Carl's crumbling dream of a World Series forced him to take refuge in comedy. Luckily, it was all around him. His bickering parents (who put up Chinese symbols for "peace" and "happiness" and argued for years about which was which), his grandmother (who was so stubbornly Republican that she refused to carry a Roosevelt dime), and his mouthy great aunt (whose protest letters to the Phillies front office became local legend) created plenty of opportunity for distraction.

Book Signing by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz

Saturday, August 18th at 4:00-5:30pm

Join us for a special book signing by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz! They will be signing their latest book, Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago. 

In 1929, thirty-year-old gangster Al Capone ruled both Chicago's underworld and its corrupt government. To a public who scorned Prohibition, "Scarface" became a local hero and national celebrity. But after the brutal St. Valentine's Day Massacre transformed Capone into "Public Enemy Number One," the federal government found an unlikely new hero in a twenty-seven-year-old Prohibition agent named Eliot Ness. Chosen to head the legendary law enforcement team known as "The Untouchables," Ness set his sights on crippling Capone's criminal empire.

Today, no underworld figure is more iconic than Al Capone and no lawman as renowned as Eliot Ness. Yet in 2016 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Al Capone still awaits the biographer who can fully untangle, and balance, the complexities of his life," while revisionist historians have continued to misrepresent Ness and his remarkable career.

Story Time and Painting with Behavior Bear

Saturday, August 25th at 10:30am-12:00pm

Join special guests, author Joni Downey and Behavior Bear, for story time! They will be reading "I Am Behavior Bear" or "Let's Behave."

Afterwards, you can meet and greet Behavior Bear and will even have an opportunity to test your painting skills! Paint from 11am to 12pm. Pre-registration is required to paint. Please pre-register and pay the $12 painting fee online at www.charactersofcharacter.org.


Read Between the Lynes is offering a Lynes Pride Membership Club for its loyal customers! For just a $10 annual fee, the member will receive a 10% discount on most regularly-priced books and merchandise. That even includes ice cream, candy and coffee*!!

Membership is complimentary to all teachers and educators. Just bring your school ID and we'll sign you up.

Look for information on our member-only specials and more in our eNewsletter.

* some local food vendor products, local author books and all Marvin's Toy Store items are not included.

Attention Local Authors!

Read Between the Lynes is creating a Local Author Spotlight to give local authors the opportunity to use the store as a venue to publicize their books.

The Local Author Spotlight will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

There are other details for these events and you can find them here.

Arlene's Newsletter is Back!!

Here it is mid-June and I've decided now is good as a time as any to recommit to writing my monthly newsletter. I know. it's been a number of years since I have done this. My apologies. As we all know, "life happens". When that pesky "life" shows up you have to pare down the commitments and responsibilities and focus on the priorities. To begin, let's recap what the newsletter includes. I will be sharing details about books (imagine that). events taking place in the store (such as new book releases and new products). What's new to the newsletter is. "Meet My Neighbor" highlighting a business neighbor I admire and do business with, "Where Are They Now" giving you an update on a former employee, and "Chew on This",  musings from Ophelia. And now, off to the show!


Here's what I'm reading this month­
'The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn. the June book club selection. I've recently started it and am excited. as I've read so many positive reviews. The book is historical fiction. set just after WWII: I'm only on page 15 and hooked! Join us in the store on the 18th at 7:00 to hear everyone's take on it. You are always welcome to drop in, whether you've read the book or not.


Next. "Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Tackling a rather difficult subject. Ghost Boys follows eleven-year-old Jerome, as he is shot by a police officer in Chicago. In the afterlife he meets Emmett Till, and the story expertly highlights racial injustices. while trying to right the wrongs of the world to readers beginning to explore and learn about these issues. Written for 10-14-year olds, it is a difficult subject matter that is quite well done. I'm reading other books this month. but those books aren't in publication yet, so I'll save those for another time.


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