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Aaron's Book Notes
April 2010
Spring Events
April 8- 7:30pm, author Lisa See, sponsored by the Lancater Literary Guild, at First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster
April 9- 6-8pm, "Some Enchanted Evening" with mystery, romance,and fantasy authors; 2nd Friday in Lititz -- All stores open until 9m!
April 13
- 12pm, author Erik Larson fundraiser luncheon for the Friends of the Lancaster Public Libraries. For more information, call Sue at 717-354-8016
April 18- 11am, Books and Brunch Group, discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
April 24- 11am-1pm. Book launch for Tugger, The Pretzel Pup! - Written by a Lititz teacher whose dog loves Sturgis Pretzels
We'll have activiteis for children every Saturday, contests, and a chance to win a MTH library for a local school!
May 11- 6;30pm, Crazy for Cozies, discussing the Booktown mysteries by Lorna Barrett
May 14- 6-9pm, Lovin' Lititz Every2nd!-- All stores in Lititz open until 9m!
May 18- 6pm, Get Connected! Social Meida for Small Businesses with Ken Mueller
May 19- 7pm, Discussion and booksigning with Melanie Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison
May 29-  8am, Lititz Farmer's Market opens for the 2010 season. Be sure to check out our Aaron's Books booth for great books on gardening, cooking, and local living!
Book Groups at Aaron's Books 
Books & Brunch Group
Meets the 3rd Sunday each month at 11am, with a full brunch... and lots of book talk. We focus on 'new to us' women writers. Our upcoming reads are:
April 18- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrow
May 16- The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
June 13- Diamond Ruby by Joe Wallace. Joe will join our brunch to discuss this wonderful historical novel featuring Ruby, who can outpitch the greatest baseball players of the 1920's and 30's! 
Crazy for Cozies
Meets one Tuesday a month at 6:30pm to discuss the "cozy" mysteries, those that typically feature an amateur sleuth, crafting or cooking, and a small town.
April 20- Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
May 11- Murder is Binding and Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett
June 8- Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

Book Buying For A Cause

Each month in 2010, Aaron's is sharing a portion of our profits on all Tuesday purchases with a local nonprofit.
Our nonprofit for April: Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network
Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network (ssbn) is dedicated to growing a local economy that promotes social, environmental and financial
sustainability in Lancaster and York Counties. ssbn is committed to this region and its quality of life. ssbn sponsors educational events for the public to learn more about how to live sustainably, as well as publishing The Lancaster/York Green Pages annually. The Green Pages is a resource guide and directoty for community members who wish to learn more about the businesses dedicated to the three P's- PLANET, PEOPLE, then PROFIT.

Get Connected: Social Media and Small Business

Ken Mueller, owner of Lancater-based Inkling Media, will lead a presentation and discussion on how small businesses can effectively use emerging social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, May 18 @ 6pm
Did You Know? 

If you can't find a book  on our shelves, new or used, we can special order it for you. This is a free service we offer to all customers. 

Generally, new books are delivered to the store inwithin 1 week and are 10% off the list price, including free shipping. 

For used books, we do a thorough search of available copies from independent bookstores across the country to get you the best quality at the lowest price.  Books are usually shipped to the store within 2 weeks.
Ask us for help in locating the book you need.

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KidLit Volunteers Needed! 
We need volunteers to serve on our 2010 Lititz KidLit Team. Building on the success of our inaugural 2009 KidLit Festival, we are looking for opportunities to expand it this September beyond the walls of Aaron's Books and into the greater Lititz community. But to do that, we need your help.
Risckshaw girlOur theme for 2010 is "Diversity in Children's Literature", and our keynote speaker is Mitali Perkins, author of The Secret Keeper, Rickshaw Girl, The First Daughter series, and the forthcoming Bamboo People.
If you are interested in joining us to help plan this wonderful event, please contact Todd at 627-1990.
In This Issue
Book Groups
April Book Buying For a Cause
Social Media Presentation
Did you Know...
Some Enchanted Evening
Local Author Night
New at Aaron's
 Some Enchanted Evening

April 9, 6-8pm

Aaron's Books hosts four Pennsylvania-based authors,shape of love whose work spans the genres of mystery, romance, fantasy, and young adult on April 9 from 6-8pm. The authors, all members of the Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers Association (CPRW), will sign their work and discuss the CPRW with interested visitors. Authors appearing include Vicky Burkholder, Susan Kelly, Misty Simon and Victoria Smith. Burkholder, Simon and Smith recently worked together on a shape-shifter romance anthology entitled The Shape of Love.
Vicky Burkholder (Lititz, PA) lives in a world filled with fantasy and, with the help of her family, gets to indulge in that world on a daily basis through her writing. Vicky moved to Lititz from the Shippensburg area where she worked as a teacher, librarian, writer, editor, and office manager. Her fantasy and paranormal romance books are available from Draumr Publishing, Cerridwen Press, and Captiva Press. Her YA fantasy novel Akashan'te was recently released in paperback. Vicky is also emplyed at your favorite local bookstore!

Susan Gourley (Hummlestown, PA) is a high school teacher, but her true love is writing. Her dream is to retire from teaching, move to a sunny state and write full time. Her romance novels are published under her pen name, Susan Kelley. Susan's books include the first in a new fantasy series The Keepers of Sulbreth from Medallion Press.

Misty Simon (Mechanicsburg, PA) is the author of the comical Ivy Morris cozy mystery series. Misty loves to tell stories, especially the ones she types on her computer. Sharing her quirky sense of humor through her full-figured heroines is a dream come true and she hopes readers take something away with them from every story. Her Poison Ivy mystery series is available through Draumr Publishing. Misty recently relocated to Central Pennsylvania with her husband Daniel and her daughter Noelle, where she is currently finishing her next book in her paranormal series while fixing up their new (to them) house from the 1820s.

Victoria Smith (Mechanicsburg, PA) wrote her first romance at the age of nine and hid the story from her brothers to avoid being teased. Her mother recently found and gave her the folded notebook paper and, if you're lucky, one day she'll reveal who the hero in that story was. Now she writes dark paranormal, romantic suspense and women's fiction - always with a happy, or at least satisfying, ending. An active member of Romance Writers of America, Victoria lives in Central Pennsylvania with her high school sweetheart, four children, an oversized mutt who thinks she's a lapdog, an overweight cat who tries to make visitors believe he's never fed, and an ever-changing menagerie of critters. 


April 24, 11am-1pm

Aaron's Books Hosts Launch Party for "Tugger, The Pretzel Pup". EVERYONE IS INVITED!

New Picture Book - Written by Lititz Teacher & Featuring a Dog Who Loves Sturgis Pretzels
tuggerTugger, The Pretzel Pup (AuthorHouse, paperback, $15.95) will premiere at Aaron's Books on Saturday, April 24. Local residents, parents of young book lovers, fans of Sturgis Pretzels, and dog lovers are all invited to the launch party and book signing from 11 am to 1 pm. Tugger himself will make an appearance at noon.

Local authors Sandy Swann and her daughter Susan McKain worked together to create this adorable, comical picture book featuring Susan's handsome and always hungry Irish Terrier, Tugger. Since he was a puppy, Tugger has eaten anything he could reach, but he would never eat a pretzel. It became a family challenge, and the results are captured in Tugger. A love of Lititz, family, pets, and home and community come through in their writing and in the colorful and humorous illustrations by Lancaster artist Regina Anderson.

Author Sandy Swann is a teacher and reading specialist. She has worked with elementary age children for more than 40 years through schools, recreation programs, church, and at home as a tutor. Sandy lives in Chester County.

Author Susan Swann McKain has wanted to write children's books since she was a little girl. A graduate of Elizabethtown College, Susan taught fifth grade for 11 years. She now lives in Lititz with her husband, daughter, and of course her dog Tugger, and substitutes at area schools.

Illustrator Regina Anderson spent four years as a visual web designer and is now a stay-at-home mom. A graduate of Penn State University, Regina lives in Lancaster with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
Books can be pre-ordered at Aaron's Books or online at and will be signed by the authors and illustrator during the April 24 event.


Diamond RubyDiamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
(Paperback original - due May 4, 2010)
Rarely do Todd and Sam read the same book, let alone like it, but this book is already on each of their "Best of 2010" lists, and we're only 3 months into the year! This beautifully-written book spans not only genres, but ages as well. Baseball fans, historic fiction readers, and "girl power" gals ages 13-103 will embrace Ruby. Diamond Ruby tells the story of Ruby Thomas, whose family fell victim to the Flu Epidemic of 1918. To feed her nieces, at age 17 she capitalizes on her oddity (extra long arms) and becomes the hit of Coney Island - pitching the fastest fastballs anyone has ever seen, eventually landing her a professional baseball contract. This book transports the reader back to life in the early 20th century with a mix of fictional and real characters (Ruby befriends The Babe and Jack Dempsey), and the major happenings of the times (bootlegging, introduction of the mob in NYC, and America's obsession with baseball).

Aaron's Books will host a brunch with author Joe Wallace in June. Joe has written numerous non-fiction books about baseball and natural history, including Grand Old Game: 365 Days of Baseball, The Baseball Anthology: 125 Years of Stories, Poems, Articles, Photographs, Drawings, Interviews, Cartoons, and Other Memorabilia,  and  A Gathering of WondersDiamond Ruby is his first (and hopefuly not his last!) novel.

"Comparisons to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are not made lightly . . . wonderful, memorable . . . perfect." -Laura Lippman 
(Hardcover, due out April 1, 2010)
Lost SummerDeftly mixing fact and fiction, McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa May Alcott's writing career--and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in "Little Women." The book takes place in a town where the Alcott family spent a summer, for which there is no record. The line betweeen fiction and biography is tight and well-balanced. This is a must-read for anyone who grew up with a dogeared copy of "Little Women".

(Paperback due out April 10)
Hardcover Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2009 Indie Next List
"Last Night in Montreal is a rare achievement, a gripping, mysterious, and original literary novel about family secrets and the unbearable weight they place on young shoulders. Emily St. John Mandel is a wonderful and refreshingly unorthodox writer, and this should be the start of a brilliant career."
-- Rich Rennicks, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC
Aaron's Books' Books & Brunch Group will discuss Last Night in Montreal in July.
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
(hardcover, due out April 27)
One of the world's greatest living storytellers, Allende traces the deep and tragic history of an island nation currently on everyone's mind - Haiti. Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété (daughter of an African mother she never knew and a white sailor) and Valmorain (a plantation owner's son who arrives from France and reluctantly takes over for his father). It is a story of slavery, sexuality, rebellion, and turmoil from Haiti to New Orleans.
Cinderella Cleaners series by Maya Gold
Prep Cool (Book 2)
These two books are the latest editions to the "Sam's Club" table at Aaron's Books, which highlights GOOD books for girls ages 10-14. In this series, we find middle-schooler Diana forced to help out at her father's dry cleaning business, whiler her "evil stepmother" wreaks havoc on her life. In Book 1, a mysterious ticket to opening night of a Broadway play is found in a coat pocket, leading Diana and her friend on an adventure. Will she get the prince or turn into a pumpkin? In Book 2, Diana uses a dropped-off school uniform to sneak in to snobby Foreman Academy.
With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy's classmates all find books they love in the library-books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all - "Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity." - until she finds the one book that fits her requirements. A tale that leaves you appreciating every school and children's librarian and their dedication to helping nurture young readers.
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