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Meet Short Story Writers Ben Stroud and Marie-Helene Bertino

Meet Short Story Writers Ben Stroud and Marie-Helene Bertino  Wednesday, July 31st, 7pm – 9pm

Please join us in welcoming Ben Stroud and Marie-Helene Bertino to the shop.  These two remarkable authors will be promoting their award winning collections – Byzantium (Graywolf Press) and Safe as Houses (University of Iowa Press).

They will be reading from their short story collections, share insights on the writing process, and sign copies of their books. The books will be available for purchase in the shop, and we are now taking pre-orders.

byzantiumBen Stroud’s story collection Byzantium won the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize and was selected as a Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Book for 2013. Ben’s stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, One Story, Electric Literature, Boston Review, and The American Scholar, among other places, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories. Originally from Texas, he holds a BA in English and History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Fiction and PhD in Twentieth-Century American Literature from the University of Michigan. He has received residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has taught literature and creative writing at universities in the US and Germany. Currently, Ben is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Toledo.
Visit his website here:

SafeAsHouses_Cover_600Marie-Helene Bertino’s collection of short stories SAFE AS HOUSES received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, judged by Jim Shepard, and was published in October of 2012. It has been long listed for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and The Story Prize, and was included in Top Ten Books of 2012 by Sean Carman at Huffington Post Books, The Library Journal and Largehearted Boy. She received the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and a Pushcart Special Mention in 2011. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII, North American Review, Mississippi Review, Inkwell, The Indiana Review, American Short Fiction, Five Chapters, West Branch, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Storyville, The Common and Mississippi Review’s Anthology 30. Visit her website here:

Three Years! Celebrate with us during our July Salon!

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Friday, July 26th, 7pm-10pm

We are celebrating 3 years in business! YOU have helped us reach this point and we appreciate your continuing support to keep us here. So – let’s get to the fun part!

Our anniversary salon will feature some of our nearest and dearest. 
Readings by:
Andrew Ervin author of Extraordinary Renditions
Kirsten Kaschock author of Sleight & A Beautiful Name for a Girl 
Performances by:
Artist/Playboy Jeremy E. Tenenbaum 
& Sidewalk Atlas (solo set)

Refreshments will be provided and please feel free to BYOB. Raffles & special offers forthcoming. 

Wine Tasting & Book Signing with Clark Smith

9780520275195Sunday, July 21st, 1130am- 130pm

Clark Smith, a “winemaker’s winemaker,” will be in the shop on Sunday, July 21st from 1130am-130pm to promote his new book Postmodern Winemaking.

Clark will bring bottle of wine to share with the (thirsty) audience and sign copies of his (engaging, humorous, and erudite) book, Postmodern Winemaking. Not to leave it at that – bring your guitar, drum, empty wine bottle/instrument of choice, and join us for an impromptu jam led by this entertaining Renaissance man. Yes, we can pack this much fun in during a summer afternoon!

About the Book:
Smith, a leading innovator in red wine production techniques, explains how traditional enological education has led many winemakers astray—enabling them to create competent, consistent wines while putting exceptional wines of structure and mystery beyond their grasp. Great wines, he claims, demand a personal and creative engagement with many elements of the process. His lively exploration of the facets of postmodern winemaking, together with profiles of some of its practitioners, is both entertaining and enlightening.

More info about Clark Smith here.

First Friday in July – Featuring Artist Jason Heritage


First Friday in Manayunk : July 5th, 6pm-10pm

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, join us for an opening reception featuring the stunning and gorgeous photography of Jason Heritage.  Jason is a local artist and just exhibited his work at the Manayunk Arts Festival. Jason’s art will be available for purchase in the shop during the month of July.

Bio: Jason Heritage is a landscape & panoramic photographer based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His passion for outdoor photography and the National Parks was sparked during a post college graduation road trip across southwestern United States.

Today, Jason maps out photography trips around the country, working toward his goal to visit all of the national parks.

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