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Monthly Archives: August 2016
Join us for a family friendly event celebrating the publication of Tinyville Town, a new preschool series published by Abrams/Appleseed.
Hello Amelia Admirers!
We wanted to share some good news and offer a huge THANK YOU for donating to Amelia’s medical fund.
In the spring, Amelia was diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder that affects cats. It creates a wide range of symptoms resulting from the overproduction of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland. A common disease for senior kitties (Amelia is a whopping 15 years old!) it can be maintained by a special diet and medication. When Amelia was diagnosed she began a special prescription diet and needed several blood tests to determine if her treatment was working. That was when we asked for your help.
You gave generously and raised enough money to cover food for the past four months as well as for one appointment and blood test. We are so touched by your love and concern for our little Amelia. She brightens our days and we know what a cuddle of comfort she is to everyone who walks in the door.
Amelia just had a follow up appointment and she had great results! The blood test deemed that the prescription food was doing its job and her system has stabilized. This is a life-long disease, so we will maintain her health through regular blood tests and through her special diet.
Thank you again for your beautiful generosity. We always tell people we have the best customers and friends, and once again – it’s pretty obvious that we do. Come give Amelia a snuggle and a “job well done.”
Love, Amelia’s dedicated minions.
Maybe you have noticed some talk about zines in the store and on our social media pages. If you’re not familiar with zines, prepare to have you mind blown because they are awesome.
Zines are independently written and produced pamphlets made by anyone about anything. Zines are most closely associated with the punk rock community, but historically lots of sci-fi fans have made zines about the books, tv shows, and movies they loved. And maybe you’ve heard of an obscure little piece of literature called Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Zines are most commonly made by cutting and pasting your work (art, fiction, poetry, essays, basically anything) into a master copy and then reproducing them on a photocopier. This is commonly called cut ‘n paste and because of the DIYness and the limitless possibilities, it is as much fun as you can have playing with office and school supplies.
Philadelphia has a huge zine community! There’s Philly Zine Fest once per year, the Secret Admirer, and tons of cool zinesters who make and distribute their work at a local and national level.
Predictably, since we love authors and artists and believe in supporting our community in any way possible, we’re really excited about making our store a hub for zines in Philadelphia. We’ll be having a monthly zine making party on the last Thursday of every month as part of Manayunk’s Stroll the Streets celebration. (We’ll be donating a portion of our sales on Thursdays to support a local literacy organization, and there are tons of cool food trucks, sidewalk sales, and discounts of food and booze. Definitely worth a trip!)
Additionally, we’ll be hosting our first ever zine reading on Saturday, August 6th from 7-9PM, with readings from local voices and an opportunity to share work from your own zines afterward.
And THEN, if you’re reading to start putting your work out there but don’t know where to start, we’ll have a zine making tutorial for beginners on Sunday August 7th, from noon until 2 PM.
We’ll see you there, right?
A Philadelphia Story!
Book Signing with Lori LitchMan
Thurs, Aug 11th 6pm – 730Pm
How well do you know Philadelphia? Find out more about our nation’s first city from Lori Litchman, author of “A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love”.
Lori Litchman is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She grew up near coal country in the Pocono Mountains before making Philadelphia her home. She writes about Philadelphia, nature and the environment, law, and social and urban issues. When she’s not writing, she is usually teaching English to non-native speakers.
Lori received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her personal essays have been published in Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and the online literary magazine, The Fiddleback.
She has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. While there, she won first place in a statewide writing competition for her article hashing out the details of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. She has also published a variety of science and environmental pieces. Her work has appeared in national and local print and online publications.