April Calendar

Children’s Storytime 


Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

An Afternoon with Kay Rock

Saturday, April 1 – 2:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Bucks County Herald columnist Kay Rock to discuss her book Over the Hill and Gaining Speed : Reflections in Retirement on April 1st at 2pm!  All are invited!

About the book:

Fasten your seatbelts, we’re going for a ride! Readers of all ages will relate to these observations of the journey of life with all its bumps, turns, and exhilaration. “Over the Hill and Gaining Speed” is a collection of non-fiction essays that explore, examine and observe the transition to retirement through the lenses of travel, daily life, relationships, special days, and inspiring people. Sometimes poignant, sometimes comedic, always relatable, these compelling vignettes have been likened to an unexpected call from your best friend. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these charming essays that offer plenty to ponder and much to celebrate. The articles were previously published by the “Bucks County Herald” over a five-year period.


About the author:

Kay G. Rock retired from corporate life at age 65, and immediately began to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a writer.  Kay began with a monthly column for the Bucks County Herald, covering a wide range of topics and observations that included travel, history, relationships, sports, daily life, and inspiring people.  After five years, Rock compiled the articles into a book, Over the Hill and Gaining Speed:  Reflections in Retirement.

Previously she has been published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Intelligencer, and Episcopal Life.  Her articles also have been published in Psychology Today, the Manchester Review, and St. Martin’s Cloak.  A collection of her poems appears in Soliloquy, a literary magazine.  The Chestnut Hill Local is currently publishing select essays from her book for its readership.

Kay lives in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her above-average husband.  They delight in their five exceptional grandchildren and frequent travels.

Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, April 11 – 7:00pm

Please join us on April 11th at 7pm for our April Cookbook Club! Choose a recipe out of Recipe Revival by Mary Allen Perry and please let us know what recipe you will be bringing.. All are invited! Please email kathy@newtownbookshop.com if you are not on the mailing list and would like to come.

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, April 13 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All are Invited!!

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com .

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

All are invited and welcome to join us!



Daytime Book Club 

Thursday, April 20 – 11:15am

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Sentimental, heartfelt novel portrays two children separated during the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
In 1940s Seattle, ethnicities do not mix. Whites, blacks, Chinese and Japanese live in separate neighborhoods, and their children attend different schools. When Henry Lee’s staunchly nationalistic father pins an “I am Chinese” button to his 12-year-old son’s shirt and enrolls him in an all-white prep school, Henry finds himself friendless and at the mercy of schoolyard bullies. His salvation arrives in the form of Keiko, a Japanese girl with whom Henry forms an instant–and forbidden–bond. The occasionally sappy prose tends to overtly express subtleties that readers would be happier to glean for themselves, but the tender relationship between the two young people is moving. The older Henry, a recent widower living in 1980s Seattle, reflects in a series of flashbacks on his burgeoning romance with Keiko and its abrupt ending when her family was evacuated. A chance discovery of items left behind by Japanese-Americans during the evacuation inspires Henry to share his and Keiko’s story with his own son, in hopes of preventing the dysfunctional parent-child relationship he experienced with his own father. The major problem here is that Henry’s voice always sounds like that of a grown man, never quite like that of a child; the boy of the flashbacks is jarringly precocious and not entirely credible. Still, the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages while waiting for the story arc to come full circle, despite the overly flowery portrait of young love, cruel fate and unbreakable bonds.

Evening Book Club 

Tuesday, April 25 – 11:15am

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to an asylum and his finances in ruin, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood.
Those last three years of Fitzgerald’s life are the focus of Stewart O Nan s graceful and elegiac novel West of Sunset. With flashbacks to Fitzgerald’s glamorous Jazz Age past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and their daughter, Scottie. The Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novel s romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. Written with striking grace and subtlety, this is a wise and intimate portrait of a man trying his best to hold together a world that s flying apart.

Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 29 – 10am-6pm

We are excited to take part in “Independent Bookstore Day”, where thousands of bookstores across the country will host events and sell proprietary books and merchandise to their customers.  Here at the Newtown Bookshop, we will be offering  limited edition items, big promotions, refreshments and great events!   Please come join us!

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