Poetry to comfort & inspire
Dear friends, neighbors, readers, writers, and booklovers -

April is National Poetry Month — a reminder that words can offer comfort, poetry can heal, inspire, confront, stir and help us think and feel at deep levels.

In January, Amanda Gorman gave a flawless, spirited delivery of her poem "The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country." At age twenty-two, self-described as a "skinny Black girl, descended from slaves," Gorman gave everyone who watched and listened a look at our very best selves ... prompting us not to give up hope, but encouraging us to keep reaching and climbing higher.

Poetry is words in motion. What we love about having volumes of poetry around are the moments a short poem can fill a need, satisfy a longing, heal a sad thought. You'll find Amanda Gorman's book with her Inaugural poem on our poetry display as well as the collection to which Gorman is a contributor, How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, Rupi Kauer's new collection Home Body, Sandra Beasley's thought-provoking work in Made to Explode. We're super excited about "The Best of Fernandina Poetry Canteen" a brand new collection from our own Island's poets. 

How perfect that National Poetry Month takes place in spring, the season of renewal. Come by to give yourself the gift of sitting quietly to read a poem. Tune in to our Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons at 3 pm to listen to poetry read by local voice-actor and raconteur Ron Kurtz.

Be well and enjoy the sweetness of Spring,
Happening This Week ...
"A Conversation Between Friends
About Race and Joy"
with Ben Philippe & Luis Correa
Monday, 7 pm — online
Ben Philippe, a popular YA author, is about to release his first non-Young Adult (YA) book, Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump (available 4/27). Luis Correa is the Operations Manager for Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA — a bookstore we helped owner Janet Geddis open in 2011. Luis and Ben will take on topics both light and heavy, universal and deeply personal, revealing incisive truths about the need for connection in all of us. Click here to register.

"A Banquet of Words"
with Ron Kurtz — Facebook Live
Wednesday, 3 pm — Poetry
Let's keep a good thing going!  We are addressing the final pages of  Selected Poems of Edith Wharton, edited by Irene Goldman-Price. Most of the poems are preceded by a paragraph or two that provide insightful commentary on the verse and the era in which each was created. One is left with the real sense that poetry does not exist in solitude, rather each is a building block in what amounts to the monument that is the life of Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Mindfulness & Meditation
with Carolyn Engleson — In person
Thursday, 10:30 am
Take time for yourself, relaxing with mindful breathing patterns, guided visualizations and heart felt positive affirmations that connect mind, body and spirit. Enhance your feeling of well-being and calmness. Carolyn is a Certified Holistic Nurse and Health and Wellness Coach with an extensive background in community health nursing and education.  There's enough room upstairs to allow us to maintain safe distances, whether seated upright or stretched out on the carpet. Bring a mat if you'd like to stretch out on the carpet and a sweater or blanket, too. Free and open to all.

Reader Meet Writer Series
"Whisper Down the Lane"
with Clay McLeod Chapman
Thursday, 7 pm — online
Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the '80s, the critically acclaimed author of The Remaking delivers another pulse pounding, true-crime-based horror novel, Whisper Down the Lane. According to Library Journal, ""This clever, creepy roller-coaster ride is perfect for fans of fast-paced horror with the flavor of true crime." To listen in on the conversation between Clay McLeod Chapman and host author Wiley Cash, click here.

"A Banquet of Words"
with Ron Kurtz — Facebook Live
Friday, 3 pm — Short Stories, Essays, & Literary Meditations
Today, you get to be the jury in a special court with a special judge. We'll approach the Bench by dipping into the pages of My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. The Washington Post has written, "As thoughtful writing about perseverance and community and the law, it is a tonic to the current national discourse." We will explore the lighter side of life at the Supreme Court through the eyes of RBG.

Story Time with Ms. Dearsha
Saturday, 10:30 am — Facebook live
Join Ms. Dearsha as she tells you a delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship — and being exactly who you want to be! You'll meet Kitty, who looks like a kitten yet feels she is actually a unicorn. Kitty begins to doubt herself as others ridicule her, until she meets a unicorn that helps her discover and embrace who she is. Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, is the most heart-bursting, tail-twitching, fuzzy-feeling, perfectly unicorn-y story imaginable! Ages 4-8 ($18.99, Harry N. Abrams) Buy now.

Watch previously recorded story times
with Ms. Dearsha and Ron Kurtz

Amelia Park Music Walk
Saturday, 5 - 7 pm
Our Amelia Park neighborhood is home to a number of talented artists, both visual and musical. You can pick up a map at Story & Song to start your walking tour, enjoy a glass of wine, and listen to the sounds of the Yulee High School Jazz Band, led by music director Tyler Odom.

"Storytime with Alcoholics"
Sunday, 2 - 3 pm
"Storytime with Alcoholics" is an open meeting for alcoholics and those who are alcohol curious.  Each week, one story will be read from the book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Following the reading, there will be open discussion. Seating is safely distanced.

Be sure to check our website for schedule changes and upcoming events:

Please share with book group members!

What to read next:
a conversation about new, discussible books
Tuesday, April 13, 3 pm (Zoom)

What to read next for your book group? Join us when our three very smart, insightful and well-read sales reps from Penguin Random House, Jessica Pearson, Toni Hetzel, and Diane Kierpa, present another round of favorite books that spark lively conversation.

Watch for the Zoom link in our April 12 newsletter blast. Free and open to all. 
Ms. Dearsha's Picks ...
Just for Kids
(on sale Tuesday)
Merci Suarez Can't Dance
by Meg Medina
In Meg Medina's follow-up to her Newbery Medal-winning novel, Merci takes on seventh grade, with all its travails of friendship, family, love — and finding your rhythm. Dancing makes Merci almost as queasy as love does, but Merci can't seem to avoid love or dance for very long. She used to talk about everything with her grandfather, but with his Alzheimer's getting worse each day, whom can she trust to help her make sense of all the new things happening in her life? Merci Suarez Can't Dance is a touching, funny story about growing up and discovering love's many forms, including how we learn to love and believe in ourselves. Ages 8-12 ($17.99, Candlewick Press) Buy now.

You Don't Have to Be Everything:
Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves
edited by Diana Whitney
For National Poetry Month, the works of 68 poets in You Don't Have to Be Everything, including notable figures like Amanda Gorman, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Mary Oliver and others,  address the complex feelings of coming-of-age, from loneliness to joy, longing to solace, attitude to humor. These unintimidating poems offer girls a message of self-acceptance and strength, giving them permission to let go of shame and perfectionism. This is an ideal gift for daughters and granddaughters — and anyone on the path to becoming themselves. Ages 12-18 ($14.95, Workman) Buy now.
The latest books for your reading pleasure ...
(on sale Tuesday)
The Henna Artist
by Alka Joshi
A good choice for book groups, The Henna Artist tells the story of 17-year-old Lakshmi, who escapes from an abusive marriage and makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist — and confidante — to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. New in paperback ($17.99, Mira Books) Buy now.

Broken (in the Best Possible Way)
by Jenny Lawson
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let's Pretend This Never Happened comes a deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.

As Jenny Lawson's hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression, and brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way. Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter when we all need it most.  ($27.99, Henry Holt) Buy now.

The Hero Code
by Admiral William McRaven
When Bill McRaven was a young boy growing up in Texas, he dreamed of being a superhero. He longed to put on a cape and use his superpowers to save the earth from destruction. But as he grew older and traveled the world, he found real heroes everywhere he went — and none of them had superpowers. But they all possessed qualities that gave them the power to help others, to make a difference, to save the world: courage, both physical and moral; humility; a willingness to sacrifice; and a deep sense of integrity.  The Hero Code is Admiral McRaven's ringing tribute to the real, everyday heroes he's met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world. ($22, Grand Central Publishing) Buy now.
Lovely fragrant gifts from
American small batch perfumeries
Customers who walk by the display table near the staircase are taken in by the beautiful fragrances of two special lines we are happy to showcase at Story & Song.

Library of Flowers is a favorite line we've carried since we opened ... small bottles of eau de parfum, hand creme in decorative tins, bubble bath and shower gel. Oh, the joy we derive from the simplest pleasures of life!

Another Island exclusive and our newest arrival at Story & Song is LOLLIA, also a small batch perfumery with gorgeous packaging and delicate and lovely fragrances. 

When you need a little lift ... or a little gift (perfect for Mother's Day) ... these are special indulgences bound to be appreciated.

From our kitchen to your table ...
"Bountiful Bowls" subscription
Every week through May, Story & Song's Bistro will serve up a new bountiful bowl with fresh, seasonal foods and delicious flavors ... the perfect meal for spring and summer days!

Inspired by the tremendous support for our Soup Subscription — returning when the weather turns cooler in Fall — Bountiful Bowls will take us through the spring and summer months so you can enjoy Island life and let us handle Monday dinners.

How it works
Order which weeks and meals you want in advance and then pick up your bowl anytime after 11 am each Monday. Please order by Friday noon for the following Monday's pick-up. Your Bountiful Bowl o' Dinner is $12 per serving.

April 12 - Blue Zones Mediterranean Bowl, vegetarian
April 19 - Moroccan Bowl with Saffron Couscous & Fernandina Shrimp
April 26 - Asian Spring Nourish Bowl with Chicken 

May 3 - Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Bowl
May 10 - Mi Amore Italian Tortellini Bowl
May 17 - Savory Sticky Chicken & Rice Bowl
May 24 - Heavenly Lentil Bowl with Kale & Bacon 

Seasonal Strawberry Salad is back!
Plant City, Florida is busy harvesting strawberries and we've been eagerly awaiting those beautiful little sweet fruits to be just right.

Strawberry Salad
Fresh greens from local growers 
(Bacon's Select Produce & Traders Hill Farms)
Fresh strawberries
Crumbled feta cheese
Slivered almonds
House-made Champagne vinaigrette

Serving breakfast and lunch 
daily until 2 pm.
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