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Our beautiful bookstore - winter 2019

What we do.

We host a variety of events at A Novel Idea, from author readings and signings to workshops to book clubs and story times. In our first year we held an astonishing 233 events! 70% of which were free or suggested donation. We have numerous events that run monthly, such as our open mic, book clubs, and pay-what-you-can tarot salon. Our goal is to offer regular events to the community that are interesting and innovative. To stay up to date on A Novel Idea events, check out our calendar. If you’re interested in hosting an event, please reach out to us. We are currently booking events for Summer 2020.

Upcoming Special Events

Hoot Review Presents Flash Fiction Festival

Join Hoot Review and A Novel Idea for a mini-festival for all things flash fiction, including a workshop, panels, and readings.


Saturday, February 22nd 12-5pm



12-1pm Flash Fiction Workshop with Christina Rosso-Schneider $15-25 sliding scale (includes admission to the festival)


1:15-2:15pm Panel #1 Submitting to Flash Journals: A conversation with flash fiction editors. Featuring Madeline Anthes, Meghan Phillips, KB Carle, Tyler Barton, and Daniel DiFranco


2:30-3:00pm Reading Featuring Local Flash Fiction Writers


3:15-4:15pm Panel #2 The Art of Crafting Flash Prose: A discussion on the writing compelling flash fiction. Featuring Stephanie King, Michael F Cocchiarale, Britny Brooks, Jenna Faccenda from Writerly Me


4:30-5:00pm Reading Featuring Local Flash Fiction Writers


General admission (includes panels & readings): $5 in advance, $10 at the door


Flash Fiction Festival


Brunch with a Book

Join us for Brunch with a Book, a special, private event where you can hang out in the bookstore while snacking on delicious fresh baked goods and refreshments sourced by local partners. We’re excited to work with Ground Up Coffee Shop for this first event!



Admission includes food, refreshments, & 1 paperback book (at a $16 value). Gluten free items will be available.


Sunday, March 1st 10:30-12:30pm

Please note the bookstore will open to the public at 1pm that day.

Writing Feminist Fairy Tales

For centuries, people have been re-imagining fairy tales, through verbal and written storytelling. The politics of gender, sexuality, and identity inevitably started affecting these retellings, leading to the term ‘feminist fairy tales,’ which became popular with the publication of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber in 1979.


In this five-week workshop, we will study the work of Angela Carter, as well as several contemporary fairy tale writers, examining gender, sexuality, and identity. We will do several generative writing exercises, looking at how changing various aspects of a fairy tale can shape it into something new. The class will culminate in writing feminist fairy tales to be workshopped.


This class is open to both poet and fiction writers. All writing levels are welcome. Led by Christina Rosso-Schneider.


Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, + 31 7-9pm


Limited to 10 students.


Cost: $175.00 (+tax)



March Tarot Salon: Reversals

Tarot Salon: Reversals


Tarot Salon is a casual, discussion based workshop where you can learn something new, share your own experiences, and practice reading tarot with your friends and neighbors!


This month we’ll look at REVERSALS! what does it mean when a card is pulled upside down? How can we use reversals to deepen our readings?


Sunday, March 8th 4-5:30pm


Cost: $20

Tarot School

Want to learn tarot but don’t know where to start? Or do you have a low key practice and want to expand + practice + deepen your relationship to the cards? Enrollment is open for our spring section of Tarot School!


Each week of this series, you’ll learn a fundamental aspect of tarot – everything from the history of the cards + symbolism, to how to learn + create meaning from all that imagery, to the numerology + astrology of it all. We’ll also use tools like writing + meditation + the moon cycle to connect to our intuition and deepen our understanding of tarot as a practice. This class will provide everything you need and more to immediately start reading tarot, whether your goal is to develop a personal practice or to read cards for other people casually or professionally.


Wednesdays, April 8 + 15 + 22 + 29 + May 6 + 13 7-9pm


$195 / person (+tax)


You’re welcome to pay in full when you enroll or to select a payment plan. The payment plan requires a $100 deposit at enrollment with the $95 due by April 8th.

Tarot School Round 2

Tarot School