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The Art and Science of Medical Music
Oldcastle Theatre
March 29th, 7.00pm

For millennia, music has been known to have a powerful role in the healing process. This moving and inspiring book tells the tale of a man pulled from the brink of death by music who, in turn, uses music as medicine to help heal others.

Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds, with the help of music, he survived: A medical miracle.

Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel's ICU. Waking the Spirit tells the astonishing stories of the people he met along the way and the incredible role music can play in a modern hospital setting.

The evening will begin with a showing of the documentary Andrew and Wendy, followed by a talk and Q&A session with Andrew Schulman and Dr. Marvin McMillen. There will also be a short musical performance. The Bennington Bookshop will have copies of Waking the Spirit for sale.
Buy Waking the Spirit


Independent Bookstore Day
The Bennington Bookshop
April 29th, 2017

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. At The Bennington Bookshop, we will have door raffles ansd spot sales throughout the day. We will also have exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. So come on down and join in the fun at your local independent bookstore - The Bennington Bookshop.

Shetland Tea Murder
The Bennington Free Library
May 1st, 2017, 7pm

To celebrate the release of mystery writer Ann Cleeves's new book, Cold Earth, the Bennington Free Library and The Bennington Bookshop are co-hosting a murder mystery night! Ann has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland tea.

Let's set the scene:

This evening we’re not in Bennington, but in Shetland, at Sunday Tea. This is a community meeting that brings people together in Shetland once a week to catch up on local news, hear music, and sell homemade items. This Sunday began like any other as the Shetland Tea committee met early to set up today’s tea, until the body of committee member, Minnie Laurenson, was found. Only the people at the Sunday tea committee could have committed the murder – they were the only ones present in the hall and nobody else had access. Detective Jimmy Perez has been called but he is delayed on the mainland due to storms. One of the suspects standing before you is a killer, and in the absence of the detective your task is to deduce which of them stabbed Minnie Laurenson.

We will read four witness statements, then take a break. After the break, it is the audience's job to decide who committed the murder. The names of people who choose the correct suspect will go into a hat for a prize-drawing!

This event is free.

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