Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dickens and Song this weekend!

The Reisterstown Theatre Project join us Saturday at 3pm for a reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. Come start a new tradition at the bookstore!

Sunday, Steve Haug stops by with fabulous instruments to serenade us with folk/traditional/pop music. 3-6pm

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

Here's today's winners of the
Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Adult Winner - The eye on the
porch is upon you! Note the optice nerve on the back. :)

And the Kids' Winner: it's hard to see but it says "Constellation Books Where Every Book Is a Star" with lots of stars!!! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Toga/Saturnalia Party for the Book Releases


This Staurday, 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Owings Mills author Stephanie Dray has another book on Cleopatra's daughter, Selene, coming out, plus a romance involved a Sphinx. So we're holding a nearly Saturnalia party! You can wear the toga over your clothes, we don't mind! Egyptian munchies provided.

NOTE - any frat members thinking to bring an Animal House vibe to this party will have to buy one of Stephanie's Harlequin Romances. :)

We will also be hosting the Girl Scout Cookie Sales 1-5pm!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

True Crime stories this weekend!

Saturday, 3-5pm, we have Baltimore local Dick Ellwood, who spent 25 years on the Baltimore City Police Force. COP STORIES provides a true crime memoir that proves that fact is stranger than fiction. Coffee and donuts will be provided - come on down for some interesting anecdotes!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

TRACKS - author tea this weekend

Saturday 10/15/11 3-5 pm
This Saturday we host Baltimore local, Eric D. Goodman and his story collection set on the rails between Baltimore and Chicago. Join us for coffee/tea and munchies.

Each story is told from the perspective of a passenger on the train. They are the strangers we meet every day: a soldier, a salesman, a former mobster, a Holocaust survivor, couples in love, a woman who has lost her parents, a poet, a hit man. These and other characters fill the train with emotion and complexity.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beer Tasting + Jobseekers Book Signing this weekend

We have a double-header planned for the weekend:

Friday, 10/7/2011, 6-9pm BEER TASTING
Drop in for BEER and pizza! Bob Baroncinni will guide our tastings of Harvest Beer selection. Coffee and tea will also be available. [Yes, we're making a change from Wine in honor of the season...Oktoberfest!]

Today's Author Signing is CANCELLED - author has a family emergency. We'll reschedule with him later.
Saturday, 10/8/2011, 3-5pm Tea with OUTFLUENCE(r) for Job-Seekers
Regional author and court reporter Al Betz' ground-breaking book OUTFLUENCE(r) develops the communication skills needed for business and for life. Cookies and Tea/Coffee will be available.

The value of silent communication during a job interview is critical to landing a job. Outfluence can teach you how to use Constant Messaging that will help you make a professional connection during an interview, make a memorable impression, and give you the advantage over other candidates in landing the position you want.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anniversary Wake for The Pony Express

Local author and professor Christopher Corbett tells us that it's the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, so we're holding a Wake. 150 years late but hey. If you have a relative who was in the Pony Express or even if you're just interested, come on over for tall tales and books. (Maybe they're the same.)

Bring your cowboy hat and/or boots!

Refreshments will be available...cowboy munchies!

Oops - it's 3-5pm, Saturday October 1st

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wine Tasting + Photo Exhibit Opening this Friday!

Friday, September 2, 6-9pm September First Friday Wine Tasting and Photo Exhibit Opening

Drop in for wine and pizza! Coffee and tea will also be available. This marks the opening of a photography exhibit by local Pam Powell. Live music provided by Ken ‘iSinatra’ McDermott.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Science Fiction and Music this weekend!

We have 2 events this weekend -

Saturday, Aug. 20, 3-5pm Tea with David Batchelor
hat if an alien offered mankind a starship in a trade for the rights to planet Mercury and moon Triton? Join us for a reading of THE METALMARK CONTRACT. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 3-6pm August Folk Music with Maugorn the Stray
Folk/Alternative Music with Steve Haug aka Maugorn – Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Double-event Weekend - Outfluence+IN THE NAME OF GOD

2 big events this weekend --

Saturday, 7/16/11, 3-5pm Tea with Outfluence(r)

Regional author and court reporter Al Betz' ground-breaking book OUTFLUENCE(r) develops the communication skills needed for business and for life. Cookies and Tea/Coffee will be available.

In Outfluence, The Better Way to Influence, Al Betz details his discovery, development, and successful implementation of Outfluence. He is a man from humble beginnings that could have taken a different path, a path to mediocrity, and instead he trounced self-esteem obstacles, refused to accept business roadblocks as final, and has fought his way to success after success. This book will mentor families, motivate students and young members ofthe work force, and be a source of inspiration to anyone searching for relief from timidity, poor self-esteem, or a lack of confidence. Al teaches us all that focusing on the needs of other people before our own needs is the key to a satisfying Outfluence lifestyle.

We will also have Al's backlist titles available: POWER WRITERS (Stories of the World's Trusted Court Reporters and Captioners) and POLISHING THE PEARL (The Art of Professional Performance).

Sunday, 7/17/11, 3-5pm Tea with Stephen Gordon

IN THE NAME OF GOD is a thriller set in Baltimore and Jerusalem and published through Loyola College’s Apprentice House Press. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tea with David Belz this Saturday!

This Saturday, June 25, 3-5pm
David’s collection of short stories, WHITE ASPARAGUS, has been published by Loyola College’s Apprentice House Press. Cookies and Tea/Coffee will be available.

Welcome to the real and imagined worlds of D. R. Belz, where you'll find: a practicing white witch kindergarten teacher whose practical joke brings a strange consequence; a young priest-in-training who encounters a literal femme fatale; a homeless man who finds a baby in a trash bin on Christmas morning-and something more; a catalog of bizarre mail-order products you won't find anywhere else in the universe; an agency in Washington where a million monkeys type out Shakespeare; a suburban doctor who emotionally starves his ailing wife to death; a future in which families employ professional Readers; a cookbook of international cuisine with "real-ingredient" recipes . . . and more.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Civil War Author this weekend!

Saturday, June 18, 3-5pm - Tea with Steven Bernstein!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Authors and Music this weekend!

This Saturday - Tea with Paulette Jaxton, 3-5pm

Paulette visits us from Annapolis to talk about her debut YA fantasy THE EMPRESS SWORD. Cookies and Tea/Coffee will be available.

This Sunday - June Folk Music @ the Bookstore, 3-6pm

Folk/Alternative Music with Steve Haug aka Maugorn – Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wine Tasting, Live Music and Book Signing this Weekend!

This coming weekend is packed!

Friday, June 3rd, 6-9pm June First Friday Wine Tasting:
Drop in for wine, pizza and books! Live music by Emma Matthews and Cara White.

Saturday, June 4th, 3-5pm Tea with the Author: Baltimore area local Mathew Lee Gill introduces his first NCIS-style thriller set in Baltimore and DC. Cookies and Tea/Coffee will be available.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baltimore Ghosts with Wine and Pizza plus Tea with Ninjas

What a big weekend - TWO book launches!!!

Friday, May 6th, 6-9pm First Friday Wine Tasting and Book Launch: SHIFT

Jeri Smith-Ready's sequel to the Young Adult paranormal SHADE launches today! Set in Baltimore, this trilogy deals with a world in which ghosts can be seen by the young. Pizza, Wine, Sparkling Cider, Desserts, yum!

Saturday, May 7, 3-5pm Book Launch: SHADOW LEGACY: ART OF THE NINJA

Reisterstown local TJ Perkins launches her first adult fantasy novel. She will do for Ninjas what Tolkien did for Elves. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book Launch - Sirocco

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 3-5pm
(yes, I really meant 2011)

DL Wilson is back with a bio-terrorism thriller. Remember UNHOLY GRAIL? Yep, THAT guy. Munchies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available. [He's going to be the next Robert Ludlum.]

Note - this one is so new, it's not in the databases yet - if you want a copy, drop us an email at or DM us on twitter at

Here's the book blurb:

Sirocco, a secret organization within the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, threatens to unleash a bioweapon at the heart of the United States unless Congress funds a new Palestinian government and convinces Israel to cede strategic occupied land.

Brett Reynolds, an attorney representing the pharmaceutical lobby, is summoned to Washington for an urgent meeting by Homeland Security to investigate the threat.

With a bio-terror looming that could devastate the U.S., Brett learns of his brother's death in a bizarre murder/suicide. He discovers connections between his brother and Sirocco's terrorist plot. His investigation leads him on a harrowing chase that ends in a deadly confrontation with
Sirocco and a chilling climax in the Oval Office.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wine Tasting/Art Exhibit Opening + Muisc this weekend!

Friday, April 1st, 6-9pm, we have Stellar Art Opening - No Fooling.

Constellation Books is hosting the debut photography exhibition of Laura Burns of Mare Ingenii Studios. Photographs by Laura have been used by NASA and by NPR Science Friday. Spanning four continents, Laura has picked a diverse selection of her favorite photographs for display. Come peruse the store, view the photographs, and taste the lovely wine selection. Live music will be provided by Ken 'iSinatra' McDermott and munchies will be available.

Sunday, April 3, 3-6pm - Music with Nathan Rabe

Reisterstown local Nathan Rabe plays folk, alternative and Contemporary Christian music. Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Launch for 40 Days to Freedom this weekend!

Just in time for Ash Wednesday - Saturday, 19 February 2011 3-5pm Reisterstown’s Alice Reid talks about the Lenten practice of release and letting go using a metaphysical approach minus suffering and repentance. Munchies and tea/coffee also available.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Wine and Horses this weekend!

Tonight - Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 6-9pm - February First Friday Wine Tasting

Drop in for wine and pizza! Coffee and tea will also be available.

Tomorrow we have a Book Launch - Sea Feather! 3-5pm

Join Westminster local Lois Szymanski for the launch of her latest book. We'll have books and munchies and coffee/tea/cookies.

“The True Story of Sea Feather” is a middle grade book for children aged nine to eleven with photographs of the real pony. For Szymanski, the tale is a personal one, the story of the Chincoteague Pony her daughters took home from Chincoteague Island’s wild pony swim and auction.

In 1995 Szymanski’s daughters, Shannon and Ashley went to Pony Penning on Chincoteague Island with $500 in their pockets and a dream. It wasn’t long until they realized $500 was not enough money for a pony. That’s
when they were approached by Carollynn Suplee and her husband, Ed.

Carollynn Suplee had recently survived surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor. She told the family how she found feathers everywhere
she went while awaiting surgery. She believed they were a sign from above, but
a sign of what? Then she found Psalm 91: verse 4 and read the words, “God will cover you with feathers and protect you,” she knew she would be okay. When a fireman pointed to the Szymanski family and told Suplee about two girls bidding on ponies without success, a feather drifted past his finger. Suplee said she knew this was the family.

After the purchase they discovered the foal was a pinto with one white marking on his neck… in the shape of a feather.

This story was first told in a book released in the nineties called “Sea Feather”. Many true details were changed at an editor’s request. After the book went out of print Animal Planet aired a special which mentioned the book and used copies were in high demand. That’s when Szymanski decided to edit the book to include the entire story. The rewritten version was picked up by Schiffer.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tea with Vince Gisriel - Hearts Away, Bombs Away! - this Saturday

Saturday the 29th, 3-5pm -
Local Vincent Gisriel, author of the WW II memoir “Hearts Away, Bombs Away” will join us for tea/coffee/cocoa and cookies.

Vince says

My father, Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Sr., was a bombardier during World War II. He served with the 8th Air Force based in England. When he passed away in 2003, some of the men who had served with him told me about their combat experiences in the skies over Germany and occupied Europe. It was then that I realized that my father was actually a wartime hero. Like so many other veterans of that era, he did not talk very much about the war. While growing up, I only had a vague idea of what my Dad did in the military. At the age of 62, I decided to find out more about the man whom I knew and loved all my life, but knew little about his service to our country.

Over a three year period, I gathered many details about my father's military career. I sifted through hundreds of pages searching for bits of information in an attempt to tell his story. I was able to document a major portion of his time in the Army Air Corps. I knew that my parents had corresponded extensively during the war. They saved the many letters written between them. I thought that if I could read them all, it would reveal additional aspects about his military service. I quickly discovered that he could not write about military strategy or bombing missions he flew, for that would have been a breach of security.

However, what I did discover from reading over a thousand letters between them was a beautiful love story. Thus, Hearts Away, Bombs Away is a true story about an American hero, but it is also a story of a young couple who were deeply in love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Folk Music plus Autism Talk this weekend!

Maugorn the Stray, aka Steve Haug, returns 3-6pm the Saturday - Cookies and Tea/Coffee/Cocoa will be available. Steve has an extensive list of songs you can request!

Sunday, 3-5pm we have a presentation on Autism Ability -
Zosia Zaks joins us to talk about coping with Autism and Asbergers in everyday life and to discuss her books.

Zosia Zaks, M.S., M.Ed., works primarily as a disability advocate and as a teacher. She consults with autistic adults and the families of autistic children to address issues based on autistic
strengths. In addition to consulting, speaking, and writing on issues of importance to the autism community, Zosia teaches disabled adults community living and academic skills.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Launch this weekend - Home Ground!

Local Jack Wennerstrom, known for his naturalist books on Soldiers Delight and the Potomac Valley, has published a novel. Coffee/Tea and munchies available too. Black Coffee, the other novel, will be available at this event for only $10. Limited copies of the naturalist titles will also be available at the signing.

Saturday 15 Jan. 2011, 3-5pm.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! Bring it on, 2011! And your calendar too!

We will be open 11am to 5pm today, New Year's Day, 2011.
We will be hosting coffee, tea, cocoa, bagels, cream cheese, homemade jam, and later on, cookies.

3-5pm, We'll have Glyndon local KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) stopping by to sign his wonderful calendars.

Come on down!