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Sunday, October 26, 1:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Allen Eskens presents The Life We Bury

When college-student Joe Talbert's writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send him tumbling into the heart of a thirty-year-old mystery that will threaten to end his life.

The Life We Bury is an evocative and twisting mystery and yet it is a book with a heart. When Joe Talbert ran away from home to go to college, he left behind an alcoholic mother and his autistic younger brother. As Joe throws himself into unraveling the mystery, he is haunted by his decision to leave his brother in the care of his dangerously dysfunctional mother and her abusive boyfriend. Joe must put things right with his brother as he struggles to uncover the truth about the decades-old murder.

Allen Eskens has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed my creative writing skills through the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University as well as classes and seminars at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Scary Stories with M.J. Rose, Benjamin Percy, Katherine Howe, and Wendy K. Webb

Unfortunately, M.J. Rose can no longer attend this event. The event will go on as planned with the three other authors.

Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. He is adapting Red Moon as a series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend) with producer Ilene Staple for FOX TV. He is also currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). His next novel – The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark passage – will be published by Grand Central/Hachette in April 2015. Percy is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.

Wendy K. Webb Wendy Webb is the award-winning and bestselling author of three novels of gothic suspense. Her first book, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, won the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction in 2011, and her other two, The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Vanishing have been Indie bestsellers. Her books have been translated into several languages and are sold worldwide. A Twin Cities native, Wendy has been a journalist for much of her career, most recently as the editor-in-chief of Duluth~Superior Magazine. Now, she's an author full time, working on her next novel.

Thursday, October 30, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Talk of the Stacks with Dana Cowin in conversation with Andrew Zimmern



Dana Cowin has been covering the world of food, wine and style for over 30 years.  Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995 and a guest judge on Top Chef, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America in 2012.  Ms. Cowin will be joined by friend and fellow foodie Andrew Zimmern to discuss her newly released cook book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen− a collection of recipes, stories of her own culinary ineptitude and invaluable lessons she has learned from some of the today’s greatest chefs.

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts. In-Kind sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Saturday, November 1, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
W. Bruce Cameron presents The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, now Kalkaska, Michigan repo man, has a fairly simple life repossessing cars, hanging out with his dog Jake, and working at the bar his sister inherited from their parents, enjoying the nightly company of friends and all of their colorful patrons.

Simple, that is, until he starts hearing a voice in this head.

The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a real estate agent who was murdered eight years ago. Ruddy fears he’s contracted the dreaded Repo Madness—a condition brought on by the constant stress of repossessing the often-hidden cars of irate, not to mention non-paying, owners. But what if Alan is real? He sure sounds like he is. Ruddy’s mind is spinning just thinking about it, and to complicate matters even more, it turns out Katie, the girl he is falling for, is Katie Lottner—Alan’s daughter.

Rudy's attentions would be better spent helping his sister keep the Black Bear afloat and wrapping up a particularly trying repo job. But it's hard to avoid the voice literally stuck in his head, and soon Rudy is trying to figure out what happened to Alan and trying to avoid the same fate himself.

Reminiscent of classic Carl Hiaasen with a refreshingly wholesome twist, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is a laugh-out-loud, delightful mystery, replete with suspense, intrigue, and vibrant, offbeat characters.

W. Bruce Cameron is the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (a USA Today bestseller that also spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list with a movie by Dreamworks in the works), and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey. He’s also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series, among other books.

Sunday, November 2, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Vision Loss Resources presents The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Vision Loss Resources, their clients, students, alumni, family and friends wanted to express themselves. The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss is an anthology of 65 original stories, essays and poems about the struggles and triumphs of people living with vision loss or blindness. The authors live in or near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, and they run the gamut of professions and ages, from a 12-year-old boy to a professor to a parent to a wellness coach. They offer accounts that paint vision loss with a palette of positive emotions and outcomes that may surprise readers. The writers’ ability to deal with adversity is celebrated while they all acknowledge the continued challenges of their conditions.

Their stories and experiences after vision loss are humorous, frightening, heartwarming, and challenging.

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
June Carbone presents Marriage Markets

There was a time when the phrase "American family" conjured up a single, specific image: a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and their 2.5 kids living comfortable lives in a middle-class suburb. Today, that image has been shattered, due in part to skyrocketing divorce rates, single parenthood, and increased out-of-wedlock births. But whether it is conservatives bewailing the wages of moral decline and women's liberation, or progressives celebrating the result of women's greater freedom and changing sexual mores, most Americans fail to identify the root factor driving the changes: economic inequality that is remaking the American family along class lines.

In Marriage Markets, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn examine how macroeconomic forces are transforming our most intimate and important spheres, and how working class and lower income families have paid the highest price. Just like health, education, and seemingly every other advantage in life, a stable two-parent home has become a luxury that only the well-off can afford. The best educated and most prosperous have the most stable families, while working class families have seen the greatest increase in relationship instability.

A rigorous and enlightening account of why American families have changed so much in recent decades, Marriage Markets cuts through the ideological and moralistic rhetoric that drives our current debate. It offers critically needed solutions for a problem that will haunt America for generations to come.

June Carbone is the Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota. She received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, and her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She teaches Property, Assisted Reproduction and the Family, and Law, Technology and Inequality. She has written From Partners to Parents: The Second Revolution in Family Law; the third, fourth and fifth editions of Family Law with Leslie Harris and the late Lee Teitelbaum, and Red Families v. Blue Families. She is a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project.

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm - Brave New Workshop. | 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Brave New Workshop presents Bob Odenkirk

Legendary comedy writer and actor Bob Odenkirk is coming to the Brave New Workshop for one unforgettable evening! Bob will be reading from his debut collection of short humor pieces A Load of Hooey, performing standup, and signing copies of his new book!

Bob is revered among sketch comedy fans for creating and starring in "Mr. Show with Bob and David," and is well known to fans of the AMC show Breaking Bad for his role as Saul Goodman.

Your ticket includes a copy of A Load of Hooey – join us for this exclusive opportunity to experience Bob’s unique comic viewpoint live and in person!

TICKETS: $40 (includes a copy of A Load of Hooey) *Note that BNW coupons, vouchers, or special/promotional offers are not valid for this performance* BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE or CALL 612-332-6620.

PLEASE NOTE: This show takes place in the BNW Experimental Thinking Centre (ETC) at 824 Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis!

SEATING: All tickets are will call, general admission, and first-come, first serve. Seats are assigned when tickets are claimed at the box office and occupied in the theater. Ticket pickup starts one hour before the show at 6:30 pm, the house opens for seating at 7pm, and the event begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early and have a drink to ensure you get the best seats!

Thursday, November 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program Reading

The third-year MFA candidates of the University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program will share works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction on November 6, 2014, beginning at 7pm.

The featured readers will be:

Malinda Gosvig
Julia Marley
Elizabeth O'Brien
Carl Peaslee
Katie Rensch,
Hunter Sharpless
Lalinne Suon
Nicky Tiso
Jason Zencka

Friday, November 7, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents the Minnesota State Arts Board Reading

Winners of the Minnesota State Arts Board grants will share their insights about the proposal process and read from their award-winning projects.

Saturday, November 8, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Bookmatch

Bookmatch is a new reading series dedicated to making literary love connections between local readers and local authors. Hosted by Heather McElhatton, bestselling author and MPR’s host of A Beautiful World, and co-curated by Friends of the Hennepin County Library and The Loft Literary Center, BOOKMATCH showcases six Minnesota authors—from a variety of genres and backgrounds—who have a new book to share. It’s the literary equivalent of speed dating for books. Think Love Connection meets CNN Book World… for books!

Meet the following books (and their authors):

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders and its author Geoff Herbach
Dear Committee Members: A Novel and its author Julie Schumacher
Ambassador and its author Will Alexander
Soul Over Lightning and its author Ray Gonzalez
Augie’s Secrets and its author Neal Karlen
We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down and its author Rachael Hanel

Door prizes, book giveaways, desserts and laughter guaranteed. Admission is free, but pre-registration is requested. RSVP Online Here.

Questions: 612-543-8107

Co-presented by Loft Literary Center and Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Leslie S. Klinger presents The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft with special guest Neil Gaiman

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Tickets for seating will be available beginning Sunday, Oct. 19 at 4:00pm. Standing room is open to the public and does not require a ticket.

Tickets must be picked up in person in the store. Two tickets maximum per person.

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Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

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From across strange aeons comes the long-awaited annotated edition of “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” (Stephen King).

In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.

Over the course of his career, Lovecraft—"the Copernicus of the horror story" (Fritz Leiber)—made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of "weird fiction," Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization.

Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.

Klinger will be joined by author Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman's work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages.

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Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South

Books & Bars presents The Humans by Matt Haig

Doors/cocktail hour at 6:00pm, discussion starts at 7:00pm.

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Lucia May presents Blond Boy

Blond Boy describes a lesser-known Nazi program and the long arm of its brutality. Author Lucia May’s father was seized as a youth from his family farm in central Poland during World War II to become a child laborer in Poland and Germany. Most familiarity with the camps in Poland comes from the Jewish experience of Nazi camps; this book provides history from a different lens. Blond Boy is an intergenerational family memoir in poems.

This work is comprised of three sections, poems about Lucia’s father’s experiences as a child laborer, a series of vignettes about her upbringing as his American daughter, and some intergenerational reflections.

Praise for Blond Boy:

“Lucia May writes without any sentimentality whatsoever… she compresses enormous emotion into tense spare lines to create poetry that is fierce and true.” --Keith Maillard, author of The Clarinet Polka

“Lucia weaves…poetry that is brutally honest while being ‘bathed in the light’ of forgiveness, showing grief and loss unsentimentally, with a glance, a gesture, an image that glows vividly on the page.” --Linda Back McKay, author of The Next Best Thing and Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion

“…a story well worth telling…it comes wonderfully alive in all its mesmerizing details.  These memories will dance in our minds for a long time.” --Mary Logue, author of Hand Work and Trees

“Blond Boy is a tough, intense collection. It is blunt in its truth-telling, and ambitious in its range. I won't forget these poems.” --Deborah Keenan, newest books published in 2013 are From Tiger to Prayer and so she had the world

“Lucia May writes exquisite poetry that shines light in the darkness.” --Robert O Fisch, author of Light from the Yellow Star: a Lesson of Love from the Holocaust

Lucia May is a poet and violinist in St. Paul, MN. She is the author of Blond Boy, a 2014 finalist for the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize at Evening Street Press. She is a contributor to The Widow’s Handbook Anthology: Reflections on Grief and Survival; she was a Pushcart Prize nominee from Verse Wisconsin in 2013. Her poems have appeared in Paper Darts, the Prose-Poem Project, Pemmican, and the Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2010: Anthology, among many others. She was offered a chapbook publication and the Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press.

Thursday, November 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Eric Dregni presents By the Waters of Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka is renowned for its natural beauty as well as the prominent people it has attracted to its shores as a historic site of grand hotels, steamboats, and wealthy visitors from around the world and as the home of the legendary Excelsior Amusement Park. But did you know that early European settlers to the region faced conditions so dire that they named an outlet of the lake “Purgatory Creek”? Or that a ginseng boom brought slaves to Wayzata to harvest the plant’s roots? Many know that Frank Lloyd Wright designed famous homes around the lake, but few are aware he was also arrested there for living with his mistress and sent to the Hennepin County jail for “white slavery.”

By the Waters of Minnetonka uncovers remarkable and hidden facts about the lake and those who have lived on its shores, from the region’s original Dakota inhabitants to the present. Nineteenth-century plantation owners made Minnetonka into a summer vacation playground for the well-to-do, and Prohibition-era battles led teetotalers to hoax Minneapolis newspapers about bloody clashes between preachers and saloon owners.

Eric Dregni, who grew up in Minnetonka, sheds light on intriguing, if at times unsettling, aspects of the lake’s history, challenging myths and revisiting elements of the past that have been forgotten or glossed over. He also relates—and sometimes pokes fun at—the opulent, glamorous, and sometimes raucous moments that have made Lake Minnetonka an icon of splendid resort living in Minnesota. Eric Dregni is associate professor of English and journalism at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes; Midwest Marvels: Roadside Attractions across Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin; In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream; Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital; and Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, all from Minnesota.

Friday, November 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jack Zipes presents The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm launch

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezsö.

From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold—heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique—they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.

Jack Zipes is the translator of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, the editor of The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, and the author of Grimm Legacies, among many other books. He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Talk of the Stacks with Michael Bazzett

This event is co-sponsored by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.

Michael Bazzett is the recipient of the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, winning a contract with Milkweed Editions to publish his forthcoming collection, You Must Remember This. A graduate of Carleton College who currently teaches at the Blake School, Mr. Bazzett is the author of The Unspoken Jokebook and the acclaimed chapbook The Imaginary City. Prize judge Kevin Prufer called You Must Remember This “a book of unnerving wonders, one in which improbable events are narrated with strange intimacy, lucidity, and sly wit.” Mr. Bazzett will be joined onstage by Mr. Prufer for this evening of poetry and literary conversation, co-sponsored by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts. In-Kind sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars presents The Humans by Matt Haig

Doors/cocktail hour at 6:00pm, discussion starts at 7:00pm.

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Tuesday, November 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Larry Millet presents Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes

In Lost Twin Cities and Once There Were Castles, Larry Millett retrieved Twin Cities architecture vanished in time, giving us a view into buildings and homes lost to demolition, accident, and neglect. In Minnesota’s Own, he and photographer Matt Schmitt invite us into homes from across the state that have been lovingly preserved, saved so that they can remain jewels among the state’s living architecture.

From Duluth to Bemidji, Red Wing to the Twin Cities, Millett and Schmitt travel throughout Minnesota, highlighting homes designed by architects such as Edwin Lundie, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William Purcell and Geroge Elmslie and with sumptuous ornamentation by local craftspeople including interior decorator John Bradstreet and woodcarver Johannes Kirchmayer. Homes originally owned by Daytons, Hills, and Ramseys find themselves in new hands that have taken great care in their upkeep and preservation.

Minnesota’s Own welcomes readers into twenty-two of these homes through over two hundred color photographs and Millett’s captivating stories of their construction, original owners, and restorations.

Larry Millett is an architectural historian and award-winning writer whose books include Lost Twin Cities, AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, and Twin Cities Then and Now.

St. Paul native Matt Schmitt has enjoyed a three-decade career in advertising, commercial, and architectural photography.

Friday, December 5, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Norman Draper presents Backyard launch

Burdick’s Plant World announces it is sponsoring a garden contest the likes of which the unassuming suburb of Livia has never seen. The contest quickly attracts the attention of Livia’s middle-aged gardening elite. They include a cowled spy, a witch who channels the spirit power of millions of dead flower souls, and a saboteur who’ll unleash a Mongol horde of half-starved rabbits on any garden if the price is right. Most threatening of all is resident gardening psychopath Dr. Phyllis Sproot. She’ll stop at nothing to maintain her dominance as Livia’s pre-eminent gardener. Against these forbidding forces stands a determined couple—George and Nan Fremont. They vow, in their quest for the first-place prize, to turn their backyard into a suburban paradise of bursting summer blooms and trilling songbirds while blissfully sipping their favorite Merlot and brandishing a butcher knife and genuine “Smokestack” Gaines baseball bat.

Norman Draper spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter before leaving journalism. He now works as a freelance writer and editor, and lives with his family in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Saturday, December 6, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Mistress Ginger signs Mistress Ginger Cooks: Everyday Vegan Food for Everyone

This is not the typical culinary compilation! Foodies of every persuasion will be enticed by Mistress Ginger and her follies in the kitchen. Here is a saucy showgirl who knows that anyone can make and enjoy fabulous vegan food whether it's a longtime vegan who wears a bunch of kale as a badge of honor or a self-described carnivore who doesn't know a radish from a rutabaga.

Filled with practical tips for eating better amid a hustle-and-bustle life with recipes that will please anyone, Mistress Ginger Cooks! presents a veritable plant-based paradise for busy people who want to be healthier. Guided by the irrepressible and irresistible Mistress Ginger, readers will learn simple, everyday dishes bursting with flavor as well as a few more elaborate recipes for extra-special occasions. From tips on planning balanced meals to putting together knock-out themed menus, the kitchen has never been so much fun.

Par-tay Pate, French Kissed Toast, Blueberry Stud Muffins, Bodacious Tortelloni, Flaming Stir-Fry, and Titillating Tapenade are a few of the recipes Ginger whips up. Best of all, the book features her bawdy, good-natured humor, as well as gorgeous color photos of the Mistress herself, throughout.

Great for gifts!

Sunday, December 7, 4:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Peter Yarrow presents Peter, Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life

Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, with stirring images that follow their passionate fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world’s top photographers.

Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Join the struggle for racial equality, social justice, and freedom in this memorable journey, from the historic 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the trio’s appearance before half a million people in 1969 to end the Vietnam War, to their singing at the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in 1978, helping to launch the anti-nuke movement, the world’s first international environmental movement.

Through these images, you can feel and almost hear the trio’s songs calling for a more caring, better world as you see photos of them performing with a courage and conviction that became, for so many, the embodiment and soundtrack of their generation’s awakening to conscience, to activism, and to a new dream for all humankind. Peter, Paul, and Mary’s songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness. This book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty—the sort we yearn to recapture and recreate in our own time, for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.

Peter, Paul, and Mary came into being at the dawn of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, as America entered one of its most dramatic periods of social and political change. With music being one of the great forces that brought them together, Americans united in unprecedented ways to create a more just and peaceful society. Folk music, with its ability to reach people’s hearts, became the soundtrack of this remarkable quest, and Peter, Paul, and Mary became standard-bearers of America’s new hopes and dreams.

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South

Books & Bars presents We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one.

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. "I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.

In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date?a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Angie Bailey signs whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds

This clever parody combines two of the Internet's hottest sensations--cats and craigslist. With 160 hilarious classified ads written for cats, by cats, whiskerslist reveals the inner lives of our favorite furry friends like never before. With categories ranging from "Personals" and "Gigs" to "Lost & Found" and "Help Wanted," the varied posts in this entertaining cat community provide an imaginative and entertaining look into what cats are really up to when left alone. A must-have gift for cat lovers who can't get enough of their quirky feline companions.

Sunday, December 14, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Aaron Isaacs signs Twin Ports by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Duluth-Superior

Following the rails as horse-drawn cars gave way to electric trolleys, Aaron Isaacs takes us into the workings of the Duluth–Superior streetcars: politics and corporate maneuvers, engineering and maintenance, scheduling and setting routes, running and riding the trolleys. We experience the ride, whether buying a token or braving the smokers on the rear platform when boarding, and we learn the routes as the streetcars deliver, along with passengers, mail pouches and newspapers, dogs, and, in the case of the Park Point funeral car, corpses and mourners. Isaacs traces traffic patterns and geographic features for each line and describes imaginary trips on three of the most interesting routes.

The book is, finally, a tour of the Twin Ports over time, with a wealth of maps and photographs illustrating routes and landmarks and picturing the people who made the rails hum. Interviews and newspaper features, “day-after reports” and management memos, stories told by employees and onlookers—all contribute to a rich evocation of a fascinating historical era. The streetcars are long gone from Duluth and Superior, but remnants survive if one knows where to look—and this street-level exploration points the way.

Tuesday, December 16, 6:15pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars presents We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one.

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. "I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.

In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date?a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

Saturday, December 20, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jeff Hertzbeg signs Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

“More and more of our friends, neighbors, and Bread in Five readers have been experimenting with gluten-free diets, and plenty of gluten-free breads have appeared on supermarket shelves,” says co-author Jeff Hertzberg.

So why not just buy gluten-free bread?

“Those supermarket products don’t taste very good—we knew we could make delicious gluten-free breads from scratch, ones that would be easy to make, with familiar, everyday ingredients,” says co-author Zoë François.

America is ready for delicious gluten-free yeast bread recipes that can be made from easy-to-find supermarket ingredients and don’t take all day to prepare. One oft-quoted study estimates that one out of 133 Americans has celiac disease; other estimates are as high as one out of a hundred, which means there may be as many as three million celiacs in the United States. And experts suggest that just as many others may have gluten sensitivity even though they don’t have celiac disease. The authors are a doctor and a pastry chef who balance health, ease of preparation, and deliciousness in all their recipes. Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is their latest to achieve that balancing act. When readers came to their website, BreadIn5.com, and asked for an entire book of gluten-free bread recipes, Jeff and Zoë picked up the gauntlet. Their new gluten-free breads, pizzas, and pastries are as mouth-wateringly delicious (and as fast and foolproof) as their wheat breads.

Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., is a physician with over twenty years of experience as a practitioner, consultant, author, and faculty member at the University of Minnesota. His interests in baking and healthy living sparked a quest to adapt the techniques and recipes of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for gluten-free ingredients. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.

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