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

Larry Millett 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.

Saturday, November 29, 10:00am - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Indies First & Small Business Saturday PLUS Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

Join us on Small Business Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 29 for Indies First!

Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 29, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called “Indies First.” Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, “Indies First” encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.

This year, we will have three authors throughout the day joining us as booksellers!

William Alexander is a former Magers & Quinn employee turned successful middle grade novelist! He won the National Book Award in 2012 for his first novel, Goblin Secrets, and the Earphones Award for his latest book is titled Ambassador. Will currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Anders Nilsen is the author and artist of many books of comics, including Big Questions, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, Dogs and Water, and more. He's won two Ignatz awards, and his drawings and paintings have been shown internationally.

Charles Quimby is a Colorado native who's worked for most of his writing career in Minnesota, he now divides his time between Minneapolis and Grand Junction. He's the author of The Undoing, Counterfeit: Reading Corporate Characters, and his latest Monument Road.

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to helping support the local businesses that help to create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses on the day, based on the Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, making a big impact on local communities.

Click here for Sherman Alexie’s letter to authors

We are also holding a great sale over Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 27 - Nov. 30!

Thanksgiving Day: 20% off everything
Black Friday: 20% off fiction
Saturday, Nov. 29 (Indies First & Small Business Saturday): 20% off kids' books
Sunday, Nov. 30: 20% off cooking

Please note that no store credit will be accepted during the sale. In-store purchases only. Excludes purchase of gift cards. May not be combined with other discounts or coupons.

Sunday, November 30, 12:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Book Signing: Abe Sauer signs Goodnight Loon

A charming retelling of a children’s classic in a distinctly Northwoods voice There’s a loon, of course. And a Duluth pack. And crop art, Tater Tot hotdish, and, inevitably, deer ticks. The familiar green room is set on a pontoon, lit by the moon over a quiet lake. The childhood classic Goodnight Moon is transformed into a must-have for every Minnesota child’s bookshelf.

Written and illustrated by two fathers who value good rhymes and the power of simple, evocative illustrations, Goodnight Loon moves the story that so many parents know by heart into Northwoods territory. Author Abe Sauer and illustrator Nathaniel Davauer created this book as a tribute to the cherished favorite written by Margaret Wise Brown. Their faithful homage brings fresh life to a much-loved story. The words rhyme, rock, and soothe with the same cadence as the original. Yellow canoes, snowshoes, and a hungry raccoon all make appearances in the room inhabited by a beaver in a sleeping bag and his voyageur companion. Illustrations inspired by the style of Goodnight Moon will give even the youngest child something to search for on every page.

It is the perfect bedtime book for babies, children, and parents looking for a story written especially for their Northwoods little ones. And where else will you find walleye eating rhubarb pie?

Tuesday, December 2, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Tipped-In Winter 2014

Tipped-In Winter 2014 is coming!

Gather your bibliophile friends and join us on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7pm for an evening of books, refreshments, and prizes! Discover what inspires local author superstars Andy Sturdevant, Lin Enger, and Lorna Landvik, as they share what they’ve been writing and reading. Publisher’s reps and Magers & Quinn staff will highlight some current gems and upcoming releases. Don't miss the fun! Tickets on sale now.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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)
Book Signing: 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, 12:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Book Signing: Joseph D.R. OLeary signs Of Beards and Men

Of Beards and Men book includes 150 portraits along with a brief "bio" of each bearded gent. The book includes three essays written by Douglas Beasley (photographer and educator), George Slade (photography historian, writer, consultant, and curator / re:photographica), and Andy Sturdevant (arts writer). In addition the book includes an interview by Beardreverd and brief statement by New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg.

The book is a handsomely designed and exquisitely printed coffee table/art book. It was printed with traditional/UV offset printing on heavy premium grade paper. There are three editions to choose from: a slipcase edition, a hardcover edition, and a softcover edition. The slipcase and hardcover editions incorporate foil stamping and a tip-in photo. The softcover edition was produced with a soft-touch laminate and foil-stamping and includes a special foil-stamped, french fold dust jacket.

Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Book Signing: 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, 12:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Book Signing: Molly Beth Griffin and Jennifer A. Bell sign Rhoda’s Rock Hunt

Hike alongside Rhoda as she collects rock after rock, “red ones and blue ones and stripy ones,” from forest and river and lake, on a north woods adventure.

Rhoda is on a long, long hike with her aunt and uncle, each of them carrying backpacks of gear as they walk through the north woods. While Auntie June and Uncle Jonah watch for wildlife and set up their campsites, Rhoda is on the hunt for one thing: ROCKS.

She finds them in all shapes and patterns, from hearts and hats to stripes and sparkles. And every last treasure goes into her pack, making it heavier and heavier as they hike through forests and along streams. Soon Rhoda is sweaty, and tired of salami sandwiches, and wishing for her own bed. Then, on the last day, they come to the Big Lake. And its beach is covered in rocks. Rhoda can’t believe her luck.

After hours of play and even more rock discoveries, it’s time to head for home. By now Rhoda’s pack is too heavy to lift. Will she give up her rocks and return to the cabin for a real shower, a hot meal, and a soft bed? Or will she stay on the beach forever with her beloved collection? Her clever solution makes the most of her treasures—and offers delights for other hikers.

Writer and teacher Molly Beth Griffin is the author of Loon Baby and Silhouette of a Sparrow.

Jennifer A. Bell has illustrated over a dozen children’s books, most recently Toe Shoe Mouse and When a Dad Says “I Love You.”

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

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

Book Signing: Iric Nathanson signs The Minneapolis Riverfront

With the Mississippi River’s only true waterfalls at its front door, Minneapolis harnessed the power of the falls to become an international milling center. Changing market conditions, though, forced Minnesota’s largest city to give up its preeminent position in the milling world after World War I. As the local milling industry gradually faded away, Minneapolis turned its back on its riverfront origins. By 1950, a once-bustling commercial area along the banks of the Mississippi had become an industrial wasteland. Then, a decade later, the seeds of renewal were planted when some urban pioneers recognized the potential of this long-ignored historic district. By the first decade of the 21st century, the riverfront had reemerged as a vibrant residential, cultural, and recreational center.

Iric Nathanson writes and lectures about Minnesota history. He is the author of Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City, a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2010.

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)

Book Signing: 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.

Sunday, December 21, 12:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Book Signing: Larry Millett and Matt Schmitt sign 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, January 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Katherine Sciandra presents The Mindfulness Habit: Six Weeks to Creating the Habit of Being launch

Discover a demystified and easy approach to being present—anytime and anywhere—with this step-by-step guide to making your life more centered and mindful. Once you integrate mindfulness into your existing lifestyle, you’ll become illuminated by a sense of calm, focus, and contentment that brings joy not only to you, but also to those whose lives you touch. The Mindfulness Habit helps you understand the value of living in the moment and offers many techniques for finding mindfulness opportunities. Explore a variety of topics related to meditation and habit formation, as well as extensive exercises to practice each week. No matter how busy your schedule is, you can find a place to calm the body and quiet the mind.

Kate Sciandra has been teaching personal and spiritual development for over twenty years. She is registered with the State of Minnesota as a minister and has had an active meditation practice since 2001. Sciandra graduated from the Australasian College of Herbal Studies and is an instructor and practitioner with the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International.

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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, January 20, 6:15pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars presents An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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, January 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jonathan Odell presents Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida—one wealthy and white and the other poor and black—who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn Delphi on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.

Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, The Healing and The View from Delphi, which has been updated and republished as Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation of a small town. In college he sold The Ebony Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota.

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

David Treuer presents Prudence

In his newest novel, Prudence, David Treuer pushes the boundaries of identity, crossing boundaries of race, gender, and sexual orientation to tell a haunting story of love, loss, and desire in World War II-era America.

In the vein of classics like Atonement and The English Patient, Prudence centers on an illicit love affair and the shattering consequences that will reverberate years into the future for its cast of deeply original, deeply sympathetic, and beautifully realized male and female characters. Both ambitious and accessible, Prudence is about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can’t help but tell, and who—and how—we’re allowed to love. Having already earned rare praise from Toni Morrison, Prudence is a landmark novel that reaffirms David Treuer as “truly an original voice” (The San Francisco Chronicle) and cements his place as a significant voice in American fiction.

David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He grew up on Leech Lake and left to attend Princeton University where he worked with Paul Muldoon, Joanna Scott, and Toni Morrison. He published his first novel, Little, when he was twenty-four. Treuer is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize, and his work has been named an editor's pick by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate.com, and the Washington Post. He has a PhD in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Southern California. He divides his time between LA and The Leech Lake Reservation.

Thursday, February 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America Volume 15 release party

Please join us in celebrating two fabulous issues of Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America. Volume 15, Issue 1—"Eating the Other," focusing on the politics of food; and Volume 15, Issue 2—a selection of thought-provoking proceedings from the recent Radius of Arab American Writers + Mizna Writers Conference, held at Open Book in September 2014.

"Mizna is an organization devoted to promoting Arab-American culture, providing a forum for its expression. We value diversity in our community and are committed to giving voice to Arab Americans through literature and art."

Live readings, food and drink. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Nickolas Butler presents Shotgun Lovesongs

Welcome to Little Wing. It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses—among the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn’t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler’s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story. Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable book—a novel that once read will never be forgotten.

NICKOLAS BUTLER was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in: Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.

Sunday, April 12, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Ellen Meeropol presents On Hurriance Island

As a major hurricane threatens the northeast, math professor Gandalf Cohen is abducted by federal agents and flown to a secret interrogation center off the coast of Maine. Austin Coombs, a young local resident, is a newly hired civilian guard assigned to the detention center. Henry Ames, a man of personal secrets, is the FBI special agent in charge of Gandalf's case and doubts the professor's terrorist involvement; Tobias, his second-in-command, disagrees, preferring violent interrogation. As the hurricane slams the shore, conflict detonates and each character must choose a side if they're to survive the storm.

Told over the five days approaching the anniversary of 9/11, by varying voices on both extremes of the political divide, On Hurricane Island is both a fast-paced political thriller and a literary examination of the sociopolitical storm facing our society. How far should government go in the name of protecting our national security? What happens when governmental powers of surveillance and extra-legal interrogation are expanded? How free are we?

A former nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen Meeropol is the author of one previous novel, House Arrest. She lives and writes in Western Massachusetts.

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Chris Cander presents Whisper Hollow

One morning in Verra, a town nestled into the hillsides of West Virginia, the young Myrthen Bergmann is playing tug-of-war with her twin, when her sister is killed. Unable to accept her own guilt, Myrthen excludes herself from all forms of friendship and affection and begins a twisted, haunted life dedicated to God. Meanwhile, her neighbor Alta Krol longs to be an artist even as her days are taken up caring for her widowed father and siblings.

Everything changes when Myrthen marries the man Alta loves. Fourteen years later, we meet Lidia, a teenage girl in the same town, and her precocious son, Gabriel. When Gabriel starts telling eerily prescient stories that hint at Verra’s long-buried secrets, it’s not long before the townspeople begin to suspect that the boy harbors evil spirits—an irresistible state of affairs for Myrthen and her obsession with salvation.

Praise for Whisper Hollow:

“Like D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Chris Cander’s beautiful novel, Whisper Hollow, is about love that finds its object, and love that misses its mark and becomes destructive, in a community of coal miners. ... Chris Cander’s understanding of men and women is profound, and the scenes in this wonderful book will stay with you like a visionary experience.” —Charles Baxter, author of Gryphon: New and Selected Stories

“Love and loss, devotion and longing, hope and despair, Cander renders all of this and more through the lives of three women spanning more than fifty years. Here is a novel so full of life—of its beauty and cruelty—that I emerged from it like one of those men walking from mines she so wonderfully evokes, like a man walking from the darkness into the light.” —Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road

Chris Cander is a novelist, children’s book author, freelance writer, and teacher for Houston-based Writers in the Schools. Her novel 11 Stories, published by a small press in Houston, was included in Kirkus’s best indie general fiction of 2013.

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