Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 8, 1:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

The Drink that made Wisconsin Famous signing with Doug Hoverson

From the global breweries that developed in Milwaukee in the 1870s to the “wildcat” breweries of Prohibition and the upstart craft brewers of today, Doug Hoverson tells the stories of Wisconsin’s rich brewing history. Going beyond the giants like Miller, Schlitz, and Pabst that loom large in the state’s brewing renown, Hoverson delves into the stories of the hundreds of small breweries started by immigrants and entrepreneurs that delivered Wisconsin’s beer from grain to glass.

Doug will be in store 1:00 - 3:00pm.

Doug Hoverson is author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota. He has written about beer and brewing history for publications ranging from American Breweriana Journal to The Growler to The Onion. He has been a consultant on documentaries about beer or related businesses and is a popular speaker on the history of beer.

A great gift for: History buffs, beerologists, homesick Wisconsinites

Sunday, December 8, 2:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

100 Things Wild Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die signing with Dan Myers

Featuring traditions, records, and lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Minnesota Wild fan should know. Whether you greeted the team at its inception or whether you're a more recent supporter of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, these are the 100 things every fan needs to know and do in their lifetime. Team reporter Dan Myers has collected every essential piece of Wild knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

Dan will be signing books from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Dan Myers is a team reporter for the Minnesota Wild. He has covered the Wild for over a decade, and his work has also appeared on 1500ESPN.com, where he was an analyst and columnist. Andrew Brunette played left wing for the Minnesota Wild and later served as Assistant General Manager following his retirement.

A great gift for: Future hockey stars, stats-loving kids, and, well, Wild fans!

Saturday, December 14, 1:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Rock 'n' Roll Book Signing with Martin Keller, Greg Helgeson, Fred Case, and Eric Dregni

Get signed copies of two beautiful books featuring the Minnesota music scene! Featuring When the Stones Came to Town: Rock 'n' Roll Photos from the 1970s and Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life!

Martin, Greg, Fred, and Eric will signing from 1:00 - 3:00pm.

Photographer Fred Case was on the scene in the Twin Cities during the 1970s whenever the top rock and blues musicians came through town. With his camera in hand, Case photographed such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Leon Russell, Richie Havens, the Who, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, Small Faces, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Captain Beefheart, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, and the Rolling Stones. His images capture the stars in action onstage at storied Minneapolis venues ranging from the Guthrie to the Depot (First Avenue), the Labor Temple to Jay’s Longhorn, the Minneapolis Auditorium to Parade Stadium. The photographer also hung out with many of the musicians and took behind-the-scenes snapshots of backstage antics. Case’s own wild adventures chasing his music heroes, beginning in his teenage years, led to many fascinating—and some questionable—experiences.

In When the Stones Came to Town, Case recollects witnessing, photographing, and occasionally getting to know these music icons and gives readers an up-close-and-personal look at the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.. These photos, many of them never seen before in print, highlight the vibrant music scene of the Twin Cities during this pivotal era.

Fred Case is a longtime photographer who has shot hundreds of musicians, traveled the world, and rubbed elbows with the great and near-great. He lives in Minneapolis.

Eric Dregni is the author of more than fifteen books, including Weird Minnesota, Let's Go Fishing, and The Life: Vespa

In the summer of 1978, while disco was dying and new wave and punk were rising from the underground, two twenty-something guys were thrown together on a new music monthly ignobly called Sweet Potato. One had a Canon camera, the other a thirty-six-pound Royal typewriter. Over the next several years, the two chronicled the Minneapolis scene and the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities, covering some of the most influential artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and entertainers of the past forty years. They profiled legendary musicians from across the globe and across musical genres—Paul and Linda McCartney, Bob Marley, U2, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Devo, and more—as well as homegrown talents ranging from Dylan and Prince to the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. They covered such disparate writers as William Burroughs and Dr. Seuss, and young, up-and-coming comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, and Lizz Winstead.

In Hijinx and Hearsay, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson are at it again, offering a delectable, fun, and fresh perspective through Helgeson's photography (much of it never seen before) and new stories and insights by Keller that shed fascinating light on a singular, influential era in popular culture in Minnesota.

Martin Keller is a professional journalist, author, screenwriter, pop culture critic, editor, and columnist. For the past 25 years, he has served as a veteran public relations specialist. Keller covered the arts, business, and cultural affairs for several Twin Cities publications, including Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, and Twin Cities Reader, and his worked has appeared in such national publications as Rolling Stone, Billboard, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Music Legends: A Rewind on the Minnesota Music Scene and Storms: Tales of Extreme Weather Events in Minnesota.

Expertly working with Canon and Leica cameras for more than 40 years, Greg Helgeson has fervently documented some of the most renowned artists and public figures in a variety of disciplines, from international superstars to local legends. His work has appeared in a range of periodicals, including Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Du Monde (Paris), Mojo (England), Star Tribune, City Pages, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, as well as in numerous books and on album covers.

A great gift for: The Current listeners, vinylheads, teens entering their "discovering old music" phase

Saturday, December 14, 3:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Stefanie Moers signs Fenella, A Witch

Fenella has done a Very Bad Thing. She keeps the decapitated head in her freezer to prove it.

Stefanie Moers introduces the remarkable Fenella, an unsettling and seductive deviant whose command of witchcraft is either a delusion or dangerous. As the evidence against her piles up, she compels everyone -- her attorney, her sister, the courts -- to go along with her, even as they try to resist the power of her chaotic charm.

Readers of Kelly Link, Carmen Maria Machado, and Shirley Jackson will devour this darkly charismatic debut novella.

Stefanie Moers lives in Minnesota and has worked in libraries for most of her life.

Stefanie will sign from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

A great gift for: people who miss #spookyszn, stylish witches

Sunday, December 15, 3:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Change Is the Only Constant Book Signing with Ben Orlin

Creator of the popular math blog and web comic Math With Bad Drawings is back with a new book (and is a newly-local author)! Signed books from Ben are a unique treat, full of famous figures, dogs, and puns!

Ben will be in the store 3:00 - 5:00pm.

Change Is The Only Constant is an engaging and eloquent exploration of the intersection between calculus and daily life, complete with Orlin's sly humour and wonderfully bad drawings.

By spinning 28 engaging mathematical tales, Orlin shows us that calculus is simply another language to express the very things we humans grapple with every day - love, risk, time and, most importantly, change. Divided into two parts, "Moments" and "Eternities," and drawing on everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, Change is the Only Constant unearths connections between calculus, art, literature and a beloved dog named Elvis. This is not just maths for maths' sake; it's maths for the sake of becoming a wiser and more thoughtful human.

Ben Orlin's writing on math and education has appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Vox, and Popular Science. He has taught middle and high school mathematics in Oakland, California and in Birmingham, England, and has spoken about math at college and universities across the U.S. 

A great gift for: Number crunchers, the math-curious, web comic followers

Tuesday, January 7, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Chris McCormick launches The Gimmicks

Set in the waning years of the Cold War, under the shameful pall of Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide, Chris McCormick’s debut novel follows two cousins from their home in Soviet Armenia to Southern California—and into the contrasting worlds of militant extremism and professional wrestling. While one struggles to expose a violence that is real and denied, the other practices a violence that is publicly performed and popularly praised.

Ruben Petrosian is a solitary, painfully awkward young man who lives for backgammon and a commitment to unmask the truth of “the shattering.” His cousin Avo is an orphan, gregarious and physically enormous, known for his distinctive unibrow. Avo is beloved, where Ruben is avoided; he is joyous, where Ruben is dangerously consumed. They secretly love the same young woman and they share an unbreakable brotherly bond. Until they don’t. While Ruben’s path takes him ever deeper into the morally muddy world of political extremism, Avo hides in plain sight as professional wrestler “The Brow Beater,” managed by a rundown, tortured wrestling vet named Terry “Angel Hair” Krill. The latter will cross paths with the three Armenians—Ruben, Avo, and the woman they love—with devastating consequences.

Infused with surprising humor and achingly beautiful storytelling, THE GIMMICKS is a deft and heartrending exploration of personal and national identity—a deep reckoning with the generations-long aftershocks of history and injustice, and the brutal legacy of denied violence.

Chris McCormick (who is Armenian on his mother’s side) is the winner of a Stonewall Book Award—and finalist for the Binghamton University’s John Gardner Fiction Book Award and Saroyan Prize for Fiction—for his novel-in-stories, Desert Boys. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program and now lives and teaches in Mankato, Minnesota.

Thursday, January 9, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Cynthia Anderson presents Home Now: How 6000 Refugees Transformed an American Town

Like so many American factory towns, Lewiston, Maine, thrived until its mill jobs disappeared and the young began leaving. But then the story unexpectedly veered: over the course of fifteen years, the city became home to thousands of African immigrants and, along the way, turned into one of the most Muslim towns in the US. Now about 6,000 of Lewiston’s 36,000 inhabitants are refugees and asylum seekers, many of them Somali. Cynthia Anderson tells the story of this fractious yet resilient city near where she grew up, offering the unfolding drama of a community’s reinvention–and humanizing some of the defining political issues in America today.

In Lewiston, progress is real but precarious. Anderson takes the reader deep into the lives of both immigrants and lifelong Mainers: a single Muslim mom, an anti-Islamist activist, a Congolese asylum seeker, a Somali community leader. Their lives unfold in these pages as anti-immigrant sentiment rises across the US and national realities collide with those in Lewiston. Home Now gives a poignant account of America’s evolving relationship with religion and race, and makes a sensitive yet powerful case for embracing change.

Cynthia Anderson grew up in western Maine. She’s worked as a pipefitter’s helper, computer programmer, and journalist. Her collection of stories, River Talk, was a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 and received the 2014 New England Book Festival award for short stories. Other work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Boston Magazine, the Miami Herald, the Iowa Review, Redbook, Huffington Post, and others. Anderson lives with her family in Maine and Massachusetts. She teaches writing at Boston University.

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Candacy Taylor presents Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

Published from 1936 to 1967, the Green Book was hailed as the “bible of black travel.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African Americans to travel because they couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other establishments that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem.

It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and award-winning author Candacy Taylor celebrates the stories of those who put their names in it and stood up against segregation. Taylor’s book covers Victor Green’s  founding of the guide and discusses how its content and history represents America itself, how the sites and businesses it featured have changed over the years, and how the untold story of black travel reflects African Americans’ struggle and triumph against incredible odds. Overground Railroad offers readers a rich opportunity to reexamine America’s history of segregation, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.

“Overground Railroad is an extraordinary reckoning with the America that whites have always believed existed, and at the America that blacks actually experienced, navigated, and made theirs despite every barrier . . . a true gift from author Candacy Taylor.” —Heather Ann Thompson, Pultizer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in more than 50 media outlets including the New Yorker and the Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including those from the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Harlem, New York.

Friday, January 24, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Stephanie Land presents Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from her hometown to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients’ lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.

Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the “servant” worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line.

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets.  She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

Monday, January 27, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Let's Be Weird Together with Brooke Barker & Boaz Frankel

Calling all weirdos: join us for an evening with Brooke Barker & Boaz Frankel, authors of Let's Be Weird Together: A Book About Love!

Something interesting tends to happen when two people fall in love and form a relationship. They don’t become more normal…they get weirder. From husband and wife team Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel comes a rare relationship book that captures the rituals and mini universe (Population: 2) that a couple creates together, in a sweet, small package with humor, charming illustrations, and endearing quirkiness.

This colorful and fully illustrated compendium of quirky love contains animal relationship facts (pufferfish create sand patterns to impress mates), relationship records (the longest underwater kiss is 20 minutes), and nicknames from around the world (“mon petit chou,” which translates to “my little cabbage” in French). There is a sampling of strange love-related laws (in New Orleans, fortune tellers and palm readers are not able to officiate at weddings), a selection of untraditional romantic getaway destinations (get hitched at Voodoo Doughnuts and snack on some donuts customized to resemble the newlyweds), a flowchart to help couples determine the type of pet that best suits them, and more. Let’s Be Weird Together also includes a bonus sheet of temporary tattoos designed specifically for partners, like a pair of mismatched socks or a cat and its Roomba. It’s the perfect gift for a significant other on Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, or as a just-because-I-love-you gift!

Brooke Barker is the creator of the Sad Animal Facts Instagram account (with over 340K followers) and author of The New York Times bestselling book of the same name and its sequel, Sad Animal Babies. Brooke has contributed to The New York Times, Lenny Letter, The Guardian, Cup of Jo, The Stranger and more. And her comics have been featured by New York Magazine, Forbes, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Mashable, POPSUGAR, Parade, and The Guardian, among others. Brooke currently works as a freelance writer and illustrator.

Boaz Frankel is a filmmaker, writer, and talk show host. In 2011, Boaz created the Pedal Powered Talk Show with bike builder Phillip Ross, and together they have pedaled across cities, canyon rims, goat fields, even class III white water rapids, interviewing a diverse group of fascinating people. The show has been featured on all major TV stations, Oregon newspapers, USA.com, Bicycle Times, and more. Boaz curates a kazoo museum in Beaufort, SC and has appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show, as well as an episode of Portlandia. Boaz is also a former Guinness World Record holder for high fiving.

Today, Brooke and Boaz live in Pittsburgh, PA with an adorable dog named Kip.

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Rabbi Michael Lerner presents Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World, in conversation with Judge Bruce Peterson

From social theorist and psychotherapist Rabbi Michael Lerner comes a strategy for a new socialism built on love, kindness, and compassion for one another. Revolutionary Love proposes a method to replace what Lerner terms the “capitalist globalization of selfishness” with a globalization of generosity, prophetic empathy, and environmental sanity. Lerner challenges liberal and progressive forces to move beyond often weak-kneed and visionless politics to build instead a movement that can reverse the environmental destructiveness and social injustice caused by the relentless pursuit of economic growth and profits.

Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of Tikkun magazine. He is the author of eleven books, including two national bestsellers, Jewish Renewal and The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. Lerner, who has PhDs in philosophy and social and clinical psychology, was chosen for the 2019 Humanitarian Award by the International Association of Sufism. He has also received Morehouse College's King-Gandhi Award for his work for peace and nonviolence.