Upcoming Events

Monday, July 6, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Facebook Page

Katherine Addison presents The Angel of the Crows

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page on Monday, July 6 at 7pm central time for a virtual reading with fantasy author Katherine Addison!

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Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, returns with The Angel of the Crows, a fantasy novel of alternate 1880s London, where killers stalk the night and the ultimate power is naming.

This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows. 

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KATHERINE ADDISON’s short fiction has been selected by The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. She is the author of the Locus Award-winning novel The Goblin Emperor. As Sarah Monette, she is the author of the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and co-author, with Elizabeth Bear, of the Iskryne series. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin. You can find her on Twitter as @pennyvixen.

Wednesday, July 8, 6:00pm Magers And Quinn Facebook Page

Scott Carpenter presents French Like Moi, in conversation with Marcia DeSanctis

Join us for a virtual event, hosted on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page, with author Scott Carpenter, in conversation with Marcia DeSanctis!

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When Scott Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that will unfold: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps—not to mention all those lectures about cheese!

Nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure.
In the company of a cast of recurring characters, he leads us through the labyrinth of the Parisian everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Everything is grist for his mill: neighbors who plot to murder one another, hiccups in transportation, bizarre store policies, operatic dramas in the condo association, healthcare à la française, underground tunnels, and even terrorism. Through it all, Carpenter keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

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Minnesota-born and Midwest-bred, Scott Dominic Carpenter is the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize for humor (2018), recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and semi-finalist for the Many Voices Project Prize, he has published work in a wide variety of venues, including The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, South Dakota Review, and various anthologies. When not tearing his hair out over life in France, Carpenter teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). His website is sdcarpenter.com.

Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer who worked for Barbara Walters and Peter Jennings at ABC News, and at CBS News 60 Minutes and NBC News.  She is the New York Times bestselling author of 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go and contributes to Vogue, Town & Country, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. She is the recipient of five Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism. She lived and worked for several years in Paris and travels as much as possible to France.  Her website is: https://marciadesanctis.com


Friday, July 10, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Pre-Order Book for Exclusive Link

Hank Green presents A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, with Cory Doctorow

July 10, 7:00pm Central Time

Join Hank Green in conversation with Cory Doctorow for an exciting virtual event celebrating his highly anticipated new book, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the follow-up to his #1 New York Times bestselling debut, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

Each ticket will include a signed copy of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, a limited edition enamel pin, and access to the virtual program

Hank will be answering a few questions from the audience at this event. Have something you’d like to ask? Email ABFEQuestions@gmail.com with your question, the city you're tuning in from, and (optional) your first name.

Cory Doctorow also has two titles out in July, a reissue of Little Brother and Homeland with an introduction by Edward Snowden and a new picture book, Poesy The Monster-Slayer (Jul 14, First Second). Both are available to order from Magers & Quinn!

To access the event, PRE-ORDER A BEAUTIFULLY FOOLISH ENDEAVOR HERE by July 6, 2020!

Event access links will be emailed to the address associated with your order within 24 hours of the event. Books will be shipped on or after the publication date, July 7.

Monday, July 13, 4:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

David Dickinson presents The Backyard Astronomer's Field Guide: How to Find the Best Objects the Night Sky has to Offer Virtual Event

Get outside and explore the night sky this summer! David Dickinson, co-author of The Universe Today Guide to Viewing the Cosmos, has created the ultimate field guide for backyard astronomers with his new book, The Backyard Astronomer’s Field Guide. Whether you want to impress viewers at a star party, or learn what you can see with your new telescope, David shows you how to find the most impressive the night sky has to offer.

Backyard astronomy has become more accessible through apps and technology, but they tend to be inaccurate and a source of frustration when trying to find objects with your telescope. With 44 sky charts and David’s expertise, it’s like having a pro-astronomer out in the field with you.

Broken down by month and by hemisphere to ensure you get the best possible view, David shows you how to find objects like spiral galaxies, stunning sights in the Milky Way and stars that bring the “wow factor” to astronomy.

Tune in to our Facebook Page on Monday, July 13 at 4pm central time. Buy the book HERE.

David Dickinson is the co-author of The Universe Today Guide to Viewing the Cosmos. He is an Earth science teacher, freelance science writer, retired USAF veteran and backyard astronomer. He currently writes and ponders the universe as he travels the world with his wife.

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

Robin Wasserman presents Mother Daughter Widow Wife, Virtual Event in conversation with Maureen Johnson

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm Central time for a virtual conversation between authors Robin Wasserman and Maureen Johnson, discussing Robin's latest novel.

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Who is Wendy Doe? The woman, found on a Peter Pan Bus to Philadelphia, has no money, no ID, and no memory of who she is, where she was going, or what she might have done. She’s assigned a name and diagnosis by the state: Dissociative fugue, a temporary amnesia that could lift at any moment—or never at all. When Dr. Benjamin Strauss invites her to submit herself for experimental observation at his Meadowlark Institute for Memory Research, she feels like she has no other choice.

To Dr. Strauss, Wendy is a female body, subject to his investigation and control. To Strauss’s ambitious student, Lizzie Epstein, she’s an object of fascination, a mirror of Lizzie’s own desires, and an invitation to wonder: once a woman is untethered from all past and present obligations of womanhood, who is she allowed to become?

To Alice, the daughter she left behind, Wendy Doe is an absence so present it threatens to tear Alice’s world apart. Through their attempts to untangle the mystery of Wendy’s identity—as well as Wendy’s own struggle to construct a new self—Wasserman has crafted a jaw-dropping, multi-voiced journey of discovery, reckoning, and reclamation.

Searing, propulsive, and compassionate, Mother Daughter Widow Wife is an ambitious exploration of selfhood from an expert and enthralling storyteller.

Robin Wasserman is the author of Girls on Fire, an NPR and BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a Master’s in the history of science. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for television.


Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), which was also a recent hit feature film on Netflix.

The Box in the Woods, a new Truly Devious mystery, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins on April 6, 2021. 

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

Gretchen Anthony presents The Kids Are Gonna Ask, virtual book launch in conversation with J. Ryan Stradal

Gretchen Anthony launches her new novel, live on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page!

About the book: Thomas and Savannah McClair aren't like normal teenagers. Following the sudden passing of their mother, the twins were raised in their eccentric grandmother Maggie's household. There, they become determined to learn a missing piece of their story as well as their mother's—the identity of their biological father. And when their impassioned mission goes viral, a producer named Sam Tamblin offers them a platform they never would have dreamed of—a fully sponsored podcast called The Kids Are Gonna Ask.

To their shock, the podcast ignites in popularity when one of their interviewees eviscerates them on national radio for violating their biological father's privacy rights. As the controversy mounts, Thomas and Savannah find themselves at the center of a national debate they never asked for—but nothing compares to the mayhem that ensues when they find him.

Gretchen Anthony is the author of Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, which was a Midwest Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Medium, and The Write Life, among others. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Thursday, July 30, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

Kaia Preus presents The War Requiem

THE WAR REQUIEM blends memoir, research, and historical fiction in order to explore Benjamin Britten’s dynamic piece of choral and orchestral music, War Requiem, Op. 66. Written to commemorate the new Coventry Cathedral’s consecration (following World War II bombing), Britten's composition blends the Latin Mass for the Dead with nine poems by Wilfred Owen. Just as Britten’s piece pulls together many threads and subjects, this book braids three separate stories of Britten, Owen, and the author, to better understand the process of art-making and the lasting effects of both art and war.

Kaia Solveig Preus teaches writing in Minneapolis. She received her MFA from Hollins University and is a 2019 Author Fellow through the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Barely South Review, The Briar Cliff Review, The Drum, Pleiades, and Watershed Review.

Monday, September 14, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

JP Gritton presents Wyoming

It's the tail end of the '80s and Shelley Cooper is in trouble. He's broke, he's been fired from his construction job, and his ex-wife has left him for their next door neighbor and a new life in Kansas City. The only opportunity on his horizon is fifty pounds of his brother's high-grade marijuana, which needs to be driven from Colorado to Houston and exchanged for a lockbox full of cash. The delivery goes off without a hitch, but getting home with the money proves to be a different challenge altogether. Fueled by a grab bag of resentments and self-punishment, Shelley watches things go from bad to worse to (maybe) good enough.

JP Gritton's awards include a Cynthia Woods Mitchell fellowship, a DisQuiet fellowship and the Inprint Donald Barthelme prize in fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, Southwest Review, Tin House and elsewhere. His translations of the fiction of Brazilian writer Cidinha da Silva are forthcoming in InTranslation. Wyoming is his first novel.

Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Midway Journal Reading

Midway Journal is excited to highlight several of the talented Minnesota writers whose work has been featured in the journal in the first annual Twin Cities Midway Journal reading. The event will feature both poets and prose writers, with time to mingle and enjoy refreshments.

Thursday, December 31, 5:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Postponed Indefinitely: Poetry Reading with Joyce Sutphen and Connie Wanek

This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule for as soon as it is possible to safely gather again.

Joyce Sutphen's evocations of life on a small farm, coming of age in the later 1960s, and traveling and searching for balance in a very modern world are both deeply personal and familiar. Readers from Maine to Minnesota and beyond will recognize themselves, their parents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors in these poems, which move us from delight in keen description to something like wisdom or solace in the things of this world.

In addition to poems selected from the last 25 years, Carrying Water to the Field includes more than forty new poems on the themes of luck, hard work, and he ravages of time--erasures that Sutphen attempts to ameliorate with her careful attention to language and lyrical precision.

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minneasota. She is a professor emeritus of English at Gustavus Adolphus College and is Minnesota's poet laureate. She is the author of seven poetry collections.

Connie Wanek was born in Wisconsin, raised in New Mexico, and lived for over a quarter century in Duluth, MN. Wanek’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Great River Review, Poetry East, Water-Stone, and many other publications over the years. In 2006, US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser named her a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress. She served as a co-editor with Joyce Sutphen and Thom Tammaro on the comprehensive anthology, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, which appeared in 2007 from New Rivers Press. Author of four books of poetry, Wanek also published a book of prose, ten stories, called Summer Cars with Will o' the Wisp Press in 2014. Forthcoming from Candlewick Press is a children’s book of poetry co-written by Wanek and Ted Kooser.

Connie Wanek was deeply honored to receive the George Morrison Artist of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts in Northeastern Minnesota. And in 2017, a wildflower trail in Duluth’s Hartley Nature Center was named in her honor.


Thursday, December 31, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

POSTPONED INDEFINITELY: Ander Monson presents Gnome Stories and I Will Take the Answer, in conversation with Patrick Nathan

This event has been postponed indefinitely. We are working to reschedule in late summer or fall of 2020 if possible. Thank you for your interest in this event, and we apologize for any inconvenience!

In The Gnome Stories, Ander Monson presents eleven unforgettable stories about oddly American situations. His characters are loners in the truest sense; in the process of recovering from mental, physical, or emotions trauma; finding solace--or at least a sense of purpose--in peculiar jobs and pursuits. A man whose wife left him is robbed, so he decides to start doing his own breaking and entering into his neighbors' homes. When another man's girlfriend is cryogenically frozen by her family after a car accident, he becomes a maintenance worker at the cryogenic facility, eavesdropping on visitors as they whisper secrets to their frozen loved ones. A woman serves as an assistant to the Starvationist, whose methods to help clients lose large amounts of weight are unorthodox, sadistic--and utterly failproof. Another woman and her robot assistant have become hired to tinker with the troubling memories inside a celebrity's brain. The stories are as surreal as an urban legend and at the same time perfectly mundane.

In I Will Take the Answer, a book of essays, Monson grapples deeply with the idea of connection. In the opening essay, which extends across the book in brief subsequent pieces, a trip through a storm sewer in Tuscon inspires Monson to trace the city's relationship to Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman who shot Gabrielle Giffords and killed six bystanders, along with how violence is produced and how we grieve the dead. With the formally inventive "I in River," he ruminates on water in a waterless city and the structures we use to attempt to contain and control it. Monson also visits the exuberantly nerdy kingdom of a Renaissance Faire, and elaborates on the enduring appeal of sad songs through the lens of March Sadness, an online competition that he cofounded, an engaging riff on the NCAA basketball tournament brackets in which sad songs replace teams.

Ander Monson is the author of Letter to a Future Lover and Vanishing Point, and is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Tuscon, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.

Thursday, December 31, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

POSTPONED INDEFINITELY: Sarah Kendzior presents Hiding in Plain Sight

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed indefinitely. We are working to set up a new date later in 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.

President Donald Trump is often portrayed as a doddering narcissist who lucked his way into office and has wreaked havoc like a bull in a China shop ever since. St. Louis-based journalist and expert on authoritarian states Sarah Kendzior is here to dismiss that dangerous misconception and set the record straight: Donald Trump’s presidential run was nothing short of a calculated effort in the works for decades, and, once in office, Trump set in motion a plan to drive the United States into the ground for personal profit.

In her unflinching hardcover debut HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America, New York Times bestselling author Kendzior unveils a startling portrait of the way foreign powers and organized crime have infiltrated our democracy, setting the stage for an autocratic leader like Donald Trump to take power.
Kendzior follows Trump decade by decade, from 1980s tabloid king and real estate tycoon to early aughts reality show star to the invention of today’s Tweeting politician, but she also illuminates what was happening in the shadows, behind all that glitz and glam, from changes in legislation that undermined democracy and shifts in the media landscape that paved the way for politics to become an arena for the rich, the famous, and the crooked. Her work draws on varied sources in the public record—including a 1984 Washington Post interview in which Trump discusses his desire to forge an alliance with Russia, evidence of Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election from NSA whistleblower Reality Winner, and the philosophy of Hannah Arendt—to uncover the threat that has been hiding in plain sight for decades.

As someone who has always been in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kendzior sits in the perfect vantage point to tell this story. She worked at the New York Daily News when print media was on the brink of collapse, lived in New York City when the Twin Towers fell and in St. Louis when Michael Brown was shot, and studied media and authoritarianism right as Trump emerged using the very same tactics as post-Soviet dictators. And now, she is a mother raising children who will inherit a nation forever changed, and who wonder aloud, “Why did no one stop people from doing bad things?”

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT gives readers an in-depth, comprehensive narrative to hold on to in the shifting sands of a 24-hour news cycle driven by click bait, drawing connections between events that span nearly forty years. In this bitingly honest book, Kendzior takes her singular commitment to speak the truth from the digital space, where she has over half a million followers on Twitter, to the printed page to document whispers of criminal activity and leave a record for generations to come.

Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is currently an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and she was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in many publications, including Politico, Slate, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, TeenVogue, and The New York Times.