Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 27, 11:00am Virtual Book Launch - Registration Required

Virtual Launch Party with Daniel Bensen, Trilby Black, and Neil Sharpson

Celebrate recent releases from three Sci-Fi authors at this virtual launch party!

Authors Daniel Bensen, Trilby Black, and Neil Sharpson will read and discuss their new novels!

Registration is $5, and attendees will receive virtual event access and a $5 off code for use at magersandquinn.com.

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Attendees also have a chance to win prizes during the event! Follow @magersandquinn or the authors on social media and share our posts about the event, and you'll be entered to win fabulous prizes!

About Interchange: A year ago, Anne Houlihan uncovered a wormhole to Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien biomes. Now, she and Daisuke are going back to investigate "The Howling Mountain," the possible location of a wormhole into space. Her mission headed by an eccentric millionaire, Anne believes she will have a chance to learn more about the origin of Junction and its varied ecosystems. The mission has purposes beyond what she knows, however, and so does the planet. As the expedition tears its way across the alien landscape, Anne must fight to protect its lifeforms, herself, and the Earth.

Daniel M. Bensen writes science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy. He is the author of Junction, its sequel Interchange, the comic book First Knife, and the Sidewise award-winning short story “Treasure Fleet.” He resides in Sofia, Bulgaria with his daughters, wife, and in-laws in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy.

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About Finnegan's Awake: Since birth, Rain Wooten has been trained by her secret-agent parents to hate and destroy the enemies of America. But when a pizza delivery turns into an armed kidnapping gone wrong, she is thrust into the world of normal people, where right and wrong are no longer so clear, and reality is even harder to determine.

Trilby Black is an academic science editor who previously worked in astronautics, blue-sky research, and academia, with stints between running a wooden passenger ferry, teaching math in the local youth prison, and raising two children. She has lived in Colorado, France, Texas, and the UK. Currently, she works and lives with her family in Suffolk, England. Finnegan's Awake is her first novel.

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About When the Sparrow Falls: Life in the Caspian Republic has taught Agent Nikolai South two rules. Trust No One. And work just hard enough not to make enemies. Here, in the last sanctuary for the dying embers of the human race in a world run by artificial intelligence, if you stray from the path - your life is forfeit. WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS illuminates authoritarianism, complicity, and identity in the digital age, in a page turning, darkly-funny, frightening and touching story that recalls Philip K. Dick, John le Carrâe and Kurt Vonnegut in equal measure.

Neil Sharpson studied in University College Dublin where he was a member of UCD Dramsoc and honed his skills as a writer, winning the Dramsoc Award for Best Original Script and the Dramsoc Award for Outstanding Contribution to Original Writing. He is a graduate of the Abbey Theatre’s New Playwright’s Programme and has been commissioned by the Abbey twice. He was also shortlisted for the Maguire International Playwrighting Award in 2009. He writes for the Irish superhero comic, League of Volunteers and is the founder of the comedy review blog, Unshaved Mouse. His first novel, When the Sparrow Falls will be published by Tor/Macmillan in June 2021, with his second novel following in Summer 2022.

Monday, August 2, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Free Registration Required

Maggie Smith presents Goldenrod: Poems, in conversation with Alison McGhee

From the award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life.

With her breakout bestseller Keep Moving, Maggie Smith captured the nation with her "meditations on kindness and hope" (NPR). Now, with Goldenrod, the award-winning poet returns with a powerful collection of poems that look at parenthood, solitude, love, and memory. Pulling objects from everyday life--a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son's pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road--she reveals the magic of the present moment. Only Maggie Smith could turn an autocorrect mistake into a line of poetry, musing that her phone "doesn't observe / the high holidays, autocorrecting / shana tova to shaman tobacco, / Rosh Hashanah to rose has hands."​

Slate called Smith's "superpower as a writer" her "ability to find the perfect concrete metaphor for inchoate human emotions and explore it with empathy and honesty." The poems in Goldenrod celebrate the contours of daily life, explore and delight in the space between thought and experience, and remind us that we decide what is beautiful.

Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and the national bestseller Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been widely published, appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Poetry, and more. You can follow her on social media @MaggieSmithPoet.

Alison McGhee is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for children and adults, including Tell Me a Tattoo Story, The Opposite of Fate, and What I Leave Behind.

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Wednesday, August 4, 6:00pm Free Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Carol Dines presents This Distance We Call Love: Stories

Join us for a free, live-stream event with author Carol Dines on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Wednesday, August 4 at 6:00pm Central time.

Blending humor and insight, the thirteen stories in this collection explore interwoven themes of connection and disconnection in our most intimate relationships, a topic pertinent to our pandemic lives. Told through the voices of mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, sisters and friends, the loosely linked stories have been likened to Lorrie Moore and Alice Munroe in their narrative style.

Set in Minnesota, Italy, and Mexico, the collection delves deep into our changing world, revealing how the internet, climate change, sexual violence, aging and work impact our families, marriages, and friendships. While some relationships fall apart, others remain entrenched in old patterns, grappling with notions of self and duty. Altogether, the stories probe our most meaningful relationships, asking how love survives our changing world.

Carol Dines is the author of fiction for adults and young adults, and is a recipient of the Judy Blume award as well as a recipient of Minnesota and Wisconsin State Artist Fellowships. Dines received a BA from Stanford University and an MA in English from Colorado State University. She has taught writing to all ages at universities, colleges, and public schools in Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Jack Zipes, and their standard poodle.

Thursday, August 5, 7:00pm Free Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Christine Platt presents The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less, in conversation with Nicole Crowder

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel.

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Forget the aesthetics of mainstream minimalism and discover a life of authenticity and intention with this practical guide to living with less…your way.

When Christine Platt set out on her journey to live with less, she never intended to become The Afrominimalist. She just wanted to tame the chaos in her closet! But after struggling with the austerity and whiteness of mainstream minimalism, Christine realized why minimalism often seems unattainable for so many: the emphasis on all-white, barren aesthetics distracts from the practice of living with intention. And so, she decided to do things her way by curating a life of less influenced by the African diaspora.

In The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less, Christine gets right to the heart of how childhood experiences and expectations manifest in adulthood, the delicate dance between needs and wants, and the complicated weight of familial and societal pressures. A far cry from Konmaried closets, capsule wardrobes, and conspicuous consumption, Christine’s brand of “living with less” is more than a decluttering regimen. Inspired by her personal journey, Christine presents a radical revisioning of minimalism, one that celebrates the importance of history and heritage, and gives you permission to make space for what really matters…your way.

Beautifully illustrated with original black-and-white prints and line drawings, The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less is a testament to the idea that anyone can be a minimalist and a warm invitation to a life curated with intention, perfect for readers of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists), Marie Kondo, Joshua Becker, and Courtney Carver.

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Christine Platt is a modern-day Renaissance woman. From serving as an advocate for policy reform to using the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work reflects her practice of living with intention. She holds a BA in Africana Studies, MA in African-American Studies, and a JD in General Law. Christine has written over two dozen literary works for people of all ages. When she’s not writing, Christine spends her time curating The Afrominimalist—a creative platform chronicling her journey to minimalism. Visit her online at TheAfrominimalist.com.

Nicole Crowder Upholstery is a Black-owned furniture and upholstery studio creating commissioned, generational, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and home furnishings like meditation pillows, poufs and more. Nicole's work has been commissioned by the leading hotel chains, restaurants, and spaces, such as Osteria Morini, the British Embassy, and Ethel’s Club in Brooklyn. She also has created bespoke pieces for private clients and has been featured in design publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Martha Stewart Living. Nicole began her journey into upholstery design after spending her childhood traveling and often moving with her family. https://www.nicolecrowderupholstery.com

Thursday, August 19, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Pre-Order Required

Farrah Rochon presents The Dating Playbook, in conversation with Abby Jimenez

This exclusive virtual event is available to customers who pre-order The Dating Playbook, and is presented in partnership with Forever and other independent bookstores!

To join the event, you must pre-order by August 10. Pre-Order Here

Pre-order customers will receive access to a virtual event, as well as a signed bookplate and limited edition sticker sheet. (Event access information will be sent via email week of 8/16.)

When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.

And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There's just one catch--no one can know what they're doing. But when they're accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor's game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win . . . or is he playing for keeps?

USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers, New York Sabers, Bayou Dreams and Moments in Maplesville series. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

Abby Jimenez is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Life's Too Short. Her previous novels include The Happy Ever After Playlist, and The Friend Zone.  She founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby's wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now-famous Nadia Cakes Vageode ® cake. Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house.

Monday, August 23, 7:00pm Free Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Tom Nichols presents Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy, in conversation with Joan Walsh

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Monday, August 23 at 7:00pm Central.

A contrarian yet highly engaging account of the spread of illiberal and anti-democratic sentiment throughout our culture that places responsibility on the citizens themselves.

Over the past three decades, citizens of democracies who claim to value freedom, tolerance, and the rule of law have increasingly embraced illiberal politicians and platforms. Democracy is in trouble--but who is really to blame?

In Our Own Worst Enemy, Tom Nichols challenges the current depictions of the rise of illiberal and anti-democratic movements in the United States and elsewhere as the result of the deprivations of globalization or the malign decisions of elites. Rather, he places the blame for the rise of illiberalism on the people themselves. Nichols traces the illiberalism of the 21st century to the growth of unchecked narcissism, rising standards of living, global peace, and a resistance to change. Ordinary citizens, laden with grievances, have joined forces with political entrepreneurs who thrive on the creation of rage rather than on the encouragement of civic virtue and democratic cooperation. While it will be difficult, Nichols argues that we need to defend democracy by resurrecting the virtues of altruism, compromise, stoicism, and cooperation--and by recognizing how good we've actually had it in the modern world.

Trenchant, contrarian, and highly engaging, Our Own Worst Enemy reframes the debate about how democracies have ended up in this dire state of affairs and what to do about it.

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Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, a columnist for USA Today, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford 2017), No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security (2013), and Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War (2008). He is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the US Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies. He is a former aide in the US Senate and has been a Fellow of the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Joan Walsh is The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is a producer of the award-winning 2020 documentary The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show, about the legendary week in 1968 when the activist-entertainer took the helm from Johnny Carson, and the author of What’s the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America, which the Philadelphia Daily News called “one of the best books of 2012 – and even more relevant now.” Salon’s very first news editor, Walsh served as editor in chief for six years.  She’s written for publications ranging from Vogue to The Nation, and for newspapers including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Walsh lives in New York with her labradoodle, Sadie.

Tuesday, August 24, 7:00pm Free Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Meredith Hall presents Beneficence, in conversation with Larry Watson

Two bestselling authors of American fiction in conversation! Watch the live-stream on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00pm.

A family must overcome heartbreak to reclaim goodness and peace in their lives. Reviewers and readers have called Beneficence a “hauntingly beautiful” novel, “hard to put down,” “a page-turner and an artistic triumph,” “a masterpiece of compassion.” Written by a masterful storyteller, this is a book that the journey we make through loss to healing.

In the midst of a nearly perfect life, Doris Senter is thankful but wary. “We can’t ever know what will come,” she says. When an unimaginable tragedy turns the family of five into a family of four, everything the Senters held faith in is shattered. The family is consumed by sorrow and guilt. Slowly, the surviving family members find their way to forgiveness—of themselves and of each other.

Few writers know the human heart and the burden of grief as New York Times bestselling author Meredith Hall. Beneficence is a radiant novel of goodness and love—both its gifts and its obligations—that will stay with readers long after the last page. With a rare tenderness and compassion, Beneficence shows broken hearts becoming whole as this family reclaims their love and peace.

Meredith Hall’s memoir Without a Map is a classic of the genre and a New York Times bestseller. It was named Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and BookSense, as well as Elle’s “Readers’ Pick of the Year.” Her work has appeared in Five Points, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The New York Times, and many others. Hall divides her time between Maine and California.

Larry Watson is the author of eleven novels, most recently The Lives of Edie Pritchard, which Kirkus called “A riveting and tense examination of identity, violence, and female anger.” His novel Let Him Go was made into a feature film starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in 2020. He released his first full-length poetry collection, Late Assignments, in 2019.. A native of North Dakota, Watson now lives and writes in Kenosha, Wisconsin.