Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Booksellers (map)

Serena Zabin presents The Boston Massacre: A Family History

A dramatic ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution

The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin is a professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College. She is the author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York and The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden's Journal of the Proceedings. She is also the codesigner of a forthcoming video game about the Boston Massacre, Witness to the Revolution.

Monday, March 2, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Arthur Phillips presents The King at the Edge of the World

Arthur Phillips is back with a thrilling novel of espionage in 16th-century England. In The King at the Edge of the World, Queen Elizabeth I is dying and childless. The leading candidate to succeed her is King James VI of Scotland, supposedly a Protestant like her. The problem? The queen’s spymasters are skeptical of where his true religious loyalties lie. If he secretly shares his family’s Catholicism, then the last 40 years of religious war was for nothing, and England faces an ensuing bloodbath. His path to the throne would have to be blocked at all costs.

Enter Mahmoud Ezzedine, a Turkish Muslim physician who was betrayed by a countryman and stranded in England during the last embassy from the Ottoman Empire. The ultimate outsider and hungry to return home to his wife and son, Ezzedine will be cajoled into becoming the perfect undercover agent to reveal King James’s true beliefs and intentions.

Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of The Tragedy of Arthur; The Song Is You, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best novels of the year by The Washington Post; Angelica, which was adapted as a 2015 film; The Egyptologist; and Prague, which was also a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. He lives in New York.

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Chris Kluwe presents Otaku

The debut novel from former NFL player and tech enthusiast Chris Kluwe, Otaku is a fast-paced, addictive near-future novel that takes the reader to a riveting virtual reality landscape.

Ditchtown. A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents. Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who's slipping away, a mother who's already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits.

Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital—and the Sunjewel Warriors' feats are legendary. However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once…

Chris Kluwe is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction collection Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies; a contributor to Press Start To Play; and the lead designer of the tabletop card game TWILIGHT OF THE GODS.  A former NFL player, Kluwe has received wide attention for his TED talk about the future of technology, virtual reality, and empathy, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more.

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kawai Strong Washburn presents Sharks in the Time of Saviors

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods—a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai’i—with tragic consequences—they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other outlets. He was a 2015 Tin House Summer Scholar and 2015 Bread Loaf work-study scholar. Today, he lives with his wife and daughters in Minneapolis. Sharks in the Time of Saviors is his first novel.

Thursday, March 5, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Dr. Kelly Neff presents Sex Positive: Redefining our Attitudes to Love and Sex

The digital age is ushering in a new sexual revolution, and it is Sex Positive.

Millennial disrupter Dr. Kelly Neff believes a radical change is underway in our love and sex lives — a transformation fuelled by technology and shifting cultural beliefs. Millennials and Generation ‘Z’ are rejecting traditional gender stereotypes and embracing tech as it revolutionizes virtually every aspect of our sex lives. The future is Sex Positive — tolerant of individual choice and open to sexual freedom and exploration, but what does this mean for our sex lives and our definitions of love as we navigate this brave new world of sexual autonomy and self-discovery?

Never before has there been a stronger cultural narrative about fiercely loving and accepting yourself without shame, guilt or judgement. Dr. Kelly is here to unpack the big topics and create a dialogue about what really matters today when it comes to what we want out of love, sex and relationships.

Dr. Kelly Neff is a social psychologist, professor, futurist, radio personality and author who has electrified the media world with her unique focus on the intersection of psychology, consciousness, and human sexuality. An academically trained research psychologist, she received her B.A. (2004) in Psychology magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University and her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Social Psychology summa cum laude from Claremont Graduate University. She spent almost a decade teaching thousands of people in her online and in-person Psychology of Human Sexuality courses at Saddleback College, CA.

Saturday, March 7, 3:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Linda Sue Park presents Prairie Lotus

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.

Linda Sue Park is the author of bestseller A Long Walk to Water as well as the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and many other acclaimed novels and picture books. She lives in Rochester, NY. www.lspark.com,Twitter: @LindaSuePark.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm The Parkway Theater (4814 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55417)

Dan Pfeiffer presents Un-Trumping America, moderated by Alyssa Mastromonaco

6:00 pm Doors // 7:00 pm Show

$38 Advance // $43 At the door — includes copy of Un-Trumping America
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Dan Pfeiffer, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of Pod Save America, comes to the Parkway in celebration of his new book, Un-Trumping America. Join us for this energizing reading and book signing! Each ticket includes a copy of Pfeiffer's new book.

Un-Trumping America is a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics. The book dismantles toxic Trumpism and offers a way forward.

Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and the Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeifer urges Democrats to embrace bold solution — from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster — in order to make American more democratic (and Democratic).

Dan Pfeiffer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and a cohost of Pod Save America. One of Barack Obama's longest serving advisors, he was White House director of communications under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior advisor to the president (2013-2015). He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Howli, and their daughter, Kyla.

Alyssa Mastromonaco served as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? with Lauren Oyler and a contributor to Crooked Media.

Thursday, March 12, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sean Toren presents Rockhead: A Novel

How do you live your best possible life?
How do you do a single thing—like break up with a lover, or climb a dangerous route—so well that it changes you down to your cells?

Unemployed rock climber Atlas is looking for answers. He can't seem to work or climb or even love right—but he's trying his best to learn how. As he ''vans'' his way across the U.S. with his best friend—leaving one woman behind to follow another—he searches for a state of intense awareness called the ''rockhead,'' while struggling to discover whether his actions are of his own free will, or whether they are determined by his genes and family and society.

But when he suffers an extreme fall on 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite, Atlas's search for understanding becomes a struggle for survival. To save his injured partner, he has to climb the hardest section of the wall without a rope—and discovers that the mindfulness of the ''rockhead'' lies at the crossroads of what is determined, what is will, and what is love: a place of compassion within his own heart.

Perfect for fans of Alone on the Wall and Barbarian Days, Matt Samet, editor of Climbing Magazine wrote of Rockhead, “Climbing fiction is a rarity, especially in novel form, and especially done well. So it was a real treat to get my hands on an early copy of Sean Toren’s ambitious Rockhead…If you’re a fan of…fiction, or climbing literature in general, I’d strongly encourage you to give Rockhead a read. It’s very well written, it’s something different, and...will leave you haunted and pondering for days after you finish the novel.”

Sean Toren has published short stories and non-fiction in Reed Magazine, Climbing Magazine, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among many others. He’s also travelled and climbed all over the world, from bouldering in China, to big walls in Yosemite. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son and now works as a psychotherapist.

Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Eva Moreimi presents Hidden Recipes: A Holocaust Memoir

Before the Second World War, Ica (Elena) and Ernő (Ernest) each lived a comfortable life in Czechoslovakia. Their lives were shattered by Nazi cruelty, prejudice and devastation. Hidden Recipes tells the story of their will and determination, and their struggles to survive. By sharing stories about their lives when food was abundant before the war, Ica secretly wrote down hundreds of recipes that she and her fellow inmates shared. Ironically, many of the delectable recipes were written on the reverse sides of papers that carried information about ammunition that was manufactured and used to annihilate the Jews during the Holocaust. Ernő spent several years in various Hungarian forced labor units, where he was required to perform strenuous manual labor. He courageously escaped with the help of righteous people, which saved his life. Hidden Recipes is a story of endurance, will to survive, courage, faith and finding joy and happiness again. 

Eva Moreimi grew up in Czechoslovakia as an only child to two Holocaust survivor parents. Shortly after graduating from Economic School, she escaped from the communist regime and immigrated to the United States. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband close to their three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys reading, practicing yoga, traveling, cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lyssa Kay Adams presents Undercover Bromance

Liv Papandreas has her dream job as a sous chef at Nashville's hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is—in the immortal words of Jessie Spano—a chauvinist pig. Liv already knows he can't stand her because she refuses to be one of his sycophants, but when she catches him harassing a young hostess and confronts him on the spot, he can't fire her quick enough. She vows to get revenge, but she'll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv's blackballed from the restaurant scene, the annoyingly charismatic nightclub owner offers to help, but she's wary of his motives. And his face. And his smile. And his body. They quickly get in over their heads and Mack calls for reinforcements. Inspired by the romantic suspense they're reading, his book club bros agree to help set up a sting operation to take down the chef. And once they see how happy their friend is around Liv, they have another mission to finish. They want to help Mack figure out the way to Liv's heart... even though she's determined to stifle the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Lyssa Kay Adams read her first romance novel in eighth grade after swiping one from her grandmother's book shelf and was hooked forever. After a nearly 20-year career as a journalist, her dreams of writing and publishing her own HEAs came true and she now writes full-time from her home in Michigan with a pesky, fluffy K9 assistant named Domino. Learn more at lyssakayadams.com and connect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @LyssaKayAdams.

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

Poetry Reading with Joyce Sutphen and Connie Wanek

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.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Conor Dougherty presents Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where fleets of private buses ferry software engineers past the tarp-and-plywood shanties where the homeless make their homes. The adage that California is a glimpse of the nation's future has become a cautionary tale.

With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, Golden Gates chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs.

To tell this new story of housing, Dougherty follows struggling math teacher who builds a political movement dedicated to ending single-family-house neighborhoods. A teenaged girl who leads her apartment complex against their rent-raising landlord. A nun who tries to outmaneuver private equity investors by amassing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of affordable homes. A suburban bureaucrat who roguishly embraces density in response to the threat of climate change. A developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in detail, Golden Gates captures a vast political realignment during a moment of rapid technological and social change.

Conor Dougherty is an economics reporter at The New York Times. He previously spent a decade in New York covering housing and the economy for The Wall Street Journal. He grew up in the Bay Area and lives with his family in Oakland.

Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Ander Monson presents Gnome Stories and I Will Take the Answer

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.

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

Alison McGhee presents The Opposite of Fate

The Opposite of Fate brings together themes of bodily autonomy, women’s rights, and making exceptionally difficult decisions. The story follows twenty-one-year-old Mallie Williams—scrappy, headstrong, and wise beyond her years—who has just landed on her feet following a tumultuous youth when the unthinkable happens: she is violently assaulted. The crime leaves her comatose, surrounded by friends and family who are hoping against hopes for a full recovery.

But soon Mallie's small community finds themselves divided. The rape has left Mallie pregnant, and while some friends are convinced that she would never keep the pregnancy, others are sure that a baby would be the only good thing to come out of all of this pain. Who gets to decide? How much power, in the end, do we have over our own bodies? Mallie, her family, and her town find themselves at the center of a media storm, confronting questions nobody should have to face. And when Mallie emerges from the fog, what will she think of the choices that were made on her behalf?

Alison McGhee's best-selling novel Shadow Baby was a Today Show Book Club pick, and her picture book for adults, Someday, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards, has three grown children, and lives a semi-nomadic life in Minnesota, Vermont, and California.

Monday, April 13, 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.

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00pm The Parkway Theater (4814 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis MN 55417)

Peter Geye launches Northernmost, in conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
6:00 pm Doors // 7:00 pm Show (includes author book signing and Q&A)
Tickets on Sale 8:00 am, Friday February 21
$38: general admission for one plus one copy of Northernmost
$58: general admission for two plus one copy of Northernmost
All Ages

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Acclaimed novelist Peter Geye celebrates the release of his newest book, Northernmost, a thrilling ode to the spirit of adventure and the vagaries of loss and love. The event will include a special raffle with proceeds supporting The Loft Literary Center.

In 1897, Odd Einar Eide returns home from a near-death experience in the Arctic only to discover his own funeral underway. His wife, Inger, stunned to see him alive, is slow to warm back up to him, having spent many sleepless nights convinced she had lost both him and their daughter, Thea, who traveled to America two years earlier but has yet to send even a single letter back to them in Hammerfest, their small Norwegian town at the top of the earth.

More than a century later, Greta Nansen has finally begun to admit to herself that her marriage is over. Desperately unhappy and unfulfilled, she makes the decision to follow her husband from their home in Minnesota to Oslo, where he has traveled for work, to end it once and for all. But on impulse, for reasons unknown even to her, she diverts her travels to Hammerfest: the town of her ancestors, the town where her great-great-grandmother Thea was born–and for some reason never returned to.

Braiding together two remarkable stories of love and survival, Northernmost wades into the darkest recesses of the human heart and celebrates the remarkable ability of humans to endure nearly unimaginable trials.