Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 5, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook page

Mary Potter Kenyon presents Called to Be Creative: Free Virtual Reading and Q&A

Author, speaker, and creativity expert Mary Potter Kenyon will be live on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page, discussing her latest book, on Thursday, November 5, at 7:00pm Central.

Were you the student caught daydreaming in class, the child who read books beneath your desk or had to be told repeatedly to color inside the lines? Is there some restless yearning inside you that wants your box of crayons back? Mary Potter Kenyon, author of Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity, will jumpstart your innate creative side with her latest book!

Buy the book HERE

Mary will also conduct a more in-depth, registration-required workshop on Sunday, 11/8. REGISTER and learn more about the workshop HERE!

(Participation in the free live-stream is not required to join the paid workshop.)

Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology, and is a certified grief counselor. She is the Program Coordinator for the Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Mary is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including ten Chicken Soup books. Her essay on the connection between grief and creativity was published in the January/February 2013 issue of “Poets & Writers” magazine and she has several devotions included in the NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible released by Zondervan in 2013. Mary conducts writing workshops and does public speaking on the topics of writing, utilizing your creativity in your everyday life, and finding hope and healing in grief. She had been a keynote speaker at the Iowa City Book Festival, Galena Lit-Fest, St. Thomas More Church in Coralville and the American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls. She has taught writing workshops at Hawkeye Community College in Cedar Falls, NICC, libraries, and annually at the Cedar Falls Christian Writer’s conference every June since 2012. She is the author of Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession, Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage, the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace, Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink, co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston and Expressive Writing for Healing. Her book on creativity, Called to Be Creative, will be released by Familius Publishing in September 2020.

Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required for Access

Legacy of the Magic Pencil: Creativity Workshop with Mary Potter Kenyon

Author, speaker, and creativity expert Mary Potter Kenyon leads a workshop based on her new book, Called to be Creative.

Were you the student caught daydreaming in class, the child who read books beneath your desk or had to be told repeatedly to color inside the lines? Is there some restless yearning inside you that wants your box of crayons back? Mary Potter Kenyon, author of Called to Be Creative: A Guide to Reigniting Your Creativity, will jumpstart your innate creative side with this engaging presentation that includes a reflective quiz for attendees!

Learn the science behind creativity research, get ideas for incorporating creativity into your everyday life and engage in discussion following the presentation.

The first 20 registered attendees will receive their own "magic pencil" package in the mail.

It's just $5 to register - CLICK HERE!

Interested in purchasing the book? Get your copy HERE!

(Book purchase not required for participation or included in registration.)

Event access will be emailed to registered attendees within 24 hours of event start.

Monday, December 7, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

Eric Utne presents Far Out Man, in conversation with Neal Karlen

The founder of Utne Reader chronicles his adventures on the frontlines of American culture—from the Vietnam era to the age of Trump—as a spiritual seeker, antiwar activist, and minor media celebrity.

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00pm Central time for a conversation between Utne and Neal Karlen!

“Fascinating . . . a remarkable piece of social history.”—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Far Out Man is the story of a life-long seeker who was occasionally a finder as well. In 1984, Eric Utne founded Utne Reader, a digest of new ideas and fresh perspectives percolating in the arts, culture, politics, business, and spirituality. With the tag line “The Best of the Alternative Press,” the magazine was twice a finalist for a National Magazine Award and grew to more than 300,000 paid circulation. In the nineties, the magazine promoted the Neighborhood Salon Association to revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in people’s living rooms. More than 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 salons across North America. Utne devoted the magazine to bringing people together to help make the world a “little greener and a little kinder.”

Far Out Man serves as a chronicle of both an individual life and a generation, covering the conflicts of the Vietnam era, the hopes and excesses of the sexual revolution and the Me Decade, the idealism and depredations of the entrepreneurial eighties and nineties, and the promise and perils of the digital age. Ultimately, Far Out Man is the story of Eric Utne’s lifelong search for hope, how he lost it, and what he found on the other side that sustains him in his darkest moments. It is a book dedicated to helping all seekers become finders.

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Eric Utne is a writer, publisher, and social entrepreneur. In 1984, he founded Utne Reader, the "field guide to the emerging culture." The magazine grew to over 300k paid circulation by the early 1990s. He was the editor and publisher of Utne Reader for 16 years. In 1991 the magazine formed the Neighborhood Salon Association to "revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in people's living rooms." Over 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 salons across North America.

Utne has a B.E.D. (Environmental Design) from the University of Minnesota. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, where he co-authored a series of courses called Whole Systems Healing that explore the social and environmental dimensions of health and well-being. Utne has four sons and five grandchildren. He lives on the St. Croix River in Minnesota.

Neal Karlen is a former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Newsweek staff writer, and regular contributor to The New York Times. He is the author of Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band, and other books ranging in content from minor league baseball to fundamentalist religion to linguistics. A graduate of Brown University, he lives in his hometown of Minneapolis.| nealkarlen.com