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Tuesday, May 18, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

David Tromblay presents As You Were in conversation with Toni Jensen

Join us Tuesday, May 18 for a free virtual event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel, where David Tromblay will be discussing his newest book As You Were with fellow author Toni Jensen.

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A hypnotic, brutal, and unstoppable coming-of-age story echoing from within the aftershocks set off by the American Indian boarding schools of generations past, fanned by the flames of nearly fifteen years of service in the Armed Forces, exposing a series of inescapable prisons and the invisible scars of attempted erasure.

When he learns his father is dying, David Tromblay ponders what will become of the monster's legacy and picks up a pen to set the story straight.

In sharp and unflinching prose, he recounts his childhood bouncing between his father, who wrestles with anger, alcoholism, and a traumatic brain injury; his grandmother, who survived Indian boarding schools but mistook the corporal punishment she endured for proper child-rearing; and his mother, a part-time waitress, dancer, and locksmith, who hides from David's father in church basements and the folded-down back seat of her car until winter forces her to abandon her son on his grandmother's doorstep.

For twelve years, he is beaten, burned, humiliated, locked in closets, lied to, molested, seen and not heard, until his talent for brutal violence meets and exceeds his father's, granting him an escape.

Years later, David confronts the compounded traumas of his childhood, searching for the domino that fell and forced his family into the cycle of brutality and denial of their own identity.

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David Tromblay served in the U.S. Armed Forces for over a decade before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts for his MFA in Creative Writing. He's since written and published a memoir and three novels. He currently works as an editor for Shotgun Honey Magazine and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his cats, Walter and Winston, and dogs, Bentley and Hank.

Toni Jensen's most recent work, Carry, is a memoir-in-essays about gun violence, land and Indigenous women’s lives (Ballantine, September 8, 2020). An NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient in 2020, Jensen's essays have appeared in Orion, Catapult and Ecotone. She is also the author of the short story collection From the Hilltop. She teaches at the University of Arkansas and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis

Thursday, May 20, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Richard Thieme presents Mobius: A Memoir, in conversation with Jennifer Granick

Tune in for a conversation with Richard Thieme and Jennifer Granick on Thieme's novel Mobius. Live streaming on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, May 20 at 7:00pm Central.

"The only way you can tell the truth is through fiction," a veteran NSA senior told Richard Thieme. Mobius: A Memoir does just that. It is about a spy but not a typical “spy novel;” it is a love story but definitely not a “romance." Mobius is a stunning exploration of the impact of a life of deception and professional intelligence work which illuminates the world in which we all now live.

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Richard Thieme (ThiemeWorks) is an author and professional speaker who addresses security and intelligence issues as they come home to our humanity. This is his sixth book and he has  keynoted security conferences in 14 countries. Clients include GE, Microsoft, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, and Medtronic plus the NSA, FBI, US Dept of the Treasury. Los Alamos National Lab, the Pentagon Security Forum, and the US Secret Service.

Jennifer Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of massive surveillance and powerful digital technology. As the surveillance and cybersecurity counsel with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, she litigates, speaks, and writes about privacy, security, technology, and constitutional rights. Granick is the author of the book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, published by Cambridge Press and winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and Youtube

Anthony Bukoski presents The Blondes of Wisconsin in conversation with Jayson Iwen

Join us Wednesday, May 26 for a free, live-streamed conversation on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page and YouTube channel where author Anthony Bukoski will be discussing his new book The Blondes of Wisconsin with Jayson Iwen.

Like stones cast into a river, these sixteen moving, intimate stories illuminate how devotion and degeneration ripple through a working-class Polish American community in the postindustrial Midwest. At the heart of the collection is Eddie "The Bronko" Bronkowski, a boxer with a losing record whose reputation as a human punching bag precedes him. In each of Anthony Bukoski's rich stories, tough yet sympathetic characters--the second cook on a Great Lakes freighter, a World War II veteran, the emcee of a female boxing troupe--take all that life throws at them, protecting those around them as best they can.

In Bukoski's interconnected tales, the heart seeks its due despite familial conflict, the challenges of maritime work, and the slow yet inexorable decline of dementia. Beautiful vignettes express transformative moments: tenderness that can turn a cardboard crown into gold and the faint ghosts of memories long forgotten. A tour-de-force, The Blondes of Wisconsin knows what love is--and what it means to lose it.

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Anthony Bukoski is an award-winning writer and a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. A member of the Polish American Historical Association, he is the author of the collections Time Between Trains, Children of Strangers, and Polonaise

Jayson Iwen is a poet, fiction writer, and professor who lives in the Twin Ports region of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. His poetry collection, Roze & Blud, won the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is nominated for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize.

Tuesday, June 1, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Benjamin Percy presents The Ninth Metal, in conversation with Peter Geye

Join the virtual launch party for Benjamin Percy's new book, The Ninth Metal.

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About the book:

At first, people gazed in wonder at the radiant tear in the sky. A year later, the celestial marvel became a planetary crisis when Earth spun through the comet’s debris field and the sky rained fire.
The town of Northfall, Minnesota will never be the same. Meteors cratered hardwood forests and annihilated homes, and among the wreckage a new metal was discovered. This “omnimetal” has properties that make it world-changing as an energy source…and a weapon.

John Frontier—the troubled scion of an iron-ore dynasty in Northfall—returns for his sister’s wedding to find his family embroiled in a cutthroat war to control mineral rights and mining operations. His father rightly suspects foreign leaders and competing corporations of sabotage, but the greatest threat to his legacy might be the US government. Physicist Victoria Lennon was recruited by the Department of Defense to research omnimetal, but she finds herself trapped in a laboratory of nightmares. And across town, a rookie cop is investigating a murder that puts her own life in the crosshairs. She will have to compromise her moral code to bring justice to this now lawless community.

In this gut-punch of a novel, the first in his Comet Cycle, Ben Percy lays bare how a modern-day goldrush has turned the middle of nowhere into the center of everything, and how one family—the Frontiers—hopes to control it all.

Ben Percy has won a Whiting Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA fellowship, and the iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast. He is the author of the novels The Ninth Metal, The Unfamiliar Garden, The Dark Net, The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, three story collections, and an essay collection, Thrill Me. He also writes Wolverine and X-Force for Marvel Comics. He lives in Minnesota with his family.

Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. Geye is the author of the award winning novels, Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches the year-long Novel Writing Project at the Loft Literary Center. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he continues to live there with his family.

Thursday, June 3, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Carol Anderson presents The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

Join Magers & Quinn and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church for a virtual event with noted historian Dr. Carol Anderson.

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About the book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, an unflinching, critical new look at the Second Amendment--and how it has been engineered to deny the rights of African Americans since its inception.

In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a “pro-gun” nor an “anti-gun” book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans.

From the seventeenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless--revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished.

Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life--as surely as Philando Castile's, Tamir Rice's, Alton Sterling's--may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today, Anderson's penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding shocking new light on another dimension of racism in America.

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of One Person, No Vote, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award; White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Bourgeois Radicals; and Eyes off the Prize. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tuesday, June 8, 7:00pm Virtual Event- Streamed live on Facebook and Youtube

Lyanda Lynn Haupt presents Rooted in conversation with Diane Wilson

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Tuesday, 6/8, at 7:00pm Central.

In Rooted, award-winning writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt's highly personal new book is a brilliant invitation to live with the earth in both simple and profound ways—from walking barefoot in the woods and reimagining our relationship with animals and trees, to examining the very language we use to describe and think about nature. She invokes rootedness as a way of being in concert with the wilderness—and wildness—that sustains humans and all of life.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Mary Oliver, Haupt writes with urgency and grace, reminding us that at the crossroads of science, nature, and spirit we find true hope. Each chapter provides tools for bringing our unique gifts to the fore and transforming our sense of belonging within the magic and wonder of the natural world.

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Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an ecophilosopher, naturalist, and author of several books, including Mozart's Starling, The Urban Bestiary, Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. A winner of the Washington State Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter

Diane Wilson (Dakota) is the author of The Seed Keeper, a novel published by Milkweed Editions in 2021. She is also the author of a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the One Minneapolis One Read program, as well as a nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her most recent essay, "Seeds for Seven Generations," was featured in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Wilson has received a Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. In 2018, she was awarded a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest. Wilson is the executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation, and lives in Shafer, Minnesota.

Thursday, June 10, 7:00pm Virtual Event- Streamed live on Facebook and Youtube

Chaney Kwak presents The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship in conversation with Lori Ostlund

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Thursday, 6/10m at 7:00pm Central.

In March 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship was struck by a bomb cyclone in the Arctic Sea. Rocked by 60-foot swells and 87-mile-per-hour gales, the ship lost power and began to drift straight toward the notoriously dangerous Hustadvika coast in Norway. This is the suspenseful, harrowing, funny, touching story by one passenger who contemplated death aboard that ship. 

Chaney Kwak is a travel writer used to all sorts of mishaps on the road, but this is a first even for him: trapped on the battered cruise ship, he stuffs his passport into his underwear just in case his body has to be identified. As the massive cruise ship sways in surging waves, Kwak holds on and watches news of the impending disaster unfold on Twitter, where the cruise ship's nearly 1,400 passengers are showered with "thoughts and prayers." Kwak uses his twenty-seven hours aboard the teetering ship to examine his family history, maritime tragedies, and the failing relationship back on shore with a man he's loved for nearly two decades: the Viking Sky, he realizes, may not be the only sinking ship he needs to escape. 

The Passenger takes readers for an unforgettable journey from the Norwegian coast to the South China Sea, from post-WWII Korea to pandemic-struck San Francisco. Kwak weaves his personal experience into events spanning decades and continents to explore the serendipity and relationships that move humans—perfect for readers who love to discover the world through the eyes of a perceptive and humorous observer. 

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Chaney Kwak has been traversing the globe for more than a decade to write about food and travel. His work appears regularly in newspapers such The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as magazines such as Afar, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure. Kwak teaches nonfiction in the Stanford Continuing Studies program and lives in San Francisco. 

Lori Ostlund's novel After the Parade was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a finalist for the 2016 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her story collection The Bigness of the World won the 2008 Flannery O'Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, and the Kenyon Review.

Tuesday, June 15, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Register Online

John Brandon launches Ivory Shoals, in conversation with Will McGrath

John Brandon presents his latest novel Ivory Shoals, in conversation with Will McGrath.

Event access is $5, which gives you access to the virtual event (access instructions provided via email 24-48 hours prior to event), as well as a $5 off code for use on magersandquinn.com. Use it toward your copy of Ivory Shoals, or anything else from our web store!


About the book: In the tradition of Mark Twain and Cormac McCarthy comes this distinctly American, pulse-quickening epic from the acclaimed author of Citrus County and Arkansas.

Twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer—audacious, resilient, determined to adhere to the morals his mother instilled in him—undertakes to trek across the sumptuous yet perilous peninsula of post-Civil War Florida in search of his father, a man who has no idea of his son’s existence. Gussie’s journey sees him cross paths with hardened Floridians of every stripe, from the brave and noble to a bevy of cutthroat villains, none worse than his amoral shark of a half brother. Will he survive his quest, and at what cost?

Rich in deadpan humor as well as visceral details that illuminate a diverse cast of characters, the novel uncovers deep truths about family and self-determination as the reader tracks Gussie’s dangerous odyssey out of childhood. Ivory Shoals is an unforgettable story from a contemporary master.

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About the Speakers:

Will McGrath has worked as a reporter, homeless shelter caseworker, public radio producer, UPS truck loader, Burger King chicken sandwich mayo-applicator, ghostwriter, and ghosteditor, in slightly different order. His debut book, Everything Lost Is Found Again, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for Biography & Memoir, and he has written for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Rumpus, Guernica, and other publications. His next book is forthcoming in Fall 2022.

John Brandon is the author previously of Arkansas, Citrus County, and A Million Heavens. He has spent time as the Grisham Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Mississippi, and the Tickner Writing Fellow at Gilman School, in Baltimore. His work has appeared in Oxford American, GQ, Grantland, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, and numerous literary journals. He lives in St. Paul, and teaches at Hamline University.

Thursday, June 17, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Mary Bly presents Lizzie & Dante, in conversation with Karen White

Celebrate summer reading season and join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page and YouTube channel.

Celebrated as “the thinking woman’s romance writer” (Huffington Post) for her New York Times bestselling novels published under the penname Eloisa James, Mary Bly’s LIZZIE & DANTE is the perfect escapist love story for summer.

On the heels of a difficult break-up and a devastating diagnosis, Shakespearian scholar Lizzie Delford decides to take one last lavish vacation on Elba, the sun-kissed island off the Italian coast, with her best friend and his movie-star boyfriend. Once settled into a luxurious seaside resort, Lizzie has to make big decisions about her future, and she needs the one thing she may be running out of: time.

She leaves the yacht-owners and celebrities behind and sneaks off to the public beach, where she meets a sardonic chef named Dante, his battered dog Lily, and his wry daughter Etta, a twelve-year-old desperate for a mother. While Dante shows Lizzie the island's secrets, and Etta dazzles with her irreverent humor, Lizzie is confronted with a dilemma. Is it right to fall in love if time is short? Is it better to find a mother briefly, or to have no mother at all? And most pressingly, are the delicacies of life worth tasting even if you will only get to savor them for a short while?

A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for.

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Mary Bly is a New York Times bestselling author under the name Eloisa James and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Tradd Street series, Dreams of Falling, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of All the Ways We Said Goodbye, The Glass Ocean, and The Forgotten Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two dogs near Atlanta, Georgia.

Tuesday, June 22, 7:00pm Virtual Event- Streamed live on Facebook and Youtube

E.J. Levy presents The Cape Doctor in conversation with Rebecca Makkai

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Tuesday, 6/22, at 7:00pm Central.

The Cape Doctor details the fascinating intricacies of medicine as practiced in the early 19th-century as well as the social and class difficulties experienced by women and other marginalized groups of the time. Janice Nimura’s recent nonfiction bestseller, The Doctor’s Blackwell, tells the story of the first women doctors in America, the sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell. On the other side of the Atlantic, Dr. Barry became a doctor more than thirty years earlier.

Beginning in Cork, Ireland, the novel recounts Barry's journey, named Dr. Jonathan Perry in the novel, from daughter to son in order to enter medical school and provide for his mother. From successful medical student in Edinburgh and London to eligible bachelor and quick-tempered physician in Cape Town, Perry thrived.  He reformed medicine for women, slaves, and native peoples; he performed the first successful caesarean in Africa; he rose to become Inspector General of the Military, among other groundbreaking achievements— all 40 years before the first woman earned a medical degree. But when Perry befriended the Cape Governor, they were publicly accused of a homosexual affair that scandalized the colonies and nearly cost them their lives.

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E.J. Levy’s work has been featured in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and The Paris Review, and has received a Pushcart Prize. Her story collection, Love, In Theory, won the Flannery O'Connor Award and Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won the Lambda Literary Award. She holds a degree in History from Yale and an MFA from Ohio State University, and currently teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University. The Cape Doctor is her first novel.

Rebecca Makkai's latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the LA Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award; and it was one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2018. her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundered-Year House and the collection Music for Wartime- four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at Rebecca Makkai.com or on twitter @rebeccamakkai.

Wednesday, June 30, 7:00pm Virtual Event- Streamed live on Facebook and Youtube

Ottessa Moshfegh presents Death in Her Hands

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page or YouTube channel on Wenesday, 6/30, at 7:00pm Central.

While on her daily walk with her dog in a secluded woods, a woman comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground by stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. But there is no dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, alone after the death of her husband, and she knows no one.

Becoming obsessed with solving this mystery, our narrator imagines who Magda was and how she met her fate. With very little to go on, she invents a list of murder suspects and possible motives for the crime. Oddly, her suppositions begin to find correspondences in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to fade into menacing certainty. As her investigation widens, strange dissonances accrue, perhaps associated with the darkness in her own past; we must face the prospect that there is either an innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one.

A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both reflect the truth and keep us blind to it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, and the stakes have never been higher.

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Ottessa Moshfeghis a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands, her second and third novels, were New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World and a novella, McGlue. She lives in southern California.