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Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Rich Cohen presents Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent, in conversation with Reid Forgrave

Tune in for a virtual reading from Rich Cohen on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel. Thursday, January 28, at 7:00pm Central Time.

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Rich Cohen, the New York Times–bestselling author of The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse and Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, turns his attention to matters closer to home: his son’s elite Pee Wee hockey team and himself, a former player and a devoted hockey parent.

In Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent, Cohen takes us through a season of hard-fought competition in Fairfield County, Connecticut, an affluent suburb of New York City. Part memoir and part exploration of youth sports and the exploding popularity of American hockey, Pee Wees follows the ups and downs of the Ridgefield Bears, the twelve-year-old boys and girls on the team, and the parents watching, cheering, conniving, and cursing in the stands. It is a book about the love of the game, the love of parents for their children, and the triumphs and struggles of both.

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New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and the author of Israel Is Real, Tough Jews and the widely acclaimed memoir Sweet and Low. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine and Best American Essays. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons and dog.


Reid Forgrave writes about sports and other topics for GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones, among other publications. He has covered the NFL and college football for FoxSports.com and CBS Sports, and he currently writes for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The article in which he first wrote about Zac Easter is included in  Best American Sports Writing 2018 . A past life found him working at the Des Moines Register in Iowa, where he wrote long-form narrative journalism and covered the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Forgrave lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. Love, Zac is his first book.   

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

LET’S TALK: Make Effective Feedback Your Superpower” by Dr. Therese Huston, presented by ModernWell

Are you cringing even thinking about feedback? Us too. Often times giving feedback can be just as scary as getting it, despite all the practice we might have reviewing restaurants we loved and Airbnb’s we hated. When it comes to giving feedback personally and professionally, many of us have not had the resources to learn how to have these sometimes uncomfortable conversations. This is one of the many reasons why we are thrilled to host Therese Huston, Ph.D., thought leader on feedback, decision-making, gender, and unconscious bias as she discusses her new book “LET’S TALK: Make Effective Feedback Your Superpower” with Stephanie Pierce, a 24-year corporate exec turned entrepreneur. This book talk, hosted in collaboration with Magers and Quinn bookstore, will focus solely on what it means to provide quality, effective feedback. The book combines practical, action-based advice with real-life examples, giving individuals the tools and confidence they need to deliver skillful and critical feedback that feels natural, and explores the ways to let someone know they’re not meeting expectations without crushing their spirit in the process of doing so.

Join us in learning how to give effective critical feedback to employees, employers, or anyone in your life. February 2nd at 7:00 pm (CT). Zoom link will be sent 24 hours in advance.

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Wednesday, February 3, 6:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Charles M. Blow presents The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto in conversation with Bakari Sellers. Presented with HarperCollins Publishers

Magers & Quinn proud to partner with HarperCollins publishers on this special Crowdcast event with author Charles M. Blow, in conversation with Bakari Sellers.

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About the book: Charles Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as violence against Black people—both physical and psychological—seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.

So what will it take to make lasting change when small steps have so frequently failed? It’s going to take an unprecedented shift in power. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a groundbreaking manifesto, proposing nothing short of the most audacious power play by Black people in the history of this country.

Charles M. Blow is an acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times who appears frequently on CNN. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which has been adapted into an opera by Terence Blanchard that will open the 2021–22 season of the Metropolitan Opera. This will be a historic occasion—the first time an opera by a Black composer appears on the Met stage. He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications. He lives in Atlanta and has three children.

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just twenty-two years old, he defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature. Recently named to Time's ""40 Under 40"" list, he is also a practicing attorney who fights to give a voice to the voiceless.

Thursday, February 4, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Edward McClelland presents MIDNIGHT IN VEHICLE CITY: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike That Created the Middle Class, in conversation with Connor Coyne

Tune to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel on Thursday, February 4 at 7:00pm Central time for this free virtual event!

In a time of great inequality and a gutted middle class, the dramatic story of “the strike heard around the world” is a testament to what workers can gain when they stand up for their rights.

The tumultuous Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937 was the birth of the United Auto Workers, which set the standard for wages in every industry. Midnight in Vehicle City tells the gripping story of how workingmen defeated General Motors, the largest industrial corporation in the world. Their victory ushered in the golden age of the American middle class and created a new kind of America, one in which every man had a right to the wealth his labor produced. The causes for which the strikers sat down—collective bargaining, secure retirement, better wages—enjoyed a half century of success. But now, the middle class is disappearing and economic inequality is at its highest since the New Deal.

Journalist and historian Edward McClelland brings the action-packed events of the strike back to life—through the voices of those who lived it. In vivid play-by-plays, McClelland narrates the dramatic scenes including of the takeovers of GM plants; violent showdowns between picketers and the police; Michigan governor Frank Murphy’s activation of the National Guard; the actions of the militaristic Women’s Emergency Brigade who carried billy clubs and vowed to protect strikers from police; and tense negotiations between labor leader John L. Lewis, GM chairman Alfred P. Sloan, and labor secretary Frances Perkins.

The epic tale of the strike and its lasting legacy shows why the middle class is one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century and will guide our understanding of what we will lose if we don’t revive it.

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Edward McClelland is a journalist, a historian, and an author born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. His work has been published in numerous places, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Chicago Reader, and on Salon and Slate. He is the author of several books, including Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, Nothin’ but Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, and How to Speak Midwestern. Connect with him online at edwardmcclelland.com and @TedMcClelland on Twitter.

Monday, February 8, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Modern Manners for Moms & Dads with Evie and Sarah

Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities of modern parenting, with Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed.

Is parenting really more challenging these days? Our generation is the first to contend with the reality of raising children in the age of social media, and the decisions we make can have long-lasting and far-reaching effects. Why do parents gravitate toward social media and share so much? What are the drawbacks and benefits for parents and for children, whose personal brand we craft from birth? What role should consent play in parents' social media practices? And how might the content we share help or hinder our adult relationships? Join Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed., the authors of Modern Manners for Moms & Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situations, for a timely conversation on "sharenting."

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 Modern Manners for Moms & Dads, or anything else from our web store!

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Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed., are etiquette experts whose advice reaches hundreds of thousands of parents and caregivers each month and has been featured by Parents, MSN, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reader’s Digest, and other major media outlets. They are also the creators of the Solar System Parenting Framework and Quiz, which help parents and caregivers learn how to prioritize their own needs, their child’s, and everyone else’s in social situations. The framework provides parents with tools to develop their confidence, character, and connections.

Educators and mothers to six young kids between them, Evie and Sarah have a combined expertise in early child development, education, communication, and etiquette. Sarah holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University, a master's in education from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor's from Skidmore College. Evie holds a master's in education from George Mason University as well as a bachelor's from Columbia University. She also has professional experience in high-stakes communications environments. Together, they have a combined thirteen years of teaching experience, with Sarah in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and middle-school classrooms, and Evie in high-school social studies classes. Their advice stems from their professional experience, their research, as well as their “hands-on training” as mothers.

Sarah and Evie have been writing about motherhood on their website, EvieandSarah.com, for eight years, and their brand—Evie and Sarah—includes a popular website, a thriving 5-star Apple Podcasts-rated show (Modern Manners for Moms & Dads), a newsletter, and a broad and engaged social media following.

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Virtual Book Launch for Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic by Natalie Warren (Presented by University of Minnesota Press)

Join the Friends of the Boundary Waters, the Friends of the Mississippi River, and the University of Minnesota Press for a virtual launch celebrating the publication of Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, and Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic by Natalie Warren on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. CT.

Hudson Bay Bound details the remarkable eighty-five-day journey of the first two women to canoe the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime. The evening will include an introduction by polar explorer Ann Bancroft, music, videos, trivia, poetry, storytelling, and a Q&A moderated by environmental activist and canoe expeditioner Lee Vue.

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Tuesday, February 9, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Gabriel Bump presents Everywhere You Don't Belong, in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott

Celebrate the paperback release of Gabriel Bump's acclaimed debut novel, in conversation with author Rion Amilcar Scott! Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00pm Central.

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 Everywhere You Don't Belong, or anything else from our web store!

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About the book: In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home.

Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.

Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don’t Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

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Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the short story collections The World Does Not Require You and , which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has been published in the Kenyon Review, the Rumpus, PANK, and Confrontation, among others. He lives and writes in Maryland.

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Liz Heinecke launches Radiant: The Dancer, The Scientist, and a Friendship Forged in Light

Twin Cities author Liz Heinecke presents her virtual book launch on Tuesday, February 16, at 7:00pm Central time.

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 Radiant, or anything else from our web store!

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At the turn of the century, Paris was a hotbed of creativity. Technology boomed, delivering to the world electric light, the automobile, and new ways to treat disease, while imagination blossomed, creating Art Nouveau, motion pictures, and modernist literature. A pivotal figure during this time, yet largely forgotten today, Loie Fuller was an American performance artist who became a living symbol of the Art Nouveau movement with her hypnotic dances and stunning theatrical effects. Credited today as the pioneer of modern dance, she was perennially broke, never took no for an answer, spent most of her life with a female partner, and never questioned her drive. She was a visionary, a renegade, and a loyal friend.


In the early 1900s, she heard about Marie Curie's discovery of a glowing blue element and dreamed of using it to dazzle audiences on stage. While Loie's dream wouldn't be realized, her connection with Marie and their shared fascination with radium endured. RADIANT is the true story of Marie Curie and Loie Fuller, two revolutionary women drawn together at the dawn of a new era by a singular discovery, and the lifelong friendship that grew out of their shared passion for enlightenment.

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Liz Heinecke has an undergraduate degree in art from Luther College, a master's degree in bacteriology from UW Madison and worked as an academic molecular biology researcher before starting her wildly successful online educational platform KitchenPantryScientist.com. She has written seven books teaching kids (and their parents) how to perform simple science experiments at home, including two which pair science experiments with history lessons about scientists. She is a regular fixture on local TV morning shows including CBS and ABC, and frequently makes appearances for library programs, and at STEM, STEAM and tech festivals. Between experiments and writing, Liz paints, sings, and plays the banjo. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World: Readings from Lavinia Spalding, Colette Hannahan, Mathangi Subramanian, and Anna Vodicka

Join us for a special virtual reading and conversation celebrating The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 12: True Stories from Around the World, the newest collection in the award-winning series that invites you to travel along with intrepid female nomads as they wander the globe. The program will feature New Orleans-based editor Lavinia Spalding and contributing writers Colette Hannahan, Mathangi Subramanian, and Anna Vodicka.

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn YouTube channel or Facebook page on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00pm Central.

This just released volume offers readers illuminating cultural connections and personal revelations to inform and encourage their future journeys. Stories offer insights through the lens of a woman’s experience in a foreign place. The result is a rich and intimate personal exploration of a culture and lasting shifts in personal perspective.

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Lavinia Spalding has edited five previous editions of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is the author of Writing Away and the co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place, and she introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France. Her work appears in such publications as Tin House, Longreads, Yoga Journal, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Guardian, and has been widely anthologized. Her AFAR essay “Playing by Heart” received a Lowell Thomas Gold Award and was recognized by The Best American Travel Writing. She is also a public speaker and teacher. When she isn’t leading international writing workshops, she lives with her family in New Orleans and on Cape Cod.  laviniaspalding.com

Colette Hannahan is a San Francisco-based writer, painter, and illustrator who created of the illustrations for The Best Women’s Travel Writing. In addition to peddling knives in Minnesota, she has delivered mail at a retreat center in the woods of the Hudson Valley, applied makeup on brides-to-be at a salon in Brooklyn, steamed blouses for models in Manhattan, taught art and yoga to adults with autism in Chicago, mentored teens at a boarding school in New Mexico, and organized fundraisers for artists with life-threatening illnesses in San Francisco. colettehannahan.com

Mathangi Subramanian is an award-winning Indian American writer and educator. Her novel A People’s History of Heaven was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her middle grades book Dear Mrs. Naidu won the South Asia Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, Ms. Magazine, and Zora Magazine, among others. A former Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, public school teacher, and senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, she received her doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College. mathangisubramanian.com

Anna Vodicka's essays have appeared in AFAR, Brevity, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harvard Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Ms., Paste, and Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad. She teaches creative writing at Seattle's Hugo House and to women incarcerated at King County Jail.  annavodicka.com

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Tim Brady launches Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins—And WWII Heroes, in conversation with Jack El-Hai

Celebrate the publication of Twin Cities author Tim Brady's Three Ordinary Girls at this virtual book launch! Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm Central.

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The astonishing true story of three fearless female resisters during WWII whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It also made them the underground's most invaluable commodity. Recruited as teenagers, Hannie Schaft, and Dutch sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen fulfilled their harrowing missions as spies, saboteurs, and Nazi assassins with remarkable courage, but their stories have remained largely unknown...until now.

May 10, 1940. The Netherlands was swarming with Third Reich troops. In seven days it's entirely occupied by Nazi Germany. Joining a small resistance cell in the Dutch city of Haarlem were three teenage girls: Hannie Schaft, and sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen who would soon band together to form a singular female underground squad.

Smart, fiercely political, devoted solely to the cause, and with nothing to lose but their own lives, Hannie, Truus, and Freddie took terrifying direct action against Nazi targets. That included sheltering fleeing Jews, political dissidents, and Dutch resisters. They sabotaged bridges and railways, and donned disguises to lead children from probable internment in concentration camps to safehouses. They covertly transported weapons and set military facilities ablaze. And they carried out the assassinations of German soldiers and traitors--on public streets and in private traps--with the courage of veteran guerilla fighters and the cunning of seasoned spies.

Tim Brady is the author of several highly praised and researched works of nonfiction and history, including HIS FATHER'S SON: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., A DEATH IN SAN PIETRO: Ernie Pyle, John Huston and the Fight for Purple Heart Valley, and TWELVE DESPERATE MILES: The Epic WWII Voyage of the S.S. Contessa. Brady helped to develop the Peabody Award-winning series, Liberty! The American Revolution for PBS and co-wrote Minnesota: A History of the Land, which won a Regional Emmy for Documentary writing.

Brady is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (B.A. History, 1979) and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (M.F.A. Fiction writing, 1983). For years he has written on the history of the University of Minnesota for the U of M's Alumni Magazine Minnesota. He also writes for the University of Wisconsin alumni magazine, the U.S. Naval Academy alumni magazine, as well as for Macalester and Carleton Colleges.

Jack El-Hai is the author of many popular-history books, including The Lost Brothers: A Family’s Decades-Long Search (University of Minnesota Press). A former president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and board chair of The Loft Literary Center, he wrote the Long Lost podcast and publishes the Damn History newsletter for readers and writers of popular history

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Zak Salih presents Let's Get Back to the Party

Zak Salih presents his debut novel Let's Get Back to the Party, Wednesday February 24 at 7:00pm Central time.

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It’s just weeks after the historic Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and all Sebastian Mote wants is to settle down. A high school art history teacher, he envies his queer students their freedom to live openly, as his own youth was lost to fear and shame. When he runs into his childhood friend Oscar Burnham at a wedding in Washington, D.C., he can’t help but see it as a second chance. Now thirty-five, the men haven’t seen each other in over a decade, but Oscar has no interest in their shared history. Instead, he’s too outraged by what he sees as the death of his culture: gay bars overrun with bachelorette parties; men getting married and having babies. Each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Sebastian with an openly gay student who has the luxury of holding his boyfriend’s hand in the school hallways, and Oscar with an iconic gay novelist whose life and work represent a fading era. As Sebastian and Oscar reckon with a tension equal parts sexual and political, they must also struggle with what it means to be a gay man today.

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Zak Salih lives in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, the Chattahoochee Review, the Millions, the Rumpus, and other publications. This is his first novel.

Tuesday, March 9, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Laura Munson presents Willa's Grove, in conversation with Julie Metz

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel on Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00pm Central time, for a virtual reading and conversation with Laura Munson and Julie Metz.

In this powerful and inspiring novel, three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they’d be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends. The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?

Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt—and that’s where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa’s Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.

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Laura Munson is the New York Times bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times “Modern Love” column, and her speaking events at women’s conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching over a thousand people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. The hardcover version of Willa’s Grove is a USA Today bestseller and her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.

Julie Metz is the New York Times bestselling author of Perfection. She has written for publications including The New York Times, Salon, Dame, Redbook, and Glamour. She has received fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her family and two cats in the Hudson Valley. You can find out more about Julie’s writing life on Instagram: @JulieMetzWriter and her website: JulieMetz.com

Tuesday, March 16, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Pre-Order Required

Kathleen West launches Are We There Yet?, in conversation with Nora McInerny

Pre-order Kathleen West's new novel and receive access to her virtual launch event on March 16, 2021! Kathleen will be in conversation with author and podcast host Nora McInerny.

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Books will ship or be available for pickup on March 16, 2021.

About the book: Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself in a heartfelt and thought-provoking novel from the author of Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes.

Alice Sullivan feels like she’s finally found her groove in middle age, but it only takes one moment for her perfectly curated life to unravel. On the same day she learns her daughter is struggling in second grade, a call from her son’s school accusing him of bullying throws Alice into a tailspin.

When it comes to light that the incident is part of a new behavior pattern for her son, one complete with fake social media profiles with a lot of questionable content, Alice’s social standing is quickly eroded to one of “those moms” who can’t control her kids. Soon she’s facing the very judgement she was all too happy to dole out when she thought no one was looking (or when she thought her house wasn’t made of glass).

Then her mother unloads a family secret she’s kept for more than thirty years, and Alice’s entire perception of herself is shattered.

As her son’s new reputation polarizes her friendships and her family buzzes with the ramification of her mother’s choices, Alice realizes that she’s been too focused on measuring her success and happiness by everyone else’s standards. Now, with all her shortcomings laid bare, she’ll have to figure out to whom to turn for help and decide who she really wants to be.

Kathleen West is a veteran school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a master’s degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her A+ human family and two B- dogs.

Nora McInerny is the author of It’s Okay to Laugh and No Happy Endings, the host of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast, co-founder of the Hot Young Windows Club, and the founder of the nonprofit Still Kickin.

Thursday, March 18, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

An Evening with Jeannine Ouellette, Lilly Dancyger, and Gina Frangello, moderated by Heidi Seaborn

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm for a conversation and reading from three exciting writers!

Jeannine Ouellette is the author of the memoir The Part That Burns (Split/Lip Press 2021). Her stories and essays have appeared widely, and her work has been supported with fellowships from Millay Colony for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation. Jeannine teaches creative writing with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and is the founder and director of Elephant Rock, an independent creative writing program in Minneapolis. She earned her MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is working on her first novel.

Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor at Catapult, and assistant editor at Barrelhouse Books. She's the editor of Burn It Down, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women's anger from Seal Press; and the author of Negative Space, a reported and illustrated memoir selected by Carmen Maria Machado as a winner of the 2019 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards, forthcoming in May 2021. Find her on Twitter at @lillydancyger.

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction in addition to the memoir Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason (available April 2021). Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. She lives mainly in Chicago (finishing a PhD at University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers) and occasionally in the California desert with her family and three gluttonous cats.

Heidi Seaborn is Executive Editor of The Adroit Journal and author of Give a Girl Chaos (C&R Press/Mastodon Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer and Wheelbarrow awards, as well as two chapbooks (Once a Diva, forthcoming from dancing girl press and Finding My Way Home, Finishing Line Press, 2018). Since Heidi returned to writing in 2016, she’s won or been shortlisted for over two dozen awards and her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as American Poetry Journal, Frontier, Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Penn Review, and Tar River. She is a graduate of Stanford University, received her MFA from NYU in 2020 and is on the Board of Tupelo Press.

Thursday, March 25, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Viet Thanh Nguyen presents The Committed

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Committed, the sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer.

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About the book:
The sequel to The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide, The Committed tells the story of “the man of two minds” as he comes as a refugee to France and turns his hand to capitalism.

The long-awaited new novel from one of America’s most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.

Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.

Both literary thriller and novel of ideas, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction books Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance, and editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. He teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.