Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Dan Hill presents Two Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style

Not only in America, but around the globe democracy is under siege. In an era personified by Donald Trump, illiberal—increasingly hollow—democracies, and “strongman” dictatorships, it’s time to take a closer look at the nature of the leaders who shape our world. The policies or positions that leaders adopt may change, but rarely their personalities. All of us have signature facial expressions that reveal the emotions we gravitate to most often over time. The difference is that in leading a country, the head of state’s feelings can hold sway over events likely to impact every citizen’s life and well-being.

In Two Cheers for Democracy, the focus is on identifying emotional patterns that help to predict three key things about leaders: will they prove to be competent, compelling, and compassionate in executing their official duties? This book analyzes all 44 U.S. presidents to date and every U.S. presidential debate ever held, from 1960 to 2016, in addition to 79 foreign leaders. With results from the American Political Science Association’s presidential greatness rankings, Gallup polls, and Freedom House’s annual survey of countries’ commitment to democracy as benchmarks, Two Cheers for Democracy takes seriously—in a unique way—the central question of today: what’s the personality of the people leading us, and can we trust them to look out for the public good?

Two Cheers for Democracy comes richly illustrated with photographs and charts, and includes an epilogue with a look at the likely 2020 Democratic front-runners for The White House.


Dan Hill, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on the role of emotions in politics, business, sports, and popular culture. His wide-ranging media coverage and appearances have included: The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC.

Sunday, September 22, 4:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Educator Night at Magers & Quinn

Join us for our Fall Educator Night featuring local authors Erin Soderberg Downing (Disney’s Daring Dreamers Club, Puppy Pirates, and The Quirks) and Rebecca Ansari (The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly). We’ll have recommended titles hand-picked for your independent readers by expert booksellers,  refreshments, special discounts, and raffle prizes!

Erin Soderberg Downing has written more than fifty books for kids, tweens, and young adults. Some of her most popular titles include the middle-grade novel Moon Shadow and three chapter book series: Disney’s Daring Dreamers Club, Puppy Pirates, and The Quirks. Erin loves creating stories that are accessible and help inspire a lifelong love of reading for fun. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, and a mischievous pup named Wally (the star of Puppy Pirates!). More information can be found at: www.erindowning.com and www.erinsoderberg.com.

After twelve years as an ER doctor, Rebecca Ansari shelved her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle grade readers. Her debut novel, THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O’REILLY was released in March with Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins. When she isn’t writing, you can find her joyously biking and skiing, begrudgingly running, or escaping “up north” with her husband, four boys, two huge dogs and a stack of good books.


FREE and open to ALL Minnesota Educators. Please RSVP via Facebook to get a bag full of goodies!

Sunday, September 22
4:00-5:00pm
3038 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Thursday, September 26, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kalisha Buckhanon presents Speaking of Summer, in conversation with Lissa Jones of Black Market Reads LIVE podcast recording!

On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister Summer walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again—the door to the roof is locked, and no footsteps are found. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing woman, Autumn must pursue answers on her own, all while grieving her mother’s recent death. With her friends and neighbors, Autumn pretends to hold up through the crisis. She falls into an affair with Summer’s boyfriend to cope with the disappearance of a woman they both loved. But the loss becomes too great, the mystery too inexplicable, and Autumn starts to unravel, all the while becoming obsessed with murdered women and the men who kill them.

In Speaking of Summer, critically acclaimed author Kalisha Buckhanon has created a postmodern, fast-paced story of urban peril and victim invisibility, and the fight to discover truth at any cost.

This event is co-presented by Magers & Quinn Booksellers and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and will be recorded for an episode of the Black Market Reads podcast, hosted by Lissa Jones. For more information on the podcast, visit BlackMarketReads.com. The Givens Foundation is supported in part by Target and individual donors.

Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of the novels Solemn, Conception, and Upstate, which was selected as an inaugural National Book Foundation Literature for Justice title. Her other honors include an American Library Association Alex Award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Pushcart Prize and Hurston/Wright Awards nominations, and a Terry McMillan Young Author Award. She also appears on Investigation Discovery, BET, and TV One as a true crime expert in cases involving women. She lives in Chicago. More information can be found on her website.

Lissa Jones is a highly sought after speaker, facilitator, and mistress of ceremonies. Dubbed a ‘public intellectual’ by Chair Emeritus of American History at Macalester College, Mahmoud El-Kati, Lissa reluctantly takes on the moniker, but readily embraces the opportunity to bring thoughtful examination of African American life and culture into the public discourse on radio, through podcasting, and for a time, through a newspaper column. Lissa is the creator of ‘Urban Agenda’,a weekly program she has hosted on KMOJ Radio, Minnesota’s oldest black radio station, for the last eleven years. Lissa is also the Host of ‘Black Market Reads’, a podcast of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, amplifying the black literary canon. Lissa is a member of the Twin Cities chapter of Black Journalists, and is co-chair of the ‘Women in the NAACP’ committee for the Minneapolis NAACP.

Thursday, September 26, 7:30pm Grace Trinity Community Church (1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis)

Rain Taxi presents Amitav Ghosh

Join Rain Taxi and Magers & Quinn as the award-winning author of the bestselling Ibis trilogy presents Gun Island (FSG), a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP here and you’ll be entered in our prize raffle at the event!

Gun Island and other Amitav Ghosh books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and the author will sign books; pre-purchase your copy HERE and we’ll have it waiting for you at the event along with reserved seating!

About Gun Island: On a visit to his birthplace, Kolkata, a Brooklyn-based dealer in rare books finds his life becoming entangled with an ancient legend about the goddess of snakes, Manasa Devi. While visiting a temple, deep within the vast mangrove forests of Bengal, he has a disturbing encounter with the most feared, and revered, of Indian snakes, a King Cobra. This is followed by a series of increasingly uncanny episodes that seem to dissolve the borders of the human and non-human.

Peopled with a diverse cast of characters, and set in places that range from the Sundarbans to Los Angeles and Venice, Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

Amitav Ghosh is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Ibis trilogy, which includes Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire, all published by FSG. His other books include the novels The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and The Glass Palace, as well as the 2016 nonfiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Ghosh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2007, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, and received the Jnanpith Award in 2019.

Sunday, September 29, 5:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Dr. Amy Blackstone presents Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence

When she was growing up, Dr. Amy Blackstone always assumed that her life would eventually include having children. As the years passed, though, the urge to become a mother never arrived. Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, now confidently and happily identifies as childfree by choice. She and her husband, Lance, created their blog we're {not} having a baby to share their experiences and connect with other adults who were choosing to forgo parenthood, and what they found was a diverse, fascinating, welcoming community that consistently defied stereotypes about adults who choose not to have children.

Motivated by her own experiences and those of the childfree community she has connected with, Blackstone has become a nationally recognized expert of the childfree choice who has conducted research on the subject since 2008. She shares her expertise and trail-blazing research with the world in her first book, CHILDFREE BY CHOICE: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence, a definitive investigation into the childfree choice and movement. Blackstone compellingly explores the childfree movement from its conception to today, revealing how it intersects with and has been shaped by our cultural and personal understandings of gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism.

Readers of Rebecca Traister, Megan Daum, Rebecca Solnit, and Kat Bolick will find much to love in Blackstone’s sharp, witty writing and thorough, incisive analysis. More than just a call for acceptance of childfree adults, CHILDFREE BY CHOICE reveals how accepting and supporting all types of families can lead to positive outcomes for parents, non-parents, and children alike.

Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, where she studies childlessness and the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Sociology Compass, and Gender & Society. Professor Blackstone’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the Katie show, public radio, New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, USA Today, Huffington Post, and other local and national venues. Childfree by Choice is her first book.

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Seth Berkman presents A Team of their Own, in conversation with 2018 Olympian Marissa Brandt

Weeks before the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, North and South Korea merged their women’s ice hockey teams into one, scraping together teammates of Korean descent from all over the world and various backgrounds including a concert pianist, actress, high school student, and even a convenience store worker. Suddenly thrust into the international spotlight, the score of the games became inconsequential compared to the leaps made as the first ever Korean team overcame language, cultural, and political barriers to write history.

Korean-American journalist Seth Berkman was covering the women’s team for the New York Times during the Olympic games. In A Team of Their Own, Berkman describes the unlikely and inspiring story of these young, fierce women, showing how they gained worldwide acceptance amidst immense political pressure, revealing the players' personal stories, providing rare insight into North Korean life, and demonstrating what a unified Korea could resemble.

Born in Seoul and raised in New Jersey, Seth Berkman made his first trip back to South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics when Korea's first women's Olympic hockey team made their historic debut. Berkman first met the team while on assignment for the New York Times, where he has worked as a regular contributor since 2012. He has also had work published by The New Yorker, SPIN, ESPN, the Forward and dozens of other local and national media outlets. After graduating with honors from Columbia University Journalism School, he gained reporting experience throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Marissa Brandt represented Korea at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Raised in Vadnais Heights, Brandt played at Hill-Murray School and later at Gustavus Adolphus College, where the team reached two NCAA Frozen Fours. Brandt, who was born in South Korea, was first invited to try out for their national team in 2015. As a member of the South Korean national team, she helped lead them to a 2017 IIHF Division II Group A World Championship. After the Olympics, Brandt was named an honorary ambassador for Korean adoptees searching for their birth families.

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Mental Illness Awareness Week Panel Discussion with NAMI Minnesota

Magers & Quinn and the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness present a panel discussion on topics relating to mental illness, featuring speakers from the mental health field. Books by each speaker will be available for sale.

A psychologist and life coach with over 30 years of experience, Tom Glaser, MS, practices at Partners in Resilience near Loring Park and is now working on a second book and video project on Resilience Following Trauma. Whether counseling individuals or groups, writing, hosting a radio show, or teaching, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through.

About Full Heart Living: With its unique combination of storytelling interviews, memoir, and activities, Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know is as fun and engaging as it is relatable and practical. Pulling himself out of darker times, the author’s vulnerability touches the soul, and the lessons learned make complex ideas simple and doable.

Andy Steiner is a free-lance writer and editor. She is mental health and addiction reporter for MinnPost.

About How To Survive: In this elegantly reported book, journalist Andy Steiner introduces us to dozens of people who have lived through excruciating times. This is a book for anyone who has gone through something hard, such as a mental health challenge, and wants to see a way out. It’s a book for all of us.

N.G. Young is a native of Chicago’s south side and is also an underground Hip-hop artist and singer/songwriter. Her passion is both music and social activism. Illegal is her first novel that expounds on her deep love for storytelling and Hip-hop Kulture. She seeks to both enlighten and inspire change while utilizing various mediums to foster growth and intellectual development in both readers and the Hip-hop community as a whole.

About Illegal: A Hip-Hop Tale: A young-adult fiction novel which explores the narrative of how the last emcee on earth lives in a world that was once saturated with rap music and Hip hop culture the world suddenly deems this genre as terrorism is outlawed, and the practice or engagement of such is punishable by death. He must find a way to use the very thing the world now hates to save the remnants of the Hip hop Holocaust and ultimately the world itself.

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30pm Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403)

Jim Wallis in conversation with Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, moderated by Tom Weber

Join Magers and Quinn Booksellers & Sojourners at Hennepin Avenue UMC on Wednesday, October 9th for a conversation between author Jim Wallis and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, moderated by Tom Weber. Jim's latest book, Christ in Crisis, examines the state of our nation and the ways in which the solution to our current political and spiritual crises is rooted in a return to Jesus' foundational teachings.

Books are available for pre-purchase via Eventbrite. Pre-sale tickets include preferential seating. Books will also be available for sale at the event.

Doors will open at 5:00pm for those who pre-purchase the book, and 5:30pm for general attendees.

Tickets and more information HERE!

Sunday, October 13, 5:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lynn Cullen presents The Sisters of Summit Avenue

Award-winning author Lynn Cullen has brought to life literary icons in her bestselling novels Mrs. Poe and Twain’s End. Now, she returns with a heartfelt love letter to mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere in The Sisters of Summit Avenue, a powerful novel set in the Midwest during the Great Depression about two sisters bound together by love, duty, and pain.

With her husband in a comatose state, infected by the infamous “sleeping sickness” devastating families across the country, Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family’s Indiana farm for eight long years. Consumed with envy of her pretty older sister, Ruth is nearing the end of her rope.

Her sister, June, is blonde and beautiful, married to a wealthy doctor, and living in a mansion. She also has a coveted job as one of “the Bettys,” the perky recipe developers who populate General Mills’ famous Betty Crocker test kitchens. But these gilded trappings hide sorrows: she has borne no children. And the man she used to love more than anything belongs to her sister Ruth.

When the two sisters reluctantly reunite after a long estrangement, June’s bitterness about her sister’s betrayal sets into motion a confrontation that’s been years in the making. And their mother, Dorothy, who’s brought the two of them together, has her own dark secrets, which might blow up the fragile peace she hopes to restore between her daughters.

Taking place in the throes of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce, farms were failing, and families suffered privation, hunger, and worse, Lynn Cullen creates an emotional journey of inner strength, redemption, and the ties that bind families together under the best, and worst, of situations.

Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is the bestselling author of The Sisters of Summit Avenue, Twain’s End, and Mrs. Poe, which was named an NPR 2013 Great Read and an Indie Next List selection. She lives in Atlanta.

Monday, October 14, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Paul Tough presents The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Does college work? Does it provide real opportunity for young people who want to improve themselves and their prospects? Or is it simply a rigged game designed to protect the elites who have power and exclude everyone else? In THE YEARS THAT MATTER MOST, Paul Tough provides intimate profiles of young people making their way through this system: deciding how and where to apply, cramming for the SAT, braving a strange new campus, negotiating changing family relationships, and trying to find the resilience to recover from setbacks and downturns. He shows us the individuals who, behind the scenes, make higher education go: from an SAT tutor hacking the test to a calculus professor turning potential drop-outs into math majors. He reveals the many shapes that college in America takes today, from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops; from giant public flagships to tiny, innovative experiments in urban storefronts. Is college worth it? THE YEARS THAT MATTER MOST examines whether the American dream of opportunity and mobility is still worthy of our faith.

Paul Tough is the author of three previous books, including the best-selling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to This American Life, and an acclaimed public speaker on education, inequality, and success. Tough lives in Austin, Texas, and Montauk, New York. For more information, please visit paultough.com.

Tuesday, October 15, 6:00pm Grace-Trinity Community Church (1430 West 28th Street Minneapolis, MN 55408)

Where to Begin Tour with Cleo Wade, presented by Magers & Quinn Booksellers and The Coven

Join Cleo Wade in a night of discussion while she highlights the themes of her new book, Where to Begin.

Cleo Wade is an artist and poet. Her work speaks to our collective power to create change through an individual commitment to self-care, beloved community building, and social justice. Her signature prose has garnered over half a million followers on Instagram, and propelled her best-selling book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life.

At this event, Cleo will discuss the themes of her new book, Where to Begin, and answer audience questions. This book of poetry is a collection of the ideas and mantras she turns to when feeling overwhelmed by worry, fear, anxiety, or helplessness. Cleo will share these words and her wisdom with the audience for an inspiring, moving, and thought-provoking night. She will discuss how she remains hopeful, and discuss different ways to harness your personal power to bring positive change into the world.

Doors at 6:00pm | Event starts at 6:30pm | Talk 7-8pm.

Every ticket includes a copy of Cleo’s book, Where to Begin.
Tickets $35 | $30 for Coven members!

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The Coven is a collaborative community and co-working space designed with women, non-binary and trans people in mind.

Monday, October 21, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Clara Parkes presents Vanishing Fleece

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool is a fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way.

On this cross-country adventure, readers will meet a cast of characters that include the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with Parkes as she meets a flock of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a working farm,
and learns how wool fleece is measured, bales, shipped and turned into skeins.

In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Parkes describes a brush with the dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her trip from Maine to Wisconsin and back again. Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and players in all things wool, and also discover what was once was a thriving American industry is now woefully in decline.

Vanishing Fleece is a travel guide seen through the lens of wool, while telling an inspiring story about American culture.


Author of six books, including the New York Times bestselling Knitlandia, Clara Parkes has dedicated her life to figuring our what makes yarn tick and finding the right words to write about it. Through her writings, workshops and appearances, Clara champions the notion of paying closer attention to what you knit and where it came from. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Markus Zusak presents Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak will read and sign his novel Bridge of Clay. All ages welcome!

Bridge of Clay, a novel thirteen years in the writing from beloved international bestselling author Markus Zusak, is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. At the center of the family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

“Thirteen years is probably long enough between books, but Bridge of Clay was never meant to be easy. It’s a boy in search of a miracle, and that’s how I feel about finishing,” says Zusak. “Every book we write means something to us, but sometimes it comes to mean everything—and Bridge of Clay, for me, is that latter type: the book you have to fight for, but is all the more rewarding. I hope readers will enjoy spending time with the Dunbar boys, and all their raucous habits—but it’s Clay I feel for most, and his attempt to build that bridge of his, and find a way back home.”

This unforgettable story is sure to resonate with all readers, who will finish astonished by this truly moving portrait of an unconventional family over generations—a family that includes one murderer, one broken-nosed bride, one mule, and five brothers. Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, BRIDGE OF CLAY is signature Zusak.

Markus Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, an LA Times Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Honor book. The Book Thief was named one of the best books of 2006 by many publications and received glowing reviews in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, People, and USA Today. Markus lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children. You can follow him online at zusakbooks.com, on Facebook at @MarkusZusak, and on Instagram at @markuszusak.