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Sunday, May 27, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

E. Eero Johnson presents Tsu and the Outliers

Tsu and the Outliers is a graphic novel about a non-verbal boy whose rural existence appears unbearable until rumors of a monstrous giant upend his mundane life. Tsu finds himself at the center of the mystery, as his strange metaphysical connection with the creature is revealed and they forge an unlikely friendship.

Tsu is a young hero who must balance the challenges of two separate worlds: being non-verbal and different in a small town, and having unique powers in a treacherous and fantastical world of monsters. As the dragnet closes in, Tsu is forced to choose between a dangerous path leading beyond the periphery of human perception or a life without his only friend. Tsu and the Outliers is about courage, loyalty, forks in the road, and keeping your wits about you while fighting through the scary stuff that is growing up.

E. Eero Johnson is a designer, illustrator and comic book artist from the Northern Midwest. His illustrations (as Erik T. Johnson) have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Wired. His short comics have been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, and Nozone. He collaborated on the hybrid novel/graphic novel Original Fake with author Kirstin Cronn-Mills for Penguin Books, and he co-published the experimental Kozmo-Knot the Never-Ending Comic Book with Uncivilized Books. Tsu and the Outliers is his first full-length graphic novel.   

Wednesday, May 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Steven Hyden presents Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock, in conversation with Keith Harris of City Pages

In the past year alone the world has experienced profound losses in the form of rock legends, from Bowie to Prince to Tom Petty. For now, people keep flocking to classic rock shows to take in the explosive awesomeness of the remaining legendary cadre of artists — the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Who — that since the late 1960s have revolutionized popular culture. Still, while their songs get airtime, classic rockers are leaving the stage permanently, leaving us with the question: can classic rock stay young as its idols are dying all around us?

In Twilight of the Gods, Hyden mixes personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, standing witness as classic rock reaches the precipice. Traveling to the eclectic places where rockers are still making music, he talks to the artists and fans who have aged with them; explores the ways that classic rock has changed the culture; investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio; and turns to live bootlegs, tell-all rock biographies, and even the liner notes of rock’s greatest masterpieces to tell the story of what this music meant, and how it will be remembered.

A staff writer at Uproxx, Steven Hyden has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Grantland, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, the A.V. Club, Slate, and Salon, mixing entertaining rock criticism with extensive cultural analysis. He is the author of the acclaimed Your Favorite Band is Killing Me.

Keith Harris is the former and current music editor of City Pages. He has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, the Star Tribune, and many publications, in print and online, that no longer exist. He tweets as @useful_noise and blogs with decreasing frequency at

Thursday, May 31, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Publishing How-To Workshop with Wise Ink

Have you ever considered becoming an author but aren't sure where to start?

Join us as Danielle Bylund from Wise Ink Creative Publishing helps us explore the differences between traditional publishing versus self publishing and the reasons someone might decide to self publish. And then hear from Kathy and Linda authors of gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt as they share their experience of becoming self publishing authors. There will be time for questions and answers.

Danielle Bylund is the Author Engagement Director for Wise Ink Creative Publishing. She has previously worked in marketing, as an editor for multiple literary journals, and as a writing instructor at Hamline University. Currently, she is a Story Editor for Paper Darts Literary Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Columbia University and an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University. She is passionate about creating a collaborative community of writers who feel supported by their partnerships.

Kathy Engen and Linda Heath are founders of Shift & Spark and authors of gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt. They formed their company out of days and nights writing their first book. When they realized they weren’t going to accept the things that they cannot change, instead they were going to change the things they could no longer accept. That shift inspired their newly found methodology of think, transform and take off and Shift & Spark was born. A few months later they published gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt, and they’ve been in motion ever since.

Tuesday, June 5, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Evan Kail presents Ubered: My Life as a Rideshare Driver

His family’s wealth has evaporated, and now serendipity is all Evan Kail can salvage from his riches to rags nightmare. He’s been chasing a screenwriting dream, and he’s put everything on the line to attain it. So when a new phenomenon called “rideshare” enters his market in Minneapolis, Kail seeks an opportunity which he believes will allow time to pursue his calling. His only item of value, a BMW sports car purchased in the glory days of wealth, affords him a down payment on a used luxury sedan. Before Kail knows it, he’s a soldier in the trenches of a tech revolution, and he’s in way over his head.

Ubered is a journey through the jungles of a wild mind in an even wilder adventure driving full-time for Uber and Lyft. Over the course of one year, Kail dances with all hosts of personalities, battles all sorts of scenarios, and struggles to realize what it means to be a contractor, not an employee. Prepare for the craziest year of Kail’s young life, one that would leave him grappling to understand the very meaning of fate and all he thought was sacred.

Born in Minneapolis in 1989, Evan Kail has been a Minnesota resident for his entire life. He was raised in the suburb of Edina and graduated in 2012 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Japanese studies. He has been actively pursuing his writing ambitions ever since completing his first spec script as a junior in college and has diversified into a plethora of artistic mediums. He can be found on social media, in front of a canvas, or inside a martial arts dojo, where he holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo. He is an outspoken member of the LGBTQ+ community and advocates on a variety of progressive issues. Ubered is his first book.

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Tim Burkett launches Zen in the Age of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating our Modern Lives

Wrestling with fear doesn’t have to be a negative experience. This book offers an approach to life that unlocks a new way of thinking and being in the world, one that leads directly through the center of the anxieties we seek to avoid. 

Written in the style of an owner’s manual, a guide to being human, Burkett focuses on areas of pain and anxiety as they tend to manifest for modern people: feelings of unworthiness and issues surrounding sex, money, failure, and even death. Providing wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many experiences as a psychotherapist) and using language and metaphors from popular culture, he takes anxiety and teaches us to turn those fears into the building blocks of a fulfilling life.

Tim Burkett began practicing Zen Buddhism in San Francisco in 1964 with the renowned teacher Shunryu Suzuki (author of Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind). 

Tim is the former CEO of the largest non-profit in Minnesota for individuals with mental illness. He is a psychologist, a Zen Buddhist priest, and the Guiding Teacher of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Thursday, June 7, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jonathan Kauffman presents Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat in conversation with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Call it a brown rice revolution.

The legacy of the 1960s and 1970s is usually defined as one of leftist politics and of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But the counterculture also reshaped the way most of us eat.

Why exactly did young Americans in the 1960s start eating brown rice and whole-wheat bread? How did alfalfa sprouts, tofu, and tahini make their way to tiny towns all across the country? Why were so many children forced to eat carob candy?

The natural-foods cuisine of the 1970s didn’t emerge out of a vacuum – it gathered up a century’s worth of fringe health movements, charged them with the political spirit of the times, and infused them with the flavors of Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Hippie Food traces the surprising connections that formed this unique cuisine and tells the stories of cooks both famous and obscure. It also looks at how this food movement reshaped the way we all eat today.

Jonathan Kauffman grew up in a liberal Mennonite family in Indiana eating lentil casseroles and tofu stir-fries. As a college student at Macalester, he worked at Table of Contents, falling in love with cooking; after graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he kept working in restaurants for a few years before leaving the kitchen for the more lucrative world of journalism.

Kauffman reviewed restaurants in the Bay Area and Seattle for 11 years. In 2015, he joined the food section at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he broadly covers the intersection of food and culture. His reporting and criticism have won awards from the James Beard Foundation, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, among others, and he has been a regular contributor to San Francisco magazine, Lucky Peach and the New Yorker.

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is one of the most awarded food writers in the country. She started her career as a 13-year-old restaurant dishwasher, and, after coming to Minnesota for college, became a local restaurant, wine, and drink critic in 1997. In addition to her dining and beverage reviews for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Dara writes monthly on people, travel, health, and the environment. Her food writing has appeared in Delta Sky, Gourmet, Saveur, Food & Wine, USA Today, and Bon Appetit to name a few. Dara has been nominated for her food and wine writing 13 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times.

Monday, June 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Michelle Kuo presents Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship

A young man is arrested for murder in the Arkansas Delta, and his former English teacher returns to visit him. For the next seven months in county jail, they pore over novels, poems, and historical narrative by Frederick Douglass, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, James Baldwin, W.S. Merwin and more.

Michelle Kuo’s debut memoir, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship is a story of race, inequality, and the power of literature. This relentlessly honest book asks what we owe each other, how racism and poverty shape young people's fates, and what it means to live a good life.

Michelle Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked at a nonprofit for undocumented immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She also clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit. Currently she teaches courses on race, law, and society at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law. She won the 2016 Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Lucy Bellwood presents 100 Demon Dialogues

100 Demon Dialogues is a collection of comics for anyone who wants to talk back to the little voice in their head that says “You’re no good.” In each panel, Lucy is beset by a tiny, petulant demon who embodies workaholism, imposter syndrome, and fear of missing out. From overcoming self-doubt to prioritizing self-care, Bellwood and her demon embody a hilarious and relatable partnership that will resonate with people from all walks of life.

Lucy Bellwood is a professional cartoonist and illustrator based in Portland, OR. As an outspoken advocate for transparency in creative careers, Lucy has presented on subjects like following an independent path, the finances of freelancing, and working with imposter syndrome at events and institutions around the globe. Her latest collection takes a hilarious, humanizing look at what it’s really like to persevere when our Inner Critics are trying to take the wheel. She is a member of Helioscope, the largest collective of freelance comics professionals in North America, where she spearheads the studio’s Mentorship Program.

Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

David Sedaris presents Calypso

We are happy to have you join us in welcoming David Sedaris to the store for a reading and signing of his new book Calypso. Tickets for the reading portion of the event are now sold out. However, everyone will be able to meet him and get a book signed after the reading - ticket or not.

  • All seated-area ticket holders will be given a book ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Those in possession of free standing-room tickets are free to purchase backlist / Calypso for signing purposes.

  • Ticket admits one.

  • Tickets are general admission for limited seating. Seating is first-come, first-served.

  • David Sedaris will be available after the reading to meet all who are interested, whether or not they have purchased a ticket. Mr. Sedaris will sign anything to which he has contributed his writing. Copies of Calypso and his previous books will be available at the event for purchase.

  • Absolutely no photography, recording or video for the entire reading and signing.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny - it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Thursday, June 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Lesle Lewis presents A Boot’s a Boot


Is it noon? 
A headache? 
A career?
You are my illness, my door slam, my exquisite half hour. You slide around like numbers the clock hands slide over.
It’s difficult to get a thing right without getting something else wrong.

“Independent, never sentimental, and unafraid of uncertainty, A Boot’s a Boot embodies the fierce struggle to maintain equilibrium in this destabilizing world…The poems focus the majority of their attention on the between-spaces of the world where time is malleable as both theory and thing: ‘We take our time, fold it in half and half again’…  Lewis’s vaulting mind does not require the suspension of disbelief, only the understanding that limitations can be nimbly dismissed…” (from American Microreviews and Interviews, a review by Laurie Saurborn Young)

The smallness of our comfort zones is pretty funny. -"The Pants Dance"

Lesle Lewis is the author of four books.  Her first book, Small Boat, won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2002. Subsequent titles include Landscapes I & II (2006), lie down too (2011) and the chapbook It’s Rothko in Winter or Belgium (2012).  Her most recent book is A Boot’s a Boot, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Prize.  Lesle lives in New Hampshire. 

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Paul Arneson presents I Closed Too Many Eyes: A World War II Medic Finally Talks

It was a quiet afternoon in Mountain Lake, Minnesota on Sunday, December 7th, 1941. Twenty-four year old Bayer Ross took a nap after lunch while his parents and younger brother drove to Windom to visit his mother’s sister and her family. The two families ran the dry cleaning and tailoring businesses in their towns— the John Rosses in Mountain Lake and the John Hoffmans in Windom.  At around 4:00 pm Bayer’s mother ran up the stairs to their apartment above the dry cleaning shop screaming that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor.  Bayer’s life was never the same after that moment. 

A few months later Bayer left for Camp Barkeley Texas to learn the skills of an Army medic.  By October 1942 he was in England with the 3rd Battalion of the 16th Infantry Regiment preparing for the liberation of North Africa, Sicily, and eventually Sicily, and eventually France, Germany, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia.  He wouldn’t see Minnesota again until the Fall of 1945. 

Bayer’s brother-in-law, retired Air Force Colonel Paul Arneson, will be discussing his new book, I Closed Too Many Eyes. His talk will focus on Bayer’s parents' decision to make Minnesota their home after immigrating from Sweden, his life before the war in Windom and Mountain Lake, and the trials he went through for those three war years trying to keep soldiers alive.  Bayer kept a journal throughout the war and wrote letters home that the family kept. The book contains many of his notes and letters. You’ll hear Paul read many of Bayer’s descriptions of the chaos he was going through as he experienced it — many things you’ve likely never heard before about World War II. 

Thursday, June 21, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Amy Thielen presents Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir

“Awesome for foodies, this book should also be read by fans of literary memoir.” — PBS Newshour

“One of the best coming-of-age food memoirs you’ll ever pick up.” — Rolling Stone

Before Amy Thielen frantically assembled rings of truffled potato salad while working for New York’s finest chefs — David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten — she grew up in a northern Minnesota town, home to the nation’s largest french fry factory, with a mother whose generous cooking pulsed with joy, family drama, and an abundance of butter. A coming-of-age tale tracing a path between city and country, cultures high-brow and low-down, Thielen’s story is told with brimming energy and a cook’s eye for detail. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York City’s high-end restaurant scene before returning the cook to her small town origins—where she finds that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy, and that taste memory is the most important ingredient of all.

Amy Thielen is a two-time James Beard Award-winning food writer. She’s the author of two books— The New Midwestern Table, and the memoir Give a Girl a Knife, both from Clarkson Potter—and is at work on a cookbook to be published by W.W. Norton. A former New York City line cook, she was the host of Heartland Table on Food Network, and is a contributing editor at Saveur magazine. She lives with her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, their son, his dog, and a bunch of chickens, in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Monday, June 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Abdi Nor Iftin presents Call Me American

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S... marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.

Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee.

In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America--filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi--did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.

Abdi Nor Iftin currently lives in Portland, Maine, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state. Abdi was accepted to the University of Southern Maine, where he will be studying political science.

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
C.L. Polk presents Witchmark

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

C. L. Polk wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn't learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta with her rescue dog Otis. She has a fondness for knitting, bicycles, and single estate coffee. C. L. has had short stories published in Baen's UNIVERSE and, and contributed to the web serial Shadow Unit, as well as spending too much time on Twitter. Witchmark is her debut novel.

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Peter Stark presents Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

George Washington is lionized as wise and virtuous, the indispensable Founding Father. Yet, as New York Times bestselling author Peter Stark explores in his incisive new book, Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father, Washington in his youth was immature, arrogant and prone to disastrous mistakes. His impulsive actions as a flailing commander serving the British Crown in the Pennsylvania wilderness ignited the French and Indian War, which in turn helped spark the American Revolution. Stark tells a gripping adventure story about Washington’s struggling early years so at odds with his popular image, while showing how Washington’s passage through the wilderness laid the groundwork for the great leader he would become.

In Young Washington, Stark takes us into Washington’s head and helps us understand what drove Washington: how he fumbled into and found his way out of multiple crises and how these experiences helped forge the wise, empathetic leader he became.

Stark, a historian and seasoned adventure writer, paddled, hiked, and climbed the region where young Washington’s story played out. Stark recounts Washington’s early exploits into the wilderness with singular empathy, bringing to bear his own insights into the psychological stresses of the unknown. In this vivid telling, Stark breathes new life into a Washington who exists largely outside the lore of American history.

Peter Stark is the author of the New York Times bestseller Astoria, along with The Last Empty Places, Last Breath, and At the Mercy of the River. He is a frequent contributor to Outside Magazine, has written for Smithsonian and the New Yorker and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Montana with his wife and children.

Sunday, July 8, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Laurie Kilmartin presents Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

When stand-up comedian Laurie Kilmartin learned her dad was dying, she responded in the only way she knew how: with humor. In 2014, she made headlines by live tweeting her father’s time in hospice, bringing a touch of lightness to the devastating experience of losing her dad. Picked up by outlets like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and, Kilmartin’s hilarious tweets took the world by storm and revealed the need for a comic interpretation of grief.

Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed is an honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying. Filled with relatable anecdotes and practical advice, Kilmartin voices all of the insensitive things you may have thought about your dying loved one, or wanted to scream at a well-meaning friend, but didn’t. She also brings heart and humor to a topic that is too often met with solemnity and silence, despite being as complicated, messy, and emotional as any other part of our human experience.

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy Award-nominated writer for Conan and the cohost of The Jackie and Laurie Show. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.

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

Kimberly J. Brown launches The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor’s Account of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

“A bridge shouldn’t just fall down,” Senator Amy Klobuchar said after the August 1, 2007, collapse of the Minneapolis I-35W eight-lane steel truss bridge, which killed 13 motorists, injured 145, and left a collective wound on the city’s psyche and infrastructure.

On her way to a soccer game with a fellow teammate, Kimberly J. Brown experienced the collapse firsthand, falling 114 feet in her teammate’s car to the Mississippi River. Although terrified, injured, and in shock, she survived. In this sobering memoir and exposé, Brown recounts her harrowing experience.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Brown became both an advocate for survivors and an unofficial whistle-blower about decaying infrastructure. She details her investigation and correspondence with Thornton Tomasetti engineers, including the false official account of the collapse and the eventual revelation of its real causes. In addition, she chronicles the ongoing decay of America’s bridges and the continuing challenges faced by leaders to address infrastructure problems across the country.

After nearly a decade of research into the collapse and her active and ongoing recovery from psychic and physical injuries, Brown shares her experience and answers the questions we should all be asking: Why did this bridge collapse? And what could have been done to prevent this tragedy?

Kimberly J. Brown is an IT technical writer. On August 1, 2007, she was one of the 180 people on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed. She is now an outspoken advocate for victims and survivors of the collapsed bridge.

Sunday, July 15, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Come Draw with Kickliy: Rescheduled!

Calling all artists: join us for an interactive comic drawing tutorial with renowned comic artist Kickliy. This free event (rescheduled due to an awful and surprising April blizzard) is perfect for children of all ages who are interested in drawing, creativity, and the master painter Claude Monet. Bring your sketchbooks and your sense of wonder!

Critics have called Kickliy's Musnet series "a charming take of humour, art, and adventure, as the little mouse grows to find his meaning and place in the world.” (The Guardian)

After the tutorial, Kickliy will be available to sign books and answer questions about drawing-for-a-living, publishing, or anything else you might want to know.

Kickliy is the creator of the critically acclaimed Musnet book series. Musnet was nominated for the 2017 Prix Angouleme for Kids Comics. Kickliy lives both in Minneapolis and in France. During his most recent time in France, Kickliy toured the country teaching children about Musnet, Monet, and comic book illustration, teaching at Paul Cezanne’s studio in Aix en Provance and building a partnership with the Fondation Monet in Giverny. 

Monday, July 16, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jo Weldon presents Fierce: The History of Leopard Print

Fierce is a bold, fascinating chronicle of one of the world’s most beloved fashion patterns—leopard print— celebrating its beauty and place in couture, and the women who have dared to wear it. Jo Weldon expertly traces the history of the iconic print from its inception as a textile to its use as a royal status symbol, popularization by flappers and starlets, and contemporary ubiquity. Featuring gorgeous full-color images, Fierce is a one-of-a-kind book and an absolute must-have for lovers of fashion, celebrity, history and pop culture.

Jo Weldon is the author of The Burlesque Handbook as well as the Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and an expert on contemporary burlesque, women’s issues, and fashion. Her writing on leopard print has been published in Mental Floss, Time Out New York, and The New York Times.

Thursday, July 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Dan Kaufman presents The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

For more than a century, Wisconsin was known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good.

But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election. Here is untold story behind the most shocking political upheaval in the country.

The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government.

Neither sentimental nor despairing, Kaufman chronicles the remarkable efforts of citizens who are fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against tremendous odds.

“Through the microcosm of one state Dan Kaufman does a masterful job explaining what’s happened to America, and why. It’s not a happy tale, but it’s an important one.” — Jane Mayer, best-selling author of Dark Money

Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Thursday, September 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Dianna E. Anderson presents Problematic: How Toxic Callout Culture Is Destroying Feminism

From Beyoncé’s Lemonade to The Force Awakens to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, the entertainment industry seems to be embracing the power of women like never before. But with more feminist content comes more feminist criticism—and it feels as if there’s always something to complain about.

Dianna E. Anderson’s incisive Problematic takes on the stereotype of the perpetually dissatisfied feminist. Anderson suggests that our insistence on feminist ideological purity leads to shallow criticism and ultimately hurts the movement. She proposes new, more nuanced forms of feminist thought for today’s culture, illustrated by examples from across the spectrum of popular music, movies, and TV, including Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and even One Direction.

While grounding her inquiry in pop-culture media and topics, Anderson draws on concepts of feminist theory to show how we can push for continued cultural change while still acknowledging the important feminist work being done in the pop-culture sphere today.

Dianna E. Anderson is a freelance journalist, author, and activist in women’s issues. She is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, the Establishment, Vice, and Bitch magazine. Anderson is the author of Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity.

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Mindy Mejia presents Leave No Trace

From the author of the “compelling” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and critically acclaimed Everything You Want Me to Be, a riveting and suspenseful thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a boy and his stunning return ten years later.

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later... the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.

Mindy Mejia is the author of The Dragon Keeper and Everything You Want Me To Be. She writes what she likes to read: contemporary, plot-driven books that deliver both entertainment and substance. She lives in the Twin Cities and holds an MFA from Hamline University.

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

William Kent Krueger presents Desolation Mountain

All his life, Stephen O'Connor has had visions, portents of tragedies to come.  When he’s visited time and again by the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen in Tamarack County, Minnesota.  The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a U.S. senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen’s worst fears. Stephen and his father, Cork O’Connor, join a number of Ojibwe men from the Iron Lake reservation, who were the first on the scene. They’ve barely begun to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation, dismissing Cork, Stephen, and the other searchers.

In that far north Minnesota county, which is overrun with agents of the FBI, NTSB, DoD, and even members of a rightwing militia, all of whom have their own agendas, O'Connor, his father, and Bo Thorson, a private security consultant, attempt to navigate a perilous course. Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, facing evermore threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace: the beast huge and evil lurking in the woods that surround Desolation Mountain, a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale.

William Kent Krueger writes the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series. Krueger’s work has received a number of awards, including the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

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