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Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers Facebook Page

John Rosengren and John Paul Scott

Authors John Rosengren and Paul John Scott will discuss their novels A Clean Heart and Malcharist live on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm Central time.

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About A Clean Heart: Carter Kirchner struggles to stay sane and sober as a counselor on Six West, an adolescent drug treatment center run by a hard-drinking nun with an MBA. The young man is caught between Sister Mary Xavier’s plan to rescue the center by reforming a hard case kid and the dysfunctional staff’s clumsy plan to intervene on their boss’s drinking. Meanwhile, Carter’s mother–who never forgave him for giving up a promising hockey career to treat his own addiction–lands in the hospital with an advanced case of cirrhosis. Before Carter can help the young addict commissioned to his care or safely navigate the staff’s dysfunctional intervention effort, he must rescue himself from his family’s past.

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John Rosengren, a full-time freelance writer for the past 30 years, was recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has won more than a dozen writing awards. He has published eight previous books, including Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, the definitive biography of the first Jew inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame, and Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, which chronicles a season spent with a high school hockey powerhouse (Minnesota's Friday Night Lights). His articles have appeared in more than 100 publications, such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated and Utne Reader.

Rosengren earned his master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott. More at www.johnrosengren.net.

About Malcharist: It’s Manhattan in the winter of 2010, and Shivani Patel is carrying the secrets of a trade that no one understands: medical ghostwriting. A Cambridge-trained scientist and wordsmith for the world’s largest drugmaker, she makes her soaring pay by delivering the sleight-of-hand needed to move new drugs into medical journals and onto market. Then she watches as a parade of aging males take credit for her work.

Halfway across the country, Griffin Wagner is slumming it in Minneapolis as a freelance reporter for In the Zone, a downmarket men’s magazine and his lifeline in the collapse of print. When fate leads both Shivani and Griffin to a problem with the world’s favorite pill and the celebrity psychiatrist who promoted it, Shivani’s powerful employers go to war with the three of them.

A literary thriller at the intersection of science, belief and mass media, Malcharist is a globe-traveling debut about lonely jobs, the seduction of brain chemistry narratives in an age of industrial polypharmacy, and the troubling rise of indiscriminate violence in our time.

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Paul John Scott is a reporter and writer who lives in Minnesota. His work has been published in the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Details, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, Ski, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Star Tribune, and The Fargo Forum.

Monday, October 5, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Neal Karlen presents This Thing Called Life: Prince's Odyssey On + Off the Record, moderated by Emily Goldberg

This event is FREE, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE

Celebrate the life of Prince with longtime music journalist Neal Karlen! Resgistration is free, but you can pre-order your copy of This Thing Called Life by calling Magers & Quinn at 612-822-4611.
In THIS THING CALLED LIFE: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record, journalist and author Neal Karlen explores his unique, decades-long relationship with Prince and attempts to understand one of the most mysterious rock icons of all time.

Neal Karlen was the only journalist Prince granted in-depth press interviews to for over a dozen years, from before Purple Rain to when the artist changed his name to an unpronounceable glyph. Karlen interviewed Prince for three Rolling Stone cover stories, wrote “3 Chains o’ Gold,” Prince’s “rock video opera,” as well as the star’s last testament, which may be buried with Prince’s will underneath Prince’s vast and private compound, Paisley Park.

According to Prince's former fiancée Susannah Melvoin, Karlen was “the only reporter who made Prince sound like what he really sounded like.” Karlen quit writing about Prince a quarter-century before the mega-star died, but he never quit Prince, and the two remained friends for the last thirty-one years of the superstar’s life.

Well before they met as writer and subject, Prince and Karlen knew each other as two of the gang of kids who biked around Minneapolis’s mostly-segregated Northside. (They played basketball at the Dairy Queen next door to Karlen’s grandparents, two blocks from the budding musician.) He asserts that Prince can’t be understood without first understanding ‘70s Minneapolis, and that even Prince’s best friends knew only 15 percent of him: that was all he was willing and able to give, no matter how much he cared for them.

Going back to Prince Rogers Nelson's roots, especially his contradictory, often tortured, and sometimes violent relationship with his father, THIS THING CALLED LIFE profoundly changes what we know about Prince, and explains him as no biography has: a superstar who calls in the middle of the night to talk, who loved The Wire and could quote from every episode of The Office, who frequented libraries and jammed spontaneously for local crowds (and fed everyone pancakes afterward), who was lonely but craved being alone. Readers will drive around Minneapolis with Prince in a convertible, talk about movies and music and life, and watch as he tries not to curse, instead dishing a healthy dose of “mamma jammas.”

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

Emily Goldberg is the director of “The Minneapolis Sound”, the seminal PBS documentary exploring the fertile ‘80’s Minneapolis music scene. A Prince fan who moved to Minneapolis in 1981, she risked freezing to death to attend his glorious impromptu concerts at First Avenue shortly thereafter. Goldberg and This Thing Called Life author Neal Karlen have been good friends for over 30 years. She’s still jealous that Prince returned his calls but not hers.. She is honored to be in conversation with Karlen about this unprecedentedly intimate look at the life of a Minneapolis legend.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm Online Event (Registration Required for Access)

In a Holidaze: Christina Lauren Virtual Book Tour, with Sonali Dev and Emily Henry, moderated by Amanda Diehl

Join Magers & Quinn for a virtual celebration of Christina Lauren's new novel In a Holidaze, featuring special guests Sonali Dev and Emily Henry, moderated by Amanda Diehl of Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

Event access will be emailed to the ticket purchaser 24- 48 hours prior to event start.

Two ways to join:
$5: Event Access + a $5 magersandquinn.com gift card, valid for any purchase from our web store! (Gift card will be emailed to ticketholder prior to event.)
$25: Event Access + a signed copy of In a Holidaze, plus shipping & handling. Book with ticket option must be purchased by Oct. 2, 2020. (Books to be shipped on or after publication date: October 6, 2020)


ABOUT THE BOOK: One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Christina Lauren is the pen name of writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of 25 books, including the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, The Unhoneymooners, Twice in a Blue Moon, and The Honey-Don’t List. Find them at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

Thursday, October 15, 5:30pm Online Event (Registration Required for Access)

Cookish: A Virtual Cooking Demo with Christopher Kimball

Celebrate the latest cookbook in the Milk Street family, Milk Street: Cookish! Join Magers & Quinn and Christopher Kimball for a private virtual cooking demo on Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm Central Time.

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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 virtual gift card to magersandquinn.com. Use it toward your copy of COOKISH, or anything else from our web store!

About the book: Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street.

In Cookish, Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors harness the most powerful cooking principles from around the world to create 200 of the simplest, most delicious recipes ever created. These recipes, most with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook -- the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time.

In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal. And each intuitive recipe is a road map for other mix-and-match meals, which can come together in minutes from whatever's in the fridge.