Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00pm Virtual Event

Kristi Nelson presents Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted

Author Kristi Nelson presents her new book in a live virtual event on Tuesday, 12/1 at 7pm Central time! Tune in on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel.

What does it mean to truly live gratefully, every day? In Wake Up Grateful, Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. Nelson goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, and encourages readers to awaken to the gift of having a glass at all. With questions for reflection, daily exercises, and perspective prompts for appreciating the fullness of life as it is, right now, this book promises profound personal change through the practice of taking nothing for granted.

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Kristi Nelson is the executive director of A Network for Grateful Living. She has a master's degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and has spent more than 30 years in nonprofi t leadership, development, and consulting. She has worked at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Soul of Money Institute. Kristi is a Stage IV cancer survivor who cherishes living among friends and family in western Massachusetts.

Friday, December 4, 7:00pm Virtual Event!

Charles Baxter presents The Sun Collective, in conversation with Chris McCormick

Charles Baxter will discuss his latest novel with author Chris McCormick, livestreamed on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page, on Friday, December 4, 2020.

From the National Book Award finalist and “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune)—a timely and unsettling novel about the people drawn to and unmoored by a local activist group more dangerous than it appears

Once a promising actor, Tim Brettigan has gone missing. His father thinks he may have seen him among some homeless people. And though she knows he left on purpose, his mother has been searching for him all over the city. She checks the usual places—churches, storefronts, benches—and stum­bles upon a local community group with lofty goals and an enigmatic leader who will alter all of their lives. Christina, a young woman rapidly becoming addicted to a boutique drug that gives her a feeling of blessedness, is inexplicably drawn to the same collective by a man who’s convinced he may start a revolution. As the lives of these four characters intertwine, a story of guilt, anxiety, and feverish hope unfolds in the city of Minneapolis.

A vision of modern American society and the specters of the consumerism, fanaticism, and fear that haunt it, The Sun Collective captures both the mystery and the violence that punctuate our daily lives.

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CHARLES BAXTER is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The Soul Thief, and the story collections Believers, Gryphon, Harmony of the World, A Relative Stranger, There’s Something I Want You to Do, and Through the Safety Net. His stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

CHRIS McCORMICK is the author of the debut story collection Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award, and the 2020 novel The Gimmicks. Originally from the California side of the Mojave Desert, he earned his MFA at the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of two Hopwood Awards. He now lives and teaches in Minnesota.

Monday, December 7, 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Facebook Page

Eric Utne presents Far Out Man, in conversation with Neal Karlen

The founder of Utne Reader chronicles his adventures on the frontlines of American culture—from the Vietnam era to the age of Trump—as a spiritual seeker, antiwar activist, and minor media celebrity.

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page on Monday, December 7 at 7:00pm Central time for a conversation between Utne and Neal Karlen!

“Fascinating . . . a remarkable piece of social history.”—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Far Out Man is the story of a life-long seeker who was occasionally a finder as well. In 1984, Eric Utne founded Utne Reader, a digest of new ideas and fresh perspectives percolating in the arts, culture, politics, business, and spirituality. With the tag line “The Best of the Alternative Press,” the magazine was twice a finalist for a National Magazine Award and grew to more than 300,000 paid circulation. In the nineties, the magazine promoted the Neighborhood Salon Association to revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in people’s living rooms. More than 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 salons across North America. Utne devoted the magazine to bringing people together to help make the world a “little greener and a little kinder.”

Far Out Man serves as a chronicle of both an individual life and a generation, covering the conflicts of the Vietnam era, the hopes and excesses of the sexual revolution and the Me Decade, the idealism and depredations of the entrepreneurial eighties and nineties, and the promise and perils of the digital age. Ultimately, Far Out Man is the story of Eric Utne’s lifelong search for hope, how he lost it, and what he found on the other side that sustains him in his darkest moments. It is a book dedicated to helping all seekers become finders.


Eric Utne is a writer, publisher, and social entrepreneur. In 1984, he founded Utne Reader, the "field guide to the emerging culture." The magazine grew to over 300k paid circulation by the early 1990s. He was the editor and publisher of Utne Reader for 16 years. In 1991 the magazine formed the Neighborhood Salon Association to "revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in people's living rooms." Over 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 salons across North America.

Utne has a B.E.D. (Environmental Design) from the University of Minnesota. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, where he co-authored a series of courses called Whole Systems Healing that explore the social and environmental dimensions of health and well-being. Utne has four sons and five grandchildren. He lives on the St. Croix River in Minnesota.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required for Access

Jim Walsh launches Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis, in conversation with Lizz Winstead

Tune in for a virtual book launch with veteran Twin Cities journalist Jim Walsh, on Wednesday, 12/16, at 7pm Central Time. Moderated by Lizz Winstead.

Columnist, freelance writer, and genuinely curious reporter Jim Walsh collects the encounters and adventures and lives that make a city hum—and make South Minneapolis what it is. The Minneapolis that he maps is a matter of heart, of urban life built on human connections: the everyday interactions, ordinary people, and quiet moments create an extraordinary picture of a city’s life.

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 Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis(available December 1), or anything else from our web store.

Event access and gift card will be sent to the email address associated with your order.
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Jim Walsh is a writer, journalist, columnist, and songwriter. He is author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes. The Photographic History. His most recent books are Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes and Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s (both from Minnesota). A former music editor at City Pages and pop music columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he has published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Melody Maker, Billboard, and Utne Reader.

South Minneapolis native Lizz Winstead is a stand-up comic, author, activist, radio host, co-creator (with Madeleine Smithberg) of The Daily Show, and program director/host at Air America Radio. Her memoir Lizz Free Or Die (Riverhead Books) was published in 2012, and as founder of the abortion rights group Lady Parts Justice/Abortion Access Front, she is a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, and Huffington Post. She lives in New York City.