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Tuesday, April 20, 12:00pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo, presented by Rain Taxi

Join Rain Taxi for a special lunchtime conversation on politics, prose, and pictures with graphic novel creation duo Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo. Their new book, The Stringer (NBM Publishing), is an ode to when fact-based journalism mattered, set at an important turning point a few years ago, as well as a globe-trotting, action-packed, timely statement about how a society without a vibrant independent culture of reporting can degenerate into chaos. Don’t miss this chance to hear these trans-continental collaborators talk about their work!

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Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Jess Phoenix presents Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life, in conversation with Timber Press editor Stacee Lawrence

Join us for a free, live-stream author event on the Magers & Quinn Facebook Page and YouTube channel. Tuesday, 4/20, at 7:00pm Central.

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As a volcanologist, natural hazards expert, and founder of Blueprint Earth, Jess Phoenix has dedicated her life to scientific exploration. Her career path—hard earned in the male-dominated world of science—has led her into still-flowing Hawaiian lava fields, congressional races, glittering cocktail parties at Manhattan’s elite Explorers Club, and numerous pairs of Caterpillar work boots. It has also inspired her to devote her life to making science more inclusive and accessible.

Ms. Adventure skillfully blends personal memoir, daring adventure, and scientific exploration, following Phoenix’s journey from reality television sites deep in Ecuadorian jungles to Andean glaciers, university classrooms to Death Valley in summer. She has even chased down members of a Mexican cartel to retrieve a stolen favorite rock hammer. Readers will delight in her unbelievable adventures, all embarked on for the love of science.

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Jess Phoenix is executive director and co-founder of the environmental scientific research organization Blueprint Earth. Since 2008, she has been a volcanologist, an extreme explorer, and a professional field scientist. She works with universities and major research institutions to study lava flows and natural hazards, perform climate research on glaciers, and more. Jess is a fellow in the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society; a featured scientist on the Discovery and Science channels; and her writing has appeared on websites such as BBC Online, DailyKos, and Medium, as well as in Face the Current magazine and local print publications.

Stacee Gravelle Lawrence has been Senior Acquisitions Editor with Timber Press/Workman Publishing in Portland, Oregon, for the past five years, working with authors who write about any topics that fall under the broad umbrella of “the natural world.” Prior to that, she lived in New York City for ten years working for publishers including the Monacelli Press and Random House.

Wednesday, April 21, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Tyler J. Kelley presents Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways, in conversation with John O. Anfinson

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm for a free virtual author event.

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A revelatory work of reporting on the men and women wrestling to harness and preserve America’s most vital natural resource: our rivers.

The Mississippi. The Missouri. The Ohio. America’s great rivers are the very lifeblood of our country. We need them for nourishing crops, for cheap bulk transportation, for hydroelectric power, for fresh drinking water. Rivers are also part of our mythology, our collective soul; they are Mark Twain, Led Zeppelin, and the Delta Blues. But as infrastructure across the nation fails and climate change pushes rivers and seas to new heights, we’ve arrived at a critical moment in our battle to tame these often-destructive forces of nature.

Tyler J. Kelley spent two years traveling the heartland, getting to know the men and women whose lives and livelihoods rely on these tenuously tamed streams. The result, Holding Back the River, is a deeply human exploration of how our centuries-long dream of conquering and shaping this vast network of waterways squares with the reality of an indomitable natural world.

America’s infrastructure is old and underfunded. While our economy, society, and climate have changed, our levees, locks, and dams have not. Yet to fix what’s wrong will require more than money. It will require an act of imagination. Meticulously researched and as lively as it is informative, Holding Back the River brings us into the lives of the Americans who grapple with our mighty rivers and, through their stories, suggests solutions to some of the century’s greatest challenges.

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Tyler J. Kelley is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker among other publications. Kelley currently teaches at The New School in the Journalism + Design program. His previous projects include the documentary film Following Seas, codirected with his wife Araby Kelley. They live with their son in Brooklyn.

Dr. John O. Anfinson has been researching, writing and speaking about the upper Mississippi River for over 30 years. He spent the first half of his federal career with the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, as a historian and cultural resources specialist. He then spent the second half with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, where he served Superintendent from 2014-2020.

John is the author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi (2003), River of History (2003). He sits on several boards, including Friends of the Mississippi River, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, Minnesota  and National Mississippi River Parkway Commission, and the National Parks Conservation Association. John holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, April 22, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Kawai Strong Washburn and Jonathan C. Slaght in Conversation

Tune in for an Earth Day conversation between Kawai Strong Washburn, author of Sharks in the Time of Saviors, and Jonathan C. Slaght, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice. Live on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, April 22 at 7pm Central.

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About Sharks in the Time of Saviors: In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa's family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods--a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family's legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawai'i--with tragic consequences--they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

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Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other outlets. He was a 2015 Tin House Summer Scholar and 2015 Bread Loaf work-study scholar. Today, he lives with his wife and daughters in Minneapolis. Sharks in the Time of Saviors is his first novel.

About Owls of the Eastern Ice: When he was just a fledgling birdwatcher, Jonathan C. Slaght had a chance encounter with one of the most mysterious birds on Earth. Bigger than any owl he knew, it looked like a small bear with decorative feathers. He snapped a quick photo and shared it with experts. Soon he was on a five-year journey, searching for this enormous, enigmatic creature in the lush, remote forests of eastern Russia. That first sighting set his calling as a scientist.

Despite a wingspan of six feet and a height of over two feet, the Blakiston's fish owl is highly elusive. They are easiest to find in winter, when their tracks mark the snowy banks of the rivers where they feed. They are also endangered. And so, as Slaght and his devoted team set out to locate the owls, they aim to craft a conservation plan that helps ensure the species' survival. This quest sends them on all-night monitoring missions in freezing tents, mad dashes across thawing rivers, and free-climbs up rotting trees to check nests for precious eggs. They use cutting-edge tracking technology and improvise ingenious traps. And all along, they must keep watch against a run-in with a bear or an Amur tiger. At the heart of Slaght's story are the fish owls themselves: cunning hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.

Through this rare glimpse into the everyday life of a field scientist and conservationist, Owls of the Eastern Ice testifies to the determination and creativity essential to scientific advancement and serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the natural world.

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Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he manages research projects on endangered species and coordinates avian conservation activities along the East Asia–Australasian Flyway from the Arctic to the tropics. His annotated translation of Across the Ussuri Kray, by Vladimir Arsenyev, was published in 2016, and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC World Service, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, and Audubon magazine, among others. His new book, Owls of the Eastern Ice, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. He lives in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, April 27, 1:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Mary Sharratt presents Revelations, in conversation with Mary Ann Grossmann

Noted historical fiction author Mary Sharratt discusses her latest novel, Revelations, with Mary Ann Grossmann of the Pioneer Press. Tune in live on Tuesday, April 27 at 1:00pm Central on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Bishop's Lynn, England, 1413. At the age of forty, Margery Kempe has nearly died giving birth to her fourteenth child. Fearing that another pregnancy might kill her, she makes a vow of celibacy, but she can't trust her husband to keep his end of the bargain. Desperate for counsel, she visits the famous anchoress Dame Julian of Norwich.

Pouring out her heart, Margery confesses that she has been haunted by visceral religious visions. Julian then offers up a confession of her own: she has written a secret, radical book about her own visions, Revelations of Divine Love. Nearing the end of her life and fearing Church authorities, Julian entrusts her precious book to Margery, who sets off the adventure of a lifetime to secretly spread Julian's words.

Mary Sharratt vividly brings the medieval past to life as Margery blazes her trail across Europe and the Near East, finding her unique spiritual path and vocation. It's not in a cloistered cell like Julian, but in the full bustle of worldly existence with all its wonders and perils.

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Mary Sharratt, the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, is on a mission to write strong women back into history. Her novels include Daughters of the Witching Hill, the Nautilus Award–winning Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse, and Ecstasy, about the life, loves, and music of Alma Mahler. Originally from Minnesota, Mary now lives in Portugal, near the beautiful medieval town of Obidos on the Silver Coast.

Mary Ann Grossmann joined the Dispatch-Pioneer Press in 1961 when there were two papers. She has been a fashion writer, a women's columnist and the women's department editor who brought "society" pages into the 20th century. She was named book editor in 1983, just when the local literary community exploded. She has won the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award, a Page One Award and YWCA Leader Lunch Award. She retired in 2001 and works part time. A graduate of Macalester College, she lives on St. Paul's West Side in a money-sucking Victorian house with assorted old animals.

Tuesday, April 27, 5:30pm Virtual Event - Registration Required

Kim Todd & Kathryn Neurnberger, presented by Rain Taxi

Join Rain Taxi for a celebration of the women in history whose stories brought us where we are today—and the women today who write about them! Kathryn Nuernberger (The Witch of Eye, Sarabande) and Kim Todd (Sensational: The Hidden History Of America's “Girl Stunt Reporters," Harper) will discuss research, craft, and the many ways to tell a story long swept under the rug. Free to attend, registration required.

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Wednesday, April 28, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Richard Thieme presents Mobius: A Memoir, in conversation with Jennifer Granick

Tune in for a conversation with Richard Thieme and Jennifer Granick on Thieme's novel Mobius. Live streaming on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm Central.

"The only way you can tell the truth is through fiction," a veteran NSA senior told Richard Thieme. Mobius: A Memoir does just that. It is about a spy but not a typical “spy novel;” it is a love story but definitely not a “romance." Mobius is a stunning exploration of the impact of a life of deception and professional intelligence work which illuminates the world in which we all now live.

Richard Thieme (ThiemeWorks) is an author and professional speaker who addresses security and intelligence issues as they come home to our humanity. This is his sixth book and he has  keynoted security conferences in 14 countries. Clients include GE, Microsoft, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, and Medtronic plus the NSA, FBI, US Dept of the Treasury. Los Alamos National Lab, the Pentagon Security Forum, and the US Secret Service.

Jennifer Granick fights for civil liberties in an age of massive surveillance and powerful digital technology. As the surveillance and cybersecurity counsel with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, she litigates, speaks, and writes about privacy, security, technology, and constitutional rights. Granick is the author of the book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What To Do About It, published by Cambridge Press and winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.

Thursday, April 29, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Paul Shambroom presents Past Time, in conversation with Tim Davis

Tune in for a virtual event exploring Shambroom's latest book of photography, live streaming on the Magers & Quinn Facebook page and YouTube channel, on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00pm Central.

Past Time explores the political and cultural idealization of an America that never existed for many. It juxtaposes popular imagery from our past with photographs of contemporary life taken in locations such as Dixon, IL, the hometown of Ronald Reagan, and Mount Airy, NC, the hometown of Andy Griffith. Shown together, these elements portray how exclusionary misrepresentations of a mythological past-perfect, White America align with the current reality of iconic American towns, truly questioning the notion of “the good old days.”

Paul Shambroom uses found and original photographs to explore American power and culture. He’s published two monographs: “Meetings” and “Face to Face with the Bomb....” and a catalog for his mid-career touring exhibition “...Picturing Power.” He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital grantee, among other honors. His work has been in the Whitney Biennial and has been collected and exhibited by major museums including the San Francisco MoMA, MoMA (NY), the Walker Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also an Associate Professor in Art at the University of Minnesota. To see more of Paul Shambroom’s work, visit https://paulshambroom.com.

Tim Davis is on the faculty at Bard College and is an artist, writer, and musician working in many fields. His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the collections of dozens of museums including the Metropolitan, Whitney, Brooklyn, Guggenheim and the Walker. His new book of photographs and essays, I’m Looking Through You, will be published by Aperture in 2020

Tuesday, May 4, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Registration or Book Purchase Required

Ali Beckman presents Bee a Good Human: A Pollinator's Guide to a Better Life, in conversation with Kate Franzman

BEE A GOOD HUMAN: Combining inspiration, humor, and entomology, Instagram artist Ali Beckman (@SoFlyTaxidermy) is the internet's go-to gal for bug-related content that makes you a happier human.

Beckman's witty comics, which use actual insects in everyday situations, illustrate the importance of pollinators as well as body positivity and mental health awareness. Using creatures that are donated, purchased, or found dead to create amusing cartoons, Bee a Good Human highlights the integral role of insects in our environment while also demonstrating we all have a part to play in this world. Beyond bugs, Beckman's art speaks to the value of self-love as she shares a narrative of growth and finding confidence within.

Bee a Good Human features the best of Beckman's @SoFlyTaxidermy Instagram art. With 106 color illustrations, many of which have never appeared online, this gift of a book will make you consider the bigger picture―and laugh a little too.

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Event access and gift code will be sent to the email address associated with your order. Please ensure that your Eventbrite account is linked to an email address you have access to and check regularly!

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2) Book purchase: Pre-order Bee a Good Human from Magers & Quinn by Monday, May 3 to receive event access.

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Shipping and pickup options are available. Books will include a book plate signed by the author. Please note that the book has an official publication date of May 4, and will not ship or be available for pickup prior to that date.

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Ali Beckman is the creator of @SoFlyTaxidermy on Instagram. In 2016, she came home one day to find two dead flies lying next to each other. She couldn't get over the image of the two flies having a conversation before they died. So, she grabbed a piece of paper, picked up the flies, got her pen out, and started drawing. Ali lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her dog, Georgie, and works as a hairstylist at DO Salon and as a yoga teacher at Vibe Yoga Studio. She enjoys hiking, learning about insects, and eating hot dogs at Orbit Room.

Kate Franzman is the founder of Bee Public, an Indianapolis pollinator advocacy organization. Bee Public raises awareness about the plight of pollinators and establishes honeybee hives and native bee homes in public spaces including several local schools, the Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, and along the Monon Trail at the Public Greens restaurant and micro-farm.

Wednesday, May 5, 1:00pm Virtual Event - Ticketed Registration

Olivia Laing, presented by Rain Taxi

Join Rain Taxi for a special daytime event as we present renowned British writer Olivia Laing and celebrate the publication of her new book, Everybody: A Book About Freedom (Norton). In this ambitious, brilliant book, Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, exploring gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement along the way. Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century—among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X.

Tickets to this virtual event include a signed copy of Everybody: A Book About Freedom. Each registered attendee will also receive a special “Everybody” button with their book, and be entered into a raffle to win an 18K gold-plated sterling silver necklace which celebrates Laing’s brilliant new book. Winner announced during the event!

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Thursday, May 6, 7:00pm Virtual Event - Live on Facebook and YouTube

Jessica Lind Peterson presents Sound Like Trapped Thunder, in conversation with Halee Kirkwood

Tune in to the Magers & Quinn Facebook page or YouTube channel on Thursday, May 6 for a reading from author Jessica Lind Peterson.

Jessica Lind Peterson's debut essay collection, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER, is the winner of the 2020 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, selected by Jenny Boully. In essays on subjects ranging from seahorse mating rituals to an urgent letter addressing a grizzly bear, from a wounded hummingbird to an old woman following the call of a lonely whale, Jessica Lind Peterson explores tensions between domesticity and wildness, often discovering latent elements of magic within the mundane. Full of lyrical sentences, stylized prose, and moments that are by turns funny and poignant, and often both at once, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER troubles the distinction between the human and the animal, calling into question such tidy categories we rely upon to help make sense of ourselves and the world we live in.

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Jessica Lind Peterson is a Minnesota-based essayist and playwright. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Seneca Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, River Teeth, Passages North, and others. Her book SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER won the 2020 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize and is published by Seneca Review Books. She is the co-founder of Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, Minnesota and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul. She lives with her family in Canyon, Minnesota in a trailer that is painted green.

Halee Kirkwood is a writing mentor and bubblegum poetry wrangler for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and was an inaugural teaching fellow for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference at Arizona State University. Their mini-chapbook, Exorcising The Catalogue, was published in fall 2018 with Rinky Dink Press.