Upcoming Events

Monday, November 18, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Joe Kapp presents The Toughest Chicano: A Life of Leadership

From Joe Kapp’s earliest days as a young kid organizing competitive street games in vibrant, 1940s immigrant neighborhoods across California, to his Purple People Eater days and current battle with dementia, Joe Kapp, "The Toughest Chicano," lays bare everything about Joe Kapp’s remarkable life with his signature tenacity and irreverent sense of humor.

Joe Kapp is the only man to quarterback a football team to the Rose Bowl, Grey Cup and Super Bowl. He led the Minnesota Vikings to their first Super Bowl, and throughout his life has been a shining example of leadership, courage, and integrity. He played college football for the University of California—Berkeley, then embarked on a professional career in the CFL (Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions) and the NFL (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots). Between 1971 and 1982 he acted in seven feature films and over 50 television productions. Afterward, he served as head coach of the California Golden Bears from 1982-1986. Kapp is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame; he lives in Los Gatos, California.

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kevin Kuhn presents Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow

Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow is a collection of speculative fiction inspired by the original Twilight Zone series. In the spirit of that iconic, timeless show, these mysterious and gripping narratives explore parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality.

A toddler shifts through parallel worlds, changing into different versions of herself. What would a mother do for her daughter?

A chef finds an alternate food source on a remote world. When the new chef arrives, will he be forced to reveal a horrific secret?

A twelve-year-old Earth girl is randomly chosen to rule the galaxy. Why are galactic administrators so desperate to stop her?

Explore space and time—and confront humanity’s deepest fears—with Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.

Kevin A. Kuhn is a proud member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His first novel, Do You Realize?, won five independent literary awards. He is also a retired technology executive who currently teaches at a major business school. Kevin lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Melinda, and their five kids—three human children and two schnoodles.

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

John Freeman presents Dictionary of the Undoing, with special guests. Presented by Rain Taxi.

Join us as John Freeman — literary critic, editor, poet, and “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers) — presents his latest work, Dictionary of the Undoing, a suite of incisive, poetic essays about the current political moment. From A to Z, Freeman has chosen potent words to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. At this Minneapolis event, Freeman will be joined by local writer-activists for a discussion about how we can redefine what it means to be a literary citizen.

“John Freeman has created a work of both artistry and activism in Dictionary of the Undoing, a lexicon of what should matter from A to Z—a complex and nuanced rebirthing of words that have been worn away by the strife and noise of this era.”—Walter Mosley

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing. His books include How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of E-mail, as well as Tales of Two Americas, an anthology of new writing about inequality in the U.S. today. Maps, his debut collection of poems, was published in 2017. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta and one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at New York University.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sci-Fi Night with Sue Burke, Naomi Kritzer, and Marissa Lingen

Sue Burke's sweeping SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence. Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known...Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

Sue Burke spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. A Clarion workshop alumnus, Burke has published more than thirty short stories in addition to working extensively as a literary translator. She lives in Chicago.

Naomi Kritzer has been making friends online since her teens, when she had to use a modem to dial up at 2400 baud. She is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and novels for adults, including the Eliana's Song duology and the Dead Rivers Trilogy. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

Marissa Lingen is the author of more than 100 short science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Nature, Analog, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many more. She lives with her family in the south suburbs.

Sunday, December 1, 2:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Book Signing and Caroling with Renae Baker

A festive holiday signing to kick off December, featuring professional caroler Renae Baker! Join in any time from 2:00 - 4:00pm to meet Renae, sing songs, and enjoy some warm beverages.

After enduring a painful holiday season with no Christmas spirit, Renae Baker, the founder and director of a company of Broadway Christmas carolers, set out to restore her spirit by delving deeper into the carols she had been singing her whole life. The fascinating histories and inspiring stories she uncovers helped her rediscover the spirit she’d experience during her most joyful Christmases. In Defeating Scrooge, she shares the stories, inspirations and her process so that anyone can harness the power of carols and have a joyful holiday season.

Renae Baker is a professional singer actor, speaker and sometime television and radio cohost, as well as founder and director of I S.M.I.L.E. in New York Productions.

Tuesday, December 3, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

David Kessler presents Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

What happens when a tragedy strikes the world’s most well-known grief expert? Acceptance couldn't be the final stage: meaning was necessary for healing. In Finding Meaning, with the permission of the Kübler-Ross Family Foundation, David Kessler adds this crucial sixth stage of grief, the stage where hope and healing can often be found.

In this book, Kessler gives readers a road map to remembering those who have died and moving forward in a way that honors our loved ones. “Meaning,” Kessler writes, “comes through finding a way to sustain your love for the person after their death while you’re moving forward with your life. That doesn’t mean you’ll stop missing the one you loved, but it does mean that you will experience a heightened awareness of how precious life is.” Meaning, like any part of grief, looks different for everyone; this book addresses specific challenges in grief, such as illness, child loss, addiction, and suicide. Kessler notes that while we often talk about post-traumatic stress, meaning can be the key to post-traumatic growth. FINDING MEANING is an essential resource for anyone who has experienced loss. 

David Kessler is the world’s most well-known expert on grieving. He worked closely with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross for the last decade of her life. They co-authored two bestselling books: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. Kessler’s first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise from Mother Teresa. He also wrote Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. His latest book, You Can Heal Your Heart, is co-authored with Louise Hay. He is the founder of Grief.com, which has over 5 million visitors, and lives in Los Angeles.

Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Richard Louv presents Our Wild Calling

“Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals.”—Bill McKibben

Richard Louv’s landmark book, Last Child in the Woods, inspired an international movement to connect children and nature and has now sold over half a million copies. Co-founder of the Children & Nature Network and winner of the Audubon Medal, Louv has become the expert on radically improving mental and physical health through our relationship to the natural world.  In OUR WILD CALLING: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives—and Save Theirs, Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence by exploring our deep bonds with other animals and calling for a transformation in how we view, treat, and inhabit our environment.

In a world consumed by technology and constant digital communication, Louv says, “Our relationships with other-than-human beings can have a profoundly positive impact on our health, our spirit, and our sense of inclusiveness in the world.” Nearly everyone Louv interviewed had a story to tell about a life-changing interaction with an animal, from a beloved family pet to a chance encounter with wild animal, that moved them towards a greater understanding of the other species. At the center of these stories is what Louv has named the “habitat of the heart,” or the deep connection between a person and another animal, and how, through these connections, we can begin to heal ourselves and our wounded planet. OUR WILD CALLING makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures—not out of fear, but out of love. 

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books. Translated into 20 languages, his books introduced the term “nature-deficit disorder,” and have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature. In addition to his role as a journalist and author, Richard Louv is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement through partnerships with such organizations as the National League of Cities. Louv has written for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Sierra magazine, Orion Magazine, and Parents, among other publications, and he has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and others. He and his wife, Kathy Frederick Louv, are the parents of two young men, Jason and Matthew.

Saturday, December 7, 12:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Susie Shubert signs The Badass Planner for 2020

This is not your typical planner—this is a BADASS planner! This little book will challenge you to take a good, sharp look at your daily tasks and encourage you to rock out each and every day.
(Warning: Use of profanity is not only prolific in this planner but also encouraged. If you are offended by that, go get a planner with puppies or kitties on it.)

Start each day with a rockin’ intention. For a more fun and productive year, jot down daily, monthly, and yearly goals and reflections, and remember to make notes for play time and quiet time. Includes space for a year’s worth of awesomeness. Each month is kicked off by an insightful themed essay, and sprinkled throughout are entertaining quotes to inspire and motivate. You’ll have full-page monthly grids; a full 2020 calendar on the cover flaps; a full-page 2021 calendar at the end; space for reminders, notes, tasks, and goals; and room to reflect on “Cool stuff that I did” and “Important stuff that I’ve learned.”
Seize the day with your badass self!

As a certified life coach and former heavy-metal vocalist, Susie Shubert knows a lot about manifesting some badassery. Her main goal is to help others find it within themselves and unleash it onto the world. Susie’s approach to finding inner peace is to come as you are, stay for the pie, leave with a rockin’ plan, and take no prisoners. Except maybe another piece of pie. She lives, writes and laughs loudly with her husband, two kids, two cats and a dog in Minneapolis, Minnesota.