Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 18, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford present Rage Baking

Punching bread. Rolling out pie crusts. Balancing sweetness and acidity. Baking is a great way to express our rage about the current state of our country. RAGE BAKING: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women’s Voices speaks to both skilled and beginner bakers who are looking for new ways to use their sweetest skills to combine food and activism.

Seasoned bakers and women’s rights enthusiasts Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford offer 50+ pastry recipes, as well as inspirational essays, reflections, poems, and interviews with well-known bakers and impassioned women and activists, including Cecile Richards, Rebecca Traister, Carla Hall, Ani DiFranco, Ruth Reichl, Pam Houston, Ann Friedman, Von Diaz, and more. Bake down the patriarchy with recipes like:

    • Impeachment Upside Down Cake
    • No More “Sheet” Cake
    • I’m Not Your Honey Cupcakes
    • Supreme Court Blueberry Crumble

RAGE BAKING offers a creative outlet to anyone needing to burn off some steam. Join like-minded chefs, writers, and activists in enacting change through the power of flour.

Kathy Gunst is a James Beard Award–winning journalist and the author of fifteen cookbooks. Her most recent books include Soup Swap and Rage Baking (with coauthor Katherine Alford). She is the award-winning Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now, heard on over 550 public radio stations with over 5 million listeners. She writes for many publications, including The Washington Post, EatingWell, Yankee, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and others. Gunst teaches food journalism and cooking at schools and universities around the globe.

Katherine Alford has a proven track record in food. She ran a New York Times 4-star kitchen, has been a Greenmarket Manager, as well as instructor and director of Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now Institute of Culinary Education). She spent the last twenty years at the Food Network, ultimately, as the Senior Vice President of Culinary, where she led the culinary team for TV, digital, and print. She ran the test kitchen that created multiple cookbooks that were IACP finalists, Food & Wine Best of the Best, and New York Times bestsellers. She oversaw recipe development and had a column in Food Network Magazine, the #1 food magazine with a monthly reach of over 1.3 million readers. She grew up in Washington, DC, in a politically active family; her passions are food and politics.

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Booksellers (map)

David Riemer presents Putting Government in Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0

David Riemer discusses his book, with special guests Barbara Crosby and John Bryson of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Putting Government In Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0 tells the story of the House that FDR Built. Responding to the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal team—most prominently, Frances Perkins and Harry Hopkins—created four new clusters of domestic  policy. Those policy clusters—(1) broad-based  economic security guarantees, (2) means-tested welfare programs, (3) across-the-board market regulation, and (4) massive market manipulation— emerged quickly during the original New Deal of 1933-1938 (Version 1.0). For the next 80 years, both Democrats and Republicans added dozens of new programs within the same four policy clusters, shaping today’s New Deal writ large (Version 2.0).

The model worked fairly well during the post-WWII era when the U.S. dominated the world economy and technology remained generally benign. But since the mid-1970s, the New Deal settlement has sputtered in the face of rising international competition and highly disruptive technology. For decades, we’ve been stuck on a plateau of little-to-no progress—at times, deterioration—in economic security and market effectiveness.

Putting Government In Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0 explains the major gaps, flaws, and mistakes of the New Deal settlement. Equally important, the book spells out, in outline and detail, the fundamental and sweeping changes needed to revive the New Deal. The proposed New Deal 3.0 would guarantee far greater economic security for all Americans, make our market economy dramatically more productive, and enlarge the nation’s wealth. The result: America’s next birth of freedom.

David Riemer’s career defies stereotypes. A progressive Democrat, he has worked closely with both Democrats and Republicans to create path-breaking public policy at the local and state level, and to influence national policy.

Barbara C. Crosby is associate professor emerita at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and former academic co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota.

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works in the areas of leadership, strategic management, and the design of organizational and community change processes.

Friday, February 21, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Booksellers (map)

Poetry & Prose with Kris Bigalk, Heidi Czerwiec, and Sonia Greenfield

Join us for a reading of poetry and lyric prose from three local authors!

Kris Bigalk is a writer and professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her second collection of poetry, Enough, was released in Fall 2019 from NYQ Books; her first collection, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released in 2012 from NYQ Books. Bigalk has published poetry in many literary magazines and anthologies, and also regularly publishes creative nonfiction and reviews. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist grants in poetry.  Kris founded and now directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She was awarded a campus nomination for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award for her work with that program. She now serves as the Midwest Council Chair and Secretary of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Board of Trustees.

Essayist and poet Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recently-released lyric essay collection Fluid States, selected by Dinty W. Moore as winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and the poetry collection Conjoining, and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She writes and teaches in Minneapolis, where she is an Editor for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com

Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize. Her first full-length collection, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. Her collection of prose poems, Letdown, is forthcoming in March of 2020 with White Pine Press as part of the Marie Alexander Series. She lives with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs in Minneapolis where she teaches at Normandale College.

Sunday, February 23, 5:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sarah Kozloff presents A Queen in Hiding & The Queen of Raiders

Author Sarah Kozloff presents the first two novels in breathtaking and cinematic The Nine Realms series! All four books in this epic series will be published within a month of each other, so you can binge your favorite new fantasy!
About A Queen in Hiding: Exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny. Her enemies failed to kill her, and no one harboring her is safe. Raised in obscurity, she has no resources, no army, nothing that can help her against her enemies.

Except their gods.

About The Queen of Raiders: The soliders of Oromondo have invaded the Free States, leaving a wake of misery and death. Thalen, a young scholar, survives and gathers a small cadre of guerilla fighters for a one-way mission into the heart of an enemy land.

Unconsciously guided by the elemental Spirits of Ennea Mon, Cerulia is drawn to the Land of the Fire Mountains to join Thelan's Raiders, where she will learn the price of war.

Sarah Kozloff holds an endowed chair as a professor of film history at Vassar College. She worked in the film industry in both television and film before becoming a professor.

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00pm Granada Theater (3022 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55408)

Catana Chetwynd presents Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend

Why bother getting out of bed when you could stay bundled up with that special someone and a book of cozy, cute comics? Chetwynd’s second book has the same charming and inviting style as her first, Little Moments of Love, and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us—and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece.

Join Magers & Quinn and our new neighbor, the Granada Theater, for a special evening with Catana and John, the stars of Catana Comics! This is a ticketed event. Tickets available now, starting at $23!

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Catana Chetwynd is a self-taught traditional artist and the enthusiastic author of Catana Comics. She grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she spent her time creating art and pursing an education in psychology until accidentally stumbling into the world of comics. Not only is her boyfriend John the daily inspiration for her drawings, but he was also the one who suggested a comic series about their relationship in the first place. Thanks to his idea and his inspiring daily antics, Catana was able to pursue her childhood dream of being a cartoonist. She currently lives on the East Coast with John and their tiny, angry dog Murph. 

Thursday, February 27, 7:00pm Magers and Quinn Booksellers (map)

Serena Zabin presents The Boston Massacre: A Family History

A dramatic ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution

The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political.

Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution.

Serena Zabin is a professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College. She is the author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York and The New York Conspiracy Trials of 1741: Daniel Horsmanden's Journal of the Proceedings. She is also the codesigner of a forthcoming video game about the Boston Massacre, Witness to the Revolution.

Monday, March 2, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Arthur Phillips presents The King at the Edge of the World

Arthur Phillips is back with a thrilling novel of espionage in 16th-century England. In The King at the Edge of the World, Queen Elizabeth I is dying and childless. The leading candidate to succeed her is King James VI of Scotland, supposedly a Protestant like her. The problem? The queen’s spymasters are skeptical of where his true religious loyalties lie. If he secretly shares his family’s Catholicism, then the last 40 years of religious war was for nothing, and England faces an ensuing bloodbath. His path to the throne would have to be blocked at all costs.

Enter Mahmoud Ezzedine, a Turkish Muslim physician who was betrayed by a countryman and stranded in England during the last embassy from the Ottoman Empire. The ultimate outsider and hungry to return home to his wife and son, Ezzedine will be cajoled into becoming the perfect undercover agent to reveal King James’s true beliefs and intentions.

Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of The Tragedy of Arthur; The Song Is You, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best novels of the year by The Washington Post; Angelica, which was adapted as a 2015 film; The Egyptologist; and Prague, which was also a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. He lives in New York.

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

Chris Kluwe presents Otaku

The debut novel from former NFL player and tech enthusiast Chris Kluwe, Otaku is a fast-paced, addictive near-future novel that takes the reader to a riveting virtual reality landscape.

Ditchtown. A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents. Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who's slipping away, a mother who's already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits.

Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital—and the Sunjewel Warriors' feats are legendary. However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once…

Chris Kluwe is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction collection Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies; a contributor to Press Start To Play; and the lead designer of the tabletop card game TWILIGHT OF THE GODS.  A former NFL player, Kluwe has received wide attention for his TED talk about the future of technology, virtual reality, and empathy, and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more.

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kawai Strong Washburn presents 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.

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.

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

Dr. Kelly Neff presents Sex Positive: Redefining our Attitudes to Love and Sex

The digital age is ushering in a new sexual revolution, and it is Sex Positive.

Millennial disrupter Dr. Kelly Neff believes a radical change is underway in our love and sex lives — a transformation fuelled by technology and shifting cultural beliefs. Millennials and Generation ‘Z’ are rejecting traditional gender stereotypes and embracing tech as it revolutionizes virtually every aspect of our sex lives. The future is Sex Positive — tolerant of individual choice and open to sexual freedom and exploration, but what does this mean for our sex lives and our definitions of love as we navigate this brave new world of sexual autonomy and self-discovery?

Never before has there been a stronger cultural narrative about fiercely loving and accepting yourself without shame, guilt or judgement. Dr. Kelly is here to unpack the big topics and create a dialogue about what really matters today when it comes to what we want out of love, sex and relationships.

Dr. Kelly Neff is a social psychologist, professor, futurist, radio personality and author who has electrified the media world with her unique focus on the intersection of psychology, consciousness, and human sexuality. An academically trained research psychologist, she received her B.A. (2004) in Psychology magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University and her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Social Psychology summa cum laude from Claremont Graduate University. She spent almost a decade teaching thousands of people in her online and in-person Psychology of Human Sexuality courses at Saddleback College, CA.

Saturday, March 7, 3:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Linda Sue Park presents Prairie Lotus

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.

Linda Sue Park is the author of bestseller A Long Walk to Water as well as the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and many other acclaimed novels and picture books. She lives in Rochester, NY. www.lspark.com,Twitter: @LindaSuePark.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00pm The Parkway Theater (4814 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55417)

Dan Pfeiffer presents Un-Trumping America, moderated by Alyssa Mastromonaco

6:00 pm Doors // 7:00 pm Show

$38 Advance // $43 At the door — includes copy of Un-Trumping America
Tickets available now!

Ticket Purchases are Final and Non-Refundable

Dan Pfeiffer, New York Times bestselling author and co-host of Pod Save America, comes to the Parkway in celebration of his new book, Un-Trumping America. Join us for this energizing reading and book signing! Each ticket includes a copy of Pfeiffer's new book.

Un-Trumping America is a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump, McConnell, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing circus dominating American politics. The book dismantles toxic Trumpism and offers a way forward.

Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and the Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeifer urges Democrats to embrace bold solution — from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster — in order to make American more democratic (and Democratic).

Dan Pfeiffer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can and a cohost of Pod Save America. One of Barack Obama's longest serving advisors, he was White House director of communications under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior advisor to the president (2013-2015). He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Howli, and their daughter, Kyla.

Alyssa Mastromonaco served as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? with Lauren Oyler and a contributor to Crooked Media.

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

Sean Toren presents Rockhead: A Novel

How do you live your best possible life?
How do you do a single thing—like break up with a lover, or climb a dangerous route—so well that it changes you down to your cells?

Unemployed rock climber Atlas is looking for answers. He can't seem to work or climb or even love right—but he's trying his best to learn how. As he ''vans'' his way across the U.S. with his best friend—leaving one woman behind to follow another—he searches for a state of intense awareness called the ''rockhead,'' while struggling to discover whether his actions are of his own free will, or whether they are determined by his genes and family and society.

But when he suffers an extreme fall on 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite, Atlas's search for understanding becomes a struggle for survival. To save his injured partner, he has to climb the hardest section of the wall without a rope—and discovers that the mindfulness of the ''rockhead'' lies at the crossroads of what is determined, what is will, and what is love: a place of compassion within his own heart.

Perfect for fans of Alone on the Wall and Barbarian Days, Matt Samet, editor of Climbing Magazine wrote of Rockhead, “Climbing fiction is a rarity, especially in novel form, and especially done well. So it was a real treat to get my hands on an early copy of Sean Toren’s ambitious Rockhead…If you’re a fan of…fiction, or climbing literature in general, I’d strongly encourage you to give Rockhead a read. It’s very well written, it’s something different, and...will leave you haunted and pondering for days after you finish the novel.”

Sean Toren has published short stories and non-fiction in Reed Magazine, Climbing Magazine, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among many others. He’s also travelled and climbed all over the world, from bouldering in China, to big walls in Yosemite. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son and now works as a psychotherapist.

Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Eva Moreimi presents Hidden Recipes: A Holocaust Memoir

Before the Second World War, Ica (Elena) and Ernő (Ernest) each lived a comfortable life in Czechoslovakia. Their lives were shattered by Nazi cruelty, prejudice and devastation. Hidden Recipes tells the story of their will and determination, and their struggles to survive. By sharing stories about their lives when food was abundant before the war, Ica secretly wrote down hundreds of recipes that she and her fellow inmates shared. Ironically, many of the delectable recipes were written on the reverse sides of papers that carried information about ammunition that was manufactured and used to annihilate the Jews during the Holocaust. Ernő spent several years in various Hungarian forced labor units, where he was required to perform strenuous manual labor. He courageously escaped with the help of righteous people, which saved his life. Hidden Recipes is a story of endurance, will to survive, courage, faith and finding joy and happiness again. 

Eva Moreimi grew up in Czechoslovakia as an only child to two Holocaust survivor parents. Shortly after graduating from Economic School, she escaped from the communist regime and immigrated to the United States. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband close to their three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys reading, practicing yoga, traveling, cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lyssa Kay Adams presents Undercover Bromance

Liv Papandreas has her dream job as a sous chef at Nashville's hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is—in the immortal words of Jessie Spano—a chauvinist pig. Liv already knows he can't stand her because she refuses to be one of his sycophants, but when she catches him harassing a young hostess and confronts him on the spot, he can't fire her quick enough. She vows to get revenge, but she'll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv's blackballed from the restaurant scene, the annoyingly charismatic nightclub owner offers to help, but she's wary of his motives. And his face. And his smile. And his body. They quickly get in over their heads and Mack calls for reinforcements. Inspired by the romantic suspense they're reading, his book club bros agree to help set up a sting operation to take down the chef. And once they see how happy their friend is around Liv, they have another mission to finish. They want to help Mack figure out the way to Liv's heart... even though she's determined to stifle the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Lyssa Kay Adams read her first romance novel in eighth grade after swiping one from her grandmother's book shelf and was hooked forever. After a nearly 20-year career as a journalist, her dreams of writing and publishing her own HEAs came true and she now writes full-time from her home in Michigan with a pesky, fluffy K9 assistant named Domino. Learn more at lyssakayadams.com and connect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @LyssaKayAdams.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Conor Dougherty presents Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where fleets of private buses ferry software engineers past the tarp-and-plywood shanties where the homeless make their homes. The adage that California is a glimpse of the nation's future has become a cautionary tale.

With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, Golden Gates chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs.

To tell this new story of housing, Dougherty follows struggling math teacher who builds a political movement dedicated to ending single-family-house neighborhoods. A teenaged girl who leads her apartment complex against their rent-raising landlord. A nun who tries to outmaneuver private equity investors by amassing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of affordable homes. A suburban bureaucrat who roguishly embraces density in response to the threat of climate change. A developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in detail, Golden Gates captures a vast political realignment during a moment of rapid technological and social change.

Conor Dougherty is an economics reporter at The New York Times. He previously spent a decade in New York covering housing and the economy for The Wall Street Journal. He grew up in the Bay Area and lives with his family in Oakland.