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Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

RHINO Poetry 40th Anniversary Reading

About RHINO Poetry:

The Poetry Forum, Inc. was founded in 1976 as a poetry collective, and RHINO Poetry was started as an outlet for the work of members of The Poetry Forum. Since then, RHINO Poetry has become a regionally and nationally recognized annual collection of literature by new and established writers, and our workshops and readings have served countless emerging and established poets in Illinois.

About the readers:

Heidi Czerwiec is a poet & essayist who teaches through The Loft Literary Center & the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. She is the author of two recent chapbooks—Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle, and A Is For A-ké, The Chinese Monster—and of the poetry collection Maternal Imagination forthcoming in 2017. Visit her at

Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks. Her second collection, Sweet Velocity, is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press in April 2017. Moritz’s poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TYPO, and Volt. Among her awards are four fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She lives with her partner and son in Minneapolis, where she publishes an occasional chaplet series from WinteRed Press and reviews for Scout Poetry.

Casey Patrick's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Passages North, RHINO, Juked, The Adroit Journal, Tinderbox, and others. She is working on her first manuscript, a collection of poems about female figures, voice/silence, and myth, and has received fellowships and residencies from Vermont Studio Center, Hub City Writers Project, and the Jerome Foundation. You can learn more at

Saara Myrene Raappana wrote Milk Tooth, Levee, Fever (Dancing Girl Press) and A Story of America Goes Walking (collaboration with artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, Shechem Press). She was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern China, is a founding editor of Cellpoems, and works for Motionpoems. She likes ice fishing, train rides, reading poems to rooms full of strangers, and making up names for imprecisely labeled birds. For more, go to

Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Rick Nelles presents Proof of Performance

Rick Nelles' Proof Of Performance: How To Build A Career Portfolio To Land A Great New Job focuses on the job interview process and offers an effective strategy for success. Nelles shows why the job seeker requires a proof of performance portfolio; how attitudes make a world of difference in an interview; what should be a part of every effective portfolio; how to document performance and assemble testimonials; which interview questions to be prepared for; when and how to present the portfolio within the interview process; and how to best close the interview. Proof Of Performance is enthusiastically recommended reading for anyone seeking to secure an upgrade in their employment history and to enhance their career choices and chances for long term success.

Tuesday, January 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano and The Riveter discuss Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives

Join Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, author of Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women’s Lives (Simon & Schuster, 2016), in conversation with The Riveter magazine, to discuss the complex, often contradictory, ways beauty affects our day-to-day lives—its unexpected benefits, its subversive pleasures, and its ability to affect the stories we tell about ourselves.

About Face Value:

For decades, we’ve discussed our insecurities in the face of idealized, retouched, impossibly perfect images. We’ve worried primping and preening are a distraction and a trap. But have we focused too much on beauty’s negative influence?

A self-proclaimed beauty obsessive, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano spent more than a decade working at women’s magazines, where she witnessed firsthand the crafting of mainstream messages about beauty. In Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women's Lives (Simon & Schuster; June 21, 2016), she thoughtfully examines the relationship between looks and science, social media, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day. Building on the tradition of Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth she complicates and modernizes the issues for this generation.

In her research, Autumn interviewed women with an extraordinary relationship to beauty—body builders, morticians, dominatrixes, nuns—and found that while the beauty imperative had affected them all negatively at times, their stories were surprisingly positive, too. Finding the core of that contradiction became her task with Face Value, which gives collective perception of beauty a fresh coat of paint with equal parts social commentary, cultural analysis, careful investigation, and powerful personal anecdotes. It is provocative and empowering—and will be a conversation starter for women everywhere.

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano is the creator of The Beheld, a popular blog that examines questions behind personal appearance. Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, The Guardian, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Refinery 29, Business Insider, Salon, and many other media outlets, and her exploration of the ways beauty shapes women’s lives has been featured by The New York Times and NBC’s Today show. She lives in Astoria, New York.

About The Riveter:

The Riveter is a magazine that celebrates narratives and longform journalism by women. They are dedicated to exposing the power of women as storytellers, because they noticed a void in the representation of female longform journalists. The Riveter publishes stories that can’t be summed up in a sell line, because they believe that women as writers and readers deserve more from media.

Kaylen Ralph is The Riveter’s co-founder, editorial development director and brand director. She’s passionate about experimenting with the intersection of lifestyle brands and magazines. To that end, she co-founded Bird Dog Creative, a creative duo that specializes in social and visual editorial brand content strategy. She’s also a freelance researcher for The Sager Group. She dreams of a future in which “niche” publications are the new mainstream, thanks to thoughtful and deliberate brand partnerships, ideally fostered by her own publishing house (#dreambig). Born and raised in Rockford, IL, Kaylen currently calls Minneapolis home. You can find her curled up on her blue velvet sofa, glass of red wine (read, rye whiskey on the rocks) in hand, usually with Sex and the City on in the background. She loves hardcover books, agate stone, fur and her two younger sisters (and not necessarily in that order).

Joanna Demkiewicz is The Riveter’s editorial director and co-founder. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in May 2013, just two months after co-launching TR with Kaylen. She works as the publicist for Milkweed Editions, a publishing house based in Minneapolis, MN and sometimes freelance researches for The Sager Group, another independent press. When she’s not working, she’s drooling over Jack McCoy circa 1990s “Law & Order” or casually hiking around Minneapolis’ lakes, i.e. walking. Her favorite writers are Maureen O’Connor, Sloane Crosley, and Taiye Selasi. (Call her Yanna)

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Dr. Kyra Mesich presents The Strength of Sensitivity: Understanding Empathy for a Life of Emotional Peace and Balance

“You’re too sensitive!” Maybe you’ve heard a version of that in your life? Before she was Dr Kyra Mesich she was just Kyra, a girl who was highly sensitive, misunderstood, and easily dismissed. Today, she’s teaching a revolutionary new method of embracing sensitivity! Dr Kyra is author of The Strength of Sensitivity. She wants you to claim the strength, insight, and important qualities we embody as sensitive souls.

The Strength of Sensitivity is an uplifting & powerful guide for highly sensitive people in today’s world. Sensitivity used to be considered a weakness because it was defined from a very narrow point of view. No more! Today, we are empowered to understand our sensitivity from a holistic perspective in body, mind & spirit. Our physical sensitivities, emotional sensitivities, and empathic, energetic sensitivities are all tied together. When we understand the whole picture of who we are, we have new perspectives and tools to transform our self-concept, feel balanced and peaceful, and stand up for ourselves with confidence.

Dr. Kyra Mesich is an innovative holistic health practitioner and the creator of Empathic Awareness Psychology. Her passion is helping sensitive people find their power and strength. Sensitive individuals often feel dismissed and misunderstood. Dr Kyra gets it. As a highly sensitive person herself, she has traveled the road from being uncomfortable and overwhelmed to grounded and confident. Dr Kyra employs a unique approach which will transform how you think about yourself, give you tools to feel balanced and peaceful, and inspire you to stand up for yourself with confidence. Dr Kyra didn't know she would end up dedicating her lifelong career to empowering sensitive people, but it has been more rewarding than anything else she could imagine doing.

Thursday, January 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Rebecca Anderson and Laurie Phillips present The Suicide Survivors' Club

Author Rebecca (Becky) Anderson lost her husband Don to suicide in 2002. She had to navigate the trauma from this tragic loss for herself and her three children ages 5, 7, and 19. As part of the recovery process Becky and her three kids embarked on a healing journey with artist Laurie Phillips eight years later in 2010. Each family member had their own story to tell of how the suicide of husband and father impacted their lives. Their experiences are documented in their own words within individual books: Becky, Pattie, Aidan, and Will. A fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, a memoir written by Rebecca Anderson, offers perspective as a mother, wife, and medical professional determined to put her broken family back together again. Out of the collaborative art and narrative experience between artist and family came healing and the 5-book set, Suicide Survivors’ Club: A Family’s Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One.

Rebecca Anderson is an author, mother, and medical professional with a BS in Public Health/Sociology, LPN, and LCSW. She’s served as a nurse in maternal/child health at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, and as a social worker at Saint John’s Hospital, Maplewood, MN.

Laurie Phillips is a visionary, artist, healer, with a BA in fine arts who is a Certified Personal and Professional Coach. She lost her cousin to suicide when she was 12. She's had a successful career as a public artist since 1992, winning many grants and commissions.

Rebecca and Laurie present Trauma Transformed Through Art and Narrative for a variety of audiences that include Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Minnesota), the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), St. Catherine University, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and other venues. Rebecca and Laurie's message is focused on opening conversation using art and storytelling; making difficult subject matter a little easier to discuss for suicide loss survivors and others healing from trauma and grief. To learn more about the books and Rebecca and Laurie as speakers please visit:

Monday, January 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Fred Minnick presents Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey

Bourbon is not just alcohol—this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history.

From the early days of raw corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that have proliferated around the country today, bourbon has come to symbolize America. In Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey author Fred Minnick traces bourbon’s entire history, beginning with the New World settlers and following right up through today’s booming resurgence. He also lays out in expert detail the critical role this spirit has played throughout the cultural and even political history of the nation, complemented by more than one hundred illustrations and photos.

And most importantly, Minnick explores the mystery of who most likely created the sweet corn liquor we now know as bourbon. He studies the men who’ve been championed as its inventors over time—from Daniel Boone’s cousin to Baptist minister Elijah Craig—and, based on new research and never-before-seen documentation, answers the question of who deserves the credit.

Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick is the world's leading American whiskey critic and author. He scores American whiskey for Whisky Advocate and authored the award winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. He serves as a judge on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and World Whiskies Awards. Minnick is the official bourbon ambassador for the Kentucky Derby Museum. View his work at

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Alan Lightman reads from Song of Two Worlds

From the author of international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams comes a new illustrated, deeply philosophical verse-narrative. After decades of living “hung like a dried fly,” emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator, a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy, awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, first turning to the world of science and then to the world of philosophy, religion, and human life. As his personal story is slowly revealed, little by little, we confront the great questions of the cosmos and of the human heart, some questions with answers and others without.

Alan Lightman, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1996, is adjunct professor of humanities at MIT. He is the author of several books on science, including Ancient Light: Our Changing View of the Universe (1991) and Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists (with R. Brawer, 1990). His works of fiction include Einstein’s Dreams (1993), an international bestseller; The Diagnosis (2000), finalist for the National Book Award; and Reunion (2003).

Thursday, February 2, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Tim Brady presents His Father's Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

The story of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., a fortunate son who proved himself on the battlefields of two world wars.

General Omar Bradley said of him, “I have never known a braver man or a more devoted soldier.” But for much of his life, Theodore Roosevelt’s son Ted seemed born to live in his father’s shadow. With the same wide smile, winning charm, and vigorous demeanor, Ted possessed limitless potential, with even the White House within his reach.

In the First World War, Ted braved gunfire and gas attacks in France to lead his unit into battle. Yet even after returning home a hero, he was unable to meet the expectations of a public that wanted a man just like his father. A diplomat, writer, and man of great adventure, Ted remained frustrated by his lack of success in the world of politics, witnessing instead the rise of his cousin, Franklin, to the office that had once seemed his for the taking.

Then, with World War II looming, Ted reenlisted. In his mid-fifties with a gimpy leg and a heart condition, he was well past his prime, but his insistence to be in the thick of combat proved a vital asset. Paired with the irascible Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr., Ted soon distinguished himself as a front-line general in a campaign that often brought him into conflict with another hard fighter, George Patton. On D-Day, Ted became the oldest soldier and the only general in the Allied forces to storm the beach in the first wave, hobbling across the sand with his cane in one hand and a pistol in the other. His valor and leadership on Utah Beach became the stuff of legends—and earned him the Medal of Honor.

His Father's Son delves into the life of a man as courageous, colorful, and unwavering as any of the Roosevelt clan, and offers up a definitive portrait of one of America’s greatest military heroes.

Tim Brady is an award-winning writer whose works include Twelve Desperate Miles and A Death in San Pietro. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written a number of PBS documentaries, and helped develop the series Liberty! The American Revolution, winner of the Peabody Award. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Friday, February 3, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents Mentor Series Reading: Julie Schumacher

The Loft Literary Center Proudly Presents A 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with Julie Schumacher, and winners Erin Sharkey (nonfiction) and Elizabeth Tannen (poetry).

Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment, was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ms., and Prize Stories 1990 and 1996: The O.Henry Awards. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has also published a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and five novels for younger readers, including The Book of One Hundred Truths, winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Her most recent book is the nationally best-selling Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Schumacher is a professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Minnesota.

Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt. She recently served as production manager for the Heart of the Beast Theatre's Mayday Parade and Ceremony. Erin is the co-host of Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production and has appeared in publications such as Walker Art Center's Untitled and Paper Darts. Erin is a 2016 VONA/Voices Travel Writing fellow, a 2015 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers fellow, a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence as well as a Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens Sr. Archive at the University of MN.

Elizabeth Tannen is a Brooklyn-born, Minneapolis-based writer with essays, stories and poems published or forthcoming in places like Salon, The Rumpus, Front Porch, Southern Humanities Review, BODY, and others; one of her poems was recently selected as a finalist for Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize. Elizabeth is a former producer for NPR's All Things Considered, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of New Mexico. Currently, she teaches writing at Anoka Ramsey Community College, with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and at The Loft Literary Center. She founded and curates the monthly reading series, Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt (555 Reads), at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis. This event will take place at Target Performance Hall at Open Book, 7:00 p.m. on February 3. There is a $5-10 suggested admission fee associated with this event.

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Russell Rathbun presents The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition

“You'll come out of this book feeling more hopeful than you thought possible in the throes of environmental crisis and the reign of the machine. In Rathbun's deft and observant meditations, mercy always wins.”--Debbie Blue, author of Consider the Birds

We've been building and making things ever since we stumbled out of Paradise. Some of those things are incredible continuations of God's creation, while others are nothing but ambitious catastrophes. We continue making, says Russell Rathbun, but we've lost ourselves in the process.

So how do we find ourselves again--rebuild our connections to each other, the earth, maybe even God? In search of an answer, Rathbun drives cross-country to the Salton Sea and takes a trip to China's Great Wall, interspersing his traveling revelations with engaging musings on Madame Mao's Gang of Four, Grandpa Webb's family secret, the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel, and a host of other subjects that grab his attention.

With cheeky wit and sharp insight, Rathbun uncovers a way of finding ourselves and the deep connections we long for in an increasingly complex world.

Russell Rathbun is a writer and blogger who brings his irreverent sense of humor and curiosity to often-overlooked subjects. A founding pastor of House of Mercy in Saint Paul (City Pages named it “the best Church for Non-Churchgoers), known for its Mercy Recordings label and local music shows. He has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and is the author of Midrash on the Juanitos and Post-Rapture Radio.

Wednesday, February 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jim Walsh presents Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s

Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist—and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real time, is that coverage: a clip-by-clip look back at Prince in the ‘90s. Walsh’s newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958–April 21, 2016).

Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game after party and release bash for the single “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince’s wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you’re at it, take in the wedding and reception). Enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince. Explore Prince’s veganism, talk to fans in line for a Target Center show, preview the “Jam of the Year” concert and check in at the after party. The passions and influences, from Mozart to funk godfather Larry Graham; the gigs and the Paisley Park garage sale; Walsh’s open letter to the artist and his reflections on religion and spirituality. This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Walsh can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.

Jim Walsh is a Minneapolis-based writer, journalist, columnist, and songwriter and the author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History. His recent book Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits is published by Minnesota. The 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, Utne Reader, and has been a recipient of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Michael Tisserand presents Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

In the tradition of Schulz and Peanuts, an epic and revelatory biography of Krazy Kat creator George Herriman that explores the turbulent time and place from which he emerged—and the deep secret he explored through his art.

The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.

Herriman used his work to explore the human condition, creating a modernist fantasia that was inspired by the landscapes he discovered in his travels—from chaotic urban life to the Beckett-like desert vistas of the Southwest. Yet underlying his own life—and often emerging from the contours of his very public art—was a very private secret: known as "the Greek" for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.

Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.

Michael Tisserand is the author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music writing, and the Hurricane Katrina memoir Sugarcane Academy. He lives in New Orleans. Visit the author at

Friday, February 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Laura Vosika presents Food and Feast: A Gastronomic Historic Poetic Musical Romp in Thyme, with Genny Kieley reading from Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing Up in the '50s and '60s

About Food and Feast: Food and Feast is a culinary adventure offering a delightful taste of history through the foods, music and wisdom of the medieval table. Written by Laura Vosika, nationally renowned author of The Blue Bells Chronicles series, Food and Feast is the table companion to Vosika’s epic novels. The book also serves as a stand-alone for anyone who wants to “simply” spice up their recipe repertoire while enjoying well-researched, entertaining bites on the chivalry, wisdom and historical significance of the middle ages.

Laura Vosika is the author of the Blue Bells Trilogy. In addition to the Trilogy, she is working on several other novels and a non-fiction book on raising a large family. Laura grew up in the military, visiting castles and pig fests, and seeing many parts of the United States. She earned degrees in music and education, and has worked as a freelance musician, music teacher, band director, and instructor of private music lessons. She currently lives in Minnesota with her nine children, and assorted menagerie.

About Genny Kieley's work:

Intermixing social research and personal nostalgia, Genny Kieley creates a portrait of a simpler era, of ice-cream socials and twice-a-day newspaper delivery, sock hops and doo-wop music, first loves, first heartbreaks, and afternoon parties fueled by 45s. Cars had fins and television had just arrived.

Genny Zak Kieley is a non-fiction writer. She was born in Little Falls, MN and moved to Northeast Minneapolis at the age of six, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first book Heart and Hard Work; Memories of Nordeast Minneapolis. Genny's first story A House No Longer Lived In was published in Polish American Journal in Buffalo, New York in 1990.

Sunday, February 19, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jodi Livon presents The Happy Medium: Speaking the Language of Intuition

Honor your feelings & expand your insights!

Do you often wonder how to access your intuition? Jodi Livon’s charmingly candid approach to everything intuitive is designed for people who want to fully understand the language of their own intuition—whether they’re just curious or more metaphysically inclined. This compelling and engaging little book is packed with insight-popping, mood-elevating techniques that can be applied in a parking lot, a mall, or a boardroom.

The Happy Medium: Speaking the Language of Intuition shows you how to use every bit of your natural intuition to successfully flow through life and live in a place of abundance, acceptance, and soul.

This book is about freeing the psychic in you!

Jodi Livon is an accomplished medium with over thirty years of experience. The founder of The Intuitive Coach LLC, she offers corporate coaching, private readings, and inspirational presentations on a national level. Livon is the resident psychic on a prominent television show in the Midwest, Twin Cities Live. The Happy Medium: Speaking the Language of Intuition is her second book in the The Happy Medium series.

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kevin Kuhn presents Do You Realize?

George is a middle-management, middle-class, middle-aged guy who hates his job and struggles to stay connected to his wife and teenage children. Most guys might end up with a steamy affair and a flashy car for their midlife crisis, but George gets a quirky, philosophical physics professor named Shiloh. Trapped with this mysterious misfit on his morning commuter train, George is dragged into awkward conversations about love, fear, music, and the meaning of life. Shiloh asks George to beta-test an app he wrote for the new Apple Watch—and with a free watch included, how could he say no?

When tragedy strikes, throwing George out of his uncomfortable comfort zone, he learns that Shiloh’s app lets him journey through alternate versions of his past. As challenges mount in his own reality, George must make a decision that will change him—and possibly the entire multiverse—forever.

Kevin Kuhn lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife Melinda, three children, and two fierce schnoodles. He is a technology executive who enjoys sipping cheap bourbon, avoiding yardwork, and living vicariously through his children’s sports. While Kevin has no musical skill whatsoever, he appreciates a broad spectrum of artists from Pink Floyd to Prince and Radiohead to the Rolling Stones. His golf game is horrific with flashes of mediocrity. This is his first novel.

Wednesday, February 22, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Greg Hewett reads from Blindsight with Chris Martin reading from The Falling Down Dance

About Greg Hewett's Blindsight:

"Hewett is a poet desperate to know—that ‘knowledge’ is never cheap and always comes at great cost is of no importance, because if anything this poet mistrusts simple vision. He aims deeper, darker. The stakes are high for this poet and his gamble pays off stunningly.”—Kazim Ali

In poems that are full of wit, touching, and introspective, as well as formally inventive, we find the poet losing his sight, becoming a parent, and occupying middle age with a sense of calm and inevitability. Hewett draws inspiration from the grand and the mundane, the abjection and joy of creating a vision out of blindness. These poems will change how you perceive the world.

Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010), The Eros Conspiracy (2006), Red Suburb (2002), and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers Press, 1996)—poetry collections that have received a Publishing Triangle Award, two Minnesota Book Award Nominations, a Lambda Book Award Nomination, and an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten recommendation. The recipient of Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway, Hewett has also been a fellow at the Camargo Foundation in France, and is a professor of English at Carleton College. He is currently finishing a biography of the film noir actor Thomas Gomez.

About Chris Martin's The Falling Down Dance:

“Like the very best we have, Chris Martin is not a motivational speaker, he’s a poet. The Falling Down Dance is the book I want in the drunken frailty of a failing empire. These poems are the earthly manifestation of a beautiful off-grid voice always a cosmic block ahead of us.”—CAConrad

The poems in this book open a field of exploration around failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood. It is a guide to surviving winter and learning to walk. It is a story about old houses filled with new song. Behold the first raspberry and the last clasping wet of the world as it parts to reveal mercy, a person.

Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011), enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012), the serially released CHAT (Flying Object, 2012), and History (Coffee House Press, 2014). After editing one of the first online magazines, Puppy Flowers, for its entire ten-year run, he is now an editor at Futurepoem books and curates the response blog Futurepost.

Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kathleen Vellenga reads from In the Midst of Bounty

Attitash and Elisabeth may believe their rare friendship will endure those desperate times, but nothing is easy in the New World. As many newcomers from England arrive, they bring both opportunity and greed. The demand for food increases, and so does fear of the Native people. The fragile peace treaty between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag is threatened by treachery, and the friendship between Attitash and Elisabeth faces its toughest challenge.

“The richly developed characters (both those from the Mayflower and those from the land), and their friendships, loves, and feuds, make this narrative immensely enjoyable. The characters are well anchored in their time--the author enlivens their words, dreams, spiritual beliefs, fears and courage in vivid ways--and they come alive as we read. In fact, after the novel ended I could still see and hear the people and their actions, as well as their environment.” - Kramarae.

Kathleen Vellenga spent fourteen years as a Minnesota State Legislator, focusing on breaking down cultural barriers and empowering people. As executive director of the St. Paul Children’s Initiative, she led the establishment of multicultural Family Centers in St. Paul, including the American Indian Family Center. The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council honored her “in appreciation of your effort to support the needs of our children and their families.” She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Monday, March 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Nickolas Butler reads from The Hearts of Men

An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs.

Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan.

Over the years, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father’s business into a highly profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as Scoutmaster and Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths—and the limits—of Nelson’s selflessness and bravery.

The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality—and redemption.

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of the internationally-best selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs, a collection of short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award, the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, the 2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award, and has been long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix. Along the way, he has worked as: a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort. His itinerant work includes: potato harvester, grape picker, and Christmas tree axe-man. His short stories, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in: Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, The Lumberyard, The Christian Science Monitor, Narrative, Sixth Finch, and several other publications. He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.

Tuesday, March 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

An Evening With Red Bird Chapbooks

The Landscape of the Body by Nancy Shih-Knodel Nancy Shih-Knodel's poetry collection The Landscape of the Body is a raw and honest look into the progression of cancer in one's life. The poems progress chronologically, so readers are in the throes of the unknown with the poet. We feel her anticipation, her anger, her struggle. These poems offer a glimpse into a world many would rather refuse to see. The fearlessness of Shih-Knodel is the shining beacon of this collection.

Nancy Shih-Knodel grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and received her education at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Examined Life Journal, and Yellowjacket Review. She is a faculty member in the English Department at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

An Alphabet for Aging by Joan Johnson

In these quiet, yet spirited, five-line meditations on aging, Joan Johnson packs joy, resignation, self-awareness and reflection into only twenty-two syllables per poem. A lot happens in these cinquains, a cousin to the more-familiar haiku form. Each one-word title effectively adds another line to the poem. The author moves through the alphabet from "Decluttering" to "Lessons" to "Vision," concisely summing up her views on life. In "Wisdom," the speaker reflects on her full life: "I've learned through the lens / of layered years how best to spend / my tears." In "Immigrant," she describes aging as a foreign land with new music and language. While most of these poems invoke peace, this is not a speaker sitting in a rocker on the front porch, watching the world pass her by. In "Quarrelsome," the speaker lets us know she will "spike the stew of peace with / pepper-spiced words, watch how I've fueled / the steam."

Joan Johnson returned to the practice of writing poetry at the age of seventy as she began her retirement. For six years, she has belonged to a writing group in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lives, close to her daughters and grandsons

The Rough Edge of Joy by Francine Marie Tolf

In The Rough Edge of Joy, Francine Marie Tolf explores grief, childhood memories and the challenges of growing older, all with laser vision for specific details. In "The Hall You Walked Down," her sister Gail is not simply wearing earrings, she is wearing "those defiant earrings" that must have been hard to put on. Leaves "like green fire in morning sun" end the poem "Chrysanthemum Leaves." A turtle "snailed across brick" in "What We Keep." The specificity of these images grounds these poems in the universal. In several poems, such as "Letter to a Woman I'll Name Natalie" and "For Matthew, Who Will Not Remember Me," Tolf paints beautiful portraits of people one meets in passing. Matthew, a young boy, asks incessant, yet insightful, questions on a bus. His mother, busy with a baby, never answers. No matter. Matthew looks out the window at the dark wintery landscape and wonders, "Who made the snow?"

Francine Marie Tolf has published two full length poetry collections, Rain, Lilies, Luck (North Star Press of St. Cloud) and Prodigal (Pinyon Publishing), as well as a memoir, Joliet Girl (North Star Press of St. Cloud), six chapbooks from various presses, and a collection of essays, Joliet in My Blood (Port Yonder Press). Her essays and poems have been published widely in journals including Spoon River Poetry Review, Water-~Stone Review, Poetry East, Under the Sun, Christian Century and Contrary Magazine. Francine lives and works in Minneapolis. More about her at

If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head by Alison Morse

Each story of one-thousand words or less in Alison Morse's If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head offers a tiny universe. Here, original voices bring their distinct circumstances and compelling troubles to life with honesty and humor. We embark on a wild and glorious ride, immersed in perfectly rendered specificity: food and drink; art supplies; ancient and contemporary history; multiple Jewish cultures; popular music; and climate change. Across time and geography, these characters each seem to wonder: how can one live out goodness in this eternally flawed world? Thankfully, Morse offers no easy morality or pat answers. Instead, her rich images and intimate details add up, and the work is elevated: each line a captivating poem, every story an illumination.

Alison Morse's prose and poetry have appeared in Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, Water~Stone Review, Natural Bridge, Rhino, The Pedestal, The Potomac, Poetry City U.S.A., and, among other journals and anthologies. Her story, "The Truth About 'The Lead Plates at the Romm Press,'" won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award. The Women Peacemakers Program at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice published three of her non-fiction narratives. For ten years, Alison ran TalkingImageConnection, a reading series that brought together writers, contemporary visual art and new audiences in Twin-Cities galleries. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

...a sleep and a forgetting by Matt Mareck

In his narrative essay, ....a sleep and a forgetting, Matthew Mareck takes readers on a journey from trauma to recovery. In the books of Harry Potter, Mareck finds solace, a way forward, and a meaning bigger than both the books and himself. This essay will leave you remembering the power of being saved by words and how sometimes, words are all we need to keep us moving forward.

Matt Mareck lives and writes in Minneapolis MN. He shaves his head three times a week and has a pile of clothes on the floor next to his bed. He once took fourth place in a pine wood derby. The trophy is on his bookshelf. Bring Back Firefly!

Thursday, March 16, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Brian Harrison and Melissa Michelson present Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes About LGBT Rights

American public opinion tends to be sticky. Although the news cycle might temporarily affect the public zeitgeist about abortion, the death penalty, or gun control, public support or opposition on these issues has remained remarkably constant over decades. But there are notable exceptions, particularly with regard to polarizing issues that highlight identity politics. Over the past three decades, public support for same-sex marriage has risen from scarcely more than a tenth to a majority of the population. Why have people's minds changed so dramatically on this issue, and why so quickly?

Listen, We Need to Talk tests a theory that when prominent people representing particular interest groups voice support for a culturally contentious issue, they sway the opinions of others who identify with the same group, even if the interest group and the issue at hand have no obvious connection. In fact this book shows that the more the message counters prevailing beliefs or attitudes of a particular identity group, the more persuasive it is. While previous studies of political attitude change have looked at the effects of message priming (who delivers a message) on issues directly related to particular identity groups, this study is unique in that it looks at how identity priming affects attitudes and behaviors toward an issue that is not central or directly related to the targeted group. The authors prove their theory through a series of random experiments testing the positive effects of identity-based messaging regarding same-sex marriage among fans of professional sports, religious groups, and ethnoracial (Black and Latino) groups.

Brian F. Harrison (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is a political scientist, writer, and award-winning teacher. He has taught at Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, Loyola University-Chicago, and DePaul University and has held academic affiliations with Yale University and New York University. Brian is a specialist in political communication, political behavior and attitude change, and public opinion. He is co-author of Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford University Press, 2017) and has been published in academic journals like Political Behavior, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly, among others. Prior to graduate school, Brian was a White House appointee to the Department of Homeland Security. In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing the piano and writing music, watching sports and live theater, and spending time with his family.

Melissa R. Michelson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. She is co-author of Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (Yale, 2012), Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm, 2014), and Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford, Feb. 2017). She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, including pieces in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and International Migration Review. Her current research projects explore voter registration and mobilization in minority communities and persuasive communication on LGBT rights. In her spare time, she knits and runs marathons.

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

Jung Yun presents Shelter in conversation with the Riveter Magazine

Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future.

A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage―private tutors, expensive hobbies―but they never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he’s compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: how can he ever be a good husband, father, and son when he never knew affection as a child?

As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Shelter is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.

Jung Yun was born in South Korea, grew up in North Dakota, and educated at Vassar College, the University of Pennsylvania, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her work has appeared in Tin House (the “Emerging Voices” issue); The Best of Tin House: Stories, edited by Dorothy Allison; and The Massachusetts Review; and she is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she lives in Baltimore with her husband and serves as an Assistant Professor of English at the George Washington University.

This event is sponsored by the Riveter Magazine. The Riveter is a magazine that celebrates narratives and longform journalism by women. They are dedicated to exposing the power of women as storytellers, because they noticed a void in the representation of female longform journalists. This is their effort to fill it, and to diversify the narrative. They don’t believe in stories that can be summed up in a sell line.

Sunday, March 19, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
John Evans reads from Should I Still Wish

In this candid and moving memoir, John W. Evans articulates the complicated joys of falling in love again as a young widower. Though heartbroken after his wife’s violent death, Evans realizes that he cannot remain inconsolable and adrift, living with his in laws in Indiana. Motivated by a small red X on a map, Evans musters the courage for a cross country trip. From the Badlands to Yellowstone to the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, Evans’s hope and determination propel him even as he contemplates his vulnerability and the legacy of a terrible tragedy. Should I Still Wish chronicles Evans’s efforts to leave an intense year of grief behind, to make peace with the natural world again, and to reconnect with a woman who promises, like San Francisco itself, a life of abundance and charm. With unflinching honesty Evans plumbs the uncertainties, doubts, and contradictions of a paradoxical experience in this love story, celebration of fatherhood, meditation on the afterlife of grief and resilience, and, ultimately, showcase for life’s many profound incongruities.

John W. Evans is a Jones Lecturer in creative writing at Stanford University. He is the author of Young Widower: A Memoir (Nebraska, 2014), winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize; The Consolations, winner of the 2015 Peace Corps Writers Best Poetry Book; and two poetry chapbooks.

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Josh Barkan reads from Mexico

Josh Barkan's Mexico is a stunning, assured collection of twelve stories about ordinary people—parents, lovers, teachers, and artists—struggling to build their lives in a world consumed by cartel violence and chaos. In a group of gritty and vitally relevant stories, Barkan tackles issues spanning immigration, the prison system, and the drug war. Drawing from his own experience as an American living in Mexico, he brings this world to vibrant and authentic life.

Throughout Mexico, Barkan introduces us to a cast of varied and pitch-perfect characters who find themselves inexorably caught up in and impacted by the criminality and brutality of the Mexican cartels. There is a former beauty queen who bears the scars of her tragic past and helps a cancer patient discover her will to live. There is a teacher whose students, risking death for their star-crossed love, inspire him to make amends with his estranged family. And there is also a painter who is kidnapped off the street, a chef who must cook for a gangster under pain of death, a plastic surgeon forced to alter a fugitive drug lord's appearance, and many more compelling and memorable characters suddenly thrust into harrowing, life-changing situations. But for all that these characters' lives are touched by crime, Mexico is much more than crime fiction alone. These are complicated and deeply human tales that touch on universally recognizable themes such as parents' desire to connect with their children, an idealistic belief in young love, and the struggle to maintain faith in a world full of hardship. As they confront these challenges, each of these characters illuminates the human toll such a world demands.

Josh Barkan has a keen eye for detail and an authentic sense of place, polished over many years spent living in Mexico, and he brings this world to life with uncommon grace. As extreme as the events in these stories may be, they are always grounded in recognizable and relatable human characters. Even as they struggle with their complicity in various forms of state-sanctioned violence, they must also confront spousal betrayal, terminal illness, sexual orientation, questions of religion, familial values, and professional ambitions. While each of these characters and their stories emerge with utter originality, readers will see themselves in these pages, making the unflinching portrait of drug violence all the more affecting and alarming—and rendering its emergent sense of optimism all the more profound.

Josh Barkan has won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, and his writing has appeared in Esquire. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia.

Thursday, March 23, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Paul Bogard presents The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are

In his pioneering and exhilarating new book The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are (Little, Brown, March 2017), award-winning nature writer Paul Bogard reveals the secrets of the most underappreciated part of the world: the land itself. No matter where you live on Earth, the foundation for all human civilization is (quite literally) the ground. Yet despite the fact that it provides us with food, plays host to an astonishing number of organisms, and supports all human structures, the ground is often overlooked – or worse, paved over. This is the book that shows in sublime detail the wonder of our planet on the ground level.

From New York City, which supports 118,000,000 tons of human development on Manhattan alone, to Alaskan villages unconnected by roads, to Mexico City, which sinks several inches per year under the weight of its human inhabitants, to some of the few untouched wild places still left on earth, The Ground Beneath Us takes a detailed look at what’s right under our feet. In talking to soil scientists and farmers, indigenous hunters and Appalachian activists, archeologists and ecologists and cartographers, in places as wide-ranging as Civil War battlefields, concentration camp sites, crane migration grounds, baseball stadium outfields, and massive industrial farms, Bogard shows us just how vitally important the ground is– and how reckless humans often are with this crucial resource.

Be it dramatic and controversial acts like fracking or the commonplace ones like paving roads, humans have a big impact on the soil wherever we go in the world. And this poses an alarming risk to our food supply, our wildlife, and the very foundation of human life on Earth: the ground beneath our feet.

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night and the editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. His writing and commentary on the natural world have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on Slate, Salon, and All Things Considered. He teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University and lives in Virginia and Minnesota.

Sunday, March 26, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Gavin Schmitt presents Shallow Grave

Barricade Books adds to its long list of True Crime/Mafia books the much-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking Milwaukee Mafia from author Gavin Schmitt.

Schmitt picks up where Milwaukee Mafia left off, focusing on the abduction and murder of a prominent businessman in 1963. Although Shallow Grave is a stand-alone book, those who have read Schmitt’s previous work will have additional insight into the grimy, shadowy world of Milwaukee’s mob.

The heinous murder is simply a spark for what happens next: a police chief’s wife is arrested for a second murder, the department goes into disarray, and one of the most-wanted mobsters in the area is kidnapped by men claiming to be FBI agents and forced to play Russian roulette.

This book combines police investigative reports, newspaper accounts, autopsy records, and close to one million confidential FBI pages to tell a previously untold story of Mafia mayhem and government corruption. Years of research by the author bring those who hid in the shadows into the light for the first time.

Crime historian Thomas Hunt (DiCarlo: Buffalo’s First Family of Crime) called Milwaukee Mafia “comprehensive and entertaining and a long overdue assessment of the substantial role of Milwaukee underworld figures in the evolution of American organized crime.” Schmitt’s new book expands on this.

Gavin Schmitt has been a life-long resident of Wisconsin and has written on the Midwest’s dark history for many years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. His other books include Milwaukee Mafia (also from Barricade) and several histories of Wisconsin’s northeast region.

Monday, April 3, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Thomas Frank presents Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter With Kansas, a scathing look at the failures of liberal politics, a book that helps explain the shocking outcome of the 2016 presidential election

It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course.

But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. This is not for lack of opportunity: Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming.

With his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic, Frank's Listen, Liberal lays bare the essence of the Democratic Party's philosophy and how it has changed over the years. A form of corporate and cultural elitism has largely eclipsed the party's old working-class commitment, he finds. For certain favored groups, this has meant prosperity. But for the nation as a whole, it is a one-way ticket into the abyss of inequality. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats to their historic goals-the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.

Thomas Frank is the author of Pity the Billionaire, The Wrecking Crew, and What's the Matter with Kansas? A former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper's, Frank is the founding editor of The Baffler. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sarah Manguso presents 300 Arguments

A “Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis” (Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To read her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight.

300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms. But, as in the work of David Markson, the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power. Manguso’s arguments about desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, and they add up to an unexpected and wise piece of literature.

Sarah Manguso is the author of three book-length essays, Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay; a story collection; and two poetry collections. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at St. Mary’s College.

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Edward McPherson presents The History of the Future: American Essays

The History of the Future is a centripetal volume: a collection of essays that converge where place, past, and future overlap, and which bring together the popular, the personal, and the political. Edward McPherson’s meditations on the United States—from its soaring, vulnerable architecture to its deep underground tunnels—are bracing in their acknowledgment of what’s been lost to time and his anxieties about what’s ahead. This is a smart and beautifully written book about America.”—Rebecca Traister

What does it mean to think about Dallas in relationship to Dallas? In The History of the Future, McPherson reexamines American places and the space between history, experience, and myth. Private streets, racism, and the St. Louis World’s Fair; fracking for oil and digging for dinosaurs in North Dakota boomtowns—Americana slides into apocalypse in these essays, revealing us to ourselves.

Edward McPherson is the author of two previous books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Tin House, and the American Scholar, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

Monday, May 15, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Rakesh Satyal reads from No One Can Pronounce My Name

A humorous and tender multigenerational novel about immigrants and outsiders - those trying to find their place in American society and within their own families.

In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can't pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from their yoga class. Harit, a lonely Indian immigrant in his midforties, lives with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit's sister, Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane, Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Meanwhile, Ranjana, also an Indian immigrant in her midforties, has just seen her only child, Prashant, off to college. Worried that her husband has begun an affair, she seeks solace by writing paranormal romances in secret. When Harit and Ranjana's paths cross, they begin a strange yet necessary friendship that brings to light their own passions and fears.

Reminiscent of Angela Flournoy's The Turner House, Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish, and Jade Chang's The Wangs vs. the World, No One Can Pronounce My Name is a distinctive, funny, and insightful look into the lives of people who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction and the 2010 Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Satyal was a recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships from the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, Vulture, Out magazine, and The Awl. A graduate of Princeton University, he has taught in the publishing program at New York University and has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival. He lives in Brooklyn.

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