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

A. Rafael Johnson presents The Through

In The Through (a finalist for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in the Novel & Short Story category), Adrian and her partner Ben navigate the strange and dangerous magic of Okahika, a black ghost town that exists somewhere between Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the other-world of flying slave ships and mothers back from the dead. This narrative interrogates blackness in the New South, including the ways in which it is haunted and revisited by the old. It also engages with love and trauma, exploring how we keep ourselves hidden and allow ourselves to know each other in our most intimate relationships.

A. Rafael Johnson entered The University of Alabama MFA Creative Writing program in 2008. He interrupted his studies to teach in post-conflict Liberia as part of USAID-funded reconstruction efforts. After returning to Alabama, Johnson completed his MFA and remained on campus, lecturing in composition, literature, hip hop, spoken word, and creative writing. He began examining old notes from his life in Liberia and started tinkering with the voices he found running through them; these voices eventually turned into Ben, Adrian, Free Cookie, and other characters in /i>The Through. He has edited for Black Warrior Review and Fairy Tale Review, was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

Friday, March 23, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
The Mill City Reading Series

The Mill City Reading Series is a monthly showcase of works in progress by MFA in Creative Writing students at the University of Minnesota.

Sunday, March 25, 5:00pm - Jefferson Community School (map)

Women Speak: Sonya Renee Taylor presents The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

EVENT UPDATE: Owing to her overwhelming popularity, Sonya Renee Taylor will now be speaking in the auditorium of JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY, 1200 W 26th St, a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive north on Hennepin from Magers & Quinn.

- Feel free to park in the small lot near the playground. There is also ample street parking and public transportation available.
- Doors open at 4:15; form a line outside Door 3 if you'd like to get there early.
- Door 4 (facing Hennepin) is wheelchair-accessible.
- Sonya Renee Taylor will be signing at the front of the auditorium after the event.

Thanks to our co-sponsor, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, who will be recording the event for their podcast!

Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world—for us all.

Sonya Renee Taylor is an activist, international award winning-performance poet, and the founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body Is Not an Apology, a digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.

Monday, March 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Women Speak: Elle Luna and Susie Herrick present Your Story is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice, moderated by Kathy Engen and Linda Heath

Whether we realize it or not, we define ourselves through stories. Understanding your own story is the key to understanding yourself, your world, and your capacity to act within that world. And in the heart of your story, you will find you – your voice, your power, and your truth.

In Your Story is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice, Elle Luna, bestselling author of The Crossroads of Should and Must, and Susie Herrick, acclaimed psychotherapist and author of Aphrodite Emerges, ask readers to discover their own stories, challenging them to use that story to cultivate their own feminine power and move forward both as an individual and as part of a strong female community seeking positive change.

Gorgeously designed and filled with inspirational prose, Your Story Is Your Power confronts the cultural narrative of woman’s worth only being measured by her beauty and submissiveness and calls attention to how a woman is often kept from her full potential by a feeling what she “should” do, be, or say.

Susie Herrick is a licensed psychotherapist, personality typology expert, past academic department chair and professor, certified mediator, trainer, consultant, and writer. She has taught, coached, and mentored over two thousand graduate students in counseling psychology for over 20 years. She lives in San Francisco.

Elle Luna is a designer, painter, and writer, and the author of The Crossroads of Should and Must. She facilitates the global art movement, #The100DayProject, and also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project, a collaboration between designers and master batik artists in Bali, and has previously worked as a designer at IDeo and with teams on apps and websites, including Medium, Mailbox’s iPhone app, and Uber. Ms. Luna speaks to groups around the world and lives in San Francisco and online at

Kathy Engen graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BS in speech communications and has been in motion ever since. She's held a variety of roles throughout her career: a recruiter, a trainer, a career coach, a stay-at-home mom, and most recently, a realtor. In addition to navigating her own job search, Kathy has assisted hiring managers in reviewing résumés and making hiring decisions, led workshops on a variety of job-search topics, and coached hundreds of others in achieving their career goals.

A native of Tucson, Linda Heath fled to a cooler climate, settling down in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she found her passion in marketing and advertising. She spent many years strategizing away at ad agencies, in retail marketing and health care. When she is not helping people get connected, you can find Linda dreaming about her next adventure with her family. She and Kathy are the founders of Shift and Spark and the authors of gōl: a curated guide for the modern day job hunt.

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

Joan Hicks Boone launches The Best Girl

Joan’s neighborhood is filled with kids of all ages – a select few are considered her friends, but even they don’t know how violent Joan’s dad is. As she navigates the troubled waters of her home life, Joan becomes adept at reading her dad’s mood, trying to prevent him from inflicting harm upon her mom. But time and time again, her dad succeeds in his mission. As the violence escalates, Joan is plagued with the constant fear that her mother may die. Why is her dad so violent and why can’t he be stopped?

In this memoir, Boone is an exceptional, yet frank, storyteller who brings the reader directly into her home, providing unembellished awareness of the multiple issues that encompass domestic violence. The Best Girl is a story of abuse, but also of resilience and survival.

Joan Hicks Boone is an author and speaker from Burnsville, Minnesota. Joan is a former registered nurse who practiced in a variety of settings in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for over 32 years. Joan is currently working on her second book, The Choicemaker, a sequel to The Best Girl. For more information about Joan, visit her website at

Thursday, April 5, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Heidi Czerwiec presents Conjoining

The debut poetry collection Conjoining explores monstrous mothers and monstrous births, providing a feminist perspective on the monstrous body, since so many cultural texts attribute fault to the mother: her imagination, accusations of sex with demons or animals, and even contemporary issues like thalidomide and radiation.

Allison Joseph, author of Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, says, “The fierce and fertile imagination of Heidi Czerwiec is a force to be reckoned with in this sublime collection of poems. Conjoining is not an easy book, but then again, it traverses some of the hardest territory a writer can encounter and confront–loss and pain, the “parasitic” twinning of vulnerable lives....This book amplifies the very alphabet, bringing us new language for the most ancient of stories and rituals. It is, quite clearly, a triumph.”

Heidi Czerwiec is a poet and essayist and serves as Senior Poetry Editor at Poetry City, USA. She is the author of the just-released poetry collection Conjoining, and of the lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of the 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, forthcoming from Pleiades Press. She lives in Minneapolis, where she works with various literary organizations, including the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit her at   

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Austen Hartke presents Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

In 2014, Time magazine announced that America had reached “the transgender tipping point,” suggesting that transgender issues would become the next civil rights frontier. Years later, many people—even many LGBTQ allies—still lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Into this void, Austen Hartke offers a biblically based, educational, and affirming resource to shed light and wisdom on this modern gender landscape.

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians provides access into an underrepresented and misunderstood community and will change the way readers think about transgender people, faith, and the future of Christianity. By introducing transgender issues and language and providing stories of both biblical characters and real-life narratives from transgender Christians living today, Hartke helps readers visualize a more inclusive Christianity, equipping them with the confidence and tools to change both the church and the world.

Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series “Transgender and Christian,” which seeks to understand, interpret, and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. As a transgender person of faith, Austen's greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Mary Sharratt launches Ecstasy

In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth century Vienna, one woman’s life would define and defy an era.
Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time center stage.

Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, and muse.

“Evocative and passionate, ECSTASY illuminates through its tempestuous and talented heroine a conundrum that resonates across the centuries: how a woman can fulfill her destiny by being both a lover and an artist.”
- Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers

“A tender, intimate exploration of a complicated woman, Mary Sharratt’s ECSTASY renders in exquisitely researched detail and fiercely imagined scenes the life of Alma Mahler — daughter, wife, mother, lover, and composer — and the early 20th Century Vienna and New York in which she came of age. I loved this inspiring story of an early  feminist standing up for her art.”
- Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Race for Paris

Mary Sharratt is on a mission to write strong women back into history. Her six critically acclaimed novels include Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, which won the 2013 Nautilus Gold Award. Her lifelong love of classical music and her explorations into the hidden histories of female composers inspired her to write her latest novel, Ecstasy, drawn from the dramatic life of Alma Schindler Mahler. Born and raised in Minnesota, Mary now lives in England with her Belgian husband and Welsh pony.

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

Sloane Crosley presents Look Alive Out There, in conversation with Marlon James

Sloane Crosley returns to the form that made her a household name in really quite a lot of households: Essays!

From the New York Times–bestselling author Sloane Crosley comes Look Alive Out There—a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.

Fans of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley’s life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors—Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris—and crafted something rare, affecting, and true.

Look Alive Out There arrives on the tenth anniversary of I Was Told There’d be Cake, and Crosley’s essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she’s still very much herself, and it’s great to have her back—and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).

Sloane Crosley is the author of the novel The Clasp, and two New York Times bestselling books of personal essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You Get This Number. A contributing editor and books columnist for Vanity Fair, she lives in Manhattan.

Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His recent novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.

Sunday, April 15, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Come Draw with Kickliy

Calling all artists: join us for an interactive comic drawing tutorial with renowned comic artist Kickliy. This free event is perfect for children of all ages who are interested in drawing, creativity, and the master painter Claude Monet. Bring your sketchbooks and your sense of wonder!

Critics have called Kickliy's Musnet series "a charming take of humour, art, and adventure, as the little mouse grows to find his meaning and place in the world.” (The Guardian)

After the tutorial, Kickliy will be available to sign books and answer questions about drawing-for-a-living, publishing, or anything else you might want to know.

Kickliy is the creator of the critically acclaimed Musnet book series. Musnet was nominated for the 2017 Prix Angouleme for Kids Comics. Kickliy lives both in Minneapolis and in France. During his most recent time in France, Kickliy toured the country teaching children about Musnet, Monet, and comic book illustration, teaching at Paul Cezanne’s studio in Aix en Provance and building a partnership with the Fondation Monet in Giverny. 

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

Dan Sheehan presents Restless Souls

After three years embedded in the Siege in Sarajevo, Tom returns to Dublin a haunted shell of his former self. His childhood friends Karl and Baz know they're comically unqualified to help, but are determined to see him through the darkness. So they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure, to an experimental Californian PTSD clinic called Restless Souls. But as they try to save Tom from his memories, they must confront their own - of what happened to Gabriel, their fourth childhood friend.

Restless Souls is about young men grappling with the aftermath of tragedy. Darkly comic and deeply moving, it's an extraordinary portrait of male friendship, the power of memory and what it means to come home.

Dan Sheehan is a graduate of Trinity College and received his MFA from University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Words Without Borders, and Electric Literature, among others. He lives in New York where he is an Editor at Lit Hub.

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
An Evening of Poetry: Margot Galt, Julie Landsman and Morgan Grayce Willow

Poet and nonfiction writer Margot Fortunato Galt will celebrate the release of her chapbook The Heart Beat of Wings, in which the poet’s concerns range from memories of childhood to the death of beloved parents, immigrant ancestors, and a great love of nature, particularly winged creatures.

She will be accompanied by readings from Julie Landsman and Morgan Grayce Willow.

Margot Fortunato Galt is the author of three books of poetry and five of nonfiction. Her most recent poetry collection, a chapbook from Red Bird Chapbooks, titled The Heart Beat of Wings, complements her longer poetry collection, Between the Houses (Laurel Poetry Collective). Among her nonfiction are the favorites, Up to the Plate: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (Lerner) and a first-person autobiography of Minnesota's premier Native American artist, George Morrison: Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art (MN Historical Society).

Julie Landsman, a retired public school teacher and adjunct professor, is the author of three memoirs: Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School, A White Teacher Talks About Race, and Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism. She has published poems, essays and articles in anthologies and magazines throughout the country. She is finishing a poetry manuscript of her own poems. She is also a visual artist and part of the Homewood Artist Studios and Gallery. Julie believes that we find our way to each other through the stories we tell, the stories we listen to.

Morgan Grayce Willow received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant for 2017 to complete her fourth poetry collection. Earlier titles include Dodge & Scramble, Between, Silk, The Maps are Words, and Arpeggio of Appetite. An award-winning essayist, Morgan’s prose has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Imagination & Place: Cartography, and the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers, recently re-released in paperback. Her interest in visual elements of poetry and book arts has led her to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts where she completed the core certificate and exhibited her one-of-a-kind artist’s book Collage for Mina Loy in 2016. In fall 2017, Morgan served as Visiting Poet at St. Cloud State. She currently teaches at Metro State and The Loft Literary Center.

Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs launches Interrogation Room, joined by Tzveta Sofronieva and Kristin Naca

Come celebrate the launch of Jennifer Kwon Dobbs's new collection Interrogation Room. Dobbs will be joined at Magers & Quinn by two other poets, Tzveta Sofronieva and Kristin Naca.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of creative writing and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Her poetry collections include Paper Pavilion, Interrogation Room, and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person and the German-translated Necro Citizens. A recipient of grants from the Daesan Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, among others, she has published poems recently in AGNI, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, Jubilat, and Indiana Review and is currently co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing on kinships.

Born in Bulgaria and a resident of Berlin, Germany since the 90s, Tzveta Sofronieva is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, translator, and anthologist who writes in English, German, and Bulgarian. Among her twelve collections of poetry, the most recent are A Hand Full of Water, Landschaften, Ufer [Landscapes, Shores], and the multilingual chapbooks Anthroposcene and selected affordable studio apartments. Among her many honors, Sofronieva was awarded a prize for poetry by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1988), the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (2009), and the Cliff Becker Prize in Translation (2012); she was also a fellow at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades (2005) and a Max Kade Writer-in-Residence at MIT (2012).

Kristin Naca is a poet, non-fiction writer, and screenwriter whose passions include Latina/o/x, bilingual, Asian American, and queer/feminist subjects. Her first collection of poetry, Bird Eating Bird, was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, for the National Poetry Series MtvU prize, and published by HarperPerennial. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Bloom, ART PAPERS, and Poetry. Naca has been awarded fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, Bread Loaf, and Macondo Writers Workshop. She lives in Minneapolis.

Friday, April 20, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Shawn Francis Peters presents The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis

Shawn Francis Peters’s spellbinding story of the “Minneapolis Monster” details the trial of Harry Hayward—a serial seducer and schemer deemed a “Svengali,” a “lunatic,” and a “man without a soul.” His life story, told in full for the first time here, unfolds a transfixing tale of one of the most notorious criminals in America during the Gilded Age.

On a winter night in 1894, a young woman’s body was found in the middle of a road near Lake Calhoun on the outskirts of Minneapolis. She had been shot through the head. The murder of Kittie Ging, a twenty-nine-year-old dressmaker, was the final act in a melodrama of seduction and betrayal, petty crimes and monstrous deeds that would obsess reporters and their readers across the nation when the man who likely arranged her killing came to trial the following spring.

Dubbed “one of the greatest criminals the world has ever seen” by the famed detective William Pinkerton, Harry Hayward was an inveterate and cunning plotter of crimes large and small, dabbling in arson, insurance fraud, counterfeiting, and illegal gambling. His life story takes us into shadowy corners of the nineteenth century, including mesmerism, psychopathy, spiritualism, yellow journalism, and capital punishment. From the horrible fate of an independent young businesswoman who challenged Victorian mores to the shocking confession of Hayward on the eve of his execution (which, if true, would have made him a serial killer), The Infamous Harry Hayward unfolds a transfixing tale of one of the most notorious criminals in America during the Gilded Age.

Shawn Francis Peters teaches in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has written five books, most recently The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era.

Sunday, April 22, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

The Mill City Reading Series

The Mill City Reading Series is a monthly showcase of works in progress by MFA in Creative Writing students at the University of Minnesota.

Monday, April 23, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Poetry and Fiction: Ben Purkert and Sally Franson

Come celebrate the first books of two clever and funny new writers.

About Ben Purkert's For the Love of Endings:

How does it feel to lose your planet, your lover, yourself? Ben Purkert’s debut collection, For the Love of Endings, tests what connects us to this earth and to each other. His brilliantly crafted poems examine “the gap / between the world & how / people paint it: dark, distant, there / for the taking.” He makes us look at our disintegrating world head on and see what we’ve done to it, and what it has done to us.

Ben Purkert teaches creative writing at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. His poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Guernica, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, where he was a New York Times Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About Sally Franson's A Lady's Guide to Selling Out:

Casey Pendergast used to be a typical book-loving English major. Now she works as a superstar brand strategist at a top ad agency and spends her days poring over social media rather than the latest Pulitzer Prize winner. When her hard-to-please boss assigns her to a top-secret marketing campaign that pairs authors with corporations hungry for creative copy, Casey is initially thrilled. But as she delves deeper into the project and begins wooing her former literary idols into lucrative yet ethically troubling contracts, she can’t help but question the cost on her conscience.

With Franson’s unforgettable voice, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out is the story of finding a young woman finding her way out of the rat race by finding her way back to her first love: literature.

Sally Franson received her education at Barnard College and the University of Minnesota. She has received recognition from The MacDowell Colony, Glimmer Train, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. She lives in Minneapolis.

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

Leslie Jamison presents The Recovering in conversation with V. V. Ganeshananthan

Leslie Jamison, author of the bestselling The Empathy Exams, will read from her new work of nonfiction, The Recovering. She will be joined for conversation by novelist V. V. Ganeshananthan, author of Love Marriage.

With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction—both her own and others’—and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill.

At the heart of the book is Jamison’s ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence, including John Berryman, Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, and David Foster Wallace, as well as lesser-known figures such as George Cain, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here. Through its unvarnished relation of Jamison’s own ordeals, The Recovering also becomes about a different kind of dependency: the way our desires can make us all, as she puts it, “broken spigots of need.” It’s about the particular loneliness of the human experience—the craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and Brooklyn. She's worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. These days she teaches at the Columbia University MFA program, where she directs the nonfiction concentration and leads the Marian House Project.

She has also written a novel, The Gin Closet, and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. Her work has appeared in places including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. For several years she was also a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

V. V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is the author of Love Marriage (Random House, 2008). The novel, which is set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others.

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Cutter Wood presents Love and Death in the Sunshine State

Cutter Wood’s remarkable debut is, like Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a searing blend of the documentary and the literary.

The crime at the center of the story is the murder of Sabine Musil-Buehler, the owner of a local motel on Anna Maria Island off Florida’s gulf coast. Cutter Wood, freshly graduated from college and at loose ends, had been a guest at the motel just a few months before it was set on fire and Sabine went missing. When Sabine’s blood-covered stolen car is recovered by the police, they begin digging up the beach. Three men are named persons of interest—her husband, her absent boyfriend, and the man who stole the car. Wood returns to Anna Maria and is drawn steadily deeper into the case.

As Wood embeds himself in the investigation, he comes to explore not only the circumstances leading up to a woman’s death, but the very heart of darkness that can lead love down a nameless path. In “this gripping exploration of an island murder and a heartland love, Cutter Wood subverts all our expectations for the true crime genre,” says Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams. “He challenges what we mean by ‘true,’ by presenting us with feats of imagination alongside traditional reportage, and challenges how we understand ‘crime’ by asking us to consider the relationship between acts of extraordinary violence and the rhythms of our ordinary lives. Wood’s voice is smart, curious, playful, and wholly engaging.”

Cutter Wood was born in Central Pennsylvania and received his BA from Brown University, where he was awarded prizes for nonfiction and poetry. Wood completed an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa in 2010, during which he was awarded numerous fellowships and had essays published in Harper's and other magazines. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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

John Porcellino presents From Lone Mountain

John Porcellino makes his love of home and of nature the anchors in an increasingly turbulent world. He slows down and visits the forests, fields, streams, and overgrown abandoned lots that surround every city. He studies the flora and fauna around us. He looks at the overlooked. Porcellino also digs deep into a quintessential American endeavor—the road trip. Uprooting his comfortable life several times in From Lone Mountain, John drives through the country weaving from small town to small town, experiencing America in slow motion, avoiding the sameness of airports and overwhelming hustle of major cities.

From Lone Mountain collects stories from Porcellino’s influential zine King-Cat — John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday.

Over the past three decades, Porcellino’s beloved King-Cat has offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going.

John Porcellino was born in Chicago in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989 and still running, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. He lives in Illinois.

Friday, April 27, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
An Evening of Poetry: Melissa Cundieff and Sheryl St. Germain

About Melissa Cundieff's Darling Nova:

"Melissa Cundieff’s deeply satisfying debut Darling Nova reminds us that living and loving requires us to be circadian with how we treat memory—it is every day that we must forget to remember, and we must remember to forget. These poems are alive with tenderness, temperance, and a tempestuous willingness to engage and render what is both vivid as well as invisible. “I wrote this today:” she writes, reminding us that it is both before and after the pause that the world begins." TARFIA FAIZULLAH

Melissa Cundieff received an MFA in poetry from Vanderbilt University, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems appear in places such as Best of the Net, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Four Way Review, TriQuarterly, The Adroit Journal, and Tongue. Originally from Texas, she lives in St. Paul, MN.

About Sheryl St. Germain's The Small Door of Your Death:

In this brilliant, wrenchingly beautiful book, Sheryl St. Germain limns the unbearable death of her son via overdose, the agonizing history of her family’s addictions, and her own fragile recovery. With astonishing lyricism, she gives us “snow and its dark sister: a kind of brutal cold that stings you awake.” She gives us an “Ode to Needles,” in which the needles of White Spruce and Lodgepole Pine become the needles both she and her son used to inject drugs. And in “Versions of Heaven,” she takes us to a place where her musician son might be “showing the gone ones…how to scat god’s breath.” This book is an invaluable companion for anyone who has wrestled with addiction, or lost a loved one to it. St. Germain knows both the rawness of grief, and the ways we must find to go on living. She can help us learn. —Ruth L. Schwartz

The Small Door of Your Death (Autumn House, 2018) is a book of poems that addresses the current opioid epidemic, written in the voice of a mother who has lost her son to a drug overdose. It is partially based on the story of the poet’s son, who died in 2014 of a heroin overdose. The book includes both lyric and prose poems that trace the history of addiction in the poet’s family, and include poems addressing her own recovery that is almost concurrent with the son’s loss.

Originally from New Orleans and of Cajun and Creole descent, Sheryl St. Germain is a poet and essayist whose work has received numerous awards including two NEA Fellowships and an NEH grant. Her poetry books include Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has written two memoirs, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century, and with Sarah Shotland Words Without Walls: Writers on Violence, Addiction and Incarceration. Sheryl directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University and is co-founder of the Words Without Walls program.

Monday, April 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Weike Wang presents Chemistry

Named a Notable Work of Fiction in 2017 by The Washington Post • One of PBS NewsHour's 5 Books from 2017 • National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree • NPR Best Book of 2017 • Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

A luminous coming-of-age novel about a young female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career goes off track.

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang's debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her, and she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied). But instead of feeling happy and hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence and stress: she doesn't know how to answer her boyfriend's marriage question, her research at the lab is foundering, and the long hours and high expectations of her program comprise an exquisite pressure cooker. When it all becomes too much and she begins breaking beakers and threatening to open the argon box to air, her life plan veers off course--and onto a new path of questions, possibilities, and discoveries about everyone and everything she thought she knew. Smart, insightful, moving, and always funny, Chemistry is a unique and contemporary coming-of-age story that is sure to evoke a winning reaction.

Weike Wang is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. She received her MFA from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in literary magazines including Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, and Ploughshares, which also named Chemistry the winner of its John C. Zacharis Award. Weike currently lives in New York City.

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Laura Jean Baker presents The Motherhood Affidavits

Affidavits—sworn statements made under oath, usually in a court of  law: It’s a word you probably don’t associate with motherhood. But when you  read even a few pages of Laura Jean Baker’s “beautiful and brave memoir of motherhood and its discontents” (as Joyce Carol Oates has recently described it), you’ll quickly find yourself in the grip of a writer utterly committed to and brilliantly capable of getting to the very heart of her impossible predicament.

Baker discovers that bearing and having babies is the one surefire cure to her debilitating depression. But her compulsive need to mother is also the greatest threat to her marriage and to her growing family’s well-being. That which cures us is also that which ails us. Is there any more fundamentally human paradox?

In The Motherhood Affidavits, Baker’s acute sensitivity attunes her to the commonalities between her addiction-fueled experiences and those of fellow residents of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, whose often drug-addled crimes and misdemeanors her husband, Ryan, defends. In telling her own story alongside theirs, Laura Jean Baker asks us to reckon with this question: What price is each of us willing to pay to assuage the pain that life inflicts upon us?

Laura Jean Baker earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and teaches English and writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Oshkosh, WI, with her husband and five wildly inspiring children.

Friday, May 4, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lisa Jewell presents Then She Was Gone

“There will be tendencies to compare this book to the Girl on the Train and its various imitators, but don’t be fooled: This is better than those. Jewell’s forte is the good old-fashioned novel of psychological suspense, the kind that keeps you reading deep into the night.”  – The Globe and Mail

Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone.

Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?

Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels, including The House We Grew Up In, The Third Wife, and I Found You. To find out more, visit, or follow her on Twitter @LisaJewellUK.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Women Speak: Sally Helgesen presents How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job

Since the publication of his New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, business guru Marshall Goldsmith has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. But a few years ago, he realized that women often face different challenges than men as they seek to advance in their careers. After a conversation with his longtime colleague, women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen, they decided to address these pressing needs by collaborating on How Women Rise, an invaluable guide for women eager to take the next step in their careers.

How Women Rise will help women identify specific behaviors that keep them from realizing their full potential, no matter what stage they are at in their career. It will also help them identify why what worked for them in the past will not necessarily get them where they want to go in the future -- and how to finally shed those behaviors so they can advance to the next level, whatever that may be.

How Women Rise will enable women at all stages of their career to reach new heights, aiding them in their quest to take on new challenges in the workplace, their communities, and the world.

Sally Helgesen's work is regarded as the gold standard when it comes to women's leadership. Since the publication of The Female Advantage in 1990 (still in print), she has written five more books in the field and speaks to audiences all around the world about these issues. Clients have included Microsoft, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Financial, Pfizer, Textron, Hewlett Packard, The World Bank, and dozens more. She has led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College, and her work has been featured in Fortune, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Business Week. She lives in Chatham, NY.

Wednesday, May 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Claire Dederer presents Love & Trouble

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl you were with the woman you've become.

As a happily married mother of two, Claire Dederer suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager, when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles (“How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years”) to her subjects – from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school (“when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out …they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books”), to raising a teenage daughter herself – Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.

Claire Dederer is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses and Love & Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York Magazine, among other publications. She lives on an island near Seattle with her family.

Thursday, May 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Siri Daly presents Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook

Siri Daly is always thinking one meal ahead. Like many parents trying to feed their families, Siri is a very busy cook who churns out daily meals for her three kids and her bicoastal husband Carson Daly.  While “mom-ing” hard and loving it, the decision to write about food on her blog Siriously Delicious was a no-brainer—food has always been her passion. A Midwestern girl at heart, Siri’s childhood in Minnesota taught her that when you’re cold and stuck indoors, you eat!

In her debut cookbook Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook, Siri shares 100 easy-to-follow recipes that are created with three goals in mind: to make food that is delicious and satisfying for both kids and adults, to prepare dishes packed with traditionally comforting flavors and ingredients (think cheese, avocado, and chocolate), and to make each recipe approachable for even a novice cook.

Siri Daly was a television writer and producer before becoming a stay-at-home mom of three young kids. She started her popular food blog, Siriously Delicious, as a place to keep track of the recipes that worked for her continuously busy life. Married to Carson Daly, she is now a regular TODAY food contributor and resident comfort-food expert, often cooking on-air with her husband. They live in the greater New York area.

Friday, May 11, 7:00pm - Uptown Church (map)

Sally Kohn presents The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, moderated by Stephanie Curtis of MPR

CNN’s Sally Kohn is known for her ability to make friends across the political aisle. While establishing herself as a leading progressive voice as a liberal commentator on Fox News, she went head-to-head with her colleagues on divisive issues, engaging in heated arguments — and developing unexpected friendships. But since the 2016 election, even the famously nice Kohn has found herself wanting to lash out at her enemies. Where did all this hate come from?

In The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers and investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate in its most subtle and obvious forms, from implicit bias and racism to violence and full-blown genocide. She travels across the country and worldwide, interviewing fascinating people who have left extraordinary lives of hate behind. She also draws on the fields of psychology and neuroscience to explore the patterns of thinking behind hate, such as “otherizing,” groupthink, and attribution errors — and how we can circumvent them.

At a moment when Americans are facing an epidemic of animosity and incivility, The Opposite of Hate is enlightening, instructive, and hopeful, providing an optimistic look into one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. She is a writer, activist, CNN political commentator and the host of the “State of Resistance” podcast. Before that, she was a Fox News contributor — and before that worked for over 15 years as a community organizer. Sally’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine,,, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets. Her first two TED talks, which addressed the topics of practicing kindness online and finding compassion even for your fiercest political enemies, have garnered over 3 million views.

Stephanie Curtis is a senior producer at MPR News and MPR’s The Thread. You can hear her discuss movies on The Cube Critics podcast.

Sunday, May 13, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Deb Aronson presents Alexandra the Great: The Story of the Record-Breaking Filly Who Ruled the Racetrack

Calling all horse-crazy moms! This Mother's Day, join us for a unique look at a special filly who beat the patriarchy.

In the world of Thoroughbred racing, speed rules. Alexandra the Great tells one of the greatest underdog tales in American sports — how Rachel Alexandra grew from an abandoned foal to a magnificent, muscular horse with a glossy coat who flew over the track, dominating every mare she met.

Still, Rachel’s original owner refused to let her compete against male horses. When a new owner saw her potential and raced her against, bigger, stronger males, Rachel Alexandra took off like a rocket.  She went on to win the Preakness, the first filly to do so in 85 years, and the Woodward, a feat never before achieved by a filly. Starting from a scraggly, knock-kneed nothing, Rachel had grown into a true athlete. She was named 2009 Horse of the Year, broke countless records, graced the pages of Vogue, and showed people around the world exactly what it means to “run like a girl.”

Including vivid details gleaned from interviews with Rachel Alexandra’s owners, veterinarian, beloved jockey Calvin Borel, and more, Alexandra the Great gives readers an exciting and emotional look at both the humans and horses who pour their hearts and souls into the world of Thoroughbred training and racing.

Deb Aronson has been a freelance non-fiction writer since 1997. Before that she worked for a decade in university public relations. When she’s not gardening, sailing or designing her dream Derby hat (hint, it will include snack food), Deb also enjoys writing (for grown ups) about interesting people doing unusual things.

Her personal essays have appeared in Mary Englebreit Home Companion, Indy's Child and WILL radio. Her feature stories have run in Mother Jones, Illinois Times, Sailing World, and Muse magazines.

Monday, May 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kevin Griffin presents One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

When Kevin Griffin began writing One Breath at a Time over 15 years ago, he had no idea if anyone would relate to a book making connections between Buddhism and the Twelve-Step Program. All he knew was that combining the two practices had been the key to his own recovery from addiction, and that there might be a few recovering addicts like himself who were looking to incorporate Buddhism into their own recovery program. When the book was published, Griffin was blown away by the number of people who came to it, from those who were just entering recovery, to those who had been clean for decades, to those suffering from other addictions, to the family and friends of addicts.

In One Breath at a Time, Griffin shares his own difficult journey to sobriety and how he integrated the Twelve Steps of recovery with Buddhist mindfulness practices. He examines each Step and how it relates to Buddhist teachings, and presents techniques for finding clarity and awareness. One Breath at a Time describes the convergence of two vital traditions—one ancient, the other contemporary—and shows how they work together to create a rich spiritual path.

Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time, Recovering Joy, and A Burning Desire. A longtime Buddhist practitioner and Twelve Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network. Griffin teaches internationally in Buddhist centers, treatment centers, professional conferences, and academic settings. He lives in California.

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Robert Hunter presents Relapse & Revival: Book Reading and Acoustic Performance

Come join Robert Hunter, known for his songwriting collaborations with the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, as he delivers a free in-store acoustic performance and reading from his novel Relapse.

About Relapse: Rob Wildhide will become a celebrated novelist; he just knows it. But first, he’ll have to overcome writer’s block and survive a wayward trip to the Northwoods of Maine with his new bride, Annie, and her treacherous friends (raft guides are not to be trusted!).

A love story at its best and wild ride at its drunkest, Relapse careens through shaman-led weddings, car heists that lead to strange prophesies, and the inner workings of a mind rife with possibility and absolutely unaffected by the moonshine, thank you very much. Is it relapse, or is it revival? Rob Wildhide will try just about anything to find out where this story goes.

Robert Hunter is a Nashville recording artist who first gained notoriety and critical acclaim following the release of his debut EPs, Outta My Mind and Afterglow. Robert is known best for his unabashed contempt for the conventional—in any medium—and his unique brand of lyrical alt-country-rock.

Robert’s nationwide 2018 Relapse & Revival tour is the first of its kind, a mixture of the literary and lyrical promoting both a new record and a highly anticipated new novel. He lives with his wife, Becky, a former raft guide, whose recent battle with cancer was the inspiration for the tour.

Thursday, May 17, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Hari Kunzru presents White Tears

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • GQ • Time • The Economist • Slate • HuffPost • Book Riot

Ghost story, murder mystery, love letter to American music – White Tears is all of this and more, a thrilling investigation of race and appropriation in society today.

Seth is a shy, awkward twentysomething. Carter is more glamorous, the heir to a great American fortune. But they share an obsession with music – especially the blues. One day, Seth discovers that he’s accidentally recorded an unknown blues singer in a park. Carter puts the file online, claiming it’s a 1920s recording by a made-up musician named Charlie Shaw. But when a music collector tells them that their recording is genuine – that there really was a singer named Charlie Shaw – the two white boys, along with Carter’s sister, find themselves in over their heads, delving deeper and deeper into America’s dark, vengeful heart. White Tears is a literary thriller and a meditation on art – who owns it, who can consume it, and who profits from it.

Hari Kunzru is the author of four previous novels. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn.

Sunday, May 27, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
E. Eero Johnson presents Tsu and the Outliers

Tsu and the Outliers is a graphic novel about a non-verbal boy whose rural existence appears unbearable until rumors of a monstrous giant upend his mundane life. Tsu finds himself at the center of the mystery, as his strange metaphysical connection with the creature is revealed and they forge an unlikely friendship.

Tsu is a young hero who must balance the challenges of two separate worlds: being non-verbal and different in a small town, and having unique powers in a treacherous and fantastical world of monsters. As the dragnet closes in, Tsu is forced to choose between a dangerous path leading beyond the periphery of human perception or a life without his only friend. Tsu and the Outliers is about courage, loyalty, forks in the road, and keeping your wits about you while fighting through the scary stuff that is growing up.

E. Eero Johnson is a designer, illustrator and comic book artist from the Northern Midwest. His illustrations (as Erik T. Johnson) have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Wired. His short comics have been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, and Nozone. He collaborated on the hybrid novel/graphic novel Original Fake with author Kirstin Cronn-Mills for Penguin Books, and he co-published the experimental Kozmo-Knot the Never-Ending Comic Book with Uncivilized Books. Tsu and the Outliers is his first full-length graphic novel.   

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

Jonathan Kauffman presents Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat in conversation with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Call it a brown rice revolution.

The legacy of the 1960s and 1970s is usually defined as one of leftist politics and of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But the counterculture also reshaped the way most of us eat.

Why exactly did young Americans in the 1960s start eating brown rice and whole-wheat bread? How did alfalfa sprouts, tofu, and tahini make their way to tiny towns all across the country? Why were so many children forced to eat carob candy?

The natural-foods cuisine of the 1970s didn’t emerge out of a vacuum – it gathered up a century’s worth of fringe health movements, charged them with the political spirit of the times, and infused them with the flavors of Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Hippie Food traces the surprising connections that formed this unique cuisine and tells the stories of cooks both famous and obscure. It also looks at how this food movement reshaped the way we all eat today.

Jonathan Kauffman grew up in a liberal Mennonite family in Indiana eating lentil casseroles and tofu stir-fries. As a college student at Macalester, he worked at Table of Contents, falling in love with cooking; after graduation, he moved to San Francisco, where he kept working in restaurants for a few years before leaving the kitchen for the more lucrative world of journalism.

Kauffman reviewed restaurants in the Bay Area and Seattle for 11 years. In 2015, he joined the food section at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he broadly covers the intersection of food and culture. His reporting and criticism have won awards from the James Beard Foundation, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, among others, and he has been a regular contributor to San Francisco magazine, Lucky Peach and the New Yorker.

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is one of the most awarded food writers in the country. She started her career as a 13-year-old restaurant dishwasher, and, after coming to Minnesota for college, became a local restaurant, wine, and drink critic in 1997. In addition to her dining and beverage reviews for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Dara writes monthly on people, travel, health, and the environment. Her food writing has appeared in Delta Sky, Gourmet, Saveur, Food & Wine, USA Today, and Bon Appetit to name a few. Dara has been nominated for her food and wine writing 13 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times.

Monday, June 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Michelle Kuo presents Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship

A young man is arrested for murder in the Arkansas Delta, and his former English teacher returns to visit him. For the next seven months in county jail, they pore over novels, poems, and historical narrative by Frederick Douglass, C.S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson, James Baldwin, W.S. Merwin and more.

Michelle Kuo’s debut memoir, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship is a story of race, inequality, and the power of literature. This relentlessly honest book asks what we owe each other, how racism and poverty shape young people's fates, and what it means to live a good life.

Michelle Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. After teaching, she attended Harvard Law School as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and worked at a nonprofit for undocumented immigrants in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, on a Skadden Fellowship, with a focus on tenants’ and workers’ rights. She also clerked for a federal appeals court judge in the Ninth Circuit. Currently she teaches courses on race, law, and society at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law. She won the 2016 Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Thursday, June 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lesle Lewis presents A Boot’s a Boot


Is it noon? 
A headache? 
A career?
You are my illness, my door slam, my exquisite half hour. You slide around like numbers the clock hands slide over.
It’s difficult to get a thing right without getting something else wrong.
“Independent, never sentimental, and unafraid of uncertainty, A Boot’s a Boot embodies the fierce struggle to maintain equilibrium in this destabilizing world…The poems focus the majority of their attention on the between-spaces of the world where time is malleable as both theory and thing: ‘We take our time, fold it in half and half again’…  Lewis’s vaulting mind does not require the suspension of disbelief, only the understanding that limitations can be nimbly dismissed…” (from American Microreviews and Interviews, a review by Laurie Saurborn Young)

Sunday, July 8, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Laurie Kilmartin presents Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

When stand-up comedian Laurie Kilmartin learned her dad was dying, she responded in the only way she knew how: with humor. In 2014, she made headlines by live tweeting her father’s time in hospice, bringing a touch of lightness to the devastating experience of losing her dad. Picked up by outlets like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and, Kilmartin’s hilarious tweets took the world by storm and revealed the need for a comic interpretation of grief.

Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed is an honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying. Filled with relatable anecdotes and practical advice, Kilmartin voices all of the insensitive things you may have thought about your dying loved one, or wanted to scream at a well-meaning friend, but didn’t. She also brings heart and humor to a topic that is too often met with solemnity and silence, despite being as complicated, messy, and emotional as any other part of our human experience.

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy Award-nominated writer for Conan and the cohost of The Jackie and Laurie Show. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.

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