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Friday, July 31, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Tony Rauch celebrates the release of what if i got down on my knees? with Ted King, author of The dishwasher, the Dancer, and the Subatomic Particle

About what if i got down on my knees?:

These tales of romantic misadventure are about people trying to find meaning and a place in an indifferent world, and their discoveries, revelations, secrets, failures, struggles, connections, and odd encounters along the way. With themes of longing, fragility, uncertainty, impermanence, regret, the mysteries hidden in everyday life, discovery, ennui, loneliness, irresponsible behavior, confusion, change, identity, and absurd situations, Tony Rauch is a worthy successor to the artistry and absurdism of Donald Barthelme and Steve Martin.

Tony Rauch is an architect living in Minneapolis. In his spare time he cleans and tries to get his dog to stop barking. This is his fourth arty short story collection.

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About The dishwasher, the Dancer, and the Subatomic Particle:

Ted King's poetry and fiction is widely published in literary journals including the prestigious Whistling Shade. Ted is the current president of The Minneapolis Writers Workshop. He is the author of two books, two word-jazz CDs, and several videos. He's also a popular performing artist.

Sunday, August 2, 4:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
J. Ryan Stradal reads from Kitchens of the Great Midwest, with event sponsor Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen

Already a hotly anticipated debut about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life—its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

J. Ryan Stradal edits the fiction section of the Nervous Breakdown. His writing has appeared in the Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and McSweeney’s: The Goods, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles and has worked as a TV producer, notably for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

The Copper Hen is a Cakery and Kitchen bringing farm to table food, cakes, bread, and beer to Minneapolis.

Tuesday, August 4, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars discusses Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the Midwest. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His life, a tale of woe, is revealed in a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies.

Author Julie Schumacher will be present at this discussion.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage), with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Tuesday, August 11, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars discusses Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the Midwest. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His life, a tale of woe, is revealed in a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage), with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Heather Augustyn reads from Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music

Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music by Heather Augustyn is a comprehensive look at Jamaican vocalists, instrumentalists, record producers, dancers, wives, mothers, and deejays who helped to shape the course of Jamaican music on the island and worldwide. Songbirds is the fourth book from Augustyn on Jamaican music and culture.

The book features dozens of interviews with women who found a way share their talent in a culture and industry that was marked by brazen displays of masculinity. They endured harassment and received little or no pay to perform as backup or alongside or in front of the male musicians. They sacrificed family and home for a life in the spotlight, or they brought their babies with them on the road. They took over the studio and made it their own, or they suffered unimaginable violence, even murder. They changed the course of music all over the world. The book also features over 100 exclusive photographs and memorabilia that supplements personal narratives and archival material.

Heather Augustyn is also author of Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist, Ska: An Oral History, and Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation. She is a correspondent for the Times of Northwest Indiana and an adjunct professor at Purdue University’s North Central campus. She lives with her husband and two boys in Chesterton, Indiana.

Thursday, August 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Lauren Fox reads from Days of Awe

The celebrated author of Friends Like Us now gives us a raw, achingly funny novel about a woman who, after the death of her best friend, must face the crisis in her marriage, the fury of her almost-teenage daughter, and the possibility that she might open her cantankerous heart to someone new.

Only a year ago Isabel Moore was married, the object of adoration of her ten-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her wild, extravagant, beloved best friend, Josie. But in that one short year: her husband moved out and rented his own apartment; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie–impulsive, funny, secretive Josie–was killed behind the wheel in a single-car accident. As Isabel tries to make sense of this shattering loss and unravel the months leading up to Josie’s death, she comes to understand the shifts, large and small, that can upend a friendship and an entire life. Heartbreaking and wryly funny, Days of Awe is a masterly exploration of marriage, motherhood, and the often surprising shape of new love.

Lauren Fox, who earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota, is the author of the novels Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, Psychology Today, the Rumpus, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters.

Monday, August 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Magers & Quinn Booksellers and the Riveter Magazine present Rachel Hills and Kate Harding

About The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality by Rachel Hills:

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.

Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us—woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth—the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don’t do it enough.

Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.

Rachel Hills is an Australian journalist living in New York City. Her work has been published widely both in print and online, in publications including Vogue, NYMag.com, Cosmopolitan, the Atlantic, and many others. Her blog, Musings of an Inappropriate Woman (RachelHills.Tumblr.com), has more than 100,000 subscribers spanning the globe. The Sex Myth is her first book.

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About Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture - and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding:

From Congressman Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" gaffe to the high school rapists of Steubenville, Ohio, to the furor at Vanderbilt, sexual violence has been so prominent in recent years that the feminist term "rape culture" has finally entered the mainstream. But what, exactly, is it? And how do we change it?

In Asking for It, Kate Harding answers those questions in the same blunt, bullshit-free voice that has made her a powerhouse feminist blogger. Combining in-depth research with practical knowledge, Asking for It makes the case that twenty-first-century America—where it's estimated that out of every 100 rapes only 5 result in felony convictions—supports rapists more effectively than victims. Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a culture, can take rape much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.

Kate Harding is co-author of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body and founder of what was for a time the internet's most popular body acceptance blog, Shapely Prose. She has contributed to numerous online publications, including Salon, Jezebel, The Guardian, and the L.A. Times, and published essays in the anthologies about body image and sexuality. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the MFA in writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives in Chicago with her husband and an old mutt.

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This event is sponsored by The Riveter Magazine. The Riveter is a longform women's lifestyle magazine in print quarterly and online daily. It aims to expose the power of women as longform journalists, to fill the void that exists in traditional women's magazines and media, and diversify the narrative that surrounds women in publishing.

Friday, September 4, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Launch of Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy by Tom Kaczynski

Trans Terra is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics and philosophy into a heady brew exploring work, creativity, emergence of the new, and the possibility of utopia.

The author's journey begins in the frigid wastelands of contemporary consumer culture. Like a surreal HMS Beagle, Trans Terra meanders through time and space exploring archipelagos real and imagined. Prominent stops include Soviet Siberia, Communist Poland, Plato's Atlantis, 19th century New York and Sir Thomas More's Utopia. Arriving on the polluted shores of collapsing global civilization, Tom K glimpses the faint light of utopia beyond the veil of Apocalypse. Taking cue from Salvador Dali's Paranoid Critical-Method the author unearths improbable connections between thinkers as disparate as Ignatious Donnelly, Alvin Toffler, Rem Koolhaas , Slavoj Žižek and many others. Translated into several languages, Trans Terra is a comic-book manifesto for the post-capitalist-crisis world.

Tom Kaczynski is an Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher and publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, MOME, Punk Planet, the Drama, and many other publications. As a designer he’s worked on projects for many well-known companies including AOL, Motorola, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, and for non-profits including IRC (International Rescue Committee). He currently teaches comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and occasionally contributes to the Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Catriona McPherson reads from The Child Garden with local authors Jess Lourey (February Fever) and Jessie Chandler (Chip Off the Ice Block Murder)

Critically-acclaimed author Catriona McPherson will make her Minneapolis book tour stop at Magers & Quinn. In McPherson’s latest standalone thriller, The Child Garden, Gloria Harkness hasn't seen him since they were children. He moved on to that hippie school in the woods, before the accident, before it closed. But here he is at her door, scared and alone, thirty years later. That accident was not what it seemed and the ghosts are rising. There's nothing more dangerous than a childhood friend; the stranger you think you know.

McPherson will be joined by local mystery authors Jess Lourey (February Fever) and Jessie Chandler (Chip Off the Ice Block Murder).

Monday, September 21, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Sung J. Woo reads from Love Love

Judy Lee’s life has not turned out the way she’d imagined. She’s divorced, she’s broke, and her dreams of being a painter have fallen by the wayside. Her co-worker Roger might be a member of the Yakuza gang, but he’s also the only person who’s asked her on a date in the last year.

Meanwhile, her bother Kevin, an former professional tennis player, has decided to donate a kidney to their ailing father — until it turns out that he’s not a genetic match. His father reluctantly tells him he was adopted, but the only information Kevin is given about his birth parents is a nude picture of his birth mother. Ultimately Kevin’s quest to learn the truth about his biological parents takes him across lines he never thought he’d cross: from tony Westchester County to San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin district, from the squeaky clean tennis court to the gritty adult film industry.

Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Judy and Kevin, Love Love is a story about two people figuring out how to live, how to love, and how to be their best selves amidst the chaos of their lives.

Sung J. Woo‘s short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, and KoreAm Journal. His debut novel, Everything Asian was praised by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Sun-Times. It won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from New York University, he lives in Washington, New Jersey.

Sunday, September 27, 3:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jonathan Evison discusses his new book This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! with special guest Peter Geye

With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.

Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Díaz, and Karen Joy Fowler.

Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. He is also the author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.

Peter Geye is the award winning author of Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road and the forthcoming The Winterers (June, 2016). He holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three kids.

Monday, September 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Dylan Horrocks reads from Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Kicking off his first US book tour in over a decade, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns triumphantly to the comics scene with the critical hit, Sam Zabel and His Magic Pen, out now with Fantagraphics Books. Horrocks's talent for giving multifaceted depth and life to his characters is why Multiversity Comics has called him "one of the most important cartoonists working in comics."

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville.

Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

Dylan Horrocks lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas, and has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: the Age of Magic and Batgirl.

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00pm - Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis)

Elizabeth Gilbert presents her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality are delighted to host author Elizabeth Gilbert reading from her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and to let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love (and how to face down what we most fear). She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits that are needed in order to live our most creative lives.

Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, or to make art, or to find new ways to address challenges in our work, or to give ourselves permission to embark on a dream long deferred, or simply to infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award, among other honors. A longtime journalist who began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, she is also a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, and her short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.

Learn more at Wisdom Ways Center's website and purchase a ticket.

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
John Freeman and Louise Erdrich discuss the launch of Freeman's and its inaugural theme "Arrival"

Join us for an evening with John Freeman and Louise Erdrich, in conversation about "Arrival," the inaugural theme of new biannual anthology Freeman's.

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About Freeman's: Arrival:

We live today in constant motion, traveling distances rapidly, small ones daily, arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman's, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive.

Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story, an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding.

End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey, and in a Haruki Murakami story, an aging actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role, discovering he has changed, becoming a new person.

Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson, and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and Garnette Cadogan, who relearned how to walk while being black upon arriving in NYC,Freeman's announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: the Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.

Thursday, October 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Naja Marie Aidt reads from Rock, Paper, Scissors

Naja Marie Aidt’s long-awaited first novel is a breathtaking page-turner and complex portrait of a man whose life slowly devolves into one of violence and jealousy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny’s criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal.

A gripping story written with a poet’s sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt’s gifts and will greatly expand the readership for one of Denmark’s most decorated and beloved writers.

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of ten collections of poetry and three short story collections, including Baboon, which received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize and the Danish Critics Prize for Literature. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

Friday, October 16, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Paperback launch of Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings

From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes one of 2014's most highly-acclaimed novels, a lyrical, masterfully written epic that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters, assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts, A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the '70s, to the crack wars in '80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the '90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel John Crow's Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. A Brief History of Seven Killings is his third novel.

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