Friday, September 21
Meet the Author: Thomas W. Starbuck
Now faced with the daunting task of locating any possible survivors, AB sets out across the country in his search for others. The decisions he makes along the way completely readjusts his thinking and his perspectives on what is left, and the new world. The world�s infrastructure is in place, so there is hope that life can go on, but without family or companionship, should it?
The memory of family, friends and faith slowly creeps into his mind with a vigorous new importance now that they are all gone. If the elements don�t kill him, maybe stark loneliness will.
He must choose wisely because now he will suffer the full consequences of his decisions from here on out. He is the second Adam; he is hoping he doesn�t make the same mistakes as the first.
Thomas W. Starbuck, an eternal optimist, finds joy in everything around him � from quality time with his active family to quiet meditation and contemplation about the world around him. Never living life in the status quo, Tom had an idea for a story.
This spark of an idea for a screenplay turned into Tom�s first Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Deadly Ground, published in April 2018. To give Deadly Ground the soul it needed, Tom worked with gifted writer, Judy Belshe-Toernblom, on both the screenplay and novel, and they were recognized by the 2018 Capital Fund Screenplay Competition Top 100.
Tom lives with his wife of 45 years in Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from Drake University and worked in financial services for 32 years prior to retirement in 2009.
Meet the Author: Ed Delk
Tales with a Twist
If you like having a chuckle, Tales with a Twist will delight you! These short stories will have you laughing and guessing where the next story will take you.
Ed Delk was born in the small town of Weldon, Iowa, the fifth of the nine children of Bernice and Charles Delk. He obtained a BA degree from Drake University, a JD degree from the University of Iowa, and an MBA degree from the University of South Dakota. He practiced corporate law in Sioux City, Iowa, for thirty-two years. He retired as senior vice president and general counsel. He and Barbara, his wife of sixty-three years, moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where he took writing classes at the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Community College. He and Barbara have two children, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren..
Saturday, September 22
Environmental Book Club
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Beaverdale Fall Fest Parade on September 15, the Environmental Book Club will be meeting on the fourth Saturday this month.
This book club was formed out of an interest in raising not just awareness, but interest and the �environmental IQ� of our local community. Group members represent a range of interests and knowledge about environmental issues, and have set out to create and maintain a place where ideas and information can be shared in civil and welcoming ways. The community is welcome to attend, listen and discuss.
Selection this month: Come prepared with suggestions for this year's readings.
Sunday, September 23
Poetry Readings: Casey Knott, Martha Collins, and Kyle McCord
Casey Knott received an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University. When she�s not a stay-at-home mom, she works in education, tends to her urban farm, and helps edit The Wax Paper literary journal. Her book, Ground Work, is forthcoming in September of 2018 from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Her poetry has appeared in Harpur Palate, Red Rock Review, White Pelican Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poetry City, USA, and more. She lives in Des Moines with her husband, Matt, and her 3 kids.
Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2018), Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks.
Both White Papers and Blue Front won Ohioana awards. Blue Front also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Collins' other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Lannan residency grant, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize.
Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. In spring 2010, she served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University.
Kyle McCord is the author of six books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016) and X-Rays and Other Landscapes (Trio House Press 2019). He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants or awards from The Academy of American Poets, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He serves as Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press. He teaches at Drake University in Des Moines where he lives with his wife, visual artist Lydia McCord, and son, August.
Monday, September 24
Mind-Body-Spirit Book Club
Join this discussion of books that focus on the mind, body and spirit as art of an individual�s well-being. Authors will include Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joyce Ru and others. The club will explore the author�s ideas and how they can incorporate some practical applications into our everyday lives to encourage balance and joy.
Selection this month: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Tuesday, September 25
Mystery Book Club
Come join this group that has been meeting for over 20 years! New members always welcome; all you need is a love of mysteries and a burning desire to talk about them with a fun group of folks!
Selection this month: The Dry by Jane Harper
Tuesday, October 2
Beaverdale Writers Group
Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten in 2008. Jerry recently �retired� from the group, but it is now in the capable hands of Maggie Rivers and Mike Wilson. New writers are always welcome! This is not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade and get started on your publishing journey, or share your experience with someone just starting out.
Tuesday, October 9
Hunter�s Picks Book Club
The Hunter�s Picks Book Club takes its inspiration from Paul�s Book Club at Prairie Lights in Iowa City, which Hunter attended while in college. This book club will read primarily literary fiction. The quirk of this book group, like that of Paul�s, is that Hunter will be the one choosing all book club selections. Suggestions are welcome, but Hunter will have final say. He�s such a control freak that way.
Selection this month: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Thursday, October 11
Beaverdale Book Browsers Book Club
Beaverdale Books' original book club is once again open to new members!
This book club was at capacity for a while, but as people come and go there are openings for new readers looking for a book club. The club started when the store opened in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. What began as a group of strangers has been a testament to the power of books to bring people together. Selections are eclectic and the discussion is always interesting. Food and wine are always part of the fun as well. Anyone is welcome!
Selection this month: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Monday, October 15
Urbandale UCC Book Club
The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club is now meeting at Beaverdale Books! Membership is open to anyone, so if you like good books and a good discussion, this could be your book club!
Selection this month: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway