Saturday, November 17
Environmental Book Club
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: Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal
Monday, November 19
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 Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Monday, November 26
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: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Tuesday, November 27
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: Left for Dead by J.A. Jance
Wednesday, November 28
Poetry Readings: Kristina Marie Darling and Kyle McCord
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of 27 books, most recently Ghost / Landscape with John Gallaher (BlazeVOX Books, 2016), and Je Suis L'Autre: Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017). She earned her BA and MA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her awards include three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship; a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellowship; and residencies at the American Academy in Rome. She is the recipient of grants from the Whiting Foundation and the John Anson Kittredge Fund. Her poems appear in New American Writing, the Harvard Review, the Mid-American Review, Poetry International, Passages North, Nimrod, and many other magazines. She has published essays in Agni, the Gettysburg Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Iowa Review, the Literary Review, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly, associate editor-in-chief at Tupelo Press, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.
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.
Tuesday, December 4
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.