Saturday, April 20
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: The Hidden Life of Trees by PeterWohlleben
Monday,April 22 - DIFFERENT DATE THIS MONTH!
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: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tuesday, April 23
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 The Fallen by David Baldacci
Thursday, April 25 NOTE DATE CHANGE!
Meet the Author: Stephanie Anderson
One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture
"Sustainable" has long been the rallying cry of agricultural progressives; given that much of our nation’s farm and ranch land is already degraded, however, sustainable agriculture often means maintaining a less-than-ideal status quo. Stephanie Anderson argues that in order to provide nutrient-rich food and fight climate change, we need to move beyond sustainable to regenerative agriculture, a practice that is highly tailored to local environments and renews resources.
In One Size Fits None Anderson follows diverse farmers across the United States: a South Dakota bison rancher who provides an alternative to the industrial feedlot; an organic vegetable farmer in Florida who harvests microgreens; a New Mexico super-small farmer who revitalizes communities; and a North Dakota midsize farmer who combines livestock and grain farming to convert expensive farmland back to native prairie. The use of these nontraditional agricultural techniques show how varied operations can give back to the earth rather than degrade it.
Stephanie Anderson holds an MFA from Florida Atlantic University, where she also teaches literature, creative writing, and composition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Flyway, Hotel Amerika, Terrain.org, Grist Journal, The Chronicle Review, Sweet and others. Her debut nonfiction book, titled One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture, appeared in January 2019 with University of Nebraska Press.
Sunday, April 28
Meet the Author: Chef Terrie Kohl
Bringing Friends and Family Back Around the Table
"This is a legacy cookbook as I am on a God-driven journey, from a little girl up until now. I've captured many of my recipes from the past 15 years in business as well as my Mom's recipes which I grew up with. The book is dedicated to her...also featuring both of my Grandmothers and some of their recipes.... 211 pages, 171 recipes...I think you'll enjoy it."
Chef Terrie Kohl came to Des Moines as a food service food broker and then a national food service buyer. Terrie then took her next visionary step by attending The New England Culinary Institute in Essex Juction, Vermont, 1996. Chef Terrie interned at The Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk, Long Island, New York, Thyme & Again Catering and South Hampton Bath and Tennis Club in South Hampton, Long Island, New York. Her second internship brought her back home to Des Moines where she was employed at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Embassy Club Capital Square and Aramark/Pioneer Hi-Bred. She gained additional expertise as the Catering Chef at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Terrie dreamed of starting her own business, and she established Country Club Market in 2003. From there, Country Club Market has filled a unique niche in central Iowa, offering culinary arts classes, customized catering, and a bakery that produces some of the tastiest treats in town. Chef Terrie's work has been featured on KCCI-TV8, WHO, Iowa Ingredient and Great Day and in the Des Moines Register, Juice, Cityview, Relish, MyWaukee Magazine, Iowa Ingredient and Fiftysomething. Most recently seen at the Meredith Culinary Pavillion doing a cooking demo for the World Food and Wine Festival.
Monday, April 29
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 Rupp 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 Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
Thursday, May 9
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: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle
Tuesday, May 14
Beaverdale Books 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: Tin Man by Sarah Winman