Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m., we have something special for the youngest customers of Beaverdale Books. Thursday mornings are “Storybook Time at Beaverdale Books”. Join Miss Donna as she reads favorite selections from our children’s department along with time for singing, sharing and occasional surprises.
Please plan to visit us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for “Storybook Time!”
Tuesday, June 27
Mystery Book Club
Come join this group that has been meeting for over 25 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: Thicker Than Blood by John Lutz
Wednesday, June 28
Meet the Poets: Jacques J. Rancourt,Casey Thayer and Lisa Fay Coutley
In poems inspired by and sometimes borrowing their forms from the novena, a nine-day Catholic prayer addressing and seeking intercession from the Virgin Mary, Jacques Rancourt explores the complexities of faith, desire, beauty, and justice. Novena is a collection that invites prayer not to symbols of dogmatic perfection but to those who are outcast or maligned, LGBTQ people, people in prison, people who resist, people who suffer and whose suffering has not been redeemed. In Novena, the Virgin Mary is recast as a drag queen, religious icons are merged with those who are abolished, and spiritual isolation is scrutinized in a queer pastoral.
Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, February 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur
In a collection of persona poems and odes, Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur explores the possibilities of storytelling and interrogates the postmodern fractured self. Alive with sound, playful, and imaginative, one reviewer describes the book as “a rollicking, sexually-charged tour-de-force of language, a self-portrait which refuses the glib mannerism of the genre and which shows us, indeed, what a self can be.”
Casey Thayer is the author of Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). His poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. A native Wisconsinite, he currently lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago.
Lisa Fay Coutley’s lyrical debut collection, Errata, investigates the delicate balance between parent and child, love and loss, hope and grief. Errata’s narrator reflects on struggles and fears that span generations in compositions that are at once musical and bleak. Coutley’s narrative journey is often a dark one, exploring not only the loss of loved ones but also the potential to lose one’s very self. The collection unravels the lingering consequences of abuse and addiction, yet threads of hope and determination weave a finely wrought path through the dark side of human relationships, illuminating the power of the will to survive. Coutley’s sharp yet tender collection will both haunt readers and move them to reflect, to remember, and most of all, to persevere.
Lisa Fay Coutley is an assistant professor of creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry, at Snow College in Utah. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (2013), received scholarships to the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, and won an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and books, including Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Best of the Net 2013, and Best New Poets 2010. Errata is her first book.
Thursday, June 29
Meet the Author: Matthew Walsh
The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa
After the Americans withdrew from the Vietnam War, their Indochinese allies faced imprisonment, torture, and death under communist regimes. The Tai Dam, an ethnic group from northern Vietnam, campaigned for sanctuary, writing letters to thirty U.S. governors in 1975. Only Robert D. Ray of Iowa agreed to help.
Ray wielded more influence over Indochinese refugee resettlement and relief than any other governor. He created his own agency to relocate the Tai Dam, advocated for the greater admission of “boat people” fleeing Vietnam, launched a Cambodian relief program that generated over $540,000, and lobbied for the Refugee Act of 1980. Interviews with more than thirty refugees and public officials inform this comprehensive study of Iowa’s resettlement program. The author chronicles how the Tai Dam adapted to life in the Midwest and the Iowans’ divided response.
Matthew R. Walsh is a professor of history at Des Moines Area Community College. For his previous works, Walsh has received awards from Penn State, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Friday, June 30
Meet the Poet: Richard Robbins
Body Turn to Rain: New and Selected Poems
Body Turn to Rain brings together work from Robbins' five previous collections, plus forty new poems that continue his wise meditation upon the American experience in this time, with all its variation, expanse, history, clownishness, beauty, and uncertainty. The book represents a way station in the life work of a thoughtful and finely tuned sensibility such as come among us all too rarely. And it is comprised of poems that walk out to meet you as though you were a friend.
Richard Robbins was raised in California and Montana, taught for a number of years in Oregon and, since 1984, has taught at Mankato State University, in Mankato, Minnesota, where he continues to direct the graduate creative writing program. He has published five books of poems, most recently Radioactive City and Other Americas.
Saturday, July 15
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 of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg