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, August 22
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: The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
Tuesday, September 5
Poetry Night: Jeanne Emmons and Jenny Molberg
The Red Canoe by Jeanne Emmons
The late poet Galway Kinnell wrote of the poet’s “capacity to go out to [things] so that they enter us, so that they are transformed within us, and so that our inner life finds expression through them.” The poems here powerfully and subtly substantiate that kind of transformation. The canoe becomes a living, breathing thing, a watcher and listener, aware not only of troubling thoughts the mind can arouse, but that “each drop of rain is a guest in my house,” and that a tiny spider’s web can “capture the least sailing mayfly/of possibility.” The red canoe finds out, as poets do that “everything has to be compared to be/ fully grasped . . . has to be held/in a tangle of connections.” The connections in these poems are quite often astonishing. David Allan Evans, author of This Water, These Rocks
In a stunning tour-de-force of framing and attentiveness, the poems in The Red Canoe shape-shift their way through seasonal perspectives like a flip-book of time-lapse photography. Melding together the stillness of intense focus with movement throughout the field of a held frame, these meditative poems both mesmerize and surprise with their crisp painterly images, gorgeously-welded music, and passionate interiors. Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of Dandarians
The Red Canoe is playful and poignant, philosophical and feisty. Emmons enters conversations of art with ekphrastic-like still life as if the red canoe sat for a portrait series, yet these distilled lyrics dialog with literary predecessors as well. The red canoe is a symbol for the speaker, a synecdoche for woman, and a syntax for nature. Like the canoe in “Red Canoe Having Ideas,” the poet is “open-hearted / harboring in the red slit / of her body a bright / leaf-shaped segment of sky.” Jeanne Emmons is an extraordinary poet of the ordinary world. Christine Stewart-Nuñez, author of Untrussed and Bluewords Greening
Jeanne Emmons was born in Louisiana, received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas, and currently lives and teaches in Iowa. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, American Scholar, Prairie Schooner and New Orleans Review. Emmons’ poetry has won numerous awards, including the James Hearst Poetry Prize for 2006.
Marvels of Invisible by Jenny Molberg
In this award-winning debut collection, the smallest things of the world bear enormous emotive weight. For Jenny Molberg, the invisible and barely visible are forms of memory, articulations of our place in the cosmos. Parsing the intersections between science and personal history, and contemplating archival letters from 17th- and 18th-century scientists along with new studies in biological phenomena, Molberg’s poems examine complexities of relationships with parents and the faultiness of certainty about earthly permanence. In the title poem, a child begins by looking at an ant through a microscope, and later, as a husband and father, with the same discerning eye he recognizes the cancer in his wife’s breast. Marvels of the Invisible sounds the depths of both grief and amazement, two kinds of awareness inseparably entwined.
Jenny Molberg won the 2014 Berkshire Prize for her debut collection, Marvels of the Invisible (Tupelo Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, North American Review, Coper Nickel, The New Guard, The Adroit Journal, Mississippi Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2013 Third Coast poetry prize, was featured in Best New Poets 2014, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Tuesday, September 5
Beaverdale Writers' Group
Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten. Not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. And there is wine.
Friday, September 8
Book Launch: Calla Devlin
Right Where You Left Me
After Charlotte’s father is kidnapped, she and her mother must overcome their differences and find a way to rescue him in this eloquent, moving portrayal of family.
Charlotte’s father specializes in nature’s acts of violence. In search of the perfect story for his newspaper, one that can put a human face on tragedy, he will fly into the eye of the storm. And now he’s heading to Ukraine, straight into the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. Charlotte doesn’t want him to go, leaving her alone in a silent house with her mother, whose classically Russian reserve has built a wall that neither of them knows how to tear down. But she’s holding it together okay—until the FBI comes knocking on their door. The quake has left many orphans, but Charlotte refuses to be counted among them. Whatever it takes to get her dad back, she’ll do it. Even if it means breaking a promise . . . or the law.
Calla Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the Morris Award. A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Originally from California, she lives in Iowa with her family.
Sunday, September 10
Meet the Author: Angela Glover
Ethan Eats Hot Lunch
Before Ethan’s first day of Kindergarten, he spends the summer learning the rules for How to Eat Hot Lunch at School from his cousin Lucy. On the first day of school, Ethan is ready to recite his colors, most of the numbers, and his last name for Mrs. C., who works in the cafeteria, but when the students in Miss G.’s classroom accidentally forget to hold their lunch trays with both hands while following the silver line and looking at the back of the head of the person in front of them, poor Eddie, the janitor, ends up with a big mess to clean up.
Angela L. Glover’s first picture book, Ethan Eats Hot Lunch is based on thirty-plus years of teaching writing to elementary and college-aged students. She earned her Ph.D. from The University of Kansas and when she’s not writing or teaching writing, she’s thinking about what’s for lunch. Glover lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
Sunday, September 17
Meet the Author: Honesty Parker
Lovin' Hard Ain't Easy
Lovin' Hard Ain't Easy is a story of a special kind of love that was passed down to Jessie Jenkins and Bug Sullivan from their ancestors. This is the journey of both families from just after slavery to the early 1970's. Growing up on Center Street in Des Moines Iowa in the 1960's Jessie and Bug's heart's knew each other from the start. Some call it soul mates, I don't know bout all that, but what I know is that these kinds of people that love hard like this have a special bond. A bond they cannot form with anyone but each other. When circumstances tear them apart, the question is; Will that love they have for each other weather the changes, or will it die?
Honesty Parker has been a Poet, Author, and Storyteller for close to 30 years. In 1990 as recipient of the Loft's Non-fiction contest she was able to work with acclaimed writer Quincy Troupe. Honesty studied under Twin Cities artists Louis Alemayhu, Jeri Alexander, and Nothando Zulu fine tuning her craft. In 1994 Honesty was a student of Poet Nikki Giovanni through the University of Minnesota. There she was one of the poets chosen to perform for Ms. Giovanni. As a storyteller Honesty performed solo and with Black Storytellers Alliance. After moving back to Des Moines Iowa, Honesty wrote her book African Americans of Des Moines Iowa and Polk County, 2011. Honesty’s most recent work is a fiction Lovin’ Hard Ain’t Easy published last month.
Friday, September 22
Book Launch: Kathryn Gamble and Barbara Hall
Women and the Land
Women and the Land takes a look at more than twenty-five women who are impacting Iowa’s farmland. Some of them have inherited rural property and are managing the agriculture practices from afar. Some are working the land directly, providing food to the heartland. Some are working in tandem with their husbands, fathers, sisters, daughters. Many of them grew up on a farm, left the land to get an education and left the state to follow their passions, only to find that their deepest passion is really the land, and have returned to it. Each of the women is affecting the land in her own unique and feminine way.
In Women and the Land, Barb Hall and Kathryn Gamble drop readers into a beautiful – and sometimes challenging – world where the women work the land and tend the livestock. With stories of enterprise and entrepreneurship, as well as the traditional, hands-in-the-dirt work, Women and the Landoffers a serene escape, full of the sights and sounds of America’s Heartland. Colleen Bradford Krantz, filmmaker and author, Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation
Now more than ever, we need role models and mentors to lead and to inspire and teach future leaders in the sustainability community. This book serves as a great resource to promoting such leaders. Ralph Rosenberg, executive director Iowa Environmental Council
A beautiful and powerful book about Iowa women and the land they love, nurture, and protect. Authentic and inspiring! Sally Pederson, former lieutenant governor of Iowa
These women are inspiration examples of diversity, hard work and innovation on Iowa farmland. They provide hope for our farming future. Sally Worley, executive director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Women farmers are finally receiving the recognition and credit for the hard, physical and mental work that farming entails. Hall and Gamble have documented that farming isn’t always the pastoral, peaceful scene that dominates the media. The women in this book represent thousands of women throughout the world that grow food. Denise O’Brien, founder of Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)
Kathryn Gamble was born on the south side of Chicago, raised in Atlanta and lived in New York City before moving to Iowa in 2005. So this farm stuff is relatively new to her. Kathryn earned her BA from the University of Georgia and also studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her commercial photography clients include ACLU, Meredith Corporation, Sweet Paul Magazine and Von Maur. This is her first book.
Barbara Hall, a native Iowan, has never lived on a farm but has driven past hundreds of them, blissfully unaware about who owned the land or what they were doing with it. Barbara has been writing stories since approximately age 10, and holds a journalism degree from Iowa State University. A former editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine and other publications of Meredith Corporation, she has also worked in newspaper, advertising and public relations. This is her first book.
Saturday, September 23
Meet the Author: Jon Kerstetter
Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story
In Iraq, as a combat physician and officer, Jon Kerstetter balanced two impossibly conflicting imperatives--to heal and to kill. When he suffered an injury and then a stroke during his third tour, he wound up back home in Iowa, no longer able to be either a doctor or a soldier. In this gorgeous memoir that moves from his impoverished upbringing on an Oneida reservation, to his harrowing stints as a volunteer medic in Kosovo and Bosnia, through the madness of Iraq and his intense mandate to assemble a team to identify the remains of Uday and Qusay Hussein, and the struggle afterward to come to terms with a life irrevocably changed, Kerstetter beautifully illuminates war and survival, the fragility of the human body, and the strength of will that lies within.
Jon Kerstetter received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He practiced emergency medicine and military medicine, serving as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the US Army National Guard and completing three combat tours in Iraq. He has also taught disaster relief and practiced emergency medicine in Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Honduras.