Monday, October 21
Urbandale UCC Book Club
The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club meets every month here 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 Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Tuesday, October 22
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: Murder by Mascot: A Mara Gilgannon Mystery by Mary Vermillion
Saturday, October 26
Meet the Author: Zachary Michael Jack
Country Views: The Essential Agrarian Commentaries of Zachary Michael Jackily
Fresh and far-ranging, these timely commentaries illuminate an important paradox: how, as the population living on the land plummets, the popularity of agrarianism rises anew. From buying organic to shopping local; from homesteading to homeschooling to homegrowing and slow-fooding; from DIYing to grassroots social justice to sustainable living and populist resistance, we resurrect and reenact timeless rural values. Featuring more than forty plainspoken pieces, Country Views champions the grounded perspective at a time ripe for resowing our democracy, reminding that no matter where we hang our hats, when we cultivate conscience and community we are all agrarians engaged in yeoman's work.
Zachary Michael Jack's columns and commentaries have appeared in many of the nation's best-circulated newspapers, from USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, to the San Francisco Chronicle, to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Albuquerque Journal. Jack has written many books on non-metro living, earning multiple nominations for the Theodore Saloutos Award for the year's best book on agriculture. Jack's most recent title on agrarian life and the power of place is Wish You Were Here: Love and Longing in an American Heartland. He is a member of the national board of directors for the Midwestern History Association (MHA) and serves on the faculty of the Writing and Chicago Area Studies programs at North Central College, where he teaches courses in writing for social change and place studies, among others. Jack is a seventh-generation rural Iowan.
Sunday, October 27
Meet the Author/Musician: Mark Mallman
The Happiness Playlist: The True Story of Healing My Heart with Feel-Good Music
Minneapolis rock legend Mark Mallman woke at 3 a.m. with a crushing panic attack that wouldn't end. He responded by pouring songs into a happiness playlist and leaning on the wisdom of friends. This is the true story of a man beset by grief, healed by music, and learning to laugh through it all.
Mark Mallman's catalog of songs has rocked the airwaves worldwide from MTV to NPR. He has been written up by critics from USA Today to Wired and NME. His debut book, The Happiness Playlist, is an uplifting memoir about six months listening exclusively to happy music through a winter of panic and anxiety in the frozen city of Minneapolis.
In the book's foreword, author Chuck Klosterman describes Mark Mallman as "legitimately original, exclusively motivated by a desire to conquer the strange obstructions he builds inside his mind." Here is a How-To manual of a very simple, practical exercise. The Happiness Playlist is a light hearted meditation on some pretty heavy stuff from a career artist in the deepest sense of the word.
Thursday, November 7
Meet the Author: Douglas Burns
King Kong Krazy
Douglas Burns has reported on Iowa politics for a variety of Iowa news organizations and publications for more than 20 years. In that time, he has written dozens of columns and news stories about Iowa's now infamous U.S. Representative Steve King. King Kong Krazy is a collection of those columns and stories, one which reveals the increasingly deranged nature of King's beliefs and rhetoric while also contextualizing the (mostly) rural Iowa district which repeatedly sends King to represent it in the U.S. Congress. Taken as a whole, this collection of material paints a fuller picture of one of the more divisive figures in modern politics as well as revealing Burns to be, at times, a prescient "canary in a cornfield" with regard to the rural and rust-belt resentment that brought Steve King-like rhetoric and policy to our national politics and, ultimately, to the White House.
Douglas Burns, vice president for news, is a writer and columnist for the Carroll Times Herald. Burns also is a co-owner of Herald Publishing Co., which has been in his family for three generations. The family newspaper operation also owns the Jefferson Herald.
Additionally, Burns also writes a regular column, Political Mercury, for CITYVIEW, a Des Moines weekly newspaper.
Burns has worked as a reporter for the Ames Tribune in Iowa, Palm Beach Post in Florida and Inside Washington Publishers in Washington, D.C. He also served as the communications director for Congresswoman Pat Danner of Missouri, working from her Washington, D.C. office.
Burns is a Cedar Rapids native who was adopted as a baby and grew up in Carroll and graduated from Carroll High School in 1987 before moving on to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he majored in journalism and graduated in 1991.
Burns has been back in the family business since 1997.
Follow him on Twitter @douglaswburns, and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-792-3573..
Tuesday, November 12
Beaverdale Books Book Club
Formerly 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. Hunter will still be making the monthly selections and leading the discussion. Come join this group for an evening of enlightenment!
Selection this month: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Thursday, November 14
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: Vinegar Girlby Anne Tyler
Saturday, November 16
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: Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, by Timothy A. Wise