Monday, February 17
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 Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Tuesday, February 18
Book Launch: Dorothia Rohner
I Am Goose!
A simple, friendly game of Duck, Duck, Goose goes off the rails in giggle-inducing confusion when a silly goose tries to make it all about him.
"Are you kidding me? I am Goose!" A literal-minded goose derails a favorite childhood game - Duck, Duck, Goose - by objecting when Pig, Fox, Dodo, and other players are tapped as "Goose." Distraction, squabbling, and asking for snacks threaten to end the game completely. Bossy Rabbit restores calm, but Goose doesn't understand what the problem is until he gets a taste of his own medicine as several ducks arrive and join in, each insisting, "I am Duck!" Engaging animal characters cavort through this spirited, laugh-aloud romp.
Dorothia Rohner makes her authorial debut with I Am Goose! She has worked in scientific illustration, nature painting, and graphic design. She lives near Des Moines. Visit her at dorothiarohner.com.
Wednesday, February 19
Meet the Author: Elisha Wells Stroupe
Desperate Farmwives is a collection of humorous stories about living on a farm. Now in her late thirties, Elisha Wells Stroupe is living on a farm that's nowhere near a Super Target as she had planned. Her stories are full of humorous tales about life lessons and doing whatever it takes to pretend she can't help with farm chores. No matter how hard she tries to get out of chores, she always ends up getting chased by cows or breaking farm equipment. From the Desperate Farmwives blog, Stroupe has compiled her best stories, included some new ones, and exaggerated the ones which make her come out smelling like roses. But it's her book; she can spin it how she wants.
Elisha Wells Stroupe is the author of the book Desperate Farmwives, adapted from the blog of the same name. Stroupe lives in Armstrong, Missouri, on a farm with her husband and two boys. Stroupe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in writing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, and a Master of Arts in education from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. After teaching for ten years, Stroupe decided to stay at home with her children, but quickly began a writing career developing her blog Desperate Farmwives, blogging for various businesses, and writing for publications such as Missouri Life magazine. To learn more about Stroupe, please visit www.desperatefarmwives.weebly.com and follow her on Facebook (@desperatefarmwives), Twitter (@farmwives), and Instagram (@thedesperatefarmwife).
Saturday, February 22
Meet the Author: David Furneaux
Numbland Security: Before the Fire
Before the Fire, book two of the Numbland Security trilogy, begins three months after 9/11. Carrie Station and Jeff Hanford have finally confessed they are in love with each other, as he’s leaving soon to go to war. The book then flashes forward to 2011 with Carrie in national intelligence work while Jeff is in Afghanistan. Both yearn for a simpler time in their lives. The book then goes back to their lives in 2001 as they learn more about each other as they go home to meet each other’s families …for the first time. It follows them as she goes back to college; he leaves for OCS with both haunted by fears of an unknown future.
David Furneaux grew up on farm near Hudson, Iowa. He has a BA in history from UNI and a Master’s in Mass Communications from Drake University. He is a US Army veteran with infantry and intelligence experience.
He has had careers in human resources, association management and business development. He has more recently been involved with veterans and family video histories as well as speaking on WW II history in Iowa. Many of his veteran’s histories have been archived at the Iowa Gold Star Museum and the Veterans History Project.
The Numbland Security® series has been a seven-year journey based on his military and life experiences along stories told to him by veterans. His author website is at davidfurneaux.com.
Tuesday, February 25
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 Dark Horse: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
Tuesday, March 10
Are there some "classic" books you have always wanted to read? Or maybe that you read some years ago and would like to read again? Whether you're catching up or want to read with a new understanding and perspective, the Classic Club might be for you! Join Hunter the second Tuesday of the month to converse, compare and contrast, with no high school flashbacks!
Selection this month: Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Thursday, March 12
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: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Saturday, March 21
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: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
Monday, March 23
Raccoon River Reading Series
It's time for the second meeting of the Raccoon River Reading Series. Our inaugural event in August was a big success, with a full slate of authors who signed up to read their work. The series is being organized and led by local writer Suzanne Guess, who, after traveling to Omaha to participate in similar events, wondered why we didn't have something similar in Des Moines. An email inquiry led to a meeting, and the idea quickly resulted in a new literary experience at Beaverdale Books.
If you're a writer, you know there's a lot more to the profession than getting words on the page (although that's a big part of it), and that's what this reading series is all about: giving you the opportunity to gain exposure, test out your work on an audience, practice your public reading skills, and network.
This recurring event is open to all writers and all genres. There are a few guidelines, however:
1. Register at least 48 hours in advance of the reading. You'll receive a confirmation email that you're scheduled to read.
2. Cancel 24 hours in advance. No-shows are uncool and may affect future registrations.
3. Read for up to ten minutes and wow us with your words! If you're still reading at the ten-minute mark, hungry zombies are released to chase you away from the mic.
4. Any unclaimed slots on the agenda will be open mic.
You can register at https://suzanneguess.com/raccoon-river-reading-series/.