Monday, March 25
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: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Tuesday, March 26
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 White Cottage by Margery Allingham
Thursday, March 28
Meet the Author: Dennis Maulsby
The Irish born Father Donahey has retired from many years of service as a Catholic priest in South American countries to Winterset, Iowa. It's not to be the life of books and long rural walks that he expects. The community and the surrounding area are awash with supernatural creatures. Some are friendly, some not, but all must be dealt with in order to protect his new parish, state, country, and the wider world from chaos and destruction.
Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa with his wife Ruth, a retired legal secretary and his dog Charlie, a retired CIA operative. A son and grandson, Matt and Kaden, live in the Pacific Northwest. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Lyrical Iowa, The North American Review, Haiku Journal, Spillway, The Hawai'i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review, and numerous other journals.
A U.S. Army Veteran, Maulsby spent four and a half years on active duty. Enlisting as a private, he served two years as a Russian voice intercept operator rising to the rank of Specialist Fifth Class before attending Ft. Benning, Georgia’s Infantry Officer Candidate School. After graduation as a Second Lieutenant, he was accepted into the Military's Intelligence branch. In 1968, he served with the 25th Infantry division while in Vietnam. Maulsby led a mobile electronic intelligence gathering platoon with elements established in firebases and Vietnamese villages in southwestern Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge in 1970.
Friday, April 5
Meet the Author: Debra Landwehr Engle
Be the Light That You Are: Ten Simple Ways to Transform Your World with Love
Life is hard. We live in a time riddled with political, emotional, economic, and spiritual crises. In this simple book Debra Engle offers a way for readers to stay true to their spiritual principles, find peace in a time of chaos, and display the divine light in a world that appears to be increasingly dark and ominous.
This is a little book of spiritual practice that outlines 10 steps for maintaining an authentic spiritual practice. Among these steps are:
Claim your unique gifts
Meet others without judgment
Ask for help
Rise above the battlefield
Take the path of forgiveness
This book is for those looking for concrete ways to help them live with kindness, decency, and authenticity in troubled times.
Debra Engle is the bestselling author of The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind, featuring a foreword by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
She also wrote Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time, which provides excellent examples of community and team-building principles in action and received a glowing review in Oprah magazine.
Her most recent release, Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, was published in the U.S. by Hampton Roads and in Germany by Random House. It won a silver award from Nautilus, which recognizes books that build a better world.
Deb's latest book, Be the Light That You Are: 10 Principles for Bringing Peace to a Chaotic World is about taking your spiritual practice out into the world and putting it to work for you every day, with practical ideas of what to say and do when life throws you challenges.
Deb's writing was included in The Art of Living: A Practical Guide to Being Alive, along with essays by Deepak Chopra, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama, among others.
She is the co-author of Hunger in the Heartland and served as the producer and writer for the accompanying 30-minute documentary, which was broadcast on the Iowa PBS affiliate.
For many years, Deb worked as a freelance writer and editor for such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens and Country Home. She also served as project manager for custom publications, working with a number of Fortune 500 companies.
In 2005, she founded her company, GoldenTree Communications, which offers writing and personal growth retreats, as well as mentoring for authors in writing and publishing.
Deb holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore.
Her years of experience in publishing and communications, along with personal development, serve as a solid basis for her books, classes, presentations and workshops.
Deb lives near Des Moines, Iowa. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @DebraEngle2.
Meet the Author: Kiersten Hall
The Lies We Live (Corner Confessions #2)
Meet 16 more people who have the need to rid their closets of at least one skeleton... if not more.
Some people are still living their confessions although they know it's very unethical. Others will share how they were done wrong by the people they love and aren't sure if they should reveal the information they know to their ne'er do well family member or friend, or simply keep living the lie. While still others have discovered absolute down and dirty secrets about other people and are wondering what they should do with the premium gossip they possess?
Confessions include divisive religious issues, government scandals, and greed that could literally blow a small town off the map.
Make a new pot of coffee and get ready for another round of jaw-dropping confessions from The Lies We Live.
Everyone has a secret. What's yours?
Kiersten Hall has been writing stories all her life...n her head. She is finally taking the time to put those stories down on paper for others to read.
Her first book, "I Do" Fifteen Years of Wedding Misadventures, is a humorous memoir of the 15+ years of memories from her experience of being a professional wedding videographer. With 1,400+ weddings to choose from, there are plenty of entertaining stories to share with the readers!
Corner Confessions - A Novel is Kiersten's second book, comprised of an unusual cross-genre of fiction and non-fiction... the confessions are real but the names have been changed. Since the release of the initial 14 confessions, people have been snapping up this book fast, finding it hard to put down, and are anxiously awaiting the second book of secrets! The remaining 18 confessions in the third (and final) book of this series is set for a late 2020 Release.
At the moment, besides the books listed above, there are 13 other titles waiting in the files to be written with more ideas entering whenever something piques Kiersten"s "vivid" imagination. She is striving to release one book per year, and is looking forward to sharing her stories with the world!
Sunday, April 7
Meet the Author: Doug Walsh
Tailwinds Past Florence
Their love spans centuries. Will it survive a journey around the world?
After getting blacklisted from the venture capital industry, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Vaughan will do anything to avoid telling his wife what happened. Even if it means agreeing to her dream of bicycling around the world. Kara, tired of being married to a workaholic, was readying for a divorce. Now, she’s packing bags of a different kind. Together, they pedal away from Seattle, headed east on the open road across America, Europe, and beyond.
Theirs is a decision that reverberates across centuries, shattering a continuum that bound their souls throughout time, and traps Edward in a battle with a past life over an eternal love.
As the miles roll by, and the couple's sordid secrets begin to surface, the couple encounters several men plucked from history, each one a vessel of Edward’s soul in a prior life. Of them, a 19th century art dealer proves dangerous, believing Kara is his ticket back to the past.
Tailwinds Past Florence is a contemporary love story with a magical twist, landing readers in the saddle of a global bicycle adventure.
Doug Walsh is the author of the award-winning Tailwinds Past Florence, a road-tripping love story with a magical twist, inspired by the two years he spent cycling the world. He's also written the travel memoir, One Lousy Pirate, has appeared in Adventure Cyclist, and is responsible for over a hundred video game strategy guides or, as he likes to call them, travel guides to fictitious places. Originally from New Jersey, he now writes and plays in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.
Monday, April 8
DMACC Festival of the Literary Arts
One of our favorite events here at Beaverdale Books! Student winners of the DMACC Creative Writing Contest will begin reading their work at 6:30 p.m. After that, enjoy a fantastic lineup of national poets and fiction writers. Get here early to get a seat! Featuring:
Dorothy Allison's best-selling novel Bastard Out of Carolina was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into more than a dozen languages, as well as made into a feature film. She is the author of the poetry collection The Women Who Hate Me. Her story collection Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association's Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Her novel Cavedweller was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the author of the essay collection Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature and a memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and she's been the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. She's a contributing editor for Tin House and has taught at Davidson College, Emory University, and Columbia College.
Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the John Leonard Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places. He has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment of the Arts. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal and Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of The Tradition. His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and the Pushcart Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Maggie Smith is the author of three award-winning books of poetry: Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, named by the Washington Post as one of the Five Best Poetry Books of 2017. The title poem of her most recent book was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. The poem went viral internationally after the Pulse Nightclub shooting and was featured in the Washington Post, the CBS primetime drama Madam Secretary in an episode also entitled “Good Bones”, and Meryl Streep read the poem at the 2017 Academy of American Poets gala at Lincoln Center. Smith's poems have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House,The Believer, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry anthology. Smith has received fellowships from the National Endowment and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize. She taught at Gettysburg College, The Ohio State University MFA program, and is currently the Visiting Poet at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Tuesday, April 9
Hunter's Picks 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: Milkman by Anna Burns
Thursday, April 11
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: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
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
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