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, September 26
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!
This month special guest and local author Jerry Hooten will talk about writing and publishing mysteries.
Selection this month: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Friday, September 29
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 30
Publisher Fair: BookPress Publishing
Authors need a chance for their work to see the light of day. Created by authors who have written books published by large, traditional companies, BookPress Publishing was designed to fill a gap that exists between traditional publishing and self-publishing. We provide the opportunity for authors to take a chance on themselves and advocate for their own success. As a partnership publisher, we work closely with authors by providing personal, tailored service designed to meet their specific goals from start to finish.
BookPress has strict standards and vets every project for editorial quality. If a manuscript is not yet ready to begin the formal editing and production process, they will work directly with the author in a coach/mentor capacity. BookPress ensures the resulting books make the authors proud when holding it in their hands for the first time.
For complete information about BookPress and their publishing process and philosophy, visit www.BookPressPublishing.com.
Featured authors and books…
Dr. Anthony Paustian
A Quarter Million Steps
Drawing inspiration from the epic story of the Apollo Moon Program, collected research, and his own life experiences, Dr. Anthony Paustian outlines the many small steps it takes to achieve anything great in life. With the practical tools described in this imaginative, easy-to-read book, A Quarter Million Steps teaches the reader how to affect change and create success through imagination, creative problem-solving, effective leadership, mental focus, work ethic, teamwork, and an understanding of the role of perception. The reader will learn less about what to think and more about how to think.
Anthony Paustian holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and graduate degrees in business administration and design. With decades of experience in strategic leadership, he has a broad understanding of what actually works in daily practice. From his Air Force days on fighter aircraft to becoming a corporate leader building national brands, Dr. Paustian was given an uncommon opportunity in life––to design and build a technology-focused college campus from scratch. Since its opening, the campus has regularly appeared in national media and won many awards including being recognized as one of the nation's most innovative organizations.
The Money Savvy Student
The Money Savvy Student is a story-filled journey that walks students through the fundamentals of making, managing, saving and investing their hard-earned dollars. While knowledge and skill around money should be passed from parent to child or teacher to child, most young people get through their teenager years with little to no understanding of how to succeed financially. The result is young professionals who struggle financially for years learning lessons the hard way.
Adam Carroll is an internationally recognized financial literacy expert, coauthor of Winning The Money Game, creator of the documentary, Broke, Busted, & Disgusted, and founder of MoneySavvy.com. A two-time TED talk speaker, Adam has presented at over 700 college campuses and hundreds of leadership symposiums throughout the country. Adam’s passion is helping people succeed faster by building a bigger life, not a bigger lifestyle.
Dr. Courtney Behrens
The Genius of Gertie
Silly. Nutty. Wacky. Many words are used to describe Gertie and her masterpieces . . . but never genius. Despite a lack of appreciation, she loves to create and eventually finds recognition for her unique style of genius. Read The Genius of Gertie to find out about her creative use for bird poop and why she thinks pants make great hats.
As a child, Courtney Behrens loved the characters and stories brought to life in children’s books. She often drifted off into dreams in a sea of books and stuffed animals. Children’s books continued to play an important role as she provided mental health therapy to children, adolescents, and families; a career she pursued following graduating with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Courtney earned her doctorate degree in human development and family studies and now teaches college-level psychology courses in addition to writing children’s books
The Shimmering Secret
The Shimmering Secret sparkles with a delightful narrative and vibrant, full-color illustrations. Set in an ancient Chinese village, the tale provides a cross-cultural message of hope and transformation. The adventures of little Hu Mei (rhymes with You May) and Wang Fu (the village bully) lead youngsters of any age to the secret that lives within each and every one of us. The ageless struggle to understand human feelings and behavior is answered when the children discover there is a core goodness beyond measure, something that’s always resided within them. In a time of much violence and unrest, The Shimmering Secret comes along with the basic truth that innocents and bullies alike share the ‘secret’ to hope, joy, forgiveness, and transformation.
Karla Hansen holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Iowa State University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Iowa. The inspiration to write this magical tale came from inside a dainty porcelain bowl with a lid. When the author was 10 years old, she purchased the little bowl for a nickle at a white elephant sale. It reminds her of the sense of wonder that brings sparkle to a child’s eyes and can somehow, sometimes get lost on the path to adulthood.
Tuesday, October 3
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.
Thursday, October 5
Poetry Night: Frances Cannon and Paul Brooke
The Highs and Lows of Shapeshift Ma and Big-Little Frank
Frances Cannon’s illustrations and prose dance in tandem in this dark fairytale of mental illness, adventure, and resilience. This graphic memoir traces the bumpy road-trip of an unusual mother and daughter duo. Shapeshift Ma displays the erratic behaviors of manic depression. She soars insatiable appetite for love, accomplishment, entertainment, and sex; and in times of emotional despair, she transforms into a wild mare. Her daughter, Big-Little Frank, steels herself against hardship by developing an alter ego—an old, wise grandmotherly self—but when she reaches adulthood, her more vulnerable animal core reveals itself as a bunny-child in need of comfort. Together, they travel around the country in an old junker car, fleeing from fire, divorce, and depression, seeking distraction in romance and art.
Frances Cannon is a writer and artist of hybrid mediums. She has an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and a BFA in poetry and printmaking from the University of Vermont. She has a book of poems and illustrations,Tropicalia, through Vagabond Press, and a book of poems and prints, Uranian Fruit, through Honeybee Press. She was born in Utah and has since lived in Oregon, Vermont, California, Maine, Iowa, Italy, Guatemala, France, and Mexico making art and writing books. She has also worked as an editorial intern and contributor at McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Believer, The Lucky Peach, and The Iowa Review.
Sirens and Seriemas
Within Sirens and Seriemas, Paul Brooke explores the wild places of Brazil through photography and poetry. A former biologist and naturalist, Brooke travelled the Amazon and Pantanal regions of Brazil studying culture, history and natural history. The poems address pressing environmental issues such as deforestation, extinction, overhunting, overpopulation, urbanization and wildness. The photographs chronicle the amazing beauty and danger, the culture of Amazonian peoples and multi-colored landscapes.
Paul Brooke’s books include Light and Matter: Photographs and Poems of Iowa and Meditations on Egrets: Photographs and Poems of Sanibel. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and later completed his Bachelors and Masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Brooke is a Professor of English at Grand View University in Des Moines, where he teaches Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, The Writer’s Workshop, Contemporary American Literature, Major Authors, and Literary Theory.
Friday, October 6
Meet the Author: Tim Jollymore
Lake Stories and Other Tales
Comic, heartfelt, and mysterious, these stories charm the reader with good humor, affection for their natural settings, and the gentle, persistent seeking for a lasting place in the daily world of common folk.
Within, the reader finds young love, aged angst, bumbling travelers, the fogged memory, moon-watchers, dog-rescuers, lost and very-lost tourists, and long, sweet farewells.
Some tales cast moonlight over the solitary in each of us who wanders dusk. Others haunt us with loss and evoke a certain sense of autumn, likely to press sighs from an ache in our breath. Still others fill us with the pride in a true hero.
The humorous among these engender wistful smiles, occasional smirks, and private chuckles punctuated by a shaking of the cynical head.
In the tradition of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Henry David Thoreau's Walden, the narratives turn the gaze to our salvation, leading us to find ourselves outdoors to refresh the senses and soul. The words sometime cut sharply our venal selves, other times lead us to reach a hand over our hearts.
These stories, unified by Jollymore's Wolf Poems, invite readers to join in a happy, pointed, and gentle cosmic dance, hand in paw with the wolves' “chill-rhumba, Borealis.”
Tim Jollymore grew up next to the swamps, forests, and Indian reservations of northern Minnesota, the setting of his first novel. He spent his working life as a tree planter, pulp peeler, local historian, traveling salesman, and corporate manager. After migrating to California, he pursued residential design, contracting, and the teaching of English. Jollymore earned his master’s degree in literature at the University of Minnesota. He has also studied architecture and education.
Since leaving teaching in 2011, he has devoted his time to fiction and drama, writing a five-act play, completing two novels and numerous short stories. He posts to his review blog frequently and has written a travel blog. His first novel, Listener in the Snow, will appear in June of 2014.
During summer, he camps across the western states to visit extended family in northern Minnesota. Otherwise, he writes in Oakland, California and shares free time with his sleepyhead, artist companion, Carol. He lives in northern California nearby his three grown children, one of whom writes. When he can, Jollymore yells and screams along with his Viking grandson.
Sunday, October 8
Meet the Author: Larry Baker
From a Distance
Bobby Beaumont is a dying man with a secret. Her name is Ellie. She has been his secret for over thirty years, ever since he caught her stealing books at a Charleston store. He was sixteen; she was thirteen. His parents raised him in a world of Southern gentility. She was raised by a white-trash step-father and uncle who sexually abused her soon after her mother died and never stopped until they were confronted by Bobby.
That confrontation leaves Bobby physically and emotionally scarred. It leaves Ellie in a mental institution.
To escape Ellie’s world, Bobby flees to New York City, to eventually become the most successful book publisher in America, leaving Charleston and his past behind. But he does not forget Ellie. How could he? She won’t let him, even after she is dead.
Weeks before his own death, he receives a final manuscript to edit…Ellie’s version of their life and love together. The manuscript is incoherent, told from the point of view of an insane child who becomes an insane woman. A dead woman. Thirty years of private journals and cryptic diary entries.
In alternating chapters of From a Distance, Ellie tells her story. Her private life is juxtaposed with chapters telling the public history of Bobby Beaumont. Two different worlds. Those two versions of a shared experience will force a reader to decide which is fact, which is fiction.
Larry Baker is the author of The Flamingo Rising which was adapted by Hallmark for a television movie. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa.
Tuesday, October 10
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: Stoner by John Williams
Saturday, October 14
Meet the Author: Jeanne Bender
Lindie Lou: Harvest Time
Lindie Lou had no idea what an organic farm was like. While visiting Cousin Ronda's farm she discovers a whole new way of living.
Lindie Lou learns the importance of farming, meets up with family and friends, and the adventure begins!
Join in the fun when Lindie Lou experiences the thrill of a hayloft, the challenge of farm animals, the puzzle of a corn maze, and the danger of a combine.
Lindie Lou learns life lessons while her family prepares to celebrate the harvest. Watch them play together, get in trouble together, even save each other's lives.
Jeanne Bender loves to travel. She has visited every continent in the world. Bender studied with literary coaches in Seattle, Washington and Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. She wrote the Lindie Lou Adventure Series. The main character, a puppy, named Lindie Lou, was inspired by her cocker spaniel "La Petite Lindie Lou Peek a Boo." Jeanne lives in Seattle and La Jolla, California.
Monday, October 16
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: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Tuesday, October 17
Meet the Author: Kiersten Hall
Corner Confessions: Everyone Has a Secret. What's Yours?
Meet fourteen individuals who have decided to clean at least one skeleton out of their closet by confiding in a complete stranger whom they meet at a local coffee shop. Unassuming and safe with no judgments passed, learn about these secrets first hand, as if you were a fly on the wall listening in during their confession.
Kiersten Hall has been writing stories all her life... in her head. She is finally taking the time to put those stories down on paper for others to read. Her first book, I Do, is a memoir of the 15+ years of memories from her experience of being a professional wedding videographer. Although Corner Confessions Everyone Has a Secret. What's Yours? is Kiersten's second book, it's her first novel which is also set to be part of a series. At the moment, besides the books listed above, there are 11 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 at least one book per year and is looking forward to sharing her stories with the world.