Saturday, October 20
Meet the Author: Betty Moffett
Very early in my life I learned to love the stories I heard on my grandmother’s screen porch. Soon after, an intense love affair with Black Beauty taught me the power of stories to transform and transport. All my life, when someone says, “Let me tell you a story,” I have known I will soon learn more about that person than the most thorough recounting of historic detail could ever reveal—and I will have more fun on the way. I offer you these stories—about what growing up meant to four different generations; about neighbors, horses, prejudice, sweethearts, students; about moving, marriage, grandchildren and dogs. I hope they remind you of your own stories. I wish I could hear them.
Betty Moffett was born, reared, educated, and married in North Carolina. After four years of teaching high school English and two dramatic years working with the Asolo Theatre in Florida, she, her husband Sandy, and their young son Ruben moved to Grinnell, Iowa, where they planned to stay a year and then return to the sweet sunny South. But they liked the old farm house they fixed up, riding horses in the prairie, teaching at Grinnell College, and playing with the Too Many String Band. Almost five decades later, they’re still in Grinnell and glad of it. Betty taught for nearly thirty years in the college’s Writing Lab and then began using the advice she offered to her students in her own work. Her stories have appeared in various magazines and journals.
Monday, October 22
Meet the Author: Ashley Lovell
When Alivia’s grandpa Quinn passes away, she never felt so alone until one day she ventured out into the woods and came face-to-face with the witch, Inga who gives her a crystal stone to make a wish and the next morning Alivia finds her grandpa well and alive in the kitchen. Was losing him just a dream or was it all in your head? Now that Alivia has him back, she’s happier than ever. But in the following day when she wakes her grandpa is dead... Again. And now Inga’s dark forces are out to get what Inga desperately needs, Alivia’s soul. Alivia sets out to unravel the history of Inga’s past and teams up with Geena who is a paranormal researcher, a medium and a psychic to bring down the evil stocking the woods.
Ashley Lovell is the author of her first published novel The Wish. She lives in her apartment with her two cats (Spook and Batman). She started to write in the summer of 2005. Throughout her writing career she has written lyrics, poems, short stories and novel series. She joined the Marion County writers workshop in 2010. She was in the top 10 in the right place book contest. And also she has several short stories featured.
When Ashley was growing up she lived out in the country surrounded by cows, chickens, cats, dogs, corn fields, dirt roads and she loves to drink French vanilla coffee in the mornings when she writes. She is also a big supporter of black cats and believes they are good luck. She loves to write creepy ghostly stories in the pitch darkness.
You can find Ashley at Facebook Twitter Pinterest and Instagram to see updates and news on her work.
Tuesday, October 23
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: Silent Creed by Alex Kava
Thursday, October 25
Meet the Author: Barbara Feller
Road to Waubeek: Discovering Jay G. Sigmund
At the crossroads of two cultural icons exists Jay G. Sigmund, born in Waubeek, Iowa. As the Regionalist movement was in full swing guess who had an enormous influence on well-known artist Grant Wood? Jay Sigmund. Also at this time a paperboy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was working on his interests in writing poetry with Jay Sigmund. Who was this paperboy? Another icon from eastern Iowa, Paul Engle, best known as the long-time director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and as founder of the International Writing Program (IWP), both at the University of Iowa.
In his time, Jay Sigmund was a successful insurance agent, but also a nationally respected and well-known author who clearly had a major impact on Midwestern culture through his love of place, such as the Wapsipinicon River, Waubeek, Iowa, and locations in and around Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Native New Yorker Barbara Feller fell in love with Iowa and Iowans while working as an educator in area schools and museums. A part time teacher at Temple Judah since 1979, Barbara retired from her more public venue in 2013 with a desire to share inspiring stories of the history of her adopted community. Jay Sigmund and Grant Wood top that list.
Sunday, October 28
Meet the Author: Erin Stevenson
Home to You
Brandon St. Clair is one of Minneapolis' top orthopedic surgeons. Still crushed by his wife's sudden death almost a year ago, he's struggling to care for their two young daughters and find the will to keep going. Their one wish is something Brandon can't fulfill, and it breaks his heart.
Morgan Anderson is a highly respected art therapist in Chicago. Her work gives her great fulfillment, but her personal life is lonely and lacking. A deep personal secret has kept Morgan from succeeding in any long-term relationship, and she's ready to give up.
Brandon's brother is married to Morgan's sister, and they meet at a family event. Their initial dislike of one another plus the fact that they live in different states almost guarantees that they'll never connect. But sometimes God--with a little help from a pink-haired matchmaker named Rosie--can make what seems impossible, possible.
Writing is like breathing to Erin Stevenson. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist. Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a major global corporation. When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.
Monday, October 29
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 Ru 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: Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment by Lama Surya Das
Tuesday, November 6
Beaverdale Writers Group
Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten in 2008. Jerry recently "retired" from the group, but it is now in the capable hands of Maggie Rivers and Mike Wilson. New writers are always welcome! This is not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. Come learn some of the tricks of the trade and get started on your publishing journey, or share your experience with someone just starting out.
Thursday, November 8
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: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Tuesday, November 13
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: Scribe by Alyson Hagy
Saturday, November 17
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: Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal
Monday, November 19
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: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman