The Store

Friday, December 7
6:30 p.m.
Book Signing: Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff and Connie Meester
Tsugigami: Gathering the Pieces

In Tsugigami: Gathering the Pieces, a selection of linked verse, we hear the voices of two women whose remarkable writing partnership spans the breadth of 24 years. Working in collaboration, they explore everything from the mundane to the majestic. Grounded in a sense of place and mindful of our relationship to nature, they take us on a journey of love, loss, family, and transitions, from childhood memories and current events, to ghosts and dreams.

Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff was raised in Northern California, served in the U.S. Navy and has since held professional roles, primarily in higher education, for over 30 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing and a Master of Arts degree in Theology, both from Loras College, Dubuque. The mother of five children and grandmother of eight, she is married to Tom Woerdehoff and has for the last nearly 35 years called Dubuque home. Over 250 of her poems, including numerous haiku, senryu, and rengay, along with articles have been published in magazines, juried journals, and anthologies. Her writing garnered a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and has earned awards in local and national competition.

Connie R Meester was raised in Perry, Iowa, where several generations of her family have resided. For 30 years, she lived in Dubuque, where she raised three children. She left Dubuque in 2005 and lived in Attleboro, Mass., eventually migrating to a log cabin on an Iowa lake, before settling in residence with Jim Giles, her life partner, in Des Moines. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Art degree, emphasis in Special Education, and pursued graduate work at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology, additionally, receiving a Certificate in Advanced DreamTending, with a vision toward the arts. Her poetry, including haiku, has earned her numerous awards and been published widely in juried literary journals and anthologies.

Saturday, December 15
10:00 a.m.
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 Water Will Come by Jeff Goodelll

Tuesday, December 18
6:30 p.m.
Meet the Author: Audrey Mackaman

Cavall in Camelot: A Dog in King Arthur's Court

Follow Cavall as he embarks on a quest that will put the unbreakable bond between a dog and his person to the ultimate test. When Cavall and his older brother, Glessic, leave the comfort of their simple barn to join the lavish court of Camelot, Cavall wants nothing more than to prove he’s a good dog to the great knights and dogs of the castle—especially to King Arthur.

But Gless says only the best dogs are worthy of greatness, and Cavall has never been as strong, brave, or fast as his brother. Meanwhile, malevolent forces lurk in Camelot, and Cavall must figure out how to protect his person. To make matters worse, Arthur’s mysterious nightmares are threatening to shake his grip on reality and undermine his authority as king.

To fight back against the dangers of the dream world, Cavall will need help from some loyal hounds and the enchanting, sometimes frightening creatures who call themselves the fay.

In this captivating debut from Audrey Mackaman, Cavall will have to prove not only that he can be a good dog for his person, but that he is capable of a greatness all his own.

Audrey Mackaman grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, reading fantasy novels and hoping someday to write her own. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in Washington, where she helps aspiring authors with their books while writing the adventures of Cavall in Camelot. Audrey is an animal lover who volunteers at animal shelters and dog sits whenever she can. Her clients’ pooches were the inspiration for Cavall and the rest of the dogs at Camelot. Cavall in Camelot is her debut novel.