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”. Booksellers read 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!”
Sunday, June 4
Meet the Author: Danelle Lejeune
Landlocked: Etymology of Whale-Fish and Grace
Where to find swarms of white bees, skin walkers, stillborn lambs, and splintered, blood-stained, jaggered bones of cows, sheep, and starlings dredged from a rusted, tangled past of rot and blood and mud washed from boots spinning out myths of modern Selkies, Baba Yaga, Ilidith, and Robot agricom farmers—all written in some of the most masterfully rendered, lyrical narratives being published today? In Danèlle Lejeune’s striking debut collection, Landlocked: Etymology of Whale-Fish and Grace.
-Review by Tony Morris, Associate Editor, Southern Poetry Review
Danèlle Lejeune is a beekeeper in Southern Georgia, a mother, a teacher, and a professional photographer. Danèlle’s art photography has appeared online at Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment and in the Portland Review. Her writing has been published in Fifth Wednesday Review, Red Paint Hill, and Red River Review, Nottingham Review, Whale Road Review, MothersAlwaysWrite, Glass Poetry Journal, and is forthcoming in Red Rose Review and Riding Light Magazine.
Tuesday, June 6
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.
Sunday, June 11
Meet the Author: J. Kirby Smith
Lovisa espouses the basic but better concept, that , unlike many movies, (such as Love Story, where people despise one another before finally falling in love), the two protagonists instantaneously "get" one another's integrity and depth, and, along with incredible affinity, very quickly "grow" in love. Throughout the story, they stand up for one another, always, because of this belief – even if the other is losing against any adversary or life in general. Derrick, for instance, supports Lovisa - with tenderness as well as masculinity- through a very likely impending life ending tragedy and her girlfriend's sabotage. Lovisa does the same for Derrick. There are some poems inserted from Smith's prior book of poetry, Lyrical and Lovely Thoughts, into Lovisa to accentuate the plot. The scenario of the story encompasses the Waterloo, Iowa area.
J. Kirby Smith was born in Waterloo in 1948 and now lives in Des Moines with his wife, Cheryl. He worked at many blue collar jobs before retiring in late 2015 and attended the University of Northern Iowa in the late 1970's. He loves, sometimes, playing cards for the social aspects and diversion of it; and the mellowness of wine, of course, very much!! Working out is a much slighter thing, these days, because of the current creakiness of his new found antagonistic body. He and his wife are big movie buffs. Some of his favorites are Always, Bonfire of the Vanities, Innocent Man, and The Big Lebowski. Cheryl has astonishing emotional range and this makes the experience even way better. We both despise the idiom, "Have a good one" - oh, come on!!!!
Friday, June 16
6:30 pp.m. p.m.
Meet the Drake Community Press
A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America’s Heartland
A Spectrum of Faith invites readers on a vivid pictorial journey into the diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines. Explore the south-side office park transformed into a Buddhist monastery or the Basilica in the city’s center named to the National Registry of Historic Places; discover the Hindu temple rising above the cornfields of nearby rural Madrid, or the mosque, temple or gurudwara tucked away in a neighborhood near you.
These Iowans from the world’s major faith traditions—Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam—extend the rich history of welcome in our state to readers of all faith backgrounds. A collaboration between DCP, The Comparison Project, and the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) allow you to get to know the fascinating spectrum of individuals, traditions and practices of the religious communities who call Iowa home.
Those available for signing will be Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Tim Knepper, Bob Blanchard, Amanda O'Malley, Molly Adamson, and Claudia Fraser
Proceeds from the book are donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council.
Saturday, June 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 of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg
Monday, June 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: Behind the Beautifil Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo
Tuesday, June 20
Meet the Author: Kate Gjerde
When Anny Kang was six years old, she was sent by her mother to live in America, where she became Kate Strand. Within the white suburban civility of Minnesota, Kate struggles as a Korean adoptee, her voice capturing the loneliness and sadness of a young girl forced to forget everything she knows in order to navigate a new terrain.
Decades later in reconnecting with her birth family in Korea, Kate begins to understand her past as she faces her long-standing inner conflicts with identity, loss and rejection.
Given Away is the portrait of a childhood spent in Korea and America. It is a story of race, and of belonging, a story that asks the complicated questions of home, family, and self.
Kate Gjerde, as Kate Anne Kang, lives in Minneapolis where she teaches English language learners. This is her first year teaching kindergarten and she thinks they're adorable. Kate enjoys solitude and socializing in equal parts. She plays Chinese mahjong (going on sixteen years), enjoys a book club, and is in a writing group. For rejuvenation she runs with her yellow lab, or curls up in her sunny writing room and reads. But lately her thoughts are consumed with a graphic novel she is developing. Stay tuned. Catch an excerpt of her story from the Twin Cities May 2016, listentoyourmothershow.com, Kate Gjerde. Visit her website: www.kimchivoodoo. And here's a health tip, eat your kimchi!
Tuesday, June 27
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!
Selection this month: Thicker Than Blood by John Lutz
Wednesday, June 28
Meet the Authors: Jacques J. Rancourt and Casey Thayer
In poems inspired by and sometimes borrowing their forms from the novena, a nine-day Catholic prayer addressing and seeking intercession from the Virgin Mary, Jacques Rancourt explores the complexities of faith, desire, beauty, and justice. Novena is a collection that invites prayer not to symbols of dogmatic perfection but to those who are outcast or maligned, LGBTQ people, people in prison, people who resist, people who suffer and whose suffering has not been redeemed. In Novena, the Virgin Mary is recast as a drag queen, religious icons are merged with those who are abolished, and spiritual isolation is scrutinized in a queer pastoral.
Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, February 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur
In a collection of persona poems and odes, Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur explores the possibilities of storytelling and interrogates the postmodern fractured self. Alive with sound, playful, and imaginative, one reviewer describes the book as “a rollicking, sexually-charged tour-de-force of language, a self-portrait which refuses the glib mannerism of the genre and which shows us, indeed, what a self can be.”
Casey Thayer is the author of Self-Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). His poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. A native Wisconsinite, he currently lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago.
Thursday, June 29
Meet the Author: Matthew Walsh
The Good Governor: Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa
After the Americans withdrew from the Vietnam War, their Indochinese allies faced imprisonment, torture, and death under communist regimes. The Tai Dam, an ethnic group from northern Vietnam, campaigned for sanctuary, writing letters to thirty U.S. governors in 1975. Only Robert D. Ray of Iowa agreed to help.
Ray wielded more influence over Indochinese refugee resettlement and relief than any other governor. He created his own agency to relocate the Tai Dam, advocated for the greater admission of “boat people” fleeing Vietnam, launched a Cambodian relief program that generated over $540,000, and lobbied for the Refugee Act of 1980. Interviews with more than thirty refugees and public officials inform this comprehensive study of Iowa’s resettlement program. The author chronicles how the Tai Dam adapted to life in the Midwest and the Iowans’ divided response.
Matthew R. Walsh is a professor of history at Des Moines Area Community College. For his previous works, Walsh has received awards from Penn State, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the State Historical Society of Iowa.