Monday, November 18
Urbandale UCC Book Club
The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club meets every month here 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: where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Monday, November 25
Raccoon River Reading Series
It's time for the second meeting of the Raccoon River Reading Series. Our inaugural event in August was a big success, with a full slate of authors who signed up to read their work. The series is being organized and led by local writer Suzanne Guess, who, after traveling to Omaha to participate in similar events, wondered why we didn't have something similar in Des Moines. An email inquiry led to a meeting, and the idea quickly resulted in a new literary experience at Beaverdale Books.
If you're a writer, you know there's a lot more to the profession than getting words on the page (although that's a big part of it), and that's what this reading series is all about: giving you the opportunity to gain exposure, test out your work on an audience, practice your public reading skills, and network.
This recurring event is open to all writers and all genres. There are a few guidelines, however:
1. Register at least 48 hours in advance of the reading. You'll receive a confirmation email that you're scheduled to read.
2. Cancel 24 hours in advance. No-shows are uncool and may affect future registrations.
3. Read for up to ten minutes and wow us with your words! If you're still reading at the ten-minute mark, hungry zombies are released to chase you away from the mic.
4. Any unclaimed slots on the agenda will be open mic.
Registration is full for this month's meeting, but everyone is welcome to come and listen to the authors/readers. You can register for the January 2020 or March 2020 session at https://suzanneguess.com/raccoon-river-reading-series/.
Tuesday, November 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 Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
Saturday, November 30
Small Business Saturday/Indies First Day
Join us as we celebrate Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day! The goal of Small Business Saturday is to remind consumers that they play a key role in helping the small businesses in their community thrive, and encourage them to get out and shop and dine at local businesses. Small businesses hire local people, pay local taxes, and give your community the character that makes it unique. We depend on you to keep our doors open and our lights on, and in return we'll give you unmatched customer service, a finely curated selection of books, and support for local authors and community organizations
Indies First is the national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores in conunction with Small Business Saturday. On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods, independent bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First. We'll have some Iowa authors here to tell you about their favorite books. We'll also have free Advance Reading copies to give away, a sale on select hardcover books, refreshments, and more - come celebrate with us!
Sunday, December 1
Meet the Author: Dr. Jean Wolf
Ursula's Underground World
It's August 1961 and Ursula, Wolfgang, Ruth and Renata stand gazing across the barrier being erected between West and East Berlin. The forsaken children are young adults and their world is about to change dramatically as the Cold War rages between the east and the west. This novel continues the Billy Love Wolf series which chronicles the lives of Billy Love, Katerina, Elisabetha and Eva Braun, navigating their German and American heritages.
Jean Wolf Logan grew up in a small town in Iowa, where she experienced a childhood filled with adventures. She made a yearly trek to Okoboji, where she stayed in a cottage with her grandparents, and cavorted with some of her "Wolf" cousins. Her parents, grandparents, and cousins' personalities and quirks influenced some of the characters in her novels.
Her grandfather was a column writer for a small publication in Lytton, Iowa. He was a prolific story teller, frequently gathering the grandchildren around him, spinning tales of his life.
The story lines in her books were prompted by the author's research into her German roots. She discovered many generations of Wolfs lived in Darmstadt, prior to her great-great grandfather immigrating to the United States.
Jean has a Master of Arts in Nursing from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. In Higher Education from Iowa State University. She spent over 30 years as a nurse educator at Grand View University, where she used story telling to teach the art of nursing practice. Ursula's Underground World is the fourth book in the Billy Love Wolf series.
Saturday, January 18
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: Braiding Sweetgrass (to page 117), by Robin Kimmerer