Monday, June 17
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: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Saturday, June 22
Meet the Authors: Rose Sartin and Susan Eschbach
Bound by Honor
Their home world destroyed, Rhyel, six elders, and the crew of his interstellar ship, Novaria, struggle to save their species.
Light years away, Doctor Amber Donovan is plagued by dreams of world devastation, and the death of a stranger she calls mother. In one dream's aftermath, she discovers a man in her room.
"I've come for you." With those words, Rhyel of new Centallus changes Amber's life forever.
All she wants is to go home but finds herself caught up in the life-and-death struggles of his young colony. All he wants is her, but the circumstances that drew them together threaten to keep them apart. Ultimately, the bond they share cannot be denied. Bound by love, they face the challenges of a new world.
Rose Sartin was born in Illinois, raised in Iowa, and has spent most of her life in the Missouri Ozarks. She and her late husband Gary raised two daughters Melissa and Angela and a son Eric while building businesses as beekeepers, leather crafters, and managers/tour guides in a show cave. Ms. Sartin is also proficient with the mountain dulcimer, performing in radio, television, and documentaries. Today she lives in their family home on an Ozark ridgetop overlooking the Mark Twain National Forest. She is currently finishing book three in her honor trilogy. Book two will be released in October. Her life is filled with family and friends, music, good books and plotting adventures for characters who show up on her mind's doorstep.
A Trial by Error (Book 1 of The Fringe Cycle
Dahvin Tave faces an uncertain future. Shot down by Alliance Enforcers on The Fringe of the Milky Way and charged with the murder of the wealthiest, most influential man on planet Gehren, Dahvin is convinced he's a scapegoat for a political assassination. He's never been to Gehren and never met the man.
Aboard the Enforcer ship transporting him to trial, he is befriended by Tessianna D'Tieri, one of two officers who shot him. The two develop a deep connection in spite of his distrust for authority and regulations prohibiting her from fraternizing with prisoners. He's desperate to find a way to escape. She's determined to save him.
Logs from his ship and a visit to the murder scene dredge up long-suppressed, terrifying memories, forcing him to face his involvement with the victim. Will the investigator in charge prove his innocence, or cave to pressure to prove Dahvin guilty?
One person holds the key.
Man on the Fringe (Book 2 of The Fringe Cycle
Interstellar pilot Dahvin Tave leaves behind his routine life and true love, Tessiana d'Tieri, to return to The Fringe. He has a new ship, a new crew, and a secret goal - to hunt down the aliens who enslaved him as a child and annihilate them.
There's only one problem - he has to reach his destination first.
From the moment they begin their voyage, Dahvin and his shipmates deal with assassins, pirates, a crash landing, radiation storm, and a load of exploding cargo.
But not all the dangers on The Fringe come from space.
One of his crew has a secret that puts New Freedom, and Tess's ship as well, squarely in the midst of a vicious planetary civil war.
As Dahvin races across the cosmos in this hour of crisis, he'll have to make a gutwrenching decision - save his ship and his crew, or rescue the love of his life from certain death.
Susan Eschbach grew up in Kansas City. Her writing career began in elementary school with a 4-H club column in a Johnson County, Kansas, monthly newspaper. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1974 and received a Master's Degree from the University of Arkansas in 1988. Later in life, she worked for her local weekly newspaper as a writer and assistant editor. She embarked on her first novel in 2008 at the insistence of a close friend and members of the Mid South Writers Group.
Susan is married and the mother of two sons. Follow Susan on Facebook at Author Susan Eschbach, and Twitter at @susaneschbach.
Monday, June 24
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 Rupp 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: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
Tuesday, June 25
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: Cape Disappointment by Earl Emerson
Thursday, June 27
Meet the Author: Julia Dellitt
Get Your Life Together(ish)
Achieve your goals - no matter how big or small - with these 50 simple challenges that actually fit into your life, using this accessible and self-paced approach to self-improvement.
Looking to improve your relationships? Be more confident at work? Eat less sugar? However you want to be better, Get Your Life Together(ish) is here to help with fifty simple, actionable challenges to self-improvement. With reward-based challenges ranging from easy to hard, this book will be with you every step of the way in your journey to the person you want to be.
Try an easy level challenge that can be completed in a single day - like waking up fifteen minutes early to give yourself a little morning "me-time." Or work up to a harder challenge that you'll tackle over the course of a month - like signing up for a weekly yoga class and making a commitment to attend every single one.
Learn from easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and track your goals and successes with interactive worksheets. And with manageable, realistic timelines for each challenge, you'll find it easy to make changes in your daily life - without any added pressure! With this book in hand, you'll discover everything from how to start saving money to how to develop a cleaning routine, to creating an emergency fund and avoiding burnout at work.
Whatever changes you're looking to make in your life and in yourself, there's a plan for you here. Start to change your life...one challenge at a time!
Julia Dellitt is a freelance writer whose work has been published by BuzzFeed, Forbes, Self.com, Lifehacker, BRIDES, The Everygirl, Aaptiv, and more. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a master's in religion and literature, and from Augustana College with a degree in English and political science. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two children.
Monday, July 1
Meet the Author: Kate Rice
The Stranger Among You: How the Faith-Based Refugee Resettlement Movement is Shattering Our Red and Blue Silo
Flying beneath the radar of much of the national media is a faith-based refugee resettlement movement that sees Americans from across the political spectrum working together. Trump and Clinton voters, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, the religious and the secular stand in solidarity on this issue. One of the stars of The Stranger Among You: How the Faith-Based Refugee Resettlement Movement is Shattering Our Red and Blue Silos, is Des Moines' own Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The book covers communities across the nation that are home to robust refugee resettlement efforts, most of them in the Bible Belt and red states. It turns out that an issue that is so polarizing in the headlines is a unifying one on the grassroots level.
Kate Rice is a prize-winning travel industry reporter turned refugee resettlement volunteer.
She is a mother, traveler, runner, skier, bookworm, java junkie, rock 'n roll singer and Green Bay Packer fan.
She is from a purple-to-red corner of Wisconsin. She now lives in New York City, gateway for generations of immigrants and refugees. Among them: her great-great grandparents, who fled starvation and persecution in Ireland. Ann Rice and John Rice were married in St. Brigid's Church on Tompkins Square Park in New York City's East Village in 1853, and then followed the railroad to Wisconsin.
She is an American who has learned that to be a citizen of this great country is both a gift and a responsibility.
Tuesday, July 2
Meet the Author: Tim Thompson
In throwback Sci-Fi style, harkening to the adventure magazines of the 1950's, Living Portals is a science fiction short story collection that includes eight stories of time and space bending adventure featuring Tom Tedesco of earth. In settings from the desert to the sea, Tom (and others) learn how to use, call, anticipate and benefit from a phenomenon they cannot yet explain.
Throughout his adventures, Tom encounters a cast of characters and species that have plans for the portal system that don't include the best interests of humanity. Tom may ultimately face a fight for control over the portals and the survival of everyone he's ever cared for unless he can learn the key to accessing the Portals and the secrets they contain.
Tim Thompson is a Christian, husband, and father of two. He has served as a cook, valet, waiter, car salesman, stockbroker, corporate attorney, associate general counsel, and is currently the Assistant Dean of Online Legal Education at The University of Tulsa College of Law.
Throughout his career, he has faced the question of whether to seek adventure or take the safe course. He’s done what’s right for his family, and doesn’t regret it, but now he’s feeding that thirst for adventure by writing fiction. His stories explore the very extremes of human survival in science fiction settings.
Tuesday, July 2
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.
Topic this month: Marketing and Promotion for Writers
Tuesday, July 9
Beaverdale Books Book Club
Formerly 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. Hunter will still be making the monthly selections and leading the discussion. Come join this group for an evening of enlightenment!
Selection this month: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Thursday, July 11
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: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Saturday, July 20
Meet the Author: A.C. Miller
It's been three months since the events that transpired in Nimbus. Three months in which Sam, Sean, and Elise have tried to get over the nightmare that wanted to kill them; the same nightmare that nearly broke them. Now, time is up - somewhere else is calling them; somewhere else desires to test their strength.
A new place beckons for Elise to learn its ways.
It pleads for Sam not to shy away from the horrors he may experience.
It begs Sean to show his strength when he least believes he can.
And the longer they wait, the stronger the call becomes; the more it dares to make them suffer until they find and answer it. In Halcyon, Sam, Elise, and Sean search for a new world, a new home by leaving everything they've ever known behind. With no clue what lies ahead, will they discover a new society and a new way of living, or will their haunted pasts catch up with them?
A.C. Miller is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the author of Nimbus and Halcyon, the first two books in his debut YA trilogy: The Perfect Circle Trilogy. Currently, A.C. is working on the unnamed third and final book in the series. Outside of writing, A.C. loves to watch classic films - especially movies with Gene Tierney or Humphrey Bogart, listen to Frank Sinatra, perfect his dairy-free cooking, and spoil his Boston Terrier, Hugo.
If he's not doing any of the things mentioned above, then just like the rest of you, he's lost in a good book.
More info about A.C. can be found at www.acmillerauthor.com
Saturday, July 27
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 Hidden Life of Trees Chapters 9-16, by PeterWohlleben
Saturday, July 27
Meet the Author: Alicia Dill
In Squared Away, one phone call in the middle of the night changes the life of former soldier Joelle McCoy. Her best friend and battle buddy, Concepcion Chapa, is dead and Joelle isn't taking the alleged car accident at face value. Determined to discover the truth, Joelle sets out on a mission to find her best friend and bring her home.
Joelle has questions and these questions launch her into the arms of an FBI agent—one of Concepcion’s former colleagues—and into an investigation for her friend that brings her from small-town Missouri, to Miami, and then on to Kosovo. Over the course of her search, she tries to come to terms with what their battle-tested friendship really means in her life and why Concepcion would disappear without so much as a goodbye.
Alicia Dill spent six years as an Army soldier and globally published print journalist. She remains involved with many service members who continue to put their lives in harm's way throughout the world. It's because of that bond, the Missouri native wrote her debut novel centered around the relationship of two sisters in uniform. She joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17 and received her degree in journalism and international studies at the University of Iowa. After her service, she was published by several weekly newspapers in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois with over 75,000 readers. She continues writing in Iowa City, Iowa and enjoys traveling the world with her next book in mind.