Friday and Saturday, September 20-21
BEAVERDALE FALL FEST
It's Fall Fest time once again and Beaverdale Books will be celebrating with events and specials. We'll be open until 8:00 both nights!
SIDEWALK SALE on Friday and Saturday - 50% off Selected Hardcover books!
On Friday night at 7:00, our annual Literary Trivia Contest will be held. A $5 entry fee will be matched by Beaverdale Books and donated to Everybody Wins Iowa, a reading/mentoring program. Match your literary wits against other avid readers. The questions are serious, but we play fast and loose and have a good time with it. Winner gets a gift certificate!
On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00, take part in our Sidewalk Chalk Contestin the Kid Zone! Draw your favorite book character! Check in at the store for some chalk and a spot. You could win a gift certificate!
Also, all weekend long we will be giving away free Advance Reading Copies with each purchase. These are galley copies that are sent to us by publishers, and we can't read them all! All kinds of titles are available – you might just find the next bestseller!
Monday, September 23
Raccoon River Reading Series
Beaverdale Books is thrilled to announce a new series of events for writers. Beginning on September 23 (and every other month thereafter), we will be hosting the Raccoon River Reading Series. The series is being organized 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.
You can register to read at www.suzanneguess.com/raccoon-river-reading-series
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, September 24
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 Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Thursday, September 26
Poetry Reading: Matt Hart
Everything Breaking/for Goodand The Obliterations
The poems in Everything Breaking/For Good swerve through the world as they ache for something better, something that might be but isn...at least not yet, and maybe never. Matt Hart's newest collection asks can a creative life really make it alright? Does imagination make the world? Is paying attention to what's right in front of our faces the key to empathizing with a universe that isn’t? How do we find our feet with each other when everything seems to be breaking for good? How can we not?
The Obliterations began as translations (mostly of the works of Guillaume Apollinaire), but became via a variety of methods, something else entirely. These poems don’t have a speaker or speakers. They are speakers - that is, devices for amplifying sound.
Matt Hart is the author of nine books of poems, including most recently Everything Breaking/for Good (YesYes Books, 2019) and The Obliterations (Pickpocket Books, 2019). Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including The Academy of American Poets online, Big Bell, Columbia Poetry Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Mississippi Review, and POETRY, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band NEVERNEW: www.nevernew.net.
Sunday, September 29
Meet the Author: Joy Riggs
Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters
Many today are familiar with the Broadway musical The Music Man, but few could name one prominent band director active in their own region during the early years of the twentieth century, when community bands were as important to mid-sized towns as professional sports teams are to large cities today. Among the most renowned in the Midwest in those days was G. Oliver Riggs, who was employed at one time or another by the cities of Crookson, Bemidji, Grand Forks, and St. Cloud, among others. He eventually developed a reputation as one of the most successful directors of youth bands in the United States. But after his death in 1946, few people outside of St. Cloud, Minnesota, remembered his name or his reputation for building highly disciplined ensembles that provided an extra spark to civic celebrations, while also instilling several generations of young performers with a love for music and a commitment to playing it well.
Six decades later, in Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters, journalist Joy Riggs set out to learn more about the life and achievements of G. Oliver - her great-grandfather. Riggs follows the careers of G. Oliver, his talented wife Islea, and their children, through times of war, peace, economic hardship, and personal tragedy. She tracks down and interviews those who performed in G. Oliver's ensembles and scours the daily newspapers of many small towns for information regarding his movements, contracts, performances, and rivalries. In so doing, she opens a window onto an aspect of American culture that cannot be adequately conveyed by listening to one or two John Philip Sousa marches. Ultimately, this is a story about civic pride, community participation, and the power of music to transform lives and connect people across generations.
Joy Riggs grew up in Alexandria, Minnesota, and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism. She specializes in writing about history, travel, and parenting. Her award-winning columns, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Monthly, and the Des Moines Register. She lives in Northfield, Minnesota, where she serves on the boards of the Vintage Band Festival and the Northfield Historical Society. For more of her writing, visit www. joyriggs.com.
Tuesday, October 8
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: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Thursday, October 10
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: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Wednesday, October 16
Meet the Author: Wini Moranville
The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family
The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family celebrates the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic. Recipes include Blanc-Mange, Apple Turnovers, Vanilla Butter Cookies with Mr. Bhaer's Chocolate Drops, Amy's "Pickled Lime" Sugar Cookies, Hannah's Turnovers, and other breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes inspired by the lovingly cooked and happily shared foods that weave their way in and out of the novel. Fascinating background info tells how each recipe plays a part in the book's ongoing narrative of lessons learned, affection given, and love made visible. The book also offers insights into the way Americans cooked and dined during the era of Meg, Jo. Beth, and Amy, along with inspiring quotes from Louisa May Alcott.
Wini Moranville was The Des Moines Register's chief restaurant reviewer from 1997 to 2012. As a freelance food writer and editor, she has contributed to dozens of cookbooks and food magazines and websites throughout her 25-year career. She is also the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day (Harvard Common Press), which offers 200 recipes that reflect the way busy French families truly cook and eat in our time. A fan of both France and Louisa May Alcott, Wini's next project is a travelogue that traces the author's extensive travels through France.
Saturday, October 19
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: Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food, by Timothy A. Wise
Monday, October 21
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: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Sunday, October 27
Meet the Author/Musician: Mark Mallman
The Happiness Playlist: The True Story of Healing My Heart with Feel-Good Music
Minneapolis rock legend Mark Mallman woke at 3 a.m. with a crushing panic attack that wouldn't end. He responded by pouring songs into a happiness playlist and leaning on the wisdom of friends. This is the true story of a man beset by grief, healed by music, and learning to laugh through it all.
Mark Mallman's catalog of songs has rocked the airwaves worldwide from MTV to NPR. He has been written up by critics from USA Today to Wired and NME. His debut book, The Happiness Playlist, is an uplifting memoir about six months listening exclusively to happy music through a winter of panic and anxiety in the frozen city of Minneapolis.
In the book's foreword, author Chuck Klosterman describes Mark Mallman as “legitimately original, exclusively motivated by a desire to conquer the strange obstructions he builds inside his mind.” Here is a How-To manual of a very simple, practical exercise. The Happiness Playlist is a light hearted meditation on some pretty heavy stuff from a career artist in the deepest sense of the word.