Author Fest, our annual celebration of Minnesota writers, will be June 10. It will be held at the American Legion, 900 Highway 34 E., Park Rapids. (Highway 34 is also known as 1st Street.) It will be a great time to meet authors, hear some of them read, and purchase signed copies of their books. Join us for a day of bookish fun!
Please don’t bring books with you to the event.
Authors’ appearances subject to change.
For more information, call 218-237-2665 and ask for Sally or Jen.
Deep Woods Wild Waters: A Memoir
Old Turtle: Questions of the Heart: From the Lessons of Old Turtle #2
Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm—From Scratch
Kao Kalia Yang
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
The winner of a Minnesota Book Award!
The EXO Project
If Words Could Kill: A First Ladies Mystery
Teachers in the Forest
Dead Man’s Rapids
At the Cabin
The Darkness Hunter: A John Santana Novel
In Spite of Heroin
A Notion of Pelicans
Erickson's Outdoor Adventures
Topless Widow of Herkimer Street
Murray the Mailmonkey
Sherlock Holmes: In Search of the Source
Do Not Find Me
The Breedling and the City in the Garden
Road to Ponemah
Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Dead
White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir
A Boy Called Allis
Beneath the Bedrock
Let Go, Let the River
Scruples and Drams
Lonnie the Loon
Secrets of the Congdon Mansion
Keeping the Doors Open
Lorna Landvik June 17, 5:00
Lorna Landvik will be with us at Bella Caffe’ for a reading from her latest book, Once Upon a Blue Moon Lodge, and book signing. We don’t know if she’ll bring her ukulele, but we know she’ll bring her trademark wit! We’ll supply the hors d'oeuvres, Bella will have a cash bar. The new book is a sequel to Patty June’s House of Curl, and we’ll have that book as well. Join us for the fun!
Tim Jollymore June 24, 11:00 to 1:00
Tim Jollymore will be in the store, signing copies of his latest book, Lake Stories and Other Tales. This volume includes short stories, a travel memoir, seven short poems, and an essay. The book is full of the humor, pathos, and wisdom of the common man. The entertaining writing will tickle your funny bone as well as touch your heart and mind with warmth and sharp delight. Copies of Tim’s earlier books will be available as well.
Give a Girl a Knife
The New Midwestern Table
Anna and the Swallow Man Gavriel Savit
The Life We Bury Allen Eskens
William Kent Krueger
All the Light We Cannot See
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You Fredrick Backman
A Man Called Ove, Fredrick Backman
Midwest Connection Picks
Give a Girl a Knife
The Midwest Connections Program is regional, so we’re particularly happy that Give a Girl a Knife, by Park Rapids’ own Amy Thielen is one of this month’s selections! You already know that we love the book—here’s what her publisher has to say about it: “A beautifully written food memoir chronicling Amy’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City dining. It offers a fresh view into high-end restaurants before Amy realizes the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy—thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.” All the copies of Give a Girl a Knife and Amy’s earlier book, The New Midwestern Table, in the store are signed. Give a Girl a Knife is available in hardcover and also as an audio book on libro.fm. Amy is the reader!
Our recent launch party for Amy’s book was standing room only—so Amy hopped on a chair for a reading.
Amy and the cake for the launch.
Odd One Out
Anyone who grew up in a family knows there are always mysteries. In Odd One Out, the shock of a couple’s separation ripples through the lives of their children like an emotional detective story. A manic cross-country road trip, followed by a sister’s search for her brother, set up a meditative, revealing ending.
Recommended if you like:Us by David Nichols and This Is Where I Leave Youby Jonathan Tropper.
Runs with Courage
This book is set in the Dakota Territory in1880. Four Winds, a ten-year-old Lakota girl, has been taken away from her family and brought to a boarding school run by whites. Here she is taught English and expected to assimilate into white culture.On the reservation, Four Winds had to fight against starvation. Now she must fight to hold on to who she is. A rare read, Runs with Courage shares the tale of the forced assimilation of the native peoples through the brave, scared voice of ten-year-old Four Winds as she struggles to remember who she is.
Recommended if you like:I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer and Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood.
On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Lea Redmond, and Sanne te Loo
New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Lea Redmond, and Sanne te Loo have created a picture book with a story that rhymes and very lovely illustrations. But they’ve left out some important pieces of the story, and it’s up to the reader to fill them in!
Story time will take on a new dimension of play as kids use the stickers or scamper in search of the most hilarious items to occupy the blank spaces in the text.
Amy Krause Rosenthalwas the author of over twenty books for children. Her titles include Uni the Unicorn, I Wish You More, Wumbers, Plant a Kiss, Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit! She died this March at the age of fifty-one after a difficult battle with ovarian cancer.
Recommended if you like: Press Here and Tap the Magic Tree.