Monday,April 22 - DIFFERENT DATE THIS MONTH!
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: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tuesday, April 23
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 The Fallen by David Baldacci
Thursday, April 25 NOTE DATE CHANGE!
Meet the Author: Stephanie Anderson
One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture
"Sustainable" has long been the rallying cry of agricultural progressives; given that much of our nation’s farm and ranch land is already degraded, however, sustainable agriculture often means maintaining a less-than-ideal status quo. Stephanie Anderson argues that in order to provide nutrient-rich food and fight climate change, we need to move beyond sustainable to regenerative agriculture, a practice that is highly tailored to local environments and renews resources.
In One Size Fits None Anderson follows diverse farmers across the United States: a South Dakota bison rancher who provides an alternative to the industrial feedlot; an organic vegetable farmer in Florida who harvests microgreens; a New Mexico super-small farmer who revitalizes communities; and a North Dakota midsize farmer who combines livestock and grain farming to convert expensive farmland back to native prairie. The use of these nontraditional agricultural techniques show how varied operations can give back to the earth rather than degrade it.
Stephanie Anderson holds an MFA from Florida Atlantic University, where she also teaches literature, creative writing, and composition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Flyway, Hotel Amerika, Terrain.org, Grist Journal, The Chronicle Review, Sweet and others. Her debut nonfiction book, titled One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture, appeared in January 2019 with University of Nebraska Press.
Saturday, April 27
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
Join more than 550 independent bookstores in 49 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.
Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram, and the American Bookseller's Association./p>
We'll have refreshments, sales, and specials going on all day. We will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.
See below for our local author book signing event!
Saturday, April 27
Local Authors Book Signings
What better way to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day than featuring our own "independent" authors! Join us as recently-published local authors showcase their books. Our local author events have become popular with both authors and readers, and we're pleased to present another group of authors and their books - something for everyone! Every author is someone's local author!
Featured authors and books...
Appointed by Fate
Skye McNeil began writing at the age of seventeen and has been lost in a love affair ever since. During the day, she moonlights as a paralegal at a law firm favoring criminal law.
Skye enjoys writing romantic comedies and romantic suspense novels that leave readers wanting more and falling in love over and over. She writes contemporary and historical novels ranging from sweet and sassy to steamy and sultry. Her constant writing companions are two cats and two dogs. When she's not writing, Skye enjoys spending time with family, photography, volleyball, traveling, and curling up with a cup of coffee and reading.
The Way of Lessons and A Gnome Story
Michelle Schlicher grew up in the Midwest. She attended the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University, but her love of writing came much earlier than that. Michelle wrote her first novel in fifth grade at recess. That story was lost and has never been published. From there, she wrote short stories about vampires, babysitters, and summer trips. After the birth of her second child, she decided to write her first grown-up novel and published her debut, The Blue Jay, in 2015. Gracie's Song, Come This Way, and Me & Milo the Great followed. Michelle lives with her family in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa.
A Girl and Her Dog
Kelli Russell is a sales tax assistant for a company in Ankeny, IA. Years ago, her dream was to write a children’s book about her unique and loveable dog, Marley. However, before she could make that happen, the book Marley & Me was created. Kelli had a few other ideas after that but wasn’t sure exactly how to proceed. Finally, at the beginning of 2017, she was tired of saying "I wish I would have" and made 2017 the year to start doing the things she's always wanted to do. Kelli's inspiration for A Girl and Her Dog was the bond between her 2 year old daughter and 13 year old dog. She put in the research and work to finally make this dream come true.
Sunday, April 28
Meet the Author: Chef Terrie Kohl
Bringing Friends and Family Back Around the Table
"This is a legacy cookbook as I am on a God-driven journey, from a little girl up until now. I've captured many of my recipes from the past 15 years in business as well as my Mom's recipes which I grew up with. The book is dedicated to her...also featuring both of my Grandmothers and some of their recipes.... 211 pages, 171 recipes...I think you'll enjoy it."
Chef Terrie Kohl came to Des Moines as a food service food broker and then a national food service buyer. Terrie then took her next visionary step by attending The New England Culinary Institute in Essex Juction, Vermont, 1996. Chef Terrie interned at The Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk, Long Island, New York, Thyme & Again Catering and South Hampton Bath and Tennis Club in South Hampton, Long Island, New York. Her second internship brought her back home to Des Moines where she was employed at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Embassy Club Capital Square and Aramark/Pioneer Hi-Bred. She gained additional expertise as the Catering Chef at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Terrie dreamed of starting her own business, and she established Country Club Market in 2003. From there, Country Club Market has filled a unique niche in central Iowa, offering culinary arts classes, customized catering, and a bakery that produces some of the tastiest treats in town. Chef Terrie's work has been featured on KCCI-TV8, WHO, Iowa Ingredient and Great Day and in the Des Moines Register, Juice, Cityview, Relish, MyWaukee Magazine, Iowa Ingredient and Fiftysomething. Most recently seen at the Meredith Culinary Pavillion doing a cooking demo for the World Food and Wine Festival.
Monday, April 29
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
Wednesday, May 1
Meet the Author: Grant Sabatier
Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need
Money is unlimited. Time is not. Become financially independent as fast as possible.
In 2010, 24-year old Grant Sabatier woke up to find he had $2.26 in his bank account. Five years later, he had a net worth of over $1.25 million, and CNBC began calling him "the Millennial Millionaire." By age 30, he had reached financial independence. Along the way he uncovered that most of the accepted wisdom about money, work, and retirement is either incorrect, incomplete, or so old-school it's obsolete.
Financial Freedom is a step-by-step path to make more money in less time, so you have more time for the things you love. It challenges the accepted narrative of spending decades working a traditional 9 to 5 job, pinching pennies, and finally earning the right to retirement at age 65, and instead offers readers an alternative: forget everything you've ever learned about money so that you can actually live the life you want.
Sabatier offers surprising, counter-intuitive advice on topics such as how to:
* Create profitable side hustles that you can turn into passive income streams or full-time businesses
* Save money without giving up what makes you happy
* Negotiate more out of your employer than you thought possible
* Travel the world for less
* Live for free - or better yet, make money on your living situation
* Create a simple, money - making portfolio that only needs minor adjustments
* Think creatively - there are so many ways to make money, but we don't see them.
But most importantly, Sabatier highlights that, while one's ability to make money is limitless, one's time is not. There's also a limit to how much you can save, but not to how much money you can make. No one should spend precious years working at a job they dislike or worrying about how to make ends meet. Perhaps the biggest surprise: You need less money to "retire" at age 30 than you do at age 65.
Financial Freedom is not merely a laundry list of advice to follow to get rich quick - it's a practical roadmap to living life on one's own terms, as soon as possible.
Grant Sabatier, called "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, is the Founder of MillennialMoney.com, which has reached over 10 million readers. He writes about personal finance, investing, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness and hosts the Financial Freedom podcast. Sabatier graduated from the University of Chicago and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Money Magazine,and many others. When not traveling in his VW Camper, he lives in New York City.
Saturday, May 4
Meet the Author: Stacey Spangler
Christina walked away from a loving family to satisfy her cravings. That's not too unusual; until you realize her dependency... and the source of it. At nineteen years old, Christina is street-smart and witty. She is caring and generous. She is methodical and conniving. But above all, she is an addict. Christina is justified in her purpose. She finds peace in her judgments. Her life is exactly what she has made it and she thrives on feeding her habit. Then someone discovers who she is. That is the worst thing she can imagine... until another unexpected event spins her life completely out of control. Now everything is called into question. Christina is caught off-guard by a single occurrence that could change her perspective, her mission, and her life. Will she be fundamentally changed forever or will she continue to avenge for innocence?
Stacey Spangler is a dual-genre writer. Her latest novel Avenged Innocence was released under her pen name Elle Iverson, which she uses for her thriller series. Stacey is a true crime enthusiast who loves weaving stories out of every day events. She also has a series of Christian Fiction novels and a children's book. She enjoys hosting writing workshops to inspire young or aspiring authors. Being raised in small town in northern Iowa, Stacey has a heart for community and a love of sweet corn. Her days are filled with plenty of material for her books, blogs, and prayers simply by the experience of raising four kids.
Sunday, May 5
Poetry Reading: Heather Knowles
Jesse James, Johnny Cash, and Other Lovers: Selected Poems 1988-2018
Selected poems by the founder of the Des Moines, Iowa, poetry slam, Heather Knowles. The work covers a wide range of topics and emotions, and has been compiled from three decades worth of chapbooks, stage performances, and other small outlets.
Heather Knowles is an Iowa poet who began the Des Moines Poetry Slam in 2000. She spent 10 years as slammistress, and the event still carries on to this day.
She spent 14 years with Meredith Corporation in their Special Interest Publications division, where she worked on teams that produced specialty garden titles for Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Flower Gardening, Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living, plus many more.
Knowles currently works in massage therapy specializing in geriatric and hospice care. She keeps herself creatively fulfilled with outside work as well. Knowles’ additional accomplishments include numerous poetry performances and literary journal publications, nine personal poetry chapbooks, culminating in the anthology of 30 years of her work.
Thursday, May 9
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: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle
Tuesday, May 14
Beaverdale Books Book Club
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. The quirk of this book group, like that of Paul's, is that Hunter will be the one choosing all book club selections. Suggestions are welcome, but Hunter will have final say. He's such a control freak that way.
Selection this month: Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Wednesday, May 15
Meet the Author: Andy Douglas
Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir
For six years, Andy Douglas volunteered with the Oakdale Community Choir, a performing chorale composed of both volunteers and inmates and directed by University of Iowa associate professor of music education Dr. Mary Cohen, based in a correctional facility in Coralville, Iowa. Taking the reader inside the walls of this medium-security prison, the book offers a glimpse at how music and the arts are offering second chances to the incarcerated.
The United States incarcerates more prisoners per capita than any other country, with more than two million people in U.S. jails and prisons. In addition to exploring the role of singing as a rehabilitative tool, the book examines some of the pressing issues facing the criminal justice system.
In doing so, it reflects on several questions - how can music and the arts inspire prisoners to change? Should the underlying philosophy of our penal system be one of retribution or restoration? What can restorative justice offer to all those touched by crime and the criminal justice system?
Dr Andre de Quadros, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music Education, Boston University, notes, "More than an account of the choir's work, the book is a deep insight into musical humanity under dehumanizing conditions. Douglas's work is evocative and thoughtful, deeply compassionate and humble, and brings the reader close to the troubled lives, wounds and hopes of the incarcerated men."
Andy Douglas received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Marcus Bach Fellowship for Writing about Religion and Culture. His first book, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, was published in 2013 by Bottom Dog Press.
Saturday, May 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: The Hidden Life of Trees Chapters 9-16, by PeterWohlleben