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
Sunday, July 14
Meet the Author: Connie Heckert
Ride, Patriot Guard, Ride! A Photo Essay of Patriotic Bikers and Their Good Deeds
Five men met in Mulvane, Kansas at the American Legion Paul Stewart Irwin Post 136 on November 8, 2005. They started a new organization, the Patriot Guard Riders, to show respect to fallen soldiers and support their loved ones at funerals and visitations. Today, the grassroots organization has grown to more than 350,000 registered members with a large number of additional individuals and families who participate in flaglines, services and parades. The original mission of honoring fallen soldiers has grown to recognizing first responders, active duty military personnel and veterans. These Americans come from all political parties, religions and work situations. They are patriots making a difference for good in their communities and states all across America.
Connie Heckert celebrates published book 14 with Ride, Patriot Guard, Ride! A Photo Essay of Patriotic Bikers and Their Good Deeds. Produced in association with Pelican Publishing, this 48 page history documents the history with text and photos of the Patriot Guard Riders organization over nine years.
Heckert holds a MFA in Writing for Children and Teens from Hamline University and a MA from the University of Iowa. She served as SCBWI - Iowa's Regional Advisor for 16 years. Connie has been published in Cricket, The Writing Groups Book, The Writer and has by-lined more than 200 newspaper articles and magazines stories, many with her photos. Her body of work includes Dribbles (Clarion) and Roots and Recipes: Six Generations of Heartland Cookery (Pelican Pub.) and seven adult corporate, pictorial histories.
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
Thursday, July 25
Meet the Author: Laura Byrne
Tater Tot at The Chase: A Happy Helper
We all know learning life lessons can be hard to swallow. Tater Tot takes the heat for not doing what he said he would do so we could all learn this valuable lesson before suffering any real consequences of our own. His friends also show those of us mentoring others how patience and kindness are the most powerful teaching tools. This book is a must for those who think deadlines are optional.
Laura Byrne is a lifelong science and healthcare communications professional always excited about how the life can be better for all of us. Since meeting Tater Tot, she's experienced a fun and engaging twist on what team building really is and how incredibly effective it can be for everyone. Laura credits Tater Tot with teaching her the foundations of any team must be built on: Humility / Patience / Kindness / Consideration for Others
These team member characteristics are critical to maintain and grow great relationships and accomplish even greater successes. Laura and Tater Tot are happy to share their team building trials, errors and successes with your group, just write to them at: email@example.com
Friday, July 26
NOTE DATE CHANGE!
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.
Sunday, July 28
Meet the Author: Tim Diebel
Home by Another Way
In 2011 Tim Diebel left a familiar vocational work in congregational ministry and, with his wife Lori who was serving as a public school administrator, sold their comfortable and convenient town home in the city and moved to a rural acreage to learn how to grow food. In this tender and often humorous memoir, Tim shares the joys, the bafflements and perennial challenges of learning first-hand - as a complete novice - where our food comes from. His openness to his mistakes and nature's tricks as well as earth's bounty give us a chance to, vicariously, feel our own taproots grow deeper and our hearts expand for the earth and all its creatures.
Tim Diebel is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), with over 30 years of service as a parish pastor. A native of west-Texas, since moving to Iowa in 1993, Tim has come to appreciate the rhythms of nature and the importance of organic systems and sustainability. In 2011 his calling shifted from congregational leadership to the establishment of Taproot Garden, a 10-acre classroom where he cultivates a large garden, tends laying hens, and is restoring a prairie. Together with his wife Lori, Tim shares a common delight in music, deep ideas, food, cooking, and hospitality, along with an aversion to squandering any of the wonders of earth and community.
Monday, July 29
Meet the Author: Henry Gurr
A WOMAN OF QUALITY: Sarah Vinke, ‘The Divine Sarah’, and the Quest for the Origin of Robert Pirsig's 'Metaphysics of Quality', in his Book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
The Mystery...The Mystique...The Enigma...of Sarah Vinke has only increased with time, since the "brilliant beyond belief"..."work of a genius," historic arrival of the 1975 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance(ZMM). In ZMM, author Robert Pirsig, tells us that Sarah, in essence, asked three times "Are you teaching Quality?" This was especially intriguing, because originally, there is no clear pattern from Sarah's life as to why she would do this. Not knowing Sarah's origins, Pirsig himself initially has no idea, and offers his readers no clue as to her motivation for asking him this. ZMM becomes for author Pirsig, a vehicle by which to carry us with him on a journey of inquiry into the full meaning this very question. "Are you teaching Quality?"
Sarah Vinke (1894-1978), born Sarah Winifred Jennings, plays an enormously important, indeed paramount, role in Mr Pirsig's world-famous and hugely influential book, which has since attained status as a Classic of Literature. Sarah and Pirsig were teaching colleagues when they were Professors of English Rhetoric, at Montana State College from 1959 to 1961. Sarah had been the head of the English department, and was thirty-four years older than Pirsig. A mentor relationship developed, because they were kindred souls in their supreme intellectual sensitivity to culture and to experience. And because there was also a sense in which they were both largely misfits in the formal organizational structure of Montana State College, since renamed Montana State University.
Henry S. Gurr has, for 16 years now, researched the history, of Robert Pirsig's book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM). In 2002, he also photo-documented the physical road trip sites mentioned in ZMM. From this large body of Research Findings, Henry has assembled considerable ZMM Resource Information, which is presented in an extensive series of Internet ZMM Research Information Pages and Internet ZMM Research Photo Galleries.
Wednesday, August 7
Meet the Author: Meredith Jordan
Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie
Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie is a nonfiction narrative about how major motion pictures are made today using one movie as a vehicle. The author, a journalist embedded with the production of Last Vegas, follows the people behind the scenes and stops along the way to explain process and different aspects of the business. The movie stars are well known - Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen - but in this book they play supporting roles. Instead, the leads are the people behind the camera, the director (Jon "The Meg" Turteltaub) and a huge cast of artists and artisans, designers and creators, overseers, office and logistical support, editors and musicians. Below the Line proves movies are a collaborative art form.
Meredith Jordan is an award-winning journalist who spent 25 years working for East Coast news organizations. They ranged from small local papers to Dow Jones & Co., Cox Communications and National Geographic. She is the author of Below the Line: Anatomy of a Successful Movie (Citation Press), which was published Feb. 13, 2019. Jordan wanted the inside story of contemporary movie production and couldn't find anything that explained it all, start to finish. There was good reason for that:: Hollywood doesn't let reporters roam freely around its movie sets. After a nearly ten-year effort, Jordan embedded with the production of Last Vegas. The movie starred Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen but for a change, this book isn't about them. Below the Line turns the lens on the crew so we see the real people, jobs and business of Hollywood. Once the movie wrapped, Jordan began researching what she had seen, visiting places like Panavision and Warner Bros. costumes, almost any place that had done business with the movie. She went to libraries and interviewed people on how practices began. Below the Line is old-style gumshoe journalism, with a writer on the ground every day without signing anything to limit the scope of the narrative. The result is a rare book that takes the time to understand industry history, the creative talent of its crew and artists, and its drive for profitability.