Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m., we have something special for the youngest customers of Beaverdale Books. Thursday mornings are “Storybook Time at Beaverdale Books”. Join Miss Donna as she reads favorite selections from our children’s department along with time for singing, sharing and occasional surprises.
Please plan to visit us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for “Storybook Time!”
Saturday, August 5
Meet the Author: William Friedricks
A Great State Fair: The Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Revival of the Iowa State Fair
For decades, the Iowa State Fair was considered the classic summer exposition; it was what most Americans envisioned when they thought of a state fair. But years of neglect almost destroyed the once grand, turn-of-the-century fairgrounds. After a number of efforts to save the facility failed, the Iowa State Fair Board created the Blue Ribbon Foundation, hoping it could raise millions of dollars needed to restore the grounds. It worked, succeeding beyond the board’s wildest dreams. Under the longtime leadership of John Putney and now guided by Peter Cownie, the foundation has raised an amazing $135 million since its creation 25 years ago.
Author William Friedricks takes you behind the scenes of the roller coaster ride of ups and downs of the Iowa State Fair’s long history, leading up to the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the remarkable renaissance it brought about at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, now bigger and better than ever.
Bill Friedricks is professor of history and director of the Iowa History Center at Simpson College in Indianola. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Southern California. After moving to Iowa in 1988, he became interested in the state’s history while researching and writing Covering Iowa: The History of the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company, 1849-1985. Since then, he has written five additional books: In for the Long Haul: The Life of John Ruan; Investing in Iowa: The Life and Times of F. M. Hubbell; The Real Deal: The Life of Bill Knapp; Constructing a Legacy: The Weitz Company and the Family Who Built It; and A Great State Fair: The Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Revival of the Iowa State Fair. Friedricks was the recipient of Humanities Iowa’s Iowa History Prize and the Des Moines Library Foundation’s Iowa Author Award. He serves as editor of the Iowa and the Midwest Experience book series at the University of Iowa Press.
Sunday, August 6
Meet the Author: Jack Pransky
A Seduced by Consciousness
In Seduced by Consciousness author Dr. Jack Pransky demonstrates through entertaining stories how the Three Principles of Universal Mind, Consciousness and Thought work together to create everyone's unique "reality," out of which they then think, feel and act. Defying description, this captivating, profound book has been depicted as part self-help manual, part spiritual autobiography, in which the author uses his own life experiences and those of his clients in a revealing, raw and honest manner to contrast the difference between the peace, love, joy and wisdom that occur when these Principles are realized in one's life, and the suffering that occurs when this understanding remains unrealized or forgotten. The question is asked: Will we be trapped in the illusions of our own creation, or will we fall back into our true spiritual nature and essence? This book creates a special opportunity for readers to have insights that reveal the answer, and this will change lives.
Jack Pransky, Ph.D. is founder/director of the Center for Inside-Out Understanding. He authored numerous books on the Three Principles, including Somebody Should Have Told Us!, widely recognized as one of its best introductory books. Pransky worked in the field of prevention since 1968 and now is an international consultant in the Three Principles, a trainer of trainers, coach of coaches and counselor of counselors. His book, Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond received the Martin Luther King Storyteller's Award for the book best exemplifying King's vision of "the beloved community."
Saturday, August 12
Meet the Author: Ted Wheeler
Kings of Broken Things
During the waning days of World War I, three lost souls find themselves adrift in Omaha, Nebraska, at a time of unprecedented nationalism, xenophobia, and political corruption. Adolescent European refugee Karel Miihlstein’s life is transformed after neighborhood boys discover his prodigious natural talent for baseball. Jake Strauss, a young man with a violent past and desperate for a second chance, is drawn into a criminal underworld. Evie Chambers, a kept woman, is trying to make ends meet and looking every which way to escape her cheerless existence. As wounded soldiers return from the front and black migrant workers move north in search of economic opportunity, the immigrant wards of Omaha become a tinderbox of racial resentment stoked by unscrupulous politicians. Punctuated by an unspeakable act of mob violence, the fates of Karel, Jake, and Evie will become inexorably entangled with the schemes of a ruthless political boss whose will to power knows no bounds. Written in the tradition of Don DeLillo and Colum McCann, with a great debt to Ralph Ellison, Theodore Wheeler’s debut novel Kings of Broken Things captures the fragility of youth in a time of political and social unrest. As the nature of their morality is challenged, each lost soul must find the balance between finding acceptance and recognizing the sacrifices they must make to survive.
Theodore Wheeler is a reporter who covers civil law and politics in Omaha, where he lives with his wife and their two daughters. His fiction has been featured in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, and Boulevard and received special mention in a Pushcart Prize anthology. A graduate of the MFA program at Creighton University, Wheeler was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany; a resident of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City; and a winner of the Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar. He is the author of Bad Faith, a collection of short fiction. Kings of Broken Things is his first novel.
Sunday, August 13
Shooters and Thieves Book Tour: Steven Hildreth Jr. and Nate Granzow
The Ronin Genesis
April 20th, 2005.
Three days have passed since Ben Williams survived the harrowing attack on Tucson's Saguaro Towers Hotel.
However, the danger has far from subsided. Unknown to the public, the Saguaro Towers was a covert CIA station; the attack, an Iranian false-flag operation aimed at breaching the American intelligence apparatus. The Iranian operative responsible for the attack is in possession of sensitive information and has gone off the grid. Short on options, the CIA turns to a small start-up private military company to hunt the Iranian. In turn, that PMC turns to Williams and members of his old Special Activities Division team. Through bloody mercenary combat with multiple factions hunting the data in drug-torn Mexico, Ronin Defense Institute will be born, but there is no guarantee their company—or the shooters themselves—will survive.
Steven Hildreth, Jr. is an Iraq War veteran, thriller novelist, and occasional social commentator who has appeared on BBC Radio and the Fox News Channel. The Ronin Genesis marks the third novel in the Ben Williams series, which has been in publication since 2012. He resides in Tucson, AZ.
What if the only way to protect a priceless artifact from destruction was to steal it? Archeologist-thief Lane Bradley has made this his calling: rescuing antiquities from turbulent countries and war zones, then selling them to wealthy collectors with the means to protect them. That hasn't made him a friend of law enforcement. His record of successful heists has put him at the top of relic recovery agent Susara Eaves' target deck.
But when Lane seeks to steal the key to unlocking an ancient civilization's legendary vitality and beauty for his cancer-stricken daughter, Susara finds herself compelled into a strange partnership with him. Together, they undertake a journey through heavily guarded museum vaults and ruins of ancient Minoan palaces to unearth a paragon civilization's most precious secret.
Only, they aren't the only ones hunting the answer to this archaeological enigma. Their adventure into the dark recesses of ancient worlds grows perilous as Lane's lifelong rival, the bloodthirsty assassin son of a Corsican mafia consigliere, strives to beat them to the prize.
An outdoorsman, novelist, and editor, Nate Granzow likes the smell of gunpowder, the taste of gin, the sound of freedom, and the feel of leather-bound books. His newest book, The Phaistos Paragon, has been ranked as a semifinalist.
Wednesday, August 16
6:30 p.m. p.m.
Meet the Author/Illustrator: Julia Sarcone-Roach
Dog lovers will adore this imperfect yet endearing mutt and his quest for excellence!
Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent--except Ed.
Ed wonders if this is why he isn’t allowed to eat at the table or sit on the couch with the other children. So he’s determined to find his own thing to be excellent at--only to be (inadvertently) outdone by a family member every time.
Now Ed is really nervous--what if he’s not excellent enough to belong in this family?
This funny and endearing story offers a subtle look at sibling rivalry and self-esteem, and will reassure kids that everyone is excellent at something, and that your family loves you, just as you are.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
Bear meets sandwich, adventure ensues. . . . A sly classic-in-the-making for fans of Jon Klassen, Peter Brown, and Mo Willems.
By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich.
But you may not know how it happened.
So let me tell you.
It all started with the bear . . .
So begins this delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.
Never was there a subway car who loved her job more than Jessie. From morning to night she carried all sorts of people all sorts of places—to work and school and World's Fairs, over bridges and through tunnels—sometimes she even took a pigeon along for the ride! But as time passed, sleek new silver cars began to take over the tracks, banishing Jessie to an abandoned lot. What will she do with no passengers to carry? And where will she go now that she's no longer welcome on the tracks?
Based on the true story of 1960's-era subway cars that are now being used to create artificial reefs in the Atlantic, this stunningly illustrated book is sure to delight scuba diving historians and kids alike.
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Julia Sarcone-Roach made her Knopf picture-book debut with The Secret Plan, and followed it up with the highly praised Subway Story. She is also the creator of animated videos, including Call of the Wild, which was featured in indie film festivals and won several prizes. Julia lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Saturday, August 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: Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg
Saturday, August 19
Local Author Fair
It’s time for another Beaverdale Books Local Author Fair! Join us as recently-published authors showcase their books. Our 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 books and authors…
We all crave balance, mindfulness and the ever-elusive presence. How do you pull these feelings into your busy chaotic life? Let Dawn take you on a journey.
The Power of Story. The book covers topics including motherhood, friendship, marriage, divorce, childhood cancer, abuse, our own mortality, and life purpose.
Journal to reveal your messages. The journal prompts will bring new perspective for you personally.
Story + Journaling = Presence. Through reading, journaling, and your own daily focus you will find presence.
Dawn Hafner has worked over the past twenty years in the financial industry, leading teams and coaching employees. She started writing as a way of achieving balance. Over her career, she had one theme that helped her find success and balance.
BE Where You Are. She latched onto this phrase to guide her choices when she became a mom and struggled to balance work, parenting, and time for self. Once we learn how to fully submit to the present, we can guide our compass towards where we want to arrive in the future.
Dawn lives in Iowa with her two teen-age boys. She enjoys volunteering for Dress For Success Des Moines, and 50% of the profits from The Mapmaker will be donated there.
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Northeast Iowa details the history of the CCC and then explains and examines the fifteen camps that were set in northeast Iowa. Among these camps were Backbone, Beeds, Pine Lake, Maquoketa Caves State Parks, and also the Decorah Trout hatchery and streams. Men from the CCC built many of the structures still standing and in use. In Iowa, seventy-five percent of the projects dealt with soil erosion. These camps and projects were located in Belle Plain, Cresco, Maquoketa, Marion, and Monticello. CCC men from these camps worked to terrace farm fields, built dams, dikes and flumes, tried to prevent flood damage, and also worked to avoid drought damages. In addition, over 30 million trees were planted statewide. Linda has spoken with fifteen men and shares their memories and stories in the book.
Linda McCann is a native Iowan and has loved Iowa history. Ten years ago, she was involved in starting a historical society where she lives. She was elected president, and didn’t know the town’s history. That led her to researching and writing about different episodes in the town’s history. Researching the named locations around town led to the Lost Towns series. While researching the towns, she ran into different items she knew nothing about. The first was an electric train. Stories she picked up from that led to the Prohibition book; and Prohibition led to the CCC books. Linda writes for her grandchildren who all live in Iowa, and love to hear the stories she shares with them. Linda’s two oldest granddaughters have read her books, and have begun assisting her with them. She is proud to share these books with her grandchildren and other people who have not heard about this part of Iowa history.
The Time of My Life
While driving home from a long business trip, Ev Nau was thinking about some events in his youth and suddenly realized that he knew very little about his father’s youth. It came as a shock, for there must have been something that his Dad did that was interesting, but it was lost. Then Ev realized his grandchildren know very little about him.
Born during World War II, Ev survived many traumatic historical events. His life is shared through many of these events and shows how they shaped his life. From zany antics (and there are many) to tragic events (far too many), Ev graphically shows how this complicated man grew into a well-respected teacher, coach and mentor to so many others.
Once described as a creative mischief, Ev Nau has lived up to his reputation. His unique sense of humor coupled with a photographic memory has managed to steer him into some adventures that others may find hard to believe.
He has been involved in music since he was eight and most of his adventures start with that background. Just when a reader thinks he’s seen it all, Ev’s life takes a twist into almost unpredictable circumstances. His best friend once told an audience that Ev had been kicked in the head by a vicious butterfly at the age of three and he just never fully recovered. If true, it led to some terrific experiences for Ev.
Robby the Robot
We all have an innate need to communicate with others and bond with them. But, for some children even trying to communicate is overwhelming and out of their reach. This book communicates hope to these children through the metaphor of Robby's journey to learn to communicate. The book can also be useful with siblings and classmates to help build understanding and relationship with these children with family members and in the classroom.
Monica Shelton received a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana State University. She has worked for approximately 22 years as a licensed marriage and family therapist in a variety of settings, including a community mental health center, private practice, and most recently in a non-profit counseling center. Monica works primarily with children with behavioral issues and their families. She has two wonderful daughters and lives in rural SE Iowa on a small family farm. She enjoys writing and looks forward to telling many more stories.
Go Go Yoga for Kids
Yoga is fun! Get kids fit, flexible and focused with Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Using Yoga With Kids. For anyone who enjoys kids and yoga and wants to make a positive difference in their lives, Go Go Yoga for Kids is the book for you. It is a complete and creative resource for introducing kids to yoga through movement, mindfulness, fun, and games.
Go Go Yoga for Kids includes:
Over 150 fun and creative yoga games, activities, and challenges for all ages
Fifteen ready to use unique yoga lesson plans that will have kids engaged from the start
Ways to bring mindfulness and awareness to all children
Kid yoga photos and pose illustrations
Easy ways to incorporate yoga in the school setting for all types of learners and abilities
How to get your kids involved with yoga at home
Tips on working with teens and tweens
Partner poses, balance activities, group and inversion teaching tips and ideas
Sample parent communication ideas
Examples of where and how to teach yoga for kids
Books, music and other fun resources to help kids learn about yoga
This book details everything in an easy to follow, step-by-step format that will help you successfully teach yoga to kids of all ages. Go Go Yoga for Kids is the only resource you will need to inspire children in a healthy and lifelong way.
Sara J. Weis is a creative and passionate teacher who has inspired children for over eighteen years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She teaches elementary creative writing classes for the West Des Moines School District and leads kids yoga classes for a nationally-known health and fitness club.
She is the bestselling author of Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide for Using Yoga with Kids and the creator of the Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards. Sara enjoys visiting schools and introducing kids to yoga through a variety of games, poses, music, movement and more.
Sara enjoys being outdoors and active with her family and lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with her three children and her husband.
Tuesday, August 22
Mystery Book Club
Come join this group that has been meeting for over 25 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 Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
Tuesday, September 5
Beaverdale Writers' Group
Join this group of lively area writers started by local author Jerry Hooten. Not a critique group; discussion centers around the publishing process and marketing your work once it's published. And there is wine.
Friday, September 8
Book Launch: Calla Devlin
Right Where You Left Me
After Charlotte’s father is kidnapped, she and her mother must overcome their differences and find a way to rescue him in this eloquent, moving portrayal of family.
Charlotte’s father specializes in nature’s acts of violence. In search of the perfect story for his newspaper, one that can put a human face on tragedy, he will fly into the eye of the storm. And now he’s heading to Ukraine, straight into the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. Charlotte doesn’t want him to go, leaving her alone in a silent house with her mother, whose classically Russian reserve has built a wall that neither of them knows how to tear down. But she’s holding it together okay—until the FBI comes knocking on their door. The quake has left many orphans, but Charlotte refuses to be counted among them. Whatever it takes to get her dad back, she’ll do it. Even if it means breaking a promise . . . or the law.
Calla Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the Morris Award. A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Originally from California, she lives in Iowa with her family.