The Store

11:00 a.m.
Storybook Time

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!”

Wednesday, October 18
6:30 p.m.
Poetry Night: Matt Mauch and Jennifer Knox


Matt Mauch is the author of three books of poetry, Bird~Brain, (Trio House Press), If You’re Lucky Is a Theory of Mine, which was the 2012 open-reading period selection by Trio House Press, and Prayer Book (Lowbrow Press). He is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Brilliance of the Sparrow (Mondo Bummer). He founded and has since passed along the annual Great Twin Cities Poetry Read and the Maeve’s Sessions readings at Maeve's Cafe along NE Mpls's in/famous Poetry Row. A Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient, Mauch heads the staff at Poetry City, USA, an annual collection of poetry and prose on poetry, and teaches in the AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College. He lives in Minneapolis.

Days of Shame and Failure

Jennifer L. Knox was born in Lancaster, California. She received a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from New York University.

Knox is the author of Days of Shame and Failure (Bloof Books, 2015), The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway (Bloof Books, 2010), Drunk by Noon (Bloof Books, 2007), and A Gringo Like Me (Bloof Books, 2007).

Knox’s poetry is known for its darkly imaginative humor. The poet Patricia Smith writes, “I cannot imagine what the inside of her head must be like, all tango and blaring and pinball, locked in its relentless churn. I can’t believe that mere covers were able to contain this tender, this snorting laughter, these rampant truths.”

Knox has previously taught creative writing at Hunter College and New York University. She currently lives in Iowa, where she teaches at Iowa State University.

Sunday, October 22
1:00 p.m.
Iowa Comics at Beaverdale Books

Please join us for our first ever Iowa Comics Fair! While we’ve worked before with Comic Cons, Mini Cons, and Superhero Events, we’ve never hosted a group of local comics authors in the store before. And it’s about time! Comics and graphic novels are part of the literary fabric, come in all genres, and can be visually stunning. Des Moines has a great (and passionate!) comics community, and we are happy to be hosting some of them.

Whether you’re a graphic novel enthusiast or haven’t picked up a comic book since sixth grade, come and see what’s happening and meet some of the authors who are making it happen.

Featured comics authors and works…

Carter Allen
Ectyron Against Lagaxtu

Carter Allen is a local comic book creator. His work includes 252-Z, Dub Trub and Nikki Harris The Cybermation Witch. He is also the co-creator of the award-winning Man Is Vox series as well as the recently released Ectyron Against Lagaxtu.


JetFalco is the creator, artist, writer, and composer of DreamersEcho, a mind-bending sci-fi fantasy adventure with elements of role-playing games, steampunk, and anime artstyles.

Austin Allen Hamblin
The Adventures of Punk and Rock

Austin Allen Hamblin is an indie comic book writer who has been published over 20 times and has interned with Devil's Due.

Thom Hotka
Nextuus: The Search for the Ocean Shard

Thom Hotka is the author and illustrator of the science fiction adventure graphic novel Nextuus: The Search for the Ocean Shard. Thom grew up in Des Moines and has been creating comics since his youth. Nextuus has been his main focus for the past 10 years, publishing over 1000 pages of the comic online and collecting 20 chapters into four printed graphic novels. The series draws inspiration from adventure stories like Indiana Jones and Jeff Smith’s Bone.

Jadine “NAAN” Rhine
Legendary Beings Ara & Celi

Originally from Puerto Rico, NAAN now resides in Ames, Iowa. Fluent in Spanish and English, she graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics with Russian Studies and a Bachelor's in German. Besides making comics and finding time for more languages, she currently pursues a Master's in Graphic Design at her alma mater. You can find more of her work at jadinerhinestudios.com

John Ira Thomas

John Ira Thomas is the author of over twenty books, including the award-winning graphic novel MAN IS VOX: Barracudae (2015 Indiefab Silver Medal in Graphic Novels) from Candle Light Press. He has two Master's Degrees, stoops a bit, and his newest book (with the amazing Carter Allen) is MAN IS VOX: Paingels (Expanded Edition), the original edition of which Booklist said "recalls nothing more than the early surrealist film masterpieces Dalí and Buñuel’s Un chien Andalou and Cocteau’s Le Sang d'un poete.”

Monday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Mind-Body-Spirit Book Club

Our newest 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: Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett

Tuesday, October 24
6:30 p.m.
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!

This month special guest and local author Jerry Hooten will talk about writing and publishing mysteries.

Selection this month: The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

Sunday, October 29
1:00 p.m.
West Coast Meets Midwest: Mathieu Cailler and Kali VanBaale

Join L.A.-based author and poet Mathieu Cailler and Iowa-based author Kali VanBaale as they read from and discuss their recent books and talk all things writing and publishing--novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and everything in between.

For readers and writers alike!

Loss Angeles

Mathieu Cailler is a French-American writer of poetry and prose. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award, the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize, and the Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. He is also the recipient of a Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. He is the author of the poetry collections Clotheslines and the forthcoming May I Have This Dance?, and the short story collection, Loss Angeles. www.mathieucailler.com

The Good Divide

Kali VanBaale is the author of the novels The Good Divide and The Space Between. She is the recipient of an Eric Hoffer Book Award, American Book Award, and an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for fiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Numéro Cinq, Nowhere Magazine, Poets&Writers, and others. Kali holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a faculty member of the Lindenwood University MFA Creative Writing Program. www.kalivanbaale.com.

Tuesday, November 7
7:00 pm
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.

Tuesday, November 14
7:00 p.m.
Hunter’s Picks 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: Stoner by John Williams

Monday, November 20
6:00 p.m.
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: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman