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”. Booksellers read 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!”
Monday, March 20
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: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Monday, March 27
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: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Tuesday, March 28
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: Gone Again by James Grippando
Monday, April 3
DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts
One of our favorite events here at Beaverdale Books! Student winners of the DMACC Creative Writing Contest will begin reading their work at 6:30 p.m. After that, a fantastic lineup of national poets and fiction writers. Get here early to get a seat! Featuring:
Charles Baxter (University of Minnesota) is the author of five novels, including Feast of Love (which was nominated for the National Book Award), five short-story collections, including Gryphon, and two collections of essays on writing. He’s been included in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, and has won multiple prizes and awards. He currently teaches at UM as well as at the Warren Wilson MFA program.
Megan Mayhew Bergman (Bennington College) is the author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, McSweeney’s, Tin House, One Story, among other publications. She is the Associate Director of Bennington College's MFA program and lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, and many animals.
Kevin Brockmeier (University of Iowa Writers Workshop) is the author four novels, two short-story collections, and a children’s novel. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received three O. Henry Awards, the PEN USE Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Grant, and was named Granta Magazine’s Best Young American Novelist.
Tarfia Faizullah (University of Michigan) is the author of Seam, winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry’s First Book Award, 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry, and 2015 Binghamton University Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, the 2012 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, fellowships from Bread, Loaf, Sewanee, Kenyon Review, and Vermont Studio Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize, Ploughshare’s Cohen Award, a Fullbright Fellowship, and other honors and anthologies.
Oliver de la Paz (College of the Holy Cross) is the author of four collections of poetry, including Requiem for the Orchard, winner of the Akron Prize for poetry. He is co-editor of Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry and co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry, and serves on the AWP board of trustees. A recipient of the NYFA Fellowship Award and GAP Grant from the Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals the likes of Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation.
Tuesday, April 4
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.
Thursday, April 6
Season of Story
5-minute stories, 3 judges, 3 cash prizes!
Back for the third year, Season of Story offers an ancient remedy for winter blues, based on the ancient tradition of telling stories around the fire in the cold, dark days of winter.
Tell a five-minute story, fiction or non-fiction, based on the prop of the month or simply enjoy as an audience member. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.
A panel of judges will decide first prize ($75.00), second ($50.00), and third ($25.00). All winners receive two free tickets to the next event.
Season of Story is sponsored by Northlands Storytelling Network, Two Rivers Story Spinners, Beaverdale Books, Tomme O’Neil, Patricia Coffie, and Maureen Korte.
The event is open to the public and the admission/entry fee is $5.00.
April Theme: Pets: Best/Worst
Friday, April 7
Meet the Author: Catherine Haustein
When Catrina moves to Cochtonville to work as a chemist for Cochton Enterprises, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. A chance meeting with Ulysses, owner of the Union Station bar, plunges her into a world of illegal condoms, vibrators, and art. As their loneliness draws them together, they become allies in what will turn into the fight of their lives in the sexually repressive and culturally backward dystopia.
Catrina's invention, No Regrets--a scanner to test for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, brings increased scrutiny from the town's Vice Patrol. Headed by an ambitious new agent, Vice Patrol hangs around Union Station, and it's leader has taken up with Ulysses's vindictive ex. Catrina's relationship with Ulysses and her company's new products put them both in peril as she begins to understand the dark side of her employer, society, and science without humanity.
But science is all she'll have to save the men of Cochtonville from a mortifying fate and Ulysses's life.
Catherine Haustein has spent most of her life as a chemistry professor in the small town of Pella, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa where she got degrees in both chemistry and creative writing. She’s a mother and grandmother who took a fifteen-year hiatus from writing when her children were at home. She enjoys walking, beaches, and public service. She blogs and has been a regular contributor to Sheros of History. Her favorite beers are ales and stouts. Her students say that she has the world’s lightest footfall.
Saturday, April 8
On My Way Home: A Hospice Nurse's Journey with Terminal Cancer by Joyce Hutchison
Members of the author's family will be present. Joyce Rupp will read from her foreword to the book, as well as describing her experience of assisting Joyce Hutchison's writing of the book and preparation for her final days.
Joyce Hutchison, a pioneer in the hospice movement who twice chronicled her work as an oncology nurse in the popular books May I Walk You Home? and Now That You've Gone Home, reveals her own journey with lung cancer as her death approaches in On My Way Home. Hutchison shares not only the heartbreak and pain she experienced in these last years of her life, but also her continued sense of God walking with her during these challenging times.
In sixteen brief chapters Hutchison, a pioneer in the hospice movement, gives an account of the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of each step of her journey: when chemo made her dreadfully sick, when her emotions fluctuated wildly in a matter of minutes, how she felt when people told her she looked so good. She shares how her sense of humor helped her cope with the weariness of yet another procedure and the isolation that accompanies cancer. Her account includes not only the story of her illness, but also how she responded when her second husband left their marriage and when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, too.
Despite her suffering, Hutchison held fast to faith. Supported by her family and friends, she tells how she experienced God’s love in a new way. A foreword and afterword by Joyce Rupp, Hutchison’s writing partner on her two previous books, provide context for the book and relate the circumstances of Hutchison’s death on May 7, 2016, and the Mass of the Resurrection that followed.
Prayer Seeds: A Gathering of Blessings, reflections, and Poems for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp
Some of Sr. Joyce Rupp’s most perennially popular books have been collections of her original prayers, blessings, poems, and reflections. In Prayer Seeds, the bestselling author and retreat leader offers almost a hundred new selections on a variety of themes such as the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, compassion, ministry, difficult times, and important events—all suitable for personal or group prayer.
People who attend Rupp’s retreats or workshops often approach her to ask for a copy of a prayer that she composed for the event. In 2000, she collected her prayers in the book Out of the Ordinary. In Prayer Seeds, Rupp follows up with about a hundred never-before-published prayers written since the publication of the first collection. The prayers are organized thematically.
Rupp’s warmth and closeness to God along with her sensitivity to the joy and sadness of life make her an ideal prayer companion. Her prayers are like seed planted in your soul. Tended and watered by love, they will grow and bear a rich harvest in your life.
Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Fly While You Still Have Wings is among her publications earning an award in the spirituality books category from the Catholic Press Association. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Sunday, April 9
Meet the Author: Loren Olson
Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight
In 2001, based on Pew Research polls, 57 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage and 35 percent supported it; in 2016, public opinion reversed, with 55 percent supporting same-sex marriage and only 37 percent opposing it. The world for gay men and women has radically changed in the few years since Loren A. Olson, MD, a psychiatrist who came out at age 40, first wrote his groundbreaking book for older gay men and others struggling to sort out their sexual identity. Now, in the revised and expanded second edition of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight (Oak Lane Press; April 2017), Dr. Olson explores current issues facing the LGBTQ community and delves further into why many men who have sex with men reject defining themselves as gay. “Human sexuality,” Dr. Olson attests, “is far more complex and fluid than labels.”
Sharing the story of his own evolving sexuality and excerpts from his interviews with all kinds of men—middle-aged, older, and younger; Christian and Muslim; white, black, and brown; blue and white collar; single and married (to women) with kids—who regularly engage in sex with men, Dr. Olson sheds light on deeply entrenched and wide-ranging conflicted feelings about being gay. Along with candid reflections, he offers insights into same-sex sexuality and stereotypes from history, politics, religion, literature, neuroscience, sex research, and psychiatry.
Loren A. Olson, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist in practice for more than forty years. A nationally recognized expert on mature gay men, he has spoken to groups across the country and appeared on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, in addition to giving numerous national, local, and regional television, radio, and print interviews. He is a regular blogger for HuffingtonPost.com and Psychology Today. Dr. Olson lives in Iowa with his partner of thirty years, Doug, who became his husband in 2009 after the Iowa Supreme Court sanctioned same-sex marriage. He was previously married to his wife, Lynn, and is the proud father of two daughters and a grandfather of six.
Thursday, April 13
Beaverdale Book Browsers Book Club
This book club started when the store opened in 2006 and has been going strong ever since! What started 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: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Saturday, April 15
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: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Sunday, April 23
Meet the Poet: Rustin Larson
The Philosopher Savant
A wise philosopher once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In Rustin Larson’s The Philosopher Savant, life is surely examined—and remarkably imagined—in poems alive with surprising imagery, fresh metaphors, and a deeply empathic voice for important people, places, and things. True to any philosopher (or poet) worth their salt, Larson makes us think and see the world differently—as when describing the cold “The wind put its lips to the house like Alaska” or a child’s fall from a tree “I let go like a sawn branch from an elm tree./I fell and collected the ground with my body.” These are poems rich with deft leaps and perfect landings, from a poet whose growing body of work is well worth serious examination.
----Christopher Seid, author of Age of Exploration, Winner of the 2015 Blue Light Book Award
Rustin Larson’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, and The American Entomologist Poet's Guide to the Orders of Insects. He is the author of The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009), Crazy Star (selected for the Loess Hills Book’s Poetry Series in 2005), Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning, winner of the 2013 Blue Light Book Award (Blue Light Press, San Francisco), and The Philosopher Savant (Glass Lyre Press, 2015).