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Precious and Adored is a captivating collection of letters that document almost thirty years of love between two women of the Gilded Age. Don't miss our conversation with the editor, Lizzie Ehrenhalt.
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Dear Reader,

Content staff have been flying to and fro over the past month, for both business and pleasure, and Image of books with handwritten recommendations on their coverseverywhere we go, we're delighted to learn what our far-flung colleagues in bookselling are up to. Myrna has recently returned to us from a jaunt to France, where she learned that French booksellers make handwritten personal recommendations, too, but while we call them shelf-talkers, they probably call them...cover-talkers? 

Jessica is in Cleveland this week, at the annual gathering of Midwest and Great Lakes region independent booksellers. She'll be mentally tallying the additions to her 50 pound luggage allowance as she gathers galleys for us all to read in preparation for the next season of bookselling. 

For now, we have more great new books on hand than we know what to do with, which is just what we expect for October. We're particularly excited about the new Philip Pullman, THE BOOK OF DUST: THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH, the second in his follow-up trilogy to one of Jessica's all-time favorites, the HIS DARK MATERIALS series (which we shelve in YA, but which will delight grown-ups, too). Devoted Pullman fans and newcomers to the series can get a nifty pin when they pick up their copies at Content. 

There's also THE DUTCH HOUSE, fellow bookseller Ann Patchett's latest, which we encourage you to give yourself the pleasure of reading. As the New York Times says, "It takes guts to write a fairy tale these days," but Ms. Patchett pulls it off beautifully. We're giving away a copy of THE DUTCH HOUSE to one lucky follower of our Instagram feed, so pop over there, click "follow," and comment on our DUTCH HOUSE post if you haven't yet. 

Read on below for exciting fall happenings at Content, including book clubs for everyone and some stellar author events. 

Chris Fink and Bonnie Nadzam read together at Content

Wednesday, October 9th @ 7 pm


Content is glad to welcome authors Chris Fink and Bonnie Nadzam for a joint reading of new works. Chris' latest is an acclaimed collection of stories titled ADD THIS TO THE LIST OF THINGS THAT YOU ARE, and Bonnie will read from a forthcoming story collection titled DID WE INVENT THE BLUSHWORTS?

Chris Fink is a professor of English at Beloit College. He is the author of Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction and the editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal.

Bonnie Nadzam's fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Granta, the Kenyon Review, Alaska Quartery Review, and many other journals. Her first novel, LAMB, was recipient of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in the UK, and was translated into several languages. Her second novel, LIONS, was released by Grove Atlantic in 2016 and was a Finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction.

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

Precious and Adored: A conversation with editor Lizzie Ehrenhalt

Thursday, October 3rd @ 7 pm

Editor Lizzie Ehrenhalt discusses the lives and romance between Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple with host Rob Hardy, Northfield's Poet Laureate.

"You are mine, and I am yours, and we are one, and our lives are one henceforth, please God, who can alone separate us. I am bold to say this, to pray and to live by it."
—Rose Cleveland to Evangeline Simpson, May 6, 1890

In 1890, Rose Cleveland, sister of President Grover Cleveland, began writing to Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy widow who would become the second wife of Henry Whipple, Minnesota's Episcopal bishop. The women corresponded across states and continents, discussing their advocacy and humanitarian work—and demonstrating their sexual attraction, romance, and partnership. In 1910, after Evangeline Whipple was again widowed, the two women sailed to Italy and began a life together.

The letters, most written in Cleveland's dramatic, quirky style, guide readers through new love, heartbreak, and the rekindling of a committed relationship. Lillian Faderman's foreword provides the context for same-sex relationships at the time. An introduction and annotations by editors Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey discuss the women's social and political circles, and explain references to friends, family, and historical events. Join us for a lively discussion of these fascinating an intimate documents.

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

William Kent Krueger presents THIS TENDER LAND

Thursday, October 10th @ 7 pm

Content is delighted to welcome beloved Minnesota novelist William Kent Krueger, who will read from THIS TENDER LAND. Conceived as a companion novel to the New York Times bestselling ORDINARY GRACE, Krueger's newest work is a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.

1932, Minnesota-- the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

Pre-order Benjamin Percy's acclaimed new story collection, SUICIDE WOODS, and join us for the book launch!

Tuesday, October 15th @ 7 pm


Content is your exclusive source to pre-order signed copies of Benjamin Percy's new book from Graywolf Press, SUICIDE WOODS, and we're delighted to be hosting the book launch for Ben's latest, Tuesday, October 15th at 7 pm.

Pre-order from Content now, and Ben will sign (and if you wish, personalize) your copy of his acclaimed new book of short stories. 
 
"Like modern Grimm fairy tales, the stories in this volume are cautionary and haunting."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Percy's haunting, well-crafted prose frequently elevates the mundanity and isolation of being human into something otherworldly in his genre-bending collection [Suicide Woods]. . . . This gripping, often unnerving collection showcases Percy's talent as a skilled, versatile storyteller."--Publishers Weekly

Feminism & Men: A Book Club with 2Fik

Wedenesdays, October 16th, October 30th, and November 13th, @ 7 pm.


2Fik is hosting a Book Club at Content this fall, and we hope you can join! Books and discussions will focus on the relationships between men, feminism and the role they can have in making our society more equal and fair regardless of anyone’s gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression. More than ever, it is important to work toward a society in which everyone is equal. To do so, men have a pivotal role in changing the situation and three books will help us think about the relationship of men with feminism and discuss these topics during these book club meetings. Please join us for one meeting or the whole series. All are welcome!

For our first discussion on October 16th, we'll be looking at Bad Feminist, a collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. 

In our second gathering, on October 30th, we'll look at Men Explain Things To Me. In her comic, scathing, and landmark "Men Explain Things to Me," an essay that went viral, inspired the word "mansplaining," and prompted fierce arguments, Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

On November 13th, our final installment in this series features Liz Plank's For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity. A nonfiction investigation into masculinity, For The Love of Men provides actionable steps for how to be a man in the modern world, while also exploring how being a man in the world has evolved.

2Fik is a French-born multidisciplinary artist of Moroccan heritage based in Montreal, Quebec. His art practice includes photography, performance and video. He is the artistic director, photographer and model of his artworks in which he portrays a variety of characters that are used to create images that toy with our perception of identity, image and gender.

Content is thrilled to be collaborating with 2Fik, and we hope you'll join in the discussion!

See you in the stacks!
- Jessica and all the staff at Content

More Upcoming Events

Content Book Club: Fly Girls
Monday October 14 | 7:00PM

Feminism & Men: A Book Club with 2Fik on Roxane Gay’s BAD FEMINIST
Wednesday October 16 | 7:00PM

Content Graphic Novel Book Club: LUCIFER VOL. 1: THE INFERNAL COMEDY
Tuesday October 22 | 7:00PM

Book Launch for Poet D. E. Green’s JUMPING THE MEDIAN
Thursday October 24 | 7:00PM

Feminism & Men: A Book Club with 2Fik on Rebecca Solnit’s MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME
Wednesday October 30 | 7:00PM

Content Book Club: ASSASSINATION VACATION
Monday November 11 | 7:00PM

Feminism & Men: A Book Club with 2Fik on Liz Plank’s FOR THE LOVE OF MEN
Wednesday November 13 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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