This week we've got Poetry Night with Steven Schild on Tuesday at 7 pm, and a group reading from Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology on Wednesday at 7 pm. 
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Dear Reader,

After a long, slow spring, it's finally starting to feel like summer on Division Street. Students are picking up fun, indulgent novels as they finish their finals, travel planners are asking for road trip guides, tourists are asking for our favorite book on the Northfield bank raid, and kids are enjoying our selection of cool outdoor toys at kids'content (Bug magnifiers! Glider planes! Kites! Jump ropes!).

We love how graduation season stretches out over almost a month in Northfield, because it's so much fun to help folks pick out a book to give to a new graduate, and we get lots of chances to do it. Some favorites of ours this year include the universally useful The Decision Book, the hilariously dark (if painfully honest) Things Never to Tell Children from Alain de Botton's School of Life press, and the sweetly inspiring and beautiful new pop-up from Robert Sabuda, Believe. Oh, The Places You'll Go! is a perennial favorite for grad gifts, of course, but we've got lots of fresh ideas, too, so ask us for a bit of inspiration.

We're also geared up for summer reading for kids and teens, with lots of ideas to keep them exploring and enjoying books over the months to come. For middle-grade readers, our Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-Rama gives them the chance to write to us about some of their favorite books, and enter to win a signed book and a special letter from Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. See below for details. Also, be sure to check out our front table displays in Content and kids'content, showcasing books for all ages from the wonderful lists included in Better With Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens. We love this book, and we hope it leads to you (or a young person in your life) to discover a new perspective or an affirming story. That's pretty much what we live for, after all.

Poetry Night: Steven Schild reads from These Humans

Tuesday, June 4th @ 7 pm

We hope you'll join us for a reading by poet Steven Schild - award winning author of Eros in Autumn - who will present works from his new collection These Humans.

These Humans [is] a symphonic presentation of us as a species. The images are clear, the language is crisp, the lyricism is deft...always the poetry exhibits an unerring ear.”
--Winona Poet Laureate Ken McCullough

“These poems celebrate at least as often as they mourn, soothe more than they fume...our primary work: being human, something that too often these days seems to be regarded as a sort of silliness.”
--John Reinhard, author of On the Road to Patsy Cline and Burning the Prairie

Poetry Nights are presented in collaboration with the Northfield Poet Laureate. The Northfield Poet Laureate is sponsored by the City of Northfield and funded by the Northfield Public Library and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), in partnership with the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission.

Find details on our website, and let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology comes to Content

Wednesday, June 5th @ 7 pm

We hope you'll join us as some of the best writers in Minneapolis share what they love about their city! UNDER PURPLE SKIES: THE MINNEAPOLIS ANTHOLOGY editor Frank Burns will be here along with selected authors including Kao Kalia Yang (Carleton '03), Doug Mack (Carleton '03), and Julia Klatt Singer (St. Olaf '85) to show listeners why, in recent years, Minneapolis has become a literary powerhouse.

"Under Purple Skies" collects some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world. The writers in this collection have won, or been shortlisted for, the Newbery Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer, the Caldecott Award, the National Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and many others. Contributors include Kelly Barnhill, Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang, Michael Perry, Bao Phi, Danez Smith, Shannon Gibney and many more, alongside new and first-time writers.

Find details on our website, and let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Summer Reading starts now!
Young Readers are invited to enter our Wimpy Kid Read-a-Rama, now through June 30th.

"The more you read, the happier your life will be."
- Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 

We're taking Jeff Kinney's sage advice to heart this summer, and encouraging young readers to share their love of books with us through the Wimpy Kid Read-a-Rama. Stop by kids'content with your young reader, where we'll give them their very own Wimpy Kid Reading Journal (while supplies last).

Kids who return the completed form from the back of their journal by June 30th, 2019 will receive a certificate and an awesome Wimpy Kid decal, AND they'll be entered to win our grand prize: a special letter from Jeff Kinney, and a signed copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Cheesiest Edition. Don't delay! Snag a reading journal today and get reading!

See you in the stacks!
- Jessica, Nate, and the whole team at Content

More Upcoming Events:

Content Book Club: History of Wolves
Monday, June 10th @ 7 pm

Content Graphic Novel Bookclub: On A Sunbeam
Tuesday, June 18th @ 7 pm

Women's College Softball on the Rise with author Mark Allister
Thursday, June 20th @ 7 pm

Rob Jung Book Signing
Saturday, June 29th, 10:30 am - noon

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