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Dear Reader,

What a love-fest in the bookstore this weekend! A million thanks to everyone who turned out for our 5th annual celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. It was a delight to see you all, to share our current favorite books with you, and best of all, to show you around our newly expanded store! We have a huge new space we're calling kids'content dedicated to children's books and toys, and that means we have lots more space for everything else, too.  

It may be un-Minnesotan to say so, but we heard more than a few oohs and aahs when folks glimpsed the new space this weekend, and if you haven't seen it, we would even go so far as to say you have a treat in store for you. Best of all, more new, fun stuff is arriving every day, so it's worth another peek when you next find yourself downtown. 

Tonight we're thrilled to welcome Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin author many of you have loved since his SHOTGUN LOVESONGS came out in 2014. His latest novel is LITTLE FAITH, which we've read and loved and can't wait to share with you. Click here for a great video of Butler reading from the books, and read on for event details.

Nickolas Butler reads from SHOTGUN LOVESONGS

Tuesday, April 30th @ 7 pm

Tonight at 7, introduced by Northfield's own Benjamin Percy, Nickolas Butler will read from and discuss LITTLE FAITH. In his moving new novel, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church.

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Isaac. After a troubled adolescence and subsequent estrangement from her parents, Shiloh has finally come home. But while Lyle is thrilled to have his whole family reunited, he’s also uneasy: in Shiloh’s absence, she has become deeply involved with an extremist church, and the devout pastor courting her is convinced Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick.

While reckoning with his own faith—or lack thereof—Lyle soon finds himself torn between his unease about the church and his desire to keep his daughter and grandson in his life. But when the church’s radical belief system threatens Isaac’s safety, Lyle is forced to make a decision from which the family may not recover.

Set over the course of one year and beautifully evoking the change of seasons, Little Faith is a powerful and deeply affecting intergenerational novel about family and community, the ways in which belief is both formed and shaken, and the lengths we go to protect our own.

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

More Upcoming Events:


Content Book Club: The Lighthouse Road
Monday, May 13th @ 7 pm

Linda LeGarde Grover reads from In the Night of Memory
Tuesday, May 14th @ 7 pm

Anders Carlson-Wee reads from The Low Passions
Thursday, May 16th @ 7 pm

Storytime with Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen, author & illustrator of The Lost Forest
Saturday, May 18th @ 11 am

RESCHEDULED: Great Lakes Poets Laureate: Reading/Local Book Launch
Monday, May 20th @ 7 pm

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