We're busy as bees getting ready for the weekend's big event -- but first, join us for a great night of poetry with Michael Bazzett.
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Dear Reader,

You may not be able to tell what we're up to if you stop into the shop for a quick errand, but if you hang around for long you're sure to hear a power tool coming from the back room, or maybe even see Jessica hopping out of the back of an 18-wheeler on Division Street, retrieving a pallet of precious cargo. We're hard at work preparing the new space we're adding to Content! We're calling it Kids'Content, and we'll be ready to show you around the place this Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day (even if we haven't gotten to all of the finishing touches just yet).

We're celebrating our 5th Independent Bookstore Day with coffee and donuts at 10 am, story time at 11, and giveaways, exclusive merchandise, and other delights throughout the day. Read on below for all the fabulous details.

Tonight, join us for a very special poetry night tonight, featuring Carleton alum ('88) Michael Bazzett, who's author of one of the New York Times' top ten notable poetry books of 2018, a new translation of the K'iche' creation myth and one of the only indigenous American epics, The Popol Vuh. He'll read at 7 pm tonight (see below for details).

And don't forget, we're celebrating National Poetry Month with a juicy discount: take 10% off one poetry title, 20% off two, and 30% off three (consignment titles excluded). This includes poetry books for kids, of which we have a rather delectable selection at Kids'Content, if we may say so ourselves. They make great bedtime reading, and might inspire a young person you love to put pen to paper themselves!

Michael Bazzett reads from his translation of The Popol Vuh

Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7 pm

Please join us to hear Michael Bazzett read from his acclaimed translation of The Popol Vuh, which was named one of the New York Times Best Poetry Books of 2018.

The K’iche’ creation myth of The Popol Vuh is thousands of years old, one of the only epics indigenous to the Americas. By turns poetic and lucid, sinuous and accessible, this verse translation—the first of its kind—breathes new life into an essential tale.

"Mr. Bazzett's translation offers a welcome path into the power of The Popol Vuh as beautiful literature. . . . [his] arrangement and format give the work its own authentic-sounding rhythm and cadence, something that is lost a bit in the recent scholarly editions . . . Mr. Bazzett writes that his intent was to create a more accessible source for students, 'a version of the myth they could disappear into, a verse version that truly sang.' He has succeeded." --Wall Street Journal

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

Saturday, April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day!

Don’t miss the 5th annual celebration of your love of indies! Our big surprise for the day is a sneak preview of our new dedicated kids' space (with TOYS!), Kids'Content. We'll have lots more space for children's books in our new space, as well as beautiful, hilarious, nostalgic, and all-around delightful playthings for kids of all ages.

We'll kick off the day with coffee and donuts at 10 am, so come early to get your pick of the treats and your pick of the exclusive Bookstore Day merch. Then, in collaboration with our friends at Northfield Yarn (who are celebrating Local Yarn Store Day on Saturday, too!), we'll host Bunny and Goat story time at 11 am at Kids'Content, with picture book favorites starring fuzzy and wooly friends. Northfield Yarn will be hosting friendly angora bunnies all day, and bottle baby goats from 1 pm to 5 pm, so you can make a day of it with our furry friends!

All day on Saturday, you can get a gorgeous Independent Bookstore Day Tote with original art by Jane Mount when you spend $100 or more (or you can buy a tote for $15). And with every purchase, you can enter to win the coveted Tote of Contentment, a classy canvas bag of bookish riches that we promise will amaze and delight the lucky winner.

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

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

More Upcoming Events:

Nickolas Butler reads from Little Faith
Tuesday, April 30th @ 7 pm

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

Great Lakes Poets Laureate: Reading/Local Book Launch

Monday, May 20th @ 7 pm


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