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Don't miss Shane Burcaw, author of Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse, this Saturday at 4 pm!
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Dear Reader,

It's been a postcard-perfect Northfield summer all around. We relished the chance to help our friend Joy Riggs launch her fabulous new book, perfectly timed to charm and edify visitors to the Vintage Band Festival.

We sponsored a wildly successful (if we may say so ourselves) downtown Northfield scavenger hunt, in which 23 Waldos (and one Odlaw) were hidden in local businesses. We were, frankly, astonished at the number of kids who found every single Waldo, and we loved hearing tales of downtown exploration and discovery from regulars and Content newbies alike. Waldo and the elusive Wizard Whitebeard even made an appearance for our Waldo party and prize drawing! Big thanks to everyone who played, and all our neighbors who made it possible.

We're still savoring every day of the easy summer pace, lunch breaks on the riverwalk, and cabin reading recommendations, but also gearing up for fall...and even w*****. We don't want to freak you out, but 2020 calendars have arrived, and we know some of you will want to shop early for the best selection. The rest of you can just ignore them until December, okay?

One of our favorite signs of the changing seasons is coming up next week: our 4th annual Back-to-Bookclub Night is on Thursday, August 22nd at 7 pm. Before that, though, we've got a couple of great author events, a late-summer sale at kids'content, and more. Read on for details!

Shane Burcaw, author of Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse and Laughing at My Nightmare


Saturday, August 17th @ 4 pm


We're pleased to host author, YouTube sensation, and disability activist Shane Burcaw for a reading and signing event for his latest book, STRANGERS ASSUME MY GIRLFRIEND IS MY NURSE. On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they're actually about family, love, and coming of age.

"With the same frankness and gallows humor that marked his Laughing at My Nightmare ... An accessible, smart-assed, and unexpectedly tender exploration of life, love, and disability."
- Kirkus

From the author of Laughing at My Nightmare—a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers—comes another collection of evocative and humor-infused essays about living with a disability in an able-bodied world.

With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

Summer's Last Hurrah!

SALE at kids'content

Does it feel like summer is flitting away a little too quickly? There's plenty of time to pack in some more fun before school starts, and we'll make it a bit easier with some great deals on toys to help you get the most out of August. Starting today, through Labor Day (while supplies last), take:
  • 20% off Insect Lore Bug Science Kits like Ladybug Land and the fabulous Butterfly House (there's still plenty of time to hatch some new friends this fall!)
  • 20% off all things Unicorn (including books with unicorns!)
  • 20% off Kites, Pinwheels, and Slip-and-Slides
  • and for good measure, take an extra 20% off all clearance items

Dan Hill, author of Two Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style


Monday, August 19th @ 7 pm


Content gladly welcomes author Dan Hill as he shares his newest book Two Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style.

Not only in America, but around the globe democracy is under siege. In an era personified by Donald Trump, illiberal--increasingly hollow--democracies, and "strongman" dictatorships, it's time to take a closer look at the nature of the leaders who shape our world. The policies or positions that leaders adopt may change, but rarely their personalities. All of us have signature facial expressions that reveal the emotions we gravitate to most often over time. The difference is that in leading a country, the head of state's feelings can hold sway over events likely to greatly impact every citizen's life and well-being.

In Two Cheers for Democracy, the focus is on identifying emotional patterns that help to predict three key things about leaders: will they prove to be competent, compelling, and compassionate in executing their official duties? This book analyzes all 44 U.S. presidents to date and every U.S. presidential debate ever held, from 1960 to 2016, in addition to 79 foreign leaders. With results from the American Political Science Association's presidential greatness rankings, Gallup polls, and Freedom House's annual survey of countries' commitment to democracy as benchmarks, the book takes seriously--in a unique way--the central question of today: what's the personality of the people leading us, and can we trust them to look out for the public good?

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

Content's 4th Annual Back-to-Bookclub Night


Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

We're pleased to host author, Join us for one of our favorite nights of the year: Back-to-Bookclub Night at Content!

Are you just a little jealous of those back-to-school shopping lists the kids get to enjoy? The only thing better than the smell of freshly-sharpened pencils is the feel of a new book in your hands -- even better if you know you'll get to discuss your latest pick with friends. Join us for an evening of book talk with our Penguin Random House rep and Content staff as we present new books and undiscovered gems, perfect for book groups or your own next read. It’ll be a fun night of treats and camaraderie with your fellow book lovers. We'll even have a few door prizes, and book clubs that bring at least 3 members will get an extra discount on the evening's purchases. Don't have a book club? Bring a friend and get inspired - all book lovers are welcome!

Find more details on our website or on Facebook.

More Upcoming Events


Content Graphic Novel Bookclub: THE VISION
Tuesday August 20 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Bridge Chamber Music Festival concert
Wednesday August 21 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM

J. Ryan Stradal returns to Content with THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA
Monday September 16 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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