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Dear Reader,

It's an action-packed week at the bookstore, with not one, not two, but three great literary events lined up, and a little something for every kind of reader. We're proud of the quality and variety of events we're bringing to Northfield this spring, and we hope you can join us for a few of these sure-to-be-delightful events. Scroll down to see what's coming up this week, and watch our website, as always, for the full schedule.

In the two weeks since kids'content opened on Independent Bookstore Day, we've been blown away by the enthusiastic response to our expanded children's offerings from readers and shoppers of all ages! It gives us joy beyond measure to see kids lounging around our newly-expanded space, exploring the playthings we've lovingly selected, discovering new things to read and telling us about their favorites. If you haven't stopped in yet, we hope to see you soon! 

Any day now, spring reading will turn into Summer Reading, and we'll be ready with vacation reads for every taste, and a great Wimpy Kid summer reading treat for the kiddos (see below for details). 

Linda LeGarde Grover reads from IN THE NIGHT OF MEMORY

Tuesday, May 14th @ 7 pm

"A moving tale of loss and recovery in Native America...A remarkable achievement." - David Treuer

Content welcomes Linda LeGarde Grover, author, professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. With IN THE NIGHT OF MEMORY, LeGarde Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. 

When Loretta surrenders her young girls to the county and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country's long, devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, ages 3 and 4, and her absence haunts all the lives she has touched--and all the stories they tell in this novel.

LINDA LEGARDE GROVER's novel "The Road Back to Sweetgrass" (Minnesota, 2014) received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award as well as the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award. The Dance Boots, a book of stories, received the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives received the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award and the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (Minnesota, 2017) won the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

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

Anders Carlson-Wee reads from his new poetry collection, THE LOW PASSIONS

Thursday, May 16th @ 7 pm

Explosive and incantatory, The Low Passions traces the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a young drifter. Pathologically frugal, reckless, and vulnerable, the narrator of these viscerally compelling poems hops freight trains, hitchhikes, dumpster dives, and sleeps in the homes of total strangers, scavenging forgotten and hardscrabble places for tangible forms of faith. A range of strong-willed characters takes shape, amplified by a chorus of monologues from the strangers who shelter him and the family he’s left behind—each made manifest by the poet’s devoted ear and sensitive eye.

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

Saturday Morning Story Time with Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen

Saturday, May 18th @ 11 am

We're delighted to be welcoming the author-illustrator team of THE LOST FOREST for storytime at Content! Come with your little ones to hear the story of a forest “lost” by a surveying error—and all the plants and animals to be found there.

With gentle humor, Phyllis Root takes readers deep into a stand of virgin pine, one of the last and largest in Minnesota, where U.S. history and natural history meet. With the help of Betsy Bowen’s finely observed and beautiful illustrations, readers are shown all the life that can be found in "The Lost Forest".

A forest, of course, doesn’t need a map to know where to grow. But people need a map to find it. And in 1882 when surveyors set out to map a part of Minnesota, they got confused, or tired and cold (it was November), and somehow mapped a great swath of ancient trees as a lake. For more than seventy-five years, the mistake stayed on the map, and the forest remained safe from logging—no lumber baron expects to find timber in a lake, after all. "The Lost Forest" tells the story of this lucky error and of the 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine it preserved.

Accompanying the story is a wealth of information about the Cadastral Survey and about the flora and fauna that inhabit forests—making the book a valuable guide for readers who might want to look even deeper into the history of Minnesota, the composition of old-growth forests, and the apportioning of land in America.

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!

More Upcoming Events:


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

Content Graphic Novel Book Club: Watchmen (Part 2)
Tuesday, May 21st @ 7 pm

Poetry Night: Steven Schild
Tuesday, June 4th @ 7 pm
 

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