Saturday Signings: Kevin Kling & Peg Meier

Magers & Quinn Booksellers presents “Saturday Signings.” Every Saturday in December, great local authors will be available to make your book a unique present–at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Signed books are one-of-a-kind gifts. No one else can give your dad a copy of Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn dedicated to him by the author. Or a copy of Drink This with a personal recommendation from Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers makes it easy for you to get personalized gifts for everyone on your list. Every Saturday in December, authors will be in the store signing copies of their books. The events are free and open to the public.

1:00pm, Saturday, December 18–(Minnesota) Nice Books

Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn is a romp through a yearful of holidays. A wiener dog with an amazing capacity for destruction impresses the whole family and contributes to their collection of favorite disastrous Christmas stories. A Choctaw and a nun go trick-or-treating on Halloween. A boy makes a frightening decision every year when he chooses which classmate gets the “Be Mine” Valentine. Kevin takes his mom to a Fourth of July demolition derbyโ€“and then he takes an epic trip around the bases at a ball game on Memorial Day.

“Kevin Kling’s stories are not merely delightful. They are surprising, wise and redemptive. He is one of our great national treasures.”–Krista Tippett, public radio host and founder of Speaking of Faith and host of Being

Kevin Kling is a playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on public radio. his plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.

Minnesota history comes alive in Wishing for a Snow Day: Growing Up in Minnesota. Beloved pets. Holiday rituals. Schoolyard antics. Teenage perspectives on a world at war. Childhood is a mixed bag of challenges and joys wherever one grows up. In Minnesota, youthful memories may be arranged seasonally: making snow angels in January, swatting mosquitoes in July. They may be tinged with a nostalgic glow or imprinted by lessons hard won.

In this new collection, Peg Meier explores the themes of childhoodโ€”the bitter and the sweet. Thanks to Minnesotans who took the time to write, whether as children in the moment or as adults looking back, Meier unearthed a wealth of material on the subject, ranging from diary entries to reminiscences to newspaper columns, along with plenty of photographs.

Peg Meier is a longtime and award-winning reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.