Staff Picks Bonanza: Fiction

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Welcome to the end of year staff picks roundup! Each fall we have a staff meeting where we have the opportunity to tell each other about the titles we’re excited to share with customers this holiday season. Some of our picks are brand new bestsellers, some are underappreciated gems, some are established perennial favorites. Here are some of the fiction titles the M&Q crew is crushing on right now:

Sorry for the damage we just did to your TBR pile. But not really. Happy reading! – M&Q crew


Magers and Quinn Presents: David Treuer

1594634076_fullIn February 2015, we welcomed David Treuer back to Minnesota for a reading of his novel Prudence.

In this episode, David discusses the origins of his novel – from a stray line in a Hemingway biography to a German prisoner of war camp near Leech Lake Reservation – and takes questions about his characters, the Ojibwe language, and a book’s conscious and unconscious “ancestors.”


About Prudence:
On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family’s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war. Awaiting him are his hovering mother, his distant father, the Indian caretaker who’s been more of a father to him than his own, and Billy, the childhood friend who has become something much more intimate. But before the homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier, escaped from the POW camp across the river, explodes in a shocking act of violence, with consequences that will shape how each of them makes sense of their lives.

Prudence is a story of desire, loss, and the search for connection in a riven world; of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. It’s about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can’t help telling, and whom – and how – we’re supposed to love.



Magers and Quinn Presents: William Kent Krueger

1476749248_fullWe’re doing a true Throwback Thursday today with a year-old event podcast! Award-winning author and Minnesota favorite William Kent Krueger read from his novel Windigo Island in June 2015. He spoke about the issues driving the novel, and gave an insider’s look into crime fiction writing and the “hook and pull.”

Then, he discussed his novel Ordinary Grace, winner of the 2014 Edgar Award, and gives a hint of its upcoming companion book, This Tender Land.



Be sure to look out for Krueger’s latest Cork O’Connor book, Manitou Canyon, available in September!





Recorded at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on June 22, 2015.