What is Plaid Friday? A whole lot of fun, that’s what.

Every year we see lots of news stories about the mayhem and euphoria that is Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year.

We agree that shopping is basically the most fun thing to do ever (for us, “shopping” means buying books when our houses and apartments are already full to the brim, and we are at peace with this).

How can you combine the excitement of day-after-Thanksgiving shopping with your tradition of supporting local independent businesses?



Plaid Friday is a movement of local business associations across the country who promote deals and events on the day after Thanksgiving.

Here’s a look at OUR special Plaid Friday offers, available on Friday, November 25:

  • Penguin Merch Giveaway
    To celebrate 70 years of publishing iconic paperback editions of literary masterpieces, Penguin released the Orange Collection this fall. Buy a Penguin Orange classic, get a FREE GIFT from Penguin Random House.

Buy one of these beauties, get a special gift from Penguin!

  • Wear plaid, get swag
    Make a purchase while WEARING PLAID to show your support for local business, and you’ll get a FREE TOTE and mystery gift on your way out!

If you want to plan a full day of Twin Cities Plaid Friday activity (which you totally should – get that shopping done early so you can sit and read!), head over to the official Plaid Friday Facebook page or blog.

We can’t wait to see you!




Magers and Quinn Presents: Nora McInerny Purmort


Breathe easy, folks: Magers and Quinn Presents is back!

Nora McInerny Purmort visited the store in June to read from her heart-wrenching and hilarious (yeah, both) memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too).

Listen for Nora’s take on the glories of syllabus day, the miracle of IUI, and the weird things people say to you during a tragedy.



About It’s Okay to Laugh:
Twentysomething Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit. They just knew. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and married after his first surgery. They had a baby when he was on chemo. They shared an amazing summer filled with happiness and laughter. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms in another hospital bed. His wildly creative obituary, which they wrote together, touched the world. Now, Nora shares hysterical, moving, and painfully honest stories about her journey with Aaron. It’s OK to Laugh explores universal themes of love, marriage, work, (single) motherhood, and depression through her refreshingly frank viewpoint.



Magers and Quinn Presents: Max Porter and Marlon James










Last month, British novelist Max Porter visited us from across the pond and was joined by Marlon James. Minneapolis-based Marlon read from his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which is the most recent winner of the Man Booker Prize. Then Max read from his novel Grief is the Thing With Feathers, one of our staff’s favorite books of 2016.

In the Q&A portion, Max talks about crows on YouTube, his wife’s reaction to the novel, and the importance of both high and low culture, with input from Marlon. Listen through the audio file below, or get the episode from iTunes – search “Magers and Quinn Presents” in the podcast store.

About Grief is the Thing With Feathers: A grieving husband and father is adrift in the wake of his wife’s sudden, accidental death. He and his two sons struggle to face the unbearable sadness that has engulfed them. The father imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness, while the boys wander, savage and unsupervised. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow–antagonist, trickster, goad, protector, therapist, and babysitter. This self-described “sentimental bird,” at once wild and tender, who “finds humans dull except in grief,” threatens to stay with the family until they no longer need him.

Part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter’s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect. Full of angular wit and profound truths, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers is a startlingly original and haunting debut by a significant new talent.

Recorded at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on June 23, 2016.