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.

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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.

Publisher of the Month: Coffee House Press

For October’s Publisher of the Month, we went local with independent nonprofit Coffee House Press.

CHP was founded in 1972 as Toothpaste Press, when its late founder Allan Kornblum saw an opportunity to create his ideal publishing house. From a mimeo magazine to letterpress publisher, CHP has evolved into a trade publisher with international reach.

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CHP Titles on Display at M&Q

Through their literary publications and their Books in Action model, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector—between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action.

Located in Northeast Minneapolis in the historic Grain Belt Beer bottling building, Coffee House Press publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

My personal favorite among the fantastic authors on CHP’s list is poet Ron Padgett. Several of his books have been published by Coffee House, including Pulitzer Prize finalist How Long, and most recently,  Alone and Not Alone. Padgett’s deceptively casual, easygoing phrases lead you smoothly down the page, until you’re suddenly tripped up by a humorous anticlimax or unexpectedly touching image.

There’s plenty of love for Coffee House Press among the staff here at M&Q. Gary is a fan of Margaret Aldrich’s The Little Free Library Book, because of the revolution that Little Free Libraries have created all over the world.

Derek recommends Laurie Foos’ The Blue Girl and Eimar McBride’s Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Ann says The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang is always a classic, and a Twin Cities must-read, especially for St. Paul residents.

Ann also wants us all to be on the lookout for the upcoming collection of short stories from Brian Evenson. “His stories are so disturbing and fresh and not like anything else you’ve read. They keep haunting you long after you’ve put the book down.” Look for A Collapse of Horses in February 2016!

The display will be up for the rest of October, but we promise we have Coffee House Press titles in the store year round! To find out more about Coffee House Press, its books, and its mission, visit the website, coffeehousepress.org.