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07/20/2014 2:15 pm
Meet former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she signs copies of her new book, Hard Choices, at Common Good Books in St Paul, Minnesota.
Tickets are required. Tickets are $35.00 each (plus tax) and include a copy of Hard Choices. Only ticketed customers will be permitted to join the signing line.
Tickets will be available at Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105) beginning Saturday, July 12. Tickets are not available online or over the phone.
Customers who have purchased a copy of Hard Choices at Common Good Books before July 8 may receive a complimentary ticket upon proof of purchase.
There will be a limit of one (1) signed copy of Hard Choices per customer. No personal items will be allowed in the event space. A bag check will be provided. No other books or memorabilia, please.
07/04/2014 11:00 am
07/06/2014 12:00 pm
Common Good Books gives you a chance to meet great authors throughout the weekend. Stop by, say hello, and get a book inscribed to that special someone on your shopping list.
2:00pm, Friday, July 4
Holly Harden, author of Good Food from Mrs Sundberg’s Kitchen
Holly Harden is a writer for A Prairie Home Companion. Good Food Mrs Sundberg’s Kitchen brings together the best recipes this side of Lake Wobegon, featuring more than 160 basic recipes with common ingredients already in your pantry. On top of it all are a few of Mrs. Sundberg's stories and thoughts on ordinary life.
1:00pm, Saturday, July 5
Greg Brandon, author of Betsy's Big Day at the Game
Betsy spends a wonderful and exciting day at the ball park with her beloved grandfather, demonstrating to him all she has learned about keeping score.Betsy's Big Day at the Game includes instructions and a scorecard, so you can begin a tradition to last a lifetime.
2:00pm, Saturday, July 5
Bette Hammel, author of Great Houses of Summit Avenue.
Peek inside twenty-four of St Paul’s grandest homes. Packed with more than 300 photographs, history, and stories, Great Houses of Summit Avenue is a wonderful and unique keepsake.
For more information on all the weekend’s anniversary events, please visit www.prairiehome.org
“I have always felt that a lyric poem that claims an 'I'—that this isn’t fiction. It might be exaggeration or imagination, and it might be flat-out LIES."
The National Book Critics Circle Award winning author of Space, in Chains talks to Common Good Books about her latest collection The Infinitesimals.
Dale M. Kushner will discuss the theme of yearning in her novel "The Conditions of Love." She will be joined by Therese Stanton.
07/15/2014 7:00 pm
A teenage girl endures fire, flood and the loss of her parents in this bracing, oddly uplifting debut novel.
In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the backwaters of Wisconsin with her outrageously narcissistic mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father as an infant, Eunice worries that she will become a misfit like her mother. When her mother's lover, the devoted Sam, moves in, Eunice imagines her life will finally become normal.
But her hope dissolves when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm sends Eunice away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice's odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit's shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to redefine herself, reject bitterness and keep her heart open, she survives and flourishes. At once fable and realistic story, The Conditions of Love is a book about emotional and physical survival. Through sheer force of will, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life.
Dale M. Kushner grew up in New Jersey and moved to the Midwest to study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has been widely published in literary journals including IMAGE, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Witness, Fifth Wednesday and elsewhere. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin. Her most recent poetry collection is More Alive Than Lions Roaring; The Conditions of Love is her first novel.
Therese Stanton was awarded the 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Award for her novel All Songs Singing. She is the recipient of the Avery Hopwood Award, The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award,The Rackham Merit Followership and The Native American Writers Fellowship at the Vermont Writing Studio. Her work has been published in many journals and magazines including, A Public Space, Meridian, Carve, Ms. Magazine, On the
Issues, Changing Men, Emma, Off Our Backs, Lakota Times, and The Nation.Her short story, “All Songs Singing,” received Special Mention for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.
07/24/2014 7:00 pm
Savor the delicious history of a St Paul landmark.
When Candyland opened its doors in downtown St. Paul in 1932, it was called Flavo Korn and sold mainly popcorn to office workers and the throngs that lined up outside the many sparkling downtown movie palaces. Streetcars plied the brick-paved streets before giving way to buses, and the corner of Wabasha and Seventh Streets was considered the heart of St. Paul and the city’s own movie row. The movie theaters and streetcars are long gone, but over the years, Candyland has survived momentous social change and urban revitalization efforts to become a destination for generations of visitors lured by the store’s signature popcorn blends and delectable homemade chocolates and fudge.
Susan M. Barbieri is a St. Paul writer and longtime journalist who has worked for a variety of local and national publications, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Minnesota Monthly.
“Who was expecting an album of jazz standards from 73-year-old Dylan?”
Common Good Books talks to the author of The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob Dylan. Meet David Kinney at Common Good Books on Thursday, May 22nd. Read on.
Common Good Books is pleased to unveil the first in a series of limited edition t-shirts, not available wherever books are sold.
Looking for that special gift?
Common Good Books has signed and personalized editions of Garrison Keillor's new poetry anthology, Good Poems, American Places. This collection is a splendid road trip across the USA with the perfect guide riding shotgun and a welcome addition to anyone's library.
To order a personalized copy, simply place the order as usual. Once completed, please go to "Order comments" under your order summary and click "Add an order comment" and enter the desired personal message. We will confirm your order and message via email.
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