Thursday, November 29, 2012

When Kobe Bryant gets sick, he gets reading...

...reading the local University of Minnesota Press title, Thirty Rooms to Hide In; Insanity, Addiction and Rock n' Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic by Luke Longstreet Sullivan.

Check out the link to his Facebook page.

Magers and Quinn Young Readers' Book-of-the-Month Club

How wonderful would it be to receive a 
surprise gift every month? 

Especially if that surprise gift is a book!

Let me introduce our very own Young Readers' Book-of-the-Month Club. A Fantastic gift for the young reader in your life.

Here's how it works.

You choose from 3 different book collections, depending on the age of the child in your life.
 1st Book Collection; Ages 0-5
 2nd Book Collection: Ages 5-7
 3rd Book Collection: Ages 8-12 and up

12-month Package: $175
6-month Package: $87

We take the information of the person you would like to send it to and we take care of the rest! Every month a book from the collection will be sent out from our store. 

These are available to purchase at our registers until December 31.

Aren't they divine?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Unique and Collectible Gifts under $175

Check out our showcase of unique and collectible gifts under $175 housed 
in the Calendar and Minnesota Book area of the store . 
You'll find incredible goodies like... 
Crosby Continental Editions' Torrents of Spring Vol 1 by Ernest Hemingway ($150), 
Gorey's The Gorey Alphabet (First Edition $45,)
 a signed copy of Jim Carroll's Basketball Diaries ($75) and a
wonderful copy of Annichen Bohn's Norwegian Knitting Design. ($75.) 
Plus many more hand selected gifts from our collection.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Seth Godin's "The Icarus Deception"

Do you work in business? Education? Non-profits? Bestselling author, Seth Godin has a fascinating new book due out next month. This book may make a fantastic holiday gift for your potential business clients, educators in your life, local businesses, or our area Chamber of Commerce.

The Icarus Deception

"In Seth Godin's most inspiring book yet, he challenges readers to find 
the courage to treat their work as a form of art.

Whether you're a teacher, engineer, doctor, middle manager, or customer 
service rep, you can fly higher by bringing your best self to work. You 
can care about what you're doing today and how you can improve tomorrow. 
Godin shows us how it's possible, and convinces us why it's essential". 

For more information, contact Gary, our Outreach and Sales Manager here at Magers and Quinn.  Email or call 612-822-4611

Come See Santa and so much more...

  On Saturday, December 1 from 10:30am-12:30pm we are having a supremely festive event. We are partnering with Way to Grow, a local non-profit organization supporting children's literacy to host a visit with Santa and story time with local author, Marianne Richmond.

A little about Way to Grow from their website:

For over 20 years, Way to Grow has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focused on the most important stages of life — from prenatal to kindergarten — and parenting. In October 2010, we launch the Great by Eight Initiative in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools. This new program expands our research-based model to grade three, age eight.

about_landingWe’re on a mission.

We firmly believe that every child should be born healthy, stay healthy and have the equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. And that can only happen with parents’ active participation. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a healthy home and become their children’s first and most important teachers.

  • If you choose, 15% of your total purchase will go to support Way to Grow. Ask for the voucher at the register.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town to share stories and treats with your children and beloved pets! Remember your camera to take photos of your time with Santa!

  • Award winning Minneapolis author and artist, Marianne Richmond, author of I Love You so Much and I believe in You, will be here to share her love of giving creative voice to the feelings and stories of life. Stop by and listen to her read her books.

I Love you so Much
I believe in You

Bring your families in next Saturday and kick off the holidays with us!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Give the Gift of Reading this Holiday!

 We are so pleased to be partnering once again with 
Children's Hospitals and Clinics in our annual Holiday Book Drive. 

If you stop in our stores during this holiday season, we would love it if you would purchase a book for donation to children in need or make a cash donation and we'll pick out a book for you!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rare Finds: Beautiful Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Beyer, Andre
Portraits: A History
An over sized art treasury contains reproductions of nearly three hundred major works that trace the history of western portraiture from ancient to modern times, in a volume complemented by intimate coverage of the artists' techniques and close-up details.
$60.00 reg.$125.00

Onasch, Konrad          
Icons, the Fascination and the Reality   
Riverside Book Co.
Brown cloth folio with gilt titles. Tight, clean, unmarked.DJ & photos are very bright. Bottom edge of front board has minimal scuff.
13.25" x 10.25"

Gunnerarsson, Torsten
Mirror of Nature: Nordic Landscape Painting 1840-1910
Staten's Museum fur Kunst
ISBN 8790096630

Cohen, Jean-Louis
Le Corbusier Le Grand
Phaidon Press
A collection of Corbusier’s sketches, personal photos, architecture, and more. 600 pages of photographs.

Finely bound editions of Chaucer,  George Eliot, Washington Irving, Wallace Stegner  and many more from Franklin Library and Easton Press.

Follow the sign and it will lead you to our Oz collection plus tons more rare, collectible books. 

Browse our huge selection of rare and 
collectible books in our 
online catalog Magers and Quinn
 and click Rare & Collectible under Browse Departments. 
From Rare Art to the Loomis Collection of Oz Books!!
Or stop by the the store and visit our balcony showroom.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2012 National Book Award Winners

  We are very pleased, as I am sure Ms. Erdrich is, that The Round House was picked as the 2012 National Book Award winner in Fiction. 

Also, local author William Alexander (and former Magers and Quinn employee) was also the winner in Young People's Literature for his novel, Goblin Secrets.

And we can't forget Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, for her win in Non-Fiction. Thought not local to us, she was a guest of ours very early on this year for a book signing.

Jeff Kinney stops by!

Excitement of the day yesterday
 Jeff Kinney stopped by here at Magers and Quinn and 
graciously signed copies of his new book
*The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)*, 
as well as backlist titles. 
Jeff is making his way around the
country in the Wimpy Kid bus and it was a delight to meet
 him and have him in the store! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rare Finds for Discerning and Unusual Tastes

Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thomas Crowell & Co.
ca 1910, 4vo. Full bound dark green cloth with decorative gilt title on front board. All text in ornate calligraphy with some dust soil, gilt on spine faded, gilt on front board faded but still legible, 3 1/2' X 3/4" light ink on front board, not too distracting.
Some pleasant darkening to page edges from age, previous owner's stamp on front paste down, otherwise interior nice and clean. 
A beautiful book inside and out.

Miscellaneous Papers and Legal Instruments Under the Hand and Seal of William Shakespeare
Samuel Ireland
1796. 8vo.This copy has been rebound, half morocco with brown cloth. Gilt titling on spine labels with simple, delicate gilt accents. The original interior is toned but clean. Engraved, folding frontispiece. Uncut edges. Includes rather interesting inscription from former owner, mentioning his acquaintance to author of the book in his later years, signed 1873.

Browse our huge selection of rare and 
collectible books in our 
online catalog Magers and Quinn
 and click Rare & Collectible under Browse Departments. 
From Rare Art to the Loomis Collection of Oz Books!!
Or stop by the the store and visit our balcony showroom.

Up the stairs...

to the Balcony.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Featuring our new Notable Display

Recommendations from Laurie Lindeen; Author, Teacher and Rock Star.

Laurie Lindeen is a woman with many talents; the author of Petal Pushers and the current anthology Drinking Diaries, teacher of memoir writing at The Loft and former rock star from the all women indy rock band, Zuzu's Petals. 

She is going to be our guest this evening here at Magers and Quinn at 7:30 to discuss her new book.

Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up

We would love it if you could stop by to not only to see her but to see her wonderful display of book recommendations.

If you are a regular customer or blog reader, you may remember last month when we featured recommendations from local musician Dylan Hicks. Laurie's recommendations will continue our new tradition of featuring talented folks in our community that are notable in their respected worlds, whether it is in music, writing, food or education.

 Laurie recommends...

GREAT MODERN MEMOIRS:  As a practitioner of that sticky genre
 of memoir writing, I am drawn to the art of  great story
 telling that utilizes all of the elements of the best fiction writing 
 while working with the raw chaotic materials of real life.  I believe
 that the writer of memoir is not allowed to make stuff up.

 IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: (well known master works such as
 KLOSTERMAN excluded but enthusiastically recommended -- they
 don't need my plug.)
 Semisonic drummer Slichter artfully re-creates the personal & 
 professional journey that plummeted this Minneapolis band to the top of the charts in
 the late '90s.  Written with thoughtfulness, skill, and wit, a 
 fascinating tale for musicians and music lovers as well of fans of great writing.

 In the mid 1990s Trynin found herself in one of the largest major
 record label bidding wars of that time when
 indie artists were being wined and dine based on the meteoric
 success of Nirvana's NEVERMIND.  A funny, heartbreaking account
 of an artist as a young woman feeling her way through life and big 

 A most heart-breaking and at times hilarious account of a man
 trying to know and understand his baffling father in both life and 
 death.  Cooper is a poet and his prose is gorgeous.
  THE TENDER BAR, J.R. Moehringer
 The romantic allure of a bar named Dicken's is the main character in this coming of age memoir. 
Moehringer finds family, salvation, and community
 inside this Long Island watering hole until it catches up with him in 
 that way that bars often do.

 LOVE IS A MIX TAPE, Rob Sheffield 
This memoir is about two young music lovers in love set in the late 
 '80s and early '90s. Anyone interested in the great music from those years and capable of 
 appreciating a heart-breaking love story will be forever moved by Sheffield's 
 great big heart.

 DARKROOM, Jill Christman
 A criminally under-appreciated master work, DARKROOM is one of the most
 gorgeously written, wise and thoughtful memoirs I have ever read. 
 Dealing with family tragedy, abuse, and self-destructiveness, Christman is never a  victim but
 instead a clear-eyed witness who overcomes unspeakable adversity.
 Why this was never a bestseller is beyond me.  A recounting of a youthful
 trip to the far corners of the earth with an unstable travel 
 companion, this
 memoir is beautifully written and riveting.

 St. Paul's Hampl is, to my mind, the foremost expert and practitioner 
 of memoir writing today.  All of her memoirs are superb, but this one is an essay collection
 discussing and deconstructing the genre and the way it can and should
 be practiced.  I consider it a memoirist's bible.
 A beautifully wrought essay collection by another of our great  memoirist, it's
 the book from which I pluck most of my teaching materials.  Beard's eye
 for sensory detail is second to none, and her writing voice is  crystal clear, funny, and thoughtful.

 Because we need to laugh out loud while reading as often as possible,
 this one had me in stitches, and it's wise, thoughtful, and well-written.
 A haunting memoir about an English childhood in the 1970s.  Music
 is the governing theme while Greenlaw examines with a sharp eye for 
 detail family and social issues.

TOWNIE, Andre Dubus III
 An incredible account of a challenging childhood and quest for identity,
 this is the modern day answer to Frank Conroy's STOP-TIME.
We have plenty of these fine books on display. 
 Come on in and check them out! 

Thanks to Laurie for sharing with us.

Friday, November 2, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird Movie 50th Anniversary

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird on Thursday November 15. One day only! 

Check your local theaters.
And while you're at it, pick up a copy of the book too. 2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the book. It's about time you all read it.