where I went in April

Alright, so since there’s a TON of events going on and my poor fingers can’t keep up with typing up each one after I attend, I thought I would do monthly recaps of the awesome ones I went to. This way, you get a look at the bigger picture of what’s going on in the Twin Cities every month!

I will also be doing monthly looking ahead event posts so I can highlight some of the awesome things coming up in the near future! These will be posting towards the beginning of each month. (But bear with me as I form these blogging trends on this baby blog!) I’m working on a post to give you SOON because there’s some great ones coming up just this week!

April Event Recap

As you know, the last day of April included the second annual Independent Bookstore Day 2016, which you can read about here (part 1) and here (part 2).

milkweedOn April 29, my husband and I attended Milkweed Editions’ and Motionpoems’ National Poetry Month + Reading Party at Milkweed Editions and the Loft Literary Center in the Open Book building. I wasn’t able to attend the pre-party, but the reading was BOMB. So. Good. First, Adam Clay read from his new poetry book, then Mary Austin Speaker, and lastly Anders Nilsen.

And let me tell you, I was blown away by all three. Anders brought a fantastic twist to the reading by showing us his drawings as he read his poetry/stories, and I was floored. Definitely so thankful I attended this. download

On April 21, as I talked about here, Andy and I were able to attend Coffee House Press’ Bowling & Books Happy Hour event at Bryant Lake Bowl. It was so fun to get to know some of their staff on a more informal level while bowling, and now I am way more excited to read more of their books that I now have to explore!

helen macdonald

April 14 marks the day I met Helen Macdonald at the Loft. I think it’s safe to call it an understatement how EXCITING THIS WAS. She was just lovely—so very personable, relatable, and down to earth. I loved hearing her stories about what raising her hawk Mabel taught her. Seriously, I wish I could grab tea with this woman. So much wisdom, ugh! I have yet to locate the picture that was taken of us at the Loft by their photographer, but when I track it down it WILL be on social media, haha. This event was also fairly bittersweet because it was my last official event I worked for Magers & Quinn. I am now just part time a bookseller in the store and occasionally help out with in-store events only now. This event was extra special as I was able to take care of selling books while also hearing the talk on the big screen in the overflow room. It was so wonderful. I wish I had the time to read her book NOW.

h is for hawk

our book table at the Helen Macdonald event! 


Even though it feels like such a short month for me with only 4 literary events that I attended, that’s still hitting my goal of one every week! I actually looked back at it like this yet and it feels so good to be closer to accomplishing all my professional goals. Of course, there were many great ones that I know I missed. I’d love to hear about them from you!

Did you attend any awesome literary events in April, or listening to any readings on NPR even? Please share in the comments! 


ideas for indie bookstore day

HEY GUYS, guess what!

Saturday, April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day. 

indie bookstore day 2016

You heard me: a day to celebrate all your favorite indie bookstores! Visit! Read! Buy! Say hello!

Though I work that evening (at my very own favorite indie bookstore), I have until 4pm to hit as many Twin Cities metro bookstores as possible. And yes, that is my goal.

Actually, here’s the part where I tell you that my goal for this summer is to hit them all. All of them that are within an hour or two of Minneapols, anyway. Unless of course I’m on a trip up north or wherever, then I will make it a point to visit any bookstore within 30 miles of my location. Don’t worry, I’ll be chronicling my adventures—with photos!—on this blog. I’ll make it a point to meet a person at each bookstore and HOPEFULLY (if I can afford it) buy a book or piece of memorabilia from each store. I haven’t solidified all the “rules” yet, but those are what I have so far.

Anyways, back to April 30.

I can’t tell you all the details yet, because I’m not sure who even knows them all. But on April 30 you can get a Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport. There are 10 stores featured (but that’s the part I don’t know yet. The only store I know for sure is Magers & Quinn!), and if you collect all 10 stamps on your passport, take a picture of the completed stamps page, and tweet it to @MidwestBooks, you’ll apparently receive a $10 gift certificate from all 10 participating stores. HOW COOL IS THAT?!

I got this limited info from Magers & Quinn. So you should start by going there (shameless plug!) 😉

Please, if you can, take this opportunity to show the love to the independently owned and bookish and amazing stores that keep readers’ hungry minds happy. Skip Barnes & Noble, and skip Amazon—at least just for the DAY—and experience something totally new, even if you only visit one!

Here are some ideas for the frugal or the time-limited indie bookstore shopper:

  1. Buy a new (or unique used!) book as a Christmas present. Just don’t forget where you stashed it when wrapping season comes around! But think of how prepared you’ll feel!
  2. Check out some of the awesome, limited one-day-only merchandise that will be available at participating stores! Like the temporary tattoos available at M&Q!
  3. Buy a book of poems for National Poetry Month before it’s over! Heck, maybe you should read one poem at every bookstore (hmmm, I might actually have to steal this idea)…
  4. Take a photo of the most unique book, rare, used, or otherwise—that you find and share it on social media! Don’t forget to use the #IBD2016 tag! Check out my own Instagram (link in about) for my #IBD2016 adventures.

Don’t forget to have fun and share the book love with everyone you know!

Here’s the list of participating Minnesota bookstores that I found hereSince some are fairly far apart, try just visiting the ones in the Twin Cities or near suburbs at least!