Monthly Archives: May 2009

Readers Anonymous Tonite!

It’s third Thursday, and our free-form book club, Readers Anonymous, will meet this evening at 6 pm at the book shop.

If you read some ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) this month bring them to let us know what you thought. Many of you have come in during the month to report, and I do really appreciate that! Tresa and I can’t read all the ARCs that come to us, so it’s a huge help to have you all reading and reviewing some of them for us. Besides, it keeps you, our faithful Readers Anonymous-ers, on the cutting edge of new and upcoming books!

Otherwise, bring your favorite read of the month, as always, and new friends are also most definitely welcome.

See you this evening.

And be sure to check out this week’s Book News for May 28th!

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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


Memorial Day Weekend Events

Here’s hoping you all have a great Memorial Day weekend with plenty of fun and relaxation!

To help make it even better, we have planned two events here at the Next Chapter.

This Friday, May 22nd, 6pm

Poetry Slam!

For poets and listeners alike, this is a tournament-style poetry performance event.  Poets, bring three poems and be ready to present them with attitude and style!  The leaders from the first round will move on to the 2nd round, and the final round will be a read-off between the two favorite poets.  Audience come prepared to have fun and listen to the great local talent – and you never know, you might be one of the at-randomly-chosen judges.  As a special added bonus, we have heard rumors that local Bard, Joe Plum might once again join us.

Friday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 31st

Used Book Sale!

All used fiction paperback books $1!

Our used book donations have been so generous that we are running out of room — so stock up on summer reads, send some to the troops, give them to your kids, the sky’s the limit!  Mysteries, Romances, Westerns, Thrillers, and so much more.  Of course, we always give (at least) 10% of our monthly used book sales to a local charity or project, and the beneficiary for May is the Red Rock Arts Alliance, so show your support to the folks who bring us Art at the (Farmers) Market each Saturday in Summer, the Autumn Studio Tour, and the upcoming Arts Midwest international travelling performance groups.

We will be CLOSED on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th

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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized


Local Books

We are pleased to have several local authors and publishers represented on our shelves here at The Next Chapter.  Who knew we lived in such a talented community?  Several of these titles come from The Write Place, an independent publisher in Pella, Iowa, and we appreciate all the work they do to bring the less-known authors to print.

Many of these titles make excellent gifts — particularly for the graduates and dads in your life!

Below is a list of the local titles/authors we currently carry — please let us know if there are others we should know about!

  • Across the Known World, Poems by Keith Ratzlaff
  • Adventures in Contemporary Yucatan: An American’s Reflections, by Alan Van Bodegraven
  • The Calamity Jayne series, by Kathleen Bacus, including Calamity Jayne, Calamity Jayne Rides Again, Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun, Calamity Jayne Goes West, Calamity Jayne Goes to College, and Anchors Aweigh
  • Coal Mining Days in Marion County, Iowa, 1880s – 1990s, by Harriet Heusinkveld
  • Dubious Angels, Poems after Paul Klee, by Keith Ratzlaff
  • Dutch Costumes: A Look Into the Past, by Jacki Craver & Phyllis Zylstra with Photography by Desha Bruxvoort
  • Fiance at Her Fingertips, by Kathleen Bacus
  • Iowa, The Definitive Collection, Classics of Contemporary Readings by Iowans, About Iowa, edited by Zachary Michael Jack, including a piece by local author Robert Leonard
  • Letters to a Young Iowan: Good Sense from the Good Folks of Iowa for Young People Everywhere, edited by Zachary Michael Jack, including a piece by Robert Leonard
  • Machine Quilting : The Basics & Beyond, by Lynn Witzenburg
  • Man Under a Pear Tree, Poems by Keith Ratzlaff
  • My America, by E. J. G. Bloemendaal
  • Red Rock, Iowa : Annals of a Frontier Community 1843 – 1969, by Harriet Heusinkveld
  • The Reel Adventures of A Marion County Angler, by Jeff Rowland
  • then, a thousand crows, by Keith Ratzlaff
  • This Side of Normal, by Eric Devine
  • Treasury of Gems: Humor and Wisdom Collected Over a Lifetime, by Mary Addink
  • Weller Roots: A Book of Memories, Concerning the Life and Times of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and of Weller, Iowa, compiled by Martha and John Popson, Joan and Larry Beary, Jean and Joe Hollinrake, and June and David Kasper
  • When Someone Dies, by Sharon Greenlee, Illustrated by Bill Drath
  • Yellow Cab, by Robert Leonard

Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized


Real Books for Real Men

This month’s Real Books for Real Men bookclub was a success Tuesday evening. This men’s book discussion group has been growing since inception in February, and host Bob Leonard said it often becomes a philosophy discussion group as much as one focused on literature.

After many recommendations by various members, the group has decided to read Leif Enger’s “So Brave, Young and Handsome“.

Real Books for Real Men meets the second Tuesday of each month, and welcomes new members.

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Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Uncategorized


Week of May 12th News

May seems to be whizzing by at an unprecedented rate!  Mother’s Day is past, many thanks to my dear husband for a wonderful day, and now we turn our thoughts to Graduations and Memorial Day and the long lazy days of Summer!

Tonight is the monthly meeting of Real Books for Real Men at 6 pm here at the shop.  This is a casual book discussion group for guys hosted by Bob Leonard.  Newcomers are welcome.

Last time was such a success that on Friday, May 22nd at 6pm we will have another Poetry Slam, so bring 3 poems to *perform* and a friend and join in the fun!

The Reader’s Anonymous Book Club will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 28th, at 6pm.  We welcome new members to join us in talking books at this fun and casual gathering.

Stay tuned for announcements about some Summer afternoon craft classes and author events, as well as our regular club meetings.

I’ll post on Thursday about some fun new books that have just hit the shelves, so check back often!  By the way, you can subscribe to this blog to make sure you never miss an update.


New Books for Week of May 4th

It’s an exciting week around here, what with Mother’s Day coming up, and of course with Tresa’s School of Dance having their annual recital on Saturday!  We’ve also gotten in some great new books, I never cease to be amazed by them.  Anyhow, here is a list of some of this week’s standout new titles:

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse

Brimstone by Robert B. Parker, the third in the western series by this popular author, preceded by Appaloosa (of the movie starring Viggo Mortenson) and Resolution.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians book for Young Adults.

Also just in, as heard on KNIA/KRLS’s In Depth, two titles from Pella’s publishing company, The Write Place, including:

A Treasury of Gems, Humor and Wisdom Collected Over a Lifetime by Mary Addink

My America by E.J.G. Bloemendaal

We are also stocked up on wonderful Mother’s Day gifts ranging from gourmet chocolates to jewelry, candles and diffusers, bright teapots and mugs, and plent of books including some really cute gift books, cookbooks, and romance novels — to name just a few!

To all you mom’s out there, I hope you get to do whatever your heart desires on Sunday!

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Posted by on May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

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