Monthly Archives: June 2009

July at The Next Chapter

Special Events, Summer Merchandise, and a Special Offer on Used Romance Novels!

As we move at breakneck speed through the summer (I keep trying not to think about the fact that winter is now only four or five months away again), we are keeping very busy around the bookshop!

Thank you to all of you who came out for our book signing with Zachary Michael Jack and Bob Leonard this past Saturday.  Jack is the editor of Iowa: The Definitive Collection, a compendium of historic writings about Iowa written by Iowans.  We had a lively discussion about how Iowan history is taught in our schools and about the process of compiling and editing this comprehensive collection.

Please note a permanent date change for the Real Books for Real Men group:  they will henceforth meet on the FIRST  TUESDAY of each month!  So, July’s meeting of this reading and discussion group hosted by Bob Leonard especially for the guys will be on Tuesday July 7th.  They welcome new members!

We still have a FEW more spots for our Dream Collage Workshop that will be held on Thursday evening, July 9th at 6pm, and for the Fancy Nancy Tea Party on Saturday July 18th at 10:30 am.  See our Events page for more information, or call 641.828.7323 or email us at to reserve your spot today.

For those of you with a love of flowers — either the ones you grow yourself or the ones you purchase, Natalie Leisure, owner of Our Town Florist, will be giving a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday July 11th at 2 pm.  Come out of the heat, have a glass of something cold and a snack and sit back while Natalie shares some of her extensive expertise and some of the best tricks for making flower arrangements look their best.

It’s been fun unpacking all the gorgeous new merchandise we ordered over the past few weeks!  We have new jewelry — and more on the way; a beautiful new line of handbags has arrived which is manufactured with fair trade and living wage practices; a selection of French perfume sticks is just in, and since Summer is such a great time for writing, we have new notecards and journals arriving almost daily!  We’ve also restocked our gourmet chocolates and Rabbit Creek bread, cheesecake, and dip mixes.  And stay tuned, because many more things are on the way.

Of course, summer also affords many of us with extra time for reading, so we’re working hard to keep up with all the best in new fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults.   It’s a miracle that I’ve (mostly) resisted the temptation to install myself on the sofas and catch up on some of the most intriguing titles!

Downstairs in the used books department, we’re expanding our shelf space to make room for all the much appreciated donations you are all bringing in.  By the way, the beneficiary of June’s 10% of used book sales is Helping Hands, and to give it an extra boost, and to clear some room, we’re offering all Used paperback Romances at the rock bottom price of 3 for $1 during the month of July!!!

Thank you for all your support!


Busy Summer Days

I can’t believe we’re already half way through June!   It hasn’t even warmed up yet, though the weather lady (if she’s accurate for a change!) tells us we should expect some steamy days later this week.

We have lots of exciting events this summer, beginning with a Beach Reads edition of 30-in-30 with Kate Bearce, this Saturday, June 20th at 2pm.  Don’t miss this customer favorite, when Kate talks about 30 of her favorite summer books — mostly new, but with a few oldies but goodies.

Next up, of course, it Reader’s Anonymous, which comes on the last Thursday evening of each month (6pm), and is a fun opportunity for book lovers to gather and talk books.  Feel free to drop in at this casual and friendly meeting! (Oh, and if we’re really lucky, some of the girls will bring yummy snacks!)

On Saturday, June 27th, at 2 pm, we are excited to welcome Zachary Michael Jack, editor of Iowa: The Definitive Collection, along with our own Dr. Bob Leonard, one of the contributors to this volume of writings by Iowans about Iowa through two centuries.

As for the gifts, keep us in mind for Father’s Day!  We’ve got books, of course, including plenty of grilling cookbooks, stories about golf, westerns, thrillers, and classic literature.  We have golf balls, wallets and money clips, journals, thermoses and travel mugs, oh, and Chocolates!!!

For the ladies, we have some fun new things being delivered each day.  Check our our fab new summer jewelry, including rings and charm bracelets and much more.  We also have a gorgeous new collection of handbags and wallets, some with faux croc finishes, others with shell and horn overlays.  I’ll keep you posted on other incoming items!

Last month’s used book sale was successful in clearing out some room downstairs, and we were able to make a nice donation to The Red Rock Arts Alliance.  This month’s beneficiary of 10% of our used book sales is Helping Hands, so be sure to head downstairs when you visit the shop to see the many used book treasures our wonderful community has donated.

We look forward to seeing you soon at The Next Chapter!

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