July at The Next Chapter

29 Jun

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!


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