Events

Keep up to date with our latest events and meet local authors!
Here at the Village Bookstore and Gifts we have a Minnesota author in to do a signing almost every weekend. Check back here and look at our Facebook page to see when these are coming up. Make sure to mark your calendar so you can meet these wonderful authors!

Author Event: Mary Casanova August 19th 11:00 to 1:00

Author Event: Mary Casanova August 19th 11:00 to 1:00

  Award-winning children’s author, Mary Casanova’s newest young adult novel, Ice-out, is now in paperback. It continues the story of Frozen, a historical novel set on the Canadian border during the ’20s. Casanova will be signing several of her children’s and young adult titles at Village Bookstore & Gifts, Saturday, August 19th, 11:00 to 1:00.  

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Author Event: Peter Geye August 11th at 1:00

Author Event: Peter Geye August 11th at 1:00

 This Friday Minneapolis author Peter Geye will be at Village Bookstore & Gifts o sign his books. A native Minnesotan, Peter grew up in the Minneapolis area and  got his BA at the University of Minnesota. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and PhD from Western Michigan University. He’s written three books: The Lighthouse Road, Safe from the Sea, and Wintering, the last of which has received the Minnesota Book...

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Author Event: Noelle Rahn-Johnson August 5th 11:00 to 2:00

Grand Rapids area author, Noelle Rahn-Johnson, knows romance. She must: she married her high school sweetheart and will be celebrating 25 years of marriage. To that accomplishment, add Rahn-Johnson’s writing and publication of five romance novels and you see why the author says, “I thrive on my love of writing, weaving worlds full of passion and romance for my readers to crawl into.” Remote in the Shadows, a paranormal romance featuring a black leopard shapeshifter is her latest book. Rahn-Johnson brings this novel, the Pieces Trilogy, and Returning for Ryder, to Village Bookstore & Gifts, Grand Rapids, on August 5 for an author event. Rahn-Johnson lives with her husband, four children, two dogs, two rats, a handful...

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Author Event: Lorna Landvik Saturday July 15th 11:00 to 1:00

Author Event: Lorna Landvik Saturday July 15th 11:00 to 1:00

There are times when a story comes to the end and the reader wishes there were more. The characters are so meaningful, like family members, really, and you don’t  want to close the book before knowing that everything is going to turn out okay for them. Lorna Landvik created  just such a family in her novel Patty Jane’s House of Curl. Published in 1995, the story of two sisters in Minneapolis in the ’50s and ’60s,  their lives and marriages, revolves around the extended family that is the House of Curl. Twenty-two years after Patty Jane’s House of Curls was published, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge resumes the story arc of Landvik’s lovable characters, especially that of Patty Jane’s...

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Author Event: Mike Lien Saturday July 8th 11:00-1:00

Author Event: Mike Lien Saturday July 8th 11:00-1:00

 Mike Lein built a cabin, and, as if finding the perfect acreage, dealing with codes, and then construction weren’t enough, he wrote a book about the experience of building and being up at the cabin. Lein, a retired, career environmental services  manager for Carver County, says Sigurd Olson’s writings gave him the inspiration for recording his own thoughts and observations. The essays in Firewood Happens: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Minnesota’s Northwoods.  will resonate with summer people and “locals” alike. The shortness of the essays make perfect reading for the pontoon or to refresh after a hard day’s work putting up firewood. Perhaps Lein’s prose will...

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Author Event: David Zink Saturday July 1st, 11:00 -1:00

Author Event: David Zink Saturday July 1st, 11:00 -1:00

    David Zink, author of the science fiction novel, A Hundred Lifetimes, grew up on Zink’s Last Resort, later renamed Sugar Bay Resort, on Lake Pokegama. His dad, Albert Zink, built the place. David, who graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1969, remembers that his family’s diet was mostly what they grew and what they caught or shot: northern pike, muskie, rock bass, walleye, venison, squirrel, and rabbit, with the occasional snapping turtle or bear. Presumably, such a lifestyle influenced Zink to a life’s work in environmental health, ecology, botany, master gardening, and perhaps, as a writer of an ecological parable. A Hundred Lifetimes transports the reader to Venus, a planet quite unlike the one...

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AUTHOR RICK SHEFCHIK SIGNING: Everybody’s Heard About The Bird- Sunday, December 13, 2015- 12:00–2:00pm

AUTHOR RICK SHEFCHIK SIGNING: Everybody’s Heard About The Bird- Sunday, December 13, 2015- 12:00–2:00pm

If you didn’t experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. In Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, Rick Shefchik writes of that time in vivid detail. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved. For the baby boomers who remember it and everyone else who has felt its influence, the 1960s rock-and-roll scene in Minnesota was an extraordinary period both in musical history and popular culture, and now it’s...

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ARTIST DAWN ROSSBACH SIGNING: The Cookie Garden- Saturday, December 12, 2015- 2:00-4:00pm

ARTIST DAWN ROSSBACH SIGNING: The Cookie Garden- Saturday, December 12, 2015- 2:00-4:00pm

After you’ve had your fill of Iron Range cooking with B. J. Carpenter’s Come, You Taste (signing from 11:00am–2:00pm), check out this recently published children’s book with a rather tantalizing plot!  The Cookie Garden  illustrates a small boy’s fantasy. What if, instead of planting all those vegetable seeds that grow into spinach and peas and carrots,  you  planted cookies and they grew into more and more cookies? This  picture book is a collaboration between author Linda Henry and artist Dawn Rossbach, whose illustrations are luminous pastels. She’ll be showing off The Cookie Garden at the Village Bookstore on Saturday, December 12, from 2:00 – 4:00. Come in and get your signed copy in...

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AUTHOR BJ CARPENTER SIGNING: Come, You Taste- Saturday, December 12, 2015- 11:00am–2:00pm

AUTHOR BJ CARPENTER SIGNING: Come, You Taste- Saturday, December 12, 2015- 11:00am–2:00pm

Potica or kolache, sarma or braciole, lutefisk or baccala, fattigman or lefse—Minnesota’s Iron Range has a culinary language all its own. The pursuit of rich iron ore in the early twentieth century drew workers who hailed from Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, and many other places, and as the men went to work in the mines, their families adjusted together to this new land. The immigrants’ children, that first generation, grew up in multiethnic communities where grandmothers shared the bounty of their gardens and the products of their kitchens—and everyone savored a new mix of food traditions. Come, You Taste celebrates the cuisine of these numerous groups and features fond memories of neighborhoods now gone, of flavors and scents...

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POETIC TRUCKER EVENT- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015

Songs about truckers, the loneliness and tedium of the road are common in the canon of country music, and some drivers, inspired by their days on the road, have gone on to become songwriters. Lance Figgins, a long haul trucker from Grand Rapids, fills his hours by writing verse. Figgins recently self-published a volume of his work, Poetic Trucker “Broken Dreams.” On Saturday December 5th, stop by between 11 am- 2pm to check out this featured book.

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DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAY- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2015

Aimee Bissonette is the featured First Friday guest on December 4th, 2015.  She will be signing copies of North Woods Girl at 5:00 pm with an author talk at 6:30 pm.  Bissonette has written the perfect picture book for north woods grandmothers and their granddaughters. In fact, the North Woods Girl of the title could either be the girl or her grandma or both. As they walk in the woods through the seasons, Grandma shares her appreciation of the beauties and wonders of nature. Bissonette, a lawyer and writer, feels strongly that children should have many experiences in the outdoors. The book is lavishly illustrated with Claudia McGehee’s scratchboard and watercolor art. For more information about this author, click on...

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AUTHOR MARGO HANSEN EVENT-NOVEMBER 28, 2015

Margo Hansen will be on hand on Saturday, November 28th from 11 am- 2 pm to promote her forthcoming novel, Greatly Beloved, which is the first book in the Tall Timber Trilogy. This novel is set in the early logging days of Grand Rapids, Minnesota and will be arriving in January 2016. Her popular Newly Wed Series will also be available for purchase at 20% off list price and for signing. Hansen, a writer of Christian fiction, lives in Grand Rapids. For more information about this local author, click on this link.

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY- NOVEMBER 28, 2015

Join us in a day to celebrate and support small, local businesses!  Shop Small and take advantage of in-store specials: Calendars- 20% off Hardcover Fiction- 15% off Kids’ books- 15%o off

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