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April 11, 2020
We've packed up a lot of books and taken them to the post office. We've dropped a lot of packages on a lot of front stoops. We've posted updates on social media and talked to you about what you're reading. We've learned a host of new skills, and we're grateful for all of you who have stuck with us as we grow and change.

Today, we're back with some more books and some exciting news.

Next Chapter Booksellers is happy to announce...

Virtual book readings!
Meet great authors in the comfort of your own home.

We love introducing readers to authors at our instore events. Sadly, that's not possible at the moment, so we're doing the next best thing. Starting next week, Next Chapter Booksellers will be hosting author events online. Join us via Zoom or Facebook Live to meet fascinating writers. You can even ask questions.

It's easy to join us for these readings. The day of the event, we'll email out a link and password so you can join us via Zoom (check out this handy primer ) or on our Facebook page .

We have four events lined up so far. Enjoy conversations about smart, literary fiction, gripping nonfiction, or a tense thriller. And the best part... you'll have the most comfortable seat in the house: your own sofa.

Kawai Strong Washburn reads from his debut novel Sharks in the Time of Saviors --Monday, April 13, 7:00pm

Kawai Strong Washburn will be in conversation with Marlon James.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors follows Noa’s family as they struggle amid the collapsing sugarcane industry. They hail his rescue as a sign of the favor of ancient Hawaiian gods—a belief that appears reinforced by Noa’s puzzling new abilities.

But as time passes, this supposed divine favor drives the family apart: Noa, now working as a paramedic in gritty Oregon neighborhoods, attempts to fathom his expanding abilities; farther north, in Washington, his older brother Dean, becoming obsessed with wealth and fame, hurtles into the world of elite college athletics; while in California, risk-addicted younger sister Kaui navigates unforgiving academic and wilderness landscapes to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores household in Hawai‘i—this time with tragic consequences—everyone must reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.

Mara Hvistendal discusses The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage --Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm

In September 2011, sheriff’s deputies in Iowa encountered three ethnic Chinese men near a field where a farmer was growing corn seed under contract with Monsanto. What began as a simple trespassing inquiry mushroomed into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men’s rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country—all in the name of protecting trade secrets of corporate giants Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. In  The Scientist and the Spy , Hvistendahl gives a gripping account of this unusually far-reaching investigation, which pitted a veteran FBI special agent against Florida resident Robert Mo, who after his academic career foundered took a questionable job with the Chinese agricultural company DBN—and became a pawn in a global rivalry

Drawing on previously unreleased FBI files and her reporting from across the United States and China, Hvistendahl describes a long history of shoddy counterintelligence on China, much of it tinged with racism, and questions the role that corporate influence plays in trade secrets theft cases brought by the U.S. government.  The Scientist and the Spy  is both an important exploration of the issues at stake and a compelling, involving read.

Mindy Mejia reads from her new thriller Strike Me Down --Monday, April 20, 7:00pm

From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller where a high stakes crime triggers a woman’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth.

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.

Mindy Mejia is a CPA and a graduate of the Hamline University MFA program. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family, and is the author of Strike Me Down, Everything You Want Me to Be, and Leave No Trace.

Emily St. John Mandel reads from The Glass Hotel --Tuesday, April 21, 7:00pm

From the award-winning author of  Station Eleven  ("Ingenious."-- The New York Times) , an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events-a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. 

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty,  The Glass Hotel  is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.


Whether you're looking for distraction, inspiration, or information, we have the book for you. Here are a few suggestions. Or call us daily (except Easter Sunday) at 651/225-8989, and we'll help you find what you're looking for.

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