July 2019
April 2020
So much has changed recently. The store is a much quieter place without you browsing. We wish we could invite you back to tell us what you’re reading now and what you want to read next, but we’re doing our best to keep everyone safe and sound. Despite all that’s novel, some things are the same: 

  • We’re still making recommendations. You can call us between 10am and 3pm daily, and talk to a bookseller. We’ve got a storeful of titles to suggest and lots more we can order for you. 

  • We’re mailing out books every day. For orders over fifty dollars, shipping is free.

  • We’re delivering books to our St Paul neighbors at no charge (again, if your order is over fifty dollars).

We are also working to move our author events online. And of course we’re sending out news about what we’re excited about in the world of words. Let’s talk books!

Kawai Strong Washburn talks about his new novel Sharks in the Time of Saviors --7:00pm, Monday, April 13

Next Chapter Booksellers is pleased to announce our first online author event. We'll be hosting a reading and Q&A with the author of one of our favorite recent novels, Sharks in the Time of Saviors . Start thinking of questions to ask. We'll send another email with details next week.
"This is the story of the Filipino-Hawaiian Flores family. Life is a near constant struggle for Malia and Augie. But they have each other, their children Dean, Nainoa and Kaui, and the beautiful Big Island. They live surrounded by the gods and the splendor of Hawaii. With the collapse of the sugarcane industry and the declining financial condition of the family, the three children make their way to the mainland to attend university and to pursue lives there, not all happily. When supernatural events revisit the family in Hawaii, they are all forced to rethink the bonds of family, the meaning of their heritage, and the cost of surviving.
"It’s hard to believe Sharks In The Time of Saviors is Kawai Strong Washburn’s first novel. It is so gorgeously written, the story and the characters are will stay with me for a long time. One of my favorites so far this year, I’ll be recommending this book to everyone."--Nick  

Recommendations from
Next Chapter Booksellers' booksellers

Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva
" ​Good Citizens Need Not Fear  is a fantastic collection of nine interlocking short stories, set in and around one Ukrainian village, before and after the fall of the USSR. With mordant dark humor, Maria Reva deftly guides the reader along the fine line between tragedy and comedy, through transitions political and personal. As satisfying as a novel, but sprightlier, Good Citizens Need Not Fear is gloomy and dark and funny as all hell. I loved it."
— David

Secrets We Keep by Lara Prescott
"Based on the true story of the CIA's clandestine operation to smuggle Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece Doctor Zhivago out of Russia for publication. A page-turner from a debut author."--Jean

The Secrets We Kept is headed for widespread popularity, many a book club (Reese Witherspoon has just chosen it for her justifiably influential one) and perhaps even enthronement, for many readers, as the book of record about Pasternak’s life and work."-- The New York Times

Writers & Lovers by Lily King
"Casey lives in Cambridge, MA, waits tables, worries about her debt, falls for the wrong man and the right one. She dreams, and she grieves, and she worries about her health. In spite of it all, she manages to finish her novel. Lily King's assured, closely observed book  Writers & Lovers  is a loving portrait of Casey and the writing life. I don't think there's a single unnecessary word in the whole thing. Writers & Lovers is a joy to read, a gift from a writer at the top of her game."--David
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.
How to be Antiracist by Ibrahim X. Kendi
"Based on the author's childhood and recollections of his parents' upbringing and life, Kendi's book develops a philosophy of Antiracism that challenges the reader's preconceived notions about race and racism in America. Thorough it its definitions and historical perspective, this book should provoke critical dialogue about what it takes to struggle for racial justice."--Jason
Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer
"I submit for your approval Catfishing on Catnet:
  • A silly book that knows it's silly
  • A story where the stakes are high, but not "oh no the world will literally explode"
  • An AI posts cat pictures
  • Teens hack a sex-ed robot
  • All by a local author"


Thanks for reading all the way to the end.

We've got lots more great books in the store.
We hope you'll call us soon for a recommendation.

--all of us at Next Chapter Booksellers