July 2019
August 15, 2020



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

Pull up your comfiest chair and enjoy great conversations about books. We've got lots of good book talk coming your way soon.


Carolyn Holbrook discusses Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: EssaysWednesday, August 26, 7:00pm

Once a pregnant sixteen-year-old incarcerated in the Minnesota juvenile justice system, now a celebrated writer, arts activist, and teacher who helps others unlock their creative power, Holbrook has heeded the call to tell the story of her life, and to find among its chapters—the horrific and the holy, the wild and the charmed—the lessons and necessary truths of those who have come before. In a memoir woven of moments of reckoning, she summons stories born of silence, stories held inside, untold stories stifled by pain or prejudice or ignorance. A child’s trauma recalls her own. An abusive marriage returns to haunt her family. She builds a career while raising five children as a single mother; she struggles with depression and grapples with crises immediate and historical, all while countenancing the subtle racism lurking under “Minnesota nice.”




Next Chapter Book Club discusses The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer--Sunday, August 30, 4:00pm

“A gripping, tender novel.”—The New Yorker

Marseille, 1940. Varian Fry, a Harvard-educated journalist and editor, arrives in France. Recognizing the darkness descending over Europe, he and a group of like-minded New Yorkers formed the Emergency Rescue Committee, helping artists and writers escape from the Nazis and immigrate to the United States. Now, amid the chaos of World War II, and in defiance of restrictive U.S. immigration policies, Fry must procure false passports, secure visas, seek out escape routes through the Pyrenees and by sea, and make impossible decisions about who should be saved, all while under profound pressure—and in a state of irrevocable personal change. In this dazzling work of historical fiction—one that illuminates previously unexplored elements of Fry’s story, and has, since its publication, brought us new insight into his life—Julie Orringer, award-winning author of The Invisible Bridge, has crafted a gripping tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage.



Outside the Margins: A Speculative Fiction Book Club discusses Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir—Tuesday, September 1, 5:00pm

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth, first in The Locked Tomb Trilogy, unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.




Brian Harrison discusses A Change Is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided AmericaTuesday, September 1, 7:00pm

Drawing from social psychology, communication studies, and political science, as well as personal narratives and examples, A Change is Gonna Come reflects on the last fifteen years of LGBTQ advocacy to propose practical ways to approach informal political conversation on a variety of contentious issues. This book seeks to answer the seemingly simple question: how can we be politically civil to each other again?




Peter Geye talks about his new novel NorthernmostTuesday, September 8, 7:00pm

"​In 1897, Odd Einar Eide is lost and struggling to survive in the Arctic. In 2017, Greta Nansen, Odd Eniar’s great, great, great, great granddaughter is searching for meaning in her marriage and life. Peter Geye knits these two narratives together across generations and between Minnesota and Norway to bring us a story of adventure, family and love. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is Peter Geye’s best novel yet. I absolutely loved it."— Nick Ballas, owner


Northernmost will be published August 18. Preorder a copy now, and receive a signed, limited edition broadside (while supplies last).
The Next Chapter Booksellers Book Club discusses A Delayed Rays of a StarSunday, September 27, 4:00pm

At a chance encounter at a Berlin soirée in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women together in one frame: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich; Anna May Wong, the world’s first Chinese American star; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director of propaganda art films would first make her famous—then, infamous.





Indie Bookstore Day is August 29

Remember Indie Bookstore Days of yore? Collecting stamps in your bookstore passport at charming stores all around the Cities? Perusing special once-a-year items from your favorite authors and illustrators? Meeting other bookstore fans in their natural habitat?

This year's celebration will be a little different. Look for that special merchandise in our window. Look for our staff recommendations on line. Show us what you're reading using the hashtag #NCBrecommended, and we'll send gift certificates to our favorite stories.

Mark your calendars now, and watch our social media for details.






Big August Books

We've got the books everyone is talking about. Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, is back with a wide-ranging look at the history of race and class in America. Peter Geye returns with a novel to break your heart. And Helen Macdonald follows up her runaway hit H is for Hawk with a gorgeous new collection of essays.

Call us at 651/225-8989 Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm to talk to a bookseller. We love making recommendations.



"AN INSTANT AMERICAN CLASSIC"--DWIGHT GARNER, NEW YORK TIMES

“What Wilkerson urges . . . isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen.”—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.



AVAILABLE AUGUST 18--PREORDER NOW AND GET A LIMITED EDITION POSTER

​"In 1897, Odd Einar Eide is lost and struggling to survive in the Arctic. In 2017, Greta Nansen, Odd Eniar’s great, great, great, great granddaughter is searching for meaning in her marriage and life. Peter Geye knits these two narratives together across generations and between Minnesota and Norway to bring us a story of adventure, family and love. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is Peter Geye’s best novel yet. I absolutely loved it."— Nick

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Peter Geye lives there with his family. His previous novels are Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering.

COMING AUGUST 25

The author of H is For Hawk returns with another devestating, beautiful book.

In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.

By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us.


Now in paperback

Recent bestsellers--in a softer, park-friendly format.

Curbside pickup continues

As much as we miss you, we're not open for browsing.

We continue to get books out via USPS, home delivery (within St Paul, for orders over $50), and curbside pickup.

  • Curbside pickup is available 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday.
  • Call us at 651/225-8989 a few minutes before you arrive at the store.
  • We’ll put your order on the small table outside our front door.

Fine print: All orders must be paid for in advance (either online or by phone). We cannot accept payment at the time of pickup.



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