March 28, 2022
Greetings! Welcome back... to winter! I hope you didn't put away your down jackets when we had that false spring a few weeks back.

We have a new Jacqueline Winspear novel; an upcoming event with Marcie Rendon and Diane Wilson; and a month-long sale...

All that and more is in this edition of the Next Chapter Booksellers Newsletter!
In-Store Poetry Sale!

20% Off All Poetry All Month

Happy Poetry Month, readers! All April long, we're offering 20% off our entire (considerable) selection of poetry.

The sale does not apply to sales through our website, but if you're not able to make it in, feel free to call us and make a purchase over the phone at 651-225-8989.

This sale includes such recent best-sellers as:

-This Long Winter, by Joyce Sutphen
-Call Us What We Carry, by Amanda Gorman
-Worldly Things, by Michael Kleber-Diggs
-Prognosis, by Jim Moore
-Light Rolling Slowly Backwards, by Ethna McKiernan

...and of course, much, much more!
I'll leave you with a favorite poem of mine:
Come. And be my Baby
Maya Angelou

The highway is full of big cars going nowhere fast
And folks is smoking anything that’ll burn
Some people wrap their lives around a cocktail glass
And you sit wondering
where you’re going to turn.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.

Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
But others say we’ve got a week or two
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering
what you’re gonna do.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.
New Books

A Sunlit Weapon:
A Maisie Dobbs Novel Jacqueline Winspear

October 1942. Jo Hardy, a 22-year-old ferry pilot, is delivering a Supermarine Spitfire—the fastest fighter aircraft in the world—to Biggin Hill Aerodrome, when she realizes someone is shooting at her aircraft from the ground. Returning to the location on foot, she finds an American serviceman in a barn, bound and gagged; it quickly emerges that he is considered a suspect in the disappearance of a fellow soldier who is missing. At the suggestion of one of her colleagues, Jo seeks the help of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs.  Meanwhile, Maisie’s husband is in the thick of ensuring security is tight for the first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt, during her visit to the Britain. There’s already evidence that German agents have been circling: the wife of a president represents a high value target. To guarantee the safety of the First Lady—and of the soldier being held in police custody—Maisie must uncover the connection between these two threads.

Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths Natalie Haynes

The tellers of Greek myths—historically men—have routinely sidelined the female characters. When they do take a larger role, women are often portrayed as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil—like Pandora, whose curiosity is tasked with causing all the world’s suffering when she opened that forbidden box. But, as Natalie Haynes reveals, in ancient Greek myths there was no box. It was a jar . . . which is far more likely to tip over. In Pandora’s Jar, the broadcaster, writer, stand-up comedian, and passionate classicist turns the tables, putting the women of the Greek myths on an equal footing with the men. With wit and savvy, Haynes revolutionizes our understanding of epic poems, stories, and plays, resurrecting them from a woman’s perspective and tracing the origins of mythic female characters. Pandora’s Jar brings nuance and care to the millennia-old myths and asks the question: Why are we so quick to villainize these women in the first place—and so eager to accept the stories we’ve been told?

The Temps  Andrew DeYoung

Jacob Elliot doesn't want a temporary job in the mailroom at Delphi Enterprises, but after two post-college years of unpaid internships, he needs the work. Then, on his first day, the unthinkable happens: toxic gas descends on a meeting in Delphi's outdoor amphitheater, killing all the regular employees and leaving Jacob stranded inside the vast office complex. The surviving temps band together to create a miniature world that's part spring break, part office culture--until a shocking discovery disrupts the survivors' self-made paradise and drives them to uncover the truth about the mysterious corporation that employed them and the apocalypse that brought their world to an end. A surprising, profound tribute to the absurdities and paranoia of modern life, The Temps is an epic exploration of survival and human connection in the digital age.

Andrew DeYoung's previous novel, The Exo Project, was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. At time of writing, we have three signed copies left from Andrew's visit, so come by and grab one before we're out!

Sea of Tranquility Emily St. John Mandel

The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.

Time Is A Mother  Ocean Vuong

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his , Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds and the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.
New in Paperback
Upcoming Events!

For events held in the store, all attendees are required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination at the door. For attendees who are unable to get vaccinated, a negative COVID test result dated within 72 hours of the event date is also accepted.
The Last Bookseller:
A Life in the Rare Book Trade Gary Goodman

Saturday, April 9th, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Meet and Greet Signing Event

When Gary Goodman wandered into a run-down, used-book shop that was going out of business in East St. Paul in 1982, he had no idea the visit would change his life. He walked in as a psychiatric counselor and walked out as the store’s new owner. In The Last Bookseller Goodman describes his sometimes desperate, sometimes hilarious career as a used and rare book dealer in Minnesota—the early struggles, the travels to estate sales and book fairs, the remarkable finds, and the bibliophiles, forgers, book thieves, and book hoarders he met along the way. As both a memoir and a history of booksellers and book scouts, criminals and collectors, The Last Bookseller offers an ultimately poignant account of the used and rare book business during its final Golden Age.
An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 pm

State Theater
805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Tickets here, or call
(800) 982-2787

Next Chapter Booksellers will be selling books by author, humorist, and social observer Fran Lebowitz at her upcoming talk at the State Theater.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.
Douglas Stuart, Author of Young Mungo and Shuggie Bain, In Conversation With MPR Correspondent Euan Kerr

Friday, April 29 at 6:00pm

Tickets will not be sold separately, but are included with your purchase of Young Mungo: Purchase Here

Douglas Stuart is a Scottish-American author. His New York Times-bestselling debut novel Shuggie Bain won the 2020 Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was the winner of two British Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Kirkus Prize, as well as several other literary awards. Stuart’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Literary Hub. Stuart's new novel Young Mungo is both a page-turner and literary tour de force -- a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a deeply moving, highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men. Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in the literary world, Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing exploration of the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Euan Kerr has worked in radio since his college days at the University of Stirling. The campus station was housed next to the coal cellar in a fake castle; not pretty, but it allowed the claim "URA, the Castle on the Air". He later moved to Minneapolis to study journalism at the University of Minnesota, and began working at a series of radio stations. In 1985 he landed a half-time job at MPR as legal affairs research assistant. In time, that became a full-time reporting job, covering Minneapolis and the arts. In 1990 he returned to Glasgow to work for the BBC Radio Scotland, covering amongst other things the resignation of Margaret Thatcher. Back in the Twin Cities two years later, he became news director at KFAI, then the arts reporter with MPR. In the years since he has been an editor, a correspondent and for several years was one of the Cube Critics, doing movie reviews. Currently he is MPR's Regional Editor working with the bureau reporters around the state.
Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30

Diane Wilson: 12:00pm
Marcie Rendon: 2:00pm

Non-ticketed event

Mark your calendars! This year's Independent Bookstore Day falls on the last day of April. We'll have all sorts of goodies, such as limited-edition IBD-exclusive Blackwing pencils.

For signings, we've got Diane Wilson, author of The Seed Keeper and Spirit Car, and Marcie Rendon, author of the Cash Blackbear mysteries (most recently Girl Gone Missing). Come get our stamp on your bookstore passport!
Uncommon Charm – Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver

Sunday, May 15th
Release Party
Most of you know our bookseller / book-buyer / book genius Emily. You may not know that she is also a book writer -- she and her wife Kat are the authors of Uncommon Charm, soon to be published by Neon Hemlock as part of their 2022 series of queer fantasy/sci-fi novellas. 
In this 1920s gothic comedy, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren't beholden to their families' unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, a milieu that slides far too easily into surrealist metaphor, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.
This event is free and non-ticketed, but we will be collecting donations for Letjaha, an aid network assisting Ukrainian refugees in Poland. If you'd like to preorder Uncommon Charm, you can do so here.
From Our Shelves
Staff Pick Spotlight:
Berg Ann Quin

"A lost master of English literature, Quin wrote about the types of people we would rather not identify with. In Berg, a man moves to a seaside town with the intention of killing his father, but wastes his time getting wasted. Quin's prose achieves an alarming intensity, and I found myself looking over my shoulder after each page. Yet patricide has never been this funny!"
Fact of the Week:

Anemones exist in clusters of genetically identical polyps that each undertake a role, from warrior to scout to "reproductive." Polyps coordinate their activity to serve the needs of the cluster almost like cells in a body -- and all this in an organism with no brain, no sight, and no hearing.

Learn more about tidal ecosystems in
– Adam Nicolson
We are open!

Three ways to shop with Next Chapter Booksellers:

1. Come in the store and browse. Talk to a bookseller or peruse the shelves, as you prefer. Although the mask mandate is no longer in effect, we do still appreciate it if you choose to wear a mask. 

2. Order online or over the phone for in-store pickup. We'll let you know when your books are ready, then you can swing by and pick them up at your leisure.

3. Get your books delivered to your home. We can mail your books to you (no charge for orders over $50) or deliver them to your home (to addresses in St. Paul only, and again for orders over $50).

We're here 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

Lastly, I just wanted introduce myself for those of you who haven't met me. I'm Graham! I started at Next Chapter in October and I recently took over writing our newsletter so that Riley can focus on coordinating more author events. I'm really into graphic novels, speculative/weird novels, and stranger-than-fiction-nonfiction and I've been helping Emily expand our comics and manga section.

It's been lovely meeting our regulars and coming to know the community that exists around the store! To those of you I haven't met yet, I look forward to making your acquaintance.
Thanks for reading
all the way to the end.

As always, we've got lots more great books in the store. Come on in and ask us for a recommendation -- or tell us what you're reading right now! And follow us on social media for the latest news: we’re Next Chapter Booksellers on Facebook, @nextchapterbooksellers on Instagram, and @NextChapterMN on Twitter.

See you in the stacks!

Graham (and all of us at Next Chapter Booksellers)