Besides a wide variety of books for all ages, you will find lots of other great items at Cherry Street! Need a nice gift for a friend or a new game or puzzle for family entertainment? We have some lovely new puzzles from 24–500 pieces that just arrived this month (as well as others with even fewer pieces for the toddles and up to 2000 pieces for the true puzzle geeks!); and several new games with more to come.
Have you tried Ozone socks? They come in some funky, colorful designs and will keep your feet cozy on a cool summer evening or on those cooler days coming in the fall and winter. We now have a nice selection of Ozone socks for men too! Always a great gift — no worries about size!
Did you know we carry greeting cards? Note Cards? Journals? Day Planners? Pens? Next time you come in, take a little extra time to explore. Of course, we always love talking books with our customers. An author our staff just discovered in recent months is Britain’s Jojo Moyes. Some of her excellent novels are Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, One Plus One, and The Last Letter From Your Lover.
You might enjoy trying one of those. I came across a quote the other day that I liked………….” If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.” We hope you always feel welcome at Cherry Street Books. Remember that we are open on Sundays from noon–4pm and open Thursday evenings until 7 PM during the summer season.
- July–Sept – Art Exhibit by Karl Bodmer
At the Maritime Museum • 10–5 M–Sat, 12–4 Sun
Now through September at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MLMM), don’t miss the wonderful exhibit of art by Karl Bodmer of Switzerland and writings by Prince Maximilian of Austria that document their journeys up the Missouri River and through the mid-section of North America in the early 1830’s. Maximilian wanted to study North American Indian tribes in their natural settings Many detailed writings and pieces of art were produced and many artifacts were collected that are now in a museum in Berlin. The exhibit here is on loan from the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and is well worth a visit! Thanks to those on the museum board who had the foresight and inspiration to bring this wonderful exhibit to Alexandria. The MLMM is open daily from 10–5 and on Sundays from 12–4.
- September 18–20 – Downtown Alexandria events
Sept. 18 – 20th is the “Fall in Love With Downtown Alexandria” event sponsored by Downtown Merchants Association Look for posters and listen for ads about all the special sales and events going on downtown! At Cherry Street Books, Ozone socks will be 25% off for the three-day event. Other specials will change daily, so be sure to stop in and look for some bargains to tuck away for birthdays or Christmas.
- September 25 – Booksigning by Author Tim Jollymore
Thursday September 25th from noon until 2 PM we will host a book-signing by California author Tim Jollymore. He grew up on reservations in northern MN, earned degrees in both English and American History at the U of M and has lived in California for many years. He is currently teaching at an Oakland, CA high school. Listener in the Snow is his first novel. St. Paul Pioneer Press book editor Mary Ann Grossman just selected Jollymore’s book at her “Pick of the Week” on 9/14. He will be doing book signing events in the Twin Cities area this weekend before coming to Alexandria.
Jollymore says his fiction, set in northern Minnesota, “explores struggles of identity in multicultural and multiracial society from the viewpoint of the under- and working classes.” The story’s twists and turns include family secrets, Ojibwe myth, hidden identity and murder. If your time is limited over the lunch hour, feel free to bring your lunch with you and enjoy a short reading and/or discussion about the book. All are welcome!
- September 28–30 – Author Robin Wall Kimmerer
Sunday / Monday September 28th – 29th we are thrilled to welcome Robin Wall Kimmerer to Alexandria for several events. Robin’s book, Braiding Sweetgrass, was selected by the Midwest Independent Booksellers’ Association as the best non-fiction of 2014 and she will be present in Minneapolis to received that award on Sept. 30th. The book was also awarded the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.
Kimmerer is scheduled to speak at the Alexandria United Methodist Church (2210 6th Avenue East) at 6:30 PM on Sunday, September 28th on Honoring the Gifts of the Earth. At 7 PM Monday evening (9/29,) she will be at Cherry Street Books for a brief reading and book signing. Both events are free and open to the public. Copies of her book are available at the store.
Robin Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She lives in Fabius, New York where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. It is a great privilege to have such a distinguished scientist and writer here and we hope you will make every effort to attend one or more of the events offered.
- October 18 – Booksigning by Author Debbie Hoven
Saturday October 18th at 10 AM, retired local teacher and new author Debbie Hoven, will present her brand new book, Light Up the Year to the children and parents gathered for our weekly story time. She will be in the store to meet kids of all ages (even the grown up ones she taught in the past!) and will be signing copies of her book. We have her scheduled to be available all the way until 2 PM so there will be plenty of time to visit! We will have the books in the store very soon, so it would be a good idea to begin thinking of how many copies you’d like to have for gifts. Be sure to mark the 18th on your calendar and get yourself in here between 10 and 2 to congratulate Debbie on this great accomplishment. She both wrote and illustrated the book and we can’t wait to see it!
- October 21 – Booksigning by Author Lin Enger
Tuesday October 21st from 4:30 – 6:30 we welcome Lin Enger for a book signing of his second novel, The High Divide. Enger grew up in Osakis and now lives in Moorhead where he teaches writing at Moorhead State University. The High Divide begins in 1886 on a farm in western Minnesota and takes the reader on a journey through the high plains to the west. The story includes events of the bloody turmoil of westward expansion and the nearly total demise of the buffalo herds. Enger writes with grace about a man’s quest for redemption and the human capacity for forgiveness. The book will be released on September 23rd and we’ll have plenty of copies available so you even have time to read it before the signing!
- Every Saturday at 10am – Story Time for Kids
Story Time for kids every Saturday at 10 AM. Lee has a great time with the kids reading stories, leading songs and rhymes and creating art. No sign-up necessary. No fee. Just come and join the fun!