- Oct 10 – Book Talk and Signing by Bob Downes
Tuesday • 7pm
We are excited to host a talk/video presentation and book signing by Robert Downes, who will be here Tuesday October 10th beginning at 7 PM. His historical fiction book, Windigo Moon, is an early look at the story of Native Americans in the Upper Great Lakes region and their way of life over 400 years ago. The Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa) were one of the largest and most powerful tribes in North America and were never conquered by the white European invaders, yet few fiction books have been written about them. The novel begins 27 years before the Ojibwe met the first white explorer at a time when the tribe was still living in the conditions of the Neolithic Age. Although there is virtually no written record of Ojibwe life at that time, Downes did extensive reading and research that enabled him to piece together information from the oral tradition and histories that were written in the 1800s. Downes included as much anecdotal history as he could in the story, even though it is completely a work of fiction about people banding together during tough times. He hopes to show that the tales of the Native Americans are as rich as today’s popular fiction such as Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. The stories are made even more remarkable in that the people actually lived these stories only a handful of generations ago in our region of the country. Downes is sure to provide a very interesting evening and we hope you’ll be here to enjoy it! Books should arrive in the store by early October. Listen to KXRA’s Open Line program on Friday October 6th to hear a live interview with the author from his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Oct 11 – Talk by author Margi Preus
Wednesday • 7pm
At Douglas County Library
Douglas County Public Library and The Sons of Norway present Spies, Samurai, and Spunky Norwegian Girls, an author talk by Margi Preus. She writes mainly for young readers and has many titles to her credit. Some of her books are: Shadow on the Mountain, Heart of a Samurai, Storm’s Coming, West of the Moon, The Bamboo Sword, Enchantment Lake and The Clue in the Trees. Most of these are available currently in the store and will be sold by us at the October 12th event to be held at the High School. (See next article).
- Oct 12 – Music Meets Minnesota Lit
Thursday • 7pm
at AAHS Performing Arts Center
There is a special event being hosted by the Douglas County Public Library in cooperation with the Viking Library System on Thursday, October 12th (Music Meets Minnesota Lit). The event is free and open to all and will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the Alexandria Area High School beginning at 7 PM. The featured authors, all Minnesota Book Award winners, are Margi Preus, Melanie Hoffert and Matt Rasmussen. A musical group called Ipsifendus Collective will perform original compositions inspired by the work of the three writers and the songs will be paired with readings from each author. Cherry Street Books will have books by all three authors for sale that evening as well as in the store before and after the event.
- Nov 4 – Booksigning by Jill & Deane Johnson
Saturday • 12–2pm at the store
We are thrilled to welcome Jill and Deane Johnson from Park Rapids with their newest book, Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota’s Littlest Towns. An earlier book they produced together was a huge hit that you may remember or have a copy of, Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100. A signed copy of their new book would make a wonderful gift. We already have copies in the store, so please stop in and take a look at it.
- Nov 9 – Booksigning by author Cindy Senarighi
Thursday • time TBA
On Thursday, November 9th we welcome Cindy Senarighi with her program/book Yoga Devotion. More on this to come also, but please make a note of the date now. It will also be an evening event at the store.
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- Story Time – Saturday mornings at 10am
Saturday mornings are exciting times at Cherry Street! Kids are invited for story time with Lee every Saturday at 10AM; it’s free and open to all. Geared for kids ages 2–5, there are always fun stories, activities and surprises.