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.
- August 28 – Myron Salberg, live painting in-store
Beginning at 10am on Thursday, August 28th, portrait artist Myron Sahlberg will be in the store working on a portrait with a live model!
Come on in to observe and chat with him if you’d like. Myron is recently retired from a long career at the ATCC and is currently working on a 4’ x 6’ portrait of a family for the Viking exhibit at the Runestone Museum. He used a local family of five as his models and the portrait is going to be stunning!
You can learn about its progress on Myron’s blog found at his website www.myronsahlbergportraitartist.com. He may have some of the preliminary work on that here to show too. This is a really unique opportunity so I urge you to come in and see what’s happening. He’ll probably be at it for 2–3 hours.
- 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.
- August 30 – Booksigning by Author William Kent Krueger
Stop in on August 30th from 3–4pm and meet author William Kent Krueger.
Book signing by popular Minnesota writer, William Kent Krueger. He graces us with a visit every time he has a new book come out and this time is no different. Kent will be here for just one hour to visit with readers and sign copies of his newest in the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island. The book is now available at Cherry Street Books. Krueger always brings in a good crowd and we sell a lot of his books, so stop in and pick up your copy in advance of the signing on 8/30.
- September 2 – Booksigning by Author Katharine B. Soper
Tuesday Sept. 2nd from 1–2:30, we welcome author Katharine B. Soper.
She will be in the store signing her book Steps Out of Time: One Woman’s Journey on the Camino. Katharine sounds like a very interesting person and her 500-mile journey across northern Spain was an adventure far beyond her imagining. She is now retired from work as an attorney, French professor, and University administrator and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two local women who have already read the book give it very high praise!
- September 18–20 – Downtown Alexandria events
The annual Downtown Merchants special event called Fall in Love With Downtown Alexandria and “Girls’ Night Out” will be taking place September 18-20. Many stores have special sales and events and/or refreshments, especially during the 3-hour Girls’ Night Out event on Thursday the 18th between 4 and 7 PM. Watch for ads and plan to join a few friends for a fun night out………….many prizes too!
- September 25 – Booksigning by Author Tim Jollymore
September 25th from noon until 2 PM we will host author Tim Jollymore.
He will be signing his new novel, Listener in the Snow. It abounds with Native stories, Algonquin legend, Indian characters and heartrending strife set against the Northern Minnesota snowscape. Jollymore grew up on reservations in northern Minnesota, earned a Masters Degree in literature from the U of M, and now lives with his family in Northern California.
- September 28–30 – Author Robin Wall Kimmerer
Sept. 28: speaking at United Methodist Church
Sept. 29: booksigning at our store
We are very excited to announce that author Robin Wall Kimmerer will visit Alexandria for several events in late September. Her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, was a huge hit in hardcover and is now just being released in paperback. We have plenty of copies ordered (they should be in the store about 8/26), but feel there will be a big demand for them, so please call and let us know if we should reserve a copy for you.
Tentative plans are for Robin to speak at the United Methodist Church on Sept. 28th and do an event at the bookstore on the evening of the 29th. She will be going to Minneapolis on the 30th to receive an award for best non-fiction for 2014 from the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (a nine-state region and a very competitive award!). Be sure to take a look at her book next time you’re in and mark the date so you can hear her speak. More details coming soon!
- October 18 – Booksigning by Author Debbie Hoven
Saturday, October 18 at the store!
We are so excited to announce that one of Alexandria’s long-time pre-school and kindergarten teachers, Debbie Hoven, has published her first children’s book! Debbie is now retired and has spent months working on Light Up the Year. We’re not sure exactly when we’ll have the books in the store, but she has committed to a book signing on Saturday, October 18th. The exact time will be announced later, but please keep it in mind! All the kids who are now grown up with young children of their own and once enjoyed Debbie as a pre-school teacher would certainly enjoy having a copy of her book! We can’t wait to see it and just wanted to share the good news. Congratulations to Debbie!
- October 21 – Booksigning by Author Lin Enger
From 4:30–6:30 on Tues., October 21st, we will host a book signing by Lin Enger.
Lin grew up in Osakis, teaches at Moorhead State University, and has just released his second novel. The High Divide is “a novel about a family in peril. It is haunting and tense but leavened by considerable warmth and humanity. Enger writes with durable grace about a man’s quest for redemption and the human capacity for forgiveness.” The story begins in 1886 on a farm in western Minnesota, and takes us through the high plains to the west and pivotal historic events; including the bloody turmoil of westward expansion, the nearly total demise of the buffalo herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians, all blended seamlessly with the intimate story of a family’s sacrifice and devotion. Mark your calendars now and be sure to come in to meet Lin! The book will be available by late September.
- 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!