Cherry Street Books


  • July 22 – Booksigning by author Faith Sullivan

    Saturday • 1–3pm
    We are thrilled to welcome a lovely lady to Cherry Street Books. Faith Sullivan will be here to sign books and visit with fans of her many books. We are well stocked with copies of The Cape Ann, Gardenias and Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse. Faith has been a beloved Minnesota author for many years and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet her.

  • July 24–Aug 29: One Book/One Community

    The annual Community Read events are taking place this year in the summer. Due to the nature of the book selected this year, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, it seemed more fitting to tie in with summer events. Please join in whenever you can, even if you haven’t read the book yet. There’s something for everyone and all events are free.

    • Monday July 24th there will be two opportunities for book discussion — 1 PM at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum and 6:30 PM at the Doulas County Library Meeting Room.

    • Tuesday July 25th at 5 PM at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, the U of M Alumni Association welcomes Brad Melby to speak about his experiences as a former U of M crew member.

    • Tuesday August 1st there is a pontoon boat guided tour of the lakes led by Rachel Barduson. This was offered through Community Ed and is full.

    • Monday August 7th at 4 PM in the Grand Arbor movie theater there will be a showing of the documentary film “The Boys of ‘36” with discussion led by Mike Donahue.

    • Tuesday August 29th at 7 PM at the AAAA Andria Theater on Broadway, Paulette Friday and crew will entertain with an evening of music and storytelling that will take you back to another time and place. The show is called “Stormy Weather – Stories and Songs of the 1930’s” and is sure to be a hit!

    We hope you will read The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and will enjoy participating in some of the events! We have plenty of copies available now in the store.

  • Aug 10 – Booksigning by author Elisa Korenne

    Thursday • 5–7:30pm
    During the next Downtown Wine, Ale & Art Crawl, we will host author Elisa Korenne. She was here during the same event in June and was quite a hit. We want those who haven’t already met her and had a chance to see her book to get a second chance. Elisa is a singer / songwriter who made the unlikely move from New York City to New York Mills, MN and has written a wonderful book about falling in love and making a huge life change to live in rural Minnesota. Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story is a great read – I could hardly put it down.

  • Aug 4–26: Festival of the Lakes! – Concerts

    This is the 25th anniversary year of the Festival of the Lakes in Alexandria. To celebrate this milestone, the Lakes Chamber Music Society will present seven wonderful concerts during the month of August. Coincidentally, this year there will be 25 professional musicians coming to perform in various groupings. Please visit to learn about the artists and the musical programming. If you haven’t attended one of these concerts in the past, please do so this year! They are spread over three weeks and are on various nights of the week, so there should be at least one or two dates that will fit your schedule. These are fabulous musicians who are invited to play all over the world and we are so lucky to have them coming here. You will be astounded at the great music they will make!

    Concert dates are:
    Friday, August 4 • 7pm
    Wednesday, August 9 • 7pm
    Friday, August 11 • 7pm
    Sunday, August 13 • 7pm
    Thursday, August 17 • 7pm
    Sunday, August 20 • 7pm
    Saturday, August 26 • 6pm

    All concerts are at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East.

    The first six begin at 7 PM; the final concert will be three hours of great music with two intermissions — it will start at 6 PM. Freshly baked brick oven pizza will be offered during the first intermission and gourmet chocolates from Mr. B Chocolates in Willmar will be served during the second one. Due to the extended time and the refreshments, the tickets for the final concert will be $20 each. The tickets for the first six concerts will be just $15. All students are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Cherry Street Books (cash or checks only, please) and tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to each event where payment by credit card will be accepted.

    The Festival is grateful to be the recipient of several grants this year from the Lake Region Arts Council. Generous donations from local businesses and individuals also help to support this great event.

    In order to provide extra funds needed this year, the Society is sponsoring a quilt raffle.The quilt pictured here (on display now at the bookstore) will be given away at the final concert on August 26th. Raffle tickets are on sale now at Cherry Street Books for $5 each and will also be sold at each concert event in August. The quilt is approximately 4’ x 6’ in size; it was created by Kathleen Pohlig and machine quilted in a music theme by Dawn Gieseke. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

    Music is the language of the soul. Let the music refresh you; you’ll be blown away!

  • Aug 31 – One-Man-Show by Patrick Scully

    Thursday • 7pm
    August 31st will be a special night here in the store. Twin Cities actor Patrick Scully will be here to present his one-man-show on Walt Whitman. Please join us at 7 PM for what should be a very interesting evening. More on this later, but keep the date in mind.

  • Sept 2 – Booksigning by author Tim Jollymore

    Saturday • 12–2pm
    Tim has been here previously with his earlier books: Listener in the Snow, The Advent of Elizabeth, and Observation Hill: A Novel of Class and Murder. All the mysteries are set in or have roots in Minnesota; the new book is Lake Stories & Other Tales. This will be enjoyed by those who like their reading in shorter chunks. Tim is a captivating personality and loves to talk to readers, so we hope you’ll stop in to meet him.

  • Sept 2 – Booksigning by author William Kent Krueger

    Saturday • 4–5:30pm
    William Kent Krueger will also be here on Sept. 2nd — 4 PM until closing. The latest in the Cork O’Connor series is Sulfur Springs; it will be available in late August. Krueger has many fans here and we don’t want to run out, so let us know if you’d like us to reserve a copy of the book for you. We really appreciate you purchasing your book from us if you will be coming in for the signing.

  • Sept 21 – Booksigning by author Wendy Webb

    Thursday • 4–7pm
    During a special downtown event, we welcome back author Wendy Webb. She writes deliciously spooky tales you’re sure to enjoy. Her earlier books are The Tale of Halcyon Crane, The Vanishing, and The Fate of Mercy Alban. Her newest book is available in the store now and we look forward to reading The End of Temperance Dare.

  • 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.

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