Archive for the ‘Events’ category

The Last Customer

March 29, 2009

Kevin Krein had the honor of ringing up the last sale in the history of River City Books: a travel guide to Costa Rica. If the Raven were still with us he would, no doubt, strain his back trying to find the symbolism. In his place, I can only offer a picture. Thanks and best wishes to this customer and every one who came before her.


Celebrate Seven Years

March 25, 2009

balloons3dI told you’d I had more final week news and in all this time have I ever not delivered on a promise? Please keep your answers to yourselves.

On Sunday, March 29 — the final day in the seven-year history of River City Books — RCB booksellers are graciously hosting a store-closing reception. Please come, commiserate, celebrate, hearken fond memories, and, of course, if you so choose, buy more great stuff at historically low prices.

Store hours that day are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The reception will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Also, my favorite four words: refreshments will be served.

Note that I am told the word “light” should be inserted so as to make that a five-word disclaimer. In any event, see you there.

Author/Comedian at The Cow

December 13, 2008

relativeI don’t know about you, but I could use a good laugh. This is a stressful time of the year and, well, the weather’s not enhancing my mood any. Luckily, there’s an event on the calendar intended to draw chuckles from anyone who has relatives: Jeremy Greenberg, author of Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide, will perform, read from and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m., Monday, December 15, at the Contented Cow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by River City Books.

“Relative Discomfort” is a guffaw-inducing guide to living through and laughing at family encounters. Greenberg, who is also a comedian, writes from the premise that although we love our families, many of us don’t particularly love spending time with those who share dysfunctional DNA.


It Was Warm Inside

December 5, 2008

I sincerely hope you had as much fun at Winter Walk as was had at River City Books on Thursday night. The line for Jim Gilbert stretched out the door at one point. By the end of the night there was nary a copy of Minnesota Nature Notes left (the last four were signed and gilbertshelved for the first four to claim them). Folks also filed downstairs to listen to — and watch! — Gordon Frederickson and his nifty audio-visual presentation of A Farm Country Christmas Eve. Man, that was a big TV. Overall, the place was packed. Elbow to elbow, parka to parka. Many shoppers brought in the 20-percent off coupon that ran in the local newspaper and took advantage of it. Dozens checked out the revamped bargain basement and picked up bags of good deals. There were, of course, smiles aplenty. Seems every year Winter Walk gets a little bigger, a little better, whoa, what a good time last night.

Two Authors and Countless Fun

December 2, 2008

I love Winter Walk but then, duh, that makes me part of a large club. This year, as every year for the last ten, I plan to stroll through a candlelit downtown, find great gifts at Division Street stores, maybe hop on sleigh ride, certainly listen to carolers, and, of course, poke my head into River City Books. I want to spend more time in RCB’s revamped bargain basement and also check out two author events hosted especially for Winter Walkers:

country-x-masGordon Fredrickson, 6 p.m. — Fredrickson, author of A Farm Country Christmas Eve, will perform, read from and sign copies of his book. The story begins on a small dairy farm, on Christmas Eve of 1950, as three children, hoping Santa will visit their house, go to the barn to help with the evening milking. While ten-year old Jimmy, who doubts Santa’s existence, guides Maggie, nine, and Joey, five, through feeding calves and teaching a newborn calf how to drink from a pail, Santa accidentally leaves behind a surprise that transforms Jimmy into a permanent believer.

gilbertJim Gilbert, 6:30 p.m. — Gilbert, author of Jim Gilbert’s Minnesota Nature Notes, will sign copies of “Minnesota Nature Notes” at 6:30 p.m. For more than 30 years Gilbert has been observing the changing Minnesota seasons with the accuracy of a trained biologist and the attention of a poet, while also keeping in touch with events in remote corners of the state through friendships developed during his WCCO Radio show. In this book, Gilbert shares the fruits of his experience in a series of essays and remarks focused on each passing week of the year. Topics include animal tracking in the snow, apple-blossom time, tapping maple trees and more. With dozens of color photographs and suggestions for family activities, “Minnesota Nature Notes” is a must-have for diehard Minnesotans.

Both books are on sale at River City Books for 15 percent off through Dec. 4. Both events are free and open to the public. If you want a signed copy but can’t stop by Thursday night, contact the store in advance for arrangements.

See you Thursday night!

Harmon Leon at The Cow Tonight (Video)

November 24, 2008

I can’t believe it, but another day, another big book event. Here’s the skinny: Harmon Leon, author of The American Dream: Walking in the Shoes of Carnies, Arms Dealers, Immigrant Dreamers, Pot Farmers, and Christian Believers, will read from and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m., tonight (Nov. 24) at the Contented Cow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the old neighborhood bookstore. The book is on sale for 15 percent off through the event. Copies will be available for purchase at the Cow.

By the way, Harmon was recently on the Carson Daly show and somehow (I’m not as techno as I look) I was able to add the segment here for your viewing pleasure:

Tail-Wagging Tales

November 23, 2008

I happened to catch most of Karin Winegar’s appearance at River City Books yesterday afternoon — and I am glad I did. Winegar, author of Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform, read from and signed copies of her heartening book while one of the rescue dogs (see above photo) looked on with approval. Winegar shared slices of some of the compelling stories in “Saved” (I, for one, was happy to hear about kind people who reach out to animals in need). She also displayed several of the amazing photographs in the book. If there’s an animal lover on your shopping list I don’t know why you would need to look any further!

One more thing to note: Ms. Winegar was kind enough to sign a few extra copies for the store. Those are on sale while supplies last.