Monday, Oct 23rd 6:30 - 8:30:  Meet the Author - Jerry Harrington

On December 12, 1934, police raided a canning factory in Cedar Rapids, uncovering an illegal liquor and gambling set-up. Verne Marshall, the tempestuous editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, sensed a bigger story and a wider network of corruption. His aggressive investigative reporting led to multiple resignations, nearly fifty indictments and the dramatic trial of the state’s attorney general. These explosive exposés earned Verne Marshall and the paper the 1936 Pulitzer Prize.

Author Jerry Harrington traces the legacy of Marshall’s incendiary crusade across Iowa’s political landscape. Victoria Herring, granddaughter of Governor Clyde Herring, will join in the discussion. Beaverdale Books will have copies of the book available for sale and signing.



Thursday, Oct 26th 5:00 - 7:00pm   Sip and Shop   'Women and the Land' Book Signing and Meet and Greet with author Barb Hall and Kathryn Gamble.  

Women and the Land  takes a look at more than twenty-five women who are impacting Iowa’s farmland. Some of them have inherited rural property and are managing the agriculture practices from afar. Some are working the land directly, providing food to the heartland. Some are working in tandem with their husbands, fathers, sisters, daughters. Many of them grew up on a farm, left the land to get an education and left the state to follow their passions, only to find that their deepest passion is really the land, and have returned to it. Each of the women is affecting the land in her own unique and feminine way.

 “A beautiful and powerful book about Iowa women and the land they love, nurture, and protect. Authentic and inspiring!”–Sally Pederson, former lieutenant governor of Iowa.

 “These women are inspiration examples of diversity, hard work and innovation on Iowa farmland. They provide hope for our farming future.” Sally Worley, executive director, Practical Farmers of Iowa.


Sunday, Oct 29th 4:00 - 6:00pm:  Book Launch/Reception with Jim and Rick Autry.  

Inspiring Everyday Virtues with Stories: Authors James & Rick Autry Hope to Draw Children from Digital Devices

In their first father/son collaboration, James and Rick Autry have released, Everyday Virtues: Classic Tales to Read with Kids (Smyth & Helwys), a collection of stories gleaned from the world's folk tale traditions. The book will be launched on Sunday, October 29 at Artisan Gallery 218 at a wine and cheese reception from 4 to 6 PM. Each author will read one story and sign copies of the book.  

"This book is intended to give parents, grandparents, and other caregivers a v...aluable tool in luring kids, even for a short while, away from their digital obsessions," explained Rick. James added that he felt there was “nothing more important for kids than to hear a story read by a trusted adult.” Parents, grandparents, and caregivers will love sharing their time and these stories with children, ages 3 to 11.  

The book is divided into six virtues--compassion, justice, respect, humility, freedom, and courage--with each section containing four stories. Each story is followed by a "virtue of the heart" that emphasize the tale's lesson, along with story notes to explain each story’s historical background.  Beaverdale Books will have books available for sale and signing.

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