Watermark Books & Cafe is pleased to host Lin Enger, for his new novel The High Divide (Publication date: September 23, 2014).
Set in Minnesota in 1886, ten years after the Indian Wars of the northern plains, The High Divide is set against the backdrop of the American West during a pivotal time in its history. As the novel opens, Ulysses Pope has disappeared from his home without a word, leaving behind Gretta, his Danish-American wife, and their two young sons. Against their mother's wishes, the boys set off to find their father, following a trail of clues that leads them into the rugged badlands of Montana. The closer they come to Ulysses' trail, the greater the perils, until each is faced with a choice about who they will defend and who they will become. Gretta has no choice but to seek out her sons and husband and along the way discovers that she never really knew the man she married. Both intimate and epic, The High Divide is historical fiction at its best.
Lin Enger is an Iowa Workshop graduate, the author of the novel Undiscovered Country, and the recipient of a James Michener Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship. He teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Watermark Books & Cafe is pleased to host author Jane Smiley for a reading & signing of her newest book Some Luck.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres: a heartwarming, deeply engaging new novel-the life and times of an American farm family over three transformative decades-certain to become an instant classic.
On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family's land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who's not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father's heart. Moving from post-World War I America through the early 1950s, Some Luck gives us an intimate look at this family's triumphs and tragedies, zooming in on the realities of farm life, while casting-as the children grow up and scatter to New York, California, and everywhere in between-a panoramic eye on the monumental changes that marked the first half of the twentieth century. Rich with humor and wisdom, twists and surprises, Some Luck takes us through deeply emotional cycles of births and deaths, passions, and betrayals, displaying Smiley's dazzling virtuosity, compassion, and understanding of human nature and the nature of history, never discounting the role of fate and chance. This potent conjuring of many lives across generations is a stunning tour de force.
Join authors Mary Langley Wacker, Jeff Wagoner, Brianne Banning, Rachel Epp Buller, Ruby Tobey, Jeremy Gant, Kimberly Schmidt, Misty Dodson, and Jae Byrd Wells for a presentation at Watermark Books and Cafe's second Local Literary Festival of 2014.
Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Persian Pickle Club, New York
Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas' beloved historical novel about a
group of women in 1930s Kansas who form a quilting group and share not only
their sewing skills, but lively town gossip and loyal friendships. Dallas'
legion of fans have long been asking her to write another quilting story,
and now, in her latest book, A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS, Dallas has created a
wonderful story about a Civil War-era quilting group, whose members are
actually the grandmothers of the Persian Pickle Club ladies.
It is 1864, and Eliza Spooner's husband Will has joined the Kansas
volunteers to fight the Confederates, leaving her with their two children
and in charge of their home and land. Eliza is confident that Will will
return home, and she helps pass the months making a special quilt to keep
her husband warm during his winter months in the army. When the
unthinkable happens, she takes in a woman and child who have been left
alone and made vulnerable by the war, and she finds solace and camaraderie
amongst the women of her quilting group. But when she is asked to help hide
an escaped slave, she must decide for herself what is right and who she can
count on to help her.
With A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS Sandra Dallas gives her fans what they have been
waiting for--a wonderful, engrossing new quilting novel that contains all of
Dallas' trademark qualities that readers have come to cherish. Gracefully
written and filled with unforgettable characters and a heartfelt story of
love, sacrifice, friendship and healing, it is certain to thrill her many
long-time readers and garner her many new ones.
Watermark Books & Cafe will host Bill Roorbach for his beautiful new novel, The Remedy for Love (Publication day October 14, 2014).
They're calling it the "Storm of the Century," so Eric stops at the grocery store on his way home from work. But when the unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in front of him in line comes up short on cash, he has a burst of feeling charitable and offers her a ride home. The trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods, without electricity, heat, or running water. He tries to lay in some extra provisions for her. And then he tries to leave. But in the meantime, the storm has descended, his car has been towed, and there is no shelter in sight except for the meager and remote cabin--to which Eric has no choice but to return. It's cold, it's dark, Danielle is hostile and suspicious, and the snow just keeps on piling up outside. And so Eric and
Danielle are forced to ride out the storm together. For better and for worse.