Celebrate The Maltese Falcon with us, 30s style! We’ll have period music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, plus a 30s costume contest judged by Jami Frazier Tracy, Curator of Collections at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
We’re channeling our favorite hard-boiled detective Sam Spade, so come join in the fun!
For more information about the Big Read, check out the National Endowment for the Arts' page for The Maltese Falcon.
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.