"Where's Waldo in Northfield?" Summer Scavenger Hunt
Monday July 01 @ 10:00AM - Tuesday August 06 @ 05:30PM
Where’s Waldo? In Northfield, of course!
The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-four local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support downtown Northfield and the Shop Local movement, including Hogan Brothers, Cake Walk, Goodbye Blue Monday, Paper Petalum, our new neighbor Little Joy, and many more.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Northfield” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in Content Books and Kids’Content. Collecting 10 signatures at participating businesses earns you a button and a coupon at Content. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will also entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing at our Waldo Party on August 7 at 4pm, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.
Pick up your passport and starting searching for Waldo today!
WHERE'S WALDO? PARTY!
Wednesday August 07 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
After a summer of hunting for Waldo (and an Odlaw), be sure to mark your calendar for our Waldo Party at Content! There will be prize drawings, costumes, lots of Waldo stuff and more. See you there!
Andrew Shaffer's newest Obama-Biden Mystery
Monday August 12 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Shaffer, author of the hilarious and much beloved (by Content staff and readers) Hope Never Dies, as he reads from Hope Rides Again!
When Shaffer’s novel Hope Never Dies: An Obama-Biden Mystery burst onto the literary scene in July 2018, it became an instant best seller, appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Fox News, and more. The high-action mystery that put Joe Biden and Barack Obama in the role of amateur detectives grabbed the attention of everyone looking for an escape from the current political state of affairs. Now, Shaffer is back with even more mystery, action, and intrigue in Hope Rides Again.
It’s St. Patrick’s weekend in 2019, and Joe Biden is tired. Between a whirlwind book tour and constant speculation about his potential presidential run, he’s anxious to get out of the spotlight and back home to Jill. With one last stop in Chicago, he’s looking forward to carving out some quality time to visit with his BFF: ex-POTUS Barack Obama.
In turn, Obama wants to support Joe by connecting him with up-and-coming community leaders who could be influential to voters if Biden decides to run for president. For Joe, finding time in Barack’s schedule - and a place on Obama’s home turf of Chicago - proves difficult. But when Barack’s Blackberry is stolen and all signs point to an unlikely culprit who ends up shot, the two friends must once again team up to solve the crime . . . before Joe catches his flight home.
Hope Rides Again takes Joe and Barack on an action-packed ride across Chicago, where they encounter a range of enigmatic characters, from burlesque dancers to Russian masseurs to Oprah herself (well, almost). A cathartic escape from the political status quo, Hope Rides Again will have readers cheering for their elected officials at a time when it may feel difficult to do so.
Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Obama Biden Mystery series (Quirk), the satirical thriller The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America (Crooked Lane Books), and the Goodreads Choice semifinalist Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody (Da Capo Press/Hachette Books), among other humorous fiction and nonfiction books for HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and studied comedy writing at The Second City, Chicago’s famed improv school. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz. He teaches and mentors writers at Lexington's Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
Shane Burcaw presents STRANGERS ASSUME MY GIRLFRIEND IS MY NURSE
Saturday August 17 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
We're pleased to host Minneapolis author Shane Burcaw for a reading/Q&A/signing! On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they're actually about family, love, and coming of age.
"With the same frankness and gallows humor that marked his Laughing at My Nightmare ... An accessible, smart-assed, and unexpectedly tender exploration of life, love, and disability."
"His capacity for self-reflection offers a good model for readers struggling to do the same, and his negotiation of independence will have resonance for many young people. People with disabilities still don't get the kind of #ownvoices space they merit, and Burcaw's voice makes him just plain good literary company in this approachable, enjoyable, and often edifying title."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book
From the author of Laughing at My Nightmare—a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers—comes another collection of evocative and humor-infused essays about living with a disability in an able-bodied world.
With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.
Shane Burcaw has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and a wicked sense of humor. He runs a blog about his experiences and is the founder of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing adaptive technology to people living with muscular dystrophy. He is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare and the picture book Not So Different. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his girlfriend.
Dan Hill, author of TWO CHEERS FOR DEMOCRACY
Monday August 19 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Content gladly welcomes author Dan Hill as he shares his newest book Two Cheers for Democracy: How Emotions Drive Leadership Style.
"Breathtaking in scope, Two Cheers for Democracy uses the science of facial emotions to assess which candidates win, which presidents succeed, and which world leaders champion democracy over dictatorship. It is packed with eye-opening insights that often turn conventional wisdom on its head."
--Ted Brader, author of Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work
Not only in America, but around the globe democracy is under siege. In an era personified by Donald Trump, illiberal--increasingly hollow--democracies, and "strongman" dictatorships, it's time to take a closer look at the nature of the leaders who shape our world. The policies or positions that leaders adopt may change, but rarely their personalities. All of us have signature facial expressions that reveal the emotions we gravitate to most often over time. The difference is that in leading a country, the head of state's feelings can hold sway over events likely to greatly impact every citizen's life and well-being.
In Two Cheers for Democracy, the focus is on identifying emotional patterns that help to predict three key things about leaders: will they prove to be competent, compelling, and compassionate in executing their official duties? This book analyzes all 44 U.S. presidents to date and every U.S. presidential debate ever held, from 1960 to 2016, in addition to 79 foreign leaders. With results from the American Political Science Association's presidential greatness rankings, Gallup polls, and Freedom House's annual survey of countries' commitment to democracy as benchmarks, the book takes seriously--in a unique way--the central question of today: what's the personality of the people leading us, and can we trust them to look out for the public good?
Two Cheers for Democracy comes richly illustrated with photographs and charts, and includes an epilogue with a look at the likely 2020 Democratic front-runners for The White House.
Dan Hill, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Sensory Logic, Inc., which pioneered the use of facial coding in business beginning in 1998. As an expert facial coder, Dan is the recipient of seven U.S. patents related to advanced methods for the scoring and analysis of facial coding data. Dan has done consulting work for over half of the world’s top 100 B2C companies. Among his five previous books is Emotionomics, chosen by Advertising Age as one of the top 10 must-read books of 2009. Dan’s TV appearances have ranged from ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Al Jazeera, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC’s “The Today Show,” and PBS, to The Tennis Channel. He has been a columnist for Reuters and his essays were noted with commendation in the 1989, 1991 and 1994 editions of The Best American Essays. Since his education at St. Olaf College, Oxford University, Brown University, and Rutgers University, Dan has given speeches and led workshops in over 20 countries. Along with his wife, Karen Bernthal, he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Palm Desert, California
Bridge Chamber Music Festival concert
Wednesday August 21 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Content is proud to be a part of The Bridge Chamber Music Festival, which presents local concerts by world-class musicians at St. Olaf College and Carleton College. This August, come hear pop-up performances around the Northfield Community! Today's noontime concert will feature cellist Eli Lara and violinist Francesca Anderegg in works by Bach, Vivaldi and Beethoven.
Content's 4th Annual Back-to-Bookclub Night
Thursday August 22 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for one of our favorite nights of the year: Back-to-Bookclub Night at Content!
Are you just a little jealous of those back-to-school shopping lists the kids get to enjoy? The only thing better than the smell of freshly-sharpened pencils is the feel of a new book in your hands -- even better if you know you'll get to discuss your latest pick with friends. Join us for an evening of book talk with our Penguin Random House rep and Content staff as we present new books and undiscovered gems, perfect for book groups or your own next read. It’ll be a fun night of treats and camaraderie with your fellow book lovers. We'll even have a few door prizes, and book clubs that bring at least 3 members will get an extra discount on the evening's purchases. Don't have a book club? Bring a friend and get inspired - all book lovers are welcome!
J. Ryan Stradal returns to Content with THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA
Monday September 16 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Content is delighted at the return of J. Ryan Stradal, author of New York Times bestseller (and Content bestseller!) Kitchens of the Great Midwest with his newest book, The Lager Queen of Minnesota!
“Stradal’s writing is sharp and funny while still managing to treat each character with warmth and respect. . . this is an ultimately hopeful and heartwarming story. . . . Readers will love watching these truly original characters overcome their challenges and take care of each other. An absolutely delightful read, perfect for a summer day with a good beer and a piece of pie.”
—Kirkus Review (starred)
A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.
Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can’t help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.” Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it’s not too late.
Meanwhile, Edith’s granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up–will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?
Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.
J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. He has also worked as a TV producer, notably for Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch.