Please join us for our June Book Club gathering at Richard's Brick Oven Pizza (Wayne Street Entrance) on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 pm. We will be discussing LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders. Pick up your copy in the bookshop or download the all-star cast audio reading of the book from our Libro.FM storefront here https://libro.fm/wildgeesebookshop.
We are honored and excited to announce that Samrat Upadhyay will join us in the shop on Saturday, July 29th at 5:00 PM for a reading and signing of his collection of stories, MAD COUNTRY, which is also our July Book Club book!
Samrat Upadhyay (samratupadhyay.com) is the first Nepali-born fiction writer to be published in the United States. His debut short story collection Arresting God in Kathmandu was the winner of the 2001 Whiting Writers’ Award and his second short story collection, The Royal Ghosts, won the 2007 Asian American Literary Award. His first novel, The Guru of Love, was a New York Times Notable Book while his second novel, Buddha’s Orphans, was longlisted for the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His 2014 novel, The City Son, was longlisted for the PEN Open Book award. His latest story collection, Mad Country, has been called “brilliant, daring, and memorable” by the New York Times and given starred review by Kirkus Reviews. He is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University, where he teaches in its MFA program.
We are excited to announce that Rick Bailey will be joining us in the shop for a reading and signing on Saturday, September 9th at 2 pm to read from his travel memoir, AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE.
His book, beginning in the American Midwest and ending in north central Italy, "reflects on donuts and ducks, on horses and car crashes, on outhouses and EKGs."
Publishers Weekly Review:
"Bailey (The Creative Writer’s Craft) finds inspiration in everyday mundanities—buying a cup of coffee, helping his wife replace a duvet cover—to create short memoiristic essays that can jump, say, from his Michigan boyhood to the plays of Shakespeare. The essays read like the best of short stories: their significance extends beyond what is on the page.
Bailey demonstrates a genius for locating a telling detail and employing it sparingly to evoke a setting or character trait, keeping the writing concise and the pace swift. Bailey’s voice is genial and ingratiating and he expertly mixes literary allusions from his career as an English scholar with his Midwestern charm. His humor is the type to inspire smiles of recognition rather than full-on belly laughs. The book encompasses a wide variety of tones, from the earthy, with essays inspired by toilets, nail biting, and the rising trend of vomit in TV and movies, to the picturesque, in travelogue vignettes about Bailey’s experiences visiting Italy. Not every entry in this collection of 40 essays (some previously published in literary journals) feels completely realized, but overall the book delights and will makes readers stop and notice the individual pieces of their everyday lives."
Paul Hagan will be in the shop on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm signing copies of his historical novel, Heading One Two Seven, which revisits an August 1st, 1943, 178 U.S. Army B-24 heavy bombers mission that took a wrong turn--literally. Heading One-Two-Seven refers to the final turn of the ill-fated attack on the Axis refineries in Ploesti, Romania, during World War II.
Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies is our bookshop book club pick for May.
Stay tuned for updates on venue!
In partnership with the Franklin College English and Creative Writing Department, author Bill Riley be at The Artcraft Theater on May 9th at 7 pm to read from his book The Milan Miracle: The Town The Hoosiers Left Behind (Indiana University Press). This event is free and open to the public.
Riley's book follows the modern day Indians (the team who inspired Hoosiers) for a season and explores how the Milan myth still permeates the town.
Visit the bookshop to pick up a copy of his book today.
Come celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us! For the first time in ages, Franklin has an indie bookstore to celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day April 29th.
Plan on a fun day for the family with balloons, music, snacks and of course BOOKS!
Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird will be screened at the Historic Artcraft Theater April 28-29, 2017 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm sponsored by The Criminal Defense Team. Wild Geese Bookshop will celebrate all week with a collection of favorite books that Harper Lee and her beloved sister Alice Lee, Esq. would recommend.
We'll also have a table at The Artcraft on Friday, April 28th to sell books and lovely things in the spirit of the film.
Dr. David Carlson will be in the shop at 7:00 pm to read from and sign copies of his newest book, Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships (New City Press).
Below are excerpted descriptions from the book and the publisher's page:
"The book profiles how diverse peoples of faith are coming together building relationships and a new way of life..."
"The model for creating spiritual friendships that will change the world comes from a group of Christian and Muslim men known as the "Shapiro group." The 8-12 men meet at a deli for lunch a couple of times per month. What holds the group together is the esteem and love they have for one another. The question is this: if these ordinary men meeting at Shapiro's for over eighteen years can encourage each one another in their adventure with God, why can similar groups not form across the country and the world?..."
"Countering Religious Extremism invites readers on a journey. Those interviewed for this book have already built bridges of understanding and have crossed them into a far better future, one superior to the vision of extremism or Western materialism."
National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead will be speaking at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University on Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. No advance tickets are required.
The bookshop has also chosen Whitehead's most recent award-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, as our April Book Club book. The Book Club will meet on Saturday, April 8th in the garden of Richard's Pizza Kitchen.
We have selected Cathy Day's award-winning novel, The Circus In Winter, as our first Wild Geese Bookshop Book Club book.
In conjunction with the 2016-2017 Franklin College Creative Writing Reading Series, Day will be reading and signing her books on March 2, 2017 at the Franklin College Chapel at 7 pm. The event is presented by the Franklin College English Department and made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Please join us in reading the book this month, attending the reading together at 7:00 pm and then meeting here at the shop following the reading around 8:00 pm to discuss.
Gilmore Girls fans --
Go ahead and plan your trip to Wild Geese Bookshop for Saturday, November 19th! Not only are we located in the most Stars Hollow of towns, we are kicking off the Netflix release of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life with VERY unique custom made Gilmore Girls gifts and books featured on the show. You will not want to miss.
People will be talking about this at Luke's, I mean Benjamin's, for months.
Downtown Franklin Holiday Open House!
Kelley Benham French is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Never Let Go," the newspaper series about their daughter Juniper's survival, which appeared in the Tampa Bay Times. Thomas French is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who reported at the Tampa Bay Times for nearly three decades. He is the author of Zoo Story, Unanswered Cries, and South of Heaven.
Wicker is a National Poetry Series winner and NAACP Image Award Finalist. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Fine Arts Work Center. His second book, Silencer, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.
The event is presented by the Franklin College English Department and made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.