Please join us for our August Book Club gathering at Richard's Brick Oven Pizza (Wayne Street Entrance) on Friday, August 25th at 6:00 pm. We will be discussing Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. Pick up your copy in the bookshop or download the audiobook from our Libro.FM storefront here https://libro.fm/wildgeesebookshop.
Join us in the bookshop on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00 for our second Young Adult Book Club meeting where we'll discuss The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz.
The novel is the story of Mercedes Moreno, an artist, who is having a difficult time. She's unable to paint, her grandmother is in a coma and she has feelings for her friend, Victoria. Her creative block is broken when a mysterious new neighbor invites her to paint at the Red Mangrove Estate.
At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before, but she can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.
DISCLAIMER: YA stands for Young Adult, not middle grade. While YA Book Club is open to all ages 13 and up, if your reader is not allowed to watch PG-13 movies, this book may not fly with you.
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, April 2017:
★"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."
Join us in the bookshop on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 for our third Young Adult Book Club meeting where we'll discuss Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.
"Where are you guys? Text me back. That’s the last message Carver Briggs will ever send his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. He never thought that it would lead to their death.
Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.
Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.
Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?" - Penguin Random House
DISCLAIMER: YA stands for Young Adult, not middle grade. While YA Book Club is open to all ages 13 and up, if your reader is not allowed to watch PG-13 movies, this book may not fly with you. For a more detailed parent guide on this book, please review this listing on Common Sense Media.
Join us on Saturday, September 30th at 6:00 pm for a discussion of Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off The Beaten Path by Erin Loechner.
"This book is about slowing down, about stripping the excess, about refusing to amass in a world that shouts for more.
But it’s also about the inbetween. It’s about what it’s like to vacillate between different parts of yourself and not dizzy your mind from the whiplash. It’s about living in the tilt a whirl that is standing up for something, then losing focus and vomiting over the handrails. It’s about staking a claim into the ground, then tripping over it on your way into the house for dinner. It’s about what happens when you strive for excellence and fail, and when you allow grace to change your mind.
It’s a story of less, to be fair." -Erin Loechner
Join us on Saturday, October 28th at 6:00 pm for a discussion of Celeste Ng's new novel, Little Fires Everywhere. (Location TBA)
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting story that explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Please join us at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in the bookshop for a discussion of A Million Junes, by Emily Henry (The Love That Split the World) . A Million Junes is a modern Romeo-and-Juliet fantasy-romance. Fantasy elements include ghosts, magical places where borders between worlds are thin, and the ability to witness past event.
November is the month to pick up or start that novel you have been wanting to write. Join us in the bookshop at 6 pm each Wednesday during the month of November to check in with others doing the challenge and keep each other moving toward our writing NaNoWriMo goals!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wild Geese Book Club is open to new members!
Come join us for our second meeting on Saturday, April 8th at 6:00 pm at Richard's Brick Oven Pizza in the garden (weather permitting) to discuss Colson Whitehead's National Book Award winning novel, Underground Railroad.
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.
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.