Jan
18
to Aug 16

Wild Geese Book Club Picks for January-August 2018!

Beginning January 18th, the Wild Geese Book Club will meet at 7:00 pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Richard's Brick Oven Pizza 229 S. Main Street Franklin, IN 46131 just around the corner from the shop. 

For December, we're reading Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak, but December is such a busy time, we won't meet.

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Here's the new line up for January through August!

January: The Bear & The Nightingale - Katherine Arden

February: Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich

March: The Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan

April: Tell Me More - Kelly Corrigan

May: Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward

June: Spineless - Juli Berwald

July: 4, 3, 2, 1 - Paul Auster

August: Gift from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
 

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Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Presents: Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
Feb
9
5:30 PM17:30

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Presents: Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility

The Booth Tarkington Civic Theater is presenting a new stage adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility at The Tarkington Theater in Carmel, Indiana from February 7th through February 12th 2018.

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If you plan to see the show on Friday, February 9th, make sure to grab a ticket for the exclusive pre-show Sisters & Spirits event at 5:30 pm. We will be there! Here's the event description from the theater:

"Grab your sisters and your friends for an exclusive celebration in true Jane Austen style! Are you an Elinor or a Marianne? Find out at Sisters & Spirits. Sip on Signature Sister Cocktails, sample hors d’oeuvres from local eateries, shop from local boutiques, and have real conversation with Austen experts. Then, stay for a fun and playful adaptation of SENSE & SENSIBILITY in the Tarkington. Curtain at 7PM. Sisters & Spirit ticket does not include performance."

Sisters & Spirits tickets are available here.  Wild Geese Bookshop will have a pop-up-shop on-hand and my favorite Assistant Professor of English, Dr. George M. Phillips of Franklin College, will be sitting in on the panel of Austen experts after the show. Your Sisters & Spirits ticket gets you a $10 off promo code for your play ticket. To buy a ticket for the play as well, click here

Here's their summary of the production:

By: Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

 

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Author Event: David Carlson
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: David Carlson

Please join us in the bookshop on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm where author David Carlson will be reading from and signing his new novel, LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD, a Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis mystery. This is the follow up to ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE. 

 

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Author Event: Anne Bogel - Tea with Modern Mrs. Darcy!
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event: Anne Bogel - Tea with Modern Mrs. Darcy!

Join us in the bookshop for Tea with Modern Mrs. Darcy herself, author Anne Bogel on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

Whether you are coming for her new book, READING PEOPLE, or you are a fan of her wildly popular podcast, What Should I Read Next?, you won't want to miss this exclusive ticketed event which includes a copy of her book, discussion with the author and teatime treats.

Tickets are available HERE until Wednesday, November 15, 2017. **THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. 

Anne Bogel is creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. Known by readers, authors and publishers as a tastemaker through her popular book lists and reading guides, books are the foundation of her site, which has been affectionately dubbed, "a lifestyle blog for nerds."

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Young Adult Book Club!
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Young Adult Book Club!

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.

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. 

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Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere

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.

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Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Book Club: Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off The Beaten Path

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

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Young Adult Book Club!
Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Young Adult Book Club!

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

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Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Author Event: Rick Bailey

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." 

 

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Young Adult Book Club!
Aug
27
3:00 PM15:00

Young Adult Book Club!

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. 

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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event: Samrat Upadhyay

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.

 

 

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Author Event: Paul Hagan
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event: Paul Hagan

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. 

 

 

 

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Author Event: Bill Riley
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Bill Riley

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. 

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To Kill A Mockingbird Week
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

To Kill A Mockingbird Week

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. 

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Author Event: Dr. David Carlson
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Dr. David Carlson

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." 
 

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Author Event: Colson Whitehead at IU
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Author Event: Colson Whitehead at IU

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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.

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Writer Cathy Day Reading at Franklin College

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.



 

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Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

Gilmore Girls Release Party

Gilmore Girls fans --

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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.
 
 

{Note that Jess is reading Indianapolis's own Kurt Vonnegut.}

{Note that Jess is reading Indianapolis's own Kurt Vonnegut.}

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Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Journalists Kelley & Tom French Reading at Franklin College Chapel

As part of the 2016-2017 Franklin College Creative Writing Reading Series, Kelley Benham French and Thomas French will be discussing their book Juniper  at the Franklin College Chapel at 7 pm. For more about the book, click here.

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. 

 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

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