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Friday, September 20, 2019 - 2:00am


On Friday, September 20th from 2-4pm join us for a book signing with this year's C.S. Lewis Festival Guests, Crystal and David C. Downing. For more information on the C.S. Lewis Festival please check out their website here,


Crystal Downing


Crystal Downing serves as Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, which archives every publication by and about C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, and Owen Barfield, including unpublished correspondence and manuscripts. Crystal’s first book, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave Macmillan 2004), won the international Barbara Reynolds Award for Best Sayers Scholarship in 2009. Her next two books, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (IVP Academic 2006) and Changing Signs of Truth (IVP Academic 2012), are studied in seminaries around the world. Crystal’s fourth book, Salvation from Cinema (Routledge 2016) inspired her current book project, The Wages of Cinema: Looking through the Lens of Dorothy L. Sayers. 


David C. Downing

David C. Downing is the Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Downing grew up in Colorado, graduated from Westmont College, and earned his PhD from UCLA.
He has written four scholarly books on C. S. Lewis: PLANETS IN PERIL (1992), a critical study of the Ransom trilogy; THE MOST RELUCTANT CONVERT (2002), an examination of Lewis's journey to faith; INTO THE WARDROBE (2005), an in-depth overview of the Narnia Chronicles; INTO THE REGION OF AWE (2005), a study of how Lewis's wide reading in Christian mysticism enhanced his own faith and enriched his imaginative writing. Downing also provided a critical introduction and over 400 explanatory notes to the new edition of C. S. Lewis's THE PILGRIM'S REGRESS, originally published in 1933 and reissued by Eerdmans in the Wade Center Annotated Edition (2014). Downing is also the author of LOOKING FOR THE KING (2010), a historical novel in which two young Americans meet Lewis and Tolkien in Oxford in 1940. His blog may be found at

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have J. Ryan Stradal back to the store on Thursday, September 26th for a 6pm Wine & Cheese reception to discuss his latest book, The Lager Queen of Minnesota. This is a free event though reservations are appreciated. To RSVP please call us at 231-347-1180, email us at or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 


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 bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to announce that Garth Nix will be joining us at McLean & Eakin Booksellers on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:00pm to tell us about his latest book, Angel Mage. This is a free event in the store, reservations are requested. To RSVP please give us a call at (231) 347-1180, email us at, or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

New York Times bestselling author and fantasy master Garth Nix delivers a masterpiece with Angel Mage, the story of an ageless young woman with terrifying angelic powers, bent on reuniting with her lover—no matter the cost to anyone else.

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . . 

Garth Nix is a New York Times bestselling novelist of the Old Kingdom fantasy series, beginning with Sabriel and continuing to Goldenhand; the sci-fi novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; the Regency romance with magic Newt’s Emerald; and novels for children including The Ragwitch; the Seventh Tower sequence; the Keys to the Kingdom series; and Frogkisser! Garth has written numerous short stories, some of which are collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. He has also cowritten several children’s book series with Sean Williams, including Troubletwisters and Have Sword, Will Travel. You can find him online at

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for a kids party with Bethany Barton for I'm Trying to Love Math on Thursday, October 10th at 5pm. This is a free kids party but reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at, or through Facebook or Eventbrite. This party is perfect for kids ages 4-8!

Children's Choice Award winner Bethany Barton applies her signature humor to the scariest subject of all: math!

Do multiplication tables give you hives? Do you break out in a sweat when you see more than a few numbers hanging out together? Then I'm Trying to Love Math is for you! In her signature hilarious style, Bethany Barton introduces readers to the things (and people) that use math in amazing ways -- like music, and spacecraft, and even baking cookies! This isn't a how-to math book, it's a way to think differently about math as a necessary and cool part of our lives! 

Bethany Barton is an author and illustrator who celebrates life with painting, laughter, and as much time on her snowboard as possible. She lives and works (making art and painting sets) in Los Angeles.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

We're thrilled to have Sarah Miller back in the store on Saturday, October 12th at 5:00pm to tell us about her latest YA book, The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets. This is a free event but reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at (231) 347-1180, email us at, or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

In this riveting, beyond-belief true story from the author of The Borden Murders, meet the five children who captivated the entire world.

When the Dionne Quintuplets were born on May 28, 1934, weighing a grand total of just over 13 pounds, no one expected them to live so much as an hour. Overnight, Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie Dionne mesmerized the globe, defying medical history with every breath they took. In an effort to protect them from hucksters and showmen, the Ontario government took custody of the five identical babies, sequestering them in a private, custom-built hospital across the road from their family--and then, in a stunning act of hypocrisy, proceeded to exploit them for the next nine years. The Dionne Quintuplets became a more popular attraction than Niagara Falls, ogled through one-way screens by sightseers as they splashed in their wading pool at the center of a tourist hotspot known as Quintland. Here, Sarah Miller reconstructs their unprecedented upbringing with fresh depth and subtlety, bringing to new light their resilience and the indelible bond of their unique sisterhood.

SARAH MILLER is the author of The Borden Murders, a School Library Journal Best Book and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is also the author of two historical fiction novels for young adults, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller and The Lost Crown, about the Romanovs, both ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. In addition to her work for young readers, she is the author of the USA Today-bestselling Caroline: Little House, Revisited, which was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, among other accolades. Visit her on the web at or on Facebook at @SarahMillerwritesbooks.


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