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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Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, and Owen Barfield, including unpublished correspondence and manuscripts.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.



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