Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Colorful is the word that best describes the life of writer Larry Baker. He has been a Pinkerton security guard, master-of-ceremonies at a burlesque club, the owner of an Oklahoma drive-in theater, and is now an acclaimed author. For the past thirty years he has lived in Iowa City, raised his family, and played an active role in the community. Baker’s books have put Iowa on the map, both in the literal and literary sense. It goes without saying that Baker’s talent extends beyond writing. For years he has taught history at Iowa City’s Kirkwood Community College and guest lectured at the University of Iowa. He is also a regular at Iowa City’s Prairie Lights bookstore readings and book signings. Other books by Larry Baker are The Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions, A Good Man and Athens America.
Author Larry Baker will read from, discuss and autograph his books at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 Fourth Ave in Grinnell. The event is open to the public.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
On January 8, 2015, at 7pm the Pioneer Bookshop will host a discussion on Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is drawn to the farm at the end of the road where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl and her mother and grandmother. As he sits by the pond behind the ramshackle old house, the unremembered past comes flooding back—a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout’s novel won both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author’s son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn’s discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable.
This month, treats will be served. Thanks Sarah!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Here are our next selected titles.
November 6th: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
December 4th: The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will take a summer break. Our next meeting will be September 4, 2014. We will discuss Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse. On October 2, 2014 we will discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. All are welcome to join in with our informal book group. See you in the Fall!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Kazuo Ishiguro. The discussion begins at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world postwar England.