Tuesday, June 2, 2015
This book was selected for the 2015 All Iowa Reads title. The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. They encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title.
Robin Oliveira's stunning Civil War epic is about a young headstrong midwife determined to become a surgeon striving to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine. Fully drawn characters, family conflicts, the politics of war, and achieving humane medical care in the aftermath of violence are some of themes that will be at the center discussions among hundreds of Iowans during 2015.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Anyone is welcome to join our informal discussion group on the first Thursday of the month, September through June. Bring a friend!
Chosen for May: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Chosen for June: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
On Thursday, March 5, at 7pm, the Pioneer Bookshop Book Club will discuss The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London. She lives in Maine and New York City.
All readers are welcome to attend at the Pioneer Bookshop, 823 4th Avenue in Grinnell.
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.