Past Events

Past Events Hosted by Addendum Books


2017 Events:

Saturday, September 30th 7:00pm
Megan Atwood Launch Party
 On Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm we celebrated the launch of Megan Atwood's newest novel, THE DEVILS YOU KNOW. The launch was held at:
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

"Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, turning the land black with their carcasses. If there were truth to any of the local folklore, River Red High wouldn’t offer a field trip there for the graduating class.

Five very different seniors—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—volunteer, each for private reasons, none of which have to do with trip itself. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any rumor they’ve heard. To survive, they’ll have to band together and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves."



Saturday, September 30th 3:00pm
David Oppegaard Launch Party
On Saturday, September 30th at 3:00pm we celebrated the launch of David Oppegaard's newest book, THE TOWN BUILT ON SORROW!  The event was held at Artista Bottega (937 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102). 

"Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town's dark river. As Harper's curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she'll have to think fast or join the killer's growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull."


   Friday, September 29th 5:30pm
Emily Blejwas - Once You Know This
On Friday, September 29th from 5:30-6:30pm Emily Blejwas was at Addendum to read from her book ONCE YOU KNOW THIS. 
Emily is a Minnesota native back in town to celebrate the release of her book! 
"Eleven-year-old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there. Lately, though, it sure doesn’t feel like it. She and her best friend, Marisol, stick together at school, but at home Brittany’s granny is sick, her cat is missing, there’s never any money, and there’s her little brother, Tommy, to worry about. Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky. If her life is going to ever change, she needs a plan. And once she starts believing in herself, Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner.

This debut novel by Emily Blejwas is perfect for readers who love emotionally satisfying books. Thoughtful and understated, it’s the hopeful story of a girl who struggles to make her future bright . . . and the makeshift family that emerges around her."




Saturday, September 23rd 2:00pm
Launch Party for Susan M. Latta

On Saturday, September 23rd at 2:00pm we celebrated the launch of Susan M. Latta's book BOLD WOMEN OF MEDICINE: 21 STORIES OF ASTOUNDING DISCOVERIES, DARING SURGERIES AND HEALING BREAKTHROUGHS.  The event was held at the Edina Library (5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN 55436) as part of the Edina Reads program. 

"Meet 21 determined women who have dedicated their lives to healing others. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton—the “Lady with the Lamp” and the “Angel of the Battlefield”—earned their nicknames by daring to enter battlefields to aid wounded soldiers, forever changing the standards of medicine. Modern-day medical heroines such as Bonnie Simpson Mason, who harnessed the challenges of her chronic illness and founded an organization to introduce women and minorities to orthopedic surgery, and Kathy Magliato, who jumped the hurdles to become a talented surgeon in the male-dominated arena of heart transplants, will inspire any young reader interested in the art, science, and lifechanging applications of medicine. Lovers of adventure will follow Mary Carson Breckinridge, the “nurse on horseback” who delivered babies in the Appalachian Mountains and believed that everyone, including our poorest and most vulnerable citizens, deserve good health care, and Jerri Nielsen, the doctor stationed in Antarctica who, cut off from help, had to bravely treat her own breast cancer. These and 15 other daring women inspire with their courage, persistence, and belief in the power of both science and compassion.
Packed with photos and informative sidebars and including source notes and a bibliography, Bold Women of Medicine is an invaluable addition to any student’s or aspiring doctor or nurse’s bookshelf." 





Thursday, September 21st 6:00-7:30pm
Chapter & Verse Book Club 
On Thursday, August 21st from 6-7:30pm,  Chapter & Verse Book Club (for Children's Literature Enthusiasts) met at Addendum.  The books for August were: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos, and Bull by David Elliott.

"This month we'll begin our reading of potential ALA Award winners for our Mock Award discussions. We'll begin in September with Michael Printz Award contenders."





For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club.




Saturday, September 16th 2:00pm
Launch Party for Lisa M. Bolt Simons
Thank you for joining us on Saturday, September 16th at 2:00pm for the launch party for Lisa M. Bolt Simons' newest book, BACK TO PASS. There was a reading by the author followed by a book signing.
"You may have read sports books before, but you’ve never read one like this. You’re the main character, and you’ve played football for most of your life. But without any parents, you’re not only off the team―you don’t go to school anymore. You don’t even have a place to live. When your uncle takes you in, will you get your life in order? And when the local team’s quarterback gets injured, will your skills save their season? Back to Pass isn’t like other football books for kids. With an interactive format, your choices affect the story’s outcome. Plus, it’s a game within a game: Collect points for your decisions in order to upgrade your character’s football skills. So read the book by Lisa M. Bolt Simons, collect the points, and choose to win!"
 


Friday, September 15th 6:30pm   
An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen
This public event with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer,”  explored how we remember war and its many dimensions.
What does it take to remember the human loss and inhuman acts felt on all sides in the aftermath of war? And what is our role in creating a just memory of war within contemporary discourse? In an engaging discussion with acclaimed Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang, Nguyen addressed these and other themes from his book “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.”
Reception and book signing followed.
ASL interpretation services were provided.
This was a ticketed event. 
This event SOLD OUT!



Saturday, September 9th 11:30am
Steve Brezenoff, Karlyn Coleman, and Heather Zenzen
 On Saturday, September 9th at 11:30am we celebrated the launch of Steve Brezenoff's newest book, BOY SEEKING BAND. In addition, we had a panel of authors - Steve Brezenoff, Karlyn Coleman, and Heather Zenzen - who all won arts grants and shared sneak peeks of their works-in-progress.

About BOY SEEKING BAND: 
"Great music and great friendships aren’t always in harmony. Terence Kato is a prodigy bass player, but he’s determined to finish middle school on a high note. Life has other plans. In eighth grade, he’s forced to transfer from a private arts school to a public school, where the kids seemingly speak a different language. Luckily, Terence knows a universal one: music. The teen sets out to build a rock band and, in the process, make a few friends. From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning and Guy in Real Life comes a fresh, funny, genuine novel about enjoying life beyond the opening act."

Steven Brezenoff, Karlyn Coleman, and Heather Zenzen are fiscal year 2017 recipients of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Tuesday, August 29th 5:30-6:30pm
Debra Leea Glasheen
YA author Debra Leea Glasheen read and signed at Addendum on Tuesday, August 29th from 5:30-6:30pm for her YA dystopian novel BACKBITERS.

"Fifty-four years after a corporate world war in a dystopian society, Giluli, a 15-year-old mutant/evolved girl just wants to fit in at high school and protect mutant babies born all over the world, but she will have to overcome widespread prejudice and a very greedy and dangerous  politician. Major themes of the novel are ethnic understanding, intelligent loyalty, coping with anger, protecting the environment, and anti-bullying."

Wednesday, July 12th 6:30pm
Asian America in Graphic Novels - 
An Evening With Gene Luen Yang

Addendum Books partnered with St. Catherine University and sold books on Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30pm with author/illustrator Gene Luen Yang, who was talking about Asian America in Graphic Novels. The event took place in the Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium in Whitby Hall - 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul 55105.  Thank you to Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen and the St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science Program for including us in this special evening!



































  Saturday, July 8th 3:30pm
Hamline MFAC Book Fair

On Saturday, July 8th at 3:30pm, Addendum sold books at the Hamline MFAC (MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults) biannual book fair.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for the fair and mingled with the authors at Hamline!  Full list of teachers here, plus we had books for sale written by graduates of the program as well.  1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104 



Saturday, July 8th 10:30-12:30
Launch Party for Abby Cooper
On Saturday, July 8th, from 10:30am-12:30pm we celebrated Abby Cooper's newest novel, BUBBLES. The event took place at the Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130).
"Twelve-year-old Sophie Mulvaney's world has been turned upside down. Mom lost her job at the TV station and broke up with Pratik, whom Sophie adored. Her teacher is making them do a special project about risk-taking, so Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon. And to top it all off, she's started seeing bubbles above people's heads that tell her what these people are thinking. Seeing other people's thoughts seems like it should be cool, but it's actually just stressful. What does it mean that Pratik wishes she and Mom were with him to eat dinner? Is her best friend Kaya really going out with their other best friend, Rafael, whom Sophie also has a crush on? And can Sophie's mom ever go back to her old self? In this funny, heartwarming novel from Abby Cooper, BUBBLES shows readers that people are more than what they seem―or what they think." 




Saturday, June 24th 2:00-4:00pm
Open House Launch Party for Mandy Davis

On Saturday, June 24th from 2:00-4:00pm, Addendum hosted an open house launch party for local author Mandy Davis and her debut novel, SUPERSTAR.  Mandy read at 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30.  Signed copies available at Addendum!

"Ten-year-old Lester Musselbaum loves science and space and Superman. He loves that his mom is his teacher, and he loves that they live together, just the two of them, in a little house out in the Indiana countryside. (It’s the perfect place for watching meteor showers!) But soon, everything starts changing. Lester’s mom gets a job and Lester has to go to school with other kids for the first time in his whole life. With the Superman action figure in his pocket as his only protection, he steps into the confusing world of fifth grade and begins a journey that will change his life forever."



Friday, June 23rd 7:00-9:00pm
 Launch Party for Sarah Ahiers

On Friday, June 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm, Addendum hosted the launch party for THIEF'S CUNNING, the companion novel to ASSASSIN'S HEART by Sarah Ahiers.  The event was held in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom in the Klas Center at 
Hamline University (1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104). 

"The companion novel to Assassin’s Heart—an action-packed fantasy that Printz Award winner Laura Ruby said “will keep you turning the pages all night long”—Thief’s Cunning picks up eighteen years later and follows Allegra Saldana as she uncovers the secrets about the line of killers she descends from.
Allegra has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.
But lately Allegra’s getting fed up with everything being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. When she finally learns the truth about her family, though—that she’s a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of.  But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.
In this dark and enthralling fantasy that fans of Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo will devour, one girl must decide if she’s destined to pay for the wrongs of her family’s past—whether Saldana or Da Via—or if the future is hers for the taking."

















Saturday, June 17th 2:00pm
 Andy Hueller and Patrick Hueller

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an open house at Addendum on Saturday, June 17th at 2:00pm to celebrate twin brothers who are both authors!  Andy Hueller (SKIPPING STONES AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH) and Patrick Hueller (STU STORIES: THE ADVENTURES OF DIRT CLOD AND HIS SIDEKICK BIRD BONES) were at Addendum reading and signing books!






Thursday, June 15th 6-7:30pm
Chapter & Verse Book Club
 On Thursday, June 15th from 6-7:30pm,  Chapter & Verse Book Club (for Children's Literature Enthusiasts) met at Addendum.  The book for June was: PIPPI LONGSTOCKING (Astrid Lindgren)

"Each year, our book clubs read a classic book, which we define as something published in the 1950s or earlier. Sorting through many suggestions, we're going to discuss Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. How does Pippi hold up in 2017? Is this a classic that translates into the present?
If you're feeling adventurous, read the book in the original Swedish!"




For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club.  









 
















Wednesday, June 14th 7-8:30pm
Sabaa Tahir & Shannon Hale

Addendum sold books again at the annual Minneapolis Young Writers' Workshop.  While you needed to register to attend the three-day writing workshop, the evening keynotes were open to the public.  On Wednesday, June 14th from 7-8:30pm, authors Sabaa Tahir (AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT) and Shannon Hale (PRINCESS ACADEMY, BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, REAL FRIENDS) were the keynote speakers. The workshop was held at North Central University (910 Elliot Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55044).


 
















Tuesday, June 13th 7-8:30pm
Jonathan Friesen & Wayne Thomas Batson

Addendum sold books again at the annual Minneapolis Young Writers' Workshop.  While you needed to register to attend the three-day writing workshop, the evening keynotes were open to the public.  On Tuesday, June 13th from 7-8:30pm, authors Jonathan Friesen (UNFOLDING, BOTH OF ME, JERK CALIFORNIA) and Wayne Thomas Batson (DREAM TREADERS, THE DOOR WITHIN) were the keynote speakers. The workshop was held at North Central University (910 Elliot Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55044).

Sunday, May 7th 2:30pm
Megan Atwood - ICE CREAM SUMMER
We are thrilled to have hosted the launch party for Megan Atwood's newest middle grade novel, ICE CREAM SUMMER!  Thanks to everyone who joined Megan and Addendum at Hamline University (1536 Hewitt Ave. St. Paul 55104 in the Klas Ballroom) on Sunday, May 7th at 2:30pm to celebrate this first book in the Orchard Novel series!

"Four friends live and work together on a New England apple orchard in this first novel of a brand-new series about the bonds of friendship.  Welcome to the Orchard!
Every summer the Garrison Family Apple Orchard opens its ice cream stand and lets two kids run the show. Now it’s best friends Lizzie and Sarah’s turn.
Then new kids Olive and Peter join their ice cream team. Sarah had big plans and she’s not too happy about sharing the stand or her best friend. But a disaster at the grand opening results in a mysteriously empty cash register, these four kids have to become good friends—and expert detectives—before this Ice Cream Summer turns into the Worst Summer Ever."

Saturday, May 6th 7-9pm
Craig Dirkes - SUCKTOWN, ALASKA
We celebrated the launch of SUCKTOWN, ALASKA by Craig Dirkes at HeadFlyer Brewing on Saturday, May 6th from 7-9pm. (861 E. Hennepin Ave, Northeast Minneapolis). Addendum had books for sale and Craig signed and personalized them! 

"Freshman year, Eddie Ashford had it all. Friends, parties, Taco Bell. He enjoyed it, reveled in it even. And he flunked out. Now he wants to redeem himself. Has to. He takes a job in tiny Kusko, Alaska, and promises to stay a year. His intentions are pure, but soon he’s lonely, low on cash, and desperate to escape the tundra. In this rough, raw, harrowing, and hilarious story, Eddie’s life becomes a dogsled ride along a line between youth and experience, bravery and recklessness, right and wrong. It’s tough going, and Eddie is alone at the helm for the first time."


 Wednesday, May 3rd 5:30pm
Mary Losure - ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST
Mary Losure writes wonderful middle grade titles, including well-written, informative nonfiction books.  Her newest book, ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST, will give you all sorts of insights into Isaac Newton's childhood and life. Not to be missed!  Thanks to everyone who joined Mary Losure to celebrate this fantastic book at Addendum on Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:30pm.

"Isaac is an angry 12-year-old boy who lives, all alone, in an attic room above an apothecary’s shop. He’s terrible in school, where they don’t teach you anything about stars, dragons, fireworks, catapults, or magic.  Not that that stops him. Because Isaac has a book of Mysteries, borrowed from the apothecary.  Want to make a flaming kite that will look like a comet, scaring the country folk for miles around? Read on.
Someday, though he doesn’t know it yet, Isaac will become the world’s greatest alchemist. He’ll try to learn how to turn ordinary metal into gold. He’ll search for the Philosopher’s Stone that will reveal the secret of eternal life.  Along the way, he’ll discover the secrets of the universe, and the name Isaac Newton will become famous all over the world.
Someday, people will call him the Last Sorcerer.
But for now he’s only a boy with a quill pen, scribbling down his secrets in a tiny notebook…."



 Saturday, April 29th 11am-5pm
Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 29th was Independent Bookstore Day! Addendum was one of 18 local indie bookstores participating - here's how you were able to join in:

1. Pick up a passport and activate the coupons
Pick up this passport at any of the 18 stores inside and get a stamp at every bookstore you visit. The stamp activates that store’s coupon. Bring your passport back on a later date to redeem the coupon.
2. Get 5 coupon stamps, receive a beautiful bookstore day map
Collect a stamp from any 5 bookstores and receive a limited edition Twin Cities indie bookstore map (drawn by Kevin Cannon of Cannon Maps). Just show your passport with five stamped pages to a bookseller, get the prize entry card in the back of the passport stamped, and receive the map.
3. Get 10 coupon stamps, be entered to win the first prize literary pack
Collect a stamp at any 10 bookstores and ask a bookseller to stamp your prize entry card. Tear out the entry card and leave it with a bookseller for a chance to win one of 20 first prize literary packs, each a $450+ value! (If you plan to visit more stores, don’t turn in your entry card until you have reached your final destination.)
4. Get 18 stamps, be entered to win the grand prize literary pack
Collect a stamp at all 18 bookstores and ask a bookseller to stamp your entry card. Tear out the entry card and leave it with a bookseller to be entered for a chance to win the grand prize literary pack, a $850+ value.

Want to know more? Visit tinyurl.com/bookstorepassport

Thank you to the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association!

Couldn't make it this year?  Stay tuned for Independent Bookstore Day 2018!






Thursday, April 20th 6-7:30pm
Chapter & Verse Book Club
 On Thursday, April 20th from 6-7:30pm,  Chapter & Verse Book Club (for Children's Literature Enthusiasts) met at Addendum.  The books for April were: THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT (Jason Reynolds) and YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME (Sharon G. Flake). 

"Let's talk about books that share the lives of current teens in their daily lives, not as representatives of certain civil rights statements or historical lessons. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds and Sharon Flakes' short story collection, You Don't Even Know Me, are the selections for this month. Please share titles of other books that fit into these parameters ... books you can recommend wholeheartedly."




For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club.  








 Saturday, April 8th 7:00pm
Launch Party for Sara Biren and Andrew DeYoung
On Saturday, April 8th at 7:00pm Addendum hosted the joint launch party for local young adult authors Sara Biren (THE LAST THING YOU SAID) and Andrew DeYoung (THE EXO PROJECT)!  The event was held at Solomon's Porch (100 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419). 

THE LAST THING YOU SAID
"Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other."

THE EXO PROJECT
"This fast-paced, sharply written multiple-perspective YA science-fiction debut opens on a future Earth ravaged by solar radiation. Desperate for money to save his sick mother, seventeen-year-old Matthew agrees to participate in the Exo Project, a government plan to save the human race by flying across the galaxy in search of a habitable planet for resettlement. He thinks he’s been given a death sentence: 100 years in cryostasis, followed by a quick death on some barren world. But then he lands on Gle’ah, discovering the strange, beautiful creatures who live there, including Kiva, the captivating teenage girl who leads her planet’s matriarchal society. Kiva views Matthew as a threat and for good reason—if he tells Earth that he’s found a suitable planet, it will mean the end of her people’s way of life. But then Kiva and Matthew discover an emotional connection they never expected—and as they begin to delve into the secrets of Matthew’s mission and the dark truth behind the seeming paradise of Gle’ah, the choices they make will have consequences for both of their worlds."


Friday, April 7th 7:30pm
Sun Yung Shin and Andrea Jenkins at St. Kate's


"Bad A$$ Women Writers: Poetry Reading and Conversation featuring Sun Yung Shin & Andrea Jenkins”
(This event is part of the Women of Substance Festival’s 20-year anniversary celebration.)

Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30 pm
St. Kate's Recital Hall
2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul 55105

Sun Yung Shin is the editor of "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," the author of poetry/essay collections “Unbearable Splendor; Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black” (all from Coffee House Press), a co-editor of “Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption” (South End Press), and the author of bilingual illustrated book for children “Cooper’s Lesson” (Lee and Low Books). She is a contributing editor at Aster(ix) and Society Editions.

Andrea Jenkins, educator, poet, artist, and activist, works as the Oral Historian for Transgender Oral History Project for the University of Minnesota. She is the author of three books: “Tributaries: Poems Celebrating Black History” and “Pieces of A Scream”, and her latest title, “The T is Not Silent: New and Selected Poems”, Purple Lioness Productions, 2015. Andrea has received many fellowships and awards, including, a Bush Fellowship, the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center, The Cultural Community Leadership Institute Fellowship through Intermedia Arts and a Givens Foundation Fellowship for Black Writers. Her work has been collected in several anthologies including “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” MHSP, 2016, and “Blues Vision: African American Writing in Minnesota” MHSP, 2016. In 2015 Andrea was named Grand Marshall of the Twin Cities Pride Parade and she performed at the White House in 2016.













Sunday, April 2nd 2:00pm
Second Story with Duchess Harris and Caren Stelson

Addendum sold books for Second Story at the Loft Literary Center (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415) for authors Duchess Harris and Caren Stelson.
Second Story features authors of MG books (middle grade) and YA books (young adult). They host two authors at each reading, usually a nationally known author and an emerging author. They always have multiple published books. The authors read a short selection from one of their books, then audience members are welcome to ask questions. Afterward everyone eats treats together.

Free food! After the reading and Q&A, there's a small reception with treats. The treats will be connected to the themes of the books that are read that day.

This reading series is perfect for kids, teenagers, families, adults, and absolutely anyone who loves children's literature. 

Dates and Location: The Second Story series is held on Sunday afternoons at the Loft, in the Target Performance Hall, second floor of the Open Book building.
Curators: The Second Story reading series is co-curated by authors Megan Atwood and Heather Bouwman, who kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm. We thank them.


Thursday, March 30th 5:30pm 
Brandon Mull - DRAGONWATCH
On Thursday, March 30th at 5:30pm, we hosted author Brandon Mull at Addendum to celebrate his newest book, DRAGONWATCH - a FABLEHAVEN sequel! 

"In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons, and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies….
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.
No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.
How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?"



 Thursday, March 16th 6-7:30pm
Chapter & Verse Book Club
On Thursday, March 16th from 6-7:30pm, Chapter & Verse Book Club (for Children's Literature Enthusiasts) met at Addendum.  The books for March were: THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON (Kelly Barnhill) and THE PRINCESS IN BLACK (Shannon Hale). 

"This month we're talking about fantasy with female main characters. We'll discuss a novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill and a chapter book, The Princess in Black, by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Do you have other fantasy novels to recommend featuring female characters?"




For our last half hour, please bring a children's or YA book you've read recently that you'd like to recommend to the book club.  







Thursday, March 16th 5:30-7:00pm
Launch Party for Laura Purdie Salas (IF YOU WERE THE MOON)
On Thursday, March 16th from 5:30-7:00pm we had a pajama party with author Laura Purdie Salas to celebrate her newest book, IF YOU WERE THE MOON!  The event was held at the Wishing Tree Play Cafe (1011 Meadowlands Dr., White Bear Lake 55127).
Laura Purdie Salas read her book and there were fun activities for kids and families.  Addendum had IF YOU WERE THE MOON as well as a selection of other titles by Laura Purdie Salas for sale. 

In collaboration with Bookhounds and Family Fun Twin Cities



Friday, March 3rd 6:30-7:30pm
Jilly Gagnon at Addendum!


On Friday, March 3rd at 6:30pm we celebrated #FAMOUS by Jilly Gagnon at Addendum Books! #idlikefrieswithTHAT

"#famous is a fast-paced contemporary romance for young adults told from two perspectives. The story follows a girl, Rachel, who tweets a photo of a cute boy, Kyle, that suddenly goes viral, à la Alex from Target, setting off a chain of events that forces them both to question whether fame–and love–are worth the price." 




Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm 
Read Brave with Daniel José Older and SPPL

Author talk and community writing workshop with SPPL Read Brave author Daniel José Older at the Rondo Library (461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55104) on Thursday, March 2nd from 6-7:30pm.
 
The 2017 Read Brave book was Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. Shadowshaper tells the story of Brooklyn teen Sierra, who inherits shadowshaping—a thrilling, creative magic—and becomes a target as a result. Older addresses issues of body image, cultural appropriation, feminism, and gentrification.

Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s annual, citywide program encouraging youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. The program encourages intergenerational dialog about thought-provoking, contemporary issues facing teens and culminates with a visit by the author.
Each year, hundreds of copies of the Read Brave book are distributed to the community, primarily to teens in the Saint Paul Public School system. When teens own the book, they take ownership of the reading, get the thrill of a personalized autograph, and are able to share the book with friends and family.




Wednesday, March 1st 6-7:30pm 
Read Brave with Daniel José Older and SPPL

Author talk and community writing workshop with SPPL Read Brave author Daniel José Older at the Sun Ray Library (2105 Wilson Ave, St Paul, MN 55119) on Wednesday, March 1st from 6-7:30pm.
 
The 2017 Read Brave book was Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. Shadowshaper tells the story of Brooklyn teen Sierra, who inherits shadowshaping—a thrilling, creative magic—and becomes a target as a result. Older addresses issues of body image, cultural appropriation, feminism, and gentrification.

Read Brave is Saint Paul Public Library’s annual, citywide program encouraging youth and adults to read and come together around a young adult novel. The program encourages intergenerational dialog about thought-provoking, contemporary issues facing teens and culminates with a visit by the author.
Each year, hundreds of copies of the Read Brave book are distributed to the community, primarily to teens in the Saint Paul Public School system. When teens own the book, they take ownership of the reading, get the thrill of a personalized autograph, and are able to share the book with friends and family.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival
Saturday, February 25th 3-5pm
It was another fabulous 90-Second Newbery Film Festival screening on Saturday, February 25th from 3-5pm with founder and author James Kennedy (THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH) and authors Keir Graff (THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE) and Kelly Barnhill (THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON).  Addendum had the authors' books for sale, as well as a selection of the Newbery titles being screened that day. The event was held at the Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 55401).
 

 

Friday, February 24th 5:30-6:30pm
Kelly Barnhill, Keir Graff, and James Kennedy
  


Thanks to everyone who joined authors Kelly Barnhill (THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON), Keir Graff (THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE), and James Kennedy (THE ORDER OF ODD-FISH) at Addendum on Friday, February 24th from 5:30-6:30pm to celebrate their books (and to hear them talk before hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival on Saturday!).



Thursday, February 23rd 7:00-9:00pm
Panel of Authors from A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH at St. Kate's
On Thursday, February 23rd, Addendum sold books at St. Catherine University from 7:00-9:00pm for a panel of contributors to A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH.

What: Good Time for the Truth Author Panel. Contributing authors read selections from A Good Time for the Truth, talked about what inspired their piece, & answer questions from the audience. Authors were available to sign books. Copies were available for purchase at the event.

When: Thursday, Feb 23, 7-9pm
Where: St. Catherine University, Recital Hall (Music Building), 2004 Randolph Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Who: 
Sponsored by:
  • St. Kate's Library
  • St. Kate's English Department
  • St. Kate's Endowed Chairs for Women
  • Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women
In Solidarity with St. Kate's One Read for Racial Justice

In addition to selling A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH, Addendum had a selection of other works by the various contributors.






Thursday, February 16th 6-7:30pm
Chapter & Verse Book Club
On Thursday, February 16th from 6-7:30pm the Chapter & Verse Book Club met at Addendum.  This month we discussed books written to help children understand sadness, loss, and death. We read Benji Davies' Grandad's Island, Michael Rosen's Sad Book, and Glen Ringtved's Cry Heart, But Never Break (a translation from Denmark). If you have a favorite book that you pull off your shelves when life is hard to understand, please bring that book to add to the discussion.
















 
  

 












Sunday, February 5th 2:00pm
Second Story at the Loft Literary Center
 Addendum sold books for Second Story at the Loft Literary Center (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415) for young adult authors John Coy and Jackie Lea Sommers on Sunday, February 5th at 2:00pm.

Second Story features authors of MG books (middle grade) and YA books (young adult). They host two authors at each reading, usually a nationally known author and an emerging author. They always have multiple published books. The authors read a short selection from one of their books, then audience members are welcome to ask questions. Afterward everyone eats treats together.
Free food! After the reading and Q&A, there's a small reception with treats. The treats will be connected to the themes of the books that are read that day.
This reading series is perfect for kids, teenagers, families, adults, and absolutely anyone who loves children's literature. 
Dates and Location: The Second Story series is held on Sunday afternoons at the Loft, in the Target Performance Hall, second floor of the Open Book building.
Curators: The Second Story reading series is co-curated by authors Megan Atwood and Heather Bouwman, who kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm. We thank them.



Friday, February 3rd 5:30pm
Duchess Harris - HIDDEN HUMAN COMPUTERS 
On Friday, February 3rd at 5:30pm, author and professor Duchess Harris (author of the YA nonfiction book BLACK LIVES MATTER) joined us at Addendum Books to celebrate her newest book for teens - HIDDEN HUMAN COMPUTERS: THE BLACK WOMEN OF NASA.

“The contributions of Black women in STEM are invisible,” said Hidden Human Computers author Duchess Harris of the importance of the story. “Not seeing Black women in leadership roles at a place like NASA limits the dreams of Black girls in America and limits all of our imagination.”
Harris’s book, co-written with Sue Bradford Edwards and published by Edina-based ABDO, tells the plight of Black women hired to perform complex mathematical calculations for NASA beginning in the 1940s. The title is part of the Hidden Heroes series from ABDO, available this coming Spring, and is written at a 6-12 grade reading level.
Though the story has been hidden from the public until recently, it is one Harris – a professor and chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota – is intimately familiar with, as her grandmother was among the earliest human computers.
“I grew up hearing about how my grandmother had a family and a career, and fought racism,” Harris said. “She was essentially my blueprint.”
Whereas the upcoming movie follows the story of three central characters, Hidden Human Computers gives a broader context, from the days when NASA was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and a legal plantation to John Glenn’s insistence that one of the “human computers” double check the work of the new electronic computers before his flight in space.
“I think it would be great for young people to see the telling of this important story,” Harris said of the movie, with which she has no connection. “Then they should read [my] book and learn the actual facts behind the events.”
Hidden Human Computers is not associated with the Hidden Figures movie or the book off of which it is based. It does, however, share the same basic message and brings to light the same hidden portion of history. - from Abdo



Saturday, January 21st 2:00-5:00pm
Open House Launch Party for Benjamin Ellefson
On Saturday, January 21st we held an open house at Addendum from 2:00-5:00pm (with readings at 3 and 4pm) to celebrate the launch of Book 2 of The Land Without Color - THE GREAT SUGAR WAR, by Benjamin Ellefson.

"A great war raged between the Kingdom of Color and the Kingdom of Shapes, seeming to have no end. But the tides turned when a young boy named Otto, the future grandfather of Alvin, sailed into the Kingdom of Color.  Joining forces with Colonel Droww, Aunt Nellie, and the Mighty Lion, Otto soon discovers a vile new enemy. An army of Sugar Soldiers that devour everything in sight and turn it into sugar.  In order to defeat this unbeatable force, Otto must find the real source of the color drought."


Tuesday, January 17th 5:30pm
Heather Bouwman - A Crack in the Sea
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Addendum Books on Tuesday, January 17th at 5:30pm as we celebrated Heather Bouwman's newest book, A CRACK IN THE SEA!

"No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift—he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.
This is but the first of three extraordinary stories that collide on the high seas of the Second World. The second story takes us back to the beginning: Venus and Swimmer are twins captured aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica in 1781. They save themselves and others from a life of enslavement with a risky, magical plan—one that leads them from the shark-infested waters of the first world to the second. Pip and Kinchen will hear all about them before their own story is said and done. So will Thanh and his sister Sang, who we meet in 1978 on a small boat as they try to escape post-war Vietnam. But after a storm and a pirate attack, they’re not sure they’ll ever see shore again. What brings these three sets of siblings together on an adventure of a lifetime is a little magic, helpful sea monsters and that very special portal, A Crack in the Sea."



2016 Events:















Sunday, December 4th 2:00pm
Second Story at the Loft
Addendum sold books for Second Story at the Loft Literary Center (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415) for middle grade authors Kelly Barnhill and Abby Cooper on Sunday, December 4th at 2:00pm.

Second Story features authors of MG books (middle grade) and YA books (young adult). They host two authors at each reading, usually a nationally known author and an emerging author. They always have multiple published books. The authors read a short selection from one of their books, then audience members are welcome to ask questions. Afterward everyone eats treats together.
Free food! After the reading and Q&A, there's a small reception with treats. The treats will be connected to the themes of the books that are read that day.
This reading series is perfect for kids, teenagers, families, adults, and absolutely anyone who loves children's literature. 
Dates and Location: The Second Story series is held on Sunday afternoons at the Loft, in the Target Performance Hall, second floor of the Open Book building.
Curators: The Second Story reading series is co-curated by authors Megan Atwood and Heather Bouwman, who kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm. We thank them.



Saturday, November 26th 11am-7pm
Indies First at Addendum

On Saturday, November 26th we held our annual Indies First celebration at Addendum from 11am-7pm!  Thanks to everyone who joined local authors and illustrators at Addendum as they become booksellers for the day.  Confirmed authors (listed alphabetically, followed by the time they worked at Addendum): Megan Atwood (11-12), J.J. Austrian (1-2), Kelly Barnhill (11-12), Eileen Beha (5-6), Bryan Bliss (6-7), Nancy Carlson (1-2), Abby Cooper (2-3), Kay Elliott (3-4), Shannon Gibney (4-5), Rachel Gold (2-3), Geoff Herbach (11-12), Nick Hupton (3-4), Dawn Klehr, Joseph Kuefler (11-12), David LaRochelle (3-4), Christopher Lincoln (2-4), Anne Lippin, Eliza Nolan (12-1), David Oppegaard (12-1), Jane O'Reilly (4-6), Peter Pearson (2-3), Phyllis Root (11-12), Laura Purdie Salas (11-12), Pat Schmatz (11-12), Stephen Shaskan (1-2), Trisha Speed Shaskan (1-2), Jackie Lea Sommers (6-7), Lauren Stringer (3-4), Catherine Thimmesh (5-6), Joanne Vruno (5-6), Mike Wohnoutka (3-4)
Authors by time were as follows:

11am-12pm:
Megan Atwood, Kelly Barnhill, Geoff Herbach, Joseph Kuefler, Phyllis Root, Laura Purdie Salas, & Pat Schmatz
12pm-1pm:
Eliza Nolan & David Oppegaard
1pm-2pm:
J.J. Austrian, Nancy Carlson, Stephen Shaskan, & Trisha Speed Shaskan

2pm-3pm:
Abby Cooper, Rachel Gold, Christopher Lincoln, & Peter Pearson

3pm-4pm:
Kay Elliott, Nick Hupton, David LaRochelle, Christopher Lincoln, Lauren Stringer, & Mike Wohnoutka

4pm-5pm:
Shannon Gibney & Jane O'Reilly

5pm-6pm:
Eileen Beha, Jane O'Reilly, Catherine Thimmesh, & Joanne Vruno

6pm-7pm:
Bryan Bliss & Jackie Lea Sommers
Times TBD:
Dawn Klehr & Anne Lippin



Friday, November 25th 6:00-7:00pm
Launch Party for John Coy
On Friday, November 25th from 6:00-7:00pm, we celebrated the launch of GAP LIFE by John Coy. The event was held at Addendum Books (478 Cleveland Ave S., St. Paul 55105). All of John's books were available for purchase. 

"Cray got into the same college his father attended and is expected to go. And to go pre-med. And to get started right away. His parents are paying the tuition. It should be an easy decision.
But it's not.
All Cray knows is that what's expected of him doesn't feel right. The pressure to make a decision—from his family, his friends—is huge. Until he meets Rayne, a girl who is taking a gap year, and who helps him find his first real job, at a home of four adults with developmental disabilities. What he learns about himself and others will turn out to be more than any university could teach him—and twice as difficult."

See our blog post here

Friday, November 25th
Black Friday Sale: 40-50% off Select Books!
We had a number of books going on sale starting on Friday, November 25th!  We have some books we're looking to move out to make room for new titles that are 40% off, and we have some books that have slight sun damage or a small tear that are 50% off.  The sale started the 25th, but will last till all books are sold!  Stock up on books to read during the long winter while prices are low!
(Books pictured will not necessarily be on sale. No further discounts apply.)
 

Saturday, November 19th 7:00pm
Launch Party for Juliann Rich
On Saturday, November 19th at 7:00pm, we celebrated the launch of GRAVITY by Juliann Rich.  The event was held at The Norway House (913 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404).  There were games to try to win an Olympic medal, a hot chocolate bar, and cupcakes.  Juliann read from GRAVITY (joined by Rachel Gold and Vee Signorelli) and then held a Q&A, followed by a book signing.  All of her books were available for purchase. 

"A dream at Olympic gold in ski jumping. It’s a dream that’s been the exclusive property of male Olympic athletes.  Until now.
For seventeen-year-old Ellie Engebretsen, the 2011 decision to include women’s ski jumping in the Olympics is a game changer. She’d love to bring home the gold for her father, a former Olympic hopeful whose dreams were blown along with his kneeson an ill-timed landing. But can she defy the pull of gravity that draws her to Kate Moreau, her biggest competition and the girl of her dreams?
How can Ellie soar through the air when all she feels like doing is falling hard?"

 
 Saturday, November 5th 3:00pm
Reclaim! Benefit at Solcana Fitness
On Saturday, November 5th at 3pm, we were part of an event to benefit Reclaim!  Reclaim! is a local organization that works to increase mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.  Solcana Fitness hosted a benefit featuring acclaimed LGBTQ authors Rachel Gold, Molly Beth Griffin, and Juliann Rich.  Joining them were shay(den) gonzalez (executive director of Reclaim!) and Vee Signorelli of gayya.org.
The event was free, though at-will donations were accepted.  Addendum sold books by the authors, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books were donated to Reclaim!
Solcana Fitness - the CrossFit gym. 1915 E. 22nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55404. 





 Saturday, November 5th 2:00-3:30pm
Minnesota Youth Reading Awards
 Thank you to everyone who joined the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards and St. Paul Public Library on Saturday, November 5th from 2:00-3:30pm as we celebrated the winners and this coming year's nominees.  The event was held at the Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave, St. Paul 55130). Addendum had books for sale. 



Tuesday, November 1st 7-8:30pm
Shannon Gibney at St. Kate's
St. Catherine University hosted YA author Shannon Gibney on campus on Tuesday, November 1st from 7-8:30pm for a talk called "The Powerful Connection Between Courage, Art, and Spirituality: Women's Strategies and Legacies of Resistance, Agitation, and Transformation." The talk was held in the Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine at St. Kate's - 2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105. Addendum sold copies of Shannon Gibney's young adult novel, SEE NO COLOR, as well as A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH (with a contribution from Gibney) which is St. Kate's pick for One Read for Racial Justice.


Tuesday, November 1st 6:30-7:30pm
Marina Budhos at Rondo Library
Thanks to those who joined YA author Marina Budhos at the Rondo branch of the St. Paul Public Libraries (461 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55104) on Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30-7:30pm, as she shared her newest book, WATCHED (companion to ASK ME NO QUESTIONS). Thank you to SPPL for their partnership on this event.




Sunday, October 30th 2:00pm
Second Story at the Loft

Addendum sold books at Second Story at the Loft Literary Center (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415) for young adult authors Marina Budhos and Bryan Bliss on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00pm.

Second Story features authors of MG books (middle grade) and YA books (young adult). They host two authors at each reading, usually a nationally known author and an emerging author. They always have multiple published books. The authors read a short selection from one of their books, then audience members are welcome to ask questions. Afterward everyone eats treats together.
Free food! After the reading and Q&A, there's a small reception with treats. The treats will be connected to the themes of the books that are read that day.
This reading series is perfect for kids, teenagers, families, adults, and absolutely anyone who loves children's literature. 
Dates and Location: The Second Story series is held on Sunday afternoons at the Loft, in the Target Performance Hall, second floor of the Open Book building.
Curators: The Second Story reading series is co-curated by authors Megan Atwood and Heather Bouwman, who kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm. We thank them.

 Monday, October 24th 6:30pm
Booked for the Evening
Addendum sold books again at Booked for the Evening, St. Kate's annual event for librarians, parents, book-lovers, educators and teachers. Their panel of expert librarians and MLIS alumnae highlighted books for primary, intermediate, young adult and non-fiction readers and the people who help guide them in their reading. Addendum donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the books to the St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science Program.
The event is held in the Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine on the St. Catherine University campus: 2000 Randolph Ave. St. Paul 55105 (just across Randolph from Addendum).
This was a ticketed event.



Thursday, October 13th 7:00pm
John Scalzi at the Roseville Library

John Scalzi is the Hugo Award-winning author of The End of All Things, Redshirts and other novels. In town for NerdCon: Stories, Scalzi did a special author reading at the library. As of the printing of this information, he has yet to be attacked or consumed by a bear.  Book sales by Addendum Books.  Event location: 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Redshirts: "Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more thrilled to be assigned to the ship’s xenobiology laboratory, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers. Life couldn’t be better . . . until Andrew begins to realize that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) sadly, at least one low-ranked crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is . . . and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives." 




Thursday, October 6th 6:15-7:45pm
Erin Petti, Jessica Freeburg, and Natalie Fowler
On Thursday, October 6th from 6:15-7:45pm, authors Erin Petti (THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE) and Jessica Freeburg & Natalie Fowler (MONSTERS OF THE MIDWEST) were at the Hamline Midway Library (1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN 55104). 

THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE
 "Ghost-story lover and debut author Erin Petti has written a quirky story for fans of The Goonies, Goosebumps, and Coraline.

Eleven-year-old budding scientist Thelma Bee has adventure in her blood. But she gets more than she bargained for when a ghost kidnaps her father. Now her only clues are a strange jewelry box and the word "Return," whispered to her by the ghost. It's up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be more dangerous than she thought--there's someone wielding dark magic, and they're coming after her next."

MONSTERS OF THE MIDWEST
"Does telling creepy tales around the campfire sound like a perfect night out? Is scaring yourself silly your idea of a good time? Paranormal investigators Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler share reportedly true accounts of the strangest, the most bizarre, and the most chilling creatures ever documented in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. From sightings of bigfoot to encounters with werewolves—and even a Great Lakes sea monster—this collection of 23 stories is sure to keep you up at night. Try to remember: that noise you hear... it’s probably just the wind."



Thursday, October 6th 5:00-6:00pm

Author Tania Del Rio and illustrator Will Staehle were at Addendum on Thursday, October 6th from 5:00-6:00pm to celebrate their book WARREN THE 13TH!

WARREN THE 13th AND THE ALL-SEEING EYE
"Meet Warren the 13th. He’s the lone bellhop, valet, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye. But if Warren is going to find the hidden treasure, he’ll need to solve several other mysteries first: What is the strange creature lurking in the hotel boiler room? Who is the ghostly girl creeping around the garden’s hedge maze? And why is the hotel’s only guest covered in bandages? Full of puzzles, secret codes, outrageous inventions, and hundreds of intricate illustrations, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will delight and confound readers of all ages."


 Wednesday, October 5th 5:30pm
Author Jory John
Author Jory John was at Addendum on Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30pm.  He discussed his newest picture book, PENGUIN PROBLEMS!  

PENGUIN PROBLEMS
"Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?
 Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.
 Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .
 Jory John and Lane Smith let us decide. This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud." 




Tuesday, October 4th 7:00pm
Duchess Harris at St. Kate's
St. Catherine University's Master of Library and Information Science Program presents:

#BLACKLIVESMATTER: Reading & Teaching for Racial Justice

Dr. Duchess Harris
Chair of American Studies at Macalester College

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm
RECITAL HALL, Music Building (NEW LOCATION)
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

In 2015, Dr. Duchess Harris and Sue Bradford Edwards co-authored a book titled Black Lives Matter for young readers. Given the ongoing violence against black lives, and the hope that young people might create a different future, we must provide spaces to have conversations about why Black Lives Matter. Reading is one way to open the conversation.

Dr. Harris shared about this book, and also addressed how educators can prepare students to lead and influence in a world fraught with racial tension.

Thanks to all who joined us for a conversation about reading and teaching in an era of #BlackLivesMatter.

About Dr. Harris: http://www.macalester.edu/academics/americanstudies/facultystaff/duchessharris/

This free event is co-sponsored by St. Kate’s Office of Endowed Chairs for Mission and is part of the One Read For Racial Justice initiative at St. Kate's.
Books were available for sale by Addendum Books.

Saturday, October 1st 3:00-4:30pm
"Books Standing on Books" With Authors E.M. Kokie, Jacqueline West, and Pat Schmatz

On Saturday, October 1st, YA novelists E.M. Kokie, Jacqueline West, and Pat Schmatz were at Addendum from 3:00-4:30pm to talk about their go-to sources for craft and inspiration - the books behind, under, and around their most current novels. Thanks to all who came for reading suggestions, craft help, and general book talk!



Saturday, September 24th 11:00am
Launch Party for Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

On Saturday, September 24th at 11:00am we celebrated Lauren Stringer's newest book, YELLOW TIME. We gathered together in the company of books to celebrate YELLOW TIME and the fall season!

See our blog post here.



Thursday, September 8th 11:00am
Story Time at Addendum
  
Story time at Addendum is now on Thursdays! Local author Abby Cooper hosted story time on Thursday, September 8th at 11:00am with a reading of SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, followed by an activity. 




Friday, August 26th 11:00am
Story Time at Addendum

Local author Abby Cooper held story time on Friday, August 26th at 11:00am at Addendum!  Abby  read PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BRAINS by Joe McGee, illustrated by Charles Santoso.  A coloring activity followed. 


Friday, August 19th 6-7:30pm
Family Fun Night with Author Peter Pearson 

On Friday, August 19th, from 6-7:30 Addendum was at a free, outdoor family-friendly event that was open to everyone! We enjoyed a fun-filled evening in our beautiful neighborhood.
Addendum Books had a pop-up shop at 1399 St. Clair Ave. We had some favorite staff picks for sale, as well as signed copies of books. We were joined by local author Peter Pearson (HOW TO EAT AN AIRPLANE), and had plenty of copies of his book for sale as well!
The Open Eye Figure Theater performed a puppet show starting at 6:30.
Food and ice cream was available for purchase from 6-7:30.

This event was brought to you by Petite Salon, Valise Boutique & Apothecary, Addendum Books, Mik Mart Ice Cream, and Funfare Global Street Eats.








  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Party at Addendum Books! 
Saturday, July 30th, 10pm-12am

On Saturday, July 30th, we celebrated the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD!  Thank you to all the families who joined us for an open house event from 10pm-12am. It was a fabulous night, including:
  • Harry Potter themed treats
  • sorting guests into their houses using the sorting hat.
  • games and prizes.
  • and more!
Almost everyone came dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character! 
Books went on sale at 12:01AM(MIDNIGHT)when it was officially the release date (Sunday, July 31st).  

   Saturday, July 23rd 3:00-5:00pm
Launch Party for Abby Cooper - STICKS AND STONES
Thanks to everyone who joined author Abby Cooper for the launch party of her middle grade debut, STICKS AND STONES, on Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5pm!  The event was held at the Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave Saint Paul, MN 55130).

"Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like “interesting,” which she's not really sure how to feel about. Now she’s starting middle school, and just as her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, and she’s been dumped by her very first boyfriend, and worst of all, the words she thinks about herself are starting to appear, she receives an anonymous note saying, “I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help.” As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who has sent her this note, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self."



Saturday, July 16th 1:00pm
Gary Bush - SAIL INTO TREACHERY 
On Saturday, July 16th at 1:00pm, Addendum Books hosted author Gary Bush to celebrate his book, SAIL INTO TREACHERY.
"In 1803, Jamie Sharpe, a cocky Boston boy, graduates top in his class from Bullard's Academy. Hoping to become a ship's captain like his father, Jamie has worked every odd mariner job and even sailed his own sloop to Halifax. However, his dreams are shattered when Captain Cutts, a wealthy slave trader, demands payment on a note he holds on the Sharpe family fortune. To satisfy the note, Jamie must travel across Massachusetts to get money from his grandfather. During the return trip, Jamie is ambushed and taken aboard a slaver bound for Africa. Jamie will need to grow up quickly if he intends to survive a Sail into Treachery." 


 Thursday, June 30th 6:30pm
Pat Schmatz at Nokomis Library
On Thursday, June 30th, from 6:30-7:45pm, Pat Schmatz was at the Nokomis Library (5100 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417).  Schmatz, an award-winning author of young adult novels, read and discussed "Lizard Radio" and "Bluefish." "Lizard Radio" received the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and "Bluefish" was recognized as a Horn Book Best of 2011, NCTE Notable Children's Book and more. There was time for Q&A. Books were available for purchase and signing from Addendum Books. Sponsor: Friends of the Nokomis Library.



 Saturday, June 25th 1:00pm
Vita Murrow and Ethan Murrow - THE WHALE

On Saturday, June 25th, authors Vita Murrow and Ethan Murrow were in town to celebrate their new picture book, THE WHALE.  Thanks to all who joined us at Addendum Books at 1:00pm! 

"A wordless epic sea adventure: There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean, although a sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated. Now two young whale watchers each set out to find the whale, one armed with sound-recording equipment, the other with a camera. When their boats collide, they pool their resources to capture incontrovertible proof that the mythical whale exists. The eventual sighting is a magical moment, especially when the children discover that it was their own grandparents who first glimpsed the whale fifty years ago. The Murrows’ spectacular wordless adventure is brought to life with stunning graphite drawings that convey the drama and haunting beauty of the ocean and capture the majesty of the awe-inspiring whale." 



Monday, June 20th 4:00-6:00pm
Alison Umminger - American Girls
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Addendum Books on Monday, June 20th for an open house from 4:00-6:00pm to celebrate the release of Alison Umminger's debut novel, AMERICAN GIRLS. She read at 4:15 and 5:15pm, and signed copies of her book.

"Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.
As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls―and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.
In Anna's singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America―in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn't, in a way not often seen in YA fiction."


Friday, June 17th 8:00pm, Saturday, June 18th 8:00pm, and Sunday, June 19th 2:00pm
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus Performed TWO BOYS KISSING

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus presents the world premiere of our new  commission: Two Boys Kissing.  Based on the 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winning work by David  Levithan, Two Boys Kissing follows the stories of Harry & Craig – two  gay teenagers who  decide to break the world record for the longest kiss;  the story of female to male  transgender teen Avery & love-interest Ryan;  and the story of Cooper – a young boy struggling to come to terms with  his sexuality who  begins to go down a dangerous path of risky behavior. They are  all watched over and commented on from  above by a Greek  Chorus of gay men who  have died  of AIDS taken from this world too early who could have never imagined what life could or would be like decades later.
Friday, June 17 and Saturday*, June 18, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, June 19, 2016  – 2pm
Ted Mann Concert Hall
*Saturday’s performance is ASL interpreted. Contains mature situations and language.
Single tickets are now on sale! Order online or call U of M Tickets & Events at 612-624-2345.
Two Boys Kissing, based on the  book by David Levithan and commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for their 35th anniversary season, Dr. Ben Riggs, Artistic Director. Composed by Joshua Shank. Lyrics by David Levithan, based on his book Two Boys Kissing.
Music ©2016 by Joshua Shank. Lyrics ©2016 by David Levithan.

Addendum Books had signed copies of TWO BOYS KISSING, as well as David Levithan's newest book, YOU KNOW ME WELL (co-written with Nina LaCour) at each of the performances. 



Saturday, June 18th
Launch Party for Joanne Vruno - SPRING OF ELVES
Please join author Joanne Vruno on Saturday, June 18th, as we celebrate the launch of the fourth and final book in her series - SPRING OF ELVES!  The event is at 1pm at the Sun Ray Library (St. Paul Public Libraries) 2105 Wilson Ave, St Paul, MN 55119.



Saturday, June 18th 10am-12pm
Elise Parsley - IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T!
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Addendum Books for an open house on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-12pm with author/illustrator Elise Parsley to celebrate her newest book, IF YOU EVER WANT TO BRING A PIANO TO THE BEACH, DON'T!  "If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What's the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that--not surprisingly--a piano doesn't mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!"




Thursday, June 16th 6:30pm
Nina LaCour and David Levithan - YOU KNOW ME WELL, With Special Guest Jane B. Mason (WITHOUT ANNETTE)

Nina LaCour and David Levithan were in town on Thursday, June 16th to celebrate their new book, YOU KNOW ME WELL.  The event started at 6:30pm and was held at the Arlington Hills Community Center:
1200 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130.

"Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time."


"Josie Little has been looking forward to moving halfway across the country to attend Brookwood Academy, a prestigious boarding school, with her girlfriend, Annette, for ages. But underneath Brookwood's picture-perfect image lies a crippling sense of elitism that begins to tear the girls apart from the moment they arrive.
While Josie struggles to navigate her new life, Annette seems to fit in perfectly. Yet that acceptance comes with more than a few strings. And consequently, Annette insists on keeping their relationship a secret.
At first, Josie agrees. But as Annette pushes her further and further away, Josie grows closer to Penn, a boy whose friendship and romantic feelings for her tangle her already-unraveling relationship. When Annette's need for approval sets her on a devastating course for self-destruction, Josie isn't sure she can save her this time-or if Annette even wants her to try."







Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop
June 2016 

Tuesday, June 14th-Thursday, June 16th
The Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop was held at North Central University in Minneapolis (910 Elliot Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404) from Tuesday, June 14th-Thursday, June 16th, 2016

About the workshop: Come join us for three exhilarating days of creative writing instruction. The Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop connects motivated young writers ages 13-19 with best selling authors who are gifted with the ability to write and teach. Focused tracks allow you to learn from an author who writes in your genre. Writers include Jay Asher, Ally Condie, Jennifer Nielsen, Jonathan Friesen and more.

Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from successful authors, you'll have the chance to receive feedback on your work.  We believe that young adults have important stories to tell-so important that we'll place selected manuscripts on the desks of editors from major publishing houses.  Does your story sparkle? Imagine an acquisitions editor from HarperCollins reading your chapters. That’s how book contracts are born.

Keynote evening speakers will be open to the general public at no cost.  Please register on the "Evening Keynote" page to ensure your spot is held for the event.

Each of the three nights authors delivered public keynotes.

Tuesday, June 14th 7:00pm: Jonathan Friesen.  Book signing to follow at 8pm (with authors Jonathan Friesen, Jacqueline West, and Serena Chase.
Wednesday, June 15th 7:00pm: Ally Condie and Jennifer Nielsen.  Book signing to follow at 8pm.
Thursday, June 16th 7:00pm: Jay Asher.  Book signing to follow at 8pm.

Addendum Books had the authors' books available for sale at each of the public readings, as well as the books by other authors participating in the workshop.




Saturday, June 4th 6-7:30pm
Launch Party for Bryan Bliss - MEET ME HERE
Addendum Books hosted an open house launch party to celebrate MEET ME HERE, the new YA novel by Bryan Bliss. Readings were at 6:15 and 7pm.
 
 "In a single night—graduation night—Thomas has to decide: Do what everyone has always expected of him? Or forge an entirely new path? Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher.
Thomas is supposed to leave for the army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army—is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage. In Bryan Bliss’s deft hands, graduation night becomes a night to find yourself, find each other, find a path, and know that you always have a place—and people—to come back to."



 Saturday, June 4th 11:00am
Launch Party for Peter Pearson - How to Eat an Airplane  
Thanks to the great crowd that joined author Peter Pearson on Saturday, June 4th at 11:00am for the launch party for his debut picture book, HOW TO EAT AN AIRPLANE.  The event was held at the Wings of the North Museum at Flying Cloud Airport (14801 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347).

An absurdist manners book about how to eat an airplane without embarrassing yourself. (Hint: You will need a knife, a spoon, and a forklift.)


"The first book in the Bad Ideas Book Club, aptly named How to Eat an Airplane, explains: If you want to eat an airplane, there are a few things you should know. The truth is, most airplanes are too large to eat by yourself, so if you want to eat an airplane, you should have a party. It’s fact-based picture book fiction at its most absurd!
By crossing two unrelated topics—dinner etiquette and jet plane mechanics—How to Eat an Airplane creates an unexpected and absurdly funny experience for young readers. Inspired by the true story of Michel Lotito, who from 1978 to 1980 ate an entire Cessna 150 airplane and holds the Guinness World Record for Strangest Diet, the book covers everything from setting the table with forklifts and toasting with engine oil to fastening your seat belts at the table and taking a nice stretch in between courses—preferably on the airplane’s wings.
There’s a disclaimer included for anyone who believes the book is an actual guide—as well as four pages of fascinating and relevant airplane facts. Perfect for precocious readers and airplane lovers as well as teachers and parents looking to enjoy something unique and fun.
The Bad Ideas Book Club: Where the best ideas are bad ideas."



Friday, June 3rd 5-6:30pm
Open House for Five Wise Ink Authors
Addendum Books held an open house on Friday, June 3rd from 5-6:30pm with Wise Ink authors Roseanne Cheng, Mary Clare Lockman, Janaya Martin, Milo Swanton, and Laurie Wetzel.  They  recommended great summer reads, and signed copies of their own books!  



 Friday, June 3rd 11:00am
Story Time with Abby Cooper
On Friday, June 3rd at 11:00am, local author Abby Cooper read GOOD NIGHT OWL by Greg Pizzoli for story time, followed by a coloring activity.


Saturday, May 21st 2:00-3:30pm
Ann Treacy - The Search for the Homestead Treasure  
Ann Treacy was at Addendum Books on Saturday, May 21st from 2:00-3:30pm to celebrate the release of her middle grade novel, THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE, published by the U of M press.

"Aunt Ida would boil him in the laundry cauldron if she knew where he was. She had warned them about the Gypsies, and now here he was, ducking into a colorful caravan with Samson, a Gypsy boy he had met…underwater.
Missing his friends and life as it was before his brother’s accident, fourteen-year-old Martin Gunnarsson is trying to hold his family together on the homestead where his ancestors died of diphtheria in 1865. The only one who had survived was his father, a baby found in the arms of his older sister Cora. But somehow rumors of a treasure on the farm survived too, and when Martin discovers Aunt Cora’s journal in a musty trunk in the hayloft, he thinks it might give him a clue. But what exactly is he looking for?
Reading Cora’s diary in secret, and just as stealthily becoming fast friends with Samson and his Roma family, Martin slowly begins to see his new surroundings differently.
A book for girls and boys of all ages who like mysteries, snakes, horses, reading in secret, forbidden friends, and working hard for your family."


Saturday, May 14th 4:00pm
Geoff Herbach Launch Party for Anything You Want
On Saturday, May 14th at 4:00pm Geoff Herbach was at Addendum to celebrate the launch of his newest book, ANYTHING YOU WANT!

"Taco's mom always said, "Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better." That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco's dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie-even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back.
Except, all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can't wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be dad and how to pass calculus. And then there's getting Maggie's parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn't have to climb the side of the Corrigan's house to see her..."

Saturday, May 7th 11:30am
Kay Elliott and Kevin Cannon - Sundogs A to Z 
On Saturday, May 7th at 11:30am, author Kay Elliott and illustrator Kevin Cannon joined us at Addendum Books for a reading and signing for Children's Book Week, celebrating their book SUNDOGS A TO Z!

May 2nd-8th, 2016
Celebrate Children's Book Week!
Children's Book Week was May 2nd-8th this year. 
Children's Book Week poster by Brian Won




 



Friday, April 29th 7:00-8:00pm
Kelsey Sutton - The Lonely Ones
Author Kelsey Sutton was at Addendum on Friday, April 29th from 7:00-8:00pm to celebrate the launch of her new middle grade novel - THE LONELY ONES.

"When your only friend is your own endless imagination, how do you escape your mind and connect to the world around you?

With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and sister who would rather spend their time with friends, and peers who oscillate between picking on her and simply ignoring her, it’s no wonder that Fain spends most of her time in a world of her own making. During the day, Fain takes solace in crafting her own fantastical adventures in writing, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life as Fain lives and breathes alongside a legion of imaginary creatures. Whether floating through space or under the sea, climbing mountains or traipsing through forests, Fain becomes queen beyond–and in spite of–the walls of her bedroom.

In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day reality . . . yet when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk the pain that comes with opening herself up to the fragile connections that exist only in the real world? Told in breathless and visual verse, THE LONELY ONES takes readers through the intricate inner workings of a girl who struggles to navigate isolation and finds friendship where she least expects it."


Friday, April 29th 11:00am
Story Time with Abby Cooper
On Friday, April 29th at 11:00am, local author Abby Cooper lead story time at Addendum.  She read IS EVERYONE READY FOR FUN? by Jan Thomas, followed by a coloring activity.



 Monday, April 25th 5:00-6:00pm
Sarah Mlynowski at Addendum
We hosted Sarah Mlynowski at Addendum Books on Monday, April 25th from 5:00-6:00pm as we celebrated the release of her newest Whatever After book - #9: Genie in a Bottle. Sarah is the author of 37+ books for kids, tweens, teens, and adults, and we now have a large selection of her books signed at the store!  The official release date for Genie in a Bottle is April 26th - so guests were able to get it at Addendum before anyone else!

"Be careful what you wish for . . .
When my brother, Jonah, and I travel through our mirror into the story of Aladdin, we’re excited. There will be magic lamps and genies granting wishes. Right?
Wrong. The genie we meet isn’t QUITE as helpful as we expected. And if Aladdin’s wishes don’t come true, he won’t get to marry the princess and live happily ever after!
Now we have to:
  • Escape the enchanted caves
  • Find forty buckets of jewels
  • Plan a parade
  • Learn to fly a magic carpet
Otherwise we’ll run out of wishes and never get home!"



Saturday, April 23rd 2:00-4:00pm
Launch Party for Kirstin Cronn-Mills and E. Eero Johnson for ORIGINAL FAKE
Thanks to all who joined author Kirstin Cronn-Mills and illustrator E. Eero Johnson on Saturday, April 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm as we celebrated the launch of their book ORIGINAL FAKE.  The event was held at the Merriam Park branch (1831 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul 55104) of the St. Paul Public Libraries.

"Introvert Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so. He’s got a weird, tutu-wearing sister, Lou, and even weirder parents, Bridget and Brett—Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonators, respectively. And, he’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. Though he has secret artistic aspirations of his own, his over-the-top family makes him want to stay in the background. But Frankie’s life is about to change—becoming way more interesting, even a little dangerous, but definitely cool.
After his shift at the pizzeria one night, Frankie meets David and Rory, cousins and errand runners for the mysterious Uncle Epic, a legendary anonymous street artist and Frankie’s absolute idol. Little could Frankie dream that his new adventures with Uncle Epic would lead to the perfect opportunity to strike back at his insufferable sister for a lifetime of torture. But things go haywire quicker than you can say “street art kicks righteous ass,” and the lines are suddenly blurred between art and Frankie’s real life."



Friday, April 22nd 11:00am
Story Time with Abby Cooper
Local author Abby Cooper read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (written and illustrated by Eric Carle) for sotry time on Friday, April 22nd at 11:00am at Addendum!  There was a coloring activity following the book.



Thursday, April 21st 6:30pm
On Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm, author J.J. Austrian was at PFLAG for a reading of his book WORM LOVES WORM. 

Book reading and signing
When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next:
They get married!
But their friends want to know – who will be wearing the dress? And who will wear the tux?
The answer is: it doesn’t really matter.
Because Worm loves Worm.
This “irresistible” picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms.

The New York Times review:
"J. J. Austrian and Mike ­Curato’s Worm Loves Worm, in which two worms of the hermaphroditic variety fall in love, brilliantly explores the idea of love between two beings, regardless of gender (or species) and despite societal ­pressures. Curato’s spare but sure silhouetted images and Austrian’s straightforward text are a perfect match to deliver the simple story of two characters who just want to declare their love and commit to each other.”

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 PM
3rd floor Conference Center
The Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409



Friday, April 15th 7:00pm
Library Services for Adoptive Families Panel at St. Catherine University
Addendum was at St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105) on Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm for a panel with Kevin Vollmers, Tami Lee, and author Shannon Gibney.  Addendum had Shannon's book (SEE NO COLOR) for sale, as well as a selection of other adoption books.  This event was co-hosted by St. Catherine University and Addendum Books.
  
"Minnesota has a high concentration of adopted persons, and libraries play an important role in ensuring that their stories are included, promoted, and programmed. Libraries may provide venues for adoptive families to host programs and serve as information guides for adopted persons conducting birth searches or looking for stories of other adopted people, as well as for anyone wanting to learn more about the larger adoption industry. Tami Lee, Kevin Vollmers, and Shannon Gibney will share how libraries can support adoptive families – especially adopted youth. Gibney will also talk about her debut young adult novel, SEE NO COLOR, a finalist for the 2016 MN Book Award."




Friday, April 15th 11:00am

Story Time
On Friday, April 15th at 11:00am, local author Abby Cooper read HORRIBLE BEAR by Ame Dyckman. A book-related activity followed.


Monday, April 11th 6:00-8:00pm
Conversations on Race - Book Talk "Away Running" With Authors David Wright and Luc Bouchard
On Monday, April 11th from 6:00-8:00pm we were at the Highland Park branch of the St. Paul Public Libraries for Conversations on Race - a book talk with authors David Wright and Luc Bouchard (AWAY RUNNING).  Highland Park Library is located at 1974 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul 55116.
"Join us for presentations and discussions about racial equity and racism in America.
David Wright and Luc Bouchard will talk about their Young Adult novel 'Away Running.' Kirkus Reviews says: 'North American teens join an impoverished Paris suburb's American football team. After a present-tense opening in which Matt, Free, and their French teammates unintentionally draw aggressive police attention, the prose jumps months backward...  Authors Wright and journalist Bouchard, who met playing football in Paris and draw on experience for detailed authenticity, pull no punches in addressing racism and social ills, effectively presenting a complicated situation with no simple solution... Timely, nuanced, and highly respectful of readers' intelligence.'Registration is requested, but not required."





Sunday, April 10th 2:00pm
Second Story at the Loft with SA Bodeen and Sarah Ahiers
SA Bodeen (The Detour) and Sarah Ahiers (Assassin's Heart) were the authors for Second Story at the Loft Literary Center (1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415) on Sunday, April 10th at 2:00pm.  
"The Loft Literary Center is excited to sponsor and host this reading series that focuses on kids' books!  We feature authors of MG books (middle grade) and YA books (young adult). We host two authors at each reading, usually a nationally known author and an emerging author.  The authors read a short selection from one of their books, then audience members are welcome to ask questions. Afterward everyone eats treats together.
Free food! After the reading and Q&A, there's a small reception with treats. The treats will be connected to the themes of the books that are read that day.
This reading series is perfect for kids, teenagers, families, adults, and absolutely anyone who loves children's literature.
Dates and Location: The Second Story series is held on Sunday afternoons at the Loft, in the Target Performance Hall, second floor of the Open Book building. Typically we host 4 Second Story readings per year.
Curators: The Second Story reading series is co-curated by authors Megan Atwood and Heather Bouwman, who kindly volunteer their time and enthusiasm. We thank them."


Saturday, April 9th 5:00pm
Authors David Wright and Luc Bouchard were at Addendum on Saturday, April 9th at 5:00pm for the launch of their YA novel, AWAY RUNNING. 

"Canadian Mathieu Dumas and Freeman Behanzin, from Texas, each separately leaves home to go abroad. The two high school players find themselves teammates on the Diables Rouges, an American football club in the fictional suburb Villeneuve-La-Grande. This is one last fling before facing the inevitabilities that await them: college, careers… life.
For the white boy and the black boy, one Canadian and the other American, their friendship blossoms as they explore the cobbled streets and age-old stones of the City of Light. But the relationships that Matt and Free develop in Villeneuve expose them — and our readers — to a side of Paris that’s rarely seen, the Paris of projects and poverty, of class divisions and racial strife. When the police harass and arrest some of their Muslim teammates, the North Americans get swept up in the urban uprising that erupts afterwards.
Before returning to North America to begin careers as writers, the authors of Away, Running, David Wright and Luc Bouchard, played semi-pro American football for the Flash of La Courneuve, outside Paris. When riots broke out in 2005, we both took a plane to witness firsthand the troubles that had ignited in our past home and were spreading across France. The consternation and outrage we encountered and the tales we heard from old teammates told an entirely different story from the one reported in the media.
Away, Running emerged from our experiences. Set against the little-known backdrop of American football in France, the novel uses the riots to dramatize the promise and frustrations of multiculturalism."



Friday, April 8th 6-7:30pm

Launch Party for Catherine Clark
On Friday, April 8th from 6-7:30 we held an open house at Addendum Books to celebrate the launch of Catherine Clark's newest book ELEVEN THINGS I PROMISED!

 
"Catherine Clark has crafted a poignant story about the distances one girl is willing to go in the name of friendship that is at once funny, heartbreaking, and utterly romantic.
Seventeen-year-old Frances wouldn’t describe herself as adventurous. Until now . . .
Frances has one week—while she’ll be away from home competing in a high school bike race—to do every single thing on the Fix-It List. Ten crazy, totally out-of-character ideas her best friend, Stella, came up with to make the bike ride unforgettable. However, as each item on the F-It List opens Frances up to new adventures, new friends, and possibly even a new romance, it becomes increasingly difficult for Frances to keep the one promise that she knows she absolutely must obey—her promise to not tell anyone the truth about the accident that left Stella broken and angry, and started Frances on her quest to complete the list.
When it comes to friendship, Frances must decide what distances she’s willing to go, and what risks she’s willing to take, for the person she cares about the most."







Friday, April 1st 6-8pm

Aurora Whittet - BLOODMOON Launch
Launch party for Aurora Whittet's novel BLOODMOON, the final book in the Bloodmark Saga!  There was a reading, book signing, dessert, and prizes at Addendum Books. 
 

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.
In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There’s just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets—secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear—Ashling’s courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny?
- See more at: http://www.bloodmarksaga.com/#sthash.ml1Z3zVw.dpuf
"Just months shy of her claiming at Carrowmore and fulfilling a centuries-old prophecy, werewolf Ashling Boru has stepped into her role as the Crimson Queen. She finally has the support of her pack and her love for Grey is stronger than ever.
But it’s not easy being queen. Ashling’s guardian, Baran, has been captured by the Dvergars, a family of evil wolves who will stop at nothing to possess Ashling’s power and destroy everything—and everyone—she loves. Ashling must unite the clans and build an army to stand against the Dvergars before it’s too late. Unfortunately, the Dvergars also have armies of the darkest creatures the world has ever known.
Shadows loom, growing ever larger as generations of pack secrets begin to unfold. Ashling’s people, the humans they protect, and Old Mother Earth herself all hang in the balance of Ashling’s choices. Will Ashling have to forsake her true love to save the world? And will she have the strength to do it?"







Saturday, March 26th 6:00-8:00pm

Ami Allen-Vath Launch Party for Liars and Losers Like Us
On Saturday, March 26th Ami Allen-Vath was in town to celebrate the launch party for her debut novel, LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US. The event was held at 6:00pm at the Davanni's on the corner of Cleveland and Grand (41 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105) - just down the street from Addendum! Guests dressed up in prom attire as we celebrated a traditional book reading combined with prom (think punch bowl! cheesy posed photos! tiaras! and more!). 



"Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack. For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High. When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request. With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one." 
 


Saturday, March 26th 2:00-5:00pm
Rachel Gold Launch Party for My Year Zero
Author Rachel Gold was at Addendum on Saturday, March 26th from 2:00-5:00pm for a launch party open house to celebrate her newest book, MY YEAR ZERO.  Her book released on March 29th, so attendees were able get it before it was out anywhere else!  There were two short author readings with Q&A at 2:30 and 4 p.m.


"Lauren thinks she has a pretty good life—so why is it that she feels crazy most of the time? She figures it’s nothing she can’t fix by getting her first girlfriend and doing better at school. But how is she ever going to find a girlfriend in Duluth, Minnesota?

When she meets a group of kids who are telling a science fiction story online and gets invited down to the Twin Cities, she gets more attention than she ever expected, from two very different girls: charming Sierra and troublesome Blake.

Blake helps Lauren understand that she’s not the crazy one in her life. But Blake's attention—and insights into life and living with bipolar disorder—threaten to destroy everything Lauren has created for herself, including her relationship with Sierra." 


Friday, March 25th 11:00am
Story Time with Michael Hall
On Friday, March 25th at 11:00am we held story time at Addendum! This week, our special guest was Michael Hall who read his Minnesota Book Award finalist picture book - RED: A CRAYON'S STORY. Book-related activity followed the reading!



Saturday, March 19th 11:30am

On Saturday, March 19th at 11:30am, author Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrator Stephen Shaskan were at Addendum for a reading of their book PUNK SKUNKS! They also performed a Punk Skunks Unplugged show!
"Join two rockin’ punk skunks in a fun story about friendship. Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight! They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it’s all wrong. Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?"



Friday, March 18th 6:00pm
E.K. Johnston - Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Author E.K. Johnston was at Addendum Books on Friday, March 18th at 6:00pm to celebrate the release of her newest book, EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR.

"A riff on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, reimagining the character of the queen who becomes a statue as a devastatingly popular cheerleader who refuses to become a cautionary tale after she's sexually assaulted. "



Friday, March 18th 11:00am

Story Time with Mike Wohnoutka
 On Friday, March 18th at 11:00am we held story time at Addendum! This week, our special guest Mike Wohnoutka read his Minnesota Book Award finalist picture book - DAD'S FIRST DAY. Book-related activity followed the reading!




Thursday, March 17th 6-7:30pm

St. Paul's Chapter and Verse book club ("a national book club for children's literature enthusiasts") meets at Addendum on the third Thursday of each month from 6-7:30. The March meeting was on Thursday, March 17th 2016. "During March, we'll discuss a taut thriller by reading The Cipher by John C. Ford, a young adult novel, and a classic picture book, Art Dog by Thacher Hurd. A little mystery and adventure to warm you up during our winter reading."





Saturday, March 12th 1:00-3:00pm
St. Kate's Author Panel at Highland Park Library
 Saturday, March 12th from 1:00-3:00pm Addendum partnered with students from St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science program, and the Highland Park branch (1974 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116) of the St. Paul Public Library for a young adult author panel. The authors who joined us were Steve Brezenoff, Patrick Jones, Carrie Mesrobian, and David Oppegaard. There was an author panel with discussion questions, and then an audience Q&A. This was followed by an author meet-and-greet and book signing. Thanks to all who joined us there!



  
Friday, March 11th 11:00am
Story Time with Stephanie Watson

 Friday, March 11th at 11:00am Abby Copper lead story time at Addendum! This week, our special guest Stephanie Watson read her Minnesota Book Award finalist picture book - BEHOLD! A BABY. A book-related activity followed!



 Saturday, March 5th 2:00pm
Cheryl Blackford at Addendum
Author Cheryl Blackford was at Addendum on Saturday, March 5th at 2:00pm to celebrate her middle grade novel, LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY.  "'Is it ever right to keep something that doesn't belong to you?' That's the question that haunts ten-year-old Lizzie as she adjusts to life as an evacuee in the remote Yorkshire valley of Swainedale. Set at the beginning of World War II, LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY is told from the dual perspectives of Lizzie and Elijah, a thirteen-year-old gypsy. To answer the question, Lizzie must grapple with her own conscience as she deals with the intolerance and prejudices of her hosts."






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