Lots going on in October: Midwest Connections Picks, Witches Night Out on the 23rd with local author Erin Gitchell at the store from 5 – 7 to meet and greet and talk about her new sci-fi novel, and Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Halloween. The Midwest Connections October Picks are Lin Enger’s High Divide, historical fiction set in 1880′s West about two brothers in search for their father. For Middle Grade readers there are two books in the Wanderville series by Wendy McClure. This series is reminiscent of the Boxcar Children. And for laughs there is humorist Lorna Landvik’s latest book, Best to Laugh, about the funny and sometimes sad side of showbiz and comedy.
September Midwest Connections Picks: Dear Committee Members by U of Minnesota author Jill Schumacher, Michael Perry’s first book for 8-12 year-olds, The Scavengers and a Prairie Home Companion spin-off, Recipes from Mrs. Sundberg’s Kitchen. This is a delightful mix of books highlighted for this month. Midwest Connection Picks for August are The Good Girl, The Hundred-Year House, and Landlines. Click on our August Newsletter link for a short synopsis and image of the cover. July Midwest Connections Picks: My Family and Other Hazards, a quirky memoir by a young Iowa writer; Little Mercies, a serious novel on women’s themes by popular novelist Heather Gudenkauf; The Qualities of Wood, a mystery set in a small mid-western town.
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Bookends on Main is an independent bookstore Menomonie can rely on. It is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, right across the street from the historic Mabel Tainter Theater. Bookends on Main is dedicated to serving readers of all ages in the Menomonie community and surrounding area. We specialize in helping customers find new and used books that suit personal taste and special ordering those not in the inventory. Hand-selling is our trademark service. The bookstore has a wide variety of new and used books for both leisure and informational reading — fiction, biography, poetry, mysteries and science fiction, crafts, field guides, gardening, parenting, religion and inspiration, history and current events. We also have a small collection, mostly used, of foreign language books. Two shelves are devoted to local authors. Wisconsin and regional authors occupy special places also. We have both traditional and one-of-a kind book store sidelines including greeting cards, journals, old-fashioned quill pens, and reasonably-priced art work that are popular purchases for gifts and personal use. A nice selection of new and used books for children and middle readers is paired with fun and educational toys. Our music section includes guitars, guitar strings and picks, cds and music books. The bookstore Menomonie customers seem to appreciate has a comfortable setting for book groups that meet regularly and by special arrangement. There are also readings about once a month when local authors present their recent writing to small gatherings. Bookends on Main is a bookstore Menomonie tradition favors. The store is in its seventh year in the current location and other book stores have been located downtown. Like its predecessors, the current book store aims to provide customers with good reading material. At the same time, the tools of the internet age help us track changes, keep up to date and fill requests faster than ever for first-rate personal service. Our goal is is to remain a distinctive presence on Main Street and keep “bookstore Menomonie” a frequent destination for our customers.