Author Reading Preview: Maureen Aitken & Marcie Rendon

We are so excited for our first Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday! As part of our festivities, we have two amazing local authors who will be doing readings at our shop. Here’s a preview of their books!

You can pre-order their books through our online shop, or you can purchase their books in the shop on the day of the event. Thanks for supporting local book events in your community!

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls by Maureen Aitken
Reading: Saturday, April 27th at 2pm

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When I first began reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But by the third or fourth story, I was hooked. Each story gives a look into Mary’s life in Detroit in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Her childhood stories give a distinctive youthful perspective on complex struggles, from watching her sister desperately attempt to stay thin in order to be popular, to her father scaring away burglars not once, but four times. As Mary grows older, she deals with shifting friend groups, a relationship with an addict, and the universal questions we all face: Who am I? What do I want to do with my life?

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls is thought-provoking, interesting, and packed an emotional punch, especially with the final stories. Throughout the stories, Aitken weaves in subtle explorations of how violence and misogyny impact women at all stages of life.

This book might be for you if you like:

  • Short stories

  • Coming-of-age stories

  • Urban settings

  • Family dynamics

Murder on the Red River by Marcie Rendon
Reading: Saturday, April 27th at 4pm

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We met Marcie at the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association spring meeting, and are so glad to be hosting her for a reading! Her book, Murder on the Red River, takes place in Fargo and the surrounding small-town, farming communities around the Red River. When a Native American man is found murdered in a field, 19-year-old Cash is drawn to the reservation where the man lived through her dreams. As she gets drawn into the murder investigation, Cash must deal with the trauma and pain of the victim’s family, as well as her own trauma from the past.

The setting and characters in this book are richly imagined and described, and Cash is someone that I will not soon forget. Although the book is structured as a murder mystery, there is so much more depth to the story. Rendon has a second book coming out in May with Cash as the main character, Girl Gone Missing, which I can’t wait to pick up!

This book might be for you if you like:

  • Mysteries

  • Strong female protagonists

  • Minnesota/Midwest settings

  • Unlikely partnerships/duos

We hope to see you this Saturday to support these two local authors!