Aug 12

The Devil’s Snake Curve

by Josh Ostergaard

Republic 7pm

Wednesday, Aug 20

Amsterdam 6:15pm

Live author appearance!

September book:

Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley

Tue Sept 2

School II Chanhassen 7pm

October book:

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

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  • 2014

    January 1, 2013


    1st Tue – The School II Bistro & Wine Bar (Sept through May) 7pm
    2nd Tue – Republic – Calhoun Square, Minneapolis 7pm 
    3rd Tue – Amsterdam, St. Paul 6:15pm

    Aug 12 – The Devil’s Snake Curve

    Wednesday, Aug 20th –  Author Appearance at Amsterdam

    The Devil’s Snake Curve

    An essay by Josh Ostergaard

    A humorous, historical, and hirsute miscellany that’s the baseball book Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated the Yankees. The Devil’s Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard’s relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game’s service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this, by turns coruscating and heartfelt, debut.


    Seconds (a graphic novel) by Brian Lee O’Malley

    The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series

    Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

    1. Write your mistake
    2. Ingest one mushroom
    3. Go to sleep
    4. Wake anew

    And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

    From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise.

    Advance praise for Seconds
    “In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!”—Guillermo del Toro

    “Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.”—Scott McCloud, author ofUnderstanding Comics


    The Shining Girls: A Novel by Lauren Beukes


    The School II Friends of the Saint Paul Library
    Republic Magers and Quinn Amsterdam Bar & Hall