Readings

Todd Melby: The Making of FARGO

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Join Todd Melby as he discusses his new book A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere : The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo with Larissa Kokernot, who performed the role of Hooker #1 in the film. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo Cover Image
By Todd Melby, William H. Macy (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781681341880
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - March 2nd, 2021

The 1996 movie Fargo stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents, and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of Minnesota and North Dakota. The film won two Academy Awards and inspired a popular, award-winning television series. It is also a quintessentially Minnesota film--or is it?


Hanif Abdurraquib, presented by the Paper Plains Literary Festival

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

A stirring meditation on Black performance in America from the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain


Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (American Music) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

A New York Times Best Seller

A February IndieNext Pick

Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Buzzfeed, Nylon, The A. V. Club, CBC Books, and The Rumpus. And a Winter's Most Anticipated Book by Vanity Fair and The Week

Starred Reviews: Kirkus and Booklist


A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

*2018 "12 best books to give this holiday season" --TODAY Show
*Best Books of 2018 --Rolling Stone


The Crown Ain't Worth Much Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781943735044
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Published: Button Poetry - July 19th, 2016

The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Hanif Abdurraqib's first full-length collection, is a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of city life in the United States. A regular columnist for MTV.com, Abdurraqib brings his interest in pop culture to these poems, analyzing race, gender, family, and the love that finally holds us together even as it threatens to break us.


KJ Dell'Antonia & Rachel Mans McKenny

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The Butterfly Effect: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643855295
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Published: Alcove Press - December 8th, 2020

"A warm, winning debut from a talented new Midwestern voice." --J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest


The Chicken Sisters Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593085141
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 1st, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

"A charming, hilarious, feel-good story about the kind of bonds & rivalries only sisters can share. Also, a great present for your sister for the holidays!!"--Reese Witherspoon

Three generations. Two chicken shacks. One recipe for disaster.


2021 Edgar Awards: Best Fact Crime Nominee Reading

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Join us for a very special evening in conjunction with Mystery Writers of America as we celebrate the five nominees for the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime!

Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652536
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

Finalist for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime

The shocking assassination that catalyzed groundbreaking reform in Big Coal.


The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

*** A NEW YORK TIMES "100 Notable Books of 2020" ***

A stunning, complex narrative about the fractured legacy of a decades-old double murder in rural West Virginia -- and the writer determined to put the pieces back together.

 
 
In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vick


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Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982105327
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Published: Scribner - April 6th, 2021

A New York Times Editor’s Choice and Critic’s Top Pick * Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist * A Lit Hub Best Book of The Year

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a “powerful,” (The New York Times) urgent, and heartbreaking account of the corporate greed that pumped millions of p


Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399589171
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Published: Random House Trade - February 16th, 2021

The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it--an urgent work of literary journalism.


Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385542586
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Published: Doubleday - August 11th, 2020

From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard.


Rachel Ignotofsky: WHAT'S INSIDE A FLOWER?

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Join award-winning illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky as she leads an interactive story/craft time and Q&A centered around her new book What's Inside a Flower?  Bring some pipe cleaners!

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What's Inside A Flower?: And Other Questions About Science & Nature Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176474
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science, comes a new nonfiction picture book series ready to grow young scientists by nurturing their curiosity about the natural world--starting with what's inside a flower.


Poetry with Jennifer L. Knox and Meg Johnson

Join two acclaimed Midwestern poets for a weird and wonderful night of poetry!  This is a virtual event: RSVP and attend here!

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Crushing It Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556595868
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 20th, 2020

The poems in Jennifer L. Knox's darkly imaginative collection, Crushing It, unearth epiphanies in an unbounded landscape of forms, voices and subjects--from history to true crime to epidemiology--while exploring our tenuous connections and disconnections.


Without: Body, Name, Country Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781925965421
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Published: Vine Leaves Press - September 15th, 2020

In Meg Johnson's third full length collection, Without: Body, Name, Country, strange experiences become familiar and familiar experiences become strange, as a human body, a sense of self, and an entire nation all teeter toward the verge of destruction.


Patricia Lockwood in conversation with Tommy Pico: NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS

The Paper Plains Literary Festival and The Raven Book Store present

PATRICIA LOCKWOOD in conversation with TOMMY PICO

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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
No One Is Talking About This reaches for the sublime, online and off…Lockwood is a modern word witch, her writing splendid and sordid by turns.” —New York Times Book Review
 


Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017

NAMED ONE OF THE 50 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:  


Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126522
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

The acclaimed second collection of poetry by Patricia Lockwood, author of the novel No One Is Talking About This

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times * The Boston Globe * Powells * The Strand * Barnes & Noble * BuzzFeed * Flavorwire


Feed Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793576
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Published: Tin House Books - November 5th, 2019

New York Times Notable Book of the Year

From the Winner of the Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and finalist for a Lambda, Tommy Pico's Feed is the final book in the Teebs Cycle.


Junk Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040973
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Published: Tin House Books - May 8th, 2018

An NPR Best Book of the Year

From 2018 Whiting Award winner Tommy Pico, Junk is a book-length break-up poem that explores the experience of loss and erasure, both personal and cultural.


Nature Poem Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040638
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Published: Tin House Books - May 9th, 2017

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

A Best Book of the Year at BuzzFeed, Interview, and more.

 


Irl Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780991429868
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Published: Birds - September 1st, 2016

Poetry. Native American Studies. LGBT Studies. IRL is a sweaty, summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyonc 's visual albums.


Storytime with Charlie Mylie

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Kansas City author and illustrator Charlie Mylie leads a storytime with his new book, ANYTHING WITH YOU! A fun event for the whole family, this storytime will feature a reading of the book, Q&A, and a live drawing.

Anything with You: A Picture Book Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312527
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 24th, 2020

With charming, expressive characters, lush autumn landscapes, and spare text, the picture book Anything with You by author-illustrator Charlie Mylie is a sweet story about how journeys are more about who you’re with than where you’re going.


Award-Winning Crime Fiction: Susan Cox in conversation with Joanna Schaffhausen, moderated by Nev March

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Spend a thrilling evening with three winners of the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur First Crime Novel Award!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The Man in the Microwave Oven: A Mystery (Theo Bogart Mysteries #2) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250116208
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 3rd, 2020

Following Susan Coxs Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel award-winning debut, The Man in the Microwave Oven is her next delightfully quirky mystery featuring San Francisco transplant Theo Bogart.


Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250269546
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 10th, 2020

Currently nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel!

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.


No Mercy: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250252821
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 21st, 2020

Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.

"A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."—The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season


The Vanishing Season: A Mystery (Ellery Hathaway #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250199553
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 8th, 2019

"A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."—The Washington Book Review


The Man on the Washing Machine: A Mystery (Theo Bogart Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250768353
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 15th, 2015

BOOGORAMA: Boog Highberger in conversation with Pat Kehde

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Kansas representative Boog Highberger presents his first book, BOOGORAMA, in conversation with Raven Book Store co-founder Pat Kehde. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The first book by Boog! BOOGORAMA is a collection of articles, speeches, screeds, and letters by Dennis "Boog" Highberger from 1983-2018.

$13.00
SKU: 9781734638103

The first book by Boog! BOOGORAMA is a collection of articles, speeches, screeds, and letters by Dennis "Boog" Highberger from 1983-2018.

"Welcome to Boog's World: a place of thoughtfulness, humor, the tenacious pursuit of justice and a deep love for the little patch of Kansas he calls home. 'The Lawrence I love,' he writes, 'is in the details, the nooks and crannies, the fine print.' This is also the place where we find Boog in all his brilliance, illuminating the nooks and crannies, igniting the fine print." -Simran Sethi

"Everything in here is delicious and carnal and wise -- reminds me I wasn't always on Zoom, face squished between glass plates like a lab sample...the dada mayor wrote frot he Time of the Plague, when we should eat his book with music" - Andrei Codrescu

Dennis "Boog" Highberger was born and raised in Garnett, Kansas and lives in Lawrence. He was the 1992 winner in the graduate division of the Helen F. Snyder Book Collecting Contest at the University of Kansas. He currently represents District 46 in the Kansas House of Representatives. 


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