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Kelly Barnhill, The Witch's Boy - Launch Party!

Tuesday, Sept 16, 6:30 pm

Kelly Barnhill

Experience the adventure and wonder of Kelly Barnhill’s critically acclaimed new book, The Witch’s Boy, at Red Balloon! Already a staff favorite, The Witch’s Boy weaves classic fairy tale elements with richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship. Join us for a launch party to meet the author, hear about the creation of this vivid tale, and celebrate with cake!

Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She has three very smart kids and one very smart husband and a dog who she believes might be one thousand years old. www.kellybarnhill.com


Chapter & Verse Book Club

Thursday, Sept 18, 6:30 pm

Chapter and Verse

Chapter & Verse is a national book club for children’s literature enthusiasts who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. They meet the third Thursday of every month at Red Balloon and are sponsored by Winding Oak.  

This month, members will discuss two books with themes of folktales and friendship: West of the Moon by Margi Preus and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat.

Guys Read Book Club

Thursday, Sept 18, 7:00 pm

Guys Read

Attention Boys! If you’re a guy in 4th -6th grade, then you’re welcome to join the Guys Read Book Club at Red Balloon. Every month the group will pick an awesome book to read and talk about. Bring along a male adult. Dad. Brother. Uncle. Cousin. Neighbor. Friend. Etc. (Because believe it or not, they were once boys too!)

Come prepared to talk about a book you read recently and bring suggestions for what to read this year!

For more info and to sign up, please call Red Balloon: 651-224-8320.


Curiosity Day with Curious George!

Saturday, Sept 20, 10:30 am

Curiosity Day

What are you curious about? Come meet Curious George and explore creative activities at Red Balloon Bookshop's annual Curiosity Day! Hear stories, play games, do a craft, and have fun with Curious George, the classic character by Margret and H.A. Rey!

Eleanor Glewwe, Sparkers - Launch Party!

Friday, Sept 26, 6:30 pm

Eleanor GlewweDebut novelist Eleanor Glewwe is getting multiple starred reviews for her middle-grade fantasy, Sparkers, and you can get an exclusive early pass to the adventure at Red Balloon! Set in an imaginative world rich with language, lore, and music, this gripping adventure plunges the reader into the heart of a magical government where sparks of dissent may be the only chance for survival. Come and celebrate this breathtaking new story with great discussion, activities, refreshments, and tons of fun!

Eleanor Glewwe was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Minnesota. She wrote the very first draft of Sparkers while she was a student at Edina High School. She attended Swarthmore College and is now a graduate student in linguistics in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she plays the cello and sings in Georgian. www.eleanorglewwe.com


Mike Wohnoutka, Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster - Launch Party!

Saturday, Sept 27, 10:30 am

Mike Wohnoutka

Acclaimed picture book illustrator Mike Wohnoutka has made his authorial debut with Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, and we couldn’t love this book more! This delightful story of unlikely friendship is sure to be your new favorite, too. Meet author and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, play puppy-and-monster-themed games and activities, and celebrate with cake!

Mike Wohnoutka is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Moo!, which was an ALA Notable Book, won the Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Literature, and received two starred reviews. Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster is Mike's first book as both author and illustrator. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. www.mikewohnoutka.com


Mary Losure, Backwards Moon - Launch Party!

Saturday, Sept 27, 2:00 pm

Mary Losure

From Mary Losure, award-winning author of narrative non-fiction The Fairy Ring and Wild Boy, comes Backwards Moon, a story of two witch sisters and their quest to save their coven. Come to Red Balloon for a witch-themed celebration filled with spooky, magical activities and refreshments. Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to usher in the chilly and mysterious autumn season and pick up your copy of this enchanting new book!

Mary Losure is the acclaimed author of The Fairy Ring, Wild Boy, and the forthcoming Isaac the AlchemistBackwards Moon is her first work of fiction. Before writing books for children, Mary Losure worked as an on-air reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for almost twenty years. She lives with her husband in St Paul, Minnesota. www.marylosure.com


Brian Lies, Bats in the Band - Family event!

Monday, Sept 29, 6:30 pm

Brian Lies

New from Brian Lies comes Bats in the Band, a symphonious companion to his bestselling bat books series! The Bats take a break from the Beach, the Library, and the Ballgame to strike up the band, celebrate, and share music. Brian Lies is bringing his bat stories to Red Balloon, and we’ll help celebrate with an instrument petting zoo, bat-themed activities, and refreshments. Bat attire is encouraged!

Brian Lies is the award-winning author-illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, and Bats at the Ballgame. In addition, he has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. www.BrianLies.com


More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Thurs, Oct 2, 6:00 pm - Patricia Polacco, Mister Wayne's Masterpiece

Thurs, Oct 2, 7:00 pm place TBD - Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, The Iron Trial (Book One of Magesterium) - offsite ticketed event, stay tuned for details!

Tues, Oct 7, 6:30 pm - Lemony Snicket, "Shouldn't You Be in School?" - ticketed event 

Thurs, Oct 9, 7:00 pm - AnnMarie Thomas, Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation

Sat, Oct 11 - Twin Cities Book Festival - Confirmed touring authors include Marie Lu, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins, and Jessica Day George.

Sat, Oct 18, 10:30 am - Molly Beth Griffin and Jennifer A. Bell (illus.), Rhoda's Rock Hunt - Launch Party!

Tues, Oct 21, 6:30 pm - Kendare Blake, Mortal Gods (Antigoddess #2) 

Sat, Oct 25, 10:30 am - Chris Monroe, Bug on a Bike - Launch Party!

Sun, Oct 26, 2:00 pm - Brian Farrey, The Grimjinx Rebellion - Launch Party!

Sat, Nov 8, 10:30 am - Navajo Storytime with Nancy Bo Flood and Dean Magraw

Sat, Nov 8, 2:00 pm - Third Annual Red Balloon Bookshop Poetry Party with Joyce Sidman and her new book, Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

Sat, Nov 15, 4:00 pm - Caragh O'Brien, The Vault of Dreamers 

Sat, Nov 15 - Red Balloon Bookshop's 30th Birthday Bash!



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