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The first community event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic attracted lots of media to The Waters on Mayowood senior living community in Rochester, Minn. on Sept. 24.
Two of the Rochester television stations that cover stories in the market came out to find the parking lot transformed into a festival grounds for an event inspired by the City of Rochester’s annual SocialICE event that residents enjoyed so much last winter. "Fall Follies" featured an opportunity to socialize, and enjoy drinks and hors'dourves. . Every bar set up in the parking lot had a different theme, and of course social distancing was practiced, and residents and staff wore masks.
The next day, on Sept. 25, KIMT television returned to the community to put together another story. This one about the community's newest residents. About a month ago, a white parakeet later named Jasmine landed in the bushes at the community and didn't want to leave. Staff caught the bird and brought it inside, then decided to purchase three more parakeets.
The four newest residents of the community are said to be settling in nicely.
Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul hosted Ronald E. Peterson for a virtual author event on Sept. 27. During the event, he discussed the inspiration for his debut sci-fi novel, Gardeners of the Universe, and did a reading.
The story begins in the not too distant future with the births of three children destined to change the world. Rianne grows up to lead biological revolutions. Dan creates sentient computers and guides the direction of human evolution. Sarah, in an age of information dissonance, becomes the most trusted individual on Earth, and convinces the world that it must change. What sets the three apart from the rest of humanity are genetics and “gifts” that were no accident.
The book shows how the children and their totally different families adapt to disruptive new technologies in transportation, medicine, communication, as well as global catastrophe. The focus is on how people will change themselves, through mechanical devices, augmented intelligence, and ultimately altering our genetics, and how these shifts will affect real people. As humanity struggles, an ancient alien species, the Torae, a.k.a. the “Gardeners,” have come to observe our “transcendence.” They are desperately trying to create new universes to populate. The three young humans are unknowingly conscripted into their schemes while guiding the Earth through the most dangerous and consequential time in its history—the 21st century. This is a story about the profound vision, adaptability, and truth we will need to survive.
Peterson is the former Vice President of Technology for Noneywell. In that role he was responsible for the entire company’s new product strategy. He began writing Gardenres of the Universe for his daughters and other youth in classes he taught, showing them the fantastic joys and dangers certain to unfold during their lifetimes. Learn more about this title at PTBooks.com.
Minnesota author Janet Graber's debut novel for adults officially launched on, Sept. 25 with a virtual event hosted by Magers and Quinn Booksellers of Minneapolis. The event took place via the store's Facebook Live page.
The Sting of Love is the story of Captain James Alexander Drummond of England, who has some unfinished business in Italy. As he is nearing the end of his life, he asks his daughter to accompany him on a visit to Trieste, Italy, where he had been stationed during the War, but is reluctant to explain why. Intrigued, Georgina agrees to accompany him.
Told in the voice of the soldier between 1945 and 1946, and the voice of Georgina in 1994, it soon becomes clear why Georgina’s father struggled to adjust to life in England after the War. Secrets are revealed. Families break. Families re-shape themselves. It appears that none of us are immune from the sting of love.
Jack Zipes of Minneapolis may not be in the classroom anymore, but once a teacher always a teacher. Now retired from his position as a Professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, these days he is on a mission to breathe new life into old fairy tales that deliver important messages. The fairy tales he is re-releasing this September are both about fascism and teach lessons that are very timely right now.
Keedle the Great, originally written by Deirdre and William Conselman, Jr., and illustrated by Fred L. Fox in 1940, is the story of a scrawny little kid who is cruel to animals. As the story progresses and Keedle becomes a bigger bully, he gets smaller and smaller. It shows that bullies don’t last forever. Yussuf the Ostrich, originally written and illustrated by Emery Kelen, one of the great political caricaturists of the twentieth century and released in 1943, is the story of a young idealistic ostrich who has to overcome racism, war and separation from his mother.
The books were officially launched at a virtual event hosted by Magers and Quinn of Minneapolis on Sept. 27, 2020. A preview story appeared in the Sept. 18 Star Tribune.The books were also featured in the Pioneer Press (Sept. 20), which named them the literary pick of the week, and Jack was also interviewed on WJON-AM Radio St. Cloud on Sept. 24.
Copies of Zipes’ books can be purchased through the website, Magersandquinn.com. They are also available through the distributor, Itascabooks.com. To learn more about Jack Zipes' work, please check out his website, JackZipes.com and his new publishing house, LittleMoleHoneyBear.com.