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Teens Read Book Club

Monday, Oct 20, 6:30 pm

Teens ReadDo you want to read something new? Really new? Not-even-available-to-the-public new? Then join Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club, open to teens in 7th-12th grade! Every month, each teen participant will select one Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of an upcoming book, write a short review, and come back the next month to talk about it. Other opportunities include planning author events and book parties, volunteering at the store, blogging, and more. Come to hang with friends, eat snacks, and discover your next favorite book!

Teens Read meets every 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm. Questions? Call Red Balloon at 651-224-8320 or email Amy at events@redballoonbookshop.com.

Update: Teens Read Book Club is currently full, but please call or email to join the waiting list!


Kendare Blake, Mortal Gods (Goddess War #2)

Tuesday, Oct 21, 6:30 pm

Kendare BlakeTake up arms in the Goddess War with acclaimed young adult author, Kendare Blake, “one of the best up-and-coming horror/suspense writers around” (Kirkus). Mortal Gods is the second installment in Kendare’s Goddess War series, a thrilling reworking of Greek mythology where gods and goddesses go to battle with reincarnated heroes in the modern day. Come to the party, see the author, and conquer the refreshment table. The Fates await!

Kendare Blake is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood (NPR’s Top 5 Young Adult Novels of 2011), Girl of Nightmares (Kirkus Best of Teen 2012), and Antigoddess. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington. www.kendareblake.com


Storytime and Launch Party for Nancy Carlson (Sometimes You Barf) and Chris Monroe (Bug on a Bike)

Saturday, Oct 25, 10:30 am

Nancy Carlson and Chris MonroeTwo local author-illustrators. Two anticipated books. One incredible event!

Join favorites Chris Monroe AND Nancy Carlson for a beautifully buggy, goofily gross storytime and party for their two new books. Whether enjoying a bike-riding bug and his friends in Bug on a Bike (Monroe) or learning not to be embarrassed about losing your lunch in Sometimes You Barf (Carlson), you know we’re going to have a blast. Family activities, a book signing, and cake will complete the fun!

Nancy Carlson is a children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books, including I Like Me and Armond Goes to a Party.

Artist and cartoonist Chris Monroe, illustrator of Big Little Brother, draws the comic strip Violet Days and is the author and illustrator of Cookie the Walker and the Monkey with a Tool Belt series.


Patricia Polacco, Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece - Ticketed Event

Saturday, Oct 25, 2:00 pm

Patricia PolaccoRed Balloon invites you to spend the afternoon with legendary author and illustrator Patricia Polacco and her newest work, Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece. In this inspiring true story, beloved artist Patricia Polacco conquers her fear of public speaking, allowing her to discover her remarkable voice. A wonderful companion to Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Art of Miss Chew, it celebrates the lifelong impact of a great teacher.

This is a ticketed event. Please visit our Patricia Polacco Event Page for complete details.  


Brian Farrey, The Grimjinx Rebellion - Launch Party!

Sunday, Oct 26, 2:00 pm

Brian Farrey

First came a prophecy. Second, a covenant. Now, come to Red Balloon to discover the fate of Jaxter Grimjinx, his family, and all of the Five Provinces in The Grimjinx Rebellion, the thrilling conclusion to Brian Farrey’s acclaimed series. Called a "rich fantasy" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) with a family of thieves that "couldn't be more likable" (Kirkus), the Vengekeep Prophecies trilogy takes everything you thought you knew about prophecies and spins it into pure magic. We’ll have cake, a Scottish accent or two, a book signing, and more as we celebrate the culmination of this incredible series!

Brian Farrey is the author of the Vengekeep series and With or Without You, winner of a Minnesota Book Award and a 2012 Stonewall Honor Book. Brian also acquires young adult fiction for Flux. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. www.brianfarreybooks.com


Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club

Monday, Oct 27, 6:30 pm

Girls and Moms Read

Calling all girls in 5th - 7th grade! Grab your mom and bring her to Red Balloon’s Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club. Meet other girls and moms and share the fun of reading. Girls (and Moms) Read meets every fourth Monday (usually). For October, the group will be discussing The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn and choosing books for the coming season.

Call the store, 651-224-8320, for more information and to sign up.  

More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Sat, Nov 1, 10:30 am - Saturday Spanish Storytime 

Mon, Nov 3, 3:00-6:00 pm - Silhouette Portraits with Clay Rice - appointments coming soon

Mon, Nov 3, 6:30 pm - Musical Storytime with Clay Rice, author of The Lonely Shadow

Sat, Nov 8, 10:30 am - Navajo Storytime with author Nancy Bo Flood and musician Brewster Bell

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

Fri, Nov 14, 7:00 pm - Caragh O'Brien, The Vault of Dreamers 

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

Mon, Nov 17, 6:30 pm - Teens Read Book Club 

Thurs, Nov 20, 6:30 pm - Chapter & Verse Book Club

Thurs, Nov 20, 7:00 pm - Guys Read Book Club 

Sat, Nov 29 - Small Business Saturday and Indies First - authors as personal shoppers!

Sat, Dec 6 - Grand Ave's Grand Meander 

Sat, Dec 6, 2:00 pm - Kate DiCamillo, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up 

Sun, Dec 7, 3:00 pm - Stephanie Ruble (illus.), Ewe & Aye - Launch Party! 



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