Author Events

Gary Friedly Author Event & Book Signing

Join Author Gary Friedly as he gives us an enlightening talk on railroad safety and underage drinking, and signs his book

Gary Friedly had a long career as a Clinical Microbiologist working for the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. During his tenure there, he did technical writing and was a participant in several research projects. His work has been published in several scientific journals. He resides with his wife in North San Diego County.

Refreshments will be served for this event . . . please join us as we welcome an author to our area who has written an educational and informative fictional book with some real ND interest.

Gavett Book Signing

Help Main Street Books  welcome back ND Native Joseph Gavett as he signs the third and final installment of his "ND Counties, Towns, & People Part III."

Joseph Gavett has written many ND interest books and those will be available also for purchase: "Minot, the Magic City," "On the Corner of Soo and Hiawatha," "North Dakota Immigrants: Coming to America," as well as the other books in his North Dakota Counties, Towns & People Series.

The event is free and refreshments will be served. We'll see you here!


WHY?Radio with Clay Jenkinson and Book Signing



"WHY?" Will be the question of the evening. Not when, who, where, or what . . .  and I hope we will have an answer, but sometimes there is never a single answer and oftentimes many more questions arise from the initial "WHY?" And we hope this is the case with our entire evening devoted to philosophy as we welcome Jack Russell Weinstein and his Prairie Public Radio show Why? .

Jack's guest for the Minot Taping of the show will be the comparable (not incomparable, because of course he can be easily compared to Thomas Jefferson) Clay Jenkinson of Bismarck. The topic of the show will be The Philosophy of Journalism with a focus on another local boy, Eric Sevareid, and his book "Canoeing with the Cree."

5:00 to 6:30 PM Clay Jenkinson will be at Main Street Books for a meet and greet and booksigning prior to the taping of the show.

7pm to approx 8:30 Live Taping of the show at THE TAUBE MUSEUM with Clay Jenkinson, Jack Weinstein and as many screaming lungs (Jack's words, not mine) and enquiring minds as we can get into that great little museum on the corner of Central and Main Street.

After show Social at Main Street Books: Join us for cheese, crackers, fruit, coffee, whatever munchies we can conjure up and more questions for Clay or Jack or books by Clay or Eric Sevareid or just come by and sit. We would love to have you . . .

Canoeing with the Cree: 75th Anniversary Edition By Eric Sevareid, Ann Bancroft (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Eric Sevareid, Ann Bancroft (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780873515337
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Borealis Books - April 1st, 2005

"They Were Ready" with author Terry Shoptaugh

Join Main Street Books as we welcome Terry Shoptaugh author of "They Were Ready" for a slide show presentation and booksigning/author event.

"They Were Ready" is the story of a National Guard Regiment in the Pacific War, and the first National Guard Regiment out of North Dakota. From its origins in North Dakota to its entry into battle at Guadalcanal, to its final victories against the Japanes -- the story is told in the words of seventy veterans who fought and won the struggle.

Dr. Shoptaugh is a professor of History and University Archivist at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Signed copies will be available with the 412 page hardcover book selling for only $19.95.

Refreshments will be served.

Penny Meyer Hovda "And He Said"

Join us as we welcome local author Penny Meyer Hovda as she discusses her very inspirations "And He Said  . . ."

"And He Said" is a book about Penny's battle with cancer and how it led her not away from, but toward a new and greater understanding of her higher power and how He help us in our time of need.

The event is free and it is a great way to not only support our local booksellers, but to also network with other cancer survivors. Penny Hovda Book



Personalized and signed copies of the book "And He said" will be available for sale during the event ! 

Deb Marquart at MSU Aleshire Theater

Deb Marquart, in conjunction with MSU Women's History Month celebration, will be at the Aleshire Theater at MSU campus for a reading and musical presentation.

An associate professor of English, Debra Marquart is the poetry editor of Flyway Literary Review and the Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Iowa State University. Ms. Marquart's work has appeared in numerous journals such as North American Review, Threepenny Review, New Letters, River City, Zone 3, Cumberland Poetry Review, Kalliope, Southern Poetry Review, and Witness.

In the seventies and eighties, Marquart was a touring road musician with rock and roll heavy metal bands. Her collection of short stories, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories (New Rivers Press, 2001) draws from her experiences as a female road musician.

The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories (Headwaters #2) By Debra Marquart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780898232097
Published: New Rivers Press - January 1st, 2001

The Hunger Bone will be available for purchase and signing -- great recommendation for all musicians who are interested in turning their own rock & roll memories into memoir or for anyone curious about the life of the on the road musician.

Deb Marquart at the Taube & Main Street Books

It's Deb Marquart . . . at Main Street Books


Join Main Street Books, Minot State University and the Taube Museum of Art as we welcome Deb Marquart to Minot.

The event begins at 2pm with a Sunday afternoon of music, prose and poetry with Ms. Marquart at the Taube Museum of Art and ends with a booksigning and social (coffee and refreshments) at Main Street Books.

Deb Marquart is a rare and talented musician and writer  . . . a good time WILL be had by all. Check out the culture in Minot. We got it going on!

The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild In the Middle of Nowhere By Debra Marquart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582433639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - June 5th, 2007

In the tradition of John McPhee and Kathleen Norris comes a wry, moving memoir about a family farm, a father, and a daughter, and how you can't not go home again.