Author Events

CANCELLED Jamie Ridenhour "Barking Mad: A Reginald Spiffington Mystery"


Jamieson Ridenhour is the author of Barking Mad: A Reginald Spiffington Mystery, available from Typecast Publishing in June of 2011. He is the editor of the Valancourt edition of Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 vampire novella Carmilla, as well as creator of the award-winning short fairy-tale horror film Cornerboys.

The South Carolina native now lives in Bismarck, ND, where he writes poetry about movie monsters and murder-mysteries with werewolves in them. He also plays wicked lead guitar with Bismarck-based rock and roll band Blind Mice, lectures on vampires and Charles Dickens (though not at the same time), and generally frolics on the plains. He lives with his wife Gwyn and their two children Ian and Eva.

Meet Author Rhonda Kulczyk

Don't miss this chance to meet a successful local author, Rhonda Kulczyk, as she signs copies of her trilogy "The Freedom Series."

The "Freedom Series" is a historical Christian fiction series that takes place in the middle 1800's -- a story of resilience, love, trusting in God to not only survive but to find happiness in the brutal western wilderness.

Refreshments will be served. Love to see you here.

Freedom to Surrender By Rhonda Kulczyk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617395666
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - March 1st, 2011

Meet The Real DW-Minot Public Library

Kim Brown, Marc Brown's sister, and the inspiration for his character, DW in his Arthur series, will give a presentation at the Minot Public Library.

Books will be available to purchase at the event and have signed by Kim . . . and she kindly requests that children grades Kindergarten and Older attend. Find out how an Arthur book is created and how to write your own story.

Main Street Books will be providing books for the event and can be purchased before or at the library at the event. See below for the list of books that will be available on that day. If there are other DW books or Arthur books that you would like to purchase and have signed feel free to order them by May 8, 2011.

For more info contact the Children's Library at 701-838-0606

D.W. the Picky Eater By Marc Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316110488
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1997

(Cancelled) Meet Rhonda Kulczyk -- Cancelled Due to Blizzard -- Rescheduled May 21 1-3pm

Meet local author Rhonda Kulczyk as she signs the third book in her Freedom series . . . Freedom to Surrender.

The event is free and be sure not to miss it to support a very talented and dedicated ND author.

Freedom to Surrender By Rhonda Kulczyk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617395666
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - March 1st, 2011

National Autism Awareness Month -- Barbara Massine-Johnson Talk & Book Signing

Barbara has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education with over 20 years experience and is the mother of three children with disabilities, a published author, inspirational speaker, university instructor and co-founder of a camp for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. In her book, "Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Autism" she shares her family's journey of both the struggles and triumphs of raising two sons with autism spectrum disorders.

Join Main Street Books and welcome Barbara as she shares her wisdom on autism and answers questions as to what it means to mother a child with autism. Her book will also be available to purchase.




 3rd annual DarwinDay features paleontologist Neil Shubin, the codiscoverer of Tiktaalik -- the fish with hands and a neck -- and author of the bestselling book Your Inner Fish.

Main Street Books will be at the event providing copies of his book ($14.95). Meet the best-selling author and scientist and acquire a signed copy of his best-selling book. We will have many available and can reserve signed copies if you are unable to make the event.


Open only to students in grades 7-12

One top prize: $100

Two second prizes: $50

Four third prizes: $25

 "DarwinDay at Minot State University has always been about the confluence of ideas when science informs the human existence."   

We can already hear you thinking "What the heck does that mean?!?"  Well, that's the challenge in this essay contest: what does this statement mean to you?  To be more specific, and to relate it directly to our keynote speaker's famous discovery, try writing about this question:

What does Tiktaalik mean for humanity?

What does Tiktaalik mean for humanity?

. . .  Shoot for between 1000 and 2000 words.

More Events for the 3rd annual DarwinDay are scheduled . .  Also appearing: live local bands, live local artists and more details forthcoming!!

Teachers and students should feel free to ask questions about this contest.  Essays are due by Midnight, Friday February 18.  Essays will be evaluated by a crew of Minot State Biology and English professors.  Give your essay to your teacher and have them email it as an attachment to

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body By Neil Shubin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307277459
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

National Novel Writing Month Write-In

Join us as we sponsor a write-in event for National Novel Writing Month.

Bring your novel, your friends, your lap top, pens and pencils and write away -- great way to network with other writers in the area and share your ideas and get unstuck if you are and continue the flow if you aren't.

We will see you here for some writing, some coffee or cider and some cookies compliments of Main Street Books!

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within By Natalie Goldberg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590302613
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Shambhala - December 6th, 2005

How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights By Ariel Gore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307346483
Published: Crown - March 27th, 2007

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!