Author Events

"Dust to Dust" A Memoir and Author Event with Benjamin Busch

Join us as we welcome writer, film director, and actor Benjamin Busch to Main Street Books for a reading and book signing.

Book Description


Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, peace and war, the adventures of childhood and the revelations of adulthood. Benjamin Busch—a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch—has crafted a lasting book to stand with the finest work of Tim O'Brien or Annie Dillard.

In elemental-themed chapters—water, metal, bone, blood—Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine, and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand. But this is much more than a war memoir. Busch writes with great poignancy about the resonance of a boyhood spent exploring rivers and woods, building forts, and testing the limits of safety. Most of all, he brings enormous emotional power to his reflections on mortality: in a helicopter going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home.

Dust to Dust is an unforgettable meditation on life and loss, and how the curious children we were remain alive in us all.

Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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ISBN: 9780062014849
Published: Ecco - March 20th, 2012

Prairie Churches Event with author Lauren Donovan

Preservation North Dakota announces the publication of Prairie Churches, a new book documenting ten years of church preservation in North Dakota. The old churches on the plains and prairies create a cultural landscape like no other; their steeples rise above the horizon as testaments to faith and community. In 2001 the prairie churches of North Dakota captured the heart of the nation, marking the shift from Most Endangered to the salvation of Save America's Treasures. Preservation North Dakota and its partners invested in the people and places and prairie churches that make North Dakota unique. Prairie Churches is the celebration of all that has been accomplished in the first decade of the new millennium. Written by Lauren Hardmeyer Donovan, the book consists of twenty-six essays recording successful volunteer efforts to save prairie churches with funding from the Grassroots Grant Program at Preservation North Dakota. The book also features a foreword and epilogue by Thomas D. Isern and photographs by John Toso.


The Fourth Stall II -- by Chris Rylander

Hey . . . join us as we say "Congratulations Chris" on the 2nd installment of the Fourth Stall -- aptly titled "The Fourth Stall II."

We will have refreshments and might talk Chris into reading a bit from his book -- Anyway, don't miss the chance to get another signed Rylander original at another original -- Main Street Books

About Chris . . .

Chris grew up in Minot ND -- both of his parents teach in the Minot School District . . .

These are Chris Rylander’s first and second books for children. He is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and lives in Fargo, North Dakota.


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ISBN: 9780061994968
Published: Walden Pond Press - February 8th, 2011

Tieheena Shank (aka Tie Harris) author event

Join us as we welcome Tieheena to Main Street Books for an author event featuring her books "Where There's A Will" and "Kaisha: My Dog, My Hero and My Friend."

The books will be available for signing and refreshments will also be available for Free.

Author Information...
Tie Harris was born and raised in western Michigan. She is the mother of two grown boys. Her foster parenting experiences and her love of children and dogs inspired Kaisha. She is also the author of an adult fiction book, Where There’s a Will, and she is currently working on her third book, which will also be adult fiction

Strength and Miracles Through Tragedy...Brie and Corey have a bright future ahead of them. Young and in love, the beautiful nursing student and strong career Army soldier are planning their wedding and looking forward to life together. Even the unexpected death of Brie's father doesn't shake the rock of their brings them closer together as Brie learns to rely on Corey's steadfast tenderness.But Fate has other plans for them. A snowmobile trip begins a ride that will change the rest of their lives.

PRICE: $13.95

A Girl's Best FriendHome should be a safe place for every child. But sometimes, things go terribly wrong. For Kathryn, home has changed. The first eight years of her life were fairly normal, although her family didn't have a lot of money. But then tragedy struck when her mother died of breast cancer. The burdens of grief, medical bills, and single parenting have turned her father into someone she doesn't know. One night, a downward spiral is the impetus for a change in her life that she never could have expected. Kathryn is sent to live with Sam and Emma, who will be her foster parents while her father gets help. Follow Kathryn's journey as she discovers a different life and finds her best friend: Kaisha, a Border Collie who turns out to be the most dedicated, loving hero to a little girl who needs someone on her side.


PRICE: $11.95

Woiwode and Watson

Join us for the true literary event of the season as we welcome Rick Watson and Larry Woiwode for some entertainment, some reading, some discussing, a little of this and a lot of that . . . bottom line is it will be stimulating! Don't miss it! Main Street will be providing some books written by Woiwode -- some of his recent releases -- and we are trying our best to acquire the wonderful book that Rick contributed to about Thomas McGrath -- another wonderful ND author. The book was published in Europe and seems to be a bit difficult to obtain (but we are working toward that end). Refreshments will be served.

The Invention of Lefse: A Christmas Story By Larry Woiwode Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433527364
Published: Crossway - September 14th, 2011

ND Library Assoc. Author Meet & Greet at Grand International Inn MINOT

The North Dakota Library Association will be hosting a reception for North Dakota Authors on Wednesday September 21 from 6-8 PM at the Grand International Inn.  Over 25 authors have responded to the invitation and it will be a great way for our customers to meet a host of wonderful authors and get a signed book for themselves or as a gift in the process.

Main Street Books has been invited as a guest book seller for those authors who are unable to bring their own books to the event and we would love to see many of you there.

"Beauty Tips for the Dead" by George Medenwald

Author George Medenwald will be on hand to sign copies of his book "Beauty Tips for the Dead."

 About the Book: Available Now and at the Author Event for $19.99

Creativity, intelligence, ambition, determination and a bottomless cauldron of uncensored ideas – David and Jonathan have it all.  They're marketing geniuses.  But when David kidnaps the senator's son, Ansi, who carries a bible, wears a white sheet and looks a lot like Jesus, even Jonathan begins to accept that perhaps, just possibly, they may have stepped over a line.
 A masterful plan acquires momentum and velocity and, finally, a vortex which sucks in the innocent and the proximate alike.  How else could one explain the complicity of Mary Pope and Jane Strait?  Nurse Mary, on her way to certain sainthood, mends the body by day and the spirit at all times.   While brilliant but dark Jane, caretaker of corpses and soon to be a medical examiner, challenges all data with two questions: "How is this about me?  And if it isn't about me, why do I care?" . . . 

About the Author: The author, Gerald (Ger) Medenwald, has a BA in English and an MA in educational psychology.  He's been a band director, high school counselor, musician, unit administrator at a developmental center, psychologist, truck driver, barn painter, and bartender.  He's done other things as well, but hauling bales, sweeping streets and picking rocks hardly count as life vocations. 
     He began writing short stories as a college senior, and then took an extended hiatus (life happened).  In the last ten years he has written a few short stories and a few novels (five or three depending on how you count a trilogy that collapsed and disintegrated midway through book three).  Beauty Tips for the Dead is the first to be published.  
     For the past twenty years,
 he and his wife, Susan Mack, have owned and operated a stained glass studio.  They also have a small, online, used, book store.     
     When he isn't uncoiling a python from his middle or extracting a bloody leg from an alligator's jaws, the author prefers to observe and record the grittier parts of life from a safe distance.  During his younger days as a barn painter, when he was strapped in a parachute harness hanging fifty feet in the air painting a church steeple, he recalls looking down upon his two carefree assistants (who were joking and chatting nonstop when they should have been judiciously tending the pulley life-line) and thinking, "That's where I should be!"  
     Okay, so maybe it wasn't a python and an alligator.  But in North Dakota in January, when you're traveling through a white-out blizzard, it's twenty five below, you're fifty miles from home, your heater just quit, and you're running low on gas; the thought of wrestling pythons and alligators is a welcome distraction from the frozen doom lying just outside your windshield.     
      "Life is funny - quirky and funny - which makes it so much more interesting than death.  Once you're dead everything stays the same, except that people can make up things about you and you can't do anything about it because you're what?  Dead."