Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Greetings from Minneapolis!

I'm Jay and I'm the Emerging Leaders Council representative for the Midwestern Booksellers Association. I'm also the manager of Magers and Quinn Booksellers, the largest indepedent in the Twin Cities.

So, enough about me, here's what's new in the world of bookselling Minneapolis-style:

Magers & Quinn Booksellers wrapped up a wild weekend of unconventional bookselling with a publication party and poster sale for Gig Posters Vol. 1: Rock Art of the 21st Century (published by Quirk Books) on Sunday, June 14. We invited 8 of the graphic designers featured in the book to show their works on display tables throughout the store. The designers included Amy Jo, Aesthetic Apparatus, Burlesque of North America and Adam Turman. Nearly 400 people turned up to view and purchase limited-edition screen printed posters from the artists and (most importantly) copies of the book. It was one of the largest in-store events we've hosted in our 15 years of business.

In addition to being home to a plethora of talented graphic artists and world-class design firms, Minneapolis also has an insanely huge bicycling subculture. On Friday, the stretch run of the Nature Valley Grand Prix bike race took place on Hennepin Avenue, just outside our front door. Thousands turned out to watch the blur of pro racers speeding through the Uptown neighborhood. As part of the festivities, we hosted Doug Shidell, creator of the Twin Cities Bike Map (from Little Transport Press), and partnered with the worker-owned Hub Bike Co-op to provide free smoothies from a bicycle powered blender for spectators.

The Hub also helped build a window display featuring two of its top of the line bikes and a number of cycling books, including Pedaling Revolution : How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities (from Oregon State Univ Press) and Doug Shidell's Bicycle Vacation Guide to Minnesota & Wisconsin (another one from Little Transport Press).

All in all, it was an exhausting but successful weekend of slinging books to the masses.

Thanks for reading!


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