Out with the old, and in with the new! Daily planners that is. Of COURSE I have a spiral-bound paper calendar – I just prefer opening up a whole month spread and seeing what's up. No scrolling up and down on a weensy device, plus a physical planner means I give myself time to think things over when asked to commit to something: "I don't have my planner with me, but I'll look when I'm home." Of COURSE (again) we sell them but that's not really why I'm writing. 

I'm writing because it's CALENDAR TIME for PPB gatherings! Whahoo!

This year PPB staff will host FOUR monthly bookclubs at all times of the day and for many different genres, and TWO monthly cookbook demonstrations. I have a list going of all the fun happening at PPB 261 (we are so proud of our face-to-face gathering space next door), and they number over a hundred/year. In addition, we are welcoming more and more third party hosts over there, so check those out here. That's right, in most of our regular categories we have our 2019-2020 event schedule all pretty and plump and ready for you to mark down in your planner of choice. Yes, of course bring a friend – but we love it too when folks sign up solo. Always you will be welcomed into the group and leave knowing new names. 

Why not come out and be curious about interesting stuff amongst your community? You'll be so glad you did. 

Here's a fun new thing: Jenny and I are offering a morning bookclub starting in September. Whenever you hear folks saying "I cannot even imagine that ..." we as readers know that actually you can begin to understand almost anything, especially if an amazing storyteller takes you by the hand along her way. Last winter I began to sort of grasp cannabalism after reading Nathanial Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex." You guys, I'm not kidding—Philbrick is so good he took me there. So, last month the New York Times published their 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years,* and that got me and Jen noodling: Should we do a Morning Memoir book club, but only with Manageable-in-Length Memoirs (meaning with one exception only 200-ish pages), all by women from diverse backgrounds and spanning the last five decades?

We said "OK!" to each other, and now we can't wait to imagine lives different from our own all the while looking for connection and common ground. Please join us as you can – no "club" commitment, but please do RSVP and purchase the book from your old pal, Prairie Path Books. Click here to see all our book clubs' dates and selections, and here if you can't wait to see what cookbooks we will feature this Fall.

C'mon on now, go get your calendar - we can't wait to see you soon. — Sandy

*The New York Times’s book critics select the most outstanding memoirs published since 1969.

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