Jay Walljasper spoke Thursday night at the Grand Event Center. It was a great event and Griff Wigley posted photos of the gathering on Locallygrownnorthfield.org. We still have some copies of Jay’s book The Great Neighborhood Book available at Monkey See, Monkey Read. We are selling the books for 20% off the cover price.
Acclaimed poets David Allan Evans and Larry Gavin will read from their work at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore.
Evans, the author of five books of poetry and the author or editor of seven other books, has been the poet laureate of South Dakota since 2002. He has lived in Brookings since 1968, where he was a professor of English and writer in residence at South Dakota State University until his recent retirement. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Evans went to college on a football scholarship, and by the time he graduated was writing poems and short stories. He has degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, the University of Iowa, and the University of Arkansas, where he received a master’s in fine arts in creative writing. His most recent full-length collection is “The Bull Rider’s Advice.”
Gavin, author of “Least Resistance,” published by Northfield-based Red Dragonfly Press, was born and raised in Austin, Minn. Early influences include the great Austin poet Richard Eberhart and union workers of Local P-9, from whom he learned the value of honest work that continues to inform the themes and cadences of his poetry. He received a degree in literature and creative writing at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. He later earned a master’s degree from the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. Gavin has worked as a bridge builder, farm laborer, policeman, gambler, historical site guide, pipeline worker, newspaper reporter, teacher, and machinist. He is currently a field editor for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine. He lives in Faribault, with wife Patty, son Fergus, a small pack of beagles, and a Springer spaniel bird dog named L.C.
The reading is free and the public is invited to attend.
Monkey See, Monkey Read is located at 425 Division Street in downtown Northfield.
New books are arriving daily at Monkey See, Monkey Read. All of these great books are currently 20% off. Here is the latest arrival.
Thump, Quack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. It’s time for the annual Corn Maze Festival.
The farm is bursting with activity.
The chickens build a fence around the cornfield.
The cows give the barn a fresh coat of paint.
Duck builds the ticket booth for the hot-air balloon ride.
Everyone is excited. Well, Duck is not excited exactly. But he has a plan. As Farmer Brown designs the corn maze for the festival, Duck does some designing of his own. Guess who’s in for a big surprise?
The always-creative, always-hilarious, always-champions-of-corn-mazes pair who brought you Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Duck for Presidenthave planned a terrific event. Step right up, folks.
Just in time for Halloween, Boogie Knights is a winner.
Who doesn’t love Penguins? Where is Home, Little Pip?
Good Morning America recently ran a story about the Kona Africabike. If you want your own Africabike, stop by Monkey See, Monkey Read. Still the coolest bike I own. I rode the Jesse James bike tour on my Africabike. Tonight after work I rode home with my beer and groceries in the basket. How handy is that?
If you’ve been thinking about getting an Africabike, it’s not too late. Monkey See, Monkey Read still has one 2008 bike in stock. They’ve been selling well and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get more of them for the low price of $299.00.
Every day at Monkey See, Monkey Read is teacher appreciation day. Teachers receive a 20% discount on all of the new and used books in our store that are purchased for classroom use. We’ll even discount our games 20%. SET is a math teacher favorite. If we don’t have the books you need in stock, we can order them and yes, most special orders get the teacher discount as well.
Ariel Emery of the Northfield News wrote an excellent article today about selling books online. The article focuses on the positive aspects of selling books online for a small store like Monkey See, Monkey Read. It’s true, internet sales make up about 25% of our overall sales. We ship books around the world from our little storefront on Division St.
While talking with customers, I find many people believe everything is cheaper online. “Go to amazon, they’ve got millions of cheap books.” I’ve always believed my prices in the store are competitive with the Amazons of the world. So I thought I’d check a few titles and see how the Monkey stacks up. Here’s what I found.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Amazon’s price new $7.99 $11.98(with shipping)
Amazon’s price used $3.70 $7.69(with shipping)
Monkey See, Monkey Read used $4.00 $4.26(with tax)
Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
Amazon’s price used $2.63 $6.62(with shipping)
Monkey See, Monkey Read new $6.39 $6.81 (with tax)
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Amazon’s price new $10.20 $14.19(with shipping)
Amazon’s price used $4.00 $7.99(with shipping)
Monkey See, Monkey Read used $7.00 $7.45(with tax)
I think we stack up pretty well. We sell most used books for half the cover price. We have an excellent selection of current bestsellers in the store. These are new books we sell for 20% off the cover price.
If you’ve never been in, give us a shot. We offer an excellent selection of new and used books for children and adults at fair prices and your dollars stay local.