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Book Shop News: Stocking Stuffers

Once again we’re struck by how wonderful things come in small packages, and the Book Shop has (at least) two new ones we’re excited about. The first is a book of prose poems by Brian Doyle titled How the Light Gets In. His wide-ranging topics include nature, teaching, his Irish heritage, friends and relatives, children, and – oh yes – faith. His “Easter Morning” is a treat read aloud (as are they all); and anyone who can concoct words like “avunculate” and “imagineer” is worth a smile or three. This is a poet you’ll be glad you met.

Many of us are fond of singing rounds such as “Dona nobis pacem,” and some of us have learned a few others besides. Now we’ve discovered a charming collection of new ones to try, composed by our choir’s own David Ostenso Moore (yes, he’s married to Rev. Anna). They include texts by Julian of Norwich and Wendell Berry (among others) plus a round derived from Christmas Facebook messages. A couple of these little books plus a few friends equals a party! So many delightful surprises at the Book Shop, just the place you’ll want to come and see…

P. S. Did you read that one of “our” Minnesota poets, Louis Jenkins, whose Nice Fish was premiered at the Guthrie, is now the toast of London; his play/poem again stars Oscar-winning Mark Rylance and features several Twin Cities actors.