"When I was a kid growing up in Bloomington, we were surrounded by bookstores. It’s really exciting to have Morgensterns back.” — Michael Koryta
Opening this June 849 Automall Rd, Bloomington, IN (Pier 1 site) Online store open now!
Picture on the left (from l-r): Jerry Maner, Rick, and Caleb Jones, Project Manager for Commercial Services. Picture on the right: Enough custom-built bookcases to fill Memorial Stadium
”Hang on, it’s happening!"
That's the headline progress report from Sandy Hayes, Morgenstern's multitasking Operations Manager, on the long-awaited return of the beloved bookstore to Bloomington.
"We have electricians, plumbers, landscapers, builders and more," said Sandy. "Jerry Maner, our construction manager, is amazing. He's hand-crafted all of our bookcases — more than a hundred — plus all our customer checkout counters, counters in the café, and nearly all our fixtures. It's happening!"
“The most beautiful book I have read in some time. A multi-layered examination of the meaning of love and forgiveness. The characters are flawlessly written, intensely human.” — Sallyann J. Murphey, author of Bean Blossom Dreams
We're thrilled to have Denise Breeden on Author Talks! Set in late 1940s rural Southern Indiana, Making it All RIght is Denice's first novel, and getting widespread acclaim.
According to the bio on her website, Denise has edited books, built her own house from scratch, raised a child, co-run a market farm, and facilitated writing circles for women and children. She lives on a ridge top in south-central Indiana, with a small family, a large garden, and innumerable trees.
Here's a taste of what we'll be talking about:
Her favorite book or author as a kid: "I loved The Lord of the Rings. And Ursula K. Le Guin."
What inspired her to become a writer: "I think I was just made that way. But some influences: my parents, both writers/storytellers and one a preacher; all the novels I read voraciously as a kid. As a teenager I was inspired by Source: Women Writers, a writing group here in Bloomington."
Favorite things to do when not writing: "Napping. Baking. Conversation. Collage. Gardening."
What we'll find her enjoying at the Morgensterns cafe: "I hope there are some really good butter cookies. And a good selection of decaf tea. :)"
What's Denise reading these days? "Besides back issues of The Sun, and a couple of issues of Orion Magazine, there's a lot of bookmarked books on my nightstand...plus I'm listening to the audio version of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn."