"Morgenstern's was the first REAL bookstore I remember visiting as a child. You are the best thing to happen in 2021!" - Suzanne Byrer-Tidrow Opening soon: 849 Automall Rd, Bloomington, IN (former Pier 1 bullding)
The Big Dig: Installing the café's grease interceptor (no burgers, but it's required by the health department)
Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos de Morgensterns!
What better day to announce that we'll be carrying Bivi's tamales in the café!
Speaking of Cinco de Mayo, here's a fun fact from Sam Eads (who you'll meet later in this newsletter):
Dr. David Hayes Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, came to Bloomington two years ago and spoke about the true history of Cinco De Mayo. He is the author of El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.
Another fun fact, from the Founder himself, Rick Morgenstern: "When the doors open, Morgensterns will be the largest Independent bookstore in Indiana."
(If you know Rick, you know he hates to brag, so consider this a real thing.)
More signs of spring: Our signs are on order and expected in a couple of weeks.
OK, these fun facts are nice, but tell us — when will the store open?
We still can't announce an opening date yet, but it's happening! Late June is the best case scenario. Pandemic supply chain delays have been a real challenge.
In the meantime: Keep reading these e-newsletters for updates, and follow us on our Facebook page.
And of course, you can buy books and support your favorite hometown bookshop NOW, at Morgensterns online!
Last Friday's Talkwith Denice Breeden-Ost about her first novel Making it All RIght was more than all right, it was terrific. As is the book: a rich saga about family, friendship and community in late 1940s Southern Indiana.
Denise talked with Mitch about how she was able to complete an epic novel over the course of 15 years — all while farming and raising a family.
We've partnered again with the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning for a new eight-week session beginning Monday May 24 through July 5, 10:00-11:00 am. We'll explore two novels: one fiction, one non-fiction, and take turns leading discussions. Led by Morgenstern's Jasmine Egly. Registration just $50.
Podcast with Dr. Todd Eads, Morgenstern's co-owner
"We are a reading family who lives in Bloomington. We love this town. Guest authors, music events, book clubs — everything we can possibly do for the community, we will."
Dr. Eads talks with Erin Predmore, president of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, about how Dr. Eads met Rick; why he chose to invest in books; and why it's important to invest in your local community.
"What a privilege it is for me to be part of the team that is bringing this store back into being. There is power and beauty in living local!"
Sam (R) with Jerry Maners, construction manager
Where she grew up: "In both Indiana and Southern California. This has been a blessing, because I feel a deep connection to many kinds of people and places — farm, city, ocean, desert. I have a large family, spread out all over, and dear friends who teach me each day. In many ways, I'm still growing up and hope to be doing so for a very long time."
What she was doing before Morgensterns: "I've worked in many places, most recently as the primary care Nurse Practitioner at Volunteers in Medicine here in Bloomington. I'm currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Integrative Health and Healing from the University of Minnesota."
How she got involved with the bookstore: "Todd [husband and co-owner] and I both grew up recognizing the importance of community spaces. Last year, I asked him, 'If you were doing something in addition to what you are doing now, what would it be?' He answered, 'I would open a bookstore.' Two weeks later, Rick published an open letter in the Herald Times, asking if anyone in the community would be interested in reopening the store. The synchronicity was remarkable! We met Rick shortly after. The rest is history in the making."
Favorite things to do for fun:"Play in gardens with children. Travel. Write poetry and creative non-fiction. Play music and sing. Talk too loud at dinner about personal things."
When at the Morgensterns café:"I'm excited about all of our café offerings! Brown County Coffee, BloomingTea, Scholars Inn Bakehouse, Bivi's Tamales. In the morning, perhaps a nice peppermint tea with an asiago bagel and vegetable schmear. In the afternoon, a couple of Bivi’s delicious black bean and spinach tamales. And a mid-afternoon coffee — that's key to my survival."