Cocktails and Convos

A Dog-Eared Books Author Series

Grab an inside look at upcoming or recent books and the authors who wrote them! The Cocktails & Conversations Author Series is Dog-Eared Book’s primary way of introducing readers to authors, whether that’s beloved scribes or new ones. Each Cocktails & Conversation will include an author reading, Q&A with time for audience questions as the end, and a book signing. To add to the fun, we’ll create signature a cocktail for each book. Attendees can purchase one to celebrate the book of the evening.

 To attend a Cocktails & Conversations, you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the event on its specific event page using the buttons below. The ticket price will include not only a signed book but also an evening of interaction with the author.

Below you’ll find a list of our upcoming Cocktails & Conversation events:

Christina Lauren & The Love Experiment

Get ready for a magical night at Torrent Brewing Co. celebrating Christina Lauren’s newest release. Between the Fizzy’s Edlerflower Fizz cocktail, an intimate chat, and a giant game of mash where we write Fizzy’s next bestseller, you won’t want to miss this event!

Registration required. Get more info here.

Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 7 PM

Paul Kix & You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live

Discover the ten weeks in Birmingham that changed America with a drink and journalist Paul Kix, who will join us for one night to celebrate his new book. You Have to Be Prepared to Die Before You Can Begin to Live is the riveting story, never before fully told, of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign—ten weeks that would shape the course of the Civil Rights Movement and the future of America. Also part of the Des Moines Public Library’s AViD Authors Series, this author is not one to miss!

Date: Wednesday, June 7                                                                          Time: 7 PM

J.R. Dawson & The First Bright Thing

You’ve never been to the circus quite like this! Join us for a night of snacks, games, and exploration of a great book! The First Bright Thing follows a magic circus in an alternate history between the World Wars. Registration required! Learn more here. 

Date: Tuesday, June 13
Time: 7 PM

Amie Adams & The Observer

Written with the IA Master Naturalists and Emmet County Conservation in NW IA, this book is part-biography, part-anthology, all tribute to Olaf Wolden, a 19th century Iowa naturalist. Olaf’s story is special because he studied the land when Iowa was a much “wilder” place than the state we know today. Born in 1886, he was able to interact with flora and fauna we no longer see (or which have become incredibly rare).

Date: Thursday, July 20                                                                                  Time: 7 PM

Genevieve Gornichec  & The Weaver and the Witch Queen

Join acclaimed author of The Witch’s Heart and true friend of our store, Genevieve Gornichec for a tasty drink and a chat. In her new book, the lives of two women—one desperate only to save her missing sister, the other a witch destined to become queen of Norway—intertwine into a spellbinding, powerful novel of Viking Age history and myth.

Date: Wednesday, July 27                                                                    Time: 7 PM

Joe Milan  & The All-American

Come celebrate Joe Milan’s debut novel, The All-American, at Dog-Eared Books with a yummy cocktail and the inside scoop on writing this book. In the novel, Korean American high school senior Bucky Yi dreams of playing college football. But when the US government deports him and the South Korean Army conscripts him, he’ll have to learn a language, fight a forgotten war, and learn his family legacy in order to make it home. 

Date: Thursday, August 31                                                                               Time: 7 PM