Monday, October 5, 2015

Come one, come all!

The day is swiftly approaching, the time is at hand, the book is awaiting your investigation — and what a book it is! 
Please join us for a fun and friendly conversation about the twists and turns of the Cooke family drama as seen through the pages of Karen Joy Fowler’s book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. 
Mark your calendar for ONE WEEK FROM TODAY --- 6:15pm, Monday, October 12 --- and prepare to dig into the ups, down, and turn arounds in our book of the month!

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Fun --- The Purple Onion Bookclub is back in action!

Someone once wrote something about happy and unhappy families and the theory that while happy families were all alike, unhappy families were all unhappy in their own way. 
In other words, every unhappy family is unique. In the case of the Cooke family who populate the pages of the book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, this is quite true.
Without giving away the ending, let’s just say that the Cooke family unhappiness is manifested in a truly surprising and utterly unique way. 
Pick up this book, fearless readers, and discover the uniqueness of the Cooke family today!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What fun, what joy, what bliss it is, to get together and talk like this!
Although our numbers may have been a bit small, our Purple Onion Bookclub get together was fun for all!
We talked about Where No Gods Came by Sheila O'Connor, talked about point of view, setting, time, place, and narrator. 
We talked about what kinds of books attract our attention, talked about what sorts of stories fire our imagination.
We will be taking a short break to soak up the summer sun, but never fear, Purple Onion fun will be back just in time for the new school year!
With a new location (on the main floor of the sun-drenched Starbucks graced, cozy, friendly, student center in the heart of the Hamline campus), and a book that will surely be on the desks of most Hamline students and faculty (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler), we will be ready to rock and roll and talk character, theme, time, place, and tone! 
Will you???

Monday, May 4, 2015


One week from today,
we shall be gathering to talk
about the wonderful prose of Sheila O'Connor,
author of our Purple Onion Bookclub pick of the month!
Please say you will join us,
we would love to have you,
just go to Facebook
and RSVP!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May Purple Onion Bookclub

Greetings from the Purple Onion Bookclub, sponsored by the Hamline Bookstore! 

Please join us this May as we dive into the compelling story of Faina McCoy, a young girl caught in a perilous scheme of elaborate lies created for her own harrowing system of survival in the outstanding book, Where No Gods Came, by Hamline professor, Sheila O’Connor. 

We will be gathering on Monday, May 11, from 6:15-7pm, at Gingko Coffeehouse, across the street from the Hamline Bookstore. 

All are welcome to attend our informal and interactive discussions, and to participate and/or observe as much or as little as you like. 

Please feel free to share this invitation with all of your book loving friends and family and then send us a quick Facebook RSVP!  

May is almost here!

The reviews are in… Where No Gods Came is the perfect spring time read!

"Written with precision and perception, this is a highly recommended work from a writer to watch." Library Journal

Grab a copy today and dive into the warm and wonderful prose of local author, Sheila O'Connor, and then join us on Monday, May 11, at Gingko's Coffeehouse, across the street from the Hamline Bookstore, for an informal chat about this book and others by the author.

MAY is almost here!

Grab your copy of Where No Gods Came by Sheila O’Connor and start reading ASAP!