Michael Perry: THE JESUS COW at Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Dragonfly Books and the Decorah Public Library are thrilled to co-sponsor New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry with his new book The Jesus Cow. Michael will talk about his new book and share his hilarious stories on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm at the Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public.


Michael PerryMichael Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Full of humor and grace, Perry’s writing transforms rural life to reveal the absurd and touching moments in each day.

The Jesus Cow is Michael’s first fiction book for adults. In The Jesus Cow life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley Jackson: A woman in a big red pickup has stolen his bachelor’s heart, a Hummer-driving predatory developer is threatening to pave the last vestiges of his family farm, and inside his barn is a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ. Hilarious and big-hearted, The Jesus Cow is a comic yet sincere exploration of faith and the foibles of modern life.

In addition to his memoirs, Michael Perry is the author of The Scavengers, a fiction book for middle-school readers. Michael’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Backpacker, Outside, Runner’s World, Salon.com, and he is a contributing editor to Men’s Health magazine. His writing assignments have taken him to the top of Mt. Rainier with Iraq War veterans, into the same room as the frozen head of Ted Williams, across the United States with truckers and country music singers, and -- once -- buck naked into a spray-tan booth.

Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Michael put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). Michael can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.

Join us at Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium for this opportunity to hear Michael Perry and get your book signed on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Michael’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of their staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books and the Decorah Public Library and is free and open to the public. It will be hosted at Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium, 210 Vernon St., Decorah, IA. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit www.dragonflybooks.com, or contact us at events@dragonflybooks.com or 563-382-4275.


The Jesus Cow: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062289919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - May 19th, 2015

New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry makes his fiction debut with this hilarious and big-hearted tale, a comic yet sincere exploration of faith and the foibles of modern life that blends the barbed charm of Garrison Keillor, the irreverent humor of Christopher Moore, and the audacious insight of Chuck Klosterman.


The Scavengers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062026163
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Published: HarperCollins - September 2nd, 2014

Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember meets Louis Sachar's Holes in this imaginative and humorous middle grade debut from Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author of the adult novels Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story.


Truck: A Love Story Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060571184
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 8th, 2016

“A touching and very funny account. . . . Thoroughly engaging.”—New York Times


Population: 485 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061363504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - August 25th, 2015

Mike Perry’s extraordinary and thoughtful account of meeting the people of his small hometown by joining the fire and rescue team was a breakout hit that “swells with unadorned heroism” (USA Today)


From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780870206801
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - November 25th, 2013

“Bottom line is, I’m the kind of guy who’s happy to go to the opera, but I should like to be allowed to wear steel-toed boots with my evening suit. I like to read Harper’s with a chaser of Varmint Hunter Magazine. Maybe that’s why I enjoy a good show under canvas.


Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061240447
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 22nd, 2015

In over his head with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and a baby due any minute, the acclaimed author of Population: 485 gives us a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.


Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061894466
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 8th, 2016

“Somewhere between Garrison Keillor’s idyllic-sweet Lake Wobegon and the narrow-mindedness of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street lies the reality of small-town life. This is where Michael Perry lives.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press


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