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Jen Brodal/DND Val Stadick, owner of Main Street Books in downtown Minot, flips through her headline, ‘Cloud Ku Ku Land’, a recommended read, at her shop window.

Today is National Book Lover’s Day, and Val Stadick of Main Street Books in downtown Minot is proclaiming one more page – the book club, which begins at his store Saturday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. . The August title will be “Other Americans” by Laila Lalami.

Stadick said she originally wanted to be a writer and was for a short time, but ended up enjoying being surrounded by books and finding inspiration by sharing the importance of reading with others. Stadick said there are plenty of statistics about kids reading just 20 minutes a day and how it can benefit their future, even their future income.

Stadick said reading can be a great way to take people away from their problems and help them escape and relax. She said it’s such a calming activity, especially these days, which is good for the mind and soul.

Some recommended late summer reads by Stadick include: “Cloud Ku Ku Land” by Anthony Dooer, to be published in October in paperback; local reference selection “Dakota Day Trips” by Cliff Naylor has just been released; a charming, light and fun romance called “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid; and an old title, “The Moonflower Slayers” by David Grann, also about to become a big movie directed by Martin Scorsese.

Stadick said she’s been in business in different locations on Main Street for more than 20 years and it fills her heart to see Main Street thrive. Downtown Thursdays have been amazing for the store, Stadick said. She said it was crowded on Main Street and the store stayed open later.

“We had people from other towns in North Dakota, and they really talked about how much they really love our downtown,” Stadick said.

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