New Classics for Holiday Gifts

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Affordable Classics Make Great Gifts

We just received these wonderful classics in hardcover. They will make a magnificent addition to anyone’s library. With an affordable price point, $24.99, you can make a bibliophile happy this season. Come in today and choose from among these 13 titles.

We also have faux leather classics from $12.99 to $16.99.

As the season approaches it is a good idea to pre-order or shop early due to supply chain issues. We want to help you make family and friends happy with a great gift.

Boxed sets are available in a range of popular books. We also have collectors editions of certain titles, including Sarah J Maas series.

Macdonald Book Shop staff are happy to place any book on hold, run a purchase to your car, or even your home if you need us to. Call or email us about these beautiful classics.

Emily Prado Author Event-Do Not Miss Out

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Emily Prado Visiting Estes Park-September 19, 2021

Emily is on a large tour of the Western States to promote, Funeral For Flaca, a Chicana coming of age essay collection. We are honored that she has decided to stop in Estes Park during her Colorado tour. 

Please come by and hear about the book and her life. The event will occur on September 19, 2021 from 1 pm to 3 pm. 

Emily is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist. She has spent half a decade reporting on a variety of topics to help amplify voices and experiences of people in marginalized communities. Her writing and photographs have been published in NPR, Bitch Media, Marie Claire, and many other publications.  

Besides her essay collection, Funeral for Flaca, Emily has, the youth non-fiction title Examining Assimilation (Enslow, 2019.)

She is Blackburn Fellow and MFA candidate at Randolph College, a Tin House and Las Dos Brujas Workshop alumna amongst others, co-founder of Portland in Color, and the Director of Youth Programs at Literary Arts. Emilly also moonlights as DJ Mami Miami with Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017.

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Luann Koester Author Event September 10

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Luann Koester will be at Macdonald Book Shop 

Visit Macdonald Book Shop September 10, 2021 to meet Luann and check out her children’s book. Luann will be outside in our courtyard between 12 and 4 pm on Friday, personalizing copies of her book.

Children’s Picture Book Endorsed by Blarney Castle and Garden’s Proprietor


Akron, CO, June14, 2021—Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone, written by Luann Atkin Koester, is a magical, witty tale of a grandmother’s transformation and a family’s love and acceptance after a trip to Ireland where she kissed the Blarney Stone. Inspired by her own trip to Ireland in 2016 where she also kissed the Blarney Stone, Koester explains that she was not the same after experiencing the sunrise, daffodils, music, food, and hospitality of the green, really green, island of Ireland. Her inaugural children’s picture book combines Koester’s love of travel, language, and humor. 


Girly and Scamp can’t imagine what has come over their once ordinary Gran after her trip to the green island of Ireland where she kissed the Blarney Stone. Whatever it is, though, they sure do like it! Now Gran tells them silly stories she swears are true. When she does her chores, she twists and twirls, sings and swirls cheerfully. But she isn’t their normal Gran, and Gramps, Daddy, and Mama are worried. Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone is the charming tale celebrating the love and joy that exists between grandparents and their grandchildren. Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone is a wonderfully lyrical story filled with shenanigans, malarkey, and plenty of blarney.


Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone offers children and families more than just a charming, poetic read. Adrienne Vaught, author of The Little Red House, writes that”[Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone] is full of educational tidbits about another culture.” Emma Parrish, library assistant and a children’s interactive activity creator on YouTube, believes this little book will have a wide appeal. She explains, “I work in the youth services department of a public library that serves homeschool families looking for books about history, geography, and different cultures. I think this little book will not only appeal educationally to these families, but also those children and families simply interested in how Ireland is represented in children’s fiction. It is a fine book for reading to children and a great choice for the more advanced reader who wants a challenge in addition to pictures.”      


Elif Balta Parks’ bright, lively illustrations, capture the personalities of each character, from silly, carefree Gran to forehead smacking Gramps, and giggling Scamp. Kylie Noojin, graphic artist and Art Manager at Gallup (Omaha) explains “[t]he illustrations enhance the arch of the story and capture the whimsy of Gran’s adventures in Ireland and her silly exploits at home.


Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone has been endorsed by Sir Charles Colthurst, proprietor of Blarney Castle and Gardens. He writes, “The illustrations and story of Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone are extremely well done and encapsulate the tradition and history involved in the legend of kissing the Blarney Stone! 

Author and educator, Koester has taught high school language arts for over 26 years, as well as college composition. A fellow of the National and Colorado Writing Projects, she considers herself a writer teaching writers. 


Koester graduated Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Expertise in Writing from the University of Denver. In 2003 and 2021, she was recognized by the Boettcher Foundation as a Boettcher Educator. And In 2009, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) named her an MIT Influential Educator.


Recently retired, Koester enjoys teaching, traveling, spending time with her immediate and extended families, writing, and playing golf. In addition to Gran Kissed the Blarney Stone, she is a published poet and novelist. A Gran to four girlies and a scamp, Koester lives on a cattle ranch near White Butte Creek in Northeastern Colorado.


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