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Friday, October 3, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices

Join the Loft's Poetry Out Loud program for a special evening of readings centering on East African voices. Special guest Congressman Keith Ellison will be appearing to read from his book and relate the story of connecting with Minnesota State Poetry Out Loud champion Faiza Abubakar at the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

This event will also feature short readings by Lula Saleh, Sarah Ogutu, Abdi Phenomenal, Abdihamid Geyre, with slightly longer readings by Faiza and Keith. After, there will be a discussion and Q&A moderated by University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar.

Saturday, October 4, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Rewriting Hiawatha

Join Chris Martin and guests Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, Sarah Fox, Joe Horton, and more in an evening interrogating Minnesota's founding literary text, Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, from a contemporary perspective.

Witness how these local luminaries rethink, revise, and rewrite Hiawatha in poetry, prose, and song.

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Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Gregg Shapiro presents Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories

With its twelve sharply observed stories filled with memorable characters and dialogue imbued with the pop music of the day, Gregg Shapiro reflects on what it meant to grow up gay in Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s. Relationships —family, boyfriends, and otherwise—are explored in stories such as “Lunch with a Porn Star,” “Marilyn, My Mother, Myself,” and “Your Father’s Car.” Only a gay Chicago native with a keen eye could give us such an insider’s view of the Windy City from a more innocent time not too long ago.

Gregg Shapiro is the author of Protection and GREGG SHAPIRO:77. A native of Chicago, Gregg lives with his husband in Fort Lauderdale.

Wednesday, October 8, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Lynette Reini-Grandell

Lynette Reini-Grandell’s long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker “knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse/ rushing the gate / and leaping over my head.” Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

Lynette Reini-Grandell’s poetry is informed by her Finnish-American heritage, a reverence for nature, and her love of horses. Her work has appeared in It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles, among others. Her poetry is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan, and she appears in the feature-length documentary, Venus of Mars. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company and teaches at Normandale Community College. She holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. More information can be found on her website, Reini-Grandell.com. Approaching the Gate is her first book and published by Holy Cow! Press.

Wednesday, October 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Alan Pritz presents Meditation as a Way of Life launch

Among primers on meditation, this book is exceptional in how it guides readers who treasure inner growth and are looking for reliable direction on how to achieve it in an authentic and sustainable way. The author, a student of the Indian yogi Paramahansa Yogananda, distills the teachings of many other spiritual traditions and religions, including Christianity, into an interfaith perspective that will appeal to all seekers of the divine. Specific elements include the foundations of spiritual practice; the benefits of energy-building exercises, affirmations, and healthy lifestyle regimens; instructions in mantra practice and inner-sound meditation; techniques for effective prayer; and guidelines to measure inner practice. The book’s accessible narrative and universal themes make it enjoyable to read and life enhancing to apply.

Rev. Alan L. Pritz, an interfaith minister and spiritual disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, began consulting in 1988. He founded Awake-In-Life in 2008 to offer innovative lifestyle management, work/life balance, and performance enhancement seminars for business, healthcare, and educational organizations.

Thursday, October 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Shannon Drury presents The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century

What does a feminist do when she becomes a middle class, stay-at-home mom? Fight even harder for the rights of women!

Through vivid tales of street action, political campaigns (both Michele Bachmann and Al Franken make appearances), school curriculum debates, SWAT officers, flame wars, ultrasounds, white-liberal guilt, feminists with no interest in children, moms with no interest in politics, and gay marriage, The Radical Housewife depicts the struggle of one woman to understand herself and her role as a well-educated woman who chooses—for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the “glass ceiling” that enables her husband to earn a greater salary than she could—to stay home and raise her children.

Ultimately, Shannon Drury asks the question: What does “family values” really mean? After reading The Radical Housewife, the answer may surprise you.

Shannon Drury is a Minneapolis-based writer, parent, and feminist activist. She writes a regular column for the Minnesota Women's Press and has had essays published in the anthologies The Good Mother Myth and Atheist Voices of Minnesota. Her work has also appeared in Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, HipMama, and Minnesota Public Radio News.

Saturday, October 11, 10:00am - Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over real-live books and conversations.

EXHIBIT HALL AND BOOK FAIR
An all-day exhibit of publishers, magazines, literary organizations, local authors, booksellers, and more, located in the Fairground's beautiful Progress Center! Check back for a complete listing of exhibitors and exhibitor specials.

READINGS AND TALKS
The Reading Stages are located in the Fine Arts Building, located next door to the Progress Center. CLICK HERE to see who's coming and check back for a complete schedule of events. Book signings will take place after each event in the Progress Center building.

CHILDREN'S PAVILION
CLICK HERE to see who's coming and check back for more information on Children's Pavilion authors and activities! Sponsored by MELSA—Metro Public Libraries.

NEW! MIDDLE GRADE HQ and TEEN TENT
CLICK HERE to see who's coming and check back for more information on participating authors and activities.

AUTHOR HUB
Mingle with literary luminaries! Check back for a complete list of participating authors.

USED BOOK BONANZA
Great deals on thousands of gently used books and records.

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2014 BOOK FESTIVAL SPONSORS

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Saturday, October 11, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
Talk of the Stacks with Steven Pinker

This event is co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Book Festival.

Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Scientists and Thinkers in 2004, Steven Pinker is counted among the world’s foremost writers on the mind, language and human nature. Author of eight best-selling and award-winning books, including The Language Instinct and The Stuff of Thought, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Time and The New Republic. Co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Book Festival, Mr. Pinker will present his latest book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

“Engaging and provocative … filled with humor and fun. It’s good to have a mind as lively and limpid as his bringing the ideas of cognitive science to the public while clarifying them for his scientific colleagues.” -Douglas Hofstadter, Los Angeles Times

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts. In-Kind sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Monday, October 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz presents Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P. T. Barnum of the surgery room."

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Doors/cocktail hour at 6:00pm, discussion starts at 7:00pm.

The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00pm - Amsterdam Bar & Hall (6th & Wabasha, St. Paul, MN 55102)

Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story book launch

6pm doors ✖ Hall ✖ Free with RSVP ✖ AA

RSVP to the show here!

MPR’s The Current, the Amsterdam Bar, and the University of Minnesota Press present

A book launch celebration event for
Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story
featuring
Author Mark Allister, The Current’s Mark Wheat, lead singer of Cloud Cult, Craig Minowa
and with a special appearance by Cloud Cult

Wednesday, October 15th
7:00-9:00 PM
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Please join us for an event celebrating the publication of Mark Allister’s Chasing the Light: The Cloud Cult Story, the inspired and inspiring story of one of Minnesota’s and indie rock’s most loved and spiritual bands.

Mark Allister tells the story of the heartbreaking yet affirming journey of Cloud Cult’s lead singer and songwriter Craig Minowa and delves into the career of the band. Featuring rarely seen photographs and passionate testimonials by fans, Chasing the Light is a testament to the profound influence one band’s personal evolution can have on its followers and on indie rock aficionados.

The intimate event will include a short talk by Mark Allister, fan testimonials, a short acoustic performance from Cloud Cult, and a Q&A session with Mark Allister and Craig Minowa led by The Current’s Mark Wheat, who also wrote the foreword to the book. A book signing will follow the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Generous support for this event was provided by Minnesota Public Radio and the Amsterdam Bar.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P. T. Barnum of the surgery room."

Friday, October 17, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Ghosts & Haunted Buildings: A Talk and Workshop on Ghost-Hunting

Join experienced ghost-hunter Von Braschler for a talk and mini-workshop on ghost-hunting.

* Book talk at 7 pm
* Workshop 8-9 pm
* Book signing during break and at 9 pm

People are free to attend just the talk or the workshop, if they want - or both! There will be a break in-between for book signing.

Von Braschler, a former faculty member at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, has led workshops throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, he is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Reluctant Ghost Hunter. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars presents The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Doors/cocktail hour at 5:15pm, discussion starts at 6:15pm.

The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Michael Norman and Annie Wilder present local ghost stories

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask you to please RSVP by clicking "Going" on the Facebook event page.

Raised in a family with Irish-German roots and strong intuitive abilities, the unseen world of angels, spirits, and lost souls has always been a familiar part of Annie Wilder's everyday life. She is the author of four books, including House of Spirits and Whispers, a true account of living in a haunted house, and Spirits Out of Time, a collection of true family ghost stories.

Annie hosts haunted tea parties and metaphysical events classes in her spirit-filled Victorian home in Hastings, Minnesota. She has twice been a guest on the acclaimed radio program Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and appeared on the Biography Channel show My Ghost Story and the Discovery Channel’s Monsters and Mysteries in America. Her ghost experiences have been featured in national print and online publications including FIRST for Women magazine and AOL.com. Annie’s home has been investigated by teams of ghost hunters and visited by a number of prominent psychics.

Writer, educator and playwright Michael Norman is the author of numerous books of ghost stories, including his most recent, of the third edition of Haunted Wisconsin,and The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends. He has collaborated with the late Beth Scott on the popular Haunted America series.

Norman is also an emeritus professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he taught a wide-range of courses in writing, media law, public opinion and broadcast journalism. He served as department chair for 18 years, managed the Midwest Writers' Conference, served as director of the UW-River Falls University Press and co-founded and later managed public radio station WRFW-FM. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, Wis.

Friday, October 24, 11:00am - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Pen Pals with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin's is a Pulitzer Prize winner, prominent historian and author of several books examining the careers of American history’s most famed presidents. She served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. Film rights to her book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, were acquired by Stephen Spielberg and became the 2012 Oscar-winning motion picture, Lincoln. She is a frequent commentator for NBC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press.

Ms. Goodwin will share her journalistic writing process and discuss the creation of her most recent work, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

This event is part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture series, a ticketed series benefiting Friends of HCL. The 2014-2015 Pen Pals Season offers five award-winning and engaging presenters who collectively have written, critiqued or created thousands of books: Joyce Carol Oates (with Michael Dirda), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Blanco, Jodi Picoult and Chip Kidd.

Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here. Tickets are $40-$50.

Friday, October 24, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square (3001 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408)

A Stop on the Algonquin Whiskey Tour

The Algonquin Whiskey Tour is stopping in Minneapolis, and Magers & Quinn Booksellers and the Republic at Calhoun Square are hosting!

Join us for a reading, trivia with three authors (led by our very own events coordinator Ann Mayhew), and whiskey!

Authors & Books:

- The High Divide by Lin Enger:
Set in the American West in the 1880s, this absorbing family saga chronicles the journey of two boys in search of their father—a man coming to terms with his buried past.

- The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach:
From the critically acclaimed author of Life Among Giants. In this suspenseful love story, a wealthy lawyer offers a woman a ride to her isolated cabin just as the storm of the century is about to hit their rural Maine town.

- The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke:
Clarke, author of the bestselling An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, pushes the limits of the absurd to hilarious and profoundly moving effect in his new satirical novel, which follows a Dutch cartoonist who is placed in witness protection in small-town upstate New York.

This event is sponsored by fantastic local distillery Norseman Distillery. Norseman Distillery was the first distillery in Minneapolis since prohibition, making premium vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey with a small batch focus to deliver only the best quality.

Attendees will receive one free drink, and be among the first to try a test batch of Norseman's new whiskey!

Algonquin Books's founding edict still holds strong: to publish quality fiction and nonfiction by undiscovered young writers, and to keep our books in print, reaching new fans for years to come. Though they publish only 20 new titles a year, we are recognized around the world as an award-winning literary house with numerous bestsellers. From Water for Elephants to A Reliable Wife, The Art Forger to Last Child in the Woods, our books continue to stimulate, enrich and entertain legions of fans.

Sunday, October 26, 1:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Allen Eskens presents The Life We Bury

When college-student Joe Talbert's writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send him tumbling into the heart of a thirty-year-old mystery that will threaten to end his life.

The Life We Bury is an evocative and twisting mystery and yet it is a book with a heart. When Joe Talbert ran away from home to go to college, he left behind an alcoholic mother and his autistic younger brother. As Joe throws himself into unraveling the mystery, he is haunted by his decision to leave his brother in the care of his dangerously dysfunctional mother and her abusive boyfriend. Joe must put things right with his brother as he struggles to uncover the truth about the decades-old murder.

Allen Eskens has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. He honed my creative writing skills through the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University as well as classes and seminars at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Scary Stories with M.J. Rose, Benjamin Percy, Katherine Howe, and Wendy K. Webb

M.J. Rose is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Collector of Dying Breaths, Seduction, The Book of Lost Fragrances, and 11 other international bestselling novels, one of which, The Reincarnationist, was the basis of the television series "Past Lives." She is also one of the founders of the International Thriller Writers organization, and the founder and owner of AuthorBuzz, a marketing agency for authors. Rose is a the Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz. She runs the blog Museum of Mysteries.

Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. He is adapting Red Moon as a series with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend) with producer Ilene Staple for FOX TV. He is also currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). His next novel – The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark passage – will be published by Grand Central/Hachette in April 2015. Percy is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.

Wendy K. Webb Wendy Webb is the award-winning and bestselling author of three novels of gothic suspense. Her first book, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, won the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction in 2011, and her other two, The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Vanishing have been Indie bestsellers. Her books have been translated into several languages and are sold worldwide. A Twin Cities native, Wendy has been a journalist for much of her career, most recently as the editor-in-chief of Duluth~Superior Magazine. Now, she's an author full time, working on her next novel.

Thursday, October 30, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
Talk of the Stacks with Dana Cowin in conversation with Andrew Zimmern



Dana Cowin has been covering the world of food, wine and style for over 30 years.  Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995 and a guest judge on Top Chef, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America in 2012.  Ms. Cowin will be joined by friend and fellow foodie Andrew Zimmern to discuss her newly released cook book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen− a collection of recipes, stories of her own culinary ineptitude and invaluable lessons she has learned from some of the today’s greatest chefs.

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts. In-Kind sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Saturday, November 1, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

W. Bruce Cameron presents The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, now Kalkaska, Michigan repo man, has a fairly simple life repossessing cars, hanging out with his dog Jake, and working at the bar his sister inherited from their parents, enjoying the nightly company of friends and all of their colorful patrons.

Simple, that is, until he starts hearing a voice in this head.

The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a real estate agent who was murdered eight years ago. Ruddy fears he’s contracted the dreaded Repo Madness—a condition brought on by the constant stress of repossessing the often-hidden cars of irate, not to mention non-paying, owners. But what if Alan is real? He sure sounds like he is. Ruddy’s mind is spinning just thinking about it, and to complicate matters even more, it turns out Katie, the girl he is falling for, is Katie Lottner—Alan’s daughter.

Rudy's attentions would be better spent helping his sister keep the Black Bear afloat and wrapping up a particularly trying repo job. But it's hard to avoid the voice literally stuck in his head, and soon Rudy is trying to figure out what happened to Alan and trying to avoid the same fate himself.

Reminiscent of classic Carl Hiaasen with a refreshingly wholesome twist, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is a laugh-out-loud, delightful mystery, replete with suspense, intrigue, and vibrant, offbeat characters.

W. Bruce Cameron is the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (a USA Today bestseller that also spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list with a movie by Dreamworks in the works), and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey. He’s also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series, among other books.

Sunday, November 2, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Vision Loss Resources presents The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Vision Loss Resources, their clients, students, alumni, family and friends wanted to express themselves. The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss is an anthology of 65 original stories, essays and poems about the struggles and triumphs of people living with vision loss or blindness. The authors live in or near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, and they run the gamut of professions and ages, from a 12-year-old boy to a professor to a parent to a wellness coach. They offer accounts that paint vision loss with a palette of positive emotions and outcomes that may surprise readers. The writers’ ability to deal with adversity is celebrated while they all acknowledge the continued challenges of their conditions.

Their stories and experiences after vision loss are humorous, frightening, heartwarming, and challenging.

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

June Carbone presents Marriage Markets

There was a time when the phrase "American family" conjured up a single, specific image: a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and their 2.5 kids living comfortable lives in a middle-class suburb. Today, that image has been shattered, due in part to skyrocketing divorce rates, single parenthood, and increased out-of-wedlock births. But whether it is conservatives bewailing the wages of moral decline and women's liberation, or progressives celebrating the result of women's greater freedom and changing sexual mores, most Americans fail to identify the root factor driving the changes: economic inequality that is remaking the American family along class lines.

In Marriage Markets, June Carbone and Naomi Cahn examine how macroeconomic forces are transforming our most intimate and important spheres, and how working class and lower income families have paid the highest price. Just like health, education, and seemingly every other advantage in life, a stable two-parent home has become a luxury that only the well-off can afford. The best educated and most prosperous have the most stable families, while working class families have seen the greatest increase in relationship instability.

A rigorous and enlightening account of why American families have changed so much in recent decades, Marriage Markets cuts through the ideological and moralistic rhetoric that drives our current debate. It offers critically needed solutions for a problem that will haunt America for generations to come.

June Carbone is the Robina Chair of Law, Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota. She received her J.D. from the Yale Law School, and her A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She teaches Property, Assisted Reproduction and the Family, and Law, Technology and Inequality. She has written From Partners to Parents: The Second Revolution in Family Law; the third, fourth and fifth editions of Family Law with Leslie Harris and the late Lee Teitelbaum, and Red Families v. Blue Families. She is a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project.

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30pm - Brave New Workshop. | 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Brave New Workshop presents Bob Odenkirk

Legendary comedy writer and actor Bob Odenkirk is coming to the Brave New Workshop for one unforgettable evening! Bob will be reading from his debut collection of short humor pieces A Load of Hooey, performing standup, and signing copies of his new book!

Bob is revered among sketch comedy fans for creating and starring in "Mr. Show with Bob and David," and is well known to fans of the AMC show Breaking Bad for his role as Saul Goodman.

Your ticket includes a copy of A Load of Hooey – join us for this exclusive opportunity to experience Bob’s unique comic viewpoint live and in person!

TICKETS: $40 (includes a copy of A Load of Hooey) *Note that BNW coupons, vouchers, or special/promotional offers are not valid for this performance* BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE or CALL 612-332-6620.

PLEASE NOTE: This show takes place in the BNW Experimental Thinking Centre (ETC) at 824 Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis!

SEATING: All tickets are will call, general admission, and first-come, first serve. Seats are assigned when tickets are claimed at the box office and occupied in the theater. Ticket pickup starts one hour before the show at 6:30 pm, the house opens for seating at 7pm, and the event begins at 7:30pm. Arrive early and have a drink to ensure you get the best seats!

Sunday, November 9, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Leslie S. Klinger presents The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft with special guest Neil Gaiman

Tickets are required for this event. More information about tickets will be available shortly.

Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

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From across strange aeons comes the long-awaited annotated edition of “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” (Stephen King).

In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.

Over the course of his career, Lovecraft—"the Copernicus of the horror story" (Fritz Leiber)—made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of "weird fiction," Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization.

Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.

Klinger will be joined by author Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman's work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages.

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Tickets are required for this event. More information about tickets will be available shortly.

Please note that Neil Gaiman will NOT be signing books at this event.

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents The Humans by Matt Haig

Doors/cocktail hour at 6:00pm, discussion starts at 7:00pm.

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Wednesday, November 12, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lucia May presents Blond Boy

Blond Boy describes a lesser-known Nazi program and the long arm of its brutality. Author Lucia May’s father was seized as a youth from his family farm in central Poland during World War II to become a child laborer in Poland and Germany. Most familiarity with the camps in Poland comes from the Jewish experience of Nazi camps; this book provides history from a different lens. Blond Boy is an intergenerational family memoir in poems.

This work is comprised of three sections, poems about Lucia’s father’s experiences as a child laborer, a series of vignettes about her upbringing as his American daughter, and some intergenerational reflections.

Praise for Blond Boy:

“Lucia May writes without any sentimentality whatsoever… she compresses enormous emotion into tense spare lines to create poetry that is fierce and true.” --Keith Maillard, author of The Clarinet Polka

“Lucia weaves…poetry that is brutally honest while being ‘bathed in the light’ of forgiveness, showing grief and loss unsentimentally, with a glance, a gesture, an image that glows vividly on the page.” --Linda Back McKay, author of The Next Best Thing and Out of the Shadows: Stories of Adoption and Reunion

“…a story well worth telling…it comes wonderfully alive in all its mesmerizing details.  These memories will dance in our minds for a long time.” --Mary Logue, author of Hand Work and Trees

“Blond Boy is a tough, intense collection. It is blunt in its truth-telling, and ambitious in its range. I won't forget these poems.” --Deborah Keenan, newest books published in 2013 are From Tiger to Prayer and so she had the world

“Lucia May writes exquisite poetry that shines light in the darkness.” --Robert O Fisch, author of Light from the Yellow Star: a Lesson of Love from the Holocaust

Lucia May is a poet and violinist in St. Paul, MN. She is the author of Blond Boy, a 2014 finalist for the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize at Evening Street Press. She is a contributor to The Widow’s Handbook Anthology: Reflections on Grief and Survival; she was a Pushcart Prize nominee from Verse Wisconsin in 2013. Her poems have appeared in Paper Darts, the Prose-Poem Project, Pemmican, and the Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2010: Anthology, among many others. She was offered a chapbook publication and the Starting Gate Award from Finishing Line Press.

Thursday, November 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Eric Dregni presents By the Waters of Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka is renowned for its natural beauty as well as the prominent people it has attracted to its shores as a historic site of grand hotels, steamboats, and wealthy visitors from around the world and as the home of the legendary Excelsior Amusement Park. But did you know that early European settlers to the region faced conditions so dire that they named an outlet of the lake “Purgatory Creek”? Or that a ginseng boom brought slaves to Wayzata to harvest the plant’s roots? Many know that Frank Lloyd Wright designed famous homes around the lake, but few are aware he was also arrested there for living with his mistress and sent to the Hennepin County jail for “white slavery.”

By the Waters of Minnetonka uncovers remarkable and hidden facts about the lake and those who have lived on its shores, from the region’s original Dakota inhabitants to the present. Nineteenth-century plantation owners made Minnetonka into a summer vacation playground for the well-to-do, and Prohibition-era battles led teetotalers to hoax Minneapolis newspapers about bloody clashes between preachers and saloon owners.

Eric Dregni, who grew up in Minnetonka, sheds light on intriguing, if at times unsettling, aspects of the lake’s history, challenging myths and revisiting elements of the past that have been forgotten or glossed over. He also relates—and sometimes pokes fun at—the opulent, glamorous, and sometimes raucous moments that have made Lake Minnetonka an icon of splendid resort living in Minnesota. Eric Dregni is associate professor of English and journalism at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes; Midwest Marvels: Roadside Attractions across Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin; In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream; Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital; and Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, all from Minnesota.

Friday, November 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jack Zipes presents The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm launch

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezsö.

From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold—heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique—they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.

Jack Zipes is the translator of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, the editor of The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, and the author of Grimm Legacies, among many other books. He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
Talk of the Stacks with Michael Bazzett

This event is co-sponsored by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.

Michael Bazzett is the recipient of the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, winning a contract with Milkweed Editions to publish his forthcoming collection, You Must Remember This. A graduate of Carleton College who currently teaches at the Blake School, Mr. Bazzett is the author of The Unspoken Jokebook and the acclaimed chapbook The Imaginary City. Prize judge Kevin Prufer called You Must Remember This “a book of unnerving wonders, one in which improbable events are narrated with strange intimacy, lucidity, and sly wit.” Mr. Bazzett will be joined onstage by Mr. Prufer for this evening of poetry and literary conversation, co-sponsored by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts. In-Kind sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars presents The Humans by Matt Haig

Doors/cocktail hour at 6:00pm, discussion starts at 7:00pm.

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Tuesday, November 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Larry Millet presents Minnesota's Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes

In Lost Twin Cities and Once There Were Castles, Larry Millett retrieved Twin Cities architecture vanished in time, giving us a view into buildings and homes lost to demolition, accident, and neglect. In Minnesota’s Own, he and photographer Matt Schmitt invite us into homes from across the state that have been lovingly preserved, saved so that they can remain jewels among the state’s living architecture.

From Duluth to Bemidji, Red Wing to the Twin Cities, Millett and Schmitt travel throughout Minnesota, highlighting homes designed by architects such as Edwin Lundie, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William Purcell and Geroge Elmslie and with sumptuous ornamentation by local craftspeople including interior decorator John Bradstreet and woodcarver Johannes Kirchmayer. Homes originally owned by Daytons, Hills, and Ramseys find themselves in new hands that have taken great care in their upkeep and preservation.

Minnesota’s Own welcomes readers into twenty-two of these homes through over two hundred color photographs and Millett’s captivating stories of their construction, original owners, and restorations.

Larry Millett is an architectural historian and award-winning writer whose books include Lost Twin Cities, AIA Guide to the Twin Cities, and Twin Cities Then and Now.

St. Paul native Matt Schmitt has enjoyed a three-decade career in advertising, commercial, and architectural photography.

Friday, December 5, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Norman Draper presents Backyard launch

Burdick’s Plant World announces it is sponsoring a garden contest the likes of which the unassuming suburb of Livia has never seen. The contest quickly attracts the attention of Livia’s middle-aged gardening elite. They include a cowled spy, a witch who channels the spirit power of millions of dead flower souls, and a saboteur who’ll unleash a Mongol horde of half-starved rabbits on any garden if the price is right. Most threatening of all is resident gardening psychopath Dr. Phyllis Sproot. She’ll stop at nothing to maintain her dominance as Livia’s pre-eminent gardener. Against these forbidding forces stands a determined couple—George and Nan Fremont. They vow, in their quest for the first-place prize, to turn their backyard into a suburban paradise of bursting summer blooms and trilling songbirds while blissfully sipping their favorite Merlot and brandishing a butcher knife and genuine “Smokestack” Gaines baseball bat.

Norman Draper spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter before leaving journalism. He now works as a freelance writer and editor, and lives with his family in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Sunday, December 7, 4:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Peter Yarrow presents Peter, Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life

Finally . . . here is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, with stirring images that follow their passionate fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. The very best of thousands of photographs, many rare and never before published, taken over five decades by some of the world’s top photographers.

Follow the trio as they lead America to discover the passionate soul of folk music. Join the struggle for racial equality, social justice, and freedom in this memorable journey, from the historic 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr., to the trio’s appearance before half a million people in 1969 to end the Vietnam War, to their singing at the Hollywood Bowl for Survival Sunday in 1978, helping to launch the anti-nuke movement, the world’s first international environmental movement.

Through these images, you can feel and almost hear the trio’s songs calling for a more caring, better world as you see photos of them performing with a courage and conviction that became, for so many, the embodiment and soundtrack of their generation’s awakening to conscience, to activism, and to a new dream for all humankind. Peter, Paul, and Mary’s songs of defiant hope and a certain unmasked innocence are still a powerful part of our American consciousness. This book reenacts the history of how the trio marked our lives with their indelible stamp of honesty—the sort we yearn to recapture and recreate in our own time, for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.

Peter, Paul, and Mary came into being at the dawn of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, as America entered one of its most dramatic periods of social and political change. With music being one of the great forces that brought them together, Americans united in unprecedented ways to create a more just and peaceful society. Folk music, with its ability to reach people’s hearts, became the soundtrack of this remarkable quest, and Peter, Paul, and Mary became standard-bearers of America’s new hopes and dreams.

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