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Tuesday, September 1, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars discusses Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

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.

Thursday, September 3, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Launch of local author John Abraham-Watne's Last Man on Campus

Join us for the launch of local author John Abraham-Watne's new book Last Man on Campus. Event starts at 7:00pm, with a reading and Q&A beginning at 7:30pm.

Malworth University was not Michael Sinclair’s first choice. Or his second. In fact, if it were up to him, MIke wouldn’t have gone to the sleepy town of Cold River - and the tiny university - at all. But thanks to his dad, that’s exactly where he found himself.

Aside from the usual classes, parties, roommate issues, and girls, Mike got the sense that all was not as it seemed. All too soon, he became enmeshed in a mystery that could change his entire life - and those of the students around him.

Does he dare become the last man on campus?

John Abraham-Watne is a published author and freelance journalist located in the Twin Cities. He is the author of Our Senior Year and his latest, Last Man on Campus, forthcoming in September 2015. John conducts freelance journalism on local government issues for the news/entertainment website MinnyApple. His work has also appeared in the Southwest Journal and the Hill & Lake Press.

Friday, September 4, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

CANCELED - Launch of Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy by Tom Kaczynski

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. We will keep you updated if we are able to host Tom Kacynzki here at a future date.

Trans Terra is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics and philosophy into a heady brew exploring work, creativity, emergence of the new, and the possibility of utopia.

The author's journey begins in the frigid wastelands of contemporary consumer culture. Like a surreal HMS Beagle, Trans Terra meanders through time and space exploring archipelagos real and imagined. Prominent stops include Soviet Siberia, Communist Poland, Plato's Atlantis, 19th century New York and Sir Thomas More's Utopia. Arriving on the polluted shores of collapsing global civilization, Tom K glimpses the faint light of utopia beyond the veil of Apocalypse. Taking cue from Salvador Dali's Paranoid Critical-Method the author unearths improbable connections between thinkers as disparate as Ignatious Donnelly, Alvin Toffler, Rem Koolhaas , Slavoj Žižek and many others. Translated into several languages, Trans Terra is a comic-book manifesto for the post-capitalist-crisis world.

Tom Kaczynski is an Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher and publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, MOME, Punk Planet, the Drama, and many other publications. As a designer he’s worked on projects for many well-known companies including AOL, Motorola, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, and for non-profits including IRC (International Rescue Committee). He currently teaches comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and occasionally contributes to the Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Friday, September 4, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents a McKnight Poetry Fellows Reading

Come see readings by the 2014 McKnight Fellows in Poetry, administered by the Loft Literary Center. Guidelines for the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers in Poetry and Younger Children's Literature, administered by the Loft Literary Center, are available now. The reading will be featuing Sierra DeMulder, Danez Smith, Carolyn Williams-Noren, and Sun Yung Shin.

Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor (forthcoming), Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award) all from Coffee House Press. Her new anthology, A Peculiar Price: New Writing on Racial Realities in Minnesota, is forthcoming from Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2016. She is the co-editor of the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and is also the author of Cooper’s Lesson, a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. She is a 2014–15 McKnight Foundation fellow for literature and has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and elsewhere.

Carolyn Williams-Noren has built a writing life while raising two daughters and working as a communications manager for a housing nonprofit, and has learned the craft of poetry primarily from teachers, mentors, and colleagues at the Loft. Carolyn's chapbook, Small Like a Tooth, was published this year by Dancing Girl Press. Other recent poems can be found in Salamander, Tar River Poetry, Calyx, and Sugar House Review.

Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator. She is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and the author of The Bones Below and New Shoes on a Dead Horse. Sierra is the recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship. Her work has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, the Advocate, and more. In addition to performing, Sierra is the curriculum director of the Gustavus Adolphus College Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry.

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] Boy, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and the chapbook hands on ya knees. Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nation (VONA), and elsewhere. He is a founding member of the multigenre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. In poetry slam, he is a 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and the reigning two-time Rustbelt Individual Champion, and was on the 2014 championship team Sad Boy Supper Club.

Sunday, September 6, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Mill City Reading Series

The Mill City Reading Series is back in action with a fresh round of readings for fall 2015! Our first fall event will take place on Sunday, September 6 at 6 pm at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

This kickoff reading will be a little different from our previous readings--to celebrate the start of a new year, more than seven MFA writers (both incoming and returning) will take to the microphone to share very brief excerpts of new work. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

The Mill City Reading Series is a new monthly showcase of works in progress by MFA in Creative Writing students at the University of Minnesota. For more information, please contact D. Allen at millcityreadingseries@gmail.com, or visit our website or Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars discusses Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

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, September 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Midwestern Gothic presents Meg Johnson, Sarah Howard, Lia Swope Mitchell, Yahya Frederickson, and Casey Patrick

Meg Johnson is the author of the full length poetry collection Inappropriate Sleepover which was a NewPages Editor's Pick. Her second book,The Crimes of Clara Turlington, won the 2015 Vignette Collection Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, Nashville Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sugar House Review, and others. She is the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal.

Sarah Howard is an MFA candidate at Hamline University, where she served as Assistant Editor for Water~Stone Review. Her work has been published in Midwestern Gothic, Thirty Two, MNArtists.org and Twin Cities Runoff. She lives in Minneapolis with her television.

Lia Swope Mitchell is a PhD candidate in French literature at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches grammar and plays with old science fiction novels. Her own fiction, fantastical and otherwise, has appeared in Apex Magazine, Cosmos Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic, among other places. She writes in moments of furtive and joyful procrastination.

Yahya Frederickson is the author of The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali and four chapbooks, the latest of which is The Birds of al-Merjeh Square: Poems from Syria. His poems have appeared in Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Hanging Loose, Midwestern Gothic, and other journals. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Yemen and Fulbright Scholar in Syria and Saudi Arabia, he is a professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Casey Patrick's poems have recently appeared in Pleiades, Superstition Review, burntdistrict, and Midwestern Gothic. She teaches with The Loft Literary Center and was the recipient of the 2014–2015 Writers House Residency from Hub City Writers Project.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Paperback launch of Stephan Eirik Clark's Sweetness #9

It’s 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training, working in the secretive industry where chemists create the flavors for everything from the cherry in your can of soda to the butter on your popcorn.

While testing a new artificial sweetener — “Sweetness #9”— he notices unusual side effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. David tries to blow the whistle, but he swallows it instead.

Years later, Sweetness #9 is America’s most popular sweetener—and David’s family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his son has stopped using verbs, and his daughter suffers from a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David’s failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?

David’s search for an answer unfolds in this expansive novel that is at once a comic satire, a family story, and a profound exploration of our deepest cultural anxieties. Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, Sweetness #9 questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.

Stephan Eirik Clark was born in West Germany and raised between England and the United States. He is the author of the short story collection Vladimir's Mustache. A former Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine, he teaches English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. This is his first novel.

Saturday, September 12, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents No Star Where: New Poems by Bao Phi

Bao Phi is a multiple Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was included in The Best American Poetry anthology of 2006. He has toured as a featured artist in hundreds of venues across the country since 1999, including the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night. He has been named a City Pages, Star Tribune, and Urban Griots Artist of the Year. His first book, Sông I Sing, was met with strong sales, is taught in classrooms across the United States, and enjoyed rave reviews, including in the New York Times, which stated "In this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth."

His new poems deal with his history as a Vietnamese refugee born during war and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, through his newly formed lens of being a man of color raising a daughter.

This event is cosponsored by The Loft Literary Center and is free and open to the public.

Bao Phi is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Monday, September 14, 6:30pm - Walker Library (2880 Hennepin Ave. Uptown, Minneapolis)
Stephen Kiernan reads from his new book The Hummingbird

Award-winning author and journalist Stephen Kiernan will discuss and read from his new book The Hummingbird at Walker Library on Monday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The skills and experience of a seasoned hospice nurse are tested by her soldier husband's battle with PTSD, whose difficulties are helped by the advice of a scandal-tainted history professor. ...Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.

Praise:

“I’m not sure I’ve ever read a novel that so poignantly depicts the brevity of life, the significance of each moment, the impact we have on one another. The Hummingbird is a novel that shares its unexpected gifts and teaches us that surrender is a part of love, and that giving away our weapons is the first step to peace." – Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace

“'The Hummingbird' is a powerful story about the critical role of human empathy in dealing with two important contemporary issues: hospice care and post-traumatic stress disorder. Kiernan’s characters are well-drawn and give unique perspectives on death, trauma, and providing care in difficult times. 'The Hummingbird' is a must-read for all who want to help loved ones die with dignity as well as for those helping veterans achieve normalcy after serving our country.” – Phyllis K. Spinale, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

Sponsored by the Friends of Walker Library.

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00pm - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (700 Snelling Avenue, St. Paul 55116)

Twin Cities Launch of Nadia Bolz-Weber's Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Please join us in welcoming the New York Times bestselling author of Pastrix: The Cranky and Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint to the Twin Cities for the local of her new book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.

Accidental Saints is a triumph in faithful storytelling. In just a few lines of description and dialog, Nadia Bolz-Weber manages to capture all that is beautiful and maddening and frightening about our shared humanity, including her own inconsistencies and struggles as a Jesus-loving sinner-saint. This is one of those rare books that will make you simultaneously wince with recognition and sigh with relief.

This event is free to attend, but we encourage you to preorder your copies of the book for pick-up on the day of the event. (Please bring your receipt to pick up.) $3.50 of each book purchase will be used to support the outreach mission of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm - Central Lutheran Church (333 S 12th St, Minneapolis 55404)
Nadia Bolz-Weber reads from Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?

And what if that's the point?

In Accidental Saints, New York Times bestselling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

As she lives and worships alongside these “accidental saints,” Nadia is swept into first-hand encounters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are transformed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own.

In a time when many have rightly become disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

Told in Nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers will be onsite selling Rev. Bolz-Weber's books.

Learn more about the event here.

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Catriona McPherson reads from The Child Garden with local authors Jess Lourey (February Fever) and Jessie Chandler (Chip Off the Ice Block Murder)

Critically-acclaimed author Catriona McPherson will make her Minneapolis book tour stop at Magers & Quinn. In McPherson’s latest standalone thriller, The Child Garden, Gloria Harkness hasn't seen him since they were children. He moved on to that hippie school in the woods, before the accident, before it closed. But here he is at her door, scared and alone, thirty years later. That accident was not what it seemed and the ghosts are rising. There's nothing more dangerous than a childhood friend; the stranger you think you know.

McPherson will be joined by local mystery authors Jess Lourey (February Fever) and Jessie Chandler (Chip Off the Ice Block Murder).

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents a Special Reading with Freya Manfred

Please join American Book poet and memoirist Freya Manfred for a reading from her latest works Speak, Mother and Raising Twins: A True Life Adventure.

One out of every 30 babies is born a twin. Raising Twins: A True Life Adventure is a memoir based on weekly notes Manfred took from the time of her pregnancy until her sons were in college. This memoir is not a "how to" book, or a manual full of bullet points. Manfred does not editorialize, over-interpret, or pretend that she and her husband knew what they were doing. That's the point. They did not. It was almost all improvisation. Many child-rearing theories and cultural fairy tales proved inadequate to raising twins. Most importantly, during this 20 year journey, Freya Manfred and Thomas Pope were brought back repeatedly to a reverence for individuality that is difficult for parents to encourage when overwhelmed with the logistics of raising twins. She says she was "far from a tiger mother. I was more like a dolphin mother, swimming beside our sons, letting two souls explore the depths and heights of their surroundings."

Freya Manfred has eight published books of poetry, including Swimming With a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, which won the 2009 Midwest Booksellers Choice award, and Speak, Mother. A longtime Midwesterner who has also lived on both coasts, her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and 40 anthologies. Her memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award.

Monday, September 21, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sung J. Woo reads from Love Love

Judy Lee’s life has not turned out the way she’d imagined. She’s divorced, she’s broke, and her dreams of being a painter have fallen by the wayside. Her co-worker Roger might be a member of the Yakuza gang, but he’s also the only person who’s asked her on a date in the last year.

Meanwhile, her bother Kevin, an former professional tennis player, has decided to donate a kidney to their ailing father — until it turns out that he’s not a genetic match. His father reluctantly tells him he was adopted, but the only information Kevin is given about his birth parents is a nude picture of his birth mother. Ultimately Kevin’s quest to learn the truth about his biological parents takes him across lines he never thought he’d cross: from tony Westchester County to San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin district, from the squeaky clean tennis court to the gritty adult film industry.

Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Judy and Kevin, Love Love is a story about two people figuring out how to live, how to love, and how to be their best selves amidst the chaos of their lives.

Sung J. Woo‘s short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, and KoreAm Journal. His debut novel, Everything Asian was praised by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Sun-Times. It won the 2010 Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from New York University, he lives in Washington, New Jersey.

Tuesday, September 22, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Michael N. McGregor reads from Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax

Pure Act tells the story of poet Robert Lax, whose quest to live a true life as both an artist and a spiritual seeker inspired Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac, William Maxwell and a host of other writers, artists and ordinary people. Known in the U.S. primarily as Merton's best friend and in Europe as a daringly original avant-garde poet, Lax left behind a promising New York writing career to travel with a circus, live among immigrants in post-war Marseilles and settle on a series of remote Greek islands where he learned and recorded the simple wisdom of the local people. Born a Jew, he became a Catholic and found the authentic community he sought in Greek Orthodox fishermen and sponge divers.

In his early life, as he alternated working at the New Yorker, writing screenplays in Hollywood and editing a Paris literary journal with studying philosophy, serving the poor in Harlem and living in a sanctuary high in the French Alps, Lax pursued an approach to life he called pure act - a way of living in the moment that was both spontaneous and practiced, God-inspired and self-chosen. By devoting himself to simplicity, poverty and prayer, he expanded his capacity for peace, joy and love while producing distinctive poetry of such stark beauty critics called him "one of America's greatest experimental poets" and "one of the new 'saints' of the avant-garde."

Written by a writer who met Lax in Greece when he was a young seeker himself and visited him regularly over fifteen years, Pure Act is an intimate look at an extraordinary but little-known life. Much more than just a biography, it's a tale of adventure, an exploration of friendship, an anthology of wisdom, and a testament to the liberating power of living an uncommon life.

Michael N. McGregor, a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Portland State University, has lectured at universities, conferences, and community events on both Robert Lax and Thomas Merton and is a member of Biographers International Organization and the International Thomas Merton Society.

Wednesday, September 23, 9:00am - The House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105)
"The Good Funeral" Conference

A one-day conference for clergy, funeral directors and all interested participants, featuring Thomas Lynch and Rev. Thomas G. Long, two of the most authoritative voices on funeral practices and customs today.

Wednesday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.

What makes a good funeral? Thomas Lynch, a funeral director and award-winning poet, essayist, and author of “The Undertaking,” teams up with Thomas Long, a Presbyterian pastor, author, and seminary professor, to talk about the state of the funeral today. Their book The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care, is an essential resource for funeral directors, morticians, and pastors, and anyone else with an interest in current funeral practices.

Schedule:
9 a.m. - Presentation by Lynch and Long, with Q&A, and dialogue, and a break for refreshments.
12:30 p.m. - Lynch and Long conclude their program. Break for lunch on St. Paul’s popular Grand Avenue. (Lunch is not included in the program.) Magers & Quinn Booksellers will have Lynch's and Long's books available for sale.
2 p.m. - Workshop and ongoing conversation for clergy and funeral directors.

This event qualifies as continuing education for clergy and for Minnesota funeral directors.

This event is free, but registration is required: Register online here.

For more information, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Garth Stein reads from A Sudden Light

The New York Times bestselling “witty, atmospheric” (People) story of a once powerful American family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption. “A captivating page-turner” (Minneapolis Star TribuneM).

Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have separated, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with Aunt Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, and divide up the profits. But as young Trevor explores the house’s hidden stairways and forgotten rooms, he discovers secrets that convince him that the family plan may be at odds with the land’s true destiny. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with vivid characters, poetic scenes of natural beauty, and powerful moments of spiritual transcendence.

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain, and two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors working to foster a passion for the written word. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Thursday, September 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Magers & Quinn Booksellers and Revolver present ADDENDUM

A work of fiction is never complete. We must ask: What story wasn't told? What plot line was left unfinished? Which character didn't get their due?

ADDENDUM is a project that asks for the chapters that are missing.

Revolver, a literary arts organization based in St. Paul, will be selecting six writers to create the missing chapters for books of their choice. When completed, the chapters they write will be bound and placed on the shelves next to actual editions of the respective books, and sold by Magers & Quinn.

On September 24th, 7 PM, join Revolver and the writers for a reading at the bookstore, where they will share their 'addendum' with the public.

Revolver is accepting submissions for ADDENDUM writers until August 23rd. Fill out the form here.

Thursday, September 24, 7:30pm - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

Pen Pals with Judy Blume in conversation with Nancy Pearl

Adults as well as children will recognize Judy Blume’s popular titles, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We’re Together; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge. These were some of the first teen novels to tackle racism, menstruation, divorce, bullying, and teen sex. Since finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980s, Blume has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read. Her novels for adults have all become New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book, In the Unlikely Event. Blume receives thousands of letters a year from readers of all ages who share their feelings and concerns with her.

All audience members will receive a complimentary signed copy of Blume’s latest book, In the Unlikely Event, published summer 2015!

Ms. Blume will be joined on stage by “rock star librarian,” Nancy Pearl. After penning the best-selling Book Lust, a Librarian Action Figure was modeled in her likeness. Pearl has become the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. She regularly contributes book recommendations and reviews on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Ms. Blume will also be speaking on Friday, September 25 at 11:00am.

This event is part of the Pen Pals author lecture series. Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here. Tickets are $40-$50. Subscriptions to the entire series are now available.

Sunday, September 27, 2:30pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents As Curated By: More than a Single Story with Carolyn Holbrook

A series of Sunday afternoon panel discussions with Black women writers from across the diaspora.

Black writers often get lumped together as though there is only one voice from which they speak. In a powerful TED talk, Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie points out that there is never a single story. She says “It is vital to listen to the multiple stories of a person or a place, to truly engage and gain an objective and in-depth understanding of a subject being written about.”

In this series, writer Carolyn Holbrook will facilitate conversations with African American, Caribbean, and African women writers on the many voices and stories of Black women writers. Some discussion topics will include identity, the canon, and publishing.

The first panel discussion in the series will feature six African-American writers: Mary Moore Easter, Pamela Fletcher, Shannon Gibney, Andrea Jenkins, Tish Jones, and Lori Young-Williams.

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Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her passion for providing grassroots accessibility to the literary arts inspired her to create SASE: The Write Place in 1993. She led the organization until 2006, when she spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts. In 2005, she designed the Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s writers-in-the-schools program. Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 and 2015.

Mary Moore Easter has been published in POETRY, Seattle Review, Water~Stone Review, and elsewhere. Emerita professor of dance at Carleton College and veteran dancer/choreographer, her chapbook is Walking From Origins. Honors include a Bush Artist Fellowship, multiple McKnight Artist Fellowships, the Loft Creative Nonfiction Award, Ragdale and Anderson Center residencies. She continues a second year as State Co-Mentor for the 2015 Givens Black Writers Program.

Pamela R. Fletcher serves as a professor of English and the director of writing at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Currently, she is senior editor of the Saint Paul Almanac and co-editor of Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, As We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss, and Transforming a Rape Culture. In addition to teaching at St. Catherine University, she also has taught African American literature courses at the University of Minnesota and at Carleton College, among other Minnesota institutions and she has taught creative writing at Hamline University (MFA), at the University of Minnesota, and abroad in Ghana, West Africa for the New School of New York. Pamela has also presented her writing and research at national and international conferences.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist in Minneapolis. Her young adult novel See No Color, will be released by Carolrhoda Lab in November 2015. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The Crisis, Gawker, and Inside Higher Education. Gibney is a professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. A former Bush Artist Fellow, she lives with her husband and children in Minneapolis.

Andrea Jenkins, Intermedia Arts Board Chair and Bush Fellow, is a writer, performer, educator and activist. She is a locally and nationally recognized poet, earning many awards, fellowships, and commissions. Andrea has co-curated the Queer Voices Reading Series with John Medeiros at Intermedia Arts for 10 years (which is the longest running reading series of its kind in the country). She is an Oral Historian at the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota Archives.

Tish Jones is the Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of TruArtSpeaks. As both a spoken word artist and an emcee, Jones has performed at The Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Cedar Cultural Center, and more. Former Community Engagement Director for the Saint Paul Almanac, Tish Jones is now the host of one of the most successful and inclusive community open mics in the state, Re-Verb Open Mic, at Golden Thyme Café, a remarkably diverse, multigenerational, and dialogical space for creative people to share ideas on a weekly basis. Her work can be found in the Minnesota Humanities Center's anthology entitled, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, the 2011 and 2013 Saint Paul Almanac, the Loft Literary Center's Nation of Immigrants audio CD, and many more spaces.

Lori Young-Williams's poetry is about her immediate and extended family and how she sees them live in and relate to the world. She earned a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2011, focusing on Black women and the Great Migration. Lori has taught several creative writing workshops with Sherry Quan Lee at various locations in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota, most recently at Moorhead State University for Women’s History Month focusing on the theme of love. She has been published in various poetry anthologies and self-published two chapbooks, and became a Literary Artist with the Givens Foundation in 2013.

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Other panels in the series are scheduled to take place on:

Sunday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 27, 3:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jonathan Evison discusses his new book This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! with special guest Peter Geye

With her husband Bernard two years in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.

Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Díaz, and Karen Joy Fowler.

Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. He is also the author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.

Peter Geye is the award winning author of Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road and the forthcoming The Winterers (June, 2016). He holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three kids.

Monday, September 28, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Dylan Horrocks reads from Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Kicking off his first US book tour in over a decade, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns triumphantly to the comics scene with the critical hit, Sam Zabel and His Magic Pen, out now with Fantagraphics Books. Horrocks's talent for giving multifaceted depth and life to his characters is why Multiversity Comics has called him "one of the most important cartoonists working in comics."

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville.

Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

Dylan Horrocks lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas, and has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: the Age of Magic and Batgirl.

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00pm - Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis)

Elizabeth Gilbert presents her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality are delighted to host author Elizabeth Gilbert reading from her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and to let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love (and how to face down what we most fear). She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits that are needed in order to live our most creative lives.

Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, or to make art, or to find new ways to address challenges in our work, or to give ourselves permission to embark on a dream long deferred, or simply to infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. Gilbert has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway Award, among other honors. A longtime journalist who began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine and GQ, she is also a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, and her short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Story, One Story, and the Paris Review.

Learn more at Wisdom Ways Center's website and purchase a ticket.

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jon Fine discusses his new book Your Band Sucks What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) with Ana Marie Cox

Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame. Yet when members of his first band, Bitch Magnet, reunited after twenty-one years to tour Europe, Asia, and America, diehard longtime fans traveled from far and wide to attend those shows, despite creeping middle-age obligations of parenthood and 9-to-5 jobs, testament to the remarkable staying power of the indie culture that the bands predating the likes of Bitch Magnet - among them Black Flag, Mission of Burma, and Sonic Youth - willed into existence through sheer determination and a shared disdain for the mediocrity of contemporary popular music.

Like Anthony Boudain’s Kitchen Confidential, Your Band Sucks is an insider’s look at a fascinating and ferociously loved subculture. Your Band Sucks is a unique evocation of a particular aesthetic moment. With backstage access to many key characters in the sceneand plenty of wit and sharply-worded opinion, Fine delivers a memoir that affectionately yet critically portrays an important, heady moment in music history.

Jon Fine is the executive editor of Inc. magazine. As a guitarist—in Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero, among others—he’s performed around the world and appeared on MTV. As a writer, Fine’s long-running BusinessWeek column “Media Centric” won both American Society of Business Publication Editors and National Headliner awards, and his work for Food & Wine won a James Beard Award. He has served as an on-air contributor to CNBC, and his work has also appeared in the Atlantic, GQ, and Details.

Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic; she contributes regularly to the Daily Beast and Bloomberg View, as well as MSNBC, the New York Times, Grantland and elsewhere. Since starting the snarky political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has worked for a variety outlets, including Time magazine, GQ, Air America, and the Guardian. Prior to Wonkette, she was an editor at Mother Jones and at the webzine Suck.com. She is the author of the romantic comedy novel Dog Days.

Friday, October 2, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Launch of Norman Draper's Front Yard

In the sequel to Backyard, merlot-tippling gardeners extraordinaire George and Nan Fremont are back, ready and willing to exercise their green thumbs on their long-neglected front yard.

It’s a new planting season, and the signs seem propitious. The backyard continues to flourish in ways that put the rest of suburban Livia’s gardeners to shame. The horticultural nutcases who did their darnedest to thwart the Fremonts’ quest for gardening perfection have been humbled by defeat into milquetoasty meekness. Plus, the Fremonts now have a secret weapon—their intern, Shirelle—whose formidable skill with the Fremont flowers is second only to Nan’s.

But trouble’s always lurking behind the the nearest hydrangea bush. Shirelle’s college advisor, Dr. Brockheimer, is determined to achieve academic glory by prying loose the secret of the Fremonts’ success. Miss Price, Livia’s resident historian, is showing an unnatural interest in the Fremont property in general, and one tree in particular. Neighborhood treasure hunter Jim Graybill returns with his metal detector, pestering the Fremonts to let him unearth the secret that lies buried beneath all those wondrous flowers, vines and shrubs.

And an old nemesis is back with a score to settle.

With their family finances in shambles, it’ll take all the gardening magic and Sagelands vintage ’07 the Fremonts can muster to make sure everything keeps coming up roses.

Norman Draper spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter in Minneapolis; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Jackson, Mississippi before leaving journalism in 2011. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1951, Norman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a journalism major. Backyard is his first novel and his second novel, Front Yard will be released in September 2015.

Tuesday, October 6, 6:15pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars discusses The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Truly deserving of the accolade a modern classic, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is a remarkable achievement—both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

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 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

John Freeman and Louise Erdrich discuss the launch of Freeman's and its inaugural theme "Arrival"

Join us for an evening with John Freeman and Louise Erdrich, in conversation about "Arrival," the inaugural theme of new biannual anthology Freeman's.

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About Freeman's: Arrival:

We live today in constant motion, traveling distances rapidly, small ones daily, arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman's, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive.

Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story, an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding.

End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey, and in a Haruki Murakami story, an aging actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role, discovering he has changed, becoming a new person.

Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson, and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and Garnette Cadogan, who relearned how to walk while being black upon arriving in NYC,Freeman's announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: the Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.

Thursday, October 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Naja Marie Aidt reads from Rock, Paper, Scissors

Naja Marie Aidt’s long-awaited first novel is a breathtaking page-turner and complex portrait of a man whose life slowly devolves into one of violence and jealousy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens shortly after the death of Thomas and Jenny’s criminal father. While trying to fix a toaster that he left behind, Thomas discovers a secret, setting into motion a series of events leading to the dissolution of his life, and plunging him into a dark, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal.

A gripping story written with a poet’s sensibility and attention to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt’s gifts and will greatly expand the readership for one of Denmark’s most decorated and beloved writers.

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of ten collections of poetry and three short story collections, including Baboon, which received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize and the Danish Critics Prize for Literature. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square

Books & Bars discusses The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Truly deserving of the accolade a modern classic, Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is a remarkable achievement—both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

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 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Vanessa Blakeslee reads from Juventud

Growing up as the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, teenaged Mercedes Martinez knows a world of maids, armed guards, and private drivers. When she falls in love with Manuel, a fiery young activist with a passion for his faith and his country, she begins to understand the suffering of the desplazados who share her land. A startling discovery about her father forces Mercedes to doubt everything she thought she knew about her life, and she and Manuel make plans to run away together. But before they can, tragedy strikes in a single violent night. Mercedes flees Colombia for the United States and a life she never could have imagined. Fifteen years later, she returns to Colombia seeking the truth, but discovers that only more questions await.

In the bristling, beautiful prose that won her an IPPY Gold Medal for her short story collection Train Shots, Vanessa Blakeslee's Juventud explores the idealism of youth, the complexities of a ravaged country, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut story collection, Train Shots, won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction and was long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Vanessa's writing has appeared in the Southern Review, the Paris Review Daily, the Globe and Mail, Kenyon Review Online, and Bustle.

Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Local author Catherine Dehdashti reads from Roseheart

A story about family, Roseheart is set in the 1990s, and told through the sardonic voice of Valerie Kjos. She’s a young Midwestern Gen X’er whose life is just barely coming together with her boyfriend when his Iranian mother, Goli, comes for a visit that seems to never end.

Valerie will have to decide what’s more important to her: doing everything her own way, or her beloved Naveed with his live-in mother, who might not approve if she knew everything about her. But as she’s about to learn, Goli has secrets of her own.

Catherine Dehdashti has been an essayist, food writer, and communications professional for nearly 20 years. Dehdashti has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Midwest Living, Iranian.com, the Minnesota Daily, and many other publications. Roseheart is her first novel. Dehdashti lives in Eagan, Minnesota with her husband and their two children.

Saturday, October 17, 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 great books and conversations.

Go to the Rain Taxi Review of Books' website for more information!

Rain Taxi is pleased to welcome the following authors from around the country and the globe to this year’s Twin Cities Book Festival stages:

Jabari Asim
Christian Bök
Susan Cheever
Ales Debeljak
Brian Henry
Laila Lalami
Joe Meno
Nina Revoyr
Craig Thompsom
Rupert Thomson
Joy Williams

Monday, October 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Paperback launch of Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings

From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes one of 2014's most highly-acclaimed novels, a lyrical, masterfully written epic that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters, assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts, A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the '70s, to the crack wars in '80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the '90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel John Crow's Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. A Brief History of Seven Killings is his third novel.

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)
Talk of the Stacks with Cathy de Moll and Will Steger for the Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica Book Release

What does it take to move forty dogs, three sleds, twenty tons of food and gear, and six men from all over the world across nearly four thousand of the coldest miles on earth? Cathy de Moll, author of Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica, and the executive director of the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, introduces the wild cast of characters who made it happen, on the ice and off.

She will be joined on stage by Will Steger, a Minnesota native who was one of the expedition’s leaders. He is now a prominent spokesperson for the understanding and preservation of the Arctic. Steger and de Moll will recall stories of near misses and magical coincidences which are as suspenseful and compelling as the expedition’s headlines. Many of these stories have never been told.

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, The Racciatti Family Fund and McGladrey. Additional support provided by MinnPost and Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Sunday, October 25, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Dorothy Van Soest reads from At the Center

When seven-year-old Anthony Little Eagle is found dead on the concrete patio beneath the balcony of a foster home, police and child welfare officials determine that it was a tragic accident. Sylvia Jensen, the foster care supervisor, comes to suspect that the boy’s death may have involved foul play and she is launched on a journey to find the truth no matter what the cost. She forms an unlikely alliance with J.B. Harrell, an investigative reporter, to search for the killer, defying her superiors and risking her career—even her own life—to ensure that justice is done. In the process both Sylvia and J.B. are forced to face their own pasts and learn to live with them.

At the Center is about the dangers of secrets, the power of belonging and how much bravery it takes to close the distance between who we pretend to be and who we really are.

Dorothy Van Soest, MSW (University of Minnesota) and PhD, is Professor Emeritus and former dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has published ten books, including her debut novel Just Mercy, and over 50 journal articles, essays and book chapters. At the Center is the first of her Sylvia Jensen mystery series.

Praise:

"Imagine a soft-boiled twist on detective Sam Spade as a liberal alcoholic female social worker and you’ll begin to get a sense of the originality of Sylvia Jensen, the dysfunctionally unstoppable protagonist of Dorothy Van Soest’s new novel At the Center. With moments of heart-pounding tension and others of heartbreaking poignancy, the tale follows Jensen’s guilt-ridden mission to expose and right the terrible injustices of a child-welfare system more concerned with self-protection than protecting the children under its care—who are turning up dead. The fast-moving plot and sharply drawn political and moral conflicts grabbed me by the heart and dragged me through to its surprising conclusion."
—Shawn Lawrence Otto, award-winning author of Sins of Our Fathers

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
William Swanson reads from Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper

“Swanson gives a detailed retelling of the kidnapping and the harrowing ransom drop-off procedure that Harry Piper went through to get his wife back. Cooperation from the Pipers’ sons enables Swanson to give an insider account of the family’s ordeal and access to FBI files on the case obtained by the son, Harry Piper III, after court battles with federal officials.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

On a July afternoon in 1972, two masked men waving guns abducted forty-nine-year-old Virginia Piper from the garden of her lakeside home in Orono, Minnesota. After her husband, a prominent investment banker, paid a $1 million ransom, an anonymous caller directed the FBI to a thickly wooded section of a northern Minnesota state park. There, two days after her nightmare began, Ginny Piper––chained to a tree, filthy and exhausted, but physically unharmed––awaited her rescuers.

The intensely private couple lived through a media firestorm. Both Bobby and Ginny Piper herself—naturally reserved and surprisingly composed in the aftermath of her ordeal—were subject to FBI scrutiny in the largest kidnap-for-ransom case in bureau annals. When two career criminals were finally indicted five years after the abduction, the Pipers again took center stage in two long trials before a jury’s verdict made headlines across the nation.

Drawing on closely held government documents and exclusive interviews with family members, investigators, suspects, lawyers, and others intimately connected to the case, William Swanson provides the first comprehensive account of the sensational Piper kidnapping and its long, eventful aftermath––and makes a case for the most plausible explanation for what really happened on that July afternoon.

William Swanson is the author of Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson and Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett. He has written and edited for various publications in the Twin Cities and elsewhere for more than forty years.

Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Roxy Orcutt reads from History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital

History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital takes a look into why the small village of Anoka, MN, has been declared (by Congress and everything!) to be The Halloween Capital of the World. This fun look at the elements that make up this unique town, from the rivers along its borders and limestone underfoot to the historical locations and rich characters that helped put Anoka on the world map–to those characters who have seemed to stick around long after their time–History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital mixes together the popular ghost stories of Anoka as well as answers to the question inhabitants are so frequently asked: "Why is Anoka the Halloween Capital?"

Roxy Orcutt is a self-professed Professional Halloween Lover. She grew up obsessing over ghosts, ghouls, haunted houses, witches, and all things spooky. Roxy runs the year-round website The Halloween Honey. She lives in Anoka, MN, The Halloween Capital of the World, with her family that includes, of course, a black cat.

Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Pen Pals with Marlon James

Bursting onto the national literary scene, Marlon James’ last two novels were nominated for the National Book Award, and both have won the Minnesota Book Award. His most recent novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings, a historical fiction account of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976. The New York Times calls the novel “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”

James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which also won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in Jamaica in 1970, James now lives in Minneapolis and teaches English and Creative Writing at Macalester College.

As his popularity grows to national and global levels, Mr. James will speak to a local audience on the creative techniques of crafting a modern epic novel.

Mr. James will also be speaking on Friday, October 30 at 11:00am.

This event is part of the Pen Pals author lecture series. Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here. Tickets are $40-$50. Subscriptions to the entire series are now available.

Friday, October 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jon M. Stevens reads from The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Football Rivalry

When the Michigan Wolverines arrived in Minneapolis to battle the Minnesota Gophers in 1903, a simple 30¢, five-gallon Red Wing stoneware water jug began football’s first rivalry trophy game. The “Little Brown Jug” has been the subject of conspiracy theories, theft, national championships, and most of all pride, with each game’s victor prominently displaying the jug on its campus—until it is fought for again.

Jon M. Stevens was born and raised in Powell, Ohio. Jon made his way to Ann Arbor through his interest in architecture. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and is currently a designer for an architectural firm in downtown Ann Arbor. He is an avid sports memorabilia collector and devoted Michigan Wolverine football fan.

Co-author Ken Magee was born and raised in Ann Arbor and is an expert in Wolverine football history. Ken is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, retired federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and former chief of police for the University of Michigan. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ken Magee Foundation for Cops. The foundation assists police officers who have been permanently injured in the line of duty and their families.

Sunday, November 1, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Doreen Stock reads from her poetry collection In Place of Me

Doreen Stock's poetry run the gamut of the feminist perspective, from mother and lover to impassioned witness of global events. She speaks as a resident of many nations—Israel, Greece, and the US—and as a literary translator. With a forward by poet/activist Jack Hirschman, In Place of Me is a collection representing her most thought-provoking and relevant work to date. Her reflection on social and political issues provide insights into personal considerations of moral and ethical boundaries and what it means to be alive in heart and mind. Turning the many-faceted prism of a feminist perspective, to that of an impassioned witness of global events, her poetry gives us the weight to pause and consider how we live now.

Doreen Stock has been a poet, essayist and memoirist for over forty years writing from the feminist perspective. Her memoirs during the '80s and '90s began while traveling with her husband and children in Europe, and later volumes began while living in Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and explore social justice and political issues. She has been an editor, translator and publisher of D’Aurora Press.

Friday, November 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Minneapolis launch of Rebecca Kanner's Esther

From the award-winning author of Sinners and the Sea comes a breathtaking new look into the timeless tale of Queen Esther.

A glittering Persian king has a vast empire that reaches farther than where the sun meets the horizon. He is bathed in riches and commands a frightening military force. He possesses power beyond any other mortal man and rules his kingdom as a god. Anything he desires, he has. Any woman he wants, he possesses. Thousands of them. Young virgins from all across his many lands.

A Jewish girl is ripped from her hut by the king’s brutish warriors and forced to march across blistering, scorched earth to the capitol city. Trapped for months in the splendid cage of the king’s palace, she must avoid the ire of the king’s concubines and eunuchs all while preparing for her one night with the king. Soon the fated night arrives, and she does everything in her power to captivate the king and become his queen.

But wearing the crown brings with it a new set of dangers. When a ruthless man plies the king’s ear with whispers of genocide, it is up to the young queen to prevent the extermination of the Jews. She must find the strength within to violate the king’s law, risk her life, and save her people.

This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one’s self. Of risking it all to stand up for what is right.

This is the story of Queen Esther.

Rebecca Kanner’s writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award and a Loft Mentorship Award. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review and the Cincinnati Review. She is a freelance writer and teaches writing at The Loft in Minneapolis.

Sunday, November 8, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Margaret MacNamidhe presents Delacroix and His Forgotten World: The Origins of Romantic Painting

The image of Eugène Delacroix as an august artist with an august oeuvre was initially frozen into place by posthumous tributes and it has continued to the present. He was one of the finest yet least understood painters of the nineteenth century, the golden age of the French Romantic movement. This book is one of the first to look carefully at individual paintings by Delacroix, especially at one of his most important works - a key but often overlooked painting from early Romanticism's heyday, "Scène des massacres de Scio."

Drawing together art criticism, art theory, philosophy, literary criticism and theatre, MacNamidhe demonstrates that Delacroix was a more complicated and rewarding painter than he has been taken to be. What emerges from this fascinating, original study is a wholly new way of thinking about French painting in the 1820s and beyond. MacNamidhe compels a rethinking not only of Delacroix's place in art history, but also of Romanticism's place in the tradition of French painting.

Monday, November 9, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

John M. Kinder reads from Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran

America has grappled with the questions posed by injured veterans since its founding, and with particular force since the early twentieth century: What are the nation’s obligations to those who fight in its name? And when does war’s legacy of disability outweigh the nation’s interests at home and abroad?

In Paying with Their Bodies, John M. Kinder traces the complicated, intertwined histories of war and disability in modern America. Focusing in particular on the decades surrounding World War I, he argues that disabled veterans have long been at the center of two competing visions of American war: one that highlights the relative safety of US military intervention overseas; the other indelibly associating American war with injury, mutilation, and suffering. Kinder brings disabled veterans to the center of the American war story and shows that when we do so, the history of American war over the last century begins to look very different. War can no longer be seen as a discrete experience, easily left behind; rather, its human legacies are felt for decades.

The first book to examine the history of American warfare through the lens of its troubled legacy of injury and disability, Paying with Their Bodies will force us to think anew about war and its painful costs.

John M. Kinder is assistant professor of American studies and history at Oklahoma State University.

Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Michael J. Lansing reads from Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics

In 1915, western farmers mounted one of the most significant challenges to party politics America has seen: the Nonpartisan League, which sought to empower citizens and restrain corporate influence. Before its collapse in the 1920s, the League counted over 250,000 paying members, spread to thirteen states and two Canadian provinces, controlled North Dakota’s state government, and birthed a powerful new farmer-labor alliance in Minnesota. Yet today it is all but forgotten, neglected even by scholars.

Michael J. Lansing aims to change that.Insurgent Democracy offers a new look at the Nonpartisan League and a new way to understand its rise and fall in the United States and Canada. Lansing argues that, rather than a spasm of populist rage that inevitably burned itself out, the story of the League is in fact an instructive example of how popular movements can create lasting change. Depicting the League as a transnational response to economic inequity, Lansing not only resurrects its story of citizen activism, but also allows us to see its potential to inform contemporary movements.

Michael J. Lansing, Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College, was born and raised in the Twin Cities. A historian of the modern United States, his research focuses on the North American West, political history, environmental history, and gender history. He has received fellowships and awards for his work from the Newberry Library, the Western History Association, the Montana Historical Society, and the Utah State Historical Society. He also co-authored The American West: A Concise History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Rick Shefchik reads from Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota

If you didn’t experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. It was a brief, heady moment for the musicians who found themselves on a national stage, enjoying a level of success most bands only dream of.

In Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, Rick Shefchik writes of that time in vivid detail. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved. Here are the stories of bands like the Gestures, the Castaways, and the Underbeats, and the triumphs—and tragedies—of the most prominent Minnesota-spawned bands of the late 1960s, including Gypsy, Crow, and the Litter.

For the baby boomers who remember it and everyone else who has felt its influence, the 1960s rock-and-roll scene in Minnesota was an extraordinary period both in musical history and popular culture, and now it’s captured fully in print for the first time. Everybody’s Heard about the Bird celebrates how these bands found their singular sound and played for their elated audiences from the golden era to today.

Rick Shefchik spent almost thirty years in daily journalism, mostly as a critic, reporter, and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He is the author of From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota. He’s a novelist and author of three works of nonfiction and has been in several working bands as a guitarist and singer.

Tuesday, November 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Ian Doescher reads from William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, far away—this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight’s transformation into the darkest of villains. Passionate but misguided, young Anakin will fall prey to an insidious plot and ruthlessly betray his Jedi brethren. Witness the decline of a hero and the harrowing events that will change the fate of the galaxy forever in William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge.

Heartbreak and destruction abound in the climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker, a collaboration between William Shakespeare and George Lucas that’s filled with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, inside jokes, and Elizabethan illustrations. Make haste! For Sith Lords linger about every corner.

To further the shenanigans, we will also be holding a costume contest! Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars and/or Shakespearean attire to enter! Stay tuned for more details.

Ian Doescher is the New York Times best-selling author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.

Monday, November 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Larry Millett presents Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury

From the genteel elegance of Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis to the lowbrow wonder of Porky's Drive-in in St. Paul, the Twin Cities and other Minnesota communities are nothing short of a living museum of midcentury modernism, the new style of architecture that swept through much of America from 1945 to the mid-1960s. Renowned Minnesota architecture critic and historian Larry Millett conducts an eye-opening, spectacularly illustrated tour of this rich and varied landscape.

A history lesson as entertaining as it is enlightening, Minnesota Modern provides a close-up view of a style that penetrated the social, political, and cultural machinery of the times. Extending from modest suburban ramblers and ranch houses to the grandest public and commercial structures, midcentury modernism expressed new ways of thinking about how to live, work, and play in communities that sprang up as thousands of military members returned from World War II. This is Minnesota modern at its historic best, a firsthand, in-depth history of a singularly American sensibility and aesthetic writ large on the midwestern region.

Larry Millett, a Minneapolis native, spent much of his career as a writer, reporter, and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1985 he became the newspaper’s first architecture critic, a post he held until his retirement in 2002. His many books include Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes and Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities.

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