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

Pamela Carter Joern presents In Reach launch

In writing both rich and evocative, Pamela Carter Joern conjures the small plains town of Reach, Nebraska, where residents are stuck tight in the tension between loneliness and the risks of relationships.

With insight, wry humor, and deep compassion, Joern renders a cast of recurring characters engaged in battles public and private, epic and mundane: a husband and wife find themselves the center of a local scandal; a widow yearns for companionship, but on her own terms; a father and son struggle with their broken relationship; a man longs for escape from a community’s limited view of love; a boy’s misguided attempt to protect his brother results in a senseless tragedy. In the town of Reach, where there is hope and hardship, connections may happen in surprising ways or lie achingly beyond grasp.

In Reach is Pamela Carter Joern’s latest work of fiction. Three of the fourteen stories were previously published in Minnesota Monthly Magazine, two as winners of the Tamarack Award and one as runner-up. Pam’s debut novel, The Floor of the Sky, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of an Alex Award and the Nebraska Book Award. Her most recent book is The Plain Sense of Things. Before turning to fiction, Pam wrote six plays that have been produced on Twin Cities stages. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Barbara Deese presents Forgotten Spirits launch

Join us for the launch of Forgotten Spirits - Book 3 in the No Ordinary Women mystery series

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful Christmas season, until someone from Foxy’s past winds up dead. Fearing she’s being stalked by her friend’s killer, Foxy flees to a resort in northern Minnesota. But trouble follows her. Setting aside their holiday plans, Robin, Cate and the rest of the No Ordinary Women book club mobilize to come to her aid, but a blizzard may keep them from getting there in time. An almost forgotten memory from Foxy’s checkered past will determine whether or not she becomes the next victim.

Barbara Deese, author of the No Ordinary Women mystery series, mainstream fiction and short stories, is an officer of the Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Bloomington, MN. Visit her online at www.noordinarywomenmysteries.com

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00pm - The Danish American Center (3030 West River Parkway South Minneapolis, MN 55406)

The Danish American Center hosts Dorothe Nors and Naja Marie-Aidt

About Dorothe Nors' Karate Chop:

Karate Chop, Dorthe Nors’s acclaimed story collection, is the debut book in the collaboration between Graywolf Press and A Public Space. These fifteen compact stories are meticulously observed glimpses of everyday life that expose the ominous lurking under the ordinary. While his wife sleeps, a husband prowls the Internet, obsessed with female serial killers; a bureaucrat tries to reinvent himself, exposing goodness as artifice when he converts to Buddhism in search of power; a woman sits on the edge of the bed where her lover lies, attempting to locate a motive for his violence within her own self-doubt. Shifting between moments of violence (real and imagined) and mundane contemporary life, these stories encompass the complexity of human emotions, our capacity for cruelty as well as compassion. Not so much minimalist as stealthy, Karate Chop delivers its blows with an understatement that shows a master at work.

About Naja Marie-Aidt's Baboon:

Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt’s stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common questions of sex, love, desire, and gender relations, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man’s apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sex—but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable “Blackcurrant,” two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor’s son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations.

Originally from Greenland, Naja Marie Aidt is a Danish poet and author with nearly 20 works in various genres to her name. She has received numerous honors, including the Nordic nations’ most prestigious literary prize, the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, in 2008 for Baboon, and her work has been translated into several languages. Her work has also been anthologized in the Best European Fiction series and has appeared in leading American journals of translation.

Denise Newman is a translator and a poet who has published three collections of poetry. She has translated two books by Denmark’s greatest modernist author, Inger Christensen, and her work has appeared widely, including in Denver Quarterly, Volt, Fence, New American Writing, and ZYZZYVA.

This event is co-presented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Tuesday, September 23, 8:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Steve Almond Tackles Football: An Evening of Controversy

Join New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond as he reads his new book, Against Football, and discusses the economic, medical, and moral hazards of America's favorite sport. Fans and non-fans welcome. It's sure to be a night to remember.

Friday, September 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kate Gale presents The Goldilocks Zone with Ron Koertge

About The Goldilocks Zone:

"Welcome to Kate Gale's world. There are glass houses, a glass orchestra, sex on the roof. . . . Kate Gale knows her Bible and plays whatever music she wants on that musical instrument--but her música is always fresh, and it achieves wisdom."--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa

"The clipped jumpy rhythm of these poems with their sudden bursts of syntax prove repeatedly that Kate Gale possesses a poetic tone and pace all her own. She is also refreshingly out of step with today's poetry of self-absorption, for she is fascinated less by her ego than by the strange variety of the world around us."--Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Dr. Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation, Kore Press and Poetry Society of America. She is author of five books of poetry and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her newest book is The Goldilocks Zone from the University of Nebraska Press in January 2014, and her forthcoming book Echo Light is from Red Mountain Press fall of 2014. It won the Red Mountain Press Editor Choice Award.

About Sex World:

Ron Koertge eagerly tries his talented hand at Flash Fiction. In “BFF,” a teenage girl from the near-future orders friends from Amazon. A few pages later, a robot who travels what is left of the world and observes through “well-engineered eyes” claims that the sound of turbines is his lullaby. A fed-up daughter finds a foolproof way to do away with her awful mother, while in “Jesus Dog” a mysterious animal helps a broken man recover. A page from Lois Lane’s secret diary reveals a shocking secret. Many mothers and daughters will see themselves in Ron’s version of the Persephone & Demeter story. Readers are ushered aboard a mysterious train and later invited to listen in as a teacher chats with a peculiar student named Oliver Oliver. A distant relative of Leda takes her boyfriend to the arboretum with grisly results, and Mr. Weenie tells his daughter how he and her mother met. “Sex World,” the title story, turns out to not be about sex at all, but heartbreak. In these and dozens more, Ron lives up to his reputation as someone who is funny the way the truly serious often are.

Ron Koertge is the author of a dozen poetry collections and numerous novels for teenagers. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

Friday, September 26, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Charles Baxter and The Art of Series

National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter discusses his editorial work on the Art of Series and the importance of writing what you don't know.

This is a new collaboration between Graywolf Press and the Loft.

Monday, September 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Black Balloon Publishing celebrates new fiction and the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize is awarded annually by Black Balloon Publishing to a previously completed, unpublished and original fiction manuscript of over 50,000 words. The winning author receives $5,000 and a Black Balloon book deal. There is no reading fee. Black Balloon Publishing will accept submissions for the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize between October 1st and October 31st, 2014.

Like Nelson, Black Balloon Publishing believes in relentless creativity and perseverance against all odds.

Mike Meginnis won the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for his debut novel, Fat Man & Little Boy. He has published stories in Best American Short Stories 2012, The Collagist, PANK, and many others. He contributes regularly to HTML Giant and Kill Screen, and plays collaborative text adventures at exitsare.com. Mike earned his MFA at New Mexico State University, where he served as a managing editor of Puerto del Sol for two years. He is now the prose editor of Noemi Press and coedits Uncanny Valley with his wife, Tracy Rae Bowling. Mike lives and works in Iowa City. He has never seen the ocean.

Kevin Clouther's debut collection, We Were Flying to Chicago, was discovered among the submissions for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. Kevin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he completed his thesis under Marilynne Robinson and won the Richard Yates Fiction Award for best short story. He has worked at The Iowa Review, Meridian and The Virginia Literary Review, where he served as Fiction Editor. He teaches creative writing at Stony Brook University, where he coordinates the Program in Writing Reading Series, and at Johns Hopkins. Kevin now lives in Floral Park on Long Island, NY.

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Nodin Press with Jill Breckenridge and Carol Rucks

Join us as Nodin poets, Jill Breckenridge (The Sometimes Poems) and Carol Rucks (Evidence of Rain), launch new collections.

Jill Breckenridge grew up in the West, but now lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and playwright John Fenn raised a combined family of five children together. Jill works as an editor, focusing on both writing product and process. A former Director of The Loft Literary Center, she originated The Mentor Series, a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award, judged by William Stafford, for her book of poems, How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War, Civil Blood, was published by Milkweed Editions.The book was nominated for the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 1986. Jill’s honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose.

Her poems have appeared in many publications, and are anthologized in Minnesota Writes: Poetry; 25 Minnesota Poets; Woman Poet: Midwest; Looking for Home: Women Writing about Exile; Family Reunion: Poems about Parenting Grown Children; To Sing Along The Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present; and Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry.

Jill holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on creativity. Her web site is www.JillBreckenridge.com.

Carol Rucks grew up in a large family in Central Wisconsin. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she studied Literature and Creative Writing with David Steingass, and Dave Engel. She has traveled widely in Eastern and Western Europe and in Latin America. She studied poetry with Rosann Lloyd in Guatemala, as part of Art Workshops in Guatemala. She has worked mainly in libraries, including the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, and also the Art/Music/Literature Department of the Minneapolis Central Library, which later became part of the Hennepin County Library system. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, Energy Review, Colere, West Branch, Dust and Fire, and elsewhere. She is actively involved with the Loft Literary Center and its classes and readings, and was a finalist in the 2012 Loft Mentor Series. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Mark McHugh.

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 - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

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."

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, 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.

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.

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!

Friday, November 7, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Daisy Hernández presents A Cup of Water Under My Bed

A coming-of-age memoir by a Cuban-Colombian woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life

In her lyrical coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández, the daughter of a Colombian mother and Cuban father, chronicles what the women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. On the outskirts of New York City, Daisy starts out in English-as-a-second-language classes and ends up writing for the New York Times. In between, she struggles to understand her family’s practice of Santería, comes out as bisexual and negotiates the expectations that she become white—like the Italians. A touching and heartfelt exploration of family and identity, A Cup of Water Under My Bed is about sexuality, immigration, race, and class, but it is ultimately a daughter’s story of finding herself and creating a new, queer life.

Daisy Hernández is the coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and former executive editor of ColorLines magazine. She speaks at colleges and conferences about feminism, race, and media justice, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Ms. magazine. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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

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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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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.

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.

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