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Thursday, April 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Paper Darts presents WORDSMITH: A Meeting of Jewelry and Literature Opening Reception

Please join us at the opening reception of WORDSMITH: A Meeting of Jewelry and Literature!

We are excited to announce the participating jewelry artists:

Leslie Boyd
Cortland Dewitt
Anne Fiala
Tarina Frank
Brice Garrett
Adrienne Grafton
Hannah Helton
Kathleen Janvier
Masumi Kataoka
Benjamin Lignel
Samantha Mitchell
Mary Hallam Pearse
Mallory Weston
Shuyu Wu
Renee Zettle-Sterling

This spring, Paper Darts Literary Magazine, curator Ann Tozer, and jeweler Stephanie Voegele will present a collaborative exhibition exploring the connections between literature and art jewelry. They selected work from jewelers concerned with issues of text, literature and storytelling and writers who engaged with ideas that surround jewelry, objects and the body. Displaying these two art forms together, the exhibition will expose where writers’ and jewelers' work meet.

Paper Darts has also put together an accompanying Wordsmith ZINE for the exhibition with both images of the selected jewelry pieces and literature.

Thursday, April 24, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft and IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) present Hannah Weyer

Join us for a reading, conversation, and film presentation with Hannah Weyer, filmmaker and author of On the Come Up, and Anna Simpson, the real-life heroine of Weyer's novel.

Written in an urban vernacular that’s electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine who is irrepressible, dynamic, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she’s due to give birth—she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars— acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on screen. But when the film fades from view and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie’s grit and determination are the only tools she has left to keep her moving forward. Told with remarkable compassion, On The Come Up is a triumphant novel of aspiration and inspiration that powerfully illuminates the lives of the urban unseen. Like Sapphire’s Precious Jones, AnnMarie Walker will talk herself off the page and into your heart.

Hannah Weyer is a filmmaker whose narrative and documentary films have been screened at the Human Rights Watch and the New York film festivals and have won awards at the Sundance, Locarno, Melbourne, Doubletake, and South by Southwest film festivals. Her screenwriting credits include Life Support (2007), directed by Nelson George, which earned a Golden Globe Award for its lead actress, Queen Latifah. Weyer has worked with teens in the media arts for the past fifteen years and, along with her husband, the filmmaker Jim McKay, started an after-school film club at a public high school in Brooklyn. On the Come Up is her first novel.

This event is in collaboration with IFP Minnesota and is part of IFP's McKnight funded Master Class series.

IFP Minnesota's mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing their work. IFP MN envisions a world where expression through images is encouraged and valued. It is the goal of IFP MN to lead the way in supporting the independent filmmaker by creating a healthy and viable filmmaking community in Minnesota.

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

Pen Pals with Art Spiegelman

Also the next day, April 25 at 12:00pm

“Art Spiegelman’s cartoons don’t fool around.” —Los Angeles Times

Artist and illustrator Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto literature shelves. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative, MAUS, and the coveted Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. His critically acclaimed work includes In the Shadow of No Towers, named a New York Times Notable Book, and Kisses from New York, which chronicled his work with The New Yorker.

This event is part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture series, a ticketed series benefiting Friends of HCL. The 2013–14 Pen Pals Season offers five eclectic and engaging authors who collectively have won many of the world’s most coveted literary honors: George Saunders, A.S. Byatt, Luis Alberto Urrea, Art Spiegelman and Tracy K. Smith.

Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here.

Saturday, April 26, 5:30pm - Minneapolis - St. Paul Home Tour - 1045 Washburn Ave. N.
Minneapolis - St. Paul Home Tour presents Neal Karlen

A ticketed-admission events to benefit a good cause.

Neal Karlen, author of Augie's Secrets, about the Prohibition Era in Minneapolis, will speak and sign books. It's “a cool connection since Benny and Fritzi Haskell lived here during prohibition, reportedly.” Hors d’ oeuvres and 1919 Root Beer will be served.

$20 Admission.
Limited to 50 people, reservations at MSPHomeTour@yahoo.com.

RSVP and learn more here.

Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kristy Abbott presents Finding Home launch party with Feline Rescue

In December 2009, a lost and bedraggled cat was picked up on a remote, snowy road in Buffalo, Minnesota. Soon thereafter, he was adopted and started a new chapter in his life. Finding Home is based on the true story of this nameless, wandering cat that found his way into the arms of a loving family and through the process discovered his forever home and the name he carries today. This book written and illustrated sisters-in-law Kristy Abbott and Danusia Keusder appeals to animal lovers young and old and shares the uplifting theme of second chances for lucky creatures.

Kristy and Feline Rescue encourage children, especially children who love cats and books, to attend. There will be refreshments – and – a special appearance by Boris, unofficial but highly enthusiastic Feline Rescue spokescat. Boris will be appearing on Fox 9 News, 9:30 AM, Friday, April 25, to discuss Kristy’s book and Feline Rescue and himself.

Kristy Abbott lives in Excelsior, Minnesota with her husband. They are the lucky companions of the real-life cat who inspired Finding Home and who can be found stretched out on his back each day next to Kristy’s keyboard.

Danusia Keusder lives in the sunny hills of San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband Wes. She can be found painting in her little studio which is filled with magical light and imagination. She takes every possible opportunity to visit the cat that inspired her illustrating journey with his true life rescue story.

Feline Rescue, Inc. is a Minnesota based no-kill companion cat rescue organization. It was founded in 1997 in Minneapolis, MN as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Feline Rescue is an all volunteer organization, providing rescue and relief to the homeless and endangered cats inthe community through programs that offer shelter, foster, social and medical rehabilitation, feral and stray management, spay/neuter subsidy, and community education.

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
The Loft presents Holocaust Awareness Month Reading and Panel with Patrick Hicks

Patrick Hicks will lead a reading and panel in remembrance of Holocaust Awareness Month.

Patrick Hicks is the author of five poetry collections and the editor of A Harvest of Words, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals in America, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, and many others. He has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize, he was recently a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, the Dzanc Short Story Collection Competition, and the Gival Press Novel Award. A winner of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award, he is also the recipient of a number of grants, including individual artist awards from the Bush Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council.

A former Visiting Fellow at Oxford, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College as well as a faculty member at the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany, and Spain, but has returned to his Midwestern roots. When not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and he is a sucker for playing in the backyard with his four-year-old son, who was adopted from South Kor

Friday, May 2, 7:00pm - Magers & Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jessica Vealitzek presents The Rooms Are Filled

The Rooms Are Filled is the moving, 1983 coming-of-age story of two outcasts brought together by circumstance: a Minnesota farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his teacher, a closeted young woman starting over after a failed attempt to live openly. Readers will root for these two as they navigate their new lives, as they attempt to change to become who they are.

Jessica Null Vealitzek is a former reporter and political communications director. She was born and raised northwest of Chicago, where she now lives with her husband and two children. This is her first novel.

Friday, May 2, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft presents Mentor Series: Mary Rockcastle

The 2013–14 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents fiction mentor Mary Rockcastle reading along with program participants Maureen Fischer (fiction) and Ember Johnson (nonfiction).

Mary Francois Rockcastle is the author of the novels In Caddis Wood and Rainy Lake, both published by Graywolf Press and nominated for Minnesota Book Awards. Rainy Lake earned a “Best Book for the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library. Her awards include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in prose, and the Stanley Lindbergh Award for Excellence in Literary Publishing. She is Director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University and founding and executive editor of Water~Stone Review.

Maureen Fischer has published a short story in the anthology Once Upon a Crime. Another of her short stories won Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition. Currently, she is working on her first novel, Kisangani Mother, set in modern day Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a former United Press International reporter and also spent fifteen years as an advertising copywriter. She now runs her own freelance marketing business.

Ember Johnson lives in lovely Lake City, Minnesota where she raises two amazing children and writes. In her earlier years she worked on a dock in Alaska, worked as a land surveyor, and even owned a small goat farm. So far she's been published in Georgetown Review and is currently working on a memoir.

Monday, May 5, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Gina L. Maxwell presents Rules of Entanglement

She has seven rules. He has seven days to break them.

District Attorney Vanessa McGregor firmly believes that structure and order are the stuff that dreams are made of. Happiness can be planned—and it starts with seven rules she's laid out for her future. But as she's organizing her best friend's wedding in Hawaii, all of Vanessa's best-laid plans are about to meet their match in a wickedly hot MMA fighter...

Jackson "Jax" Maris is focused on surfing, training and fighting. That is, until he opens up his big mouth, and finds himself having to pretend he's engaged to his little sister's best friend, Vanessa. When they're force to share a romantic bungalow, however, their little charade suddenly takes a turn for the seriously sexy. And while Jax is definitely not part of Vanessa's long-term plan, he has seven days—and seven naughty nights—to turn her seven-rule plan upside down.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.

Growing up, she dreamed of helping people escape reality with her sublime acting abilities. It wasn’t until college when she realized she had none to speak of, thereby derailing her lifelong plans. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means to accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.

Thanks to the support of her amazing family, Gina is now the boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob, and living her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world—one steamy novel at a time.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft presents Mentor Series: Motherhood & Words

Join us for Kate Hopper's 8th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading, a showcase of excellent literary nonfiction about motherhood, featuring Tami Mohamed Brown, Susanne Paola Antonetta, and Marcelle Soviero.

So often in our society, writing by a group of people is lumped together and dismissed. This has certainly been the case with motherhood literature. In 1976, Adrienne Rich began Of Woman Born with this: “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood.” Almost four decades later, we have made progress: there are several stellar literary journals that feature fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that grapple with the dark and beautiful truths of parenthood; motherhood scholarship has found a place in some academic settings; and a number of fine memoirs about motherhood have been published. Yet, motherhood literature is still largely ignored, and motherhood memoir, christened “momoir,” is routinely dismissed.

But like all great writing, literature about motherhood, is, as Patricia Hampl says about memoir, “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Motherhood literature is not about motherhood; it uses motherhood as a lens through which to see the world.

Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jeff Miller presents Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop launch party

“I was not prone to drastic actions. I did not rush into the unknown. After fifteen years as a more or less effective lawyer, I approached decisions with a certain caution. I weighed not only the pros and cons, but also examined all likely consequences and reasonably foreseeable risks. Looking back, I wondered what could have prompted me to take those initial steps down a path that would alter the course of the rest of my life armed with only an optimistic hunch and knowledge that turning back was not an option.”

Minnesota-born lawyer, Jeff, and his partner, Dean, enjoyed a successful and fashionable life in London. They shopped at Harvey Nichols, walked their dogs in Kensington Gardens, and vacationed in France and Tibet. Yet, they dreamed of a new life. In January, Jeff was promoted to a coveted position at his bank; in March, he resigned. Jeff and Dean sold their house, packed the dogs, and moved to the sleepy resort town of Hayward, Wisconsin, where they acquired a nostalgic ice cream shop and rundown Victorian mansion.

Scoop: Notes from a Small Ice Cream Shop is the chronicle of Jeff and Dean’s first year in Hayward—how they are welcomed by a collection of colorful characters and how they are humbled by the challenges of operating both the ice cream shop and a bed and breakfast. It is also a story of Hayward and how the traditions and the stories of those who built the town helped our entrepreneurs adjust to the rhythm of life in their new home.

Jeff Miller was born in Browerville, Minnesota. He spent years as an international lawyer in New York, Hong Kong, and London. Since 2005 he has lived in Hayward, Wisconsin, where he operates West’s Hayward Dairy and McCormick House Inn.

Thursday, May 8, 7:30pm - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Pen Pals with Tracy K. Smith

Also the next day, May 9 at 11:00am

Tracy K. Smith's most recent collection of poetry, Life on Mars, published by Graywolf Press, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Her collection Duende won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A graduate of Harvard, she teaches creative writing at Princeton University.

This event is part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture series, a ticketed series benefiting Friends of HCL. The 2013–14 Pen Pals Season offers five eclectic and engaging authors who collectively have won many of the world’s most coveted literary honors: George Saunders, A.S. Byatt, Luis Alberto Urrea, Art Spiegelman and Tracy K. Smith.

Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here.

Monday, May 12, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Talk of the Stacks with Francine Prose

Novelist Francine Prose is a former President of the PEN American Center and author of 16 books of fiction and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. She has been published in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, among others, and is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine. Her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932, is a “tour de force” of character, view point and atmosphere – taking place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II.

“A writer like Francine Prose… is not only significant but capable of writing brilliantly about pretty much anything.” — author Michael Cunningham

Talk of the Stacks is an author series exploring contemporary literature and culture, presented by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. Readings are held at the Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, in downtown Minneapolis. The Talk of the Stacks Premier Sponsor is The Private Client Reserve if U.S. Bank. The Supporting Sponsor is Dorsey and Whitney LLP. Additional support provided by Minn Post, Marquette Hotel, and Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

The programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15pm, and programs begin at 7:00pm. Book sale and signing follow presentations. Call 612-630-6174 for more information.

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents Lexicon by Max Barry

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

“The words brilliant and exemplary aren’t adequate enough to convey the amazing craft of Lexicon.” —The Associated Press

Few books are greeted with rave reviews everywhere from Time magazine and Salon to Boingboing and io9. Yet, Max Barry’s Lexicon is that rare thing: a thriller as high-octane as they come, driven by a brilliant and original plot that connects very modern questions of privacy and data collection to centuries-old ideas about the power of language.

At an exclusive training school at an undisclosed location outside Washington, D.C., students are taught to control minds, to wield words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Recruited off the street, whip-smart Emily Ruff quickly learns the one key rule: never allow another person to truly know you. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, and Machine Man. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Josh Ostergaard presents The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes from Left Field

The Devil’s Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the modern security state. An essay, a miscellany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh Ostergaard’s relationship with our national pastime, it allows for both the clover of a childhood outfield and the persistence of the game’s service to those in power. America and baseball are both hard to love or leave in this, by turns coruscating and heartfelt, debut.

Josh Ostergaard holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been an urban anthropologist at the Field Museum and now works at Graywolf Press.

Saturday, May 17, 4:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Indies First Storytime Day with Greg Bancroft, author of Betsy's Day at the Game

Indies First Storytime Day was created by Kate DiCamillo in honor of Children's Book Week, for which she asked all authors and illustrators to volunteer at their favorite independent bookstore on May 17th. Indies First Storytime Day celebrates stories and the indies who work so hard to put stories in the hands of readers.

Gregory Bancroft’s first published children’s book, Betsy’s Day at the Game is a result of telling stories to children and grandchildren for more than 30 years. An avid baseball fan, he shares an experience of going to a game that mirrors his own time spent with kids at the ballpark. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Greg and his friends spent a lot of time outdoors. They played baseball nearly every day in the summer. Over the years, he has followed teams in parts of the country where he and his family have lived.

Greg holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale, and Luther Seminary. His professional career spans non-profit organizations and business enterprises across many states. Writing, telling stories, and engaging young minds have been central to his personal interactions for decades. He and his wife live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, near Lake Nokomis, while his children and grandchildren are scattered across the country.

Greg will be reading Monster Needs His Sleep by Paul Czajek.

Sunday, May 18, 1:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

The Maud Hart Lovelace Society presents One Stayed at Welcome by Maud and Delos Lovelace

Author-publisher Julie Schrader, artist-illustrator David Geister, and the Maud Hart Lovelace Society present One Stayed at Welcome by Maud and Delos Lovelace.

Minnesota born author, Maud Hart Lovelace, is internationally known for the Betsy-Tacy children’s books. She also authored six historical fiction novels, two in collaboration with her husband, Delos.

In 2013, Minnesota Heritage Publishing republished the Lovelace’s 1934 novel, One Stayed at Welcome. The story is set in Hennepin County in the 1850s when two young men from the east arrive in Minnesota to plot out a town site. These early pioneers faced many hardships, including harsh winters, claim jumpers, prairie fires, and Indian threats. Maud and Delos tell a wonderful story founded on historical fact of this exciting time in Minnesota’s history, including the first suspension bridge across the Mississippi, Fort Snelling, Bloomington Ferry, Oak Grove Mission, St. Anthony falls and the naming of Minneapolis.

Julie Schrader is the publisher of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley, Discover Deep Valley and The History of the Red Jacket Valley. She published Collected Stories of Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace and re-published The Black Angels by Maud Hart Lovelace. She established Minnesota Heritage Publishing in 2001. As the former executive director of the Betsy-Tacy Society she was involved in the restoration of the Betsy and Tacy houses. These houses were designated National Literary Landmarks in 2010. She lives in Mankato, Minnesota with her husband and their sheltie, Jessie. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

David Geister is an artist and historical interpreter who specializes in illustrating children’s books with historical themes. David illustrated the covers for the republication of Lovelace novels, One Stayed at Welcome and The Black Angels. His artwork has been featured in a variety of magazines and is used at several historic sites. He worked for many years as a costumed interpreter at Historic Fort Snelling, as well as other sites within the Minnesota Historical Society. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Pat Bauer.

Monday, May 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Adelle Waldman presents The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

New York writer Nate Piven’s star is on the rise. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women: Juliet, the hotshot business reporter; Elisa, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; and Hannah, who is “almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice,” and who holds her own in conversation with his friends.

For anyone who has ever wondered why men do the things they do, Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a flawed, sometimes infuriating modern male—a young man who thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment, yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety, who is drawn to women, yet has a habit of letting them down in ways that may just make him an emblem or our times. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is an absorbing tale of dating in the big city—and an inside look at what one young man really thinks about sex, women and love.

Adelle Waldman’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice and other publications. Waldman worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Her first novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., has been called one of 2013′s best books by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate, The Economist, NPR, and many other publications. It was also named a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book. Waldman lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars presents Lexicon by Max Barry

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

“The words brilliant and exemplary aren’t adequate enough to convey the amazing craft of Lexicon.” —The Associated Press

Few books are greeted with rave reviews everywhere from Time magazine and Salon to Boingboing and io9. Yet, Max Barry’s Lexicon is that rare thing: a thriller as high-octane as they come, driven by a brilliant and original plot that connects very modern questions of privacy and data collection to centuries-old ideas about the power of language.

At an exclusive training school at an undisclosed location outside Washington, D.C., students are taught to control minds, to wield words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Recruited off the street, whip-smart Emily Ruff quickly learns the one key rule: never allow another person to truly know you. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes the catastrophic mistake of falling in love.

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, and Machine Man. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Thursday, May 22, 7:00pm - Walker Cinema, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Walker Art Center presents Motionpoems

Minneapolis-based Motionpoems turns contemporary poems into films. This world premiere sneak preview of a dozen innovative shorts includes poems by Pulitzer and National Book Award winners adapted by filmmakers from coast to coast. It’s poetry for the film lover in you!

A motionpoem is a short film adaptation of a contemporary poem. Co-founded by a filmmaker and a poet in 2008, Motionpoems Inc is an ambitious nonprofit production company in Minneapolis whose mission is to broaden the audience for poetry.

Motionpoems gives dynamite poems to dynamite filmmakers ... and step back. The resulting blasts go out monthly and are felt around the world. They partner with the best publishers in the field, and work with Pulitzer Prize winning poets, major motion picture companies, and early-career artists alike.

Learn more about the event at the Walker Art Center website.

Learn more about Motionpoems here.

Photo: Keri Moller (filmmaker) and Bob Hicok (poet), Circles in the Sky. Video still courtesy the artists.

Tuesday, May 27, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Jeanette Watts presents Wealth and Privilege

Everyone knows someone like Thomas: decent, hard working, and overlooked. When he does his best, it's never good enough. But those who are passing that judgment upon him aren't fit people to be his judges. Everyone can recognize a bit of themselves in him.

His life is complicated by historical events, a shrewish wife, and a beautiful muse who flits in and out of his life. His muse becomes his obsession, a lone voice of sanity, comfort, and reason when the world gets too crazy. He tries to be the same for her, which breaks his heart as she is widowed, falls in and out of love with another man, and leaves Pittsburgh for extended periods of time. They take turns soothing the turmoil of each other's lives, until the Johnstown Flood puts them in turmoil together.

Jeanette Watts couldn't help but notice that all romances seemed to be set in the American West or the South. A staunch Yankee girl, she asked what is unromantic about the North or the East? After living for four years in Pittsburgh, and falling deeply in love with southwestern Pennsylvania, she found it the perfect location for a love story.

Besides writing, Watts is also a dance instructor, an inveterate seamstress, the artistic director for several dance companies, an actress, and a history buff. Wealth and Privilege took her ten years to write because she felt the research needed to be thorough. Everything from big events and famous people to little details like dog breeds and women’s fashions have been carefully researched.

Thursday, May 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Naomi Wood presents Mrs. Hemingway

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s lover.

Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest’s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife...

Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.

Naomi Wood was born in 1983 and lives in London. She studied at Cambridge and at UEA for her MA in Creative Writing. Originally from York, she has gone on to live in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC. She is the author of The Godless Boys and Mrs. Hemingway.

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

Stew Thornley presents Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie

For more than half a century, Minnesotans have been treated to the memorable players and teams of the Minnesota Twins. From the Ruthian blasts of Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett to a successful brand of “small ball,” the Twins have fielded competitive teams at Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome and Target Field. But prior to its arrival in 1961, the team also had a storied past in Washington that included Walter Johnson, the greatest pitcher of the Deadball Era, if not all time. Sports historian Stew Thornley highlights the lesser-known events in the club’s history, from the area’s attempts to lure a major-league team to town in the 1950s to then-owner Calvin Griffith’s campaign to regionally rename the team. He also pays tribute to the rich heritage of baseball before the Twins, marked by minor-league teams such as the St. Paul Saints and Minneapolis Millers, which produced future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Ted Williams and Roy Campanella.

Sports historian Stew Thornley has written more than forty books for adults and young readers. His first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, was a finalist in the 1988 Minnesota Book Awards and earned him a national research award sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and Macmillan Publishing Company. A member of SABR since 1979, Thornley has served as the organization’s vice-president. Thornley is an official scorer for Minnesota Twins home games for Major League Baseball and for the Minnesota Timberwolves for the National Basketball Association.

Tuesday, June 3, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Brittani Sonnenberg presents Home Leave: A Novel

Chris Kriegstein is a man on the move, with a global career that catapults his family across North America, Europe, and Asia. For his wife, Elise, the hardship of chronic relocation is soothed by the allure of reinvention. Over the years, Elise shape-shifts: once a secretive Southern Baptist, she finds herself becoming a seasoned expat in Shanghai, an unapologetic adulterer in Thailand, and, finally, a renowned interior decorator in Madison.

But it's the Kriegstein daughters, Leah and Sophie, who face the most tumult. Fiercely protective of each other--but also fiercely competitive--the two sisters long for stability in an ever-changing environment. With each new move, the girls find they can count on only one thing: the consoling, confounding presence of each other.

When the family suffers an unimaginable loss, they can't help but wonder: Was it meant to be, or did one decision change their lives forever? And what does it mean when home is everywhere and nowhere at the same time? With humor and heart, Brittani Sonnenberg chases this wildly loveable family through the excitement and anguish of their adventures around the world.

Brittani Sonnenberg has an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Berlin, where she is a frequent contributor to Berlin Stories on NPR. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the MFA program of the University of Hong Kong. Her award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, anthologized in the O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and received distinguished story recognition by Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published by Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. She studied English literature with a citation in Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. She was a European Journalism Fellow at Berlin’s Freie Universität from 2009-2010.

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

Suzanne Palmieri presents Empire Girls and The Witch of Belladonna Bay

About Empire Girls:

Ivy and Rose Adams may be sisters, but they're nothing alike. Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one, while Ivy is spirited and brazen. After the unexpected death of their father, the women are left to reconcile the estate, when they make a shocking discovery: not only has their father left them in financial ruin, but he has also bequeathed their beloved family house to a brother they never knew existed. With only a photograph to guide the way, Ivy and Rose embark to New York City, determined to find this mysterious man and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

About The Witch of Belladonna Bay:

“Time lies.” Bronwyn hasn’t set eyes on her hometown of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for 14 years. But with her brother, Patrick, behind bars for the murder of her childhood friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at wits end with her 11-year-old niece, Byrd, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient Magnolia trees. “Love lies.” But before she can even take in what she left behind, she’s wrapped up in the mysteries surrounding the murder and the magic running through little Byrd. “Evil comes in all shapes and sizes.” As her bond with Byrd grows, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel the uncertain future of her family.

Once in New York, temptations abound at every turn, and soon the sisters are drawn into the glitzy underbelly of Manhattan, where they must overcome their differences and learn to trust each other if they're going to survive in the big city and find their brother. Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, Empire Girls is a love letter to 1920s New York, and a captivating story of the unspoken bond between sisters.

Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

Tuesday, June 10, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents The Dinner by Herman Koch

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

"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street Journal

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

Wednesday, June 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

David Housewright presents The Devil May Care

Riley Brodin is the granddaughter of Walter Muehlenhaus—a man as rich, powerful, and connected as anyone since the days of J. P. Morgan. Despite her family’s connections, it’s McKenzie she reaches out to when her relatively new boyfriend goes missing. Even though, he has reservations about getting involved with the Muehlenhaus family—again—McKenzie agrees to look for Juan Carlos Navarre. What he finds, though, is a man who appears to be a ghost.

The house—mansion, really—he told Riley he owned is actually a rental, barely lived in and practically devoid of personal effects. The restaurant he claimed to own is owned by another and Navarre merely an investor. He apparently has no friends, no traceable past, and McKenzie isn’t the only one looking for him. Whoever Juan Carlos Navarre is and wherever he’s gone, the one thing that is clear is that he’s trouble, and is perhaps someone—as Riley’s family makes clear—better out of the picture. Unfortunately for everyone, McKenzie likes trouble and trouble likes him.

David Housewright has won both the Edgar Award and the Minnesota Book Award (twice) for his crime fiction. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Monday, June 16, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Alan Furst presents Midnight in Europe

As the shadow of war darkens Europe, democratic forces on the continent struggle against fascism and communism, while in Spain the war has already begun. Cristián Ferrar, a brilliant and handsome Spanish émigré, is a lawyer in the Paris office of a prestigious international law firm. Ferrar is approached by the embassy of the Spanish Republic to help a clandestine agency trying desperately to supply weapons to the Republic’s beleaguered army—putting his life at risk in the battle against fascism. From shady Paris nightclubs to white-shoe New York law firms, from brothels in Istanbul to the dockyards of Poland, Ferrar and his allies battle the secret agents of Hitler and Franco.

Alan Furst is widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of Night Soldiers, Dark Star, The Polish Officer, The World at Night, Red Gold, Kingdom of Shadows, Blood of Victory, Dark Voyage, The Foreign Correspondent, The Spies of Warsaw, Spies of the Balkans, and Mission to Paris. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars presents The Dinner by Herman Koch

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

"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street Journal

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal.

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

Tuesday, June 17, 7:00pm - Magers & Quinn Booksellers (map)
Kevin Brockmeier presents A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

The acclaimed novelist recalls the most difficult year of his life, with all its mistakes, triumphs, sadnesses, and joys: a tale about how hard it is to grow up and how the experiences of childhood shape the adults we become.

At twelve, Kevin is ready to become a different person—not the boy he has always been, who cries too easily and laughs too easily, living in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes, but someone else altogether. A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip follows him over the course of a single school year as he sets out in search of himself: losing old friends and gaining new ones, happening into his first kiss, writing plays and stories, dressing as Dolly Parton for Halloween, booby-trapping his lunch to deter a thief. With the same deep feeling and oddly dreamlike precision that are the hallmarks of his fiction, Brockmeier now explores the dream of his own past, recovering the person he used to be, the friends he had, the hopes he nurtured, the doubts he hid, the secrets he kept, the books he read—everything that was once his life. He has written a singularly candid, daring, and open-hearted memoir that unfolds with the immediacy of a novel and richly recreates a particular time, place, and consciousness, one that every reader will recognize.

KEVIN BROCKMEIER is the author of five novels for adults and two children's novels. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney's, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, among other publications. He has taught at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Wednesday, June 18, 12:00am - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Bill Hillmann presents The Old Neighborhood

The Old Neighborhood is the story of teenager Joe Walsh, the youngest in a large, mixed-race family living in Chicago. After Joe witnesses his older brother commit a gangland murder, his friends and family drag him down into a pit of violence that reaches a bloody impasse when his elder sister begins dating a rival gang member. The Old Neighborhood is both a brutal tale of growing up tough in a mean city, and a beautiful harkening to the heartbreak of youth.

Bill Hillmann is an award-winning writer and storyteller from Chicago. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, Salon.com, and has been broadcast on NPR. He’s told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series the Windy City Story Slam. Hillmann is a Union Construction Laborer and a bull-runner in Spain. In the not so distant past, Hillmann was a feared street brawler, gang affiliate, drug dealer, convict, and Chicago Golden Glove Champion.

Praise for The Old Neighborhood:

"A raucous but soulful account of growing up on the mean streets of Chicago, and the choices kids are forced to make on a daily basis. This cool, incendiary rites of passage novel is the real deal." —Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

"Bill Hillmann's The Old Neighborhood is like a right hook to the chin with brass knuckles, crackling with both bravery and urgency. Brilliantly evoking Nelson Algren's Neon Wildernessand Richard Price's The Wanderers, the novel is unflinchingly honest in its depictions of class and race, a deft portrait of our sometimes-less-than-fair city." —Joe Meno, best-selling author of Hairstyles of the Damned

"Bill Hillmann, a veteran of the streets, the boxing ring, and the staging of knock down drag out literary happenings, finally gets his say in novel form. We love The Old Neighborhood's raw authenticity. Bill Hill is the Rill Dill." —Kent and Keith Zimmerman, authors of Hell's Angels, Rotten, and Operation Family Secrets.

“Hillmann describes in detail the horrifying, hilarious and moving events of a childhood dominated by a heroin-addled career criminal of a brother. The story is like something from a Scorsese film.” —The Spectator UK

“A dark, urban tale.” —Resonance FM London

Sunday, June 22, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Juliann Rich presents Caught in the Crossfire

Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love.

That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Minnesota writer Juliann Rich spent her childhood in search of the perfect climbing tree. The taller the better! A branch thirty feet off the ground and surrounded by leaves, caterpillars, birds, and squirrels was a good perch for a young girl to find herself. Seeking truth in nature and finding a unique point of view remain crucial elements in her life as well as her writing.

Juliann is a PFLAG mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son. She is also the daughter of evangelical Christian parents. As such she has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is drawn to stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics and peer relationships collide. You can read more about her journey as an author and as an affirmative mom on her website.

Juliann lives with her husband and their two dogs in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley.

Wednesday, June 25, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Eileen Bridgeman Biernat presents Echoes of Evil launch

When her entire family dies suddenly in a tragic car accident, psychology graduate student Susan McNealy is alone in the world. Five years later, now a respected psychologist, Susan meets and marries charismatic Steven Holmgren and becomes pregnant—on the outside, their life is a picture of domestic perfection.

But when Susan unearths a morbid and horrific pattern with children in Steven’s family, she begins to question her life with him. Is Steven part of the pattern? Will Susan have the strength to save her family . . . or will a sinister family legacy destroy the life they’ve built?

Loosely based on a bizarre real-life crime, Echoes of Evil tells the story of a tempestuous family and a deadly tradition.

Eileen Bridgeman Biernat is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, Minnesota with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She holds an undergraduate BA in Psychology and Written Communications from Augsburg College. Biernat has studied extensively with other writers at the nationally recognized Loft Writing Center in MN. She and her husband of 44 years Joe are retired and live in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Thursday, June 26, 12:00am - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Lester Rivers presents The Heart Not Only Beats

"Your life will never again be the same." The young Spaniard history teacher's portent for young Nash was certainly true, and a surely different path was trodden by the railroader's kid who grew into a deep-thinking man.

Take a ride with Nash Edwards as he grows up in Duluth, Minnesota, and proceeds to wander through forty-six states and fourteen countries by the time he is twenty-three. Discover the secrets of a very private man as he charts the progress of his mind over an unusually broad range of experiences. Meet ninety-year-old George Burns and nineteen-year-old Kevin Garnett. See how the light of Grace finally wins Nash over.

Lester Rivers has experience in a vast variety of fields, ranging from work as a golf caddy to Great Lakes deckhand to public relations to executive director of a Minnesota sled dog marathon and corporate sales manager for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. He currently lives in Minneapolis near his two kids and four grandchildren.

Tuesday, July 8, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South

Books & Bars presents The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boy.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

Tuesday, July 15, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars presents The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boy.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

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

Rebecca Rasmussen presents Evergreen: A Novel

From the celebrated author of The Bird Sisters, a gorgeously rendered and emotionally charged novel that spans generations, telling the story of two siblings, raised apart, attempting to share a life.

It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is run-down, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a new baby boy named Hux. But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, the unthinkable happens: a stranger arrives, and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives the child away, and while Hux grows up hunting and fishing in the woods with his parents, his sister, Naamah, is raised an orphan. Years later, haunted by the knowledge of this forsaken girl, Hux decides to find his sister and bring her home to the cabin. But Naamah, even wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to ever tame her, to ever make up for all that she, and they, have lost. Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, Evergreen is a luminous novel of love, regret, and hope.

Rebecca Rasmussen is the author of the novel The Bird Sisters. Her stories have appeared in or won prizes from TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, and The Mid-American Review, among other journals. She was born and raised in the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and teaches English part-time at UCLA.

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