• Open Daily: 10am - 10pm
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    3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
    612-822-4611

Open Daily: 10am - 10pm | Alley-side Pickup: 10am - 7pm
3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
612-822-4611

Devoney Looser presents Sister Novelists

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM
In-Store Event - Registration Required

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Before the Brontë sisters picked up their pens, the literary world was celebrating a different pair of sisters: Jane and Anna Maria Porter. The Porters—exact contemporaries of Jane Austen—were brilliant, attractive, self-made single women of polite reputation who between them published 26 books and achieved global fame. They socialized among the rich and famous, tried to hide their family's considerable debt, and fell dramatically in and out of love. Their moving letters to each other confess every detail. Because the celebrity sisters expected their renown to live on, they preserved their papers, and the secrets they contained, for biographers to come.

But history hasn't been kind to the Porters. Credit for their literary invention was given to their childhood friend, Sir Walter Scott, who never publicly acknowledged the sisters' works as his inspiration. Capturing the Porter sisters' incredible rise, from when Anna Maria published her first book at age 14 in 1793, through to Jane's fall from the pinnacle of fame in the Victorian era, and then to the auctioning off for a pittance of the family's massive archive, Sister Novelists is a groundbreaking and enthralling biography of two pioneering geniuses in historical fiction.

Devoney Looser is Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and the author or editor of nine books on literature by women, including The Making of Jane Austen. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSalonThe Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and she's had the pleasure of talking about Austen on CNN. Looser, who has played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen, is a Guggenheim Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two sons.

Cass Dalglish is known for diving deeply into the past to bring historical figures into communication with fictional characters. Published works include: Sweetgrass, Lone Oak Press, a novel, mystery, finalist for Minnesota Book Award; Nin, Spinsters Ink, a novel tracing the history of women’s writing and offering an email debate between medieval women writers and misogynist male philosophers; Humming the Blues, Calyx Press, a jazz poetry interpretation of pictographs in the first signed document in history (2350 BCE Enheduanna). A Spanish language version of Humming is near completion. A kinetic interpretation, Enheduanna’s Song to Inanna, is available on YouTube. Her new unpublished novel Ring of Lions attained semi-finalist rank in an international fiction competition when it was named to the Bath Novel Award 2022 Long List. As a Professor of English at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Cass was lead designer and first director of Augsburg’s MFA in Creative Writing.

A note about in person events:

We are very excited to bring authors and readers back together in our space, and we know you are too!

As we all navigate the transition back to congregating in person, we ask that you use honesty, care, and understanding in interacting with fellow event-goers, staff, and authors.

Please note that Magers & Quinn will always comply with current city and state regulations, and reserves the right to change the below policies at any time. These are guidelines only, and if you have questions about the most up to date information, you can always call us at 612-822-4611.

For information about how our in-person events work, please read on:

 

Q: Are masks required?

A: Masks are not required to browse in the store. However, we strongly encourage masking while seated in the event area and waiting in the signing line.

For the health and safety of others, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask or face covering, especially for longer visits to the store such as events.

 

Q: Are in store events free?

A: Yes, Magers & Quinn events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

 

Q: Do I need to RSVP?

A: Yes, please. Each event will now include a registration link.

As we navigate this step back to in-person events, we will be limiting event capacity to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all attendees and authors. By requiring pre-registration, we can easily communicate event updates and policies with those who plan to attend, and can contact attendees after the event with follow-up information.

 

We strongly suggest registering via the Eventbrite link provided on our website, but if you are unable to sign up online, please call or visit the bookstore and register with a bookseller.

 

We may or may not be able to accommodate unregistered walk-ins, and seating priority will always be given to registered customers. We appreciate your understanding of this process!