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Friday, August 22, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Young Creative Writers Reading

Throughout the summer, local author Roseanne Cheng has been teaching a creative writing class, hosted at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, for students ages ten to fourteen. This evening, the students will read their final pieces to the public.

Roseanne Cheng is a high school English teacher and founder of Teachable Lit, a Common Core based study guide to accompany fiction taught in the classroom. Visit her website devoted to sharing educational resources and “teachable” book reviews. The Take Back of Lincoln Junior High is her first novel.

Tuesday, August 26, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Celebrate National Dog Day with Jan Dunlap, Linda Anderson, Pat Bettendorf, and Underdog Rescue!

Jan Dunlap is the author of the Bob White Birder Murder mystery series, but her latest book is a humorous memoir, Saved by Gracie.. It’s the story of how our adopted rescued dog helped Jan overcome a growing anxiety disorder, which was really quite a surprise, since her fear of dogs was one of my biggest anxieties to begin with. She wanted my publisher to subtitle it “How an unwanted dog dragged me kicking and screaming back to health, happiness, and God, and why I blame my husband and daughter for making me one of those people who talks for their dog,” but he saidthey could probably shorten that up a bit.

Linda Anderson, who often writes and speaks with her husband Allen, is the author of fifteen popular books, and a co-founder of the Angel Animals Network, helping people discover and benefit from the miraculous powers of animals. She and Allen are dedicated to promoting human-animal companionship. Her books about dogs include Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration, A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life, and Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love, among others.

Pat Bettendorf is the author of Ruby's Tale: A True Rags To Riches Story , the 2011 Animals/Pets/General National Indie Excellence Award winner, and , the 2013 Foreword Reviews - Adult non-fiction, Pets category - Book Of The Year award - Bronze Metal, and the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards - Animals/Pets/General - Finalist! Found like unwanted trash in an abandoned house, Ruby grew up to achieve the impossible! A veteran of stage plays, Ruby has worked at a radio station as a co-host, has appeared in newspapers around the world, and has traveled to Hollywood to appear on a national television show. . . . not bad for a little dog nobody wanted. But Ruby found that all that glitters was not always gold and then, cancer came a calling. But she rallied her indomitable spirit to survive. Ruby's story has it all: fun, gritty drama, high emotion, excitement, anger, laughter and betrayal. It is a living, breathing story that will leave dog lovers cheering.

Underdog Rescue is the official partner of this event. Underdog Rescue is a foster-based rescue organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing "underdogs" in the forever homes they deserve. They focus on animals who most need our help, especially pit bulls and puppy mill survivors.

Dogs are welcome!

Monday, September 1, 11:30pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Lit Up Late: Midnight Release of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Join us at 11:30pm on Monday, September 1, to celebrate the release of David Mitchell's latest novel, The Bone Clocks, installment two of the "Lit Up Late" midnight release series.

David Mitchell is the author of Cloud Atlas and one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer the Washington Post calls “the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction.”

What is Lit Up Late?

Lit Up Late is a mini-series of three late-night literary events in August and September. Mingle with your fellow book lovers, enjoy some music and food, and get your books while the rest of the world is asleep at the switch.

- 11:30pm, Monday, August 11, at Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105; 651/225-8989) - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

- 11:30pm, Monday, September 1, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers - The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

- 11:30pm, Monday, September 15, at Moon Palace Books (2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis MN 55406; 612/454-1505) - Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Punches and Prizes

Each late night event will feature fun and frivolity, but the truly dedicated have a shot at a very grand prize. Get your Lit Up Late punch card at any of the three participating bookstores. When you buy the featured book at midnight, you get a punch. Attend all three events and buy all three books, and you’re eligible to win our grand prize. One lucky winner will receive a free night at the St. Paul Hotel, to get away from it all and read in luxury. (Winners must be present at Moon Palace to win.)

Don't miss the final Lit Up Late midnight release on Monday, September 15 at 11:30 pm at Moon Palace Books!

About the Books

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan. It tells the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

David Mitchell is the author of Cloud Atlas and one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clock, is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer the Washington Post calls “the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction.”

John Darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation. His audacious and gripping debut novel Wolf in White Van is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy. Daniel Handler calls it “quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head”

Wednesday, September 3, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
John Abraham-Watne presents Our Senior Year launch



Minneapolis writer Jason Warheim never expected to go back to his ten-year high school reunion, but what he found back in his hometown changed the way he saw everything. The journal left behind by his best friend Jack Wayne brings back all the memories of their senior year, inspiring Jason to finally tell the story of "the three musketeers" and their lives in the small town of Clarmont, Iowa. Theirs was a story crossed by love, tragedy, friendship, loyalty, and simple cruising on gravel roads. This is a story of high school."

John Abraham-Watne lives in Minneapolis near Lake Calhoun with his wife Mary and their two cats. He's been doing freelance journalism in the Twin Cities since 2009. This is his first novel. He enjoys politics, music, art, and books of all kinds.

This event is co-sponsored by Glam Doll Donuts. Glam Doll Donuts places the utmost importance on the quality of the product that we provide, proudly crafting all of our doughs, fillings, and toppings 100% from scratch. Their dairy is sourced locally from The Hope Creamery and they serve Intelligentsia Coffee to be the perfect pairing to their pastries. Expect some treats!

Glam Dolls Donuts artwork is by Kristin Havercamp.


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

Nick Hupton presents Stone Ridge launch

Since Zach Sutton's last fateful trip to Pine Ridge, his life has been relatively quiet. But one year later he begins to see visions of his nemesis, Victor Leppla, which drags him back into the villain's nightmarish world. Zach's first brush with evil was simply a dress rehearsal for what awaits him now. How will he ever face Victor again? Will he find his missing brother, Chris? Find out in this thrilling sequel to The Ridge.

Nick Hupton received his BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1999 and his MA from Hamline University in 2008. He teaches high school English in Bloomington, Minnesota. Stone Ridge is Nick's third novel for young people. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Tara, and two children.

Tuesday, September 9, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars presents Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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

The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise. Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Talk of the Stacks with Lorna Landvik: a book launch celebration

Lorna Landvik is the beloved Minnesota author of nine novels, including Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, Oh My Stars, and Mayor of the Universe. In addition to being a novelist, Lorna is also a public speaker, playwright and comedian, most recently performing a one-woman, all-improvised show, Party in the Rec Room. At this special Talk of the Stacks she will be launching her hilarious and touching new novel,Best to Laugh, >the story of a Minnesota comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood.

“Characters. And character. That’s what Landvik writes best. Humor and humanity are the two elements that run through all of Lorna Landvik’s novels.” — The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jerry Van Amerongen presents Easy Livin' on Ballard Street launch

Jerry Van Amerongen is the 2003 and 2005 winner of The Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel Of The Year Award by the National Cartoonists Society. Jerry’s cartoons have been in continuous syndication for nearly 35 years. Introduced in 1980, Van Amerongen’s cartoon panel The Neighborhood along with Gary Larson’s The Far Side helped redefine the newspaper single panel cartoon with short bursts of sophisticated surreal humor. Easy Livin' on Ballard Street is a rich continuation of Van Amerongen’s singular humor.

Jerry Van Amerongen is a two time winner of The Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel Of The Year Award by the National Cartoonist Society. His cartoons have been in continuous syndication for over 34 years. 13 book collections, countless greeting cards, calendars, many other licensed products, and now the internet have created a large and loyal following.

Jerry spent the first 17 years of his professional life in corporate sales, marketing and product management, coming to cartooning at the age of 40. His cartoon ideas come from scribbles and “thumb nail” sketches as often as they do from preconceived ideas. Each deftly designed panel relies on facial expressions and body language to give us additional information beyond the caption, providing motivation for the action of the characters.

Jerry Van Amerongen was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Boyhood memories shaped by the ethnic influences of his Dutch and Polish heritage, images of roly-poly women in print dresses and big men in baggy trousers shape the look of his characters. Jerry lives in Minnesota with his wife Linda.

Thursday, September 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Mary Gordon presents The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas

The beloved author at her storytelling best: four wonderful novellas of Americans abroad and Europeans in America.

In these absorbing and exquisitely made novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high-school kid in America. These stories dazzle on the surface, with beautifully rendered settings and vistas, and dig deep psychologically. At every turn Gordon reveals in her characters' interactions those crucial flashes of understanding that change lives forever. So richly developed it is hard to believe they fit into novella-sized packages, these tales carry us away both as individual stories and as a larger, book-length experience of Gordon's mastery and human sympathy.

Mary Gordon is the author of six novels, including Final Payments, Pearl, and The Love of My Youth; the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and The Stories of Mary Gordon, which was awarded the Story Prize. She has received numerous other honors, including a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

Thursday, September 11, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Jim Moore Graywolf Publication Launch

Join us for the first career retrospective of beloved poet Jim Moore.

Underground: New and Selected Poems is the long overdue career retrospective of Jim Moore, a poet of great depth and generosity who has steadily been building a devoted following over the course of three decades and seven books. This definitive volume gathers the best of his previous work as well as twenty new poems that showcase a poet whose work should appeal to fans of Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. In poems that are frank and accessible, Moore is a generous and keen observer of the world and people around him, one who, like the best of friends, is not afraid to risk sentimentality to get at deeper emotional truths that lie beneath the surface of daily life.

Praise for Jim Moore:

“Jim Moore writes of history, of love, of pain, of the intimate revelations of a consciousness alive to itself.”—C. K. Williams

“Jim Moore’s poems are an artful amalgam of humor and fierce attention, suffused by a passion for ancient Asian poetry. Like his sage poet-teachers he grasps the quiet power of white space, knowing that what is unsaid is often just as crucial as what is.”—The New York Times

“I have loved Jim Moore’s brief ‘invisible strings’ since I first stumbled into a few in a magazine. They are chips of reality, obsidian flakes of the heart and mind.”—Jane Hirshfield, Ploughshares

“The moods [Moore] evokes include wistfulness, of course, and the deeper, more poignant ones of love and grief. . . . The experiences giving rise to the poems are the poet’s, and there’s no need to think the poet isn’t Moore, whose art consists of successfully making himself and the reader identical, so that this book will be turned to, by those to and for whom it speaks, again and again and again.”—Booklist, starred review

“Moore can write tantalizingly about the hidden code of the domestic ritual.”—The Rumpus

Jim Moore is the author of seven books of poetry, including Invisible Strings and Lightning at Dinner. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, and The Paris Review. He is married to renowned photographer JoAnn Verburg, and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.

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

The Loft Literary Center presents The Story of a Book: Patricia Hoolihan

Celebrated teaching artist Patricia Hoolihan launches her new memoir and offers a teachable moment about her journey in an exciting new series offered by the Loft.

Friday, September 12, 8:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Temple Israel presents Robert Edsel, author of Monuments Men

The Temple Israel Seventh Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program
Sponsored by the Temple Israel Irving & Regina Lee Holocaust Remembrance Fund

Robert Edsel The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Friday, September 12, 2014 at Temple Israel

5:15 p.m. Oneg Shabbat Reception

6:00 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service Robert Edsel will speak from the bimah 7:15 p.m. Dinner

Reservations required for chicken or vegetarian dinner. 8:00 p.m. Program Free and open to all.

Book sales and signing follows the program.

Make your reservation for dinner by Friday, September 5. Contact Wendy Schwartz at 612-374-0344 or wendy@templeisrael.com.

Please send your check payable to:
Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405.

Robert Edsel, a former nationally ranked tennis player and pioneering oilman, is recognized today as one of the world’s foremost advocates for art preservation. While living in Florence, he developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization.

Edsel has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the meticulous research of these cultural heroes, which culminated in Edsel’s New York Times best-selling book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

George Clooney wrote, directed and stared in the film adaptation of The Monuments Men, which hit theaters to rave reviews in February 2014. The film features an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban.

Robert M. Edsel is also the author of the non-fiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis. He is the co-producer of the documentary film, The Rape of Europa, and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art.

For more information, please visit Temple Israel's website.

Saturday, September 13, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Cantor Mitch presents Kosher Cuisine for a New Generation launch

Cantor Mitch, an entertainer, self-taught chef, and now cookbook author, brings every recipe to life with song and flair. Known as The Singing Chef, Cantor Mitch’s first cookbook Kosher Cuisine for a New Generation will be published by Red Portal Press on September 2, 2014. With over 75 recipes and lay-flat binding, Kosher Cuisine For a New Generation is the perfect kitchen companion for anyone looking to put the chutzpa in cooking. With song and music pairings for each recipe, this is not your average cookbook. Whether you’re looking for soups, salads, or Bubbie’s favorite recipes, you're sure to find it and more in this one-of-a-kind creation from the infamous Singing Chef!

Fresh, simple, and entertaining, this is a zesty new kosher cookbook experience.

Cantor Mitch is a lover of great food and great music. He lives to entertain, and his life is a recipe of spirituality, music, friends, family, and tantalizing feasts that he shares with the world. Mitch has studied classical instruments, opera, and composition, and learned from his mother how to appreciate every dish set upon the table. A self-taught chef, he has done everything from working in kitchens to taking to the road with a singing telegram company. Mitch eventually found his way to the synagogue, and after 25 years in the Cantorate, he is taking on a new challenge as the only Jewish singing chef bringing you recipes with fresh kosher ingredients

Monday, September 15, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Emily St. John Mandel presents Station Eleven with Heather A. Slomski

Station Eleven is an audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. Her fourth novel, Station Eleven, is forthcoming in September 2014. All three of her previous novels—Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet—were Indie Next Picks, and The Singer's Gun was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Heather A. Slomski is the author of The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award and forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Western Michigan University and held the Axton Fellowship in Fiction at the University of Louisville. A recipient of a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant, she currently lives in Moorhead, Minnesota and teaching writing at Concordia College.

Monday, September 15, 11:30pm - Moon Palace Books (2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis MN 55406; 612/454-1505)

Lit Up Late: Midnight Release of Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Join us at 11:30pm on Monday, September 15 at Moon Palace Books (2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis MN 55406), to celebrate the release of John Darnielle's debut novel, Wolf in White Van, the final installment of the "Lit Up Late" midnight release series.

John Darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation. His audacious and gripping debut novel Wolf in White Van is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy. Daniel Handler calls it “quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head”

What is Lit Up Late?

Lit Up Late is a mini-series of three late-night literary events in August and September. Mingle with your fellow book lovers, enjoy some music and food, and get your books while the rest of the world is asleep at the switch.

- 11:30pm, Monday, August 11, at Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105; 651/225-8989) - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

- 11:30pm, Monday, September 1, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers - The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

- 11:30pm, Monday, September 15, at Moon Palace Books (2820 E 33rd St, Minneapolis MN 55406; 612/454-1505) - Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Punches and Prizes

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. Each late night event will feature fun and frivolity, but the truly dedicated have a shot at a very grand prize. Get your Lit Up Late punch card at any of the three participating bookstores. When you buy the featured book at midnight, you get a punch. Attend all three events and buy all three books, and you’re eligible to win our grand prize. One lucky winner will receive a free night at the St. Paul Hotel, to get away from it all and read in luxury. (Winners must be present at Moon Palace to win.)

About the Books

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan. It tells the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

David Mitchell is the author of Cloud Atlas and one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clock, is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer the Washington Post calls “the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction.”

John Darnielle is a writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats; he is widely considered one of the best lyricists of his generation. His audacious and gripping debut novel Wolf in White Van is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy. Daniel Handler calls it “quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head”

Tuesday, September 16, 6:00pm - Atlas Grill • 200 S 6th St. • Minneapolis
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund presents Women Voters Rising

Join the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, President Sarah Stoesz, and event chairs Rachel Hamlin and Sarah Dodge for our fall fundraiser,

Women Voters Rising with Keynote Speaker Anna Quindlen and Advocate Award Winner Mike Drysdale

Tuesday, September 16 5:00 VIP Reception (see pricing below) 5:45 Check-in • 6:00 Reception • 6:30 Program

Purchase tickets here>.

Anna Quindlen is the author of six previous bestselling novels (Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, and Every Last One), and eight nonfiction books (A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Good Dog. Stay., Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life, and Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake). Her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. From 2000-2009, She wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek.

Books will be made available for purchase by Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Tuesday, September 16, 6:15pm - Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars presents Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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

The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series

Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:

1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew

And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.

From the mind and pen behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim series comes a madcap new tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love, and ancient spirits that’s sharp-witted and tenderhearted, whimsical and wise. Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage) with moderator Jeff Kamin.

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

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.

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, 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.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:00pm - Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403)
Betty Medsger presents The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

A special event at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church featuring:

BETTY MEDSGER, Author of The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI
BONNIE and JOHN RAINES
JOHANNA HAMILTON, Producer and Director of 1971, a documentary of the Media FBI Burglary
Moderated by LORI STURDEVANT, editorial writer and columnist for Minneapolis Star Tribune

About The Burglary:

The never-before-told full story of the 1971 history-changing break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists--quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans--that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

The book shows how the break-in, and subsequent release of the contents of the FBI's files to newspapers across the country, upended the public's perception of the up-till-then inviolate head of the Bureau, paving the way for the FBI's overhaul for the first time since its inception forty-seven years before, in 1924, and setting the stage for the sensational release three months later by Daniel Ellsberg of the top-secret seven-thousand-page Pentagon study of U.S. decision making regarding the Vietnam War that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

Betty Medsger is the author of Framed: The New Right Attack on Chief Justice Rose Bird and the Courts, an investigation of attacks on the California Supreme Court from inside and outside the court in the late 1970s, and Winds of Change: Challenges Confronting Journalism Education, the first national study of journalism education. She has experience as the head of the journalism education program at San Francisco State University, and is a founding member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

Medsger’s photographs, including ones from her book, Women at Work, have been exhibited throughout the world. Medsger’s journalism career began in 1964 at The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, PA. Prior to working at The Washington Post in 1970, she was a reporter at The Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia. As a newspaper reporter, she wrote about racial issues, criminal justice and religion.

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

Celebrate Halloween at M&Q! - Michael Norman and Annie Wilder present local ghost stories

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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