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Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm - TBD

Books & Bars discusses The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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

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

Books & Bars is an open public book club show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication (liquid courage), with moderator Jeff Kamin.

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

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

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

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

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

Local author Catherine Dehdashti reads from Roseheart

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

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

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

Saturday, October 17, 10:00am - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community.

This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes "rock star’" authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.

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

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

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

Sunday, October 18, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Mill City Reading Series

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

Monday, October 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Paperback launch of Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 19, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents Native American and Latino American Voices

The work of Native American artists challenge America’s present day conception of itself as a nation as well as America’s history; at the same time, these artists give voice to a complexity of concerns within their own lives and communities. From the controversy over “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” to the recent AWP debate over diversity to the question of who names the land in America, the issues concerning Native American artists continue a centuries long argument that shows no sign of ending. Latino American artists are the fastest growing segment of the artistic world and have become an increasingly visible presence in Minnesota in recent years. Issues facing the Latino American community remain at the forefront of presidential policies and, as in the challenges to Latino American studies in Arizona, in the world of education and arts.

The artists on this panel will address topics of particular concerns to themselves and their work. We’ll then open the conversation to a broader discussion exploring their communities and their art and questions of intersectionality.

This is the fourth of a series of dialogues on race and the arts conducted by David Mura at the Loft as part of his Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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

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

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

Talk of the Stacks is a reading series exploring contemporary literature and culture. Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Programs begin at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Books are available for sale and signing. Signings follow lectures.

Funding provided by National Endowment for the Arts, The Racciatti Family Fund and McGladrey. Additional support provided by MinnPost and Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents Bonnie Jo Campbell Publication Reading: Mothers Tell Your Daughters

Please join us for a reading with Bonnie Jo Campbell on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m.

From the National Book Award finalist and author of Once Upon a River comes a dazzling story collection featuring ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters love and betray one another; their richly fraught relationships can act as anchors, lifelines, or deadly poison. These working-class protagonists are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into, or out of, trouble.

In “My Dog Roscoe,” a new bride becomes obsessed with the notion that her dead ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a mongrel. In “Blood Work, 1999” a phlebotomist’s desire to give away everything to the needy awakes her own sensuality. In “Home to Die,” an abused woman takes revenge on her bedridden husband. In these fearless and darkly funny tales about women and those they love, Campbell has created characters that will capture the hearts and minds of her readers.

Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. She is also the author of American Salvage and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

There is a $5-10 suggested admission fee for this event.

Sunday, October 25, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Dorothy Van Soest reads from At the Center

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

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

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


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

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

William Swanson reads from Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Roxy Orcutt reads from History and Hauntings of the Halloween Capital

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

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

Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

Pen Pals with Marlon James

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 30, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Jon M. Stevens reads from The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Football Rivalry

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

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

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

Sunday, November 1, 5:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Doreen Stock reads from her poetry collection In Place of Me

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

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

Monday, November 2, 7:00pm - Uptown Church (1219 West 31st Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55408)
Rain Taxi’s 20th Anniversary: Two Nights of Celebrations with Mark Z. Danielewski, Eileen Myles, and Chris Martin

Rain Taxi and Magers & Quinn Booksellers proudly present TWO nights of special author events in honor of Rain Taxi’s 20th Anniversary:

MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI celebrating the release of The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest

CHRIS MARTIN AND EILEEN MYLES celebrating the release of The Falling Down Dance and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems


Both of these are ticketed events, with dessert receptions, door prizes, music, and more frivolity to occur. Tickets will be available for sale on September 21, and can be purchased online at, or in person at the Twin Cities Book Festival and at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Both of these special evenings take place at: Uptown Church, (1219 W. 31st. St., Minneapolis). Parking is available on surrounding streets (both free and metered) and in the Calhoun Square ramp.


Advance tickets for each evening are $5 apiece, or less with book purchase. You can purchase tickets at the Twin Cities Book Festival or choose from the menu on Rain Taxi's website to purchase tickets or book/ticket combos online.

You can also buy any of these books in person at Magers & Quinn Booksellers and get a ticket to the corresponding reading for only $3. (One ticket per book.) If room is still available, tickets will also be available at the door each event night for $10 apiece, but why take chances — buy your tickets in advance and save! Books will also be available for purchase at each event.

Join us for one or both evenings of great readings. We hope to see you there!


MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI: From the groundbreaking author of House of Leaves and Only Revolutions comes a sideways take on the serial novel—one that, as Library Journal puts it, “goes beyond the experimental into the visionary, creating a language and style that expands the horizon of meaning.” In The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest, the lives of the disparate and dynamic characters introduced in Volume 1 begin to intersect in inexplicable ways; the book also continues Mark Danielewski’s groundbreaking experiments with typography, color, and graphics in the novel form. Get on board now to discover why the New York Times calls Danielewski “America’s foremost literary Magus.”

CHRIS MARTIN: New this November from Coffee House Press, Chris Martin’s The Falling Down Dance explores failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood, all in a vertigo-inducing verse that captivates the reader. Martin is also the author of Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011) and American Music (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), which was chosen by C. D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He is an editor at Futurepoem Books and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College in 2016.

EILEEN MYLES: A poet who “combines frankness and beauty in a truly original way” (The Guardian), Eileen Myles possesses an utterly unmistakeable voice on the page — sardonic, curious, and deeply alive — that has made her a beloved icon in the literary world. The publication of I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 will no doubt be a landmark of the year, the decade, and maybe the century. Widely regarded as “one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature,” Myles has written more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, plays, and libretti over the last three decades, and has recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write a memoir.

Wednesday, November 4, 6:15pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)

Books & Bars discusses The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child. Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

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.

Friday, November 6, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Minneapolis launch of Rebecca Kanner's Esther

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

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

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

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

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

This is the story of Queen Esther.

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

Friday, November 6, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents At It Again with Stuart Pimsler from Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT) is an internationally-recognized performance company that has continued to attract critical acclaim for its "theater of the heart and mind." For more than thirty-six years, SPDT has created work often inspired by literary sources from the classical to the contemporary.

SPDT has garnered attention for its compelling and poignant performance work, and commitment to education and community inclusive programs. The company’s programs give voice to those populations who typically do not have an opportunity to see their lives as the focal point for arts exploration. SPDT has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts for “Best Practices” in the field of Arts and Healthcare and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a “national model” for community programs and ability to be inclusive of a wide range of cultural groups.

Selected by CityPages as Twin Cities “Artist of the Year” in 2004, Stuart Pimsler is celebrating thirty-five years as Artistic Co–Director of SPDT. His work has been honored with Choreography Fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Major Fellowship and six Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. Mr. Pimsler has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, the Lila Wallace Arts Partners Fund, National Performance Network Creation Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the Wexner Center, University of Minnesota, and the Walker Art Center, among others. Mr. Pimsler's first children's play, My Grandmother's Tsotchkes: Tales of a Gambling Grandmother had its national premiere in March 2010 at SteppingStone Theatre, Saint Paul. He and his partner, Suzanne Costello, are currently in the process of writing a book about SPDT's innovative and longstanding work in the field of arts & healthcare.

Minneapolis-based choreographer, writer and director Stuart Pimsler will offer a preview of his newest solo work "At it Again." Directed by Suzanne Costello, "At it Again" is a homage to American author Philip Roth whom Pimsler has admired throughout his career. Pimsler is completing a fan letter to Roth and, through this theatrical device, has a conversation with the renowned author. In trying to understand his attraction, Pimsler uncovers certain personal connections to Roth while commenting on the author's own controversial history.

This performance will be followed by a discussion with Stuart Pimsler and Suzanne Costello about how the literary arts have had a lifelong influence on their work.

Suzanne Costello joined Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater in New York City in 1979 and became its Artistic Co-Director in 1984. During her career with the company, she has been highlighted as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. As Director of Arts & Education and Arts & Healthcare Programs for the company, she coordinates and facilitates the many community-inclusive projects SPDT has come to be known for nationally and internationally.

Ms. Costello's choreographic work has been honored with three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and has been commissioned by national dance companies and individual artists. She directed and choreographed Cats for Broadway at Iroquois, Louisville; Go, Dog, Go! for Metro Theater Company, St. Louis, and Stage One, Louisville; and choreographed Grimm Tales for Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis. She has twice been a Cowles Guest Artist as well as Affiliate Faculty for six years at the University of Minnesota. She has also been a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

A $5-$10 suggested admission fee is associated with this event.

Sunday, November 8, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Margaret MacNamidhe discusses her book Delacroix and His Forgotten World: The Origins of Romantic Painting with University of Minnesota Professor of Art History Gabriel Weisberg

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

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

Margaret MacNamidhe is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been published in Art Bulletin, Cambridge French Studies, and Nineteenth-Century French Studies. She has won multiple awards, including the Lorado Taft Award, University of Illinois, 2011; Humanities Institute of Ireland, 2009; and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2004–6.

Gabriel P. Weisberg is a Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses for in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century European Art with a strong specialization in the history of graphic art, design history, and visual culture in France and Europe from 1780-1920. He also has a deep interest in the art nouveau period. Weisberg has recently curated and edited various exhibitions and their publications including ťIllusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography and Cinema, 1875-1918 (The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Ateneum, Helsinki, Finland, 2010-11). Weisberg also serves as Reviews Editor for AHNCA’s on-line peer reviewed journal Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm - TBD
Books & Bars discusses The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child. Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

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

Poetry reading with Dore Kiesselbach, 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient, with special guests Patricia Kirkpatrick, Gretchen Marquette, and Mary Jo Thompson

Dore Kiesselbach earned his BA from Oberlin College, MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and JD from New York University. His first collection, Salt Pier, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar and a former U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits fellow. His awards include Britain’s Bridport Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s 2014 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. In 2015 he was awarded a State of Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Agni, Antioch Review, Plume, Poetry, and Field.

Patricia Kirkpatrick received the inaugural Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize. Her book Odessa, selected by poet Peter Campion and published by Milkweed Editions in 2012, was awarded the 2013 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. She is the author of Century’s Road, poetry chapbooks, and books for young readers. Her work appears widely in journals, among them Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and Agni Online, and in anthologies. Her awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft- McKnight.

Gretchen Marquette has served as the assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review, and as a first reader for the National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in places such as Paper Darts, Harper's, and the Paris Review. Gretchen is a 2014 recipient of a Minnesota Emerging Writer Grant through the Loft Literary Center, and her first book, May Day, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2016.

Mary Jo Thompson consults, teaches, coaches, and facilitates professional development for teachers and artists at the Perpich Center for Arts Education and elsewhere. Her poetry collection Stunt Heart explores themes related to orders of love and utterance. The book is anchored by a sonnet series that was anthologized in Best American Poetry 2011. Other work has appeared in the anthology Another and Another, and in literary journals including Field, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, and Rhino. In 2014, her poetry was nominated by both Field and Rhino for the Pushcart Prize.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 15, 2:30pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents As Curated By: More than a Single Story with Carolyn Holbrook

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

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

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

This final discussion in the series will feature five African writers: Kari Mugo, Nimo H. Farah, Julia Nekessa Opoti, Adaobi Okolue, and Lula S. Saleh.


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

Kari Mugo is a queer writer who was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and spent her formative years in the Midwest. She is a self-proclaimed Third Culture Kid, trying to find the balance in 3. Her writing focuses on identity, and creating visibility around marginalized experiences. When not mulling too deeply over things, she is making lists out of her lists. Kari is a contributor for Mshale Newspaper and Matador Network. Her work has also appeared, or will be featured on, Bitch Magazine,,, The Toast, and You can follow her on Twitter @the_warm_fruit.

Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist who uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water~Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. She co-founded SALLI (Somali Arts Language & Leadership Institute), a nonprofit organization promoting art and literature in the Somali community. She is a 2014 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow and a 2014 Bush Fellow and a recipient of 2015 Intermedia Arts VERVE grant.

Julia Nekessa Opoti is a communication and media practitioner working to create voice channels for some of Minnesota's most pressing political issues. Her work in media promotes the articulation by grassroots voices of often unheard perspectives on minority and immigrant life in Minnesota, particularly the Twin Cities. Her work explores such subjects as class, migration, education, sexuality, identity, and belonging from the immigrant and diaspora perspectives. Her work includes video production, research, and work in media as a publisher, editor, and journalist. She has recently begun to explore writing personal essays on migration, identity and family history. She produces and hosts "Reflections of New Minnesotans" a weekly talk show on AM 950.

Adaobi Okolue is a Nigerian-born writer, visual and performance artist, and creative producer who crafts stories and produces work that challenges the way we view ourselves and reveals the truths, brilliance, and ideas of the people we choose not to see. Adaobi is also the publisher at the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and has been a contributing artist to MaMa mOsAic for the past two years—where she was featured in the critically-acclaimed Blacker the Berry ensemble and exhibit at Intermedia Arts. Adaobi is a Givens Foundation Black Writers Collaborative alum, and holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications-public relations and African/African American Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Lula S. Saleh is a writer, poet, singer, and storyteller. Her work explores healing, trauma, diaspora, notions of home, and identity. She was a 2014 fellow in the Givens Foundation for African American Writers’ Collaborative Retreat mentoring program.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 15, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Mill City Reading Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Erika Lee reads from The Making of Asian America: A History

The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject.

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.

An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured “coolies” who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean; and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. No longer a “despised minority,” Asian Americans are now held up as America’s “model minorities” in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States.

Published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States’ Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has remade our “nation of immigrants,” this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans. But more than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today.

Erika Lee is the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants who entered the United States through both Angel Island and Ellis Island. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches history at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center.

Friday, November 20, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kimberly Sigafus reads from The Mida, Book Two: Finding Genny

Waking up and discovering he is in 1934 St. Paul, Minnesota, Carter is thrust back into his worst nightmare. He had finally begun to move on with his life after the mob-killing of his wife, Genny, only to be yanked back in time to the place of her murder where he has to relive it all over again.

The carnival has its reasons for bringing people back to the place of their heartache and pain. Finding out his wife is alive is just the beginning for Carter. It seems that Genny has problems of her own. She's on the run, because in her attempt to escape, she killed an important member of the St. Paul Syndicate. Finding her now will prove to be almost impossible, and Carter is forced to turn to the man who shot her, the syndicate's right-hand man, Joseph. He also has a stake in all this, as Genny and Carter soon find out. As Carter races against the week the carnival has given him to find his wife before the gangsters do, he realizes he must also make a life and death decision for everyone involved. Will he choose to save the woman he loves, or the carnival and its people?

Kimberly Sigafus is an award-winning Ojibwa freelance writer, and speaker, and co-owner of McIver Publishing. Her Ojibwa name means "Quiet Soul." She has ten years of newspaper and photo-journalistic experience, and now works in poetry, romance, children's picture books, plays, short stories, Native American non-fiction, and fiction writing. Most of my work shows my Native roots. A hybrid author, Sigafus has been both traditionally published and self-published.

As co-owner of McIver Publishing, Kimberly has helped many others with the self-publishing and marketing of their books. In her personal life, she has been a lyricist, singer, and actor for over 30 years, and in my quiet time she makes dream catchers and drum and sing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Millett presents Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury

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

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

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

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