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Thursday, April 2, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Launch of Colleen Mauro's Spiritual Telepathy: Ancient Techniques to Access the Wisdom of Your Soul

Spiritual Telepathy introduces readers to the ancient mind-training techniques that will allow them to access the wisdom and guidance of their own souls. These practices come from a body of knowledge called the Ageless Wisdom. Once taught in the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Greece, Babylon and India, these teachings were first put into book form by the Hindu sage Patanjali, author of The Yoga Sutras. In this classic book, Patanjali explained that the soul is our gateway to the higher worlds. When we make contact with soul, we have direct access to the subtle worlds where information on all subjects can be found.

Our most celebrated creative thinkers—the people we call geniuses or visionaries—all had the ability to access the subtle worlds. We see the fruits of this experience all around us—from our most beautiful works of art to the scientific breakthroughs and inventions that have revolutionized our world. But it’s not just the famous—it is possible for each of us to gain access to this universal storehouse of wisdom and knowledge.

Colleen Mauro was the founder and editor-in-chief of Intuition magazine. Her thirty years of experience in magazine publishing includes work as a publisher, editor, advertising director, and circulation and marketing consultant. A lifelong interest in the untapped powers of the mind led to the launch of Intuition magazine in 1988. Intuition explored the higher potential of the mind and the many and varied ways of knowing—intuition, inspiration and telepathy—providing both research and how-to information in easy-to-read form for the general reader.

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
BOMB Magazine and Two Dollar Radio present Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, Nicholas Rombes, and Rae Armantrout

Join BOMB Magazine and Two Dollar Radio for a reading with Sarah Gerard, Ian Dreiblatt, Nicholas Rombes, and Rae Armantrout

Sarah Gerard is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and the novel Binary Star. Short works have appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, Joyland, The Los Angeles Review of Books and other journals. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works at BOMB Magazine.

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet, translator, critic, and musician who lives in Brooklyn. His recent translations include Gogol's The Nose, Comradely Greetings (the prison correspondence of Pussy Riot's Nadyezhda Tolokonnikova with philosopher Slavoj Žižek), and various writing by insurgent artists of the Russian and Ukrainian left. sonnets, a chapbook, was published in 2014 by Metambesen, and letterpress-printed chap, בראשונה, is forthcoming in spring 2015 from DoubleCross Press. Work has additionally appeared in journals including Bomb, Web Conjunctions, The Agriculture Reader, Elderly, and Sink Review. In his spare time, he devises desolate walking tours of New York City, an obscure human settlement on the edge of America.

Nicholas Rombes is author of the novel The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio, October 2014) as well as Ramones from the acclaimed 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury. He is a contributing editor at Filmmaker Magazine and has written for The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, n+1, and other places. He is a professor of English at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan.

Rae Armantrout is a professor of writing in the Literature Department at the University of California at San Diego, and the author of eleven books of poetry, including Money Shot, Versed, Next Life, and Veil: New and Selected Poems.

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BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way critics described it.

Today, BOMB is a multi-media publishing house that creates, disseminates, and preserves artist-generated content from interviews to artists’ essays to new literature. BOMB includes a quarterly print magazine, a daily online publication, and a digital archive of its previously published content from 1981 onward.

Two Dollar Radio was founded in 2005. The original impetus came on the heels of reading Andre Schiffrin’s The Business of Books. Two Dollar Radio functions on a no-wasted bullets policy. You won’t find jokebooks or bathroom readers camouflaged in our lists. Our primary interest lies with what we would characterize as bold work: subversive, original, and highly creative.

Two Dollar Radio-published books have been honored by the National Book Foundation, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, picked as 'Editors' Choice' selections by The New York Times Book Review, and made year-end best-of lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, Slate, Salon, and The Believer.

Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Launch of ELJ's Wild and Harvest editions

SUNY-Buffalo State's literary journal, ELJ (Elm Leaves Journal) celebrates the launch of its Wild and Harvest editions, with readings by:

Kim Chinquee
Paul Lisicky
Gregory Lawless
Robert Lopez
Ted Pelton
Trevor Dodge
Kathy Fish
Peter Ramos
Myfanwy Collins

Elm Leaves Journal is Buffalo State's historic literary and arts journal. In production since 1948, Elm Leaves Journal has been administered, edited and produced by students at Buffalo State College.

In 2013, after a brief hiatus, Elm Leaves Journal was re-imagined as ELJ, a cutting edge, national literary journal. The 2013 edition was the first that published writers outside of the Buffalo State community, that was printed by a professional publisher. ELJ is published through the cooperation of the Writing Major and the School of Arts and Humanities.

The Wild Edition (Winter 2013) features work by writers Matthew Bookin, Eric Bosse, Tiff Holland, Gergory Lawless, Paul Lisicky, Robert Lopez, Mary Miller, Darlin' Neal, Ted Pelton, Gary Percesepe, Jennifer Pieroni, Matthew Roberston, Gail Louise Siegel, Curtis Smith, Ed Taylor, Griija Tropp, and Amy Day Wilkinson.

The Harvest edition (Fall 2014) features work by Trevor Dodge, Kathy Fish, Zach Fishel, Sherrie Flick, Lydia Copeland Gwyn, Tiff Holland, Paul Myette, Thomas O’Connell, Peter Ramos, Gail Louise Siegel, Kaysi Stepien, Ed Taylor, Diane Vickers, and Joan Wilking.

The Dirt edition is scheduled to be released in the academic year of 2015-2016. Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews and translations (of any word length) can be sent in the body of the email to eljbuffalo@gmail.com.

The journal is edited by Pushcart Prize-winning author Kim Chinquee, Associate Professor of English, and co-director of the writing major. ELJ is produced, in part, through the work of students in ENG 357, Literary Publishing. In this course, Professor Chinquee takes the students through the process or producing the journal, from layout to selection to editing.

Friday, April 10, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Algonquin Roundtable featuring Algonquin authors Tim Johnston, Gina Frangello, Bill Roorbach, and more

Join us for a special Algonquin Roundtable featuring the following Algonquin authors:

Tim Johnston, author of debut novel Descent:

The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner’s heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they’ve only read about in headlines or seen on TV.

Caitlin’s disappearance, all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths until all that continues to bind them together are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point will a girl stop fighting for her life?

Bill Roorbach, The Remedy for Love:

They’re calling for the “Storm of the Century,” and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart—twenty bucks and a ride home; that’s the least he can do.

Trouble is, Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles—and secrets—of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can’t. She’ll need food, water, and firewood, and that’s just to get her through the storm: there’s a whole long winter ahead.

Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but—winds howling, snow mounting—he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle’s terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

Brock Clarke, The Happiest People in the World:

Who are “the happiest people in the world”? Theoretically, it’s all the people who live in Denmark. But Denmark is also where some political cartoonists got into very unhappy trouble when they attempted to depict Muhammad in their drawings, which prompted protests, arson, and even assassination attempts.

Imagine that one of those cartoonists, given protection through the CIA, is relocated to a small town in upstate New York where he is given a job as a high school guidance counselor. Once there, he manages to fall in love with the wife of the high school principal, who himself is trying to get over the effects of a misguided love affair with the very CIA agent who sent the cartoonist to him. Imagine also that virtually every other person in this tiny town is a CIA operative.

Lauren Grodstein, A Friend of the Family:

College professor Andy Waite is picking up the pieces of a shattered life. Between his research in evolutionary biology and caring for his young daughters, his days are reassurringly safe, if a bit lonely. But when Melissa Potter—charismatic, unpredictable, and devout—asks him to advise her study of intelligent design, he agrees. Suddenly, the world that Andy has fought to rebuild is rocked to its foundations.

Gina Frangello, A Life in Men:

The friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood until the mid-1980s, when the two young women embarked on a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip initiated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short and who was determined that it be the vacation of a lifetime. But by the time their visit to Greece was over, Nix had withdrawn from their friendship, and Mary had no idea why.

Three years later, Nix is dead, and Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong. In the process she meets the first of many men that she will spend time with as she travels throughout the world. Through them she experiences not only a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected and to appreciate the freedom to live life adventurously.

Michael Parker, All I Have in This World:

Two strangers meet over the hood of a used car in Texas: Marcus, who is fleeing both his financial and personal failures, and Maria, who after years of dodging her mistakes has returned to her hometown to make amends. One looking forward, the other looking back, they face off over the car they both want. And after knowing each other for less than an hour, they decide to buy it together. All I Have in This World is a different kind of love story about the power of friendship.

The authors will read and do a question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

Algonquin Books' founding edict still holds strong: to publish quality fiction and nonfiction by undiscovered young writers, and to keep our books in print, reaching new fans for years to come. Though they publish only 20 new titles a year, we are recognized around the world as an award-winning literary house with numerous bestsellers. From Water for Elephants to A Reliable Wife, The Art Forger to Last Child in the Woods, our books continue to stimulate, enrich and entertain legions of fans.

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The above authors will also be participating in an panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, titled "Between Oblivion and The Blockbuster: What's a Literary Novel To Do?" This event is only open to those registered for the conference.

At a time when the literary novel seems all but doomed, five accomplished authors have found safe haven with an indie house that publishes just 20 new titles a year. Now, at vastly different moments in their careers-some quite impressively along, others just debuting-these Algonquin Books authors gather to tell stories of the paths that led each of them to this common publishing experience, and to discuss what they've learned about a literary landscape that might not be so bleak after all.

Friday, April 10, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

BUST Magazine reading hosted by The Loft Literary Center and Roxane Gay

BUST Magazine and the Loft present:

Patricia Smith
xTx
Roxane Gay
Amber Tamblyn
Franny Choi
and Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

Free and open to the public, with suggested donation of $5 - $10.
First-come, first-served seating.
Overflow rooms with live feeds available.

With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST Magazine provides an uncensored view on the female experience. BUST tells the truth about women's lives and presents a female perspective on pop culture. BUSTing stereotypes about women since 1993.

Saturday, April 11, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Tiferet Journal reading

On Saturday, April 11, at 2 pm, there will be a special reading hosted by Tiferet Journal. The authors will sign their books and answer questions about their craft. This event is open to the public.

Alika Barnstone is an award-winning poet, editor, translator, and critic. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Greece in 2006, and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations.

Therése Halscheid’s latest collection is Frozen Latitudes. She received a Greatest Hits chapbook award by Pudding House Publications. Simplicity has connected her to the natural world and has been the focus of her art.

Alex Cigale’s English-language poems and translations of Russian poetry have appeared in Cimarron, Colorado, Green Mountains, New England, and many others. He is a 2015 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, and editor of the Spring 2015 Russia issue of the Atlanta Review.

Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and author of seventeen books and a music CD. In 2014-15, he’ll publish two anthologies. Selected Prizes: NEA, California Arts Council, Poets Prize, Pushcart, Strokestown International, John Ciardi, Benjamin Saltman.

Willis Barnstone is an American poet, memoirist, translator, Hispanist, and comparatist. He has translated the Ancient Greek poets and the complete fragments of the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus. He is also a New Testament and Gnostic scholar.

Melissa Studdard’s debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, was released this past fall. She is also a best-selling novelist. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, and two Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

Diane Bonavist is the founder of Resourceful Woman, a feminist publication. She is the author of Cathars and The Daughters of Night, both historical novels. Diane has worked in technical communication for Fortune 500 companies, and taught creative writing.

Donna Baier Stein is the author of the story collection Sympathetic People. Her awards include a scholarship from Bread Loaf, fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, prizes from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New Hampshire, and more.

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and a novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns.

Amy King’s I Want to Make You Safe, was one of Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. She is the recipient of the 2015 Winner Women’s National Book Association Award. King teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Barrett Warner is the author of My Friend Ken Harvey and Til I'm Blue in the Face. Barrett is also an associate editor of Free State Review, and acquisitions editor for Galileo Press.

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Tiferet is a non-sectarian, non-dogmatic publication and community at the nexus of literature and spirituality.

We publish high-quality poetry, prose, and art that further meaningful dialogue about what it is to be humane and conscious in today’s often divisive world.

Sunday, April 12, 2:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Ellen Meeropol presents On Hurricane Island

As a major hurricane threatens the northeast, math professor Gandalf Cohen is abducted by federal agents and flown to a secret interrogation center off the coast of Maine. Austin Coombs, a young local resident, is a newly hired civilian guard assigned to the detention center. Henry Ames, a man of personal secrets, is the FBI special agent in charge of Gandalf's case and doubts the professor's terrorist involvement; Tobias, his second-in-command, disagrees, preferring violent interrogation. As the hurricane slams the shore, conflict detonates and each character must choose a side if they're to survive the storm.

Told over the five days approaching the anniversary of 9/11, by varying voices on both extremes of the political divide, On Hurricane Island is both a fast-paced political thriller and a literary examination of the sociopolitical storm facing our society. How far should government go in the name of protecting our national security? What happens when governmental powers of surveillance and extra-legal interrogation are expanded? How free are we?

A former nurse practitioner and part-time bookseller, Ellen Meeropol is the author of one previous novel, House Arrest. She lives and writes in Western Massachusetts.

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars discusses The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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

Chris Cander presents Whisper Hollow

One morning in Verra, a town nestled into the hillsides of West Virginia, the young Myrthen Bergmann is playing tug-of-war with her twin, when her sister is killed. Unable to accept her own guilt, Myrthen excludes herself from all forms of friendship and affection and begins a twisted, haunted life dedicated to God. Meanwhile, her neighbor Alta Krol longs to be an artist even as her days are taken up caring for her widowed father and siblings.

Everything changes when Myrthen marries the man Alta loves. Fourteen years later, we meet Lidia, a teenage girl in the same town, and her precocious son, Gabriel. When Gabriel starts telling eerily prescient stories that hint at Verra’s long-buried secrets, it’s not long before the townspeople begin to suspect that the boy harbors evil spirits—an irresistible state of affairs for Myrthen and her obsession with salvation.

Praise for Whisper Hollow:

“Like D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Chris Cander’s beautiful novel, Whisper Hollow, is about love that finds its object, and love that misses its mark and becomes destructive, in a community of coal miners. ... Chris Cander’s understanding of men and women is profound, and the scenes in this wonderful book will stay with you like a visionary experience.” —Charles Baxter, author of Gryphon: New and Selected Stories

“Love and loss, devotion and longing, hope and despair, Cander renders all of this and more through the lives of three women spanning more than fifty years. Here is a novel so full of life—of its beauty and cruelty—that I emerged from it like one of those men walking from mines she so wonderfully evokes, like a man walking from the darkness into the light.” —Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road

Chris Cander is a novelist, children’s book author, freelance writer, and teacher for Houston-based Writers in the Schools. Her novel 11 Stories, published by a small press in Houston, was included in Kirkus’s best indie general fiction of 2013.

Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm - Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN
Pen Pals with Jodi Picoult

In just over 20 years, Jodi Picoult has published 21 novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes and My Sister’s Keeper. With sales of more than 46 million books in 34 languages in 35 countries, several of her works have been made into films for both television and the big screen. Leaving Time (her 22nd novel) will be published in Fall 2014.

In a lecture entitled, “The Facts Behind the Fiction,” Ms. Picoult will explore the fascinating, and sometimes humorous, research she does for her novels.

Picoult will also be speaking on Friday, April 17, at 11:00am.

This event is part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture series, a ticketed series benefiting Friends of HCL. The 2014-2015 Pen Pals Season offers five award-winning and engaging presenters who collectively have written, critiqued or created thousands of books: Joyce Carol Oates (with Michael Dirda), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Blanco, Jodi Picoult and Chip Kidd.

Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here. Tickets are $40-$50.

Friday, April 17, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents Mentor Series Reading: Ru Freeman

The 2014–15 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents fiction mentor Ru Freeman reading along with program participants Kate Lucas (poetry) and S.A. Wolter (fiction).

Ru Freeman was born into a family of writers and many boys in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, Guernica, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the author of the novel A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), which was long-listed for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature, and translated into several languages. Her new novel, On Sal Mal Lane, was published by Graywolf Press in 2013. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

Kate Lucas works as a writer and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poems and essay writing have appeared in sleet magazine; rock, paper, scissors; Studio One; and the anthology From the Pews in the Back, and she received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Loft Mentor Series for Poetry. She received her MFA from Hamline University and served as assistant poetry editor for Water~Stone Review in 2014.

S. A. Wolter spent her childhood on a cattle ranch and farm in northwestern North Dakota. Following career opportunities and paychecks, she has lived most of her adult life in the metropolitan areas of Phoenix, Arizona and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was a 2013 recipient of a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant in prose. Her writing credits include the Jonis Agee Award for Fiction in Dust & Fire: Writing and Art by Women and publication in Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape, a juried book competition of photographs, poetry, and prose. She currently resides in Eden Prairie with her husband, two teenage children, and her writing companion, a small dog named Macy.

Sunday, April 19, 2:00pm - House of Hope Presbyterian Church (797 Summit Avenue, St Paul)
The House of Hope Sunday Series presents Jon Meacham

The House of Hope Sunday Series presents prominent speakers and musicians. These events are free and open to the public. On April 19, the program with Jon Meacham begins at 2, followed by a question and answer session, and then a book-signing opportunity.

Sunday Series April 19, 2015, 2 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is an historian, editor, and bestselling author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion (Pulitzer), among others. Meacham is also the executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, a contributing editor to Time magazine, former editor of Newsweek, and a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose.

Sunday, April 19, 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. All are welcome to attend; light refreshments will be provided.

Readers will include:

Fiction writer Alexandra Watson
Non-fiction writer Jonathan Damery
Poet Katie Rensch
Poet Su Hwang
Non-fiction writer Scott Long

For more information, please contact D. Allen at millcityreadingseries@gmail.com, or visit their website.

Tuesday, April 21, 6:15pm - The Happy Gnome (498 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102)
Books & Bars discusses The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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, April 23, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Margret Aldrich presents The Little Free Library Book

"Take a book. Return a book." In 2009, Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library as a memorial to his mom. Five years later, this simple idea to promote literacy and encourage community has become a movement. Little Free Libraries—freestanding front-yard book exchanges—now number twenty thousand in seventy countries. The Little Free Library Book tells the history of these charming libraries, gathers quirky and poignant firsthand stories from owners, provides a resource guide for how to best use your Little Free Library, and delights readers with color images of the most creative and inspired LFLs around.

Margret Aldrich is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in the Utne Reader, Experience Life!, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.

Friday, April 24, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Madelon Sprengnether reads from Great River Road: Memoir and Memory and Near Solstice: Prose Poems with poet Patricia Kirkpatrick

About Great River Road:

Great River Road is about the transformations of memory over time. Personal memory, as we now know, is fluid, flexible, malleable—blending current experience with remembered events, hence altering individual memories in the process of recall. Memoir writing, like memory, reconstructs the past in the light of the present. In this way, painful or even traumatic events ... may change over time in ways that open new avenues of insight and self-awareness. Both memoir and memory re-member the past in ways that offer the possibility of transformation.

“Great River Road is a candid personal story and a far larger one: an intriguing take on the challenge of revisiting our lives, taking pleasure in old joys, and overcoming our natural resistance to the painful parts. Sprengnether’s conclusion that memory is a ‘process rather than a product, a verb rather than a noun’ is the perfect way to open tight-shut doors to the forgiveness of others and of the self.” - Rosellen Brown

About Near Solstice: Prose Poems:

Near Solstice is grounded in the body and sensual awareness as the means by which we experience the world. In a series of interlinked poems, which read like meditations, this collection deals with the death of parents, family members and friends in the context of the passing of seasons, the vicissitudes of sexuality, the consolations of landscape, and the significance of light. With their focus on individual moments in time, which expand to include history, myth and culture, these poems are both profoundly physical and intensely spiritual.

“Madelon Sprengnether’s short prose poems surprise us with their quick turns and telegraphic insights, their physical bearing—what she calls ‘bodyworlds’—and spiritual poise. Near Solstice is a book of urgencies.” - Edward Hirsch

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Madelon Sprengnether is Regents Professor in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches literature and creative writing. In addition to scholarly books and articles, she has published a collection of lyric essays, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams; a memoir, Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir; two collections of poems, The Normal Heart and The Angel of Duluth; and a co-edited collection of travel writing by women, The House on Via Gombito.

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 and in anthologies, including Robert Bly in This World and She Walks in Beauty.

Monday, April 27, 7:00pm - Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Talk of the Stacks with Dan Buettner

A National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, a nonprofit dedicated to putting the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. His research on longevity led to a National Geographic cover story, “Secrets of Living Longer,” and two national bestsellers, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive. A revered public speaker, he has appeared on CNN, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America and the Today Show to discuss his groundbreaking research. His newest book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, is filled with moving personal stories, recipes and useful tips for a healthier, happier life.

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, April 29, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Launch of Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are by Tim Burkett, with guest Wanda Isle, editor

Zen teachings—infused with elements of memoir—by a popular modern teacher who "grew up" at the feet of two of the great figures who brought Zen to America, Shunryu Suzuki and Dainin Katagiri. The author employs his reminiscences of those two great masters as teaching anecdotes.

Tim Burkett was twenty when he met Suzuki Roshi, and it was love at first sight. He immediately quit pursuing the career in law to which his illustrious family of jurists inclined him, and became a serious Zen student. He went on to become a licensed psychotherapist and then followed Katagiri Roshi to Minneapolis to become a founder of the Zen scene there. He never left. Now that he's himself a revered Zen teacher, he's decided to articulate his own view of Zen. He structures the teaching according to five not-necessarily sequential levels on the road to enlightenment: (1) commitment to the path, (2) studying the self, (3) cultivating compassion and equanimity, (4) perseverance, and (5) emptiness. This is an introduction to Zen teaching that reads like an intriguing memoir, as the author discovers the teaching in the people, places, and experiences he encounters in the course of his practice.

Thursday, April 30, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Loft Literary Center presents the 9th Annual "Motherhood & Words" Reading

Local Author Kate Hopper launched the annual Motherhood & Words Reading in 2007.

So often in our society, writing by a group of people is lumped together and dismissed. This has certainly been the case with motherhood literature. In 1976, Adrienne Rich began Of Woman Born with this: “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood.” Almost four decades later, we have made progress, yet motherhood literature is still largely ignored, and motherhood memoir, christened “momoir,” is routinely dismissed.

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

Join Kate in welcoming authors Kathryn Trueblood and Kao Kalia Yang for the 9th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading on Thursday, April 30 at the Loft.

Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, winner of a 2014 MIPA’s Midwest Book Award, and she is co-author of Silent Running, a memoir of one family’s journey with autism and running. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, the New York Times online, and Poets & Writers. She teaches in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program, online, and at the Loft Literary Center and Madeline Island School of the Arts.

Kathryn Trueblood’s most recent book is The Baby Lottery, a Book Sense Pick in 2007. She was awarded the 2013 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Jane Smiley and sponsored by the Bellevue Literary Review. Trueblood’s latest story, “Diary of a Slut,” was published in 2014 by SheBooks, a new digital publisher of women’s writing. Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers, the Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, and others. A professor of English at Western Washington University, she lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, and writer. Yang is the author of the award-winning book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and the forthcoming The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family.

Sunday, May 3, 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. All are welcome to attend; light refreshments will be provided.

Readers will include:

Fiction writer Mike Alberti
Non-fiction writer Emily Strasser
Poet Anna Rasmussen
Non-fiction writer Veronica Kavass
Poet Trevor Ketner

For more information, please contact D. Allen at millcityreadingseries@gmail.com, or visit their website.

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

Pen Pals with Chip Kidd

According to USA Today, Chip Kidd is “the closest thing to a rock star” in the world of graphic design. He is lauded for revolutionizing the book cover and for his iconic illustrations, such as the T-Rex image he designed for Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. In his role as Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, he has produced more than 2,000 iconic designs and has received top honors. His 2012 TED talk has garnered hundreds of thousands of views and was cited as one of the “funniest of the year.” In addition to his design work, Chip Kidd has published two novels and several books on comics and graphic design.

In an illustrated talk, Mr. Kidd will make you reexamine why you judge a book by its cover.

Kidd will also be speaking on Friday, May 8, at 11:00am.

This event is part of the Pen Pals Author Lecture series, a ticketed series benefiting Friends of HCL. The 2014-2015 Pen Pals Season offers five award-winning and engaging presenters who collectively have written, critiqued or created thousands of books: Joyce Carol Oates (with Michael Dirda), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Blanco, Jodi Picoult and Chip Kidd.

Learn more about Pen Pals and purchase a ticket here. Tickets are $40-$50.

Friday, May 8, 7:00pm - The Loft Literary Center | 1011 Washington Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Loft Literary Center presents Michael Dennis Browne, John Hildebrand, and Madelon Sprengnether

John Hildebrand, Madelon Sprengnather, and Michael Dennis Brown launch new works of memoir and poetry.

Michael Dennis Browne's most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Other recent publications include poetry collection Things I Can’t Tell You, and a collection of essays on poetry titled What the Poem Wants. As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working principally with composer Stephen Paulus, among many others. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for thirty-nine years and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

John Hildebrand is the author of four books, Reading the River, Mapping the Farm, A Northern Front, and most recently The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. He is the recipient of a Minnesota Book Award, a Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, a Bush Artist Fellowship, and a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist and literary critic. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Normal Heart and The Angel of Duluth, two memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, and Crying at the Movies, and a co-edited collection of travel essays by women, The House on Via Gombito, in addition to numerous works of literary criticism. She has just published two new books: Great River Road: Memoir and Memory and Near Solstice: Prose Poems.

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00pm - REPUBLIC at Calhoun Square 3001 Hennepin Ave South
Books & Bars discusses We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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

William D. Green reads from Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912

The true story, and the black citizens, behind the evolution of racial equality in Minnesota

He had just given a rousing speech to a packed assembly in St. Paul, but Frederick Douglass, confidant to the Great Emancipator and conscience of the Republican Party, was denied a hotel room because he was black. This was Minnesota in 1873, four years after the state had approved black suffrage—a state where “freedom” meant being unshackled from slavery but not social restrictions, where “equality” meant access to the ballot but not to a restaurant downtown.

Spanning the half-century after the Civil War, Degrees of Freedom draws a rare picture of black experience in a northern state and of the nature of black discontent and action within a predominantly white, ostensibly progressive society. William D. Green reveals little-known historical characters among the black men and women who moved to Minnesota following the Fifteenth Amendment; worked as farmhands and laborers; built communities (such as Pig’s Eye Landing, later renamed St. Paul), businesses, and a newspaper (the Western Appeal); and embodied the slow but inexorable advancement of race relations in the state over time. Within this absorbing, often surprising, narrative we meet “ordinary” citizens, like former slave and early settler Jim Thompson and black barbers catering to a white clientele, but also personages of national stature, such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois, all of whom championed civil rights in Minnesota. And we see how, in a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers and entrepreneurs, politicians, and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change.

William D. Green, professor of history at Augsburg College, is the author of A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota.

Tuesday, May 19, 6:15pm - Location TBD
Books & Bars discusses We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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.

Sunday, June 7, 4:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Maggie Messitt reads from The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa

Just across the northern border of a former apartheid-era homeland sits the the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte, caught between a traditional past and a western future, a racially charged history and a pseudo-democratic present. The Rainy Season introduces readers to and opens a window into the complicated reality of daily life in South Africa, telling the stories of three generations in the Rainbow Nation one decade after its first democratic elections. This multi-threaded narrative follows Regina, a tapestry weaver in her sixties, standing at the crossroads where her Catholic faith and the AIDS pandemic crash; Thoko, a middle-aged sangoma (traditional healer) taking steps to turn her shebeen into a fully licensed tavern; and Dankie, a young man taking his matriculation exams, coming of age as one of Mandela’s Children, the first academic class educated entirely under democratic governance.

An independent narrative and immersion journalist, Maggie Messitt has spent the last decade reporting from inside underserved communities in southern Africa and middle America. A dual-citizen, Messitt lived in South Africa from 2003 to 2011. During this time, she was the founding director of a writing school for rural African women, editor of its community newspaper and international literary magazine, and a freelance reporter. Messitt currently resides in Athens, Ohio, where she’s completing her doctorate in creative nonfiction at Ohio University.

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Advanced Praise for The Rainy Season:

“Whether safari travelogues or tributes to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, what most Americans read about South Africa is far more superficial than Maggie Messitt’s gritty vision of the country. In the tradition of writers like James Agee and Katherine Boo, she has immersed herself deeply in the everyday lives of people struggling with AIDS, early death, corruption, false promises, grinding rural poverty, and the daily struggle to make ends meet in a society that tourists and most foreign correspondents never see. This is a profoundly compassionate book, that truly takes you inside the lives of those in it.” —Adam Hochschild, author pf King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

The Rainy Season is a delight of closely observed detail from the lives of three memorable characters in a remote South African village. Skillfully taking us through the quiet drama of an unusually generous rainy season in the bushveld, Messitt gives an insight into a world that is key to understanding South Africa today.” —Greg Marinovich, author, The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War.

Thursday, June 11, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Rebecca Dinerstein reads from The Sunlit Night

From an exhilarating new voice, a stunning debut novel which Jonathan Safran Foer calls as "lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller."

In the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances and Yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. Their lives have been upended - Frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic Manhattan for an isolated artist colony; Yasha arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world." They have come to learn how to be alone.

But in Lofoten, an archipelago of six tiny islands in the Norwegian Sea, ninety-five miles north of the Arctic Circle, they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes, offering solace amidst great uncertainty. With nimble and sure-footed prose, Dinerstein reveals that no matter how far we travel to claim our own territory, it is ultimately love that gives us our place in the world.

Rebecca Dinerstein is the author of Lofoten, a bilingual English-Norwegian collection of poems. She received her B.A. from Yale and her M.F.A. in Fiction from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn.

Friday, June 19, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Launch of Trans Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy by Tom Kaczynski

Trans Terra is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics and philosophy into a heady brew exploring work, creativity, emergence of the new, and the possibility of utopia.

The author's journey begins in the frigid wastelands of contemporary consumer culture. Like a surreal HMS Beagle, Trans Terra meanders through time and space exploring archipelagos real and imagined. Prominent stops include Soviet Siberia, Communist Poland, Plato's Atlantis, 19th century New York and Sir Thomas More's Utopia. Arriving on the polluted shores of collapsing global civilization, Tom K glimpses the faint light of utopia beyond the veil of Apocalypse. Taking cue from Salvador Dali's Paranoid Critical-Method the author unearths improbable connections between thinkers as disparate as Ignatious Donnelly, Alvin Toffler, Rem Koolhaas , Slavoj Žižek and many others. Translated into several languages, Trans Terra is a comic-book manifesto for the post-capitalist-crisis world.

Tom Kaczynski is an Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher and publisher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, MOME, Punk Planet, the Drama, and many other publications. As a designer he’s worked on projects for many well-known companies including AOL, Motorola, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, and for non-profits including IRC (International Rescue Committee). He currently teaches comics at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and occasionally contributes to the Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Sunday, June 21, 3:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)
Meet Andrew Knapp and Momo, author and star of Find Momo: Coast to Coast

Momo loves to hide—and you’ll love looking for him! In this follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Find Momo, the canine Instagram superstar (and his best buddy, Andrew Knapp) travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It’s part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun.

Andrew Knapp is a freelance interface designer and photographer from northern Ontario who desires to make everyday routines into creative adventures. Along with his commercial photography and design work, he’s filmed a TEDx Talk, collaborated on an Instamissions project with MTV and Sony, and cofounded the We Live Up Here collaboration exploring life in Sudbury, Ontario.

Momo is an adorable brown-eyed border collie, Andrew’s BFF, and a genius at hiding. He has over 301,000 Instagram fans.

Monday, July 27, 7:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Cynthia Swanson reads from The Bookseller

A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.

Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Then the dreams begin.

Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?

Cynthia Swanson is a writer and mid-century modern designer. She has published short fiction in 13th Moon, Kalliope, Sojourner, and other periodicals; her story in 13th Moon was a Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three children. The Bookseller is her first novel.

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