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Mar
30
Thu
Pam Jenoff @ Galaxie Library
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 at 7 PM

Galaxie Library
14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley

Pam Jenoff is the author behind The Kommandant’s Girl (2007), one of this past decade’s best received works of historical romance. After the Nazis occupy Poland in 1939, young Jewish bride Emma Bau is forced to flee her home and husband and assume a new identity. In hopes of gaining intel for the Polish resistance movement, she becomes the secretary and love interest of a high-ranking German official – a brave decision with unexpected consequences. Jenoff has since penned half a dozen more novels against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, including The Diplomat’s Wife (2008), The Things We Cherished (2011), The Ambassador’s Daughter (2013), The Other Girl (2014), The Winter Guest (2014), and The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach (2015). Her newest, The Orphan’s Tale, debuts in February. It follows Noa, a young woman who becomes pregnant by a German soldier, is ostracized from her community, and joins up with a traveling circus.

A podcast of Pam Jenoff’s discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Apr
4
Tue
Lily King @ Stillwater Public Library
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 7 at 7 PM

Stillwater Public Library
224 Third St N, Stillwater

Award-winning novelist Lily King is the author of Euphoria, one of 2014’s best reviewed books. King’s popular page-turner is inspired by and loosely based around the New Guinea fieldwork of famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. The New York Times Book Review singled out Euphoria for a coveted spot on its annual “10 Best Books” list, praising King’s work as a “meticulously researched homage to Mead’s restless mind — and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday.” The book garnered the author a host of other honors, as well, including the first-ever Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Lily King has also published three additional novels, including The Pleasing Hour (1999), a riveting debut honored with a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and Father of the Rain (2010), winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction.

A podcast of Lily King’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Apr
20
Thu
Julie Rivett @ Stillwater Public Library
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 20 at 7 PM

Stillwater Public Library
224 Third St N, Stillwater

Stillwater Public Library, in partnership with ArtReach St. Croix and the National Endowment for the Arts, is bringing The Big Read to Stillwater in April 2017. The featured title is a perennial favorite: Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 detective classic The Maltese Falcon. Hammet is considered the father of the “hard-boiled” style of detective writing, and The Maltese Falcon is undoubtedly his opus. In conjunction with The Big Read, Club Book is pleased to host a special event featuring Hammett granddaughter and noted scholar Julie Rivett. She has edited five books on her celebrated grandfather’s work, including: Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett (2001), Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers (2001), Return of the Thin Man (2012), The Hunter and Other Stories (2013), and The Continental Op: Case Files Complete (2016). Rivett is also a trustee of the Hammett estate, and delivers lectures around the world on Hammett and autobiographical Falcon protagonist Sam Spade.

A podcast of Julie Rivett’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Apr
25
Tue
Lorna Landvik @ Chanhassen Public Library
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM

Chanhassen Public Library
7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen

Minnesota’s own Lorna Landvik is a comedienne, actress, playwright, and prolific novelist. Her 1995 fiction debut, Patty Jane’s House of Curl – a zany but heartwarming story about two Minnesota sisters who open a beauty parlor… complete with live harp music and Norwegian baked goods – introduced readers to Landvik’s unique brand of humor. She has since published nearly a dozen other books, including bestsellers Welcome to the Great Mysterious (2002), Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (2004), Oh My Stars (2008), and Best to Laugh (2014). In addition to her writing, Landvik is a regular in the local improv comedy scene, and has written and starred in several scripted plays. Her latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, is a long-awaited sequel to Patty Jane’s House of Curls. It hits shelves in April.

A podcast of Lorna Landvik’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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May
11
Thu
Yaa Gyasi @ Merriam Park Library
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 11 at 7 PM

Merriam Park Library
1831 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul

Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi is the author behind Homegoing, one of the breakout hits of 2016. This sweeping, transcontinental family saga follows the descendants of two sisters torn apart by the African slave trade. The legacy of slavery follows six subsequent generations – through the American Civil War, to twentieth-century Harlem, and up to the modern day. It has earned a wide range of accolades and honors. The Washington Post endorses Homegoing as “[Alex Haley’s] Roots for a new generation. A bold tale of slavery… how much we know, and how much we willfully forget.” Gyasi’s unique, relevant, and engaging voice earned the 26-year-old the National Book Foundation’s highly coveted ‘5 Under 35’ Award for 2016. Random House is re-releasing the New York Times bestseller in paperback in April.

 

A podcast of Yaa Gyasi’s discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Sep
14
Thu
P.J. Tracy @ Chanhassen Public Library
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM

Chanhassen Public Library
7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen

P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo Patricia (P.J.) and Traci Lambrecht, authors behind the internationally bestselling Monkeewrench mystery series. Set right here in the Twin Cities, the Monkeewrench novels center around a group of computer geniuses who split their time between software engineering and a much less prosaic pastime: helping authorities solve Minnesota’s seemingly unsolvable crimes. P.J. Tracy’s debut, Monkeewrench (2003), earned the Lambrechts the prestigious Anthony and Barry Awards for Best First Mystery Novel, as well as the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Popular Fiction. Subsequent installments – Live Bait (2004), Dead Run (2005), Snow Blind (2006), Shoot to Thrill (2010), and Off the Grid (2012) – firmly established P.J. Tracy as a murder mystery mainstay. Their seventh, The Sixth Idea, will be released in paperback in June. Nothing Stays Buried, Traci Lambrechet’s newest Monkeewrench thriller – and the first since the passing of her mother P.J. in 2016 – was released in August.

A podcast of Tracy’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Sep
19
Tue
Susan Elizabeth Phillips @ Stillwater Public Library
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 19 at 7 PM

Stillwater Public Library
224 3rd Street North, Stillwater

Only a handful of romance writers can boast a career as long or prolific as Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Over the past three decades, she has published nearly thirty books. Moreover, that corpus including five novels singled out as Favorite Book of the Year by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) – a distinction achieved by no other author to date. RWA inducted Phillips into its Romance Writers Hall of Fame in 2001, and she received the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Phillips is perhaps best known to readers for her New York Times bestselling Chicago Stars series – a string of nine beloved books that, in the words of fellow writer Kristin Hannah, solidify her reputation as “the absolute queen of contemporary romance.” Her latest installment, #1 New York Times bestseller First Star I See Tonight, will be reissued in paperback in June. In it, dogged, novice detective Piper Dove is assigned to tail a star quarterback, and quickly finds the case to be anything but routine.

 

A podcast of Phillip’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Oct
2
Mon
Lesley Nneka Arimah @ Brookdale Library
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, October 2 at 7 PM

Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center

Nigerian-American short fiction favorite Lesley Nneka Arimah made waves in April with the release of her long-awaited collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. For months prior, publications as varied as Time, Elle, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and even Buzzfeed had lauded it as one of 2017’s most anticipated releases – and with good reason. Arimah’s debut features a dozen stories, several of which have already earned her an international following. These include the O. Henry Prize-winning, National Magazine Award-nominated “Glory,” about a doll woven from hair which comes to life, and “Light,” winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Considered in its entirety, NPR calls What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky “electrifying and defiantly original… Arimah crafts stories that reward rereading, not because they’re unclear or confusing, but because it’s so tempting to revisit each exquisite sentence, each uniquely beautiful description.”

A podcast of Arimah’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Oct
9
Mon
Vidar Sundstøl
 @ Highland Park Community Center
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, October 9 at 7 PM

Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul

Scandinavian readers who have never visited the United States have come to know northern Minnesota intimately through the inspired work of Norwegian crime novelist Vidar Sundstøl. He is best known, both in his native country and abroad, for the Minnesota Trilogy: The Land of Dreams, Only the Dead, and The Ravens. The series, translated to English by Tiina Nunnally, centers around a U.S. Forest Service officer whose happy, unassuming life on Lake Superior is turned upside down by the grisly murder of a Norwegian tourist. The Land of Dreams won Sundstøl the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Story in 2008; popular newspaper Dagbladet recently praised it as one of the twenty-five best Norwegian mystery novels of all time. Sundstøl’s newest novel, The Devil’s Wedding Ring, picks up with the mysterious death of an occult folklore researcher on Midsummer Eve. It is a story American fans have been craving: not only “taut with suspense, but steeped in Norwegian culture past and present” (University of Minnesota Press). Its English translation debuts in September.

 

A podcast of Sundstøl’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Oct
19
Thu
Dave Page @ R.H. Stafford Library

Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM

R.H. Stafford Library
8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN

Dave Page is one of the foremost scholars writing today on the life and legacy of Saint Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among other credits, Page edited The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the future literary star’s boyhood journal. (Fitzgerald mined Minnesota characters and episodes from his ‘Thoughtbook’ when crafting a backdrop for his seminal The Great Gatsby, and in other stories.) Page also co-edited The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2004). His latest research endeavor, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home, is a house-by-house guide to Summit Avenue and other areas of Saint Paul that Fitzgerald knew and loved. In this impressive opus – which weighs in at nearly two pounds – Page’s anecdotes are accompanied by hundreds of historical and contemporary photographs, and nearly 700 footnotes. Page has taught English and Fitzgerald courses at Inver Hills Community College, and currently serves on the board of the non-profit organization Fitzgerald in Saint Paul.

 

A podcast of Page’s Club Book discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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