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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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