Upcoming Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Fall Season of Club Book will be delivered to audiences virtually via live author events.
Sep
26
Wed
Eli Saslow
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM

Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Avenue N, Roseville

Eli Saslow is a Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist, and a leading voice in the discourse around resurgent white nationalism and how to combat it. His first book-length treatment of this subject, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, hits shelves in September. The book follows Saslow’s relationship with Derek Black, a white supremacist from one of the movement’s most high-profile families. In college, Black’s interactions with people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds led him to question (and ultimately reject) the worldview of his upbringing. Saslow first introduced Black’s story in 2016, in a seminal piece for The Washington Post. Saslow’s previous works of note include Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President (2011), which profiles a sampling of poignant letters received – and responded to – by President Obama. Among other high journalism honors, Saslow earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for a hard-hitting Washington Post series on the rise in food stamps usage. He won the George Polk Award for National Reporting that same year.

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This event is hosted by the Ramsey County Library.

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

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Oct
12
Fri
Curt Brown
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Friday, October 12 at 7 PM

Anoka County Library – Northtown
711 County Hwy 10 Frontage Road, Blaine

Curt Brown is a newspaper byline known to many through a popular and long-running Sunday history series in the Star Tribune. Brown has spent more than three decades in journalism, culminating in a prestigious recognition as Minnesota Journalist of the Year in 2013. He received that laurel for his serialized narrative on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Repackaged and sold as an e-book, In the Footsteps of Little Crow, Brown’s masterful account landed him on the New York Times bestseller list. Brown’s other titles include Frozen in History: Amazing Tales from Minnesota’s Past, another Star Tribune series anthology, and The William Marvy Co. of Saint Paul – a quirky tale about the nation’s last barber pole- making family. Brown’s latest and highest profile release, Minnesota 1918, chronicles a uniquely trying but pivotal year. One hundred years ago, Minnesota faced a unique “trifecta of horrors” (Pioneer Press): causalities abroad in a world war, rampant and deadly influenza at home, and the state’s most destructive natural disaster on record.

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This event is hosted by the Anoka County Library.

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

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Oct
15
Mon
Julia Glass
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Monday, October 15 at 7 PM

Scott County Library – Prior Lake
16210 Eagle Creek Avenue SE, Prior Lake

National Book Award winner Julia Glass won one of fiction’s highest honors with her debut novel. That breakout, Three Junes (2002), follows the lives and loves of a Scottish family over the course of a full decade. Upon its release, The New York Times Book Review gushed: “Three Junes brilliantly rescues, then refurbishes, the traditional plot-driven novel.” Subsequent bestsellers to Glass’s credit include The Whole World Over (2007), I See You Everywhere (2008), The Widower’s Tale (2010), and And the Dark Sacred Night (2014). This last revisits several of the characters and settings from Three Junes. Glass is also a prize-winning short fiction writer and a frequent anthology collaborator. Glass’s new full-length novel, A House Among the Trees, centers around the childhood secrets and shocking last will and testament of a world-renowned children’s book author. The National Book Review calls it: “Enthralling… Glass is a master at withholding information until just the right moment.”

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This event is hosted by the Scott County Library.

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A podcast of Glass’ discussion will be available a few days after the event!

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Oct
25
Thu
Brian Freeman
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 PM

Carver County Library – Chanhassen
7711 Kerber Boulevard, Chanhassen

Outside of the United States, the city of Duluth is best known by many as the primary setting for the mysteries of prolific, internationally bestselling novelist Brian Freeman. He is the author behind the acclaimed Jonathan Stride detective series. Stride’s 2006 debut, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony and Barry awards for best first novel. Freeman introduced a second popular protagonist, eccentric Florida investigator Cab Bolton, in The Bone House (2011). Freeman’s titles have been printed in 22 different languages and sold in 46 countries to date. His latest, Alter Ego, is the ninth installment in the Jonathan Stride series. In this memorable case, Duluth’s famous son finds himself investigating a mercurial Hollywood actor starring in a film about none other than Stride himself! The Star Tribune called Alter Ego “a practically perfect summer read… Brian Freeman’s latest explores the cult of celebrity and the sociopaths that it sometimes shelters.”

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This event is hosted by the Carver County Library.

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

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Oct
30
Tue
Wil Haygood
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM

Saint Paul Public Library – Rondo
461 Dale Street N, Saint Paul

African American historian Wil Haygood made waves in 2008 with the publication of a feature in The Washington Post titled “A Butler Well Served by This Election.” It profiled the life and service of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who worked under eight presidents over the course of 34 years. It is the inspiration behind the Lee Daniels movie of the same name, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forrest Whitaker. In 2013, as a tie-in to the Hollywood film, Haygood fleshed out Allen’s story into a New York Times bestselling biography, The Butler: A Witness to History. Haygood has also penned biographers of African American luminaries including musician Sammy Davis Jr., boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. Haygood’s new book, Tigerland, tells the remarkable untold story of baseball and basketball teams at a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio. The Tigers both won high-profile state championships (and made national headlines) in 1968-1969 against the backdrop of escalating racial tensions.

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This event is hosted by the Saint Paul Public Library.

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

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Nov
13
Tue
David Grann
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Tuesday, November 13 at 7 PM

Hennepin County Library – Southdale
7001 York Avenue S, Edina

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His gripping debut, The Lost City of Z (2009), follows the life and mysterious disappearance of Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett. It is the basis for the 2016 movie of the same name, starring Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson. Grann’s follow-up, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes (2010), is a twelve-essay anthology. Each entry focuses on someone with an all-consuming passion in life that leads them into decidedly unusual (and sometimes deadly) situations. Grann solidified his reputation in 2017 with Killers of the Flower Moon, a shocking exposé that documents one of the most sinister racial injustices in American history – and the founding of the modern FBI. In his newest release, The White Darkness, Grann returns to the world of intrepid explorers. This lavishly illustrated book follows the story of Henry Worsley, a special forces veteran eager to retrace the steps of famed adventurer Ernest Shackleton – and to do the legend one better, by traversing the full length of the Antarctic on foot. The White Darkness hits shelves in October.

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This event is hosted by the Hennepin County Library.

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

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Nov
14
Wed
Deborah Blum
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Wednesday, November 14 at 7 PM

Dakota Public Library – Galaxie
14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley

Bestselling author Deborah Blum is one of America’s foremost science writers, and one of only a handful to find publishing success writing about the history of science. Blum’s debut, The Monkey Wars (1994), grew out of a Pulitzer Prize winning series she wrote for the Sacramento Bee about the ethical implications of primate research. Blum’s follow-ups demonstrate her research range: Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences between Men and Woman (1998), and Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life after Death (2007). Blum’s popularity grew still further in 2010, with The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. One review lauded The Poisoner’s Handbook as “a vicious, page-turning story that reads more like Raymond Chandler than Madam Curie.” Plum’s newest book, The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, follows in a similar vein. It tells the surprising – sometimes stomach-churning – story of the unsung heroes we have to thank for today’s food industry safety protocols.

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This event is hosted by the Carver County Library.

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

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Mar
11
Mon
Alex Kotlowitz
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Monday, March 11 at 6:30 PM

Dakota County Library – Wentworth
199 E Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul

Peabody Award- winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz is one of the nation’s foremost commentators on urban violence and community perseverance. He is best known for the seminal but haunting There Are No Children Here, the real-life story of 9- and 11-year old brothers in Chicago’s most crime-ridden public housing complex. (Oprah Winfrey produced and starred in a film version of There Are No Children Here in 1993.) His 2007 follow-up, The Other Side of the River, shines a light on two towns in southern Michigan as a microcosm for the racial divides still prevalent in America. In addition to numerous journalism plaudits, Kotlowitz won an Emmy Award as producer of the 2011 documentary The Interrupters (based on a gripping New York Times Magazine article researched by the author). Kotlowitz returns to Chicago in his newest exposé, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago. In it, he shares heart-wrenching vignettes of residents who lived through Chicago’s most violent summer on record, and paints a fresh, honest portrait of a city in turmoil. It hits shelves March 5.

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This event is hosted by the Dakota County Library.

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

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Mar
14
Thu
Emily Bernard
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM

Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville

Tennessee native Emily Bernard is intimately familiar with, and endlessly fascinated by, the “complexities and paradoxes” of growing up as a person of color in the American South. She captures her insights and takeaways in the much anticipated essay anthology Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine. In an advance review for the intertwining, twelve-essay collection, Publisher’s Weekly lauds: “The author’s wisdom and compassion radiate throughout.” While her struggles and themes will strike a chord with many, Bernard’s life story is singular and her authorial voice fresh. She holds a PhD from Yale, and is now on the faculty of a university in the whitest state of America. She is also the mother of two daughters adopted from Ethiopia. Prior to her memoir, Bernard penned significant scholarship on Harlem Renaissance luminaries Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, and co-authored Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (2009). Her essays have appeared in a host of journals and anthologies, including The American Scholar and Best African American Essays.

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This event is hosted by the Ramsey County Library.

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

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Mar
20
Wed
Don Winslow
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM

Washington County Library – R.H. Stafford
8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury

Internationally renowned thriller novelist Don Winslow is the mind behind “The Godfather trilogy of our time” – this according to sources as varied as The New York Times, Esquire magazine, and writer Stephen King. Over the past three decades, Winslow has published more than twenty books total. Early highlights include The Death and Life of Bobby Z, basis for a 2007 film of the same name starring Laurence Fishburne and Paul Walker, and Savages, which was adapted for the big screen by Oliver Stone in 2012. Winslow reached still further heights with The Power of the Dog, the first of a trilogy about DEA agent Art Keller’s decades-long war with a Mexican drug kingpin. Based on the U.S. Government’s very real War on Drugs (and six years of research by Winslow), The Power of the Dog and its 2015 sequel The Cartel replicate “the pace and feel of an explosive documentary” (NPR). The trilogy’s much-anticipated conclusion, The Border, debuts February 26. It finds protagonist Keller pulled from retirement to combat a domestic heroine epidemic and new enemies where he least expected to find them: in his own government.

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This event is hosted by the Washington County Library.

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

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