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Club Book Summer/Fall 2014 Season Announced!

Lev Grossman kicks off the new season of Club Book Photo by Sophie Gee
Lev Grossman kicks off the new season of Club Book Photo by Sophie Gee

Club Book, a series that brings best-selling and award-winning authors to library communities throughout the metropolitan region, is thrilled to announce an exciting new season, kicking off August 11 with a talk by Lev Grossman.

All Club Book events are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open 45 minutes in advance of each program and books will be available for sale/signing. Podcasts of each program will be available on the website and at the iTunes store within a few days of each event. Visit for more information.

Mark your calendars for new Club Book events:

Club Book with Lev Grossman
Monday, August 11, 7 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville
Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling Magicians trilogy. The much-anticipated third and final installment, The Magicians Land, debuts in August, and the full series is being adapted as a television drama by NBC/Universal. Grossman is also the author of two stand-alone novels, Warp and Codex, and he is lead book critic and technology writer for Time magazine and a regular guest on NPR.
Hosted by: Ramsey County Suburban Libraries

Club Book with Amy Bloom
Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m.
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
Amy Bloom is among the elite set of contemporary American storytellers to see international success as a novelist, short story author, and screenwriter. Bloom’s short fiction has been nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and appeared in popular anthologies including The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories. A psychotherapist by training, Bloom also created, wrote, and produced the Lifetime psychiatry drama “State of Mind.” She brings all this talent and experience to bear in her third full-length novel, Lucky Us.
Hosted by: Dakota County Library

Club Book with Louise Penny
Saturday, August 30, 2 p.m.
Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. SE, Prior Lake
Canadian phenom Louise Penny is the author behind the wildly popular Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, set in Quebec but translated into twenty different languages. Between the ten installments to date, Penny has won or been in contention for nearly every major prize awarded in the mystery genre: five Agatha Awards, four Anthony Awards, two Barry Awards, two Macavity Awards, and an Edgar Award. Penny also executive-produced the 2013 film adaptation of Still Life. The tenth Gamache novel, The Long Way Home, is out in August.
Hosted by: Scott County Library

Club Book with Jennifer McMahon
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen
Jennifer McMahon’s unique brand of suspense straddles the line between conventional mystery and supernatural thriller. Her novels have been staples on The New York Times bestseller list since her 2009 breakout, Promise Not to Tell. McMahon’s latest, The Winter People was an Indie Next pick, Library Reads selection, and Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mystery) in February, its debut month. McMahon is also the author of My Tiki Girl, a well-received GLBT young adult novel included on ALA’s Rainbow List for 2009.
Hosted by: Carver County Library

Club Book with Sue Miller
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Central Park Amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury
Sue Miller is the author of nearly a dozen bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Her first two hits, The Good Mother and Inventing the Abbotts, saw successful big screen adaptations in 1988 and 1997. Her third, Family Pictures, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and her sixth, While I Was Gone, became a popular Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Miller has earned a number of fellowships and other honors, including the Carl Sandburg Award and Kate Chopin Literary Award. Her newest, The Arsonist, is a "suspenseful and romantic novel," according to Booklist.
Hosted by: Washington County Library

Club Book with Hampton Sides
Monday, October 13, 7 p.m.
Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S., Edina
Hampton Sides is one of the best known – and bestselling – American historians of the past decade. Sides first made a name for himself with 2001’s Ghost Soldiers, which received the PEN USA Award for Nonfiction and also became the basis for documentaries on the History Channel and PBS. His gripping follow-ups, Blood and Thunder and Hellhound on His Trail (focused on key chapters of America’s westward expansion and civil rights movement, respectively) also saw successful small-screen adaptations. His newest, In the Kingdom of Ice, is “a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival” (Random House).
Hosted by: Hennepin County Library

Club Book with Julie Klassen
Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave., Anoka
Julie Klassen is Minnesota’s answer to Jane Austen. Her romances are set in Regency-era England. Two of these, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse, have the rare distinction of receiving both a Midwest Book Award and the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her third hit, The Silent Governess, also earned a Christy Award, and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award and the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. The Dancing Master, her latest book, shines the spotlight on the unsung professionals responsible for teaching young ladies the social graces necessary for a public life in high society.
Hosted by: Anoka County Library

Club Book with Rebecca Rasmussen
Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St. N., Stillwater
Rebecca Rasmussen garnered accolades in 2011 for The Bird Sisters, an “achingly authentic, almost completely character driven” novel chronicling the remarkable lives of two spinster sisters in rural Wisconsin according to Publishers Weekly. Rasmussen also pens short fiction; her stories have appeared in or won prizes from notable journals including The Mid-American Review, Narrative Magazine, and TriQuarterly. Rasmussen currently resides in California, but her creative interests remain in her native Midwest. Her newest book, Evergreen, also centers around siblings, and plays out against the picturesque backdrop of Minnesota’s verdant northwoods.
Hosted by: Stillwater Public Library

Club Book with Nikki Giovanni
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Arlington Hills Library and Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave., Saint Paul
Over a prolific career spanning five decades, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni has penned nearly twenty popular poetry collections including Acolytes (2007), Bicycles: Love Poems (2009), and Chasing Utopia (2013). She is also the author or co-author of ten children's books. Prominent among other awards and accolades, Giovanni is a five-time NAACP Image Award winner, holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, and is the first-ever recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. She is currently serving as a Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
Hosted by: Saint Paul Public Library

About Club Book:

Club Book collaborates with the library systems in the seven-county region to pair bestselling and award-winning authors with audiences in all corners of the Twin Cities metro. A program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and coordinated by Library Strategies, the nonprofit consulting group of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Club Book is made possible through Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, a portion of the state’s 2008 Legacy Amendment aimed at preserving and enlivening Minnesota’s rich cultural traditions.

Club Book welcomes the support of the following partners: Media sponsors: Minnesota Public Radio and MinnPost. Bookseller partner: Common Good Books. Author transportation: Around Town Agency. Hotel accommodations: The Crowne Plaza – Saint Paul Riverfront. Library hosts include: Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County Suburban, Saint Paul Public, Scott County, Stillwater Public, and Washington County.

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