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Exciting new season for Club Book

Club Book Spring 2014
Club Book Spring 2014

The Twin Cities for bookish sorts

Library Strategies and MELSA (the Metropolitan Library Service Agency) are pleased to announce an exciting new season of Club Book, beginning February 3 and running through April 24. From Food Network’s Amy Thielen to bestselling novelists J. Courtney Sullivan and Amanda Coplin, this lineup will be one of Club Book’s best yet.

After four outstanding years under the direction of Friends of the Hennepin County Library, Club Book is proud to announce a new coordinating organization: Library Strategies—the nonprofit consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. With the change in leadership comes an all-new, dynamic website—and something else: free podcasts of each author presentation. The new website is now live, and features a comprehensive and interactive timeline highlighting all the authors who’ve been a part of Club Book since its inception.

This upcoming season includes debut authors as well as local favorites, exciting new formats such as Writers-in-Conversation, and an astonishing array of genres, from poetry to political writing to fiction. Don't let the podcasts keep you away, but do let them steep you in the experience long after it's over. Come out to meet your favorite authors in these (mostly) intimate settings.

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 and signing. Podcasts will be available on the website and at the iTunes store a few days after each event.

Drumroll, please! Mark your calendars now for the new season of Club Book events:

Monday, February 3, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Amy Thielen
Host of Food Network’s “Heartland Table,” former chef, and author of The New Midwestern Table.
Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave SE, Prior Lake (hosted by Scott County Library)

Tuesday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Julie Kramer
Author of the 2009 Minnesota Book Award-winning mystery novel, Stalking Susan, and the upcoming Delivering Death.
Central Park Amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury (hosted by Washington County Library)

Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
Club Book with J. Courtney Sullivan
New York Times bestselling author of Commencement, Maine, and most recently, The Engagements.
Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd, Chanhassen (hosted by Carver County Library)

Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Elizabeth Berg
Prolific New York Times bestselling novelist and author of Tapestry of Fortunes.
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley (hosted by Dakota County Library)

Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Club Book with P.S. Duffy
Author of the highly-praised fiction debut, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave, St Paul (hosted by Saint Paul Public Library)

Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Nikki Giovanni & Dave Zirin
Writers-in-Conversation featuring world-renowned poet and activist, Nikki Giovanni, and award-winning political sports writer, Dave Zirin.
Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Minneapolis (hosted by Hennepin County Library)

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Brian Freeman
Author of the internationally-acclaimed “Jonathan Stride” detective series and its newest installment, The Cold Nowhere.
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave, Anoka (hosted by Anoka County Library)

Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Peter Geye & Amy Greene
Writers-in-Conversation featuring Peter Geye (Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road) and Amy Greene (Bloodroot and Long Man) - two authors admired for their vividly-drawn sense of place.
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N, Roseville (hosted by Ramsey County Library)

Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Club Book with Amanda Coplin
Debut author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Orchardist.
Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third Street N, Stillwater

For more complete biographies of each author, please go to the Club Book website. Club Book collaborates with all eight library systems in the seven-county region to pair bestselling and award-winning authors with audiences in all corners of the Twin Cities metro.

Club Book, a program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by Library Strategies Consulting Group, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Media support: Minnesota Public Radio. 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, Saint Paul Public, Scott County, Stillwater Public, and Washington County.

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