Club Book, a series that brings best-selling and award-winning authors to library communities throughout the metropolitan region, will host 8 different acclaimed authors in our winter/spring 2013 season. They just got the green light on funding through the end of 2013. So get ready, it looks like a great season!
Mark your calendars for new Club Book events:
Pam Houston: Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood
Pam Houston is an award-winning novelist, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her stories have been selected for the O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. Her two collections of linked short stories are Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat. She also has written two novels, two collections of autobiographical essays, and was editor of Women on Hunting: Essays, Fiction, and Poetry. Her newest novel, Contents May Have Shifted, is a skillfully written non-linear novel about a woman traveling the world searching for authenticity and soaking up life.
Lorna Landvik: Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., Prior Lake
The Twin Cities’ own Lorna Landvik is a renowned writer, comedienne, and personality-about-town. Passionate about writing and theater from an early age, she made her debut as a novelist in 1996 with the critically acclaimed Patty Jane's House of Curl followed by 8 more novels, including best-sellers Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, and The View from Mt. Joy. She also continues to work as an actor and playwright, having appeared in Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, and most currently in a one-woman, all-improvised show called Party in the Rec Room.
Club Book with Li-Young Lee: Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., Saint Paul
Highly regarded Chinese-American poet Li-Young Lee has penned 4 critically acclaimed books of poetry, including Behind My Eyes and The City in Which I Love You. His memoir, The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, was described as "a literary event -- a work of memory and myth" by the Phoenix Gazette and received an American Book Award. Lee's many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Club Book with Cheryl Strayed: Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Central Park Amphitheater, 8595 Central Park Pl., Woodbury
Club Book with Cheryl Strayed: Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley
Raised in Minnesota, Cheryl Strayed is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Wild, her memoir about a solo trip along the Pacific Coast Trail. Her works also include the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue and The Best New American Voice. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on TheRumpus.net since March 2010.
Club Book with Arthur Phillips: Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St. N., Stillwater
Author of five novels, including Egyptologist and The Song is You, Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy champion. His first novel, Prague, was named a New York Times Notable Book. As part of the Valley Reads program, Phillips will speak about his most recent novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, about the discovery of what is reputed to be a lost Shakespeare play.
Club Book with Lorna Landvik: Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m.
Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Boulevard, Chanhassen
Club Book with Brenda Langton: Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Hennepin County Library - Southdale, 7001 York Ave S., Edina
For nearly 40 years, Brenda Langton has been one of the most recognizable guiding lights of Twin Cities organic dining, from the earliest days at the Commonplace Cooperative Restaurant to her award-winning establishments Cafe Kardamena and the beloved Cafe Brenda. Always ahead of the curve when it comes to serving local, organic, and vegetarian cuisine, her newest cookbook, The Spoonriver Cookbook, is a tribute to her acclaimed Spoonriver restaurant and the Mill City Farmers Market, as well as a presentation of the vision and philosophy behind her delicious creations.
Club Book with John Sandford: Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave., Anoka
John Sandford is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and fiction writer, and author of the bestselling Virgil Flowers and Prey series. A prolific writer of both fiction and journalism, he received his first training as a reporter while working for an army paper in Korea, eventually coming to write for The St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a Midwestern farm crisis. His serial thrillers continue to be top sellers. Sanford will discuss his newest book in the Prey series, Silken Prey.
Club Book with Benjamin Percy: Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
Hennepin County Library - Southdale, 7001 York Ave S., Edina
Benjamin Percy is a fiction author and essayist. His many honors include an NEA fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. His highly praised novel, The Wilding (published by Graywolf Press), won the 2011 Society of Midlands Authors Award for Fiction. His collection of stories, Refresh, Refresh was also published as a graphic novel, and his fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, where he is a regular contributor. His newest book is the psychological thriller Red Moon, to be published in May 2013.
Club Book, a program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Originally launched in 2010, Club Book is now slated to run through the end of 2013. The program will announce two seasons annually with events hosted by library systems throughout the 7-county metropolitan area.
All events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first served. Doors open 45 minutes in advance of programs and books will be available for sale/signing.
Club Book, a program of Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Creative partner: A/B Geist. Media support: Minnesota Public Radio. Author escort: Around Town Agency. Library hosts include: Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul Public, Scott County, Stillwater Public, and Washington County.
For more information about the series, visit the dedicated website (www.clubbook.org) or call 612-543-8107.