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Talk of the Stacks fall season: one down, three to go

Amy Tan speaks in November
Amy Tan speaks in November

I already missed the September event, which was a conversation with two award-winning authors (Larry Watson and Jon Pineda) and Milkweed Editions Publisher and CEO Daniel Slager. So don’t make the same mistake I did – get these on your calendar and enjoy some excellent, world-class literary discussions, free and right here in Minneapolis.

Talk of the Stacks, a free author series exploring contemporary literature and culture, will host three more new programs this season, all celebrating the publication of new works. Mark your calendars:

  • October 25: Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performance artist Dessa discusses her new ‘yet to be titled’ poetry chapbook with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer.
  • November 13: Best-selling author Amy Tan shares her latest book, The Valley of Amazement, her first published novel in almost ten years.
  • December 12: Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni reads from her much anticipated new poetry collection, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid.

All programs are held at the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401), and are free and open to the public. Book sales/signings follow presentations. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 and programs begin at 7 PM. Details are below:

Talk of the Stacks with Dessa
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 PM
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, performer and author Dessa was born and raised in Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a philosophy degree, her musical talents eventually led her to join the Doomtree collective. Her musical output, including 2013's Parts of Speech, unites a wide range of tones and narratives under the author’s whip-smart lyricism. Dessa has taught at McNally Smith College of Music, spoken at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and published a book of poetic prose, Spiral Bound. Her newest literary release, a poetry chapbook, will be published by Rain Taxi in early October. Join Dessa and editor Eric Lorberer as they converse about creating this collection, poems versus lyrics, and more. A special cocktail and signing party open to all attendees will follow the talk.

Talk of the Stacks with Amy Tan
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7 PM

Amy Tan is the bestselling author of seven novels (including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter), a memoir and two children’s books. Contributor to countless collections and magazines, Tan also co-wrote and co-produced the film version of The Joy Luck Club and worked on the Emmy-nominated children’s TV series, Sagwa. Her latest book, The Valley of Amazement, will be her first published novel in almost ten years. Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters.

Talk of the Stacks with Nikki Giovanni
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7 PM
Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni has spurred social movements and informed generations with her work. Recipient of nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities; Nikki has received seven NAACP Image Awards and was the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award. A Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, Nikki has written over 30 books for adults and children and received a Grammy nomination for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Nikki will share her much anticipated new poetry collection, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid.

Talk of the Stacks is a program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Gold sponsors: The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank

Additional support: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers

For more information: or 612-543-8107.

Friends of Hennepin County Library is an active community of supporters—helping the Library fulfill its mission to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community. By raising critically needed funds for books, movies, music, programs and technology, and through presentation of the highly regarded Pen Pals and Talk of the Stacks author series, the Friends of Hennepin County Library opens doors and minds to new worlds.

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