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Talk of the Stacks has announced four new programs this season, all celebrating the publication of new works including genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story. The master class begins February 18. Mark your calendars:

February 18: New York Magazine contributing editor, Jennifer Senior, discusses her much-anticipated nonfiction work, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.

March 7: Beloved novelist and short story master Lorrie Moore shares Bark, her first collection in 15 years.

April 3: Legendary poet Ron Padgett reads from his newly released Coffee House Press book, Collected Poems.

May 12: Acclaimed writer Francine Prose shares her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932.

Now in its 8th year, Talk of the Stacks is a free author series exploring contemporary literature and culture and is hosted by Friends of the Hennepin County. Held at the Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401) in Pohlad Hall, the programs are free and open to the public. Book sales/signings follow presentations. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 PM and programs begin at 7 PM.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7 PM
Contributing editor at New York Magazine, Jennifer Senior is an accomplished journalist and frequent television news panelist. When her cover article “All Joy and No Fun” was published in 2010, it set off a firestorm of responses in the media and blogosphere. Based on that controversial article, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting is an honest and fascinating look at the true experience of parenthood. Weaving psychological and case studies from across the globe with personal experience, the book explores the tangible effect children and parenting have on parents.

Friday, March 7, 2014, 7 PM
Over the course of the last two decades Lorrie Moore has earned a place among the finest writers in this country by exploring the lives of modern women and men as they confront the absurdities of ordinary life. A contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, she has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In Bark, her first collection in 15 years, she presents eight new masterful stories – exploring the passage of time, with a perfect blend of craft, humor and bewitched spirit.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7 PM
In honor of National Poetry Month, we will host celebrated poet, editor and translator Ron Padgett. Born in Oklahoma, Padgett moved to New York City in 1960 to enroll in Columbia University and became a vital part of the famed Second Generation New York School Poets. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is the author of over 30 collections of poetry and books of prose, including Great Ball of Fire (1969), You Never Know (2002), How to Be Perfect (2007) and How Long (2011). His new Coffee House Press book, Collected Poems, is the record of his 50-year dynamic career as a beloved American poet.

Monday, May 12, 2014, 7 PM
Novelist Francine Prose is a former President of the PEN American Center and author of 16 books of fiction and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. She has been published in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, among others, and is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine. Her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932, is a “tour de force” of character, view point and atmosphere – taking place in Paris from the late 1920s till the end of World War II.

For more information: www.supporthclib.org or 612-543-8107.

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