There are 187 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.
1971 Commonwealth Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
1420 Eckles Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108-1030
1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108
1984 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
2003 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108
1980 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
1536 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
2238 Carter Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
2375 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
2380 Wycliff St. #102, Saint Paul, MN 55114
1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
1755 Prior Avenue N., Falcon Heights, MN 55113
777 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55114
1579 University Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
2057 Snelling Avenue North, Rosveill, Minnesota 55113
2642 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114-1057
2100 N. Snelling Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113
3032 Hennepin Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
1940 Lexington Ave N, St Paul, MN 55113
2180 North Hamline, Roseville, MN 55113
1831 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
1771 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Second Story Reading Series: Bryan Bliss and Pete Hautman
Second Story is the Loft’s reading series for young adult and middle-grade authors. Perfect for families and readers of all ages, Second Story pairs a first-time author with a more established voice in children’s literature.
Bryan Bliss is the author of No Parking at the End Times. He holds master’s degrees in theology and fiction and—shockingly—found a professional job that allows him to use both of those degrees. His political philosophy degree, however, is still underutilized. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal, along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children, both of whom wish he wrote books about dragons. Or wizards.
"This quietly powerful story of a young woman’s quest for deliverance in the face of parental failure, religious disillusionment, and self-doubt moved me deeply. I can’t wait to see what Bryan Bliss does next.” —Sara Zarr, author of National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl
Pete Hautman is the author of more than twenty novels for adults and teens, including the 2004 National Book Award winner Godless, Los Angeles Book Prize winner The Big Crunch, and three New York Times Notable Books: Drawing Dead, The Mortal Nuts, and Rash. His “young adult” novels range from science fiction (Rash, Mr. Was, Hole in the Sky, and The Obsidian Blade) to mystery (Blank Confession) to contemporary drama (Godless, Sweetblood) to romantic comedy (What Boys Really Want).
With novelist, poet, and occasional co-author Mary Logue, Hautman divides his time between Golden Valley, Minnesota and Stockholm, Wisconsin. His latest book is Eden West, the story of a boy growing up in an isolated doomsday cult in Montana. Learn more about Pete Hautman on his website: www.petehautman.com and his blog http://petehautman.blogspot.com. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Girls Read Book Club
Calling all girls in 5th - 7th grade! Grab your mom (or some other book-loving adult) and bring her to Red Balloon’s Girls Read Book Club. Meet other girls and moms and share the fun of reading. Girls Read meets every fourth Monday.
April's book selection is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein
. Call the store, 651-224-8320, for more information and to sign up.
DATE: Monday, April 27 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)… (more)
John Sandford (added from Random House)
Book Reading with Immigration Author Margaret Regan
Michael Hall will be promoting It's an Orange Aardvark!
Michael Northrop, TOMBQUEST #2: AMULET KEEPERS
From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, comes a brand-new, action-packed, Egyptian-inspired adventure series, TombQuest! Ancient secrets, hidden “hazards,” mummies, and more await you at Red Balloon Bookshop, where we’ll welcome author Michael Northrop
, who will share the New York Times bestselling world of TombQuest with you! Learn all the behind-the-scenes secrets to creating the TombQuest world, make an Egyptian headdress, and meet the author. Your quest awaits! Visit tombquest.scholastic.com.
Michael Northrop brings his love of Egyptian history, his explosive adventure writing, and his dynamic personality to TombQuest. His other books include Trapped, an Indie Next List selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library best book of the year and an NPR Backseat Book Club selection. When he’s not researching mummies, Michael writes full-time from his home in New York City.
DATE: Thursday, Apr 30 TIME: 6:30 pm (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Motherhood and Words Reading
Local Author Kate Hopper launched the annual Motherhood & Words Reading in 2007.
So often in our society, writing by a group of people is lumped together and dismissed. This has certainly been the case with motherhood literature. In 1976, Adrienne Rich began Of Woman Born with this: “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood.” Almost four decades later, we have made progress, yet motherhood literature is still largely ignored, and motherhood memoir, christened “momoir,” is routinely dismissed.
But like all great writing, literature about motherhood is, as Patricia Hampl says about memoir, “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Motherhood literature is not about motherhood; it uses motherhood as a lens through which to see the world.
Join Kate in welcoming authors Kathryn Trueblood and Kao Kalia Yang for the 9th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading on Thursday, April 30 at the Loft.
Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, winner of a 2014 MIPA’s Midwest Book Award, and she is co-author of Silent Running, a memoir of one family’s journey with autism and running (April, 2015). Kate holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, The New York Times online, and Poets & Writers. She teaches in Ashland University’s low-residency MFA program, online, and at the Loft Literary Center and Madeline Island School of the Arts. For more information about her work visit www.katehopper.com.
Kathryn Trueblood’s most recent book is The Baby Lottery, a Book Sense Pick in 2007. She was awarded the 2013 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Jane Smiley and sponsored by the Bellevue Literary Review. In 2011, she won the Red Hen Press Short Story Award for her story “Fuck You! Till Next Christmas,” and was selected for a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the oldest feminist funding agency in the U.S. Trueblood’s latest story, “Diary of a Slut,” was published in 2014 by SheBooks, a new digital publisher of women’s writing. Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, The Seattle Review, Zyzzyva, and others. A professor of English at Western Washington University, she lives in Bellingham, Washington. Learn more about her work at http://kathryntrueblood.com.
Kao Kalia Yang is a teacher, public speaker, and writer. Yang is the author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Kao Kalia lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family. To learn more about her work visit http://kaokaliayang.com. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
John Sandford (added from Random House)
Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference
The Loft's Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference (May 1–3, 2015) features Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Andrew Karre, Connie Hsu, Molly Beth Griffin, and many other writers and editors. Spend the weekend learning from them and a lineup of award-winning writers and editors. Tracks on Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and and Publishing & Career.
Regular price is $275.00, Loft members $247.50. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Independent Bookstore Day!
Join fellow book lovers for our Independent Bookstore Day party celebrating what indie bookstores bring to the community! Red Balloon Bookshop and indie bookstores across the country will feature one-day-only exclusive merchandise and family activities all day long. Exclusive items include an original, signed Captain Underpants print; a “Guess How Much I Love You?”-themed onesie; a literary map of Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River journey; a Margaret Atwood stencil and much more. Only limited quantities are available, and are only available on May 2!
In addition to the collector’s merchandise, Red Balloon will have refreshments every hour, a book launch party for Derek Anderson’s Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, joke-telling with David LaRochelle, and more! Join us May 2 to celebrate the ultimate champion of books and readers: the Independent Bookstore!
Stay tuned for Red Balloon's full schedule of fun!
For more information on this national event, visit www.indiebookstoreday.com.
Excluive merchandise will include limited quantaties of the following:
Literary Map of the Seas
Signed Captain Underpants Print
Signed Hyperbole & A Half Broadside (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Michael Hall will be promoting It's an Orange Aardvark!
The (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club
Do you find yourself reading books for teenagers even though those years have passed? Do you have a hard time remembering the last adult book you read? You are not alone! Join Red Balloon’s new (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club, a group for adults who love Young Adult literature. We’ll meet every 1st Monday and discuss one fantastic, fun YA book a month. All books will be chosen by group members. Book discounts and opportunities such as volunteering at events and reading Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are available. Embrace your love of YA and join us for laughs, eats, and solidarity!
May's book selection is Half a King by Joe Ambercrombie. Email Amy, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions and to sign up.
DATE: Monday, May 4 TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Johnny Dwyer (added from Random House)
Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater, PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES - ticketed event
From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater
(Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted and The Raven Boys
series) and Jackson Pearce
series) comes Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, an exciting new middle-grade series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations. Join Red Balloon as we welcome these beloved and bestselling authors!
DATE: Friday, May 8 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop
This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line. Tickets may be obtained by purchasing Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures for $16.99 (+ tax) from Red Balloon Bookshop. Discounts do not apply. One ticket per person; those younger than 12 may be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320. See store hours.
At the time of your purchase, you will be assigned a ticket within a signing group. This indicates your place in the signing line. Directly following the presentation on May 8, signing groups will be called up to wait in line. Tickets and books may be picked up beginning Tuesday, April 28 (the book’s release date) through the day of the event.
Signing Guidelines: In addition to Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, each ticket holder may have an additional 3 books signed per author, for a total of 4 books signed by each author. These additional books may be brought from home or purchased from Red Balloon Bookshop. If time allows, ticket holders may have the chance to re-enter the signing line to have additional books signed.
Photography Guidelines: Video and flash photography are not permitted during this event. Photos without flash are allowed and encouraged; however, due to time restrictions, photos in the signing line may be limited to “unposed” photos only. A Red Balloon team member will be on hand to help take your photo while you meet the author.
CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 651-224-8320 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.
Have a question, concern, or special need? Read our Author Event FAQs! (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Reading with Michael Dennis Browne, John Hildebrand, and Madelon Sprengnether
John Hildebrand, Madelon Sprengnather, and Michael Dennis Brown Launch New Works of Memoir and Poetry
Michael Dennis Browne's most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Other recent publications include poetry collection Things I Can’t Tell You, (Carnegie Mellon, 2005) and What the Poem Wants, essays on poetry (Carnegie Mellon, 2008). Browne’s poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Two of his collections have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working principally with composer Stephen Paulus, and recently also with Craig Hella Johnson, Abbie Betinis, and Tim Takach. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for thirty-nine years and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. His website is michaeldennisbrowne.com.
John Hildebrand is the author of four books: Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon, Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family, A Northern Front: New and Selected Essays, and most recently The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. His articles and essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, Audubon, Sports Illustrated, and Outside. He is the recipient of a Minnesota Book Award, a Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, a Bush Artist Fellowship, and a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist and literary critic. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Normal Heart and The Angel of Duluth, two memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, and Crying at the Movies, and a co-edited collection of travel essays by women, The House on Via Gombito, in addition to numerous works of literary criticism. She has just published two new books: Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (New Rivers Press) and Near Solstice: Prose Poems (Holy Cow! Press). (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Elizabeth Berg (added from Random House)
Sarah J. Maas, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES - ticketed event
From Sarah J. Maas
, the bestselling author of The Throne of Glass
series, comes the first book in a sexy and action-packed new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses
! Join Sarah J. Maas
, in conversation with Red Balloon’s Amy Oelkers, to discover the behind-the-scenes details of this delicious new series. A Court of Thorns and Roses
weaves together classic fae lore, villainous curses, iconic fairy tales, lethal danger, simmering romance, and epic battles into a story that will leave you breathless!
DATE: Monday, May 11 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop
TICKET INFO This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required to enter the signing line. Tickets may be obtained by purchasing A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for $17.99 (+ tax) from Red Balloon Bookshop*. Discounts do not apply. One ticket per person; those younger than 12 may be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320. See store hours.
At the time of your purchase, you will be assigned a ticket within a signing group. This indicates your place in the signing line. Directly following the presentation on May 8, signing groups will be called up to wait in line. Tickets and books may be picked up beginning Tuesday, May 5 (the book’s release date) through the date of the event.
Signing Guidelines: In addition to A Court of Thorns and Roses, each ticket holder may have an additional 2 books for a total of 3 books signed. These additional books may be brought from home or purchased from Red Balloon Bookshop. If time allows, ticket holders may have the chance to re-enter the signing line to have additional books signed.
Photography Guidelines: Photos are allowed; however, because of time restrictions, only unposed photos are allowed in the signing line. A Red Balloon team member will be on hand to help take your photo while you meet the author.
Can't make it? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 651-224-8320 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.
Have a question, concern, or special need? Read our Author Event FAQs!
*This book is recommended for ages 14 and up. Customers under age 14, or those concerned with the content of the book, may have the option to purchase any hardcover Sarah J. Maas title to obtain a ticket. Please contact Red Balloon Bookshop with questions.
PREORDER PROMOTION Your preorder of the book qualifies you for Bloomsbury’s A Court of Thorns and Roses pre-order promotion! Receive a keepsake metal bookmark and temporary tattoo from Bloomsbury! To enter, send proof of your A Court of Thorns and Roses print or ebook preorder to email@example.com with ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses Preorder’ in the subject header. Please ensure you include your name, age, and full mailing address in the body of your email. Offer ends 1st May 2015. While supplies last. (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves
Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves
Bao Phi, Ananya Chatterjee with David Mura
Writer David Mura will conduct a conversation on the arts and race with two nationally prominent Asian American artists—poet and spoken word artist Bao Phi, and dancer/choreographer Ananya Chaterjea, founder of the Ananya Dance Theatre. Among our topics: the position of Asian Americans in American society, culture and history; the intersections between Asian Americans and other communities of color; and the complex issues facing Asian American artists. A key subject will be Asian American arts activism, including ADT’s mission of social justice as well as the protests over the Ordway’s production of Miss Saigon and the shooting of Fong Lee by a Minneapolis policeman.
Among Asian Americans, the Twin Cities have come to be regarded as a key center for Asian American arts and activism. Locally, though, Asian Americans are still not integral to most people’s picture of Minnesota. Similarly, in so many conversations about race, Asian Americans are either not included or are relegated to an “add on” to other people of color. Our panel will address these silences, occlusions and omissions, and provide a more nuanced and complex view of Asian Americans and Asian American artists.
This conversation is part of a series of four conversations on the arts and race at the Loft as part of David Mura’s Arts Initiative Grant. David Mura is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Ananya Chatterjea, dancer, choreographer, dance scholar, and dance educator, envisions her work in the field of dance as a “call to action“ with a particular focus on women artists of color. She the Artistic Director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a dance company of women artists of color who believe in the powerful intersection of artistic excellence and social justice (www.ananyadancetheatre.org). ADT premieres one or more new works annually in the Twin Cities, commissions new music for each new work, and offers touring performances, workshops, and dialogues throughout the year. Ananya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance, and Director of Dance at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Her book, Butting out! Reading cultural politics in the work of Chandralekha and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2004. Ananya has received grants from prestigious organizations such as the Asian Arts Initiative, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Bao Phi is the author of the poetry collection Song I Sing (Coffee House Press). Phi has been a two time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, and appeared on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. His work has been featured in the Best American Poetry, Screaming Monkeys, and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. His poetry on CD includes Refugeography and The Nguyens EP. He performs across the country, acts as an Asian American Community member, is a member of the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition, and was a member of the Justice for Fong Lee Committee. He is the Program Director of the Loft Literary Center. He is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Phi lives in Minneapolis with his daughter.
David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, critic, playwright, and performance artist. Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity (1996). His novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (2008), was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Prize and Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. Mura’s newest poetry collection is The Last Incantations. His second, The Colors of Desire (1995), won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. His first, After We Lost Our Way won the 1989 National Poetry Series Contest. His book of literary criticism is Song for Uncle Tom, Tonto & Mr. Moto: Poetry & Identity in the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry series. In 1993, Mura and African American writer Alexs Pate created a multi-media performance piece, Secret Colors, about their lives as men of color and Asian American-African American relations. A film adaptation of this piece, Slowly This, was broadcast in the PBS series ALIVE TV in July/August 1995. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is the first Black Muslim elected to the US Congress and the first African-American elected to the House from Minnesota. He is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and one of the organizers behind the 1995 Million Man March. (added from Simon & Schuster)
David Brooks (added from Random House)
Michael Buckley, UNDERTOW
, author of The Sisters Grimm Series, shares his new novel for teens, Undertow
. Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders! Save the date; more details coming soon!
DATE: Thursday, May 14 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
Location: 55108 (edit)
Search radius: 25 miles
Show venues: Bookstore, Library, Fair/Festival
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