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1291 Promenade Place, Eagan, MN 55121
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9600 163rd Street W, Lakeville, MN 55044
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828 West County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55337
1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville, MN 55306
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118 E. Broadway, Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
5160 Center Court (Mall of America), Bloomington, MN 55425
20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville, MN 55044
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508 3rd Street, Farmington, MN 55024
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8730 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
8800 Penn Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
13090 Alabama Avenue S., Savage, MN 55378
9700 France Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423
405 7th Avenue, Newport, MN 55055

Local events

Oct
1
Colleen Oakley
The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel‎, Wednesday, October 1 at 11am
Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Before I Go is her debut novel. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Oct
1
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The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel‎, Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm
Oct
1
Talking Volumes: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm
Talking Volumes, Minnesota's nationally acclaimed regional book club, spotlights current books and their authors in Star Tribune articles, author appearances at Saint Paul's Fitzgerald Theater, and Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts. Talking Volumes is a partnership of the Star Tribune and MPR in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

About The Iron Trial: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst—and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him—a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come…

From the remarkable imaginations of bestsilling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and her new dark fantasy novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

Season ticket packages go on sale July 22.

Single show tickets go on sale to the general public in August. Single tickets will be $25.00 for the public and $23.00 for MPR members, members of the Star Tribune Talking Volumes Club, and The Loft Literary Center. Call the Minnesota Public Radio box office at 651-290-1200 or visit online at http://fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org for more information. (The_Loft_Library)
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Event location: Fitzgerald Theater
Oct
1
Nodin Press presents Jill Breckenridge and Carol Rucks
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm
Join us as Nodin poets, Jill Breckenridge (The Sometimes Poems) and Carol Rucks (Evidence of Rain), launch new collections.

Jill Breckenridge grew up in the West, but now lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and playwright John Fenn raised a combined family of five children together. Jill works as an editor, focusing on both writing product and process. A former Director of The Loft Literary Center, she originated The Mentor Series, a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award, judged by William Stafford, for her book of poems, How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War, Civil Blood, was published by Milkweed Editions.The book was nominated for the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 1986. Jill’s honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose.

Her poems have appeared in many publications, and are anthologized in Minnesota Writes: Poetry; 25 Minnesota Poets; Woman Poet: Midwest; Looking for Home: Women Writing about Exile; Family Reunion: Poems about Parenting Grown Children; To Sing Along The Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present; and Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry.

Jill holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on creativity. Her web site is www.JillBreckenridge.com.

Carol Rucks grew up in a large family in Central Wisconsin. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she studied Literature and Creative Writing with David Steingass, and Dave Engel. She has traveled widely in Eastern and Western Europe and in Latin America. She studied poetry with Rosann Lloyd in Guatemala, as part of Art Workshops in Guatemala. She has worked mainly in libraries, including the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, and also the Art/Music/Literature Department of the Minneapolis Central Library, which later became part of the Hennepin County Library system. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, Energy Review, Colere, West Branch, Dust and Fire, and elsewhere. She is actively involved with the Loft Literary Center and its classes and readings, and was a finalist in the 2012 Loft Mentor Series. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Mark McHugh. (The_Loft_Library)
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Oct
2
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Common Good Books, Thursday, October 2 at 7pm
Oct
3
Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, October 3 at 7pm
Join the Loft's Poetry Out Loud program for a special evening of readings centering on East African voices. Special guest Congressman Keith Ellison will be appearing to read from his book and relate the story of connecting with Minnesota State Poetry Out Loud champion Faiza Abubakar at the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

This event will also feature short readings by Lula Saleh, Sarah Ogutu, Abdi Phenomenal, and Abdihamid Geyre, with slightly longer readings by Faiza and Keith. After, there will be a discussion and Q&A moderated by University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Oct
4
The Duluth Grill Cookbook Signing and Tasting
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Maplewood Mall, Saturday, October 4 at 11am
Duluth Grill Cookbook by Robert Lillegard, Rolf Hagberg

Author Signing The Duluth Grill is Duluth's number one ranked restaurant and has appeared on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Author Robert Lillegard is a national restaurant writer who has written for the New York Times and more. Join us from 11 to 1. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Oct
4
Rewriting Hiawatha
The Loft Literary Center, Saturday, October 4 at 7pm
Join Chris Martin and guests Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, Sarah Fox, Joe Horton, and more in an evening interrogating Minnesota's founding literary text, Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha," from a contemporary perspective.

Witness how these local luminaries rethink, revise, and rewrite Hiawatha in poetry, prose, and song. (The_Loft_Library)
Oct
6
Storytime with Mama Ray 10/6
Moon Palace Books, Monday, October 6 at 11am
Moon Palace Books’ Children’s Storytime

Chase the Monday morning blues away with Moon Palace Books' Children's Storytime, featuring local writer and Longfellow resident, Mama Ray (aka Rachel Gabriel).

All kids (especially those under five), and their favorite adults are welcome for a themed reading and sing-along.

Monday, October 6th at 11am!

612-454-0455

Location: Street: 2820 E 33rd St Additional: City: Minneapolis, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55406 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
8
Approaching the Gate: Lynette Reini-Grandell
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm
Lynette Reini-Grandell’s long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker “knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse/ rushing the gate / and leaping over my head.” Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

Lynette Reini-Grandell’s poetry is informed by her Finnish-American heritage, a reverence for nature, and her love of horses. Her work has appeared in It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles, among others. Her poetry is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan, and she appears in the feature-length documentary, Venus of Mars. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company and teaches at Normandale Community College. She holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. More information can be found on her website, Reini-Grandell.com. Approaching the Gate is her first book.

Praise for Approaching the Gate:

"The poems in Lynette Reini-Grandell’s first collection take root in personal experience and branch outward into the universal. The speaker in these poems seeks an identity through the exploration of history (personal, familial, and ancestral), the surrounding natural world, and the emotional complexities of a relationship that blurs our gendered lenses. 'If you are ravishing, then who will come / to ravish me?' By turning an ever-questioning eye and searching mind toward the exterior, we delve deeper into the mysteries of the interior. 'Everything follows / a current, a trace. / Every tree / whorls toward its stem.' Revelatory and authentic, the poems in Approaching the Gate reveal a psyche and a world always in the process of redefinition."—Matt Rasmussen, author of Black Aperture, National Book Award Finalist

“The ghosts of fairy tales live in these pages and color their deceptively simple surfaces, as Lynette Reini-Grandell artfully blends meditation, history, and the risk inherent in love into poetic form. The fundament of these poems is the earth that nurtures and buries us, that supports farms and horses and trees and fire and wine. As in fairy tale, it is the generosity of human spirit in the face of difficulties that tentatively and momentarily and brightly distinguishes us. The pleasures that await the reader of this volume are physical, unsparing, and profound.”—Sidney Wade, author of Straits & Narrows: Poems

“Lynette Reini-Grandell’s first collection, Approaching the Gate, is a rich blend of star dust, music, memory—and horses, lots of horses. This is a poet who loves the world and gives herself entirely to the moment: 'we work together, / we put away the dead, / we burn with forward movement' she says. Reini-Grandell manages to take us from atomic dust to quantum love with the assuredness of a rider who knows when to reign in and when to let the poem have its way. 'I want to sense the kindling in all things, / to join the whirling dancers on the stage,' she says in 'To Change the World,' and she does.”--Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota State Poet Laureate, author of After Words

“Approaching the Gates is ganged with love and its many conflicting faces and bodies—human, celestial, animal. Love is the subject of this book—love’s difficulties, and dreams and longing to be unburdened of the beauty of life dreaming its many faces, bodies, and days—all the while, in love with even love’s impossibility, without which there (as the poet illuminates) can be no miracles. I love this debut book full of miracles where ‘even the vegetables sing.’”—Ed Bok Lee, author of Whorled

“In Lynette Reini-Grandell's new collection of poems she writes in the title poem: 'Pull apart anything that covers/scrape away whatever doesn't fit.' The truth is, everything in this beautiful collection fits. We would feel the loss if any single poem suddenly vanished. In this book there's room for love, discord, sorrow, history, loneliness, transformation, the sensuous, horses exactly as themselves, and as guides of the spirit, nature, and all its creatures, surprising leaps of image and intention--a bounty. The poet asks, 'Will there ever be/another world/like this one?' No, not really. This is Lynette Reini-Grandell's world, and we are fortunate to live it inside these poems of hers. In the first poem of this collection, the poet writes, 'I can drive, let me do this much./Let me watch the road.' Yes. Let her drive, and watch the world for us.”—Deborah Keenan, author of From Tiger to Prayer and So She Had the World (The_Loft_Library)
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Oct
9
Nancy Horan
The BookCase, Thursday, October 9 at 7pm
Nancy Horan (added from Random House)
Oct
10
Local Author Signing: Mesabi Pioneers
Mesabi Pioneers by Russell Hill, Jeffrey Smith

Author Signing Local authors Cheryl Gordon and Jeffery Smith will be here to sign their new book about immigrant life, mining ventures, and late 19th century life on the Iron Range. A great new fictional, but historically accurate, account of life up north. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Oct
11
Education Appreciation Week: October 11 to October 19
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Maplewood Mall, Saturday, October 11 at 09am
Special Event, Educator Event (added from Barnes & Noble)
Oct
11
Octavia's Brood: Visionary Fiction and Radical Hope
Moon Palace Books, Saturday, October 11 at 3:30pm
Autumn Brown and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, two of the contributors to the anthology Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements will share excerpts from their short stories, honor the memory and legacy of Octavia Butler and share how the practice of visionary fiction has impacted their hopeful activist work in this crucial and complicated political moment.

Octavia's Brood will be released by AK Press in Spring 2015.

Saturday, October 11th at 3:30 pm.

Location: Street: 2820 E 33rd St Additional: City: Minneapolis, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55406 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
12
William Alexander
Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, Sunday, October 12 at 1pm
Oct
12
Kelly Barnhill
Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore, Sunday, October 12 at 1pm
Oct
12
Erin Hart
Twin Cities Book Festival 2013, Sunday, October 12 at unknown time
Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Oct
13
Hampton Sides
Hampton Sides (added from Random House)
Oct
13
Literary Witnesses: Willis and Aliki Barnstone
The Loft Literary Center, Monday, October 13 at 7pm
Four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Willis Barnstone, and his daughter the award-winning poet Aliki Barnstone, will read together for Literary Witnesses on Monday, October 13 at Plymouth Congregational Church (1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis). A reception follows the reading, and there will be plenty of free parking.

Wills Barnstone is a poet and translator of astonishing skill and range. Of his latest poetry collection, Andrei Codrescusays, “Willis Barnstone’s new book is a magnetic miracle that draws the solar and lunar magic of his immense learning into the space of marvelous poems. His language joins the mysteries of the sky with the enigmas of the heart in a music unmistakably his own.”

In addition, he is a famous translator of volumes ranging from the ancient Greek of Sappho to the works of his friend Jorge Luis Borges, to most recently, the New Testament in Aramaic, of which The Library Journal wrote in 2009, "In an achievement remarkable by almost any standard, and surely one of the events of the year in publishing, renowned poet and scholar Barnstone has created a new and lavish translation—almost transformation—of the canonical and noncanonical books associated with the New Testament.”

Aliki Barnstone is also a prominent poet, translator and teacher. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, she is currently chair of the creative writing department at the University of Missouri. Her poetry collections include The Real Tin Flower, Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems, and the Bright Body (White Pine Press, 2011).

Literary Witnesses is a program of the Fine Arts Board of Plymouth Congregational Church, bringing the nation’s finest poets to the Twin Cities for the past fifteen years.

This free event is co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center, RainTaxi Review of Books, and Birchbark Books. (The_Loft_Library)
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Event location: Plymouth Congregational Church
Oct
14
Erin Hart
Hennepin County Library - Wayzata Branch, Tuesday, October 14 at 01am
Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Oct
15
Betty L. Medsger
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Wednesday, October 15 at 00am
Betty L. Medsger (added from Random House)
Oct
15
Seminar: Exploring the World of Wordless and Nearly Wordless Picture Books
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Maplewood Mall, Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30pm
Special Event, Educator Event Please RSVP for this special educator event by calling the store at 651.779.9999. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Oct
15
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm
New York slam poetry icon and author of six books of poetry, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, will perform and read from her new book, Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.

About Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine: Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P. T. Barnum of the surgery room."



Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Year of No Mistakes (Write Bloody Publishing, 2013), and two books of nonfiction, including the recently released Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham Books, 2014). Her recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the ArtsEdge Writer-in-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Amy Clampitt House residency. When she is not on tour, she is writing furiously in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit her website:www.aptowicz.com. (The_Loft_Library)
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Oct
16
Teen Writers' Conference
The Loft Literary Center, Thursday, October 16 at unknown time
Featuring Andrew Smith (The Marbury Lens, Grasshopper Jungle, and 100 Sideways Miles), Andrea Cremer, and Carrie Mesrobian.

Interested in writing fan fiction, short stories, or the Great American Novel? Want to pursue a career in creative writing or publish online? Meet other young writers and learn from award-winning literary artists like Andrew Smith and Carrie Mesrobian, who share your passion for writing, and find out how they got their start. Presented in collaboration with Hennepin County Library. This project is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The conference is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration will open on September 11, 2014, and often fills very quickly so please plan accordingly. (The_Loft_Library)
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Oct
18
Meet Local Author Jimmy Olsen
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Apple Valley, Saturday, October 18 at 1pm
Author Signing October is Mystery Month! Celebrate by stopping by to meet local author Jimmy Olsen. Mr. Olsen will be signing his two mysteries Poison Makers and Things In Ditches, along with his book of short stories, The Hero of Blind Pig Island. Join us! (added from Barnes & Noble)
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