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14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
14880 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, MN 55124
14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124
7600 W. 150th Street, Apple Valley, MN 55124
1340 Wescott Road, Eagan, MN 55123
1291 Promenade Place, Eagan, MN 55121
1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
Daily Bread Books (5.9 miles)
9600 163rd Street W, Lakeville, MN 55044
Christine's Books (6.0 miles)
828 West County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55337
1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville, MN 55306
8098 Blaine Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425
118 E. Broadway, Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
5160 Center Court (Mall of America), Bloomington, MN 55425
20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville, MN 55044
8900 Portland Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55420
508 3rd Street, Farmington, MN 55024
8801 Portland Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55420
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

May
8
Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater, PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES - ticketed event
Red Balloon Bookshop, Friday, May 8 at 6:30pm
From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater (Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted and The Raven Boys series) and Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red 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

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 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)
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May
8
Reading with Michael Dennis Browne, John Hildebrand, and Madelon Sprengnether
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, May 8 at 7pm
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)
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May
10
Elizabeth Berg
Common Good Books, Sunday, May 10 at 4pm
Elizabeth Berg (added from Random House)
May
11
Sarah J. Maas, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES - ticketed event
Red Balloon Bookshop, Monday, May 11 at 6:30pm
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 teensusa@bloomsbury.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)
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May
11
Asian Americans: How We Talk (and Dance and Sing) About Ourselves
The Loft Literary Center, Monday, May 11 at 7pm
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)
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May
13
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Once Upon a Crime, Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm
May
13
Untitled event
Nina's Coffee Cafe, Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm
May
13
Keith Ellison
Common Good Books, Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm
Keith Ellison 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)
May
14
David Brooks
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Thursday, May 14 at 00am
David Brooks (added from Random House)
May
14
Michael Buckley, UNDERTOW
Red Balloon Bookshop, Thursday, May 14 at 6:30pm
Michael Buckley, 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)
May
15
Mentor Series Reading: Dani Shapiro
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, May 15 at 7pm
The 2014–15 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents nonfiction mentor Dani Shapiro reading along with program participants Molly Cooney (nonfiction) and Mary Stein (fiction).

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and has been widely anthologized. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her new book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, was published in 2013.

Molly Cooney is a queer writer, mother, and teacher, who spends as much time as possible outdoors. She graduated with her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona, and her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review and The North Dakota Quarterly. When she’s not paddling in Arctic rivers or backpacking in the mountains, Molly lives in a century-old house with her partner, one-year-old baby, and four-legged friends.

Mary Stein’s fiction can be found or is forthcoming in Caketrain, The Brooklyn Rail, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and Spartan Lit. Her critical writing can be found online at Numéro Cinq. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been nominated for New Stories from the Midwest. She currently teaches through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshops and is the assistant editor of Conduit literary magazine. (The_Loft_Library)
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May
16
Cheryl Blackford, HUNGRY COYOTE - Launch Party!
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, May 16 at 10:30am
Debut book author Cheryl Blackford launches Hungry Coyote, a gorgeously illustrated story of a year in the life of an urban coyote and his struggle to feed his growing family. We'll have a howling good time! Save the date; more details coming soon!

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 10:30 am TIME: 10:30 am PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
May
18
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Loft Literary Center, Monday, May 18 at 7pm
The Sympathizer centers on a captain in the South Vietnamese army who relocates to Los Angeles with several of his comrades in 1975. Unbeknownst to his comrades, the captain is reporting on the group’s activities to a superior in the Communist-allied Vietcong. Nguyen weaves details about what it was like to be Vietnamese in America after the war, and the role of Hollywood in shaping national attitudes about conflict, into this spy novel-esque setup.

“Trapped in endless civil war, ‘the man who has two minds’ tortures and is tortured as he tries to meld the halves of his country and of himself. Viet Thanh Nguyen accomplishes this integration in a magnificent feat of storytelling. The Sympathizer is a novel of literary, historical, and political importance.” —Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and The Fifth Book of Peace

“Magisterial. A disturbing, fascinating, and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon and its aftermath and a powerful examination of guilt and betrayal. The Sympathizer is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the Vietnam War and what it means to win and to lose.” —T. C. Boyle

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. His stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Narrative, and the Chicago Tribune and he is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. (The_Loft_Library)
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May
18
Francine Prose will be promoting Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Francine Prose will be promoting Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (added from HarperCollins)
May
18
Lyndsay Faye
Once Upon a Crime, Monday, May 18 at 7pm
Lyndsay Faye (added from Random House)
May
20
Meg Cabot Princess Party! - ticketed event
Red Balloon Bookshop, Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30pm
The incredible Meg Cabot is coming to Red Balloon! Join us for a Princess Party in her honor, featuring her new series, From the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess, which tells the story of Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison, half-sister to Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia! This is a ticketed event. Save the date; more details coming soon!

DATE: Wednesday, May 20 TIME: 6:30 pm PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)… (more)
May
20
Michael Hall will be promoting It's an Orange Aardvark!
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers, Wednesday, May 20 at unknown time
Michael Hall will be promoting It's an Orange Aardvark! (added from HarperCollins)
May
20
Norman Fischer, Tim Burkett
SubText: a Bookstore, Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm
Norman Fischer
Tim Burkett (added from Random House)
May
22
Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Minneapolis Convention Center, Friday, May 22 at 5:30pm
Freeman A. Hrabowski III (added from Random House)
May
25
Barbara Brown Taylor will be promoting Learning to Walk in the Dark
Central Lutheran Church, Monday, May 25 at unknown time
Barbara Brown Taylor will be promoting Learning to Walk in the Dark (added from HarperCollins)
May
26
Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng (added from Random House)
May
26
Daniel Jones will be promoting Love Illuminated
Daniel Jones will be promoting Love Illuminated (added from HarperCollins)
Jun
2
Untitled event
Once Upon a Crime, Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm
Jun
3
Special Reading with Allison Hedge Coke
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm
Please join American Book Award-winning poet, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke for a reading from her latest collection, Streaming, "a veritable symphony, her poems embracing musicality and dissonance like the best of modern composers."

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an American Book Award winning poet and the author of Dog Road Womanh, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, and Burn, as well as a memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer. She is the editor of anthologies Sing: Poetry of Indigenous Americas, Effigies and Effigies II. Currently, she serves as Distinguised Writer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Hedge Coke came of age working fields, factories, and waters and is currently at work on a film, Red Dust: Native Resiliency in the Dirty Thirties, chronicling mixed-blood and Native life. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Jun
6
Stephanie Watson, BEHOLD! A BABY - Launch Party
Red Balloon Bookshop, Saturday, June 6 at 10:30am
From Stephanie Watson, author of The Wee Hours, comes her next picture book masterpiece, Behold! A Baby! Save the date; more details coming soon!

DATE: Saturday, June 6 TIME: 10:30 am PLACE: Red Balloon Bookshop (added from IndieBound)
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