A “Mini” Festival of Minnesota Stories

Join us for a “mini” literary festival celebrating some of the best of Minnesota’s readers and writers.

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-round, statewide outreach program connecting readers to the work of Minnesota’s best authors. For more information on the Minnesota Book Awards, call: 651-366-6497 or email: mnbookawards@thefriends.org.

Series supported in part by funds from the City of Saint Paul’s Cultural STAR program.


Story City: A Live Storytelling Event

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Friday, October 25,
live music and social at
6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar
308 Prince Street, Saint Paul

 

Story City and the Book Awards present LOST. Have you ever found yourself out of familiar territory? Forgotten where you came from or where you’re going? Tell us about it! We’re looking for storytellers to share the Story City stage with local authors. To submit, send a few sentences about a true “lost” story from your life to storycitymn@gmail.com by October 17. View on calendar.


Reading & Discussion: Geoff Herbach

im-with-stupid Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

Felton Reinstein has never been good with stress. Which is why he’s seriously freaking out. Announcing his college choice on national TV? It’s a heart attack waiting to happen. Deciding on a major for the next four years of his life? Ridiculous! He barely even knows who he is anymore without football. And so… he embarks on The Epic Quest to Be Meaningful. Geoff Herbach is a 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner and author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special. View on calendar.


Debra Fraiser: Publication Party for

SPIKE: The Ugliest Dog in the Universe

Spike-bleedSaturday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

When Spike, the winner of the Ugliest Dog in the Universe contest, is abandoned by his owner, the boy next door is determined—against all odds—to adopt him. Things look grim until Spike foils a neighborhood catnapping plan and saves the day! Debra Frasier is the author and illustrator of the picture book classic, On the Day You Were Born. Her other books include Out of the Ocean, a Minnesota Book Award winner, and A Fabulous Fair Alphabet. View on calendar.


Soda Shop Salvation by Rae Katherine Eighmey

Soda-shop-salvationSaturday, October 26, 2:30 p.m.
Cooks of Crocus Hill
877 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

Get ready for holiday entertaining with foods and drinks that tell a story. Award-winning author and cook Rae Katherine Eighmey demonstrates surprisingly delicious vegetarian dishes from World War I food conservation meals, followed by some “intoxicating” delights from the “Sweeter Side of the Prohibition” from her newest book, Soda Shop Salvation. Taste the foods that made history and hear their legendary stories. View on calendar.


Brian Farrey: Publication Party for

The Shadowhand Covenant

Shadowhand-covenantSunday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

With more twists and turns than a palace vault and one unforgettable family of thieves, this second book in Brian Farrey’s epic “Vengekeep” trilogy will leave you breathless. Brian Farrey is the 2012 Minnesota Book Award winner for his young adult novel, With or Without You. View on calendar.


Panel Discussion

Writing Minnesota

Monday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library
2245 Como Avenue, Saint Paul

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and even more stories! Join a distinguished panel of Minnesota Book Award-winning and finalist authors for “Writing Minnesota,” moderated by Ann Regan, Editor in Chief of the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Authors include Cary Griffith (Opening Goliath, Lost in the Wild); Dave Kenney (Northern Lights, Honor Bright); William Swanson (Dial M, Black White Blue); and Diane Wilson (Spirit Car, Beloved Child). View on calendar.

How We Read Now

Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Micawber’s Books
2238 Carter Avenue, Saint Paul

In the age of lightning-fast and ever-changing technology, and with so many platforms for receiving information and literature, has the way we read changed… or the way we think? Join in a lively conversation moderated by MPR News arts reporter Marianne Combs. Panel members include Hans Weyandt, co-owner of Micawber’s Books and editor of Read This!; Chris Fischbach, publisher of Coffee House Press; Patrick Thomas from Milkweed Editions; Katie & Guy Eggers, Thirty Two Magazine editors; and Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune books editor. View on calendar.


The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-round, statewide outreach program connecting readers to the work of Minnesota’s best authors. For more information on the Minnesota Book Awards, call: 651-366-6497 or email: mnbookawards@thefriends.org. This series is supported in part by funds from the City of Saint Paul’s Cultural STAR program.

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