Fireside Reading Series

Six Weeks of Readings by the Fire

Wednesdays, 7 pm
January 22-February 26
Hamline Midway Library
1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.


fireside-audienceWith cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, cozy up to the fire for six weeks of free readings by some of Minnesota’s finest writers.

Now in its 20th season, the Fireside Literary Reading Series is one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events. The series annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Past readers have included Lise Erdrich, Alexs Pate, Faith Sullivan, Lorna Landvik, Carol Bly, Pete Hautman, Mary Logue, John Coy, Jack Weatherford, Ellen Hart, and Kate DiCamillo.


2014 Lineup


Andy Sturdevant FSAndy Sturdevant – Jan 22

Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow

Essayist and artist Andy Sturdevant kicks off the series with a reading from his new book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow. This genre-bending collection explores the urban landscape of his adopted hometown of Minneapolis and offers a new way of thinking about urban spaces in the contemporary Midwest.

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Jack El-HaiJack El-Hai – Jan 29

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

Jack El-Hai joins the Fireside lineup to discuss his fascinating new nonfiction book, The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII. Recently optioned for stage and screen by Mythology Entertainment, this fast-paced psychodrama explores the complex relationship between the American psychiatrist Douglas M. Kelley and his 22 Nazi patients awaiting trial as war criminals in the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

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Miriam KarmelMiriam Karmel – Feb 5

Being Esther

In her wonderful fiction debut, Miriam Karmel gives voice to an extraordinary woman who has lived a quiet, middle-class life in the Chicago suburbs. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious yet wonderfully ambitious, Being Esther brings understanding and tremendous empathy to the unforgettable Esther Lustig.

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Brain FreemanBrian Freeman – Feb 12

The Cold Nowhere

International bestselling author Brian Freeman returns to the Fireside Series with a reading from his upcoming Jonathan Stride novella, Turn to Stone, and a sneak peek at the long-awaited release of the sixth full-length Stride novel, The Cold Nowhere, to be published in the U.S. this spring.

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Heid ErdrichHeid E. Erdrich – Feb 19

Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest

Local foods have garnered much attention in recent years, but the concept is hardly new: indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature’s gifts. Erdrich celebrates this tradition in Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest with 135 home-
tested recipes paired with stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs.

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Karen HeringKaren Hering – Feb 26

Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within

Closing the Fireside Reading Series, teacher, writer and minister Karen Hering joins us to discuss Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within. Blending writing prompts, meditations, and stories, this book invites you to begin wherever you are and discover your own unique relationship with language, spirituality, and the world around you.

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