Books & Bars: “Dark Matter”

With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions: July and August will be held on the third Tuesday). Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required.

5:00 Happy Hour Social | 6:15 Discussion


Blake CrouchDark Matter

by Blake Crouch

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human – a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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Club Book: Yaa Gyasi

Yaa GyasiGhanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi is the author behind Homegoing, one of the breakout hits of 2016. This sweeping, transcontinental family saga follows the descendants of two sisters torn apart by the African slave trade. The legacy of slavery follows six subsequent generations – through the American Civil War, to twentieth-century Harlem, and up to the modern day. It has earned a wide range of accolades and honors. The Washington Post endorses Homegoing as “[Alex Haley’s] Roots for a new generation. A bold tale of slavery… how much we know, and how much we willfully forget.” Gyasi’s unique, relevant, and engaging voice earned the 26-year-old the National Book Foundation’s highly coveted ‘5 Under 35’ Award for 2016. Random House is re-releasing the New York Times bestseller in paperback in May.

**PLEASE NOTE**

All Saint Paul libraries are closed on May 11, but Merriam Park will open at 6:30 p.m. for this special event.

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Books & Bars: “Sweetbitter”

With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions: July and August will be held on the third Tuesday). Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required.

5:00 Happy Hour Social | 6:15 Discussion


Sweetbitter Book CoverStephanie DanlerSweetbitter

by  Stephanie Danler

Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in New York City.” Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest Champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships and love, set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights. As her appetites sharpen, Tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all. Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the restaurant – conversations interrupted, phrases overheard, and suggestions below the surface. Evoking the infinite possibility of being young in New York with heart-stopping accuracy, Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience, sweet and bitter.

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Untold Stories: Payne Avenue Walking Tour & Library Celebration

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

Payne Avenue Walking Tour & Library Celebration

Back by popular demand! Tour Payne Avenue with Professor Peter Rachleff and end the walk at the Arlington Hills Library for a celebration of the library’s centennial. Space is limited; reservations required at sppl.org/storyfair.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

Pullman PorterBrotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids

Professors William Jones, Yuichiro Onishi, and James Robinson will provide a portrait of the early history of the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters and Maids, from the participation of A. Philip Randolph to the presence of the Brotherhood in St. Paul, and how the workers are remembered today.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: 100 Years at the Library

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

SPPL Staff100 Years at the Library

Three speakers present a look at the Saint Paul Public Library 100 years ago, from one of the Carnegie libraries celebrating a centennial. Greg Gaut will discussing the Carnegie Library project in Minnesota; Bill Lindeke focuses on St. Paul’s four libraries celebrating centennials; and Billie Young provides a glimpse into what the library was like 100 years ago.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: Racism in our Hometown

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

The Lee FamilyRacism in our Hometown: The Story of the Arthur and Edith Lee Family, Minneapolis (1931)

The multi-media puppet show introduces the Lee Family in the years following WWI. Arthur Lee was an African American, WWI veteran who worked at the Minneapolis Post Office, and moved into an all-white neighborhood. His union coworkers, a majority of whom was white, protected his family when police failed to defend the family against the racist mobs that numbered around 3,000 and tried to force him from his home. The puppet show emphasizes the significance of the Lee family’s courageous struggle and its enduring inspiration in the Twin Cities. Presented by the APWU Solidarity Kids Theater Theater 


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: Nativism and Resistance – Then and Now

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

Nativism and Resistance – Then and Now

The politicization of anti-immigrant fears is nothing new, nor are grassroots efforts to resist such campaigns. Join East Side Freedom Library co-executive director Peter Rachleff as he discusses the ways that business and political leaders promoted nativism in WWI era Minnesota as a means to squelch the labor movement and its farmer allies. Peter’s presentation will bring us into a conversation between the past and the present as we consider the re-emergence of nativism today.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: 1917 – A Look Back

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

women support the 1917 strike1917 – A Look Back

Go back in time to 1917 for a look at politics and labor, from the nonpartisan league to the Twin Cities Streetcar Strike, to women’s suffrage. Panelists include Augsburg College History Department Chair Michael Lansing, author of Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics; local historian and former engineer Dave Riehle; and Dr. Jill Zahniser, co-author of Alice Paul: Claiming Power.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

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Untold Stories: David Noble Lecture with Roderick Ferguson

Untold Stories Labor History Series: A World in Turmoil­: 1917-2017


 

David Noble Lecture with Roderick Ferguson

The annual Noble Lecture honors a groundbreaking professor of American Studies by offering fresh perspectives on our history and culture. This year’s presenter is Roderick Ferguson, Professor of African American and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, speaking on “The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.”

This program is presented by the University of Minnesota Department of American Studies.


 

About Untold Stories

In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics. Past programs in the series have featured historian Robin D.G. Kelley, singer Larry Long, author Cheri Register, and walking tours by local historian Dave Riehle. The series received the 2003 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association for service to the labor community. 

Learn more about the series >>