2017 Minnesota Book Award Winners: Reading & Conversation

2017 Book Award Winners

Enjoy a brief presentation from each author, followed by a moderated question and answer session. Book sales will be available with time for signing. Participating authors are:

Participating authors include J.J. Austrian, winner of the award for Children’s Literature for Worm Loves Worm, an irresistible picture book celebrating love in all its splendid forms. Austrian is a graduate of Hamline University’s masters of fine arts program in creative writing for children and young adults. This is his first picture book.

Lara Avery is the recipient of the award for Young Adult Literature for The Memory Book, a funny and bittersweet novel chronicling the summer after a gifted high school valedictorian is diagnosed with a degenerative disease. Avery is the author of A Million Miles Away and Anything But Ordinary. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is a contributor at Revolver, and at work on her next novel.

Allen Eskens is the winner of the award for Genre Fiction for The Heavens May Fall, a mystery full of twists and turns which is vividly told from two opposing perspectives. Eskens is also the author of The Life We Bury, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, and The Guise of Another. He was a practicing criminal defense attorney for 25 years.

Brian Farrey is the Middle Grade Literature award winner for The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse, a thrilling modern fairytale. Farrey is the author of the Vengekeep Prophecies series and the Stonewall Honor Book and Minnesota Book Award-winner With or Without You.

Peter Geye is the recipient of the award for Novel & Short Story for an epic tale of a love spanning 60 years, generations’ worth of feuds, and secrets withheld and revealed in Wintering. Geye is also the author of the novels Safe from the Sea and Lighthouse Road.

Shawn Otto is the author of the General Nonfiction award-winner The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It. Otto is an award-winning science advocate, educator, and speaker. He is the author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, winner of a Minnesota Book Award, and a novel, Sins of Our Fathers.

Cheri Register’s The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape is the recipient of the award for Minnesota Nonfiction and a history of vast age-old wetlands drained away in the name of agricultural progress. Register is also the author of Packinghouse Daughter, which won a Minnesota Book Award and an American Book Award.

Kao Kalia Yang retells the life of her father, a song poet and Hmong refugee in Minnesota in The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, winner of the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction award. Yang is also the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, which was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award, and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award.

This event is presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library with the Rochester Public Library. Funding was made possible through grants from Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Books & Bars: “Saga, Volumes 1 & 2”

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). 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


Saga Volume 1Saga Volume 2Saga, Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples. Published monthly by Image Comics since 2012, the series is heavily influenced by Star Wars and is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter.

The series has been met with wide critical acclaim and is one of the most celebrated comics being published. Its honors include multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a Hugo Award, a British Fantasy Award, and more. It has also been noted for its diverse portrayal of ethnicity, sexuality and gender social roles, and for its treatment of war.

In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called it a “completely addictive, human story that will leave readers desperately awaiting the next volume.”

Click here for Volume 1 paperback -> https://goo.gl/WDVHCD
Click here for Volume 2 paperback – > https://goo.gl/61QJJd

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Books & Bars: “Wintering”

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). 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


WinteringWintering
by Peter Geye

–Winner of the 2017 Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story–
Author will be attending.

Wintering spans 30-some years in the lives of the Eide family in northern Minnesota. Berit Lovig has for decades been a fixture in the town of Gunflint, first as the postmistress, then as the lover of Harry Eide. As the book opens, Harry, now an old man suffering dementia, has just escaped his sickbed and disappeared into the great wilderness that surrounds the town. Given up for dead after a thorough search, Berit takes comfort and consolation in visits from Harry’s son, Gus, who tells her the story of the fated winter of 1963, when Gus and Harry ventured into what would later become the Boundary Waters/Quetico Wilderness Areas. Harry had pitched the notion as an adventure, but he had more sinister reasons for seeking the expanse of that wilderness. What greets father and son will pit them not only against the forces of that season and wilderness, but also against each other and their enemies.

Peter Geye is also the author of the novels The Lighthouse Road, and Safe from the Sea. He holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a PhD from Western Michigan University, where he taught creative writing and was editor of Third CoastMeet him on August 1 and get your book signed! 

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14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference


14TH INTERNATIONAL F. SCOTT FITZGERALD SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Please note this is a multi-day event.

The birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald – Saint Paul, Minnesota – is proud to host the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, June 25 through July 1, 2017. The conference, filled with fascinating papers and presentations from scholars from all over the world, will also include a “FitzFest” – seven days of public events and Fitzgerald-related fun! The local host organization, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, has arranged for a week of activities to appeal to serious scholars, Fitzgerald aficionados, and newcomers/students alike. Visit the conference website for more information.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Family and Friends


SPL Exhibit Photo

George Latimer Central Library
Bremer Room
June 24th through July 17th

Saturdays: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Mondays: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-1:00 p.m. 

Sight Unseen: Rare Photographs of F. Scott Fitzgerald with His Family and Friends is an exhibit presented in conjunction with the 14th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Saint Paul.  F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered one of America’s greatest writers, and is known worldwide for his masterwork, The Great Gatsby.  Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul in 1896, and the new exhibit provides glimpses into his life with his family and friends, including a number of early photos from his days in Minnesota.

The exhibit was curated by Shawn Sudia-Skehan, who collected the photos while researching a forthcoming book.  While some of the photographs presented in Sight Unseen may be readily recognizable, many are relatively rare.  Some have never been published before. Still others were selected for their relevance to Fitzgerald’s years in Saint Paul. Because of the age of these pictures – and because the Fitzgeralds were not professional photographers – some of the original images were of poor quality or damaged. Restorers have done their best to improve these photographs for viewing in the exhibit.

A resident of Atlanta, curator Sudia-Skehan is a board member of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.  Now retired after a distinguished career in non-profit public relations, she re-discovered Fitzgerald after re-reading The Great Gatsby for the first time as an adult.

Sight Unseen is presented by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, The Saint Paul Public Library, and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  The photographs in the exhibit include reproductions from:

  • The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina;
  • Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
  • The Reginald Marsh Collection, Smithsonian Archives of American Art;
  • The Baltimore News American Collection at the University of Maryland; and
  • The Minnesota Historical Society.

The photo exhibit will be on display in the Bremer Room on the 1st floor of the George Latimer Central Library. A gallery talk about the exhibit and presentation of the new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota, by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, will be held on Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Click here for more information on that event.


 

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.orgFitzgerald in Saint Paul is dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul.