Books & Bars: “The Annie Year “

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


The Annie YearThe Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (author attending)

 Tall, trusted Tandy Caide, CPA, is a long-time patron of the arts in her town, which is why you will find her sitting in the front row of the high school’s annual musical production. But embarking on an affair with the new vocational agriculture teacher leads to instant repercussions in Tandy’s small town. Soon she is dealing with the secrets of an old lover, her husband’s breakdown, and exploding meth labs, all somehow tied to her ex-best friend’s daughter – the star of this year’s Annie. As Tandy pieces together the puzzle that has become her life, it becomes clear she must embark on a journey of self-discovery that might even include leaving town for good.

Author Stephanie Wilbur Ash is a former editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and one of the literary/musical comedians behind the Lit 6 Project, the Electric Arc Radio Show, and Don’t Crush Our Heart! (the world’s only twee-pop courtroom drama musical). Currently she directs editorial services at Gustavus Adolphus College and splits her time between Minneapolis and Mankato.

 

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Women’s History Lecture Series: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart: Charting a Course Toward Fame, Feminism, and Fulfillment

Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures.

When former St. Paul resident Amelia Earhart accepted the challenge of becoming the first woman to fly the Atlantic, she also took on the burden and opportunities of her celebrity. Learn about Earhart’s forgotten feminist advocacy, the ups and downs of her stardom, and how she navigated the hazards of the skies and the earth below.

Jill Zahniser is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Zahniser is the co-author of the book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, and also authored the And Then She Said series of quotations by women. She sits on the steering committee planning the nationwide 2020 commemoration of women winning the vote. She resides on the West Side of Saint Paul.

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Women’s History Lecture Series: Bloomers and Bicycles

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Bloomers and Bicycles: Gliding Toward Women’s Emancipation

Professor Jill Zahniser presents a series of women’s history lectures.

Susan B. Anthony once declared that bicycles were doing “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Find out how and why bicycles helped women throw away their corsets and pedal off to liberation!

Jill Zahniser is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Zahniser is the co-author of the book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, and also authored the And Then She Said series of quotations by women. She sits on the steering committee planning the nationwide 2020 commemoration of women winning the vote. She resides on the West Side of Saint Paul.

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Behind the Curtain with Park Square Theatre: “William Shakespeare’s Hamlet”

JoelJoin The Friends and Park Square Theatre for an evening with cast members from the upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Go behind the curtain with director/scenic designer Joel Sass and actors Kathryn Fumie (Horatio) and Kory LaQuess Pullam (Hamlet). 

Adapted and Directed by Joel Sass

DevasKathryntated by his father’s death and disgusted by his mother’s hasty marriage to his hated uncle, Denmark’s Prince Hamlet has hit the rock bottom of despair. Now the ghost of his father appears, claiming the uncle murdered him – driving Hamlet to avenge a crime that may or may not be a product of his own imagining. Grand in scope, rich in language, this classic story of Koryhaunting, both literal and metaphorical, ranks among Shakespeare’s finest masterpieces.

SPECIAL HALF-PRICE TICKET OFFER:

Attendees of the library program are invited to purchase up to four (4) half-priced, standard tickets to see a performance of the show at Park Square Theatre (October 26 – November 11). All tickets must be purchased in advance of the October 25 discussion program at Hamline Midway Library and can be picked up that evening. Please register below to receive the special discount code via email.

Human Rights Film Series: “The Blood is at the Doorstep”

The Blood is at the Doorstep

“The Blood is at the Doorstep”

While not as publicized as cases of police brutality and police shootings in cities like New York, Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore, the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee is as shocking and tragic as any. In broad daylight in the middle of downtown, an officer responding to a complaint from a Starbucks employee approached Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man coping with paranoid schizophrenia resting in a public park. Minutes later, the officer shot Dontre 14 times.

The absolutely riveting and often angering documentary “The Blood Is at the Doorstep” digs deep into this case and its aftermath, following Dontre’s family and surrounding community for three years. We get incredible access to Dontre’s mourning mother Maria and determined older brother Nate, both of whom become committed activists in the wake of Dontre’s killing. We also spend time with Milwaukee Police chief Ed Flynn, examining his response to Dontre’s case and the still-unfolding legacy of that response.

Director Erik Ljung has meticulously crafted a piece of essential viewing, one that has much to contribute to our understanding of the ongoing epidemic of police violence. We get to know the victim, and watch his family’s transformation into activists. We see the complex layers of engagement when a mourning family’s desires diverge from those of fellow activists, and feel their frustration and anger with institutional responses. Importantly, we also see the often-ugly role police unions and “blue lives matter” rallies can play in preserving an oppressive status quo. The setting may be Milwaukee, but it could just as well be anywhere—and it’s a film every concerned citizen here should see. (Eric Allen Hatch, Maryland Film Festival)

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights return for a thirteenth season of thought-provoking and enlightening films followed by moderated discussions throughout the fall and spring. Films in the series cover a broad range of human rights issues that affect people all around the globe.

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Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore

Edward Kelsey Moore

Join us for a presentation by Edward Kelsey Moore, with audience Q&A and book signing to follow.

Edward Kelsey Moore is the pen behind 2014’s breakout hit The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. Moore’s debut follows three life-long friends – dubbed “The Supremes” while in high school – as they navigate four decades of life’s challenges. It garnered Moore a Best First Novel Award from the American Library Association – Black Caucus, among other high honors. The Supremes also boasted an impressive run on The New York Times Bestseller List, and has been optioned by Fox Searchlight Pictures for a motion picture. His anticipated follow-up, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, hit shelves in June. Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean are back in this sequel adventure that BookPage lauds as “an uplifting read which tugs at readers’ heartstrings and elicits enthusiastic chuckles in equal measure… sure to satisfy fans while welcoming new ones to the fold with open arms.” In addition to his career as a novelist, Edward Kelsey Moore is also a nationally renowned cellist and accomplished music essayist.

This program is free and open to the public. Doors open 45 minutes in advance of the program and books will be available for sale/signing. Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Services Agency and coordinated by Library Strategies Consulting Group, is funded by Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

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Club Book: Vidar Sundstøl

Vidar Sundstøl

Scandinavian readers who have never visited the United States have come to know northern Minnesota intimately through the inspired work of Norwegian crime novelist Vidar Sundstøl. He is best known, both in his native country and abroad, for the Minnesota Trilogy: The Land of Dreams, Only the Dead, and The Ravens. The series, translated to English by Tiina Nunnally, centers around a U.S. Forest Service officer whose happy, unassuming life on Lake Superior is turned upside down by the grisly murder of a Norwegian tourist. The Land of Dreams won Sundstøl the Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Story in 2008; popular newspaper Dagbladet recently praised it as one of the twenty-five best Norwegian mystery novels of all time. Sundstøl’s newest novel, The Devil’s Wedding Ring, picks up with the mysterious death of an occult folklore researcher on Midsummer Eve. It is a story American fans have been craving: not only “taut with suspense, but steeped in Norwegian culture past and present” (University of Minnesota Press). Its English translation debuts in September.

This program is free and open to the public. Doors open 45 minutes in advance the program and books will be available for sale/signing. Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Services Agency and coordinated by Library Strategies Consulting Group, is funded by Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

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Books & Bars: “Frankenstein”

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


Frankenstein Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering “the cause of generation and life” and “bestowing animation upon lifeless matter,” Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.

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Eating, Reading, & Living Well: “The Future of Food in a Changing Climate”

About the Event

Panel Discussion: “The Future of Food in a Changing Climate”

By 2050, a projected 9.7 billion people will inhabit the planet. How will we produce enough food to support this population as climate change stresses the environment? This panel will explore the latest research on the worldwide impact of climate change and what it means for agriculture and food access in Minnesota. Panelists will also discuss emerging technologies for food production and will highlight some of the innovative new processes that are already being implemented in Minnesota.

Panelists include:
–Elizabeth Dunbar, Senior Reporter at MPR News (moderator)
–Valentine Cadieux, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Studies at Hamline University
–John Mesko, Executive Director of The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
–Deepak Ray, Senior Scientist with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota

About the Series

Eating, Reading and Living Well is an annual series of films, readings, and presentations for youth and adults focusing on learning to live a healthier life. Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and sponsored by Mississippi Market. Back to the Series >>.

Eating, Reading, & Living Well: “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story”

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Film Screening & Discussion: “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story”

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, “Just Eat It” looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. “Just Eat It” brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

A moderated discussion follows the film.

About the Series

Eating, Reading and Living Well is an annual series of films, readings, and presentations for youth and adults focusing on learning to live a healthier life. Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and sponsored by Mississippi Market. Back to the Series >>.