Fireside Reading Series: Antonia Angress

January 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hamline Midway Library or Zoom
Wendy Werdin

Sirens & Muses by Antonia Angress | Fiction
Wednesday, January 25 | 7:00 pm

Hamline Midway Library | 1558 West Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul


About the Book

It’s 2011, America is in a deep recession and Occupy Wall Street is escalating. But at elite Wrynn College of Art, students paint and sculpt in a rarefied bubble. Louisa Arceneaux is a thoughtful, observant nineteen-year-old when she transfers to Wrynn, but she soon finds herself adrift in an environment that prizes novelty over beauty. Complicating maters is Louisa’s unexpected attraction to her charismatic roommate, Karina Piontek, the preternaturally gifted but mercurial daughter of wealthy art collectors. But Karina also can’t shake her fascination with Preston Utley, a senior and anti-capitalist Internet provocateur, who is publicly feuding with visiting professor Robert Berger. When Preston concocts an explosive hoax, the fates of all four artists are upended as each is unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat New York art world.

About the Author

Antonia Angress was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Minnesota MFA program, where she was a Winifred Fiction Fellow and a College of Liberal Arts Fellow. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, the artist Connor McManus.

About the Fireside Reading Series

Great authors by the fireside.

Wednesdays | January 18 – February 22, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library or via Zoom

Six weeks of readings with great writers. Fireside Reading Series, ongoing in partnership with Hamline Midway Library for 29 years, highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published new work.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and the generous support of Minnesota United.

Captioning will be provided for all six events. ASL interpretation available upon request.

All Fireside Events

Wednesday, January 18
Maren Cooper, Finding Grace

Wednesday, January 25
Antonia Angress, Sirens & Muses

Wednesday, February 1
Danny Klecko, The Dead Fitzgeralds

Wednesday, February 8
Diane Glancy, Home is the Road

Wednesday, February 15
David Mura, The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself

Wednesday, February 22
Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney and John Coy, Where We Come From
Children’s Picture Book