Fireside Reading & Podcast Series

Faith Sullivan (2016 Fireside Reading Series)

January 27, 2016

Faith Sullivan returns to kick off the 22nd annual Fireside series with a reading from her new novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, which celebrates the strength and resourcefulness of independent women, the importance of community, and the transformative power of reading. Nell Stillman’s road is not easy. When her boorish husband dies soon after they move…

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Linda LeGarde Grover (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

March 18, 2015

Linda LeGarde Grover closes the series by sharing her powerful debut novel of love, hardship, and family bonds: The Road Back to Sweetgrass. The book follows a trio of American Indian women, from the 1970s to the present, observing their lives intersect on the fictional Mozhay Point reservation. Grover connects the sense of place with the experience…

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Allen Eskens (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

March 11, 2015

The Life We Bury Author Allen Eskens adds some literary chills to the series when he reads from his twisting and evocative mystery The Life We Bury, called a “masterful debut” in a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly. When college-student Joe Talbert’s writing assignment introduces him to a convicted murderer, he has no idea that it will send…

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Lorna Landvik (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

March 4, 2015

Writer and comedian Lorna Landvik joins the series to read from her new novel, Best to Laugh, which follows her latest irresistible character, Candy Pekkala, from Minnesota to Hollywood as she pursues her dream of becoming a comedian. Landvik taps her own adventurous past as a comic performer and writes in her classic style—sometimes so funny,…

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Wang Ping and James Lenfestey (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

February 25, 2015

Wang Ping and James Lenfestey return to the Fireside Series for an exploration of China through poetry and prose. Wang’s latest collection of poetry, Ten Thousand Waves, gives us the voices of Chinese farmers and factory laborers, revolutionaries, writers, artists and craftsmen. Inspired by the work of a T’ang Dynasty poet, Lenfestey chronicles his trek to China’s…

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