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South Lake Minnetonka One Book, One Community: Author William Kent Krueger
Excelsior Library
Wednesday, July 30, 7–8:30 p.m.
Location: SouthShore Community Center, 5735 Country Club Road, Shorewood
2014 Minnesota Book Award-finalist Krueger will discuss "Ordinary Grace." Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, protagonist Frank Drum explores how secrets and betrayal shattered his family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sponsored by Friends of the Excelsior Library; Presented in collaboration with SouthShore Community Center and Excelsior Bay Books.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Brooklyn Park Library
Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.” Roba leads a monthly poetry discussion group at the Golden Valley Library. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Brooklyn Park Library.
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Talk of the Stacks With J.A. Jance
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
Jance is a New York Times bestselling author and prolific writer of mysteries and thrillers, including the J.P. Beaumont, Ali Reynolds and Walker Family series. Jance will share her most recent release from the popular Joanna Brady series, "Remains of Innocence." Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
A program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Work grant. Sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.
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Mystery Book Store Owner Gary Schulze
Penn Lake Library
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6:30–8 p.m.
Winner of Mystery Writers of America's Raven Award and owner of Once Upon a Crime Books, Schulze will discuss his experiences, including hosting hundreds of mystery authors from Minnesota and beyond. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Penn Lake Library.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.”  
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Talk of the Stacks With Lorna Landvik
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Landvik is the beloved Minnesota author of nine novels, including "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" and "Mayor of the Universe." She is also a public speaker, playwright and comedian. Landvik will be launching her hilarious and touching new novel, "Best to Laugh," the story of a Minnesota comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
A program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Funding from National Endowment for the Arts Art Work grant. Sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.
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Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams
Webber Park Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: Webber Park Community Building, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis
Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams' "Finding Hollis" transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world "where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated." 
Presented in collaboration with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.
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Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront
Pierre Bottineau Library
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Location: Northeast Bank, 77 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis
Registration required, begins Aug 22. Register online or call 612-543-6850.
Author Penny Petersen presents the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. In their heyday Minneapolis brothels constituted a substantial economic and political force. Learn how they rose to prominence in the late 19th century and what caused their demise in the early 20th century. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Pierre Bottineau Library.
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Author Talk: Laura Sobiech
Maple Grove Library
Monday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug 25. Register online or call 612-543-6450.
Millions have been touched by Zach Sobiech's music. His mother will share her book "Fly a Little Higher," which marks the time from Zach's diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer to his death last year, a story moving beyond life and love to one of hope. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Maple Grove Library.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Hopkins Library
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.” Roba leads a monthly poetry discussion group at the Golden Valley Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Hopkins Library.
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Author Talk: Meryll Levine Page
St. Louis Park Library
Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Page will discuss "Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business" which recounts the intertwined stories of two women who fight to establish themselves in a time and place where women, Jews and capitalism were disparaged in the “New” Russia who succeed by creating their own luck. 
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