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Featuring prints of 19th century blue cyanotypes and modern-day photos.
Featuring live performers, book clubs, storytelling, acting workshops, crafts, movies, and more at 40 libraries. For a complete schedule, visit www...
With Walt Bachman, author of Northern Slave, Black Dakota.
Screening and panel talk.
Prolific American journalist, comic, memoirist, food writer, poet, and novelist Calvin Trillin will be in Minneapolis this Thursday. His résumé includes a longtime stint as a staff writer at The New Yorker, and work as a deadline poet for The... More »
I first collided with the British writer Geoff Dyer in a travelogue/essay titled Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered to Do It. His writing turned my literary vices — rampant digression, meandering prose — into an art form. Dyer's prose has been... More »
This Thursday, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will wrap up its series spotlighting local presses with Milkweed Editions' Christopher Merrill. The author will be reading from and discussing his newest book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony,... More »
Will Hermes is a senior critic at Rolling Stone, a contributor to All Things Considered, and a former City Pages writer-editor (disclosure: Hermes and I are casually acquainted). His first book, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire (Faber & Faber),... More »
Tonight, Friends of the Hennepin Country Library debuts its new series, Spotlight on Local Presses, featuring Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions. First up is Coffee House with an evening of spoken word from Bao Phi and Ed... More »
Architect Cesar Pelli went über-mod on his design for this downtown gem. Some traditionalists think it's showy, but open up a book inside this space and you can understand that everything about this building is geared toward words. The desks along the windows on the upper floors make great spots to study. Perfect little swivel chairs adorn the first floor. And everything about the place is light, which filters through high windows covered in pixilated frost. The building makes reading... More »
A recent study by Central Connecticut State University declared Minneapolis to be the most literate city in America, finally edging out Seattle as king of the bookcase. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Minneapolis Central Library is such a jewel. Designed by Cesar Pelli, who also gave us the Wells Fargo Center just a few blocks away, the Central Library is as beautiful as it is useful. It sports a soaring atrium with a green roof to reduce energy consumption. Each year visitors take... More »
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