This fall's season of Talk of the Stacks will bring New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin to Minneapolis to discuss his new collection, "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of His Funny Stuff."

Trillin, who has been writing for the New Yorker for nearly 50 years, is the author of more than 20 books and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Other writers in the free lecture series include: Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, who teaches at the University of Minnesota; Lisa Randall, author of "Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World"; Leslie Marmon Silko, author of "The Turquoise Ledge," and Will Hermes, author of "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire."

All events will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall.

Here's the schedule:

Nuruddin Farah

Sept. 20: Farah is the author of 11 novels in English, one book of nonfiction and many plays. Under self-imposed exile from Somalia, he now lives in South Africa. He is the 2010-2012 Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the U. "Crossbones" is the final book in his third trilogy.

Calvin Trillin

Sept. 28: Trillin is a journalist, food writer, poet and novelist. His newest book is a collection of work from the New Yorker, the Nation, the New York Times and elsewhere.

Lisa Randall

Sept. 29: Randall, a Harvard professor, is an expert in particle physics and cosmology. Her earlier book, "Warped Passages," was a New York Times notable book.

Leslie Marmon Silko

Oct. 20: Silko is the author of three novels and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Will Hermes

Nov. 10: Hermes is a senior critic for Rolling Stone magazine and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." (And a former arts and music editor at City Pages in the Twin Cities.) His new book explores the music scene of New York City during the 1970s.

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