The spring season of Club Book — the free writers series that brings nationally known writers to libraries and community centers all over the metro area — kicks off on Feb. 12. This season's lineup is diverse and strong, including Amy Quan Barry, Sonia Nazarrio, Jonathan Odell, and Garth Stein. March is particularly busy, with five of the nine events that month. Here's the lineup:
Peter Heller: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Stillwater Public Library, 224 3rd St. N., Stillwater. Heller is the author of "The Dog Stars" and "The Painter," and he has written extensively for National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal and other magazines.
Amy Quan Barry: 7 p.m. March 4, Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 NE, Blaine. Barry is a poet and novelist, winner of the Donald Hall Poetry Prize. Her new novel, "She Weeps Each Time You're Born," will be published this spring.
Nadia Hashimi: 7 p.m. March 11, Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul.Hashimi's novel, "The Pearl that Broke its Shell," is the story of two Afghan women.
Jonathan Odell: 7 p.m. March 17, Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Av. SE, #100, Prior Lake. Odell grew up in Mississippi and now lives in Minneapolis. His novel, "The Healing," published in 2012, was a local bestseller. His new novel, "Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League," about the relationship between a black woman and a white woman during the American civil rights movement, will be published this month.
Anthony Marra: 6:30 p.m. March 19, Chanhassen Public Library, 7711 Kerber Boulevard, Chanhassen. Marra, winner of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize, is the author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."
Marisa de los Santos: 7 p.m. March 31, Roseville Public Library, 2180 Hamline Av. N., Roseville. De los Santos is a poet, young-adult writer, essayist, and the author of three New York Times bestselling novels. Her new novel is "The Precious One."
Jon Ronson: 6:30 p.m. April 13, R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury. Ronson is a journalist and the author of "The Men Who Stare at Goats," later made into a movie starring George Clooney.
Garth Stein: 7 p.m. April 20, Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Av., Apple Valley. Stein is the author of the bestselling "The Art of Racing in the Rain," which was on the New York Times bestseller list for three years. His new novel is a ghost story, "A Sudden Light."
Sonia Nazario: 7 p.m. April 27, Southdale Library, 7001 York Av. S., Edina. Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize for her serial narrative "Enrique's Journey," the true story of a young Honduran boy attempting to cross the border into the United States to find his mother.
Club Book is funded through the state's 2008 Legacy Amendment. All events are free and open to the public, and since 2014 have been recorded and are available as podcasts on the Club Book website. Doors open 45 minutes before the event, and each event will be followed by book sales and signings by the authors.