When Garrison Keillor opened Common Good Books in 2006 in the Blair Arcade on St. Paul's Cathedral Hill, "I just kind of opened it, and walked away," he said Thursday. "But this --" he looked around at the shiny tin ceiling, sunny windows and clean cream walls of the store's new location at 38 S. Snelling Av. "This is a place you could stay at for a long time. I don't know where I'll hang out -- I'll need a desk."
But he promised he'd be more of a presence in the new store. "I need to learn to work the cash register," he mused. "It can't be that hard, can it?"
Keillor took members of the media on a tour of the still-empty store on Thursday, which was also the last day of business for the Blair Arcade location. The "soft" opening of the Snelling Avenue location will be April 9, followed by a festive three-day grand opening in May.
On May 1, Keillor will host a poetry reading at Macalester's Weyerhaeuser Chapel with members of the public choosing poems to read aloud. On May 2, Keillor, Tim Russell and Sue Scott will do a dramatic reading from Keillor's new book, "Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny," in the empty space next door to the bookstore. And on May 3, Keillor will invite members of the public to tell stories at the bookstore. All events begin at 7 p.m. -LAURIE HERTZEL
After 5 years, Lohan's legal woes are over
A County Superior Court judge ended Lindsay Lohan's supervised probation Thursday, praising her for completing her community service and ending five years of criminal court appearances that saw her jailed several times for various violations, including using drugs and alcohol and failing to do her required community service at a downtown women's center. The hearing was the final probation status check for Lohan related to a shoplifting conviction and probation violation stemming from a 2007 drunken driving conviction. Judge Stephanie Sautner declared "she did it" in announcing Lohan had completed her community service and therapy sessions. Lohan has been on formal supervised probation and was required to complete counseling sessions and 480 hours of community service work at the Los Angeles County morgue. Sautner told Lohan that she was now ending probation for the DUI case and making a shoplifting case unsupervised probation that will end in May 2014. "The only terms for you are for you to obey all laws," Sautner said. A smiling Lohan, 25, responded: "I just wanted to thank you for being fair. What you've done has really opened a lot of doors for me." Her legal troubles have hindered her ability to get work. But recently she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and is slated to appear on the TV show "Glee" and as Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie.
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