Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Craving green and blooming fragrant things? Head to Gustavus Adolphus

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Libraries, Local authors Updated: May 2, 2013 - 11:10 AM

 

 Oh, gosh, it is brown out there. (But at least it's no longer white.) (Sorry, Owatonna.) But this weekend marks Gustavus Adolphus Library Associate's annual Books in Bloom exhibit at the college in St. Peter, Minn., which features 30 floral arrangements designed to compliment 30 books.

The exhibit will be open all weekend (hours: Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) with a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. (Not all writers will be at the book signing. For example, Victor Hugo almost certainly will not make it.)

Some of the titles, such as Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus," or Faith Sullivan's "Gardenias," seem as though they would lend themselves to fabulous and exotic displays. Not easy, but maybe a bit less of a challenge than, say, "Philosophical Investigations" by Ludwig Wittgenstein, or ""The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West," by Patricia Nelson Limerick. Go, florists!

Here are this year's featured titles:

"Minnesota's Outdoor Wonders," by Jim Gilbert

"Little Wolves," by Thomas Maltman

"The Night Birds," by Thomas Maltman

"Because of Winn Dixie," by Kate DiCamillo

"On Three Continents" and "Mimbo Ma Ki Kriso," by Ruth Nelson Johnson

"Les Miserables," by Victor Hugo

"The Disappearing Spoon," by Sam Kean

"The Hunger Games Trilogy," by Suzanne Collins

"Sophie's Choice," by William Styron

"The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Lighthouse Road," by Peter Geye

"Planting a Rainbow," by Lois Ehlert

"Black and Bold," by Bruce Gray

"Elizabeth the Queen," by Sally Bedell Smith

"On His Watch," by Dennis Johnson

"The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," by Aimee Bender

"Downton Abbey," by Julian Fellowes

"The Round House," by Louise Erdrich

"Wicked," by Gregory Maguire

"Yes, Chef," by Marcus Samuelsson

"Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin

"The Night Circus," by Erin Morgenstern

"Olivia," by Ian Falconer

"The Legacy of Conquest," by Patricia Nelson Limerick

"Gardenias," by Faith Sullivan

"Philosophical Investigations," by Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Travels with Charley," by John Steinbeck

"The Boy in the Suitcase," by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

"Supper with the Savior," by Barbara Sartorius-Bjelland

"The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters," by Elizabeth Robinson.

This year's Books in Bloom, which is at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, is dedicated to the memory of Marlys Johnson, one of the event's founders, who died last month after a short illness.

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