Boris Fishman, the author of the comic novel "A Replacement Life," will kick off the next season of Talk of the Stacks, the free writers series held at Central Library on Nicollet Mall and hosted by Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Fishman's debut novel is about a young man who invents a story about his family's Holocaust experience in order to receive restitution money from the German government. In the Star Tribune review, critic Mark Athitakis called the book "smart … deft and funny." Fishman was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States as a child.

He will be at Central Library at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19.

His appearance is first of three Talk of the Stacks appearances; he will be followed by Lisa See ("China Dolls") on March 25 and Dan Buettner ("The Blue Zones") on April 27.

See is a New York Times bestselling novelist who writes about the Asian-American experience.

Buettner is a motivational speaker and writer who writes about how to live a longer, happier and more successful life.

All events are free and open to the public and will be followed by book sales and signings. Doors open at 6:15 and seating is first-come, first-served.

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'Housewives' star has new home in jail

One of New Jersey's "Real Housewives" has gone to the big house. Teresa Giudice surrendered at the Federal Correction Institution in Danbury, Conn., about 3 a.m. Monday to begin serving a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud, her attorney said. Giudice's last meal before turning herself in was at a 24-hour diner near the facility, according to attorney James Leonard, who drove the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star from her home in northern New Jersey to the prison, about 90 minutes north of New York City. "The last thing she said was, basically, 'Tell everybody I'll be fine,' " Leonard said. Giudice and her husband, Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, pleaded guilty last year to hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and submitting phony loan applications to get some $5 million in mortgages and construction loans. Joe Giudice also pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling more than $200,000. Under terms of their plea agreements, Joe Giudice will start serving his 41-month sentence when Teresa Giudice is released, an arrangement aimed at ensuring the couple's four daughters will have one parent at home at all times.

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