Look who's coming to your neighborhood bookstore this fall

  • Blog Post by: Laurie Hertzel
  • August 15, 2013 - 9:59 AM


Magers & Quinn in Uptown is one of the many bookstores bringing in top-name writers this fall. Star Tribune photo by Joel Koyama.

Magers & Quinn in Uptown is one of the many bookstores bringing in top-name writers this fall. Star Tribune photo by Joel Koyama.


A week or two ago, I posted here a long list of prominent writers who are coming to town to speak at various reading series—Talking Volumes, Pen Pals, and the others. But that, of course, was only part of the list of writers you can go listen to around the Twin Cities area. 

 So here’s a second list—not comprehensive, by any means, but a list of some of the more notable writers who will be speaking at 10 Twin Cities bookstores this autumn. It’s an impressive list—Sue Grafton, Alice McDermott, Jhumpa Lahiri and Louise Erdrich, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding, local favorite Garrison Keillor, Jamie Ford and Jesse Ventura….

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Louise Erdrich is a ticketed event (with details to be released soon). All the others are free. Address for the bookstores are the bottom of the list; check their websites or our weekly books calendar for times.
Sept. 6, Marisha Pessl, “Night Film,” Common Good Books (also Sept. 7 at Barnes & Noble Galleria)
Sept. 10, Sarah Maas, “Crown of Midnight,” Barnes & Noble Galleria
Sept. 12, Hank Phillippi Ryan, “The Wrong Girl,” Once Upon a Crime
Sept. 17, Sue Grafton, “W is for Wasted,” Barnes & Noble Galleria
Sept. 18, Claire Conner, “Wrapped in the Flag,” SubText
Sept 23, Hannah Kent, “Burial Rites,” Magers & Quinn
Sept. 25, Meg Cabot, “The Bride Wore Size 12,” Barnes & Noble Galleria
Sept. 25, Alice McDermott, “Someone,” Common Good Books (held at Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Macalester College)
Sept. 26, Eric Schlosser, “Fast Food Nation,” Micawber’s, (held at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church)
Paul Harding

Paul Harding

Sept. 27, Paul Harding, “Enon,” at the Loft, sponsored by Magers & Quinn
Oct 1, Garrison Keillor, “O What Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Prophetic and Profound,” Common Good Books (also Nov. 3, Barnes & Noble Galleria)
Oct. 3, Kevin Barry, “Dark Lies the Island,” Micawber’s
Oct. 3, Bonnie Jo Campbell, “Once Upon a River,” University of Minnesota bookstore
Oct. 3, Alan Weisman, “Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth,” Barnes & Noble Galleria
Oct. 3, Jamie Ford, “Songs of Willow Frost,” the Bookcase of Wayzata
Oct 6, John Sandford, “Storm Front,” Barnes & Noble, HarMar Mall. (also Oct. 9, Once Upon a Crime)
Oct. 7, Simone Elkeles, “Wild Cards,” Barnes & Noble, Galleria
Oct. 8, Bill McKibben, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” Common Good Books
Oct. 9, Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Louise Erdrich, “The Lowland,” Birchbark Books (ticketed event)
Oct 22, Bill Ayers, “Public Enemy: Memoirs of an American Dissident,” Common Good Books
Oct. 24, Jesse Ventura “They Killed Our President,” Barnes & Noble, HarMar Mall.
Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers

Oct. 24, Ru Freeman, “On Sal Mal Lane,” Common Good Books
Oct 24 Sara Paretsky, “Critical Mass,” Once Upon a Crime
Oct 27, Katherine Powers, “Suitable Accommodations,” Common Good Books
Oct. 30, John Freeman in conversation with Louise Erdrich, “How to Read a Novelist,” Magers & Quinn
Nov. 14, Kent Nerburn, “The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo,” Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (sponsored by Birchbark Books)
Nov. 15, Snowden Wright, “Play Pretty Blues,” Micawber’s
Nov. 22, Heid E. Erdrich, “Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest,” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, sponsored by Birchbark Books
Barnes & Noble Galleria: 3225 W. 69th St., Edina.
Barnes & Noble HarMar Mall: 2100 N. Snelling Av., Roseville.
Birchbark Books: 2115 W. 21st St., Mpls.
Bookcase of Wayzata: 824 E. Lake St., Wayzata
Common Good Books: 38 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul
Magers & Quinn: 3038 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.
Micawber’s Books: 2238 Carter Av., St. Paul
Once Upon a Crime: 604 W.26th St., Mpls.
SubText: 165 Western Av., St. Paul
University of Minnesota Bookstore: 300 Washington Av., Mpls.

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