Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

The summer-fall season of Club Book features lots of local writers, as well as a couple of big names from elsewhere. Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson will talk about her best-selling nonfiction book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and the beloved Alexander McCall Smith, whose last planned visit here was canceled due to volcanic ash (remember that? when planes in Europe were grounded?) will talk about the latest installment in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series.

(And here's the interview we did with him at the time--it was April 2010.)

Also in the lineup are local writers Brenda Child, Mark Rosen, Larry Millett, Jonathan Odell, David Walsh, and the lead singer of the Decembrists, Colin Meloy and his wife, Carson Ellis.

Here’s the schedule:

Millett, "The Magic Bullet": 7 p.m. June 11, Shakopee Library

Smith, "The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection": 7 p.m. June 19, Central Park Amphitheater, Woodbury

Wilkerson "The Warmth of Other Suns": 7 p.m. June 26, Galaxie Library, Apple Valley, and 7 p.m. June 27, Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center.

Rosen, "Best Seat in the House": 1 p.m. Aug. 4, Chanhassen Public Library

Odell, "The Healing": 2 p.m. Aug. 18, Rum River Library, Anoka

Child "Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community": 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Highland Park Library, St. Pau

Meloy and Ellis, "Under Wildwood": 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Roseville Library

Walsh "Why Do They Act That Way?" and "Your Teen and No": 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Mraz Performing Arts Center, Burnsville, and 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Southdale Library, Edina.

Club Book is a free author series of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency. You can find more information at


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