The winter/spring lineup for Club Book has been announced — nine writers, many with local ties. Club Book is a free program sponsored by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, which brings prominent writers to venues outside of the two downtowns.

Lori Sturdevant, 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Rum River Library, Anoka. Sturdevant is an editorial writer for the Star Tribune and the author of many books of local history.

Karen Abbott, 7 p.m. March 3, Roseville Library. Abbott is a New York Times bestselling historian. Her latest book is "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy."

Christina Baker Kline, 7 p.m. March 8, Prior Lake Library. She wrote the novel "Orphan Train."

David Mura and Sun Yung Shin, 7 p.m. March 14, Merriam Park Library, St. Paul. The poets will discuss the Asian-American experience in Minnesota.

Celeste Ng, 7 p.m. March 21, R.H. Stafford Library, Woodbury. Ng wrote "Everything I Never Told You."

Lyndsay Faye, 7 p.m. March 24, Ridgedale Library. Her novel "Jane Steele" is a retelling of "Jane Eyre."

Jacquelyn Mitchard, 6:30 p.m. April 5, Chanhassen Public Library. The author of "The Deep End of the Ocean" has a new book, "Two if By Sea."

J.A. Jance, 7 p.m. April 21, Galaxie Library, Apple Valley. Jance's latest mystery is "Clawback."

Forrest Pritchard, 7 p.m. April 26, Stillwater Public Library. Pritchard is a farmer and a New York Times bestselling author. His book "Gaining Ground" was about saving his family farm in Virginia.

Tribute for Kristofferson

Country music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson will be honored at a special tribute concert in Nashville, featuring performances by Rosanne Cash, Eric Church and Lady Antebellum. The singer-songwriter will also perform at "The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson," which will be taped at Bridgestone Arena on March 16. Additional artists include Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Emmylou Harris, Darius Rucker and Trisha Yearwood.

Ailing: Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been battling multiple sclerosis for 15 years. "The Sopranos" actress told People magazine she was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when she was 19. Sigler said she wasn't emotionally prepared to reveal her condition to the public until now. The 34-year-old said her symptoms have become worse, noting that she can't run or walk for long periods of time without rest. Sigler portrayed Meadow Soprano throughout the HBO show's six seasons. She has also appeared in stage productions of "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast." Sigler married baseball player Cutter Dykstra on Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif.

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