The 2017 season of Talk of the Stacks, the free author series held at Minneapolis Central Library, features a novelist, a food writer, an actor-turned-YA-novelist, and two writers for the Star Tribune.

The season opens April 12 with Andrew McCarthy, actor from "Pretty in Pink" and "St. Elmo's Fire," now also a writer and director. He will discuss his debut YA novel, "Just Fly Away."

On June 13, Lisa Ko, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, will discuss her debut novel, "The Leavers."

On Aug. 17, the Star Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Steve Sack will launch his new book, a collection of his cartoons.

On Oct. 5, Larry Olmsted, author of "Real Food/Fake Food," will discuss the four years he spent traveling the world investigating food.

And on Nov. 2 Star Tribune music reporter Chris Riemenschneider will discuss his book, "First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom." He'll be in conversation with Daniel Corrigan and Danny Sigelman.

All events begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Book signings will follow.