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Talk of the Stacks 2012 Fall/Winter Season Announced

July 30th, 2012 | Press Releases

Talk of the Stacks, a free author series exploring contemporary literature and culture at the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, will host four eclectic, award-winning authors this fall/winter.

Mark your calendars:

• On September 21, Michael Chabon, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will present his highly-anticipated new novel, Telegraph Avenue.
• On October 4, best-selling author and respected social critic Naomi Wolf shares Vagina: A New Biography, her new astonishing work of cutting-edge science and cultural history that radically reframes how we understand the vagina and the female consciousness.
• On November 17, genre-bending British writer Geoff Dyer, known for his wildly inventive novels and uncategorizable works of nonfiction, will discuss Otherwise Known as the Human Condition on stage with Fiona McCrae, publisher at Graywolf Press.
• On December 6, journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, and novelist Calvin Trillin will present his new book Dogfight: An Occasionally Interrupted Narrative Poem About the Presidential Campaign and the paperback edition of Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of His Funny Stuff.

Held at the Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central in Pohlad Hall (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401), the programs are free and open to the public. Book sales/signings follow the presentations. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 PM and programs begin at 7 PM.

For more information: www.supporthclib.org or 612-543-8107.

Michael Chabon
Friday, September 21, 2012, 7 PM

Novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer Michael Chabon is widely considered one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He is the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than ten books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Maps and Legends, among others. Chabon’s newest book, Telegraph Avenue (September 2012), explores the intertwined lives of two families, one black and one white, in Oakland, California.

Naomi Wolf
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7 PM

Naomi Wolf is an accomplished author, social critic and political activist. She is the author of several controversial and popular books, including the international bestseller The Beauty Myth, which launched a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Wolf is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and The American Freedom Campaign. Her new book, Vagina: A New Biography, draws on cutting-edge science and cultural history to reframe how we understand the vagina and the female consciousness.

Geoff Dyer
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7 PM

British writer Geoff Dyer has earned the devotion of passionate fans on both sides of the Atlantic through his wildly inventive, romantic novels as well as several brilliant, unclassifiable works of nonfiction. Dyer is the author of many novels, collections of essays, and other genre-defying titles. His work Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, which collects twenty-five years of essays, reviews, and misadventures was winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Dyer will be joined on stage by Fiona McCrae, publisher at Graywolf Press, for a conversation about his work.

Calvin Trillin
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7 PM

A journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, and novelist, Calvin Trillin is the author of more than 20 books and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From food (in American Fried and Third Helpings) to his wife (in the best-seller About Alice) to politics (in Deciding the Next Decider and Obliviously On He Sails), Trillin does not shy away from any topic. He will present two books: the paperback edition of Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of His Funny Stuff (a humorous collection of excerpts from his writing career) and the newly released Dogfight: An Occasionally Interrupted Narrative Poem About the Presidential Campaign (a roast to the 2012 presidential elections).
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The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank presents Talk of the Stacks, a program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Additional support provided by Dorsey and Whitney LLP, Marquette Hotel, MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.

Friends of Hennepin County Library is an active community of supporters—helping the Library fulfill its mission to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community. By raising critically needed funds for books, movies, music, programs and technology, and through presentation of the highly regarded Pen Pals and Talk of the Stacks author series, the Friends of Hennepin County Library opens doors and minds to new worlds.

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