Friends of HCL Announces Talk of the Stacks 2016 Line Up

Mar 8, 2016

Three free events featuring some of today’s most vibrant literary voices

Friends of the Hennepin County Library is proud to announce its 2016 season of Talk of the Stacks, an award-winning author series. Three events between April and June will bring thought-provoking authors to local, literary audiences.

Now in its 10th year, Talk of the Stacks is held at Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401) in Pohlad Hall. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 pm, and programs begin at 7pm. Book sales/signings follow presentations. 


Talk of the Stacks 2016 Line Up:

  • Tuesday, April 5 – A lively discussion about local food, farming, and sustainability with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl in conversation with Beth Dooley, Tracy Singleton, and Lucie Amundsen
  • Wednesday, May 11 – R.T. Rybak discusses his new memoir Pothole Confidential – My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Wednesday, June 15 – Emma Cline, a young author on the rise, launches her debut novel The Girls


Farm to Table – A conversation about local food, farming, and sustainability

Tuesday, April 5, 7pm, Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library

Join us as Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl takes the stage in conversation with local food experts Beth Dooley, Tracy Singleton, and Lucie Amundsen. Take a journey from chicken and vegetable farms to restaurant and family tables – and everywhere in between – with these colorful trendsetters in our local food scene!

  • Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a 5-time James Beard award-winning food writer and editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
  • Lucie Amundsen is a writer and co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company. Her book, Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – from Scratch, hit bookstores on March 1, 2016.
  • Beth Dooley is the author of six cookbooks covering the local food scene. Her most recent book, In Winter's Kitchen, is a collection of stories, part memoir and part serious study, of our food shed.
  • Tracy Singleton is co-founder of the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis and co-author of The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook: Good Real Food, which includes recipes and tips to make a sustainable kitchen and a joyful table.


R.T. Rybak — Pothole Confidential and the making of a Minneapolis Mayor

Wednesday, May 11, 7pm, Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library

In his memoir that is both a political coming-of-age story and a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a great city, three-term Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak takes readers into the highs and lows – and the daily drama – of a life inextricably linked with the city over the past fifty years. Pothole Confidential is that rare document from a politician: one more concerned with the people he served and the issues of his time than with burnishing his own credentials.


Emma Cline — A young author on the rise discusses her debut novel The Girls

Tuesday, June 15, 7pm, Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library

At just 26 years old, author Emma Cline is already making waves in the publishing world. The Columbia MFA grad and winner of the Paris Review’s 2014 Plimpton Prize generated a great deal of buzz when her debut novel, The Girls, set off a bidding war between 12 big-name publishing houses. Sold to Random House for a multi-million dollar three-book deal, The Girls (out June 14) has quickly become one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan says, “Emma Cline’s first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction.” We hope you’ll join us for a chance to hear from Emma Cline at the launch of what is sure to be a very bright career.



The mission of Friends of the Hennepin County Library is to enrich the resources and enhance the potential of the Hennepin County Library. Friends of HCL raises resources and support for critically-needed HCL programs such as Homework Help, Teen Tech Squad, and Senior Outreach services as well as for the key HCL initiatives of engaging readers of all ages, expanding early learning environments, and supporting kindergarten-readiness programs.