Streamed Live During the Month of October
October 1st at 7 PM: Brian Freeman
Join Brian as he shares fun stories from his 15 years in the publishing business! He’ll talk about his career and take all of your questions, and he’ll describe his 2020 releases, including the bestselling stand-alone Minnesota thriller Thief River Falls and the next novel in his Duluth-based Jonathan Stride series, Funeral for a Friend. He’ll also provide a sneak preview of his work taking over Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, with Brian’s first Bourne novel, The Bourne Evolution, due out in the summer of 2020.
October 6th at 7 PM: Mary Bleckwehl
Mary Bleckwehl was born in Waukon, Iowa to dairy farmers. She loved school and books of all kinds but especially mysteries. Bleckwehl has introduced readers to her newest release, Claire’s Hair, also nominated for the Minnesota Book Award. It debuts the wild and woolly-haired Claire and the laughter her hair brings to Claire and her BFF, Albert. When Albert gets sick, Claire gets her “big hairy idea” to bring back the laughter. Claire’s kindness and empathy shine!
October 8th at 7 PM: Shannon Gibney
Shannon Gibney is an award-winning author of books of all kinds — from novels to anthologies to essays to picture books. She writes for adults, children, and everyone in-between. Gibney’s most recent novel, Dream Country (Dutton, 2018), which Kirkus describes as “a necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora — an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.” Shannon’s books and writings have received many awards and she is a professor of English at Minneapolis College.
October 22nd at 7 PM: Sheila O’Connor
Sheila O’Connor is the award-winning author of six novels. Her new genre-bending book for adults, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions, combines flash forms, archival documents, memoir, and historical research, to reconstruct the buried history of incarcerated girls. Her books for adults include Where No Gods Came and Tokens of Grace. Her novels for readers of all ages include Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Sparrow Road, and Keeping Safe the Stars.
October 29th at 7 PM: Sarah Stonich
Sarah Stonich, author of Laurentian Divide, was a finalist in the 2019 Minnesota Book Award. She has been awarded a number of grants, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Fellowship. A novelist and screenwriter born in Duluth, Minnesota, Stonich moved to the Twin Cities in 1986, where she has worked in the literary community as a columnist, editor, and freelance writer.