Archive for the ‘Northfield Reads!’ category

Northfield Reads! Rescheduled

September 10, 2008

Previously, I reported that the next Northfield Reads! event would be held September 26. That was wrong. I mean, it was right then, it’s wrong now. The event has been rescheduled and, as a result, it’s going to be even bigger and better.

Here’s the scoop: Acclaimed Minnesota authors Faith Sullivan, Sheila O’Connor, Heid Erdrich, Wang Ping and Shannon Olson will read from and discuss Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14. This free event, which will include a book signing, will be in Great Hall on the Carleton College campus.

In “Riding Shotgun,” an anthology, a group of America’s celebrated literary women tackle a topic close to their hearts: Mom. The highly personal, yet often universal, stories offer windows into those influential mother-daughter moments that have forever shaped the lives and perspectives of the writers, powerful women, authors, spokespeople, scholars, teachers, and, in some cases, mothers themselves.

For those new to town, Northfield Reads! is a communitywide book club sponsored by River City Books, the Carleton and St. Olaf bookstores, the Northfield Public Library and Monkey See-Money Read. The public is invited to attend.

The book is, of course, on sale at RCB for 20 percent off through the event.

Kling Reads from ‘The Dog Says How’ (Audio)

November 8, 2007

kling1.jpgYou know, I enjoyed reading Kevin Kling’s The Dog Says How, and I fully expected to have a good time Wednesday night when Kling appeared at Great Hall on the Carleton College campus to discuss his book for the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club. But I have to admit I was quite surprised. Somehow, listening to Kling, every one of his stories got funnier and funnier. They were even better aloud than when I was reading them in my quiet little nest. Man, it really was a great night. But then, you don’t need to take my word for it. You can just listen for yourself by clicking below or downloading via iTunes.

The ‘Dog’ Is In The House

September 20, 2007

dog.jpgRemember how I told you — more than once, in fact — that Kevin Kling’s book, The Dog Says How, would be available in early to mid October? Turns out (sit down before you read the rest of this sentence) I was wrong. Shocking, but true. Next thing you know aliens will be discovered in the checkout line at Home Depot and a new study will reveal that ballpark franks are good for the pancreas. In my defense, the book was released weeks ahead of schedule.

The reason this matters is that Kling will be at Sevy Great Hall on the Carleton College campus at 7 p.m., Nov. 7, as part of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club.

In his first book, Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and his storytelling stage shows like “Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log,” delivers a “collection of hilarious, often tender, autobiographical stories.”

By the way, “The Dog Says How” is on sale for 20 percent off at River City Books through the event.

Now that you have more than a month to read this slim volume if you don’t make time to participate, well, that would be just all wrong.

Next Northfield Reads! Book Selected

August 24, 2007

kling.jpgI have learned that the next Northfield Reads! selection has been made. Kevin Kling will be in town to discuss The Dog Says How at 7 p.m., Nov. 7. The site is yet to be determined, so I’ll let you know and update the calendar as soon as we know. Just thought you’d like to circle that date on your personal planners. “The Dog Says How” will be published this fall. Looks like a fun one.

According to promotional materials I have seen, in his first book, Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and his storytelling stage shows like “Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log,” delivers a “collection of hilarious, often tender, autobiographical stories.”

Click here to learn more about the book and/or to pre-order. “The Dog Says How” will be on sale for 20 percent off in conjunction with Northfield Reads!

Listen to Strayed Discuss ‘Torch’

February 20, 2007

strayed21.JPGAh-ha — we have audio! Just click below (or subscribe via iTunes) to listen to Cheryl Strayed, author of the acclaimed novel Torch, read from and discuss her book. Strayed appeared Sunday night at the Northfield Arts Guild as part of the Northfield Reads! community-wide book club.

I wasn’t sure my otherwise trusty iPod would do the trick, but sure enough. Enjoy!

Another Nice Northfield Reads! Night

February 19, 2007

strayed.JPGThose who ventured out on a cool Sunday night to listen to Cheryl Strayed read from and discuss her acclaimed novel Torch really got a treat. Strayed talked about growing up in small-town Minnesota (“in a county with one stoplight,” she said), the way her own life influenced the novel, discussed the writing process and fielded questions from readers. She also read the first chapter and I don’t know how anyone listening to it wouldn’t want to read the rest of the book. It grabs you by the collar (if you’re among those who wears collars). Afterward, Strayed signed copies of her book and I have included a photo of such an exchange (click on to enlarge). I may be able to post some audio in the next couple of days as well so check back.

Thanks to Ms. Strayed for participating in Northfield Reads! She was an excellent presenter of her novel — witty, engaging and gracious — and we were lucky to have her visit.

Don’t Forget: Northfield Reads! on Sunday

February 16, 2007

torch-display.JPGNow, I know you wouldn’t forget. But maybe someone out there might not be thinking as clearly as he or she otherwise might given that lately the weather has been cold enough to freeze the mind. So just in case, here’s a reminder that Cheryl Strayed, author of the critically acclaimed novel Torch, will appear at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Northfield Arts Guild as part of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club.

Click here for more information about the book or to order a signed copy.

Hope to see you at the NAG!

Don’t Forget to Pick Up ‘Torch’

January 30, 2007

torch-display.JPGHave you picked up your copy of Torch by Cheryl Strayed yet? If not, what exactly are you waiting for?

The author of the critically acclaimed novel will appear in just less than three weeks — at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Northfield Arts Guild to be exact — as part of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club.

River City Books, a supporter of Northfield Reads! from the very beginning, has placed “Torch,” available in hardcover and paperback, on sale for 20 percent off.

If you haven’t noticed, people are talking about this novel:

“An unforgettable read; highly recommended.” –Library Journal

“Beautifully observed…shimmers with a humane grace.” –Publishers Weekly

“A heartbreaking anatomy of one family’s grief … Beautifully written and authentic.” –People magazine

“An accomplished first novel.” –Elle

“Strayed proves a master of the little and the big … an irresistibly engaging debut read.” –StarTribune

“Strayed’s debut novel hits with the weight of unwelcome news and tackles head-on some of the most difficult issues a family can face.” –Bookmarks magazine

“You should definitely read this book and participate in the Northfield Reads! discussion.” –The Raven

Site Determined for Northfield Reads!

December 30, 2006

torch.JPGLike the festive feelings on New Year’s Eve, the positive reviews for the next Northfield Reads! selection have piled up:

“Strayed proves a master of the little and the big … an irresistibly engaging debut read,” says the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

According to People magazine, the book is “a heartbreaking anatomy of one family’s grief … Beautifully written and authentic.”

I also have some other delightful notes that pertain to Torch, the book by Cheryl Strayed that will be featured at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18 to pass along:

First, a venue has been determined. The Northfield Reads! communitywide book club will gather at the Northfield Arts Guild to listen to Strayed discuss her book and field questions from readers.

Next, the book, currently available in hardcover at River City Books, will be released in paperback on Jan. 8 and will be on sale at RCB as soon as the store’s copies arrive.

Finally, pre-orders of paperback copies are available. RCB is discounting both the hardcover and the paperback 20 percent.

Northfield Reads!, which is sponsored by River City, the Carleton and St. Olaf bookstores, the Northfield Public Library and Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore, is free and open to the public.

I hope you have time to check out this great read and plan to participate. Looks like another terrific event for Northfield area book lovers.

Audio From Jane Hamilton’s Visit

October 4, 2006

jane2.JPGAs I reported previously, a good time was had by all at last week’s gathering of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club. Renowned author Jane Hamilton read from the selected book, When Madeline Was Young, her just-released novel, at Olin Hall on the Carleton College campus, fielded questions from readers, and signed books into the evening. For those who missed the fun of attending this special event — or for those would like to relive the experience — here is an audio presentation. Enjoy.


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