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Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Eric Dregni presents Let's Go Fishing

Anglers are simply superior because of their contemplative pastime, according to Izaak Walton. And few who fish would disagree. In fact, the habit of amplifying the sport is documented at least as long ago as 75 A.D., when Plutarch wrote that Mark Antony faked a catch to impress Cleopatra. From Bible verse to Grandpa s latest whopper, fishing has figured in our spiritual and cultural lore, to say nothing of our cuisine, as far back as we remember, and nowhere is this truer, perhaps, than in the great north woods.

A celebration of the sport in the land of 10,000 lakes and beyond, where the fish fry is a near-holy Friday ritual, the running of smelt heralds spring, and a village of ice-fishing huts springs up on every frozen lake, this irresistible book tells the full story from trivia to sacred tradition. Eric Dregni, who has entertained countless readers with enlightening tales of Midwest marvels, here shows his considerable skills as a raconteur and cultural historian of the fun and the facts of fishing in the Great Lakes region.

Fishing contests and taxidermy, lures and earthworms, fishing scenes on beer cans, and the peculiar genre of fishing photographs: no detail is too small, reflection too deep, or bridge too far to escape his eye and ready wit, from gear madness to true grit, angling heroics to solitary pleasures, small-town festivals to sport-fishing meccas. And he has the images to prove it. Lavishly illustrated with postcards, advertisements, historical prints, and tourist snapshots, this book is an always fascinating, occasionally hilarious, and often oddly informative compendium of fishing lore destined to reel in the uninitiated and to occupy the aficionado in those long, empty hours between seasons.

Biographical Note:
Eric Dregni is associate professor of English and journalism at Concordia University in St. Paul. He is the author of more than a dozen books including "Midwest Marvels, In Cod We Trust, By the Waters of Minnetonka, " and "Never Trust a Thin Cook," all published by Minnesota. And he's another former Hungry Minder who went on to greatness.

Sep
17
2:00 pm14:00

Susan Koefod launches her YA novel Naming the Stars

16-year-old Mary-Louise comes home from swimming lessons one day to find she is absent from family photographs, her bedroom has turned into a linen closet, and all of her possessions have disappeared. More troubling, her family goes on as if she never existed. The only person in town who can actually see her is a boy she calls Fish, a YMCA swimming instructor, but Fish is hiding from a troubled past and the person he sees is entirely different from who she thought she was.

Sep
27
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club-- Murakami

The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!

Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ian Leask launches his novel House of Large Sizes

Once in a while a novel comes along that is very different. House of Large Sizes is such a novel. A dysfunctional, sexually addicted and inauthentic little family finds its failings coming to a head when one member decides to deal with his pain directly and heads to New Orleans for an unsanctioned sex change.


Stitch & B!tch
Aug
21
2:00 pm14:00

Stitch & B!tch

For this S&B, bring your Christmas stitching ideas! Bring an easy craft pattern idea to share with the group and begin to plan those holiday crafting projects.

Stitch & B!tch is a gathering of individuals who craft in any way, shape, or form. We come together for a few hours a month and listen to a thoughtful discussion prompted by listening to an engaging audiobook, typically related to a feminist topic.

Peter Geye presents his awesome novel Wintering
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Peter Geye presents his awesome novel Wintering

This event has been moved to the St. Paul Athletic Club at 340 Cedar St.

A highly acclaimed novelist now gives us a true epic: a love story that spans sixty years, generations worth of feuds, and secrets withheld and revealed.

"The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy's name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting."-- Richard Russo

Shawn Otto discusses The War on Science
Jul
27
7:00 pm19:00

Shawn Otto discusses The War on Science

"Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense--we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. 

sTb // TWB Freestyle Book Club
Jul
26
7:00 pm19:00

sTb // TWB Freestyle Book Club

Do you believe that interfaith dialogue is important part of living in a diverse community? Have you read any religious texts or books that explore spirituality? From Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris, to Thich Naht Hanh and Mother Theresa? Come join us, have a pint of some of the best beer St. Paul has to offer, and share your perspective.

This event will be hosted at Tin Whiskers Brewing Company at 125 E 9th St, St Paul, MN 55101.

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus

Sharon Moen is the author of With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future. The biography profiles a man that some called a "gadfly" and others "the flywheel of the machine of American science." 

Corinna Nicolaou presents 'A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam'
Jul
19
7:00 pm19:00

Corinna Nicolaou presents 'A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam'

Perfect for those looking to ground themselves in the overlapping but often contradictory morals of the world’s major religions, Nicolaou’s book vividly and respectfully unpacks the nature of spiritual practice.

                                                                                                                                    
Publishers Weekly

Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Brandt Schubbe presents 'God, the Welder'

A deeply troubled man with a tragic past has lost his purpose in life. He struggles to regain that purpose as well as understand the meaning of past events, in the context of his increasingly disabled reality. God, The Welder takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey, as one man struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with his troubled life in order to interpret his existence.

Jul
9
6:00 pm18:00

Snezana Zabic presents her book Broken Records and the feminist garage folk band Rent Party plays music

In 1991, Snežana Žabić lost her homeland and most of her family’s book and record collection during the Yugoslav Wars that had been sparked by Slobodan Milošević’s relentless pursuit of power. She became a teenage refugee, forced to flee Croatia and the atrocities of war that had leveled her hometown of Vukovar. She and her family remained refugees in Serbia until NATO bombed Belgrade in 1999.

Jul
7
7:00 pm19:00

Bob Gilbert presents his novel The Shady Elders of Zion

"The Shady Elders of Zion" is a Minnesota ghost story. Ivan Kalinsky, the book's narrator, is the last surviving Bolshevik from the class of 1917. When Stalin started purging Jews from the Communist Party ranks in the 1930's, Kalinsky escaped to Northern Minnesota, where he lived out a long life as a union organizer. 

Krista Tippett discusses 'Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living'
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Krista Tippett discusses 'Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living'

This event ill be hosted at the St. Paul Athletic Club at 340 Cedar Street in Downtown St. Paul. There will be a cash bar, a warm hearth, and a great conversation.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." She is the host of the public radio program and podcast On Being.

Freestyle Book Club—Music Biographies
Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Freestyle Book Club—Music Biographies

The Freestyle Book Club is a partnership with Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. and SubText Bookstore.

On the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm, June 28th this month, we host, in our taproom, the Freestyle Book Club. The Book Club is led by Matt Keliher, the bibliotherapist over at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. We’d love to hear about what you read! The theme for the month of June is Music Biographies, and the suggested readings are as follows

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