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First Pages for Teens: Creating Fictional Worlds
East Lake Library
Thursday, Sept. 4, 6–7:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-8425.
Grades 7-12. How do you create fictional, but vivid and detailed, “other worlds” in fiction? Learn how celebrated authors have mastered the art of creating these alternate worlds where anything is possible, and how you can too! 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Presented in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Golden Valley Library
Saturday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.”  
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Talk of the Stacks With Lorna Landvik
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Landvik is the beloved Minnesota author of nine novels, including "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" and "Mayor of the Universe." She is also a public speaker, playwright and comedian. Landvik will be launching her hilarious and touching new novel, "Best to Laugh," the story of a Minnesota comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
A program of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. Funding from National Endowment for the Arts Art Work grant. Sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.
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Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams
Webber Park Library
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: Webber Park Community Building, 4400 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis
Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams' "Finding Hollis" transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world "where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated." 
Presented in collaboration with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation.
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Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront
Pierre Bottineau Library
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Location: Northeast Bank, 77 Broadway St. N.E., Minneapolis
Registration required, begins Aug 22. Register online or call 612-543-6850.
Author Penny Petersen presents the Minneapolis red-light district and the powerful madams who ran it. In their heyday Minneapolis brothels constituted a substantial economic and political force. Learn how they rose to prominence in the late 19th century and what caused their demise in the early 20th century. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Pierre Bottineau Library.
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Author Talk: Doug Hoverson
Penn Lake Library
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug 23. Register online or call 612-543-5800.
Hoverson, certified beer judge and author of "Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota," will explore Minnesota's local beer scene, the new generation of brews and breweries, and the basics of home brewing. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Penn Lake Library; Presented in collaboration with United Liquor of Bloomington.
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Author Talk: Pauline Knaeble Williams
Rockford Road Library
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m.
Set in 1944 North Minneapolis, Williams' "Finding Hollis" transcends ethnic and racial barriers through the eyes of a young white woman who witnesses a tragic car accident only to discover as much about herself as the new world "where the black folks on this side of downtown were relegated." Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Rockford Road Library.
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Literary Trivia
Hosmer Library
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
Test your knowledge of books and authors in teams of 1-4 people. Open to teens and adults. 
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Author Talk: Laura Sobiech
Maple Grove Library
Monday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug 25. Register online or call 612-543-6450.
Millions have been touched by Zach Sobiech's music. His mother will share her book "Fly a Little Higher," which marks the time from Zach's diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer to his death last year, a story moving beyond life and love to one of hope. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Maple Grove Library.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Hopkins Library
Saturday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m.
Ethiopian poet and Golden Valley librarian Roba will read from his newest book of meditational poetry, “Wake Up and Roar.” He invites all to “come and drink from the sea of this love.” Roba leads a monthly poetry discussion group at the Golden Valley Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Hopkins Library.
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Clear Clutter and Organize Your Home
Penn Lake Library
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.
Registration required, begins Aug 30. Register online or call 612-543-5800.
Constantly losing things? Feeling like there's too much stuff? Professional organizer Barbara Tako, author of "Clutter Clearing Choices" will teach tips and tricks to declutter and organize. Learn how to simplify your life so you have more free time and energy! Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by Friends of the Penn Lake Library.
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