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Write by Showing, not Telling
Rogers Library
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6050.
Entering grades 1-6. Join Ron Gamer, author of the outdoor adventure Chance Series, as he demonstrates how to craft emotion- and image-centered writing passages. Practice by rewriting several sample paragraphs to hook the reader and move the storyline forward.  
Sponsored by Friends of the Rogers Library.
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Guys Read Kids Book Club
Augsburg Park Library
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 5–6 p.m.
Register Online or call 612-543-6200.
Guys entering grades 4-6. Join other guys to talk about a great book! Lending copies may be picked up at the information desk prior to meeting. Author Will Alexander will attend the June 17 meeting to discuss his book, "Goblin Secrets."
Sponsored by Friends of the Augsburg Park Library.
What We're Reading:
June 17: Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander.
July 15: Go Big or Go Home , by Will Hobbs.
August 5: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger.
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Author Talk: Guthema Roba
Brooklyn Park Library
Monday, Aug. 11, 6:30 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. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Brooklyn Park Library.
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Talk of the Stacks With J.A. Jance
Minneapolis Central Library
Pohlad Hall
Monday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
Jance is a New York Times bestselling author and prolific writer of mysteries and thrillers, including the J.P. Beaumont, Ali Reynolds and Walker Family series. Jance will share her most recent release from the popular Joanna Brady series, "Remains of Innocence." 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 the National Endowment for the Arts Art Work grant. Sponsors: MinnPost and Magers and Quinn Booksellers.
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Mystery Book Store Owner Gary Schulze
Penn Lake Library
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6:30–8 p.m.
Winner of Mystery Writers of America's Raven Award and owner of Once Upon a Crime Books, Schulze will discuss his experiences, including hosting hundreds of mystery authors from Minnesota and beyond. 
Sponsored by Friends of the Penn Lake Library.
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First Pages for Teens: Creating Fictional Worlds
East Lake Library
Thursday, Sept. 4, 6–7:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Aug 7. 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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