The Club Book Authors Series brings together award-winning writers O’Farrell, Washburn, Boulley and 8 more

This fall’s Club Book Authors Series will feature a Prince Biographer, Pulitzer Prize Winner, National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize Winner and many more – 11 writers in total, all virtual, in this time. of COVID-19 restrictions.

The local series, by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, begins Thursday with mystery series author Elouise “Lou” Norton, and ends in November with Jane Smiley.

All events will be broadcast live on the Club Book Facebook page and also archived for later viewing on Facebook, YouTube, or the Club Book website at

Here is the programming:

Rachel Howzell Hall, 7 p.m. Thursday, September 9, hosted by the Scott County Library:

Hall is the author of the popular Elouise Norton series and other books. Her latest novel is “These Poisonous Things”, published last week.

Angeline Boulley, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, hosted by the Dakota County Library.

The author of the young adult novel “The Firekeeper’s Daughter”, Boulley is a fellow of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and former Director of the Bureau of Indian Education at the United States Department of Education.

Qian Julie Wang, 7 p.m. Sept. 20, hosted by the Hennepin County Library.

A lawyer trained in the Ivy-League, Wang is also the author of the memoir “Beautiful Country”, on growing up as an undocumented immigrant. She wrote her memoirs on her iPhone on her daily commute to work.

Rita Woods, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, hosted by St. Paul’s Public Library.

Woods is the author of “Remembrance”, a novel about a refuge for escaped slaves that lies outside the limits of time and space.

Mary Kubica, 7 p.m. October 4, hosted by the Anoka County Library.

Kubica is the author of the thriller “The Good Girl”. Her latest novel is “Local Woman Missing”.

Kate Quinn, at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, hosted by the Dakota County Library.

The author of numerous historical novels, including his four-volume Empress of Rome series as well as Reece’s book club selection “The Alice Network”, Quinn is also the author of “The Rose Code”, a novel about code breakers during WWII.

Dan Piepenbring, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, hosted by the Carver County Library.

Piepenbring, the former editor of the Paris Review, was approached by Prince in 2016 to collaborate on a dissertation. After Prince’s death, Piepenbring released “The Beautiful Ones” in 2019.

Tamara Winfrey-Harris, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, hosted by St. Paul’s Public Library.

The author of “The Sisters are Alright” and “Dear Black Girl,” Winfrey-Harris writes about the confluence of race and gender.

Kawai Strong Washburn, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, hosted by the Washington County Library. Winner of a PEN / America Award and a Minnesota Book Award, Washburn lives in Minneapolis and is the author of “Sharks in the Time of Saviors”, a coming-of-age novel set in Hawaii. .

Maggie O’Farrell, Noon, November 3, hosted by the Ramsey County Library.

O’Farrell is the author of a number of novels and a memoir, “I am, I am, I am”. Her latest novel, “Hamnet,” won the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Jane Smiley, 7 p.m. Nov. 10, hosted by the Carver County Library.

Smiley, Pulitzer Prize winner for “A Thousand Acres” and author of 30 books, will complete the Club Book series. His latest novel is “La Perestroïka in Paris”, the story of a horse and a dog (and a few ducks).

Laurie Hertzel •


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