What? You missed the book club meeting last Tuesday at Books & Bars? No worries. You get another chance this month. The second meeting is next Tuesday, Oct 26 at Aster Café. Quick, pick up the phone and call Aster Café to reserve your seat. That’s right. Reserve your seat – no more worrying about being frozen out.
And you might like the discussion too. Books & Bars inaugurates its second monthly meeting this season with a discussion of If You Lived Here, You’d Already Be Home by John Jodzio, published by our own Replacement Press. If you missed Book It! The Party, you missed a great reading by Jodzio (where have you been?). Come meet Jodzio live in the flesh, get an autograph, buy him a beer!
But of course, you can still come on down to the Bryant Lake Bowl for the second Tuesday of each month. The only real difference (besides the reserved seating, and of course, the books and venue) is that BLB meetings will feature $2 Surly Furious taps and Skype chats, while the Aster Café will feature $3 Fulton taps, $3 house wines, cheese plates, and no entrées over $10. So do the math, you can still go out and have a great evening of lucid, intelligent discourse, great beer and food for under $20. Not counting your tip to the moderator, of course.
So, to recap – Twice Monthly – this time in Fall and Winter. First show is on second Tuesdays, second monthly shows will be on fourth Tuesdays. Except December, when Books & Bars will hold its holiday shindig at the Aster Café on Dec 21. Email moderator Jeff Kamin to put your name on the list. Books & Bars – “putting the ‘s’ back in Bars!”
Aster Café is located at 125 SE Main St in St. Anthony Main on the river in Minneapolis. Reserve your table at 612-379-3138. And now, a word from our sponsors. As always, Books & Bars is sponsored by Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Twin Cities Metro Magazine, Surly Brewing, and the aforementioned venues.
Also, put on your calendar NBCC Reads: A Literary Showcase. This is an event that is simultaneously claimed by the Minneapolis Central Library’s Talk of the Stacks and the Dept of English at the Univ of MN autumn writers series. It is an evening featuring local National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) members and writers of work that has been recognized by the NBCC.
So join local NBCC luminaries on Wed., Nov 3 at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis at 7pm. Appearing will be Eula Bliss, whose book Notes from No Man’s Land won the National Book Critics’ Circle award for criticism; critic Stephen Burt, who was a finalist in the criticism category for Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, and novelist Marlon James, whose novel The Book of Night Women was a finalist in the fiction category (it also won the MN Book Award in the Novel and Short Story cateogry, among other awards). They will be joined by moderator Jeffrey Shotts of Graywolf Press. This event is free and open to the public, doors open at 6:15pm.
The NBCC is a national all-volunteer organization, currently presided over by President Jane Ciabattari, which includes over 600 critics and writers, and that is celebrating 35 years in 2010. The group holds similar events all over the country, and honors literary excellence in six categories each year with the National Book Critics Circle Award.