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The Sting of Love By Janet Graber --Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Georgina is on a visit to her widowed father in England to celebrate his seventy-seventh birthday, decades after he fought in WWII. She is astonished when he asks if she will accompany him back to Trieste, in Northern Italy. He has always refused to set foot in Europe again. What changed? And why now? Captain James Drummond survived the battlefields of North Africa and Italy. Instead of his anticipated return home to wife and four-year-old daughter whom he had yet to meet, he was assigned to the grim task of military occupation in Trieste.
On a summer patrol in 1945 in the disputed hills above Trieste, he encountered a group of Yugoslav partisans, bathing. When he glimpsed a woman emerging from the pool, water cascading down her body, a new conflict emerges with no clear lines, one he had to navigate alone. The war-weary Captain was faced with heart-wrenching choices.
Meanwhile, Georgina faces her own demons—a stale marriage, a secret affair, and her father's new revelations. Weaving historical facts with fictional characters, The Sting of Love moves seamlessly between Georgina's tumultuous life and that of her father in the aftermath of WWII, viewed through the lens of their several weeks together in Trieste.

Patrick Cabello Hansel talks about his new book of poetry, Quitting Time--Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:00pm

Quitting Time is an homage to the author's father, who lived and loved through the trials and triumphs of the 20th century. He grew up in a German-speaking family in North Dakota and went to kindergarten in 1917, when the U.S. was at war with Germany, and children were hit when they spoke "the enemy's language". He lived through the Dust Bowl, the Depression, homelessness and six years in the Army, where his German was helpful to his country in WW II and the occupation.

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Phillip Schultz says about Quitting Time
"These new poems by Patrick Cabello Hansel are all really one poem, a sequence that is at its heart a great tribute of a son’s love for his father unlike any I’ve read before. War, the Great Depression, homelessness, the hazards of farming, hair cutting and day work, this is the essential American immigrant story, a story of strife and rage and glory. “the eyes of the dead…will open like broken wings” — “And the earth remembers”. Yes, and so do poets, remember and seek “Justice, mercy, bread.” Just we all need now, Justice, mercy and bread. Amen."

Heidi Barr & Ellie Roscher present 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life with guest Yi Shun Lai author of Pin Ups--Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

In a culture that says bigger is better, it is subversive work to take tiny, lasting steps toward learning and growth.
In 12 Tiny Things Ellie Roscher and Heidi Barr journey with us through twelve essential areas of life: space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community. In each of these areas, we are invited to take one tiny action that is sure to open up growth and renewal.
12 Tiny Things guides us in curating a spiritual practice that promotes a more reflective, rooted, and intentional life. Regardless of how the ground feels underneath your feet, trust that there are roots there to tend. By trying on one tiny thing at a time, you can slowly, deliberately, and playfully remember who you are. You can nourish that being with tenderness. Together, we will reach and grow toward the sun.


When Yi Shun Lai was old enough, her mother bought her a subscription to ‘Teen magazine, in the hopes that she’d shed her tomboy skin to reveal a polished young lady. But Lai cut out all the wrong articles—girls on BMX bikes, girls on the gridiron, girls on the ski slopes and in the ocean—and these women became her role models. Pin Ups is the story of Lai’s quest to join these women in their ranks.

Next Chapter Book Club discusses The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones----Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 4:00pm

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians is “a masterpiece. Intimate, devastating, brutal, terrifying, warm, and heartbreaking in the best way” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts). This novel follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in violent, vengeful ways.

Historic Ballparks of the Twin Cities By Stew Thornley--Monday, March 1, 2021 - 7:00pm
From the rickety to the palatial, ballparks have grown up with and defined baseball in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some old-timers have vivid memories of cheering for Willie Mays and Roy Campanella at Nicollet and Lexington. Others marveled at a majestic Killebrew home run at the Met. Many a lucky resident celebrated two world championships in the Metrodome and witnessed one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history. More recently, fans have enjoyed the return of sunshine and even raindrops at Target Field. Described by City Pages as the most respected local baseball historian, Stew Thornley leads a tour of where we--as well as our grandparents and now our children--discovered baseball.

Outside the Margins: The Speculative Fiction Book Club discusses The Seventh Perfection, by Daniel Polansky--Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00pm
Hugo Award finalist Daniel Polansky crafts an innovative, mind-bending fantasy mystery in The Seventh Perfection

When a woman with perfect memory sets out to solve a riddle, the threads she tugs on could bring a whole city crashing down. The God-King who made her is at risk, and his other servants will do anything to stop her.

To become the God-King's Amanuensis, Manet had to master all seven perfections, developing her body and mind to the peak of human performance. She remembers everything that has happened to her, in absolute clarity, a gift that will surely drive her mad. But before she goes, Manet must unravel a secret which threatens not only the carefully prepared myths of the God-King's ascent, but her own identity and the nature of truth itself.

Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind by Alexander McCall Smith--Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 12:00pm
A delightful collection of stories and photographs from the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, imagining the lives and loves of everyday people in the twentieth century
Pictures capture moments in time, presenting the viewer with a window into another life. But a picture can go only so far. Who are the people in the image? What are their fears? What are their dreams?

The fourteen captivating tales in this collection are all inspired by photos from the Times of London archive. A young woman finds unexpected love while perusing Egyptian antiquities. A family is forever fractured when war comes to Penang, in colonial Malaysia. Iron Jelloid tablets help to reveal a young man’s inner strength. And twin sisters discover that it’s never too late to forge a new path—even when standing at the altar.
There are big stories behind these simple images. Though at first glance they may appear to represent small moments, these photographs in fact speak volumes, uncovering possibilities of love, friendship, and happiness. With his indomitable charm, Alexander McCall Smith takes us behind the lens to explore the hidden lives of those photographed; in so doing, he reveals the humanity in us all.

Laura Munson discusses Willa's Grove--Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00pm
Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they'd be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends.
The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?
Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt-and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.

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