Nightblind

Author or Artist

Ragnar Jonasson
Nightblind

Summary

Chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent. Ari Thor Arason is a local policeman who has an uneasy relationship with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland--where no one locks their doors. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by a murder. One of Ari's colleagues is gunned down at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic waters closing in, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together a puzzle that involves a new mayor and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. It becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.

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Buster Keaton Silent Comedies

7:00 p.m.

Join us for two sidesplitting short films starring one of the most beloved comedians of the silent era. This special event will feature Buster Keaton's masterpieces, "One Week" and "My Wife's Relations," with a live musical score by Dreamland Faces.

Location: 

Hayden Heights

Date and Time: 

12/13/2017
Buster Keaton

Physician's Desk Reference

Drug information and comparisons.

Stranger Things: Season 1

Stranger Things: Season 1

Summary

Hey, remember the '80s? Season one of Netflix' runaway smash Stranger Things sure does.

Books and Bars: The Annie Year

Social Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. | Discussion: 6:15 p.m.

Moderator Jeff Kamin presents his unique take on a public book club.

This month's title: The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (author attending)

Location: 

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 West Sixth Street, Saint Paul

Date and Time: 

12/05/2017
The Annie Year

Books and Bars: The Annie Year

Social Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. | Discussion: 6:15 p.m.

Moderator Jeff Kamin presents his unique take on a public book club.

This month's title: The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (author attending)

Location: 

Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 West Sixth Street, Saint Paul

The Annie Year

Club Book: Edward Kelsey Moore

7:00 p.m.

Edward Kelsey Moore is the pen behind 2014's breakout hit The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Moore's debut follows three life-long friends - dubbed "The Supremes" while in high school - as they navigate four decades of life's challenges. It garnered Moore a Best First Novel Award from the American Library Association - Black Caucus, among other high honors. 

His anticipated follow-up, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, hit shelves in June. Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean are back in this sequel adventure that BookPage lauds as "an uplifting read which tugs at readers' heartstrings and elicits enthusiastic chuckles in equal measure... sure to satisfy fans while welcoming new ones to the fold with open arms." 

Location: 

Rondo Community Library

Date and Time: 

11/14/2017
Edward Kelsey Moore

30 Days a Black man: the Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South

Author or Artist

Bill Steigerwald
30 Days a Black Man

Summary

The dangerous, trailblazing work of a white journalist and black leader who struck a shocking early blow against legal segregation.

In 1948, most white people in the North had no idea how unjust and unequal daily life was for 10 million African Americans living in the Jim Crow South. Then, Ray Sprigle, a famous white journalist from Pittsburgh, went undercover and alongside Atlanta s black civil rights pioneer John Wesley Dobbs lived as a black man in the South for thirty days. His impassioned newspaper series shocked millions and sparked the first nationally aired television-and-radio debate about ending America's shameful system of apartheid. Author Bill Steigerwald returns this long-forgotten part of American history to its rightful place among the seminal events of the Civil Rights movement. For 30 days and 3,000 miles, Sprigle and Dobbs traveled among dirt-poor sharecroppers, principals of ramshackle black schools, and families of lynching victims. The nationally syndicated newspaper series hit the media like an atom bomb, eliciting a fierce response from the Southern media. Six years before Brown v. Board of Education, seven years before the murder of Emmett Till, eight years before Little Rock s Central High School was integrated, and thirteen years before John Howard Griffin's similar experiment became the bestselling Black Like Me, an unlikely pair of heroes brought black lives to the forefront of American consciousness.

Wonder Valley

Author or Artist

Ivy Pochoda
Wonder Valley

Summary

When a teen runs away from his father's mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles. From the acclaimed author of Visitation Street, a visionary portrait of contemporary Los Angeles in all its facets, from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row. During a typically crowded morning commute, a naked runner is dodging between the stalled cars. The strange sight makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls. There's Ren, just out of juvie, who travels to LA in search of his mother. There's Owen and James, teenage twins who live in a desert commune, where their father, a self-proclaimed healer, holds a powerful sway over his disciples. There's Britt, who shows up at the commune harboring a dark secret. There's Tony, a bored and unhappy lawyer who is inspired by the runner. And there's Blake, a drifter hiding in the desert, doing his best to fight off his most violent instincts. Their lives will all intertwine and come crashing together in a shocking way, one that could only happen in this enchanting, dangerous city. Wonder Valley is a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning--a masterpiece by a writer on the rise.