In Conversation: Peter Geye and Leif Enger (Virtual Event)
Tuesday September 22 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome two of our favorite Minnesota writers. Peter Geye presents his new novel Northernmost, in conversation with Leif Enger, author of Virgil Wander.
ABOUT THE EVENT:
This Crowdcast virtual event is free, but you must RSVP at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/geye_enger
to receive the login link and password. For more information about Crowdcast and reference for attendees, click here: https://docs.crowdcast.io/en/articles/651701-attendee-quick-reference-guide
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Peter's new book Northernmost is a thrilling ode to the spirit of adventure and the vagaries of loss and love braiding together two remarkable stories of love and survival separated by more than a century, The book explores universal themes—of identity, family, the nature of love and obligation—that will appeal to general readers and book clubs everywhere. Half historical fiction, half contemporary marital drama, Northernmost offers a masterful supply of adventure and heart-stopping suspense on ice floes closer to the North Pole than anywhere else, complete with deathly-cold water, near-starvation, and a marauding bear.
Leif Enger's Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a hard luck town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures of kite-flying, movies, fishing, baseball, necking in parked cars and falling in love, the book is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked upper Midwest by an award-winning master storyteller.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. Geye is the author of the award winning novels Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering, winner of the Minnesota Book Award. He currently teaches the year-long Novel Writing Project at the Loft Literary Center. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he continues to live there with his family.
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. He and his wife Robin live in Duluth, Minnesota.
Virtual Book Launch: The Silver Box
Tuesday October 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Duluth award-winning children's author Margi Preus for the virtual launch of The Silver Box, the final book of the Enchantment Lake mystery.
What will happen at this virtual launch? It’s a mystery! Probably at least some of the following: Pictures! Video! Hand puppets! Recipes! Puppies!* Opera! Maybe even a (virtual) treasure hunt with (actual) prizes! A little chitchat about bringing the Enchantment Lake series to an end, a quick advert for Village of Scoundrels and The Littlest Voyageur, and, of course, time for Q&A.
It’ll all be over in a flash!
ABOUT THE EVENT:
This Crowdcast event is free, but you must RSVP at www.crowdcast.io/e/silver to receive the login link. For more information about Crowdcast and reference for attendees, see https://docs.crowdcast.io/en/articles/651701-attendee-quick-reference-guide.
You can purchase signed copies of The Silver Box, as well as other Margi Preus books here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor–winning Heart of a Samurai. Among her other novels are Village of Scoundrels, The Littlest Voyageur, Shadow on the Mountain, West of the Moon, and The Bamboo Sword, as well as the previous two books in the Enchantment Lake series, Enchantment Lake and The Clue in the Trees, which were published by the University of Minnesota Press and received the Midwest Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Margi lives in Duluth.
William Souder Presents Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck (Virtual Event)
Friday October 23 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Zenith Bookstore welcomes William Souder who will present his new biography of John Steinbeck, one of America's most celebrated novelists of the Great Depression. Souder will be interviewed by award-winning author Peter Geye, whose works include Safe From The Sea, Wintering, and most recently Northernmost.
Souder's Mad at the World is the first full-length biography of John Steinbeck to appear in a quarter century. The book illuminates what has made the work of Steinbeck an enduring part of the literary canon: his capacity for empathy. Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder explores Steinbeck’s long apprenticeship as a writer struggling through the depths of the Great Depression, and his rise to greatness with masterpieces such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath.
"William Souder’s Mad at the World is a stupendous biography of John Steinbeck. By connecting California’s fog, farms, forests and fisheries to Steinbeck’s growth as an artist Souder has elevated the great Nobel Prize–winning novelist to relevancy in today’s depression-stuck America. The backstories on how Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath and his relationship with marine biologist Ed Ricketts are extraordinary. Throughout the narrative Souder provides first-rate literary analysis and gorgeous prose-styling. This is a book for the ages. Highly recommended!" – Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History, Rice University, and author of Rightful Heritage
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William Souder’s books include biographies of John Steinbeck, Rachel Carson (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and John James Audubon (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize). He lives in Grant, Minnesota.
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