A book, too,

can be a star,

a living fire to

lighten the darkness,

leading out into

the expanding universe.

 — Madeleine L’Engle

Past Programs






History of Wolves by Author Emily Fridlund

Former EHS teacher Betsy Cussler interviewed 1997 EHS graduate Emily Fridlund whose first book, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and long listed for the Carnegie Medal for Fiction. It was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. It was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, A New York Times Editors Choice, one of USA Todays Notable Books, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a #1 Indie Next pick.

Emily Fridlund, Author
444/18/18Poets Francine Marie Tolf, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Stanley Kusunoki, and Van Anderson read from their latest books in honor of National Poetry Month. Members of the audience had a chance to read one poem that they have written.Panel and Audience
432/27/18What is Edina Reading? Book suggestions and reader queries are a large part of a library's mission. The Edina Reads Committee asked Mayor Jim Hovland, Edina Magazine Editor Angela Johnson, Superintendent of Edina Public Schools John Schultz, journalist and blogger Brian Lambert, Edina Art Center General Manager Michael Frey, and Edina School student Charlotte Palmer about their favorite books and why they recommend them.Panel
4210/18/17Renown psychic, author, and director of the Center for Spiritual Development, Echo Bodine spoke on her life, how she came to understand her gifts, and opportunities for the audience to learn more about their own intuitive and psychic strengths and abilities. Echo Bodine, Author
4110/7/17Beheadings, Duels, and Modern Political Discourse: Wolf Hall and Hamilton as Popular History
Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, the award-winning novel focused on 16th century England, and Hamilton, the much lauded musical by Lyn-Manuel Miranda, are excellent examples of the reinterpretation of the past that reflect modern anxieties. The usual versions of Thomas Cromwell and Alexander Hamilton paint them as failures at critical points of history. But in Mantel's and Miranda's modern versions, all assumptions about these two historical actors are reversed and it is in these treatments and their astonishing popularity that we can explore our fears and our uneasiness about the future.
Dr. Cynthia Curran, Professor Emerita, History, at St. Benedict's College
409/23/17Family event featuring Edina author Susan Latta reading from her book, Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs.Susan Latta, Author
396/14Family event featuring Anne Ursu, and her books Breadcrumbs and The Real Boy .Anne Ursu, Author

Poet Emily Dickinson

Poet and professor Elizabeth Johnson McGarry will address the enigma that is Emily Dickinson
374/14A Panel of Poets. 4 local poets read from their latest collections in honor of National Poetry Month.Janet Jerve, Kathleen Weihe, Tracy Youngblom and Kirsten Dierking
364/14"Miriam's Words," an in-depth, real-time account of the life of the spouse of a public servant in the mid-20th century, is a collection of letters written by Miriam Judd, wife of Dr. Walter JuddMary Lou Judd Carpenter, daughter of the writer. Ms. Carpenter will be introduced by Maxine Wallin, an Edina Community Foundation Board Member and friend of the family.
Nancy Carlson read from her book, Henry and the Bully, and lead young children through a discussion about bullying and friendship.
Nancy Carlson, Author
341/14Popular Minnesota authors Lorna Landvik and Connie Claire Szarke  read from their latest novels and discussed the world of publishing, self-publishing and the new frontiers of the eBook world.  
Lorna Landvik and Connie Claire Szarke, Authors


11/12Edina Quasquicentennial Writers Challenge 



Parker Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy

Betsy Cussler, Discussion Leader

316/12Carmela Tursi Hobbins, Celebrations with CarmellaCarmela Tursi Hobbins, Author
303/12Emily Meier, Clair Loving, novellas and short story collections

Emily Meier, Author; Readers: Paulette Bates Alden, Jesmia Avery, Peter Brown, Brian Felland, Gregory Hewett, Eileen Hunter, Julia Hunter, Kathleen Jesme, Warren Lang, G.E.Patterson, Cheri Register, Richard Solly, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen and Bonnie West.

293/12Sujatta Massey, Rei Shimura Mysteries, Samurai's DaughterSujatta Massey, Author



2811/11John Reimringer, Vestments

John Reimringer, Author

2710/11Doug Ohman and Nancy Carlson, Libraries of MinnesotaDoug Ohman, Photographer
269/11Laura Goode, Sister MischiefLaura Goode, Author; Betsy Cussler, Interviewer
259/11Sheila O'Connor, Sparrow RoadSheila O'Connor, Author; Betsy Cussler, Interviewer
246/11Minnesota Authors and Edina Reads Summer PartyPatrick Coleman, Curator, Minnesota State Historical Society
233/11Laurie Hertzel, News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental JournalistLaurie Hertzel, Author
223/11Dr. John Najarian, The Miracle of Transplantation: The Odyssey of a Transplant Surgeon

Dr. John Najarian, Author



219/10Views from the Loft

Jocelyn Hale, Executive Director, The Loft; Sandra Benitez, Shannon Olson,Katrina Vandenburg and http://juicingtheorange.com/Pamela Holt, Authors

207/10Jim Klobuchar, Heroes Among Us, Pursued by Grace, etc.Jim Klobuchar, Author
196/10Jude Nutter, I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt WhitmanJude Nutter, Author; Maureen Millea Smith (New fiction)
183/10Nicole Helget, The Turtle Catcher, A Summer of Ordinary WaysNicole Helget, Author
171/10Fred Senn, Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity Into a Powerful Business AdvantageFred Senn, Author




Kao Kalia Yang, The Latehomecomer

Kao Kalia Yang, Author
158/09A Good Walk Spoiled: Golf and LiteratureChris Fishbach, Tom Prin, and Dan Smith; Dick Crockett, Moderator

New Fiction

Jude Nutter and Maureen Millea Smith, Authors

135/09Alison McGhee, Julia Gillian and the Art of KnowingAlison McGhee, Author



1210/08The Africa ExperienceJeff Dykstra, Joanna Johnson, and Jerry Strauss; Tim Murphy, Moderator

Pen Pals Intergenerational Discussion

Alexandra Fuller, Author


9/08Alexandra Fuller, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs TonightAddie Ingebrand, Discussion Leader




9/07Twin Cities by Trolley

John Diers and Aaron Isaacs, Authors



Stanley Gordon West, Until They Bring the Streetcars BackStanley Gordon West, Author





What Makes Great Literature?Authors David Bengsten, Rosanna Saffa, and Maureen Millea Smith; Dick Crockett, Moderator
69/06Family Memoir Writing WorkshopJacey Choi, Leader
59/06St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Concert and Intergenerational DialogueEvelina Chao, Viola; Mary Brindle, Dialogue leader

Evelina Chao, Yeh-Yeh's House

Family Decisions That Have Shaped Our Lives

Evelina Chao, Author




Khaleed Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Pen Pals Intergenerational Discussion

Khaleed Hosseini, Author
210/05Understanding Cultural Diversity in EdinaGhafar Lakanwai, Ph.D.

Khaleed Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Character and Courage in Personal and Professional Life

Michael O'Rourke, Author; Emily Triggs, EHS Varsity Athlete; Pamela Alexander, Hennepin Cty District Judge; Dick Crockett, Moderator