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

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 Date 

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Speaker(s)

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
384/14

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.
351/14
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
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11/12Edina Quasquicentennial Writers Challenge 

32

9/12

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

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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

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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

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1610/09

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
147/09

New Fiction

Jude Nutter and Maureen Millea Smith, Authors

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


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1210/08The Africa ExperienceJeff Dykstra, Joanna Johnson, and Jerry Strauss; Tim Murphy, Moderator
1110/08

Pen Pals Intergenerational Discussion

Alexandra Fuller, Author

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

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9/07Twin Cities by Trolley

John Diers and Aaron Isaacs, Authors

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9/07

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

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10/06

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
49/06

Evelina Chao, Yeh-Yeh's House

Family Decisions That Have Shaped Our Lives

Evelina Chao, Author

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312/05

Khaleed Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Pen Pals Intergenerational Discussion

Khaleed Hosseini, Author
210/05Understanding Cultural Diversity in EdinaGhafar Lakanwai, Ph.D.
110/05

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