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Talk of the Stacks announces Fall lineup

Talk of the Stacks, a free author series at the Minneapolis Central Library, boasts an eclectic fall lineup of award-winning and best-selling authors, including Heather McElhatton and Critics Circle favorites.

All programs begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:15. Seating is first come, first served.

Sept. 9: Minnesotan Heather McElhatton will launch “Million Little Mistakes,” sequel to her best-selling “choose your own adventure” book “Pretty Little Mistakes.” This follow-up asksreaders to choose what they would do if they won $22 million in the lottery. There are hundreds of possible adventures sown inside “Million Little Mistakes” — some lives end fabulously, others end in utter disaster.

McElhatton is a writer and independent producer for Public Radio International.

Sept. 30: Antonya Nelson will introduce “Bound,” her first novel in over a decade. Known for her razor-sharp depictions of contemporary family life in all of its sad, hilarious complexity, Nelson tells the story of tangled lives, set in a Wichita, riveted by the re-emergence of the “BTK” serial killer.

Nelson is the award-winning author of nine books of fiction, including “Nothing Right,” “Talking in Bed,” “Nobody’s Girl” and “Living to Tell.”

Oct. 18: Joseph O’Neill will present a new edition of “Blood-Dark Track,” a memoir about his journey to know his grandfathers: one an IRA soldier, the other an alleged Axis spy from Turkey, both imprisoned in World War II. 

O’Neill’s other works include “This Is the Life,” “The Breezes,” and “Netherlands,” which received the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. 

Oct. 26: Ian Frazier will discuss his new release, “Travels in Siberia,” an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union. The culmination of 10 years of research and travel, “Siberia” is a personal and often humorous reflection on this vast country — exploring the geography, the people, the history, the weather, the bugs and the unexpected.

Frazier is the author of “Great Plains,” “On the Rez” and “Dating Your Mom.”

Nov. 3: A showcase of authors recognized this year by the National Book Critics Circle awards committee will feature Eula Biss (“No Man’s Land: American Essays)  Marlon James (“The Book of  Night Women”) and Stephen Burt (“Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry”).  Jeff Shotts of Graywolf Press will moderate.

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