Tomorrow, October 16, Touchstone Mental Health — a Minneapolis-based social service agency — will be holding their Notes of Inspiration benefit event featuring a private concert by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. Touchstone generously provided MinnPost’s Book Club Club with concert tickets to give to our readers.
Contest winners include Genevieve, Kit, Brenda, Malti, and Mary. We owe a special thanks to Touchstone for throwing in extra tickets, allowing us to give contest winners the full number of tickets requested.
Here are tidbits about some of the winners and their clubs.
Genevieve’s reading group — The OLG Girls Book Club — consists of 11 women who meet monthly in Edina. Their recent reads include “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence and “The Year of Living Biblically” by A.J. Jacobs.
Kit’s all-female reading group — Not the Carleton Book Club — meets in South Minneapolis and has recently read “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, “A Carrion Death” by Michael Stanley and “American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld.
The book club Brenda belongs to — informally called The Office — formed back in 2008. The group recently finished reading Jacobs’ “The Year of Living Biblically.”
“We don’t limit ourselves to a particular type of book or to the fiction genre,” says Brenda. “We take turns selecting books, so the titles reflect the personalities of the group. Variety keeps things interesting; we read books that we wouldn’t read on our own.”
Malti belongs to the Neighborhood Book Club in West St. Paul, a group aimed at women in the local area. The club reads primarily historical fiction, biographies, and nonfiction. In recent months they’ve read “Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream” by Barbara Ehrenreich, “Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression” by Mildred Armstrong Kalish and “My Life in France” by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme.
Mary’s St. Paul book group — “The Itty Bitty Reading Committee” — reads everything from literary fiction and nonfiction to memoirs and young adult titles. Recently, the club has read “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa, “A Mercy” by Toni Morrison and “House of Spirits and Whispers” by Annie Wilder.
When Mary learned she had won tickets to see Marc Cohn, she said the news was “so exciting!”
Wondering who’s eligible for MinnPost’s BCC giveaways? Your book club — or you personally — must be registered with MinnPost’s Book Club Club and/or subscribed to the BCC email newsletter. Both are free, and contact information is not shared.
Giveaways are announced online in the BCC section and occasionally by emails to club captains and BCC newsletter subscribers. Depending on the timing, giveaways may also be featured in the monthly BCC newsletter.
Congratulations to all Marc Cohn ticket winners — enjoy the show tomorrow night!