Book Launch for Merle Hanson's "Portraits"

01/31/2015 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 31st  7:00pm

Join us for the first event for the release of Merle Hanson's first collection of stories and essays, "Portraits."  You may have be familiar with some of Merle's pieces, as some have been previously published in local newspapers.

Merle will read a few pieces as well as discuss his work with attendees.  This is a great opportunity to come out in support of one of our own local writers!

 

 

 

From Merle:

I like to go on vacation.  Leave the world I’m in and find a different place.  Vacate all the things I felt, believed and thought. It is hard to shut off the brain. We spend most of our day thinking, often too busy to ever think about what we saw and heard that wasn’t in front of us.  Life keeps rolling and pretty soon we are getting ready to die never having lived.

There are many windows upon life, and in Winona town those many panes were always respected, with an almost quiet reverence.  There was no sense stirring up the spirits. Most thought death was supposed to be quiet and peaceful. 

Those folks sometimes get a bit disappointed when they get forgotten and that we can’t see them. They can tell that sometimes you can feel them, something in the way the air and light moved.  

In many ways this is their story.

Location: 
Street:
162 W 2nd St
City:
Winona
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Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55987
Country:
United States

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NYT Bestselling Author Peter Heller

02/10/2015 7:00 pm
New York Times Bestselling Author Peter Heller
Tuesday, February 10th  7:00pm 
 
Two years ago, Peter Heller’s debut novel, was a breakout bestseller. Topping Best Books of the Year

 lists from Atlantic Monthly, San Francisco Examiner, and Hudson Booksellers, The Dog Stars was critically celebrated and published in eighteen languages.
 
Heller’s second novel, The Painter, is a handsome, savage story pairing art and angst, love and lust, grief and—ultimately —healing. A certain fierceness informs Jim Stegner, an expressionist artist who paints and fly fishes with similar abandon, finding comfort and inspiration in nature, while struggling to transcend the violent nature of man.
 
From the outset, Stegner takes us along for a wild ride.  Serene moments spent fishing mountain streams of the American West, our only respite. And it’s these lyrical descriptions that put The Painter in rare company with some of the finest fly-fishing prose ever written.  With the elements of mystery, adventure, and man’s internal struggles perfectly balanced, Heller carries us along at a breakneck pace, intersecting action and luscious descriptions of Stegner as he paints, and fishes, and learns to create a meaningful life.
 
Heller will be visiting The Book Shelf in Winona, MN (162 W 2nd St, Winona, MN 55987) on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 PM for discussion and signing of The Painter. 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars, was an overnight success, topping bestseller lists and chosen

 as several community reads books across the country. He lives in Denver.
 
MORE PRAISE FOR THE PAINTER
*Best 2014 Books Lists by Oprah, Amazon and iTunes
“a masterful novel… [which] explores the mysteries of the human heart and creates an indelible portrait of a man searching for peace, while seeking to maintain his humanity in the face of violence and injustice.” -Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED review
 
“At times suspenseful, at times melancholy, at times spiritual, but always engrossing . . . Compelling . . . This novel embraces themes of personal loss and growth, drama and suspense, while also including plenty for those who enjoy art or nature fiction. Highly recommended." -Library Journal, STARRED review
 
“Heller’s writing is sure-footed and rip-roaring, star-bright and laced with ‘dark yearning,’ coalescing in an ever-escalating, ravishing, grandly engrossing and satisfying tale of righteousness and revenge, artistic fervor and moral ambiguity.” -Booklist, STARRED review
Location: 
Street:
162 W 2nd St
City:
Winona
,
Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55987
Country:
United States

Laureate's Writer Series: Steven Schild

02/03/2015 7:00 pm

 The Laureate Reading Series will feature poet Steve Schild reading from his

recent work on Tuesday, February 3rd at 7pm. The presentation will take place at the Book Shelf, 162 W.2nd St. and will be followed by an open mic. Steve Schild is a Houston, Minnesota native who has lived in Winona since 1975. He has worked in education, journalism and public relations as well as at factory and construction jobs. Schild's poetry has appeared in the anthologies Witness, 33 Minnesota Poets and Growing Season and in a number of literary venues including ArtWord Quarterly, Elysian Fields Quarterly, The Wolf Head, Whiskey Island and Minnesota Poetry Calendar. Schild teaches journalism and mass communication at Saint Mary's University. He will read from Eros in Autumn, his first full-length poetry collection, which will be available for sale and signing. He also  privately published a collection titled Gone Away from Crystal Valley and collaborated with  Minneapolis artist Richard Stephens to produce These Old Men Know Things, which features Schild's poetry and Stephens's artwork.

Location: 
Street:
162 W 2nd St
City:
Winona
,
Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55987
Country:
United States
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