The Author's Studio
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Tales of Noah's Wife and Esther
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10-11 a.m. | Free Event!
The Edina Art Center is pleased to announce a special reading and book signing event in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Every spring, Jews celebrate the holiday of Purim by reading The Book of Esther in synagogue and then celebrating with wine and dancing. Kanner's reimagined version of The Book of Esther tells the story of a Jewish orphan who hid her religion and rose up to become the queen of Persia at a time when the king's closest adviser was calling for the genocide of the Jewish people. Esther had to decide just how much she was willing to sacrifice to save her people.
"Kanner's characters crackle to life as Esther's tale is related in glorious detail. Razor-sharp dialog set against the backdrop of a court rife with treachery and political intrigue keep the pages turning. Esther is highly intelligent, politically savvy, and determined." (Library Journal)
Silence of the Loons: History's Mysteries in the North Star State
Editors Timya Owens, Christina Glendenning, and Sheyna Galyan
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10-11 a.m. | Free Event!
Minnesota became the 32nd state of the union on May 11, 1858. The Edina Art Center is pleased to announce a special May event in honor of Minnesota’s 160th birthday.
Check out nineteen nefarious narratives exploring the dark side of Minnesota Nice. Each story is set against a historic period or event impacting the Land of 10,000 Lakes. From the Wild West days of Fort Snelling to the Great Hinckley Fire of 1894 and the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, Twin Cities Sisters in Crime writers will keep you on the edge of your seat with their chapter anthology, "Dark Side of the Loon."
The event will kick off with some coffee, baked goods, and a few words from the anthology editors. Then, local writers featured in the anthology will read from their short stories: Midge Bubany (“You Picked a Fine Time to Kill Me, Lucille”); Marlene Chabot (“More Than Lessons”); Barbara Deese (“Twisted”); Judy Kerr (“Ruby Red Heist”); Michael Allan Mallory (“Not So Legendary Outlaws”); and Cheryl Ullyot (“The Professional”).
Non-fiction, Fiction and the Gray Between: Readings from Mind Games, FOAM, and UFOs and Government
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10-11 a.m. | Free Event!
Richard Thieme was advised by an assistant deputy director of the NSA not to discuss what they explored in an ethics and intelligence project - unless he wrote fiction. "Fiction is the only way you can tell the truth," he said. Results of that advice are found in "Mind Games," a collection of 19 short stories culled from 35 stories published since then and the wild rollicking novel "FOAM," while a non-fiction work about the responses by the government to UFO phenomena from the 1940s-1980s reads like a detective story but is a remarkable historical work of 600 pages currently in 65 university libraries and considered the gold standard of well-documented research into an oft-marginalized subject.
Brief readings from these works illuminate the creativity of an artist finding his winding way along the hyper-real worlds of the 21st century and show why a reader (and listener to his many speeches around the world - google him on youtube) said "Your mind is a doorway I didn't know existed."