Get ready for another great season of Books & Bars, the come-hither book club that yes, even your mother would love. Shifting to the popular two-session per month schedule for the school year isn’t the only thing that’s shaking up at B&B.
The next meeting is a back-by-popular demand road trip to the Corner Bar in Winsted. This is on Thursday, September 29, when they will be discussing Emma Donoghue’s Room. If you missed that discussion in August, this is your chance to talk about this amazing book. The Corner Bar is located at 111 1st St N. Check out the Books & Bars Facebook page to see who is carpooling if you can give or need a ride.
The 100th discussion meeting of Books & Bars will be on Tuesday, October 4, and it will be at a brand-new venue, The School II in Chanhassen. That’s right, folks, Books & Bars is moving to the suburbs! Well, not moving, but expanding. No more excuses about getting lost downtown. Now you can get lost on the prairie. The book for this date is going to be The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Ann Clifford, owner of The School of the Wise and The School II, calls Books & Bars “one of the greatest concepts,” and is looking forward to “really talking about the books.”
The second October meeting is at the Aster Café in Minneapolis on October 11, where the selection will again be The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, for those who couldn’t make the trek out to Chanhassen. The Aster Café venue will now feature space saved for first-come/first served guests along with a reserved section. Special prices on certain menu items and $3 Fulton pints for all Books & Bars meetings!
Jefe Jeff Kamin has announced that he is going to be offering two great prizes to whet your Books & Bars appetite. The first prize will be at the School II in Chanhassen, where you can win two tickets to see Fran Lebowitz, New York City author and cultural satirist, at the Pantages Theatre on October 14 just by signing up for the email news list. Must be present to win. Kamin added, “I’m excited to share our lively discussions in a wine bar, you know, for the anti-oxidants. With a new audience, no two discussions are alike. Looking forward to your thoughts on literature.” Taking it to the suburbs!
The second contest is a “spread the word” contest that you will want to take part in. One lucky winner will receive two tickets to see David Sedaris at the State Theatre on November 13. All you have to do is follow @BooksandBars on Twitter and then tweet the following with the #booksandbars hashtag: “Reinventing the book club as a member of #booksandbars & you can, too: @booksandbars” – okay? Got it? Just tweet that and you are in the running to win tickets to see David Sedaris! The drawing for the winner will take place at the October 11 event at Aster Café, and that person must be present at that meeting to win.
Remaining meetings (which may or may not include prizes!) include:
November’s selection: Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger – are you ready for some football? November 1 at The School II in Chanhassen; November 8 at the Aster Café in Minneapolis.
December’s selection: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen – oh yes, it’s an election year… December 1 at The School II in Chanhassen; December 8 at Aster Café in Minneapolis.
You get the idea: so far the plan is to discuss the same book at two different venues. So if you miss the first, you can always make the second. Show up at whichever fits your schedule. Remember, you can now come as you are to the Aster and maybe still get a seat. And The School II features over 180 seats in their wine bar/restaurant.
Books & Bars is looking to break 1500 Facebook members this week (fans, friends, whatever they call them this week)! At this writing they have 1478. So go look for it and pass it on to your friends – you know, the ones that like to read. And drink beer. Yes, it’s Books & Bars!
The sponsors for Books & Bars are once again Magers & Quinn Booksellers, where you can get your Books & Bars selections at the meetings, in the store or online. Fulton offers $3 pints at all Aster Café Books & Bars meetings. And Metro Magazine is the media sponsor, offering all the info on fun stuff going on around town.