Literary calendar for week of Aug. 7
RINKER BUCK: Bestselling author introduces his new nonfiction book, “Life on the Mississippi,” a blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the river, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier. Free. 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, George Latimer Central Library, 90 W. Fourth St., St. Paul. Presented by Valley Bookseller of Stillwater.
LAURA CHILDS: Minnesotan Gerry Schmitt, writing as Childs, signs copies of her new Tea Shop mystery, “A Dark and Stormy Tea.” Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th St., Mpls.
MEGAN GIDDINGS: Launches “The Women Could Fly,” in conversation with Lissa Jones. In-store. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, presented by Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., in partnership with Black Market Reads podcast.
CAMERON HEWITT: Presents “The Temporary European: Lessons and Confessions of a Professional Traveler.” Virtual event. 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, presented by Magers & Quinn.
WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER: In a virtual event, award-winning author discusses his first Cork O’Connor mystery, “Iron Lake,” the eighth title in Minnesota Center for the Book’s statewide One Book/One Minnesota program that invites Minnesotans to read the featured book. Through Sept. 4 readers can access reading guides and virtual book club discussions via the e-book and audiobook for free at Ebooks Minnesota. Hard copies are available through public libraries and independent bookstores throughout the state. Krueger will be in conversation with Minnesotan Ellen Hart, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the Bouchercon World Mystery convention in Minneapolis next month. For information about Krueger and Hart’s discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, go to thefriends.org/onebook.
SHEAFFER/FRUDDEN: Vicki Sheaffer and Kristie Frudden sign copies of their children’s board book “Oh Mother, How Funny!” 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.
STRIVE READINGS: Strive, the new black-owned community bookstore, hosts Anthony Walsh, author of “Hockey is for Everybody,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The adult reading program on Wednesday, Aug. 17, features Colnese Hendon, author of the memoir “Blend In or Fade Out,” and founding author Ricardo Peters’ young adult fantasy “Under a Clover Sky.” The store is at IDS Center, Suite 254. 80 S. 8th St., Mpls.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON
It’s Looking Ahead time for fans eager to read their favorite authors’ new books. Minnesotans will be able to grab John Sandford‘s new thriller, “Righteous Prey,” on Oct. 4 (Putnam), in which he combines his Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series. We haven’t head from J. Ryan Stradal since his bestselling 2019 novel “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” (preceded by “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”). Happily, he’s back in April with “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club.” Stradal lives in Los Angeles but grew up in Hastings, and his novels are filled with a gentle Minnesota vibe.
Michelle Obama follows her bestselling memoir “Becoming” with “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” offering stories and reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up others, we illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us. Publication date is Nov. 15 from Penguin Random House, which announced a 2.75 million-copy first U.S. printing.