The following author events will take place at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, 612.822.4611, www.magersandquinn.com
â€¢ September 12 at 4 p.m. – Julie Doxsee and Paula Cisewski, two great poets – one from Istanbul, one from Minneapolis – read from their new poetry. Born in London, Ontario, Julie Doxsee is a professor of writing and literature at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is the author of Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean, 2010) and Undersleep (Octopus Books, 2008). Ghost Fargo, the second poetry collection by Paula Cisewski, was chosen by Franz Wright for the 2008 Nightboat Poetry Prize and released in the spring of 2010. She is also the author of Upon Arrival (Black Ocean, 2006).
â€¢ September 16 – William Gibson, the author of the cult hits Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive, returns with a new novel, Zero History. Gibson will meet fans and sign copies of his new novel at 5 p.m. at Magers & Quinn, and he will read from his new novel Zero History at 7:30 p.m. at The Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Ave. S., followed by Q & A and booksigning. Tickets ($5) for this reading are available at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.
Gibson is the author who coined the term “cyberspace” and whose novel Mona Lisa Overdrive sparked the cyberpunk movement. His new novel Zero History is set in the present day, but is no less visionary and thought-provoking. Hollis Henry worked for the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience. But she’s broke, and Bigend never feels it’s beneath him to use whatever power comes his way – in this case, the power of money. When a Department of Defense contract for combat-wear turns out to be the gateway drug for arms dealers so shadowy that even Bigend, whose subtlety and power in the private sector would be hard to overstate, finds himself outmaneuvered and adrift in a seriously dangerous world. Gibson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife. He is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pattern Recognition, and Spook Country.
â€¢ September 19 at 4 p.m. – Poets Richard Terrill and Joyce Sutphen will read from their new poetry. Terrill reads from his new collection of poems Almost Dark. Terrill’s previous collection of poems, Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry, and his memoir Saturday Night in Baoding won the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction. His essays and poems have appeared in journals including North American Review, Tampa Review, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, and New Letters. He has taught as a Fullbright professor in China, Korea, and Poland, and currently teaches writing in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, MN, and currently lives in Chaska. Her book, Coming Back to the Body, was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and Naming the Stars won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her most recent book is First Words (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010).
â€¢ October 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Sena Jeter Naslund reads from her latest novel Adam & Eve. One of the most imaginative and inspired writers of our time, Sena Jeter Naslund delivers her most ambitious and encompassing tale yet. The New York Times bestselling author of Ahab’s Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance returns with an audacious and provocative novel that envisions a world where science and faith contend for the allegiance of a new Adam & Eve. When Thom Bergmann discovers extraterrestrial life with his wife, Lucy, they fear that the world is not ready for proof of life elsewhere in the universe. Upon Thom’s untimely – and highly suspicious – death, Lucy keeps the secret, until Thom’s friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an unusual and dangerous request about another sensitive matter. Pierre needs Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt: an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis. Offering a reinterpretation of the creation story, the document is sure to threaten the foundation of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions…and there are those who will stop at nothing to suppress it. A native of Birmingham, AL, Naslund is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville; program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of seven previous works of fiction.