Talking Books & Ideas


The following events will feature book discussions and authors who will speak on their work in the Twin Cities:

sustaining-our-spirits1Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. – Katrina Uhly, Darlyne Bailey, and Kelly Mcnall Koney discuss their book, Sustaining Our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today or Tomorrow, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.
“Women who lead are not unlike the many animals and plants around the world that face real peril when they lack a consistent, nurturing habitat to ensure their sustainability,” asserts Dr. Darlyne Bailey, co-author of Sustaining our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today and Tomorrow. Because of this stark reality, this book was created by and for women leaders, to provide the blueprint for indentifying, developing and sustaining the most effective leadership. Dr. Bailey and her co-authors, Kelly McNally Koney, Mary Ellen McNish, Dr. Ruthmary Powers, and Katrina Uhly, embarked on a remarkable five-year process of discovery with over forty other women from institutions, organizations, and communities. They gathered women who are leaders to create an opportunity for interaction, reflection, and mutual support. From these conversations was born Sustaining our Spirits, a project where women leaders would learn from and with one another how to sustain their life energies and commitment and, in turn, be able to share those lessons with others.

physics-of-the-impossible1Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. – The Big Bang Book Club (Magers & Quinn’s science book club) discusses Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible at Grumpy’s Bar Downtown, 1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Teleportation, time machines, force fields and interstellar space ships – the stuff of science fiction or potentially attainable future technologies? Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe’s physical laws may permit in the near and distant future in his book Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel.

the-lexicon1Sunday, May 3, 5 p.m. – Steve Vander Ark discusses the highly litigated The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials at Magers & Quinn Booksellers.
The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials, an unauthorized guide to the popular series by author J.K. Rowling, is a 400-page companion work perfect for the curious reader who wants to know more about these remarkable books. “Steve Vander Ark’s Harry Potter Lexicon website is visited by more than 25 million visitors annually,” said RDR Books publisher Roger Rapoport. “For years fans who have seen the author keynote major academic conferences on the Harry Potter novels, including Sectus in London, Patronus in Copenhagen, Lumos in Las Vegas and Prophecy in Toronto, have been asking him to write an original companion work on this wonderful series. This book offers fascinating analysis, new insights and a deep appreciation of Rowling’s work.” Steve Vander Ark has been interviewed by the BBC, “The Today Show,” the New York Times, Time magazine, the Associated Press, The New Yorker, The Times of London, The Guardian. His interview for an A& E television special on the series appears as part of the extra section on the DVD edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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