Did you know that the nation's first gallbladder operation was performed by Dr. Justus Ohage at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul in 1886? This is one of many fun trivia facts that line the upper left-hand side of the 2008 Saint Paul Almanac, a practical, informative, and at times personal reference of all things St. Paul. While a new Caribou Coffee pops up on Grand about every 15 minutes, this almanac thinks locally, featuring pictures and profiles of establishments including the Artists' Quarter and Piece of Cake. Also included are stories of immigrants living in St. Paulsome who moved here decades ago, others last year. Between recipes, personal histories, and poetry (including a eulogy to the closed independent bookstore the Hungry Mind) this thoughtful compilation of the St. Paul experience offers spaces that you, the reader, are invited to pencil in, adding your own personal touch. This is the second year of publication for the Saint Paul Almanac, and things kick off with a publication party at the Lowertown bright spot, the Black Dog.
Thu., Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m.