Children's novelist M.T. Anderson is in some ways similar to the celestial body of children's lit, J.K. Rowling. Both scribes go by gender-neutral initials, both write tales of a captive boy-turned-justice fighter, and both move units fast enough to make other writers drool. Of course, there are a couple of differences between the two. For instance, Anderson's hero is a black child in 18th-century Boston rather than a prepubescent wizard. In the award-winning The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, Anderson introduced readers to Octavian Nothing, a child—and technically a slave—being raised lavishly and given an extraordinary education. For the Minneapolis Library's popular Talk of the Stacks series, Anderson will read from his series' second book, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves, in which Octavian recognizes his captivity and, in an attempt to gain his freedom, joins the British side of the Revolutionary War.
Thu., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., 2008