Minnesotans have no problem puffing out our chests with pride for our rich literary history. Many phenomenal writers have come from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the Minnesota Book Awards' 25th Birthday Bash is an event celebrating that impressive list. The program will feature five diverse and talented Minnesota voices: Robert Bly, Charles Baxter, Ed Bok Lee, Lorna Landvik, and Kao Kalia Yang. Bly is one of the most recognized American poets of his time, and won the 2002 MBA Poetry Award for The Night Abraham Called to the Stars. Baxter, who won the MBA General Nonfiction Award for The Art of Subtext in 2008, is a familiar name here in the Twin Cities, with his professorship at the University of Minnesota's Creative Writing program and his numerous novels, short-story collections, and poetry. Lee's most recent book of spoken word-infused poems, Whorled, was the 2012 MBA Poetry Award winner, as well as the winner of an American Book Award. Actor, playwright, and bestselling author Landvik is a frequent finalist for the MBAs, and audiences always enjoy her sense of humor. Yang's novel, The Latehomecomer, won two MBA awards in 2009. Metropolitan State University President Sue Hammersmith will welcome the crowd with a speech, and there will be free hors d'oeuvres and desserts, plus a cash bar.
Fri., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., 2012