Talk of the Stacks announces its fall season

Talk of the Stacks, a free reading series offered at downtown Minneapolis's Central Library, recently announced its fall season. The lineup is usually pretty exciting; past writers have included Arthur Phillips, M.T. Anderson, Roy Blount Jr., and Padgett Powell. This year's schedule is no exception, and is filled with interesting authors active on the national scene.

[jump] The series kicks off with Nurrudin Farrah, an author who writes on issues concerning his native Somalia, as well as the world as a whole on topics including arranged marriages and dictatorships. The feminist author, who has been lives in exile in South Africa, explores the idea of possibly returning to his homeland in his latest novel, Crossbones. He will be in town to discuss his writing September 20.

Calvin Trillin is author of more than 20 books, ranging from food writing to humor to poetry to literature. His latest work is inspired by his experiences as a journalist. He will read from this work, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of His Funny Stuff, September 28.

The next day theoretical physicist Lisa Randall will talk about her latest work, Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World.

Rounding out the series will be Leslie Marmon Silko who will discuss Turquois Ledge, a piece that combines nature writing with family history and personal memoir on October 20, and Rollingstone/NPR contributor Will Hermes on November 10.

For more info, visit