BEST READING SERIES (1999)
Rain Taxi deserves a nod for attracting authors like Clayton Eshleman for their Brainstorm series, but the main magnet for top-shelf literary acts is still the Hungry Mind. In a given month, the national notables stopping by the store (or its satellite stage at the Macalester College chapel) might include the ever-glamorous Bret Easton Ellis, local hero Tim O'Brien, and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Along with such headliners, the Hungry Mind draws a rich mix of authors from the local talent pool, like Patricia Weaver Francisco, Chuck Logan, and Kathleen Norris to name but a few. And for those who might not be quite ready for Easton Ellis, the Hungry Mind offers Saturday morning readings especially for the kiddies, featuring guest readers like Guthrie actress Sally Wingert and MPR's Euan Kerr.