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Dave Page

July 19
7 p.m.
Literary, Speakers

Many Minnesotans know that F. Scott Fitzgerald was born and lived substantial portions of his life in St. Paul, but how much did his Summit Hill roots influence his writing? A lot, according to Fitzgerald scholar and author Dave Page. In his new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer & His Friends at Home, Page pulls from 33 years of research via letters, scrapbooks, diaries, interviews, and the census to fully examine Fitzgerald’s ties to his birthplace and the people who populated it. Page reveals how Minnesota residents and local landmarks worked their way into Fitzgerald’s stories, from the man who arrived at the wrong party in full camel costume in “The Camel’s Back” to the Cathedral of St. Paul’s appearance in “The Popular Girl.” Page also reveals how haunts like W. A. Frost and the University Club, and destinations like Old Frontenac and White Bear Lake, factored into Fitzgerald’s lively social life. These tales are accompanied by Jeff Krueger’s stunning architectural photographs.