The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call 218-727-9077 or go to fitgersbookstore.com.
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7: Alex Messenger signs copies of his book "Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra."
6-8 p.m. Aug. 14: Christina Clancy will be joined by Chris Fink (author of "Add This to the List of Things That You Are") to discuss and sign copies of her books "Shoulder Season" and "The Second Home," in the August Fitger Room, third floor of the Fitger's building.
- 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21: LaDonna Harrison signs copies of her book "Our Divide: Two Sides of Locked-In Syndrome."
- Aug. 24: The Bookstore at Fitger's will host a Back to School event for teachers including a signing by Margi Preus. Further details to come.
- Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 4: Carrie Torgerson signs copies of her book "Magnus the Naughty Dog Steals Lunch."
Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers Chapter & Verse Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Featured books: "War & Mill McGonigle" by Karen Cushman and "The Fearless Flight of Hazel Ying Lee" by Julie Leung. Call 218-606-1777.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the fifth chapter of One Book | One Minnesota, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss. The fifth title for the program is "Murder on the Red Riverby Minnesota author Marcie Rendon. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a time of distance and adversity and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors. Readers can access the ebook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks. A virtual author discussion will be held, featuring Marcie Rendon in conversation with Allison Waukau, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Free. Registration required. "
Murder on the Red River" is Marcie Rendon’s debut mystery novel. In it the reader is introduced to Cash, a tough, 19-year-old Anishinaabe woman who was taken away from the reservation as a child and grew up in more foster homes than she can remember. Now a farm laborer and pool shark in Fargo, North Dakota, Cash’s life changes when a dead body is found on the Minnesota side of the Red River and her longtime friend, Sheriff Wheaton, enlists her to help solve the case. Go to thefriends.org/onebook.
Title: "Behind the Lines: A Solider, His Family and the 10th Mountain Division"
Author: Mary Donaldson-Evans
Synopsis: Lawrence J. Prudhomme was drafted into the army in 1943, he eventually made his way to Italy where he was assigned to the 710th Ordnance Company of the prestigious 10th Mountain Division. The 10th, the USA’s first alpine unit, was largely credited with defeating fascism and the Nazi menace in Italy in 1945. This book is based upon the hundreds of letters exchanged between Prudhomme and his wife during World War II that the author, Larry's daughter, and her brother discovered several years ago. Most of the war stories that come to us today are from the front lines. Yet it’s been estimated that 86% of the soldiers who fought in World War II in Europe never saw combat. This is not a blood-and-guts battlefield narrative, but the story of one brave soldier who fought “behind the lines” and played a vital part in the success of the Allied forces. It’s also the story of his courageous wife back home in Duluth, who struggled to raise a baby on her own while holding down a nursing position at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishing
Contact info: austinmacauley.com