Mohsin Hamid and Nick Hornby headline strong Club Book fall season

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Club Book’s fall season will be held partly in person and partly virtually this fall, as it features internationally acclaimed writers Mohsin Hamid, Nick Hornby, Jamie Ford and more. Club Book is a free author series that brings notable writers to libraries across the metro area.

Events start on September 13 and continue until the end of November. All are free and will be recorded and archived on the Club Book website, YouTube channel and Facebook Live pages.

Here is the schedule:

Boyah J. Farah, 7 p.m. September 13. A virtual event hosted by the Hennepin County Library.

Somali essayist Farah immigrated to the United States in the mid-1990s, expecting a land of freedom and finding, instead, systemic injustices and anti-black racism. His memoir, “America Made Me a Black Man,” is one of the first essays in a book about racism in the United States from the perspective of an African immigrant. Farah is also the founder of the Abaadi School in Garowe, Somalia, which teaches children science and math.

Peng Berger, 7 p.m. Sept. 26. A virtual event hosted by the Anoka County Library.

Shepherd’s 2019 novel “The Book of M,” a speculative fiction tale about people who lose their shadows and then their memories, won the Neukom Institute Award for First Speculative Fiction. His second book, “The Cartographers”, was published in March.

Jamie Ford6:30 p.m. on September 29. An invention in person at the RH Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury.

Ford is the author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” about Asian Americans in World War II. It had been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years and won the Asia/Pacific Prize for Literature. (He was also chosen for the Lakeville One Book/One Lakeville program in 2013.) His new novel, “The Many Daughters of Afong Moy,” was selected by the “Today Show” for the Read With Jenna book club.

Mohsin Hamidnoon, October 3. A virtual event hosted by the Ramsey County Library.

Hamid has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ won the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize. “Exit West” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. His new novel, “The Last White Man,” is an allegory of race relations in the United States as white characters slowly turn brown.

Kristine Harmel, 7 p.m. Oct. 4. An in-person event at the Prior Lake Public Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. SE, Prior Lake.

Harmel is a bestselling writer of historical fiction, including “The Book of Lost Names,” based on a true World War II story in which a forger helps Jewish children escape the Nazis. His latest novel, “The Forest of Vanishing Stars,” is also based on a true story about hundreds of Jews who fled to the forests to escape the Nazis.

Harmel is also the co-founder of the “Friends and Fiction” podcast, which she hosts with other writers.

Leila Mottley7 p.m. Oct. 17. A virtual event hosted by the Dakota County Library.

Mottley is the author of the first novel “Nightcrawling”, the story of a young black girl who turns to sex work to avoid homelessness. The book was named a pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, was an instant bestseller, and was nominated for the Booker Prize.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee7 p.m. on November 9. A virtual event hosted by St. Paul Public Library.

Lee grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, the daughter of immigrants from Korea. His young adult novel, “Finding My Voice,” was one of the first YA novels to feature an Asian-American protagonist. His latest adult novel, “The Evening Hero,” is set in part on Iron Range in Minnesota, the story of a Korean immigrant doctor who faces rural hospital closures, racism, and trauma from war.

Lee is also a co-founder of the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Nick Hornby, 10:30 a.m. on November 19. A virtual event hosted by the Carver County Library.

British writer Hornby is known for his novels ‘High Fidelity’, ‘About a Boy’ and ‘Fever Pitch’, some of which have been made into movies. His new book, “Dickens and Prince,” explores the styles and similarities between Charles Dickens and Minnesota’s own prince.

Laurie Hertzel is the editor of books at the Star Tribune. On Twitter: @StribBooks.


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