“‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest”

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We love poetry at Common Good Books, and to prove it our proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of “‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.” Three poets will receive grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit.


Last year we asked entrants for love letters. This year, we continue the epistolary theme--entries to “Dear You” should be in the form of a letter to a real person--but love is not required. Entries should be mailed to Common Good Books, post marked no later than April 4, 2015.


The rules at a glance

  • The contest is open to anyone living within the United States

  • Entries must be a single poem

  • The poem must be a letter to a specific, living person

  • The entries must be original work, previously unpublished, and the author must have full rights to the material

  • Only one entry per person

  • Entries must be mailed to Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105), postmarked no later than April 4, 2015


And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that you can see what sort of poems touch our proprietor’s heart by checking out his collection of poetry O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound (get yours here) or by listening to The Writer’s Almanac (here).


Winners will be announced Sunday, April 19

Winners will be announced Sunday, April 19 at a celebration of poetry to be held at noon in the chapel at Macalester College.


FitzFirst@Four, with Stu Wilson

03/01/2015 4:00 pm


FitzFirst@Four is a monthly discussion group, focused on the short stories of F Scott Fitzgerald. It meets at 4:00pm on the first Sunday of every month at Common Good Books. Events are free and open to the public.

FitzFirst@Four is a monthly discussion group, focused on the short stories of F Scott Fitzgerald. It meets at 4:00pm on the first Sunday of every month at Common Good Books. Events are free and open to the public.

This month’s meeting  will feature a discussion of the story, “Benediction,” in a program led by Stu Wilson. It will explore the Irish Catholic community of Saint Paul in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s era (1890-1930), and its significance in the companion short stories and Fitzgerald’s other works. A resident of Saint Paul, Wilson currently serves as the president of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul and is a principal with Library Strategies Consulting Group.


Book List
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780873515122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 9/2004

Location: 
Street:
38 S Snelling Ave
City:
Saint Paul
,
Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55105
Country:
United States

Paul Mohrbacher reads from his novel "Brothers"

02/26/2015 7:00 pm

Brothers by Paul Mohrbacher is truly a gem of a story.... I loved it.”--Mary Logue, author of Lake of Tears


Paul Mohrbacher’s novel, Brothers, delves into the relationship of two sixty-something siblings who have been estranged for several years. Once close, Ben and Nick’s different life choices drew them apart, with Nick moving to California and Ben staying in their Midwestern hometown in North Dakota. Nick’s choices--complicated by his drug and alcohol addiction--result in shattered health and ultimately homelessness.


Brothers opens at their first meeting in several years when Ben travels to visit his brother, now a resident of a California board-and-care home, driven mostly by his need to know if Nick was involved in his wife’s death six years earlier. Nick’s outrageous style and the brothers’ intellectual sparring make what could be a dark tale a captivating, entertaining lark.


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Brothers is Mohrbacher’s second novel. His debut novel, The Magic Fault, is a tale of modern crusaders and the Shroud of Turin. For more than 30 years, Mohrbacher played key roles in public and community relations at the Science Museum of Minnesota.


Location: 
Street:
38 S Snelling Ave
City:
Saint Paul
,
Province:
Minnesota
Postal Code:
55105
Country:
United States

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Lila (Available 10/7), the last of three novels by Marilynne Robinson set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, tells the hardscrabble story of Lila, wife of minister John Ames. Robinson's preceding novels Gilead (2004) and Home (2008) received the Pulitzer and Orange Prizes, respectively. Jean Recommends




Enon (Paperback)

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Home (Paperback)

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Bad Want: Interview with Sean Bishop


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Sean Bishop talks about life, death, and Carson Daly. Bishop reads from The Night We’re Not Sleeping In on Friday, November 21, with poets Su Smallen and Kara Condito. Click here for more information. Click here for the complete interview.

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