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Four authors headed to Rochester library

July 13, 2018

Four Minnesota authors — Larry Millett, Bao Phi, Sun Yung Shin, and Wendy Webb — are coming together for readings and discussion at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at the Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester.

As part of the Moving Words series, the free event is being presented by the Rochester Public Library and the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, will present an author event , a tour of Minnesota Book Award winners across Minnesota.

Featuring multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors, Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which their books are read.

Millett is an architectural historian and mystery fiction writer. He spent much of his career as a writer, reporter, and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, joining the newspaper in 1972. In 1984, he won a Knight Fellowship to the University of Michigan to study architectural history and theory.

Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist and has been a performance poet since 1991. He is the author of two collections of poetry published by Coffee House Press: “Song I Sing” and “Thousand Star Hotel,” a 2018 Minnesota Book Award finalist. His first children’s book, “A Different Pond,” earned six starred reviews, as well as a Caldecott Honor, the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Honors and The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Shin is the author of three poetry/essay collections from Coffee House Press: “Unbearable Splendor,” a 2017 Minnesota Book Award winner; “Rough, and Savage,” and “Skirt Full of Black.” She is the editor of “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” and co-editor of “Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption,” as well as the author of the bilingual illustrated book for children “Cooper’s Lesson.”

Webb knew from the minute she read “A Wrinkle in Time” at age 11 that she was destined to be a writer. After two decades as a journalist, writing for varied publications including USA Today, the Huffington Post, the Star Tribune, Midwest Living, and others, she wrote her first novel, “The Tale of Halcyon Crane.” When it won the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction, Webb started writing fiction full time.

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