Free library programs include author presentation and panel discussions on baseball and food writing  

In the coming weeks, the Minneapolis Central Library is hosting an author presentation, a genealogy workshop, and two panel discussions.  

Author Talk: Lori Sturdevant and George S. Pillsbury

Tuesday, March 20
6 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Join authors Lori Sturdevant and George S. Pillsbury as they discuss their 2012 Minnesota Book Awards-nominated book, "The Pillsburys of Minnesota," which chronicles the pioneering family's central role in making Minneapolis the milling capitol of the world.

Talk of the Stacks with Benjamin Busch

Tuesday, March 27
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Benjamin Busch will discuss his memoir “Dust to Dust," which explores life and death, war and peace, childhood and revelations of adulthood. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Busch is a decorated U.S. Marine officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an acclaimed actor (“The Wire”), award-winning photographer and short film director, and son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch.

Panel discussion:  Talking Baseball

Tuesday, April 10
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Baseball is called our national pastime, but baseball is really more than that. It’s a part of our shared heritage and something that helps define the American experience. It infuses our popular culture, our literature and our politics – our everyday lives. Hear local authors and baseball historians Stew Thornley, Dan Levitt and Tom Swift talk about memorable moments, players and personalities, quirks, and the history of our national pastime. Author John Rosengren will moderate the discussion.

Genealogy Research: Get Started

Wednesday, April 18
10:30 a.m. – noon 
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Learn how to access family history resources, including census and immigration records and the best of what's available at the library and the Web. Register online or by calling 612-543-8000. Registration required; begins March 21; limit 12.

Everybody's a Critic: Twin Cities Food Writers

Thursday, April 19
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

How do you get paid to eat out every night? Who are the rock stars of Twin Cities cuisine? A panel of local food writers (Dara Moskowitz, Rachel Hutton, Stephanie March and James Norton) will tell all. Find related books and more at the Library. Bring your questions! Afterward, continue the conversation at a Block E establishment over food and drinks. Registration required; begins March 22; limit 200. This project is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Additional programs and services

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Published Mar 14, 2012