Fall 2018 Books and Authors Series
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​Fall 2018 Books and Authors Series

A Good time for the truth  
A Good Time for the Truth:​
Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin.

The purpose of a common book is to build campus-wide community through a common intellectual experience, and to engage the wider community in thought and discussion on related issues. We invite you to read the year’s book, join in discussions, and participate in our events.

For more information about the common book program, contact Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr​, Associate Dean of Faculty & Staff Development, Keitha-Gail.Martin-Kerr@saintpaul.edu, 651.846.1538.

Related Materials

Allen Esken

“The Life We Bury”
w/Allen Eskens
October 11, 2018
6pm, Room 1506-1510

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film. 

Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years. Allen is represented by Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron and Associates Literary Agency.

Carolyn Halbrook

“More Than a Single Story”
w/Carolyn Holbrook
November 1, 2018
6pm, Room 4310

In 2015, Carolyn Holbrook founded More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions/public conversations where IPOC writers discuss issues of importance to them in their own voices and in their own words. The program won a 2016 ChangeMaker award from the Minnesota Women’s Press

Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MNHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2015. Her collection of personal essays will be published in 2019 by University of Minnesota Press. She was the 2010 recipient of the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award and, in 2016, was named one of 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders in Minnesota over the age of 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest. She teaches at St. Thomas University’s Dougherty Family College, various community venues, and at Hamline University, where she won the 2014 Exemplary Teacher Award.

Carolyn Halbrook

“Trouble in Mind: To Be Black in Blue in America” w/ IBé
October 9, 2018
11 am, Theatre

IBé is many things, and they all orbit around being father to his son and daughters. He lives in the Middle of the Atlantic, hoping his children make it to America (without leaving Africa behind). He writes poetry and passes it off as spoken word. Or maybe it is the other way around. Visit him online at https://atlanticrock.com/ibe/

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