Category Archives: Literary

Laureate Writers Series – December 2017

Tuesday | December 5th | 7:00pm
Blue Heron Coffee House

For the December Laureate Writers Series, Toby Thompson will read from his recent creative nonfiction. The reading will be followed by a book signing and an open mic. The theme for the open mic is “family.”

Toby Thompson is the author of five books of nonfiction: Positively Main Street—Bob Dylan’s Minnesota, The ’60s Report, Riding the Rough String—Reflections on the American West, Metroliner—Passages, Washington to New York, and Saloon. He teaches creative nonfiction writing at Penn State. Thompson has written for publications as diverse as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Gray’s Sporting Journal, GQ, Men’s Journal, Sports Afield, Playboy, Outside, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in Cabin John, Maryland and Livingston, Montana.

The Los Angeles Times says of Positively Main Street (written about the young Bob Dylan), that the book is “Well worth the attention of anyone who has fallen under the spell of the boy from the North Country. ” Novelist and poet Jim Harrison says of Saloon, “For the first time the American drinker has his Michelin and for myself it would be unthinkable to start another journey without it.” Referring to the work in Metroliner, Tom Wolfe calls Thompson “An intrepid tripper in the Merry Prankster sense, and an urban Thoreau.” Metroliner offers a wide spectrum of pieces including profiles of Jackie Gleason, Tom Brokaw, Tom Wolfe, Carl Bernstein and Norman Mailer.

The event is co-sponsored by The Blue Heron and Winona’s Fine Arts Commission and is free and open to the public.

The Laureate Writer’s Series is sponsored by the City of Winona’s Fine Arts Commission. The City of Winona is a partner of River Arts Alliance.

 

Spoken Word Workshop

Saturday | November 11 | 1:30-3:30pm Minnesota Marine Art Museum 1164 W. Howard St (10th) | Winona, MN What is Spoken Word? Find out when the Black Sheep Poetry Collective presents a Spoken Word workshop at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM). This is the finale of the Great River Writes Series sponsored by River… Continue Reading

Laureate Writers Series – November 2017

Laureate Writers Series – November 2017 Tuesday | November 7 | 7:00pm Blue Heron Coffee House Kathleen Peterson, a.k.a. Kathleen Anne Kenney, will read from her recent fiction as part of the Laureate Writers Series. She will read from Girl on the Leeside, a lyrical novel set in Ireland, as well as an excerpt from… Continue Reading

NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday | November 4 | 10:00am-1:00pm Winona Public Library November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Winona Public Library has several one-day only activities to celebrate the month during the NaNoWriMo Local Author Fair & Creative Writing Workshop. First, stop by one of many local author booths. Visit with one of the following authors… Continue Reading

Great River Writes Series

Announcing the first annual Great River Writes Series, a collaboration between La Crosse, Wisconsin writers and Public Library and Winona, Minnesota writers and Public Library, and River Arts Alliance. Check our our offerings, mark your calendars, and enjoy! All programs are free and open to the public. Keynote Address with Nickolas Butler Saturday | October… Continue Reading

Laureate Writers Series – August 2017

Tuesday | August 1 | 7pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse Poet and scholar Rob Hardy will read from his new book, Domestication: Collected Poems, 1996-2016, as part of the Laureate Writers Series. The reading will be followed by a book signing and an open mic. The event is sponsored by the Fine Arts Council of the… Continue Reading