Wine and Words
August 19th and 20th, 2021
Wine and Words 2021
Save the Dates!
Details to come!
Tickets will go on sale at 12:01 Am on April 1st, 2021
Please note: If you will be watching as a group, only the person hosting needs to register if you are all all watching on one screen
Wine and Words is the largest fundraiser the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library host every year. This event raises the funds to provide many of the programs you see at our Brainerd Library. We are still paying for the Mighty Blaze Company to put together the event that will take place online on July 30th and 31st (same time as the original). If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, you may do so by mailing a check to:
The Brainerd Public Library
416 South 5th Street
Brainerd MN 56401
C/O The Friends
Your donation is tax-deductible, if you also add your email we will be happy to add you to our e-newsletter as well as update or add you to our Friends Membership list. This will give you the most current access to our Book Sales, Events, and more. Please tell your group as well as any friends and family anywhere if they wish to tune in to a Taste Of Wine and Words.
Respectfully,The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Board
Our 2020 Author Line Up:
Lorna Landvik is the author of eleven novels, including the best-selling PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL, ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, OH MY STARS, BEST TO LAUGH and her newest addition: Chronicles Of A Radical Hag.
Landvik's checkered (but legal) past includes working as a chambermaid in Bavaria, winning a trip to Tahiti as a contestant on '$25,000 Pyramid' (MacGyver was her partner), temping at the Playboy Mansion (it was strictly a clerical position) and walking across the country as a member of The Great Peace March.
Lorna is also the Wine and Words MC and has been since inception, 8 years ago. Lucky us!!!! We are thrilled to have her again in 2020!
Kaira Rouda is an American author, journalist, public speaker, marketing executive and entrepreneur. She is the USA Today bestselling author is best known for novels of psychological suspense, including Best Day Ever and All the Difference. You may recognize her books as she had sent books the last two years to Wine and Words as giveaways. Her novel The Favorite Daughter was released in May 2019 and The Next Wife, will be coming in May 2021.
Jay Ryan Stradal is the author of New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and national bestseller The Lager Queen of Minnesota. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. In addition to trying to write short stories and novels, he was a contributing editor at TASTE from 2017 to 2019. Previously, he was the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown from 2013 to 2016, and an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press in Los Angeles from 2015 to 2017.
Julie Schumacher Schumacher won the comedy writing prize for her novel Dear Committee Members, becoming the first woman to win in its 20-year history. JULIE grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University, where she earned her MFA. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.
Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004), THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, 2010), and THE LOST FAMILY (Harper Collins, 2018). Jenna is also the author of the novella "The Lucky One" in GRAND CENTRAL (Berkeley/Penguin, July 2014) and the audio course “The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction” (Recorded Books, 2015). Jenna is one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers. She’s based in Boston, where she taught at Boston University and now teaches at Grub Street Writers, where she has run fiction workshops for over 20 years.
Kelly Harms is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She is currently rocking the Amazon Best Sellers List. The Bright Side of Going Dark will be released in May of 2020.