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Book Lovers Extravaganza!

Reading Group Choices & Milkweed Books are hosting a literary extravaganza! Come join us for this free event of author speed dating, fun book giveaways & delicious snacks!

Reading Group Choices is happy to partner with Milkweed Books for a literary extravaganza to celebrate our readers. In our fast-paced world, reading groups can offer us the time to slow down, catch up with friends, and talk about wonderful books. We want to celebrate you the readers with a free evening of fun giveaways, delicious snacks, and rounds of author speed-dating with 8 terrific authors: Hala Alyan, Tricia Levenseller, Marina Benjamin, Ashley Shelby, Heather Harpham, Beth Dooley, Deepak Unnikrishnan, and Jamie Harrison! You can read about the authors and their books below.

What’s “author speed-dating”? Readers will be in small groups. The authors will speed “date” with each group, but instead of telling readers about themselves, they’ll be telling readers about their new books! It’s a fun way to hear about new books straight from the authors who wrote them!

All readers are welcome! You do not have to be in a book group to attend! But after attending, you may want to start a group with your friends, or you may even meet a group to join at the event!

Date and Time:

Saturday, January 28th
6-6:30pm Reception for groups and authors
6:30-7:30pm Author speed-dating
7:30-8pm Signings and Shopping

Event Location:

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave South
Located on the first floor of Open Book Literary Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN

Parking and Transit: There is a free parking lot for patrons on the southeast side of the building as well as metered street parking and parking in the Riverfront Municipal Parking Ramp. There is bicycle parking at the front and the back of the building. The US Bank Stadium light rail stop is a short walk away.


The event is FREE. There is not a ticket cost. But, if you would like to attend, please RSVP by January 28th by emailing Mary Morgan at Reading Group Choices at If you would like to RSVP for your group and for your group to sit at the same table, please let us know and we will reserve a table for you. We will post a notice if the event fills so email soon to be sure to get a spot!

The Featured Authors and Books:

Authors will be available to sign their published books which you can purchase, and you can also enter to win copies of their upcoming books! Milkweed Books will offer a 10% discount on single copies and a 20% discount for 4 or more copies of all of the authors’ titles.

Hala Alyan, Salt Houses
Tricia Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King
Marina Benjamin, The Middlepause: On Life After Youth 

Ashley Shelby, South Pole Station
Heather Harpham, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
Beth Dooley, In Winter’s Kitchen
Deepak Unnikrishnan, Temporary People
Jamie Harrison, The Widow Nash

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