Talking Volumes with Leif Enger

Tuesday, June 04
Show: 7pm
$25 general public - $20 for MPR Members and Star Tribune Subscribers

Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune are presenting a special Talking Volumes with Minnesota author, Leif Enger at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Minnesota. Talking Volumes is hosted by award-winning journalist Kerri Miller.

About the Author
Leif Enger grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year’s Best Books by Time Magazine and the LA Times. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. It was a Midwest Booksellers Honor Book, and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction.

He lives with his wife Robin in Duluth.

About the Book
I Cheerfully Refuse is the tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife. Rainy, an endearing bear of an Orphean narrator, seeks refuge in the harbors, fogs, and remote islands of the inland sea. Encountering lunatic storms and rising corpses from the warming depths, Rainy finds on land an increasingly desperate and illiterate people, a malignant billionaire ruling class, crumbled infrastructure, and a lawless society. Amidst the Gulliver-like challenges of life at sea and no safe landings, Rainy is lifted by physical beauty, surprising humor, generous strangers, and an unexpected companion in a young girl who comes

aboard. And as his innate guileless nature begins to make an inadvertent rebel of him, Rainy’s private quest for the love of his life grows into something wider and wilder, sweeping up friends and foes alike in his strengthening wake.

I Cheerfully Refuse epitomizes the “musical, sometimes magical and deeply satisfying kind of storytelling” (Los Angeles Times) for which Leif Enger is cherished. A rollicking narrative in the most evocative of settings, this latest novel is a symphony against despair and a rallying cry for the future.

About the Host
Kerri Miller joined Minnesota Public Radio in June 2004 as host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning and Talking Volumes, the joint book club of MPR and the Star Tribune. She has been a radio and television news reporter since 1981. She has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists National Achievement Award, Minnesota Broadcasters Award, the Associated Press Award and a Gracie award from the Association of Women in Radio and Television.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 25 at 9am. All tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for MPR Members and Star Tribune subscribers.

Please consider supporting a local bookstore when you purchase these titles.

Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune would like to thank this year’s Talking Volumes Season sponsor Becker Furniture World, The Duff Endowment, Lunds & Byerly’s and Great River Greening.




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