Book Night Archive

A complete list of Book Night presenters is lost to time, but we’re pleased to offer this archive of recent reviewers and hope to add more past reviewers in time. Enjoy!


  • May – Victoria Tirrel reviewed The Secret Diary of Hendrick Groen, Age 83-1/4 and Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • April – Coco Weber reviewed Round House by Louise Erdrich.
  • March – Huber Warner reviewed Code Girls by Liza Mundy, a book about code-breaking during World War II.
  • February – Katie Weiblen reviewed Emma by Jane Austen.
  • January – Dottie Waltz reviewed Hillbilly Elegy and Sing for Your Life.


  • November – Last Standing Woman, the biography of Winona LaDuke, got a review from Jenny Rajput.
  • October – Art was the topic as Joanne Kendall reviewed Ai Weiwei-ism and Mary Waibel reviewed My Life as a Scribe.
  • September – In Paul Weiblen’s review of The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis, Paul talked us through the friendship of two psychologists and their theory of how the mind works, which altered our perception of reality.
  • May – We celebrated three independent publishers in the Twin Cities with reviews by Mary Lynn Kittelson of Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback by Rafael de Grenade (Milkweed Editions), John Staba of Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean (Graywolf Press) and BJ Zander of The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Coffee House Press). Check out the reading list of other books in the Library from these presses.
  • April – In celebration of National Poetry Month, Dorothy Schlesselman hosted poets Joan Johnson, reading from her chapbook An Alphabet for Aging (2017), and Margaret Hasse sharing from Between Us (2016).
  • March – Long-time Book Night convener Gretchen Kreuter, in her “swan song” reviewed Without Precedent, essays about Eleanor Roosevelt edited by Joan Hoff-Wilson and Marjorie Lightman, and Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After by Blanche Cook.
  • February – Resident Jean Larson reading from her book Hope on the Journey: Walking with Chronic Disease, plus mini-reviews from Sara Evans of The Chronic Illness Experience: Embracing the Imperfect Life by Cheri Register and Eve Brown of We All Know How This Ends  by Bruce Kramer and Cathy Wurzer. Check out this further reading list distributed at the event.
  • January  – Mini reviews from Shirley Ungar of Tomatoland: How Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook; Joanne Kendall on three books by travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, including A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople; and Ed Lotterman of The Last Fine Time and other works by Verlyn Klinkenborg.


  • November  – Local author Faith Sullivan joined us to read from her newest book Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse.