Books in the Barn 2021

a wide-ranging look at the work of contemporary writers

The "Books in the Barn" series returns to the Anderson Center! After being postponed from fall 2020 due to the pandemic, the Anderson Center is thrilled to present a three-part literary reading series that offers a wide ranging look at the work of contemporary writers.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at each reading. All readings start at 7 p.m. Ticket reservations are encouraged. Participating writers are also presenting an outreach event in the Red Wing community, providing further opportunities to share their work with a broader audience.

All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test at the door prior to the event. Phone photos of vaccination cards will be accepted. Further precautions may be taken pending state and county health guidelines.

ASL interpretation is available upon request. To request interpretation, please contact Stephanie at stephanie@andersoncenter.org or 651-388-2009 at least two weeks prior to the reading.

About the featured Writers

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Tracy K. Smith

Friday, October 1

$25 for the public; $15 for members & youth under 18

    In 2017, Tracy K. Smith was appointed by the Library of Congress as the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and four books of poetry, including her most recent Wade in the Water (Graywolf, 2018). Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

    A Happy Hour Meet & Greet with Tracy K. Smith is taking place at 5:30 p.m. at Tower View’s newly renovated outdoor deck. Tickets are $75 and include admission to both the reading and the happy hour event, which features complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited.

    Sponsored by: Graywolf Press and the Xcel Energy Foundation

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      Chris Martin

      Friday, October 15

      $5 for the public Free for members & youth under 18

        Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), winner of the 2016 Midwest Independent Booksellers Choice Award; Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011); and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007), chosen by C.D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. In 2015, Martin cofounded Unrestricted Interest, a consultancy and writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of kids and adults on the autism spectrum through poetry and song.

        His newest book, Things to Do in Hell (Coffee House, 2020), probes the tension between protesting lunatic politicians and picking up the kids from school, mourning a dying Earth and making soup, combating white supremacy and loving our dear ones.

        Sponsored by: Xcel Energy Foundation

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          Layli Long Soldier

          Friday, November 5

          $15 for the public $5 for members & youth under 18

            Layli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010, Q Ave Press) and the full-length collection WHEREAS (2017, Greywolf Press), which won the National Books Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Long Soldier lives in Tsaile, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation, with her husband and daughter. She is an adjunct faculty member at Diné College

            A Happy Hour Meet & Greet with Layli Long Soldier is taking place at 5:30 p.m. at Tower View’s newly renovated East Residence. Tickets are $65 and include admission to both the reading and the happy hour event, which features complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited.

            Sponsored by: Graywolf Press and the Xcel Energy Foundation

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              This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.