Valley Reads 2013
Valley Reads 2013: a river of readers
Valley Reads is a thought-provoking and inspiring opportunity for our community to come together to explore ideas, share perspective, and open our hearts and minds. All events are free and open to the public, donations requested.
In April, the St. Croix River Valley will be reading The Tragedy of Arthur by Minneapolis native Arthur Phillips. The Tragedy of Arthur will challenge you to figure out what is real, what is true and who assigns value.
Arthur Phillips is acclaimed as “one of the best writers in America” (The Washington Post). Phillips will be in the St. Croix Valley beginning on Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20 to share his work, his process and his Shakespearean play!Educated at Harvard, Phillips has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! Champion. The Tragedy of Arthur, published in 2011 by Random House, is a New York Times Notable Book. His other titles include Prague, The Egyptologist, Angelica and The Song is You.
The play taken from The Tragedy of Arthur is in development for a full stage production. Phillips is also creating a series for HBO/Pretty Matches Productions, and has two other television pilots in development. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons
The Tragedy of Arthur is available at local libraries. Also, Valley Bookseller in Stillwater and Chapter 2 Books in Hudson are extending a 15% discount on the Valley Reads title.
Schedule for Valley Reads 2013: a river of readers
Thurs, April 18
Author event and scene from The Tragedy of Arthur with Arthur Phillips and St. Croix Festival Theatre Actors (this event is free and open to the public, donations requested)UW-River Falls, Kleinfeld Fine Arts Building 420 E. Cascade Ave. River Falls, WI 54022
Headline event at Stillwater Public Library in conjunction with Club Book (http://www.clubbook.org/), a program of the Metropolitan Library Services Agency. Arthur Phillips will discuss his work and the writing life.Stillwater Public Library, 224 N. 3rd Street, Stillwater, MN
Immediately followed by a reception hosted by ArtReach St. Croix’s literary arts committee224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater, MN
Fri, April 19
Arthur Phillips and Festival Theatre Actors. (This event is free and open to the public, donations requested).St. Croix Festival Theatre 210 N Washington St. St Croix Falls, WI
Sat, April 20
Writer’s on Writing: Brunch with the Author, $20/members, $22.50/non-members*Lake Elmo Inn 3442 Lake Elmo Ave N. Lake Elmo, MN
English Majors Ball. Light appetizers, cash bar, honorary degrees at the door. $10/members, $12/non-members*Brine’s Third Floor 219 Main St. S. Stillwater, MN *Tickets are available online. Visit valleyreads.org. Proceeds for the ticketed events support ArtReach’s Literary Arts programs.
Valley Reads is a program of ArtReach St. Croix and is funded in part by the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Valley Reads is also supported by Valley Bookseller, the Friends @ the Stillwater Public Library, the Stillwater Public Library Program Fund. Valley Reads would not be possible without the support of community members that serve on the steering committee.
ArtReach St. Croix’s mission of connecting communities to the arts serves the St. Croix Valley from St. Croix Falls to Prescott in Wisconsin and from Hastings to Taylor’s Falls in Minnesota. ArtReach St. Croix supports, fosters and celebrates visual, literary and performing arts in the St. Croix Valley. By coordinating events, marketing initiatives and education opportunities, ArtReach supports the work of artists and arts organizations, and provides arts leadership across the St. Croix Valley. Find out about this and other Valley events at StCroixSplash.org.
PHOTO: Arthur Phillips, author of The Tragedy of Arthur. Photo credit Barbi Anne Reed.