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May Reading Series

On Friday, May 11 at 7:30 pm you are invited to join Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts to hear local authors Courtney Yasmineh and Shannon Gibney read selections from their writings. The event is free and open to the public.

Courtney Yasmineh has been playing guitar and writing her own cool-girl heartbreaking rock songs her whole life. For the past ten years, she’s been making good on her dream by recording seven albums and touring all over the US and Europe. In 2017 her first novel was published by Gibson House Press, based on her own escape at seventeen from her parents’ ugly divorce in Chicago to the north woods of Minnesota where she spent a winter alone in a deserted cabin. The novel A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place is the first in a four-book series with the second book about Sidney due out Fall of 2018.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples’ Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her next novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).

The 2018 Reading Series is curated by writer Janna Knittel.

The Reading Series is funded in partnership with the Anoka County Library.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage fund.

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