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Rainbow Rowell book talk October 30; "Eleanor & Park" chosen as 2014 Read Brave book

Date: Oct 10th, 2013

Saint Paul Public Library presents Rainbow Rowell in a free book talk and signing event featuring her young adult novel, Eleanor & Park, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion on Harriet Island in Saint Paul. Eleanor & Park has been selected for next year's Read Brave, the Library's citywide program that encourages youth and adults to read and discuss a book that explores issues facing teens today.

Rowell's book, Eleanor & Park, is a story of two 16-year-olds whose love grows and transcends the teens' painful experiences with bullying and abuse. The book, which has received critical acclaim, reached the top ten New York Times Best Sellers list of young adult books in March, 2013.

The Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion, located at 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Boulevard, Saint Paul, has free public parking and a nearby Metro Transit bus stop.

Rowell to join panel discussion October 29
Rainbow Rowell will participate in a free, related program sponsored and hosted by Metropolitan State University.

Reading Rainbow Rowell: A Community Forum on Kids Right to Read
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.
Founder's Hall Auditorium at Metropolitan State University
700 East 7th Street, Saint Paul
FFI: 651-793-1614,

Library's 2014 Read Brave program to feature Eleanor & Park
Saint Paul Public Library has selected Rainbow Rowell's book, Eleanor & Park, to be the featured book for the 2014 Read Brave program. The Library invites Saint Paul Public Schools to take part in the program through spring 2014.

Participating schools will engage students, parents, teachers, and community members to read Eleanor & Park and take part in dialogues together and with the author. Rowell will participate with classes and return to Saint Paul in early 2014. Rowell's book was chosen for Read Brave because it puts teens at the center, explores contemporary issues faced by teens, and appeals to adult readers.

Saint Paul Public Library introduced Read Brave in 2013 to engage community members of all ages to read a young adult novel and provide a forum for intergenerational conversations. The first year of Read Brave featured the novel, Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King, and Library partnerships and programs with Avalon School, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Science Museum of Minnesota, adult and teen book clubs, and Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus tour.

Avalon School received both state and national Promising Practices awards for their participation with the Saint Paul Public Library's Read Brave initiative.

For more information on being a Read Brave participant in 2014, contact Marika Staloch, Saint Paul Public Library's Youth Services Coordinator, at 651-266-7068 or at