It's time for the annual Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library literary event, Opus & Olives!
Opus & Olives is not your average virtual gala. This celebration includes four national bestselling authors coming directly to your home—and hundreds of fellow supporters watching from theirs—all in support of your Saint Paul Public Library. When buy a ticket for Opus & Olives, you support early literacy, workforce development, and other lifelong learning opportunities for individuals of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. Your support is critical now more than ever. And you just might have some fun, too!
Books available for purchase below. Red Balloon Bookshop donates a portion of all sales to The Friends of Saint Paul Public Library. Use code OPUS2021 at checkout for your purchase to be counted.
Wiley Cash, emcee
Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home. He’s been a fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and he teaches fiction writing and literature at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he serves as Alumni Author-in-Residence. His new novel, When Ghosts Come Home, will be available September 21. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their daughters.
Martha Hall Kelly
Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls and Lost Roses. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her days filling legal pads with stories and reading World War II books.
Kirstin Valdez Quade
Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of The Five Wounds (W. W. Norton, April 2021). Her story collection, Night at the Fiestas (W. W. Norton, 2015), won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at Princeton.
James Oakes is one of our foremost Civil War historians and a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize for his works on the politics of abolition. He teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
James Oakes's latest book: The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
Other books by James Oakes: The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War and Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
Red Balloon Bookshop donates a portion of all sales to The Friends of Saint Paul Public Library.
Use code OPUS2021 for your purchase to be counted.