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Senator Al Franken with Chelsea Handler

Sen. Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

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Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill

Nathan Hill‘s short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. The Nix is his first novel.  John Irving says, “The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . .  Nathan Hill is a maestro.” 

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Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant on the history of the iPhone

 June 29, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the device that changed our world—the iPhone.  In the One Device, Brian Merchant dives into the secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.  The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.  

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Kornfield

Jack Kornfield with Dan Siegel

In his first major book in several years, the inspiring author of the classic A Path with Heart, Kornfield, invites us into a new awareness. Through his signature warmhearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their Aha moments and O. Henry-like outcomes, Jack shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Jack provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust.

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Turow

Scott Turow with Paul Levine

Complex and surprising, Scott Turow’s new novel, Testimony, confirms once again why he is known as the master of the legal thriller, and how his work has found fans like John Grisham, who said “Scott is still the best lawyer-novelist,” Daniel Silva, who calls him, “The master of the courtroom drama,” and Steven King, who said “I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers.” Testimony is a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor’s investigation of a refugee camp’s mystifying disappearance.

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Al Franken in the news. See him at Live Talks LA, July 8 with Chelsea Handler

We’re excited to be hosting Senator Al Franken in conversation with Chelsea Handler on July 8th at the Alex Theatre. More info on the event is here. Here’a a round up of media his new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, has garnered. — “Al Franken Has Been Sitting on Jokes for a Decade. Now He’s Ready to Tell Them.” New York Times, May 29 — “Sen. Al Franken Embraces ‘The Funny’ Again In New Book,” All Things Considered NPR, May 30 — “Al Franken on humor in a politically “grim” time.” CBS Sunday Morning, May 29 — “Stuart Smalley Is Continue reading…

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