Mary Ann Key Book Club: Save the dates for our 2024 events!

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December 5, 2023

Save the dates for our 2024 events! 

  • Author Talk: April 25, 2024 at Minneapolis Central Library
  • Community Panel: May 16, 2024 at Minneapolis Central Library

Our season 6 book club title and program details will be announced in February 2024. In the meantime, the Mary Ann Key Book Club newsletter will highlight authors from the Twin Cities in conversation with Myron Medcalf about their latest books and work within the community.

Myron Medcalf and Shannon Gibney discuss Gibney’s latest book “When We Become Ours”

MAK video frame - Myron Medcalf and Shannon Gibney discuss Gibney’s latest book “When We Become Ours”

"When We Become Ours” (YouTube, 22:88 duration)

Shannon Gibney's “When We Become Ours” book cover

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019. She teaches writing at Minneapolis College and was recently selected as one of three Educators of the Year in the Minnesota State College and University system. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her most recent novel, The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be, explores themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir (Dutton, 2023). Gibney’s other recent publications include the picture books Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight (Minn, 2023), Where We Come From (Lerner, 2022; coauthored), and When We Become Ours, a YA anthology of stories by adoptees about adoptees, co-edited with Nicole Chung (HarperTeen, 2023).

Shannon Gibney was a featured panelist in a community discussion of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" (spring 2021) and moderator for a community discussion of "Parable of the Sower" (fall 2022).

Resources for reading, listening, and learning

Hennepin County Library reading recommendations.

Upcoming library programs

Programs funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Author Talk: Kathleen West

Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.

Plymouth Library

Join the author of popular recent titles "Home or Away" (2022), "Are We There Yet?" (2021), and "Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes" (2020). West will discuss the inspiration behind her books, the writing process, and her experiences in publishing. Register online.

Author Talk: Emma Nadler

Thursday, January 18, 6-7 p.m.

Washburn Library

Emma Nadler discusses "The Unlikely Village of Eden" and her writing process. Register online.

Writer to Writer: Mélina Mangal and Sarah Warren

Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 p.m.


Join children's authors Mélina Mangal and Sarah Warren in an online conversation about why they write for children, how their biracial backgrounds influence their work, and the challenges and joys of writing fiction and nonfiction. Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. Register online.

Book suggestions

We are currently seeking recommendations for books that incorporate topics related to past and current injustices – including systemic racism, other forms of discrimination, and bias toward individuals who hold the intersecting identities of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA2S+.  Please share your book suggestions with us at

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