Novelist to discuss 'American Gospel' in virtual visit
Friends of the Brainerd Public Library are hosting series on their Facebook page
Minnesota novelist Lin Enger will discuss his new book, “American Gospel," from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, July 12, as a live event on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page.
According to the book description, on a small farm beside a lake in Minnesota's north woods an old man is waiting for the Rapture, which God has told him will happen in two weeks, on Aug. 19, 1974. When word gets out, Last Days Ranch becomes ground zero for The End, drawing zealots, curiosity seekers, and reporters - among them the prophet's son, a skeptical New York writer suddenly caught between his overbearing father and the news story of a lifetime. Into the mix comes Melanie Magnus, a glamorous actress who has old allegiances to both father and son. Meanwhile, Nixon's resignation has transfixed the nation.
Enger has published two previous novels, “Undiscovered Country” and “The High Divide,” a finalist for awards from the Midwest Booksellers Association, the Society of Midland Authors and Reading the West. His stories have been published in literary journals such as Glimmer Train, Ascent and American Fiction.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received a James Michener Award, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a Jerome travel grant. He teaches English at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. The Friends are celebrating the 22nd season of the Brown Bag Lunch Author Series with a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed Minnesota writers.
While the Brainerd Public Library is not hosting in-person events, Brown Bag Lunch author visits will be presented as live events on the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Facebook page. Upcoming events:
- July 19: Natalie Warren, “Hudson Bay Bound.”
- July 26: Kathleen West, “Are We There Yet?”
For more information, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Friendsofthebrainerdpubliclibrary.