Welcome to Bookmark in the Park

This year’s theme is “He-roes and She-roes”

This year’s selection is: "I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World" (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

Other recommendations: Adult book: "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute

Children's chapter books: "The Klipfish Code" by Mary Casanova

"Wild River" by P.J. Petersen

Children's picture book: "The Boy Who Changed the World" by Andy Andrews


Do you love to read?  Bookmark in the Park is always looking for volunteers to read books and help pick the next book for everyone to read. For details, contact Reg Dunlap at 952-924-2660 or email rdunlap@stlouispark.org.  


Bookmark in the Park hosted a FREE author event at Granite City Food and Brewery March 5

St. Louis Park, Minn. – Bookmark in the Park hosted a unique “Writers Riot” at Granite City Food and Brewery March 5. Loosely inspired by National Public Radio quiz and information programs, it’s a format to celebrate four local authors in a festive and fun atmosphere.  The program was hosted by St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs, a founding member and long-time supporter of Bookmark in the Park.   The authors are Carl Brookins, Monica Ferris, Steve George and Lorna Landvik. Each author had a few minutes to read from one of their books.  This free event was hosted in the bar area at the St. Louis Park Granite City Food and Brewery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9G-Dsb3Z24

Carl Brookins mysteries include "The Case of the Purloined Painting," "Red Sky" and "Reunion."   http://www.carlbrookins.com/

Monica Ferris has written a series of novels featuring amateur needleworking sleuth Betsy Devonshire, including "Crewel World," "Framed in Lace," "A Stitch in Time," "Unraveled Sleeve," "A Murderous Yarn," "Hanging by A Thread,"  "Sins and Needles," "Thai Die,"  "Threadbare,"  "And Then You Dye."   http://monica-ferris.com/  

Steve George has written two Handy Mann novels, "Dead Blow Hammer" and "Mimsy."  www.handymannnovels.com

Lorna Landvik is a performer and author whose books include "Welcome to the Great Mysterious," "The Tall Pine Polka," "Angry Housewives Eating BonBons," "The View From Mount Joy" and "Oh, My Stars." http://www.lornalandvik.com


Bookmark in the Park is a community project to encourage intergenerational reading among families in St. Louis Park.  The steering committee of volunteers meets for an hour every month. The 2014 Theme was"Vital Aging," with the main selection “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce. Other selections include: for teens, “A Year Down Yonder,” by Richard Peck, and a children’s picture book, “The Hello Goodbye Window,” by Norton Juster.


Book Discussions at St. Louis Park Library for “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”  

The St. Louis Park Library hosted two book discussion groups for “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” on October 23 and October 27, 2014. Librarian Lisa Kjellander led the discussion.  

“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce, is a poignant story of an unpretentious man’s long walk to see an old friend. The book is the main selection for Bookmark in the Park because it thoughtfully illustrates their 2014 theme, “Vital Aging.”  

Bookmark in the Park has other activities planned for early next year to raise awareness of the community reading project.  In March there will be a “Writer’s Riot” at a local bar and restaurant, featuring local authors competing in lighthearted contests.   


It was a GREAT day at the Children First Ice Cream Social on May 18, 2014 at Wolfe Park. Bookmark volunteers did a drawing and gave away 10 copies of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,"  along with hundreds of the spiffy new bookmarks.  


The 2013-2014 Theme was JOURNEYS.

The primary book selection: “The Cat's Table” by Michael Ondaatje.

Other book selections: 
For adults: “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and “Riding the Bus With My Sister” by Rachel Simon
For Teens: “Warriors Don't Cry” by Melba Beals, “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Ryan, and “Over the Top of the World” by Will Steger.     
Children's Picture books: ”Sir Ryan's Quest” by Jason Deeble, “Back of the Bus” by Aaron Reynolds, and “The Relatives Came” by Cynthia Rylant.


The 2012 theme was: Families
The featured book was "Notes from the Midnight Driver" by Jordan Sonnenblick

Other recommendations:
Picture Books:
The Best Family in the World by Susana Lopez
Family Huddle by Peyton Manning
Weird Parents by Audrey Wood

Teen Books:
Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Adult Books:
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosney
Oh, My Stars by Lorna Landvik (local author)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese


Bookmark in the Park held another author event! 
Lorna Landvik, author of “Oh, My Stars” one of the book selections for 2012. 

Lorna Landvik is the author of nine books including the best-selling “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons,” “Oh, My Stars,” and “The View From Mt. Joy.” Raised in Minneapolis, MN, Landvik wanted to be a writer from the time she learned how to read in the 1st grade.  After high school graduation, she worked in a plastic spoon and fork factory to pay for a trip to Europe with her best friend. For nearly a year, they hitchhiked through the continent, supplementing their income by working as chambermaids in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Upon her return to the U.S., she briefly attended the University of Minnesota, before departing for San Francisco, where she performed stand-up comedy. To earn the living that performance wasn’t yet providing, she waitressed and temped, working at movie studios and record companies.  Moving back to Minneapolis, she began work on her first novel, the critically-acclaimed “Patty Jane’s House of Curl.” She became a cast member of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, and has written and starred in several plays, including “On the Lam with Do and Re,”  “The Smelt Princess” and “Glamour Queen.” She continues to work as an actor and playwright, and is promoting her most recent book, “Mayor of the Universe.”


Book Discussion November 13, 2012!

The St. Louis Park Senior High School Book Club discussed "Notes from the Midnight Driver" by Jordan Sonnenblick on November 13 at the SLP Library. The discussion was moderated by Ellen George, the book club advisor.  "Park Update" has the story about 2:30 into this program:   http://vimeo.com/53703272


"Notes from the Midnight Driver" was selected by Bookmark in the Park as the book everyone in St. Louis Park should read in 2012/13.  To encourage readership, Bookmark purchased 100 copies of the book which it has distributed or is distributing throughout the community.  The book was selected as one of Bookmark's books for this year because it so beautifully reflects Bookmark's theme for 2012/13, FAMILIES.  The book is about a 16 year old boy who,upset by his parents' divorce, is arrested for drunk driving.  His punishment involves community service in a nursing home.  There he meets a cantankerous resident who initially belittles the boy's efforts.  Over time, the two develop a warm relationship.  The story includes realistic dialog, funny situations, interesting plot twists, and plenty of heart. 

More cool bookmarks are available at the Reception Desk at City Hall, featuring this year's book selections! 


Video of Bookmark in the Park author event: http://vimeo.com/16318360

On October 28, 2010  Kao Kalia Yang, read from "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir" to a large audience in the City Hall Council Chambers. This book was one of Bookmark’s 2010-11 book selections to highlight the theme of "Inclusion."  Thanks to Ms. Yang for a very moving evening. 


 For more information, contact Reg Dunlap at rdunlap@stlouispark.org or call 952-924-2660