A river of readers in April

Valley Reads 2013 features author, region-wide events

The organizers of Valley Reads 2013 hope the book “The Tragedy of Arthur” leads to a river of readers next month.

Minneapolis native and author Arthur Phillips discusses his latest book, "The tragedy fo Arthur" at several events during Valley Reads 2013: A River of Readers Apr. 18-20

Minneapolis native and author Arthur Phillips discusses his latest book, “The tragedy fo Arthur” at several events during Valley Reads 2013: A River of Readers Apr. 18-20

“The Tragedy of Arthur” by Minneapolis native Arthur Phillips is the Valley Reads 2013 selection. A New York Times Notable Book, “The Tragedy of Arthur” challenges readers to figure out what is real, what is true and who assigns value.

Phillips has been acclaimed as “one of the best writers in America” by The Washington Post. As part of Valley Reads, a one book-one community event bringing together the St. Croix River Valley, Phillips will attend several events in the region April 18 through April 20 to share his work, his process and his Shakespearean play. A scene from Phillips’ Shakespearean-style play will be performed by actors from St. Croix Festival Theatre.

Educated at Harvard, Phillips has been a child actor, jazz musician, speechwriter, dismally failed entrepreneur and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. His play, taken from “The Tragedy of Arthur,” is in development for a full stage production. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

“The Tragedy of Arthur” is available at local libraries. Valley Bookseller in Stillwater and Chapter 2 Books in Hudson are extending a 15 percent discount on the Valley Reads title. Visit www.valleyreads.org or www.artreachstcroix.org for more information.

Valley Reads is an ArtReach St. Croix program funded in part by the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Valley Reads is also supported by Valley Bookseller, the Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, the Stillwater Public Library Program Fund, Festival Theatre, the Departments of Theater Arts and English and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

A special thanks goes to Club Book, a program of the Metropolitan Library Services Agency. Valley Reads would not be possible without the support of community members that serve on the steering committee.

ArtReach St. Croix’s mission of connecting communities to the arts serves the St. Croix Valley from St. Croix Falls to Prescott, Wis., and from Hastings to Taylor’s Falls in Minnesota. ArtReach St. Croix supports, fosters and celebrates visual, literary and performing arts in the St. Croix Valley.

By coordinating events, marketing initiatives and education opportunities, ArtReach supports the work of artists and arts organizations, and provides arts leadership across the St. Croix Valley. Find out about these and other Valley events at StCroixSplash.org.

April 18
3 p.m.: author event and scene from “The tragedy of Arthur” with Arthur Phillips and St. Croix Festival Theatre Actors. This event is free and open to the public. UW-River Falls, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building 420 E. Cascade Ave. River Falls, Wis.

7 p.m.: Club book Headline event at Stillwater Public Library. (www.clubbook.org) Phillips will discuss his work and the writieng life. 224 N. 3rd St. Stilwlater. immediately followed by a reception at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th Street, Stillwater

April 19
7:30 p.m.: Author event and scene from “The tragedy of Arthur” with Arthur Phillips and St. Croix Festival Theatre Actors. This event is free and open to the public.
St. Croix Festival Theatre 210 N. Washington St. St. Croix Falls, Wis.

April 20
10 a.m.: Writers on writing brunch with Phillips $20 for members 22.50 for non-members Lake Elmo Inn 3442 Lake Elemo Ave. N. Lake Elmo, MN

7 p.m.: The English Majors Ball. Light appetizers, cash bar honorary degrees at the door $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Brine’s downtown Stillwater.

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