The Granite City Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The club reads books about Minnesota, history, or by Minnesota authors.  Most meetings have the authors or an expert present to lead the discussion and answer questions.  Westside Liquor generously donates Minnesota grown wines to be enjoyed at every meeting, and snacks are also provided.

Feel free to come to one or every meeting!  The meetings are informal and casual; participants sit around tables arranged in a circle drinking wine, snacking, and discussing the books.  Book Club meetings are free to Stearns History Museum members.  Non-members are $7.00.


Please contact Jonna at 320-253-8424 or with any questions.

Books are available in the Museum Store 2-3 months ahead of time, and are offered at a 20% discount.  But feel free to get the books from your local library or borrow them from a friend.


See below for further descriptions


Wednesday, September 17th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Delicate Armor

by Connie Claire Szarke


Wednesday, October 15th, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories & Legends

by Michael Norman


Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Vikings in the Attic

by Eric Dregni


Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir

by Jim Landwehr


Delicate Armor

by Connie Claire Szarke

September 17, 2014


Set in the Upper Midwest, 1952-1991, Delicate Armor is the formation story of Callie Lindstrom, a feisty girl who shares a special bond with her father.Having lost an infant son, Will Lindstrom places his energy in young Callie, teaching her his love for the outdoors. Accepted into the world of men within her family and witness to their dreams, struggles, and sense of humor, Cal learns to navigate waves of conflict and loss while realizing her own place in the web of life.

This family saga is about the tenacity of the human spirit, the natural world, and our narrator’s emerging consciousness as she passes from cheeky tomboy to self-possessed woman. Author Connie Claire Szarke will attend the meeting to discuss the book with us.

Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir

Jim Landwehr

December 17, 2014


Jim Landwehr and his brothers pursue their love of the outdoors by tackling some of the country's most remote terrain, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While encountering crazed loons, widow-making portages, and temperamental automobiles, they also discover more about each other and their long deceased father. In recent years, with a desire to instill their love of the area into their own children, they include them in their voyages, and the legacy continues. Their exploits are woven throughout with humor, emotion, and warmth.


Author Jim Landwehr will join us at the meeting to share his boyhood stories with us.

The Nearly Departed

by Michael Norman

October 15, 2014


The dozens of stories in THE NEARLY DEPARTED: MINNESOTA GHOST STORIES & LEGENDS take place all across the state of Minnesota, from a haunted depot in Duluth to a fusty old farmhouse hard by the Iowa border; from Pipestone’s ghostly history museum to a Victorian mansion in Hastings that may be the most haunted house in Minnesota!  In local Sauk Centre, the old hotel frequented by novelist Sinclair Lewis hosts the ghosts of a tee shirt-clad young man and a little boy; in Minneapolis, an art museum may be haunted by people once associated with the antique furniture in the museum's "period rooms;" hear about the St. Paul family that had a ghostly nanny show up late one night, and wonder if it might have been a poltergeist at work in a south suburban farm field. 


Author Michael Norman will attend the meeting to discuss his book and other MN ghost stories with us.  Bring your own stories to share!

Vikings in the Attic

by Eric Dregni

November 19, 2014


In Vikings in the Attic, Eric Dregni tracks down and explores the significant—often bizarre—historic sites, tales, and traditions of Scandinavia’s peculiar colony in the Midwest. Dregni reveals the little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America and proves by example why generations of Scandinavian-Americans have come to love and cherish these tales and traditions so dearly.


Author Eric Dregni will attend the meeting to discuss his book and the Scandanavian culture with us.  The local Sons of Norway Trollheim Chapter is co-sponsoring this event.

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