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F. Scott Fitzgerald the Focus of MLA’s 2014 “Lunch for Libraries”

dave.jpgMinnesota’s love for native son F. Scott Fitzgerald hasn’t abated in the decades since his death. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as the success of events like the recent Great Gatsby gala in Roseville can attest. It is fitting, then, that this literary giant is the focus of MLA’s seventh annual summer “Lunch for Libraries” fundraiser.  

Long before his rise to fame, while growing up in the Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, schoolboy Fitzgerald kept an ordered diary of his life. He named it, appropriately enough, his “Thoughtbook.” Scholar Dave Page, a teacher of English at Inver Hills Community College, recently edited this overlooked juvenile work for publication.

You can hear Page speak Wednesday, June 11 at Macalester College’s Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. The program will begin at 11:15 a.m. with book sales and signings. Page’s talk will run until 1:15 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each or $300 to sponsor a table for eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Judy Todd, MELSA, at 651-645-5731 or email judy@melsa.org.

The Minnesota Library Foundation raises and distributes funds to enhance services and increase public awareness of all Minnesota libraries. Lunch for Libraries has raised more than $10,000 – both for libraries throughout the state and for leadership training for emerging library leaders.