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BRIEFS 'Boys' House' author to appear

Jim Heynen, writer in residence at St. Olaf College, will discuss and sign copies of his novel, "The Boys' House," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes and Noble at Apache Mall.

"The Boys' House" includes 65 tales from the lives of a group of mischievous farm boys. It was selected by Booklist, The Bloomsbury Review and Newsday as "Editor's Choice" for 2001. In addition, Heynen has written five collections of short stories, six collections of poetry, two young adult novels and two nonfiction books.

Reception planned for Hassler

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Humanities Commission is hosting a reception Oct. 18 to honor Minnesota author Jon Hassler and the release of his new book, "The Staggerford Flood."

Hassler, once of Plainview, where a theater is named for him, has no other plans for any public book events or appearances regarding the book.

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Ten signed copies of the book will be available at the event. Five copies will be offered as prizes and the remaining copies will be auctioned during the evening. Hassler says that he anticipates less than 100 signed copies of this book will ever be available. No signed copies will be available in bookstores.

Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the humanities commission, located at 987 East Ivy Ave. in St. Paul. Friends of Hassler will make some remarks at the event and he will meet with people in small groups. There will be readings from his books by guest speakers.

Admission is a $50 tax-deductible contribution to the Minnesota Humanities Commission. All proceeds from the event will go to Minnesota literature and literacy programs.

The event is limited to 150 people. To reserve tickets, go to www.minnesotahumanities.org/Book/events.htm. The tickets will be sent to you by mail or held for you at the check-in desk. For additional information, call Paul Druckman at (651) 772 4251.

Discussion focuses on 'Silent Spring'

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's controversial novel "Silent Spring," the University of Minnesota-Rochester and the Assisi Community Center will host an interdisciplinary conference on Nov. 9.

The conference, entitled "Forty Years After Silent Spring: Lessons Learned, Lessons Ignored", will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that Saturday at the Assisi Community Center.

Discussed at the conference will be the historical and social context in which Carson wrote her book; the scientific, environmental and legal lessons learned and ignored through her writing and the literary and spiritual impact of "Silent Spring."

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Registration, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $75 per person and due by Nov. 1. For more information, contact the Continuing Education and Professional Department of the University of Minnesota-Rochester at (507) 280-2819.

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