Welcome to Lit Luminaries, a lit blog about literary events in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, books, and lit-related randomness.
You may know about me from my previous blog for 20-somethings navigating life called The Process of Becoming. You may know me from real life via work, publishing events we’ve attended together, or other such circumstances. You may only know me through social media and our Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter profiles. It’s possible I don’t even know you or you have no idea who I am yet.
And that’s okay.
The point of this blog is to foster community. Community centered around books. But frankly, a lot of people are already running such sites (and are really famous for doing it, too. I don’t think I need to name names!). But when I looked around at all the awesome blogs and websites I was following, I didn’t find many based in and focused solely on the Twin Cities area. Shout out to MN Publishing Tweet Up and Rain Taxi for posting a literary events calendar and starting the conversation about local books and publishing as a center point for all! However, not many others were bringing it all down to one place.
I want to be that place. An extra, additional place. I want to be a place for young, dreaming wanna-be publishers—whether undergrad, getting an MFA, or a floater like me—to find a community of like-minded people to discuss books and life with. I want to be a place where local booksellers can come to see who’s going to be in town, what’s selling, and what people are talking about. Or, simply, a place where book enthusiasts can come to get a taste of what’s happening here in Minneapolis/St. Paul and why we should be so proud of our lit scene. Because I am.
I don’t know about you, but occasionally I get jealous of other U.S. cities and their fantastic conferences and authors and events. I’m sure I’m not the only writer who was more than a little sad they couldn’t attend AWP 2016 in LA this April. Or who wishes they could afford a plane ticket to Book Riot 2016 or—let’s face it—ALL the book buzz going on in New York day to day.
Thus, I’m going to celebrate our proud Twin Cities for how awesome and comparable they are. I don’t think they get enough credit, from the inside, for how with it and buzzing and alive they are.
I’m also all about inspiration (see: my previous blog for the lost post-undergrad). Why did I name this blog Lit Luminaries? Besides the fact that it’s an alliteration and “luminaries” is a pretty word?
noun lu·mi·nary \ˈlü-mə-ˌner-ē\
- a celestial body, as the sun or moon.
- a body, object, etc., that gives light.
- a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others (from here)
- My definition: An event, organization, literary figure, person, or circumstance that inspires others.
Thus, this purpose of this book is as follows: to find highlights and spotlight interesting, funny, powerful, or important things in events and circumstances pertaining to literature and books, words, writers, and the literary community of the Twin Cities and to share them with others to contribute to this community.
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
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