Past Event: Author Talk and Workshop

Brian Malloy

Lake Superior Writers welcomes Minnesota author Brian Malloy as he launches his new book, After Francesco.  Join us for a literary evening, as Brian reads from his book, answers questions and conducts a writing workshop.

October 5, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Fitger’s Brewery Complex

Schedule of events:

  • 6:00 Spirit of the North TheaterAfter Francesco reading. (15-20 minutes with time for questions)
  • 6:30 – 7:00 Spirit of the North Theater – Break, book signing
  • 7:00 – 8:30 August Fitger Room (adjacent to theater) – Workshop: Working on Your Novel
  • Spend 90 minutes generating raw material for your novel-in-progress. We’ll try our hands at exercises to bring structure to our novel ideas, spend time creating compelling characters, and use sensory imagery to bring our settings to life. Beginners to advanced writers welcome!

Out of respect for our presenter and attendees, we ask that only vaccinated individuals attend these events, and that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

The reading and book signing are free and open to the public, with no advance registration required.

  • Copies of After Francesco may be purchased at Fitger’s Bookstore.

Registration for this event is now closed.

The Workshop is $10 for members of Lake Superior Writers and $15 for non-members.

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Brian Malloy is the author of The Year of Ice (St. Martin’s Press), Brendan Wolf (St. Martin’s Press), and Twelve Long Months (Scholastic). His new novel, After Francesco (Kensington) is an Oprah Magazine “most anticipated” book of 2021, and a featured Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for 2021. His books have been a New York Times “new and notable title,” a Booklist Editors’ Choice for best of the year, and a Book Sense pick. He has taught creative writing at Emerson College, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Lino Lakes, Quatrefoil Library, Rainbow Health, and the University of Minnesota.  You can learn more about Brian and his writing career on his website,

After Francesco has received a Star rating in Library Journal.

After Francesco is a novel of love, friendship, and surviving the deepest loss, set in New York City and Minneapolis in 1988, at the peak of the AIDS crisis. Two years after his partner, Francesco, died, twenty-eight-year-old Kevin Doyle is attending yet another funeral, yet another loss in their close-knit group. They had all been young, beautiful, and living the best days of their lives, though they didn’t know it. That was before New York City began to feel like a war zone, its horrors somehow invisible, and ignored by the rest of the world. Some people might insist that Francesco is in a better place now, but Kevin definitely isn’t. He spends his days in a mind-numbing job and his evenings drunk in Francesco’s old apartment, surrounded by memories. Francesco made everything look easy, and without him, Kevin struggles to keep going. And then one night, he stops trying. When Kevin awakens in a hospital, he knows it’s time to move back home to Minnesota and figure out how to start living again—without Francesco. Drawing on his experience as part of the AIDS generation, Brian Malloy brings authenticity, insight, sensitivity, and surprising humor to a story that is distinct yet universal in its powerful exploration of heartbreak and recovery, and the ways in which love can defy grief.

Brian Malloy is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lake Superior Writers is a 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Organizations grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.