Fitzgerald in Saint Paul holds literary events and sponsors activities in celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald, particularly in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding Twin Cities area.


Upcoming Events

Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday with the Southside Aces at Vieux Carré

Sunday, September 24, Doors open at 6, music at 7 pm
Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter St., Saint Paul, MN
Advance tickets $ 12 (available at vieux-carre.com) or $ 15 at the door

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in Saint Paul on September 24, 1896, and the Jazz Age luminary’s birthday will be celebrated in appropriate fashion with local music legends, the Southside Aces. The event is open to the public and takes place at Vieux-Carré in the historic Hamm’s Building at 408 St. Peter St., in Saint Paul on Sunday, September 24. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m.  A full bar menu is available, and 20s attire is encouraged.  Advance tickets are recommended ($12), and available at vieux-carre.com or by calling 612-332-5299.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  

Fitzgerald's life and work paralleled that of the giants of early jazz: Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, George & Ira Gershwin, and more.  He coined the term, “The Jazz Age.” The Southside Aces will pay tribute to Fitzgerald with a special show focusing on songs and styles popular during Fitzgerald's life. 

Since 2003, the Southside Aces have brought traditional New Orleans jazz, -- along with the music from many of jazz’s heavyweights including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmicheal -- to music fans here on the northern end of the Mississippi River. The Aces have performed at countless jazz festivals and been the featured band at national lindy hop dance competitions. They have released five albums and have been hailed as a truly “authentic New Orleans dance-hall style band,” by The New Orleans Traditional Band Quarterly.

The event is co-hosted by Fitzgerald In Saint Paul, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Most recently, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul hosted the 14th Annual International Fitzgerald Society Conference in downtown Saint Paul, which brought hundreds of scholars and Fitzgerald fans from all over the world to the Twin Cities for a week of presentations and public programming.  For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org

The southside aces

The southside aces

Since 2003, the Southside Aces have brought traditional New Orleans jazz, -- along with the music from many of jazz’s heavyweights including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmicheal -- to music fans here on the northern end of the Mississippi River. The Aces have performed at countless jazz festivals and been the featured band at national lindy hop dance competitions. They have released five albums and have been hailed as a truly “authentic New Orleans dance-hall style band,” by The New Orleans Traditional Band Quarterly.

The event is co-hosted by Fitzgerald In Saint Paul, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Most recently, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul hosted the 14th Annual International Fitzgerald Society Conference in downtown Saint Paul, which brought hundreds of scholars and Fitzgerald fans from all over the world to the Twin Cities for a week of presentations and public programming.  For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org.

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New F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota Book Launches with Celebration on May 24

Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. 
Commodore Bar & Restaurant, 79 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul
Free and open to the public.

A new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota – The Writer and His Friends at Home, by scholar Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger, debuts at one of Fitzgerald’s well-known Saint Paul locales, The Commodore Bar & Restaurant, on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.  The book, published by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, is a collaboration providing historical insights, stunning photographs and images, and the opportunity to re-examine and appreciate the many Minnesota connections found in Fitzgerald’s life and works. The public is invited to meet the author and photographer at a free program, featuring light refreshments, cash bar, and book sales and signing.

For years, Dave Page has looked at the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald as an intriguing opportunity to learn more about the inner world of Saint Paul’s founding families.  That “golden era” in the City’s development deeply shaped Fitzgerald’s views on wealth, privilege, belonging and exclusion.  Page’s previous works on Fitzgerald include co-editing The Saint Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as Fitzgerald’s youthful diary, The Thought Book. These earlier efforts led Page to conduct hours and hours of detective work at the Minnesota Historical Society collections and at the Fitzgerald archives at Princeton and Yale, combing through old newspapers and scrapbooks. As a result, Page re-discovered and documented many of the “real life” inspirations underlying Fitzgerald’s fictionalized people and places. In this new book, Page walks down familiar streets with Fitzgerald as his guide and shows us the homes of his friends and extended family.

Page’s extensive historical documentation is paired with the expert eye of professional photographer, Jeff Krueger.  Krueger’s photographs bring Fitzgerald’s Minnesota -  the avenues and alleyways, the verandas and vistas, the casual street corners, and rising dome of the Cathedral of Saint Paul -  into brilliant focus throughout the book.  Capturing and displaying these familiar settings with pictures taken in all the seasons of the year enhances the “Minnesota” flavor of this work.  Krueger gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of the current owners and occupants of these historic homes. It is with their support that readers now have visual access to the interiors of some of the neighborhood’s architectural treasures. In addition to the Cathedral Hill and Crocus Hill neighborhoods, Page and Krueger have carefully documented key sites in downtown Saint Paul, the summer houses at White Bear Lake and Dellwood, and the resort life in Old Frontenac associated with Fitzgerald.

The book is published by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, and distributed nationally by the University of Minnesota Press, The nine by twelve inch book is 288 pages in length and is lavishly illustrated with contemporary and historic images.  F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota will retail for $39.95 and will be available in local bookstores in June, as well as direct from Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org.  The book is also produced to coincide with the upcoming 14th International Fitzgerald Society Conference, convening in Saint Paul the last week of June, 2017.

The publication of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota is supported by the Richard P. McDermott Fitzgerald Fund at the Saint Paul Foundation.  The founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Dick McDermott was a long-time resident of 481 Laurel Avenue, the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald, until he passed away in 2012.  Publication of the book was also generously supported by Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants, made possible by the Minnesota Legislature from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in 2008.  The grants were administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.  Support was also provided through sponsorships from Robert W. Baird and Co., a private wealth management and equity firm, and numerous individual donors.

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Video and Audio from Past Events

What happens at a Fitzgerald in Saint Paul event? A little literature, a little music, and sometimes, a lot of music. Go behind the scenes with Fitzgerald in Saint Paul board member Joel Pace at an event in April 2015 at the University Club in Saint Paul.

Video: The Great Gatsby and the Jazz Age

Audio: 2015 Richard P. McDermott Fitzgerald Lecture

In May 2015, Fitzgerald in Saint Paul presented the first annual Richard P. McDermott Fitzgerald Lecture, featuring leading F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar Dr. Scott Donaldson. In a talk titled "Romantic Relationships," Donaldson spoke about the tumultuous marriage between Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and the particular position the Fitzgeralds found themselves in in the the summer of 1924.

A leading literary biographer, Scott Donaldson is the author of eight books on 20th century American authors, including Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald; Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship; and his most recent, The Impossible Craft: Literary Biography. Donaldson is a professor of English at the College of William and Mary.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library broadcast a recording of the McDermott Fitzgerald lecture as part of their Friendly Connections podcast. Listen below, and for more stories of literature and libraries, including broadcasts of the Fireside Reading Series, subscribe to Friendly Connections on iTunes.



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