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.
Fitzgerald’s Birthday: A Celebration of Great Minnesota Writers
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Commodore Bar and Restaurant, 79 Western Ave. N, Saint Paul
Tickets are $40 - available at: bit.ly/mnwriters
Ragtime music by Dan Chouinard - 7 p.m.
Program - 7:30 p.m.
Books for Africa, with Fitzgerald in Saint Paul and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, present an evening in celebration of Minnesota’s literary heritage, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to the current winners of the Minnesota Book Awards. Join us on Fitzgerald’s 123rd birthday at the historic Commodore Hotel to hear from an array of award-winning writers, music by Dan Chouinard, and a visit from a special guest - all hosted by MPR’s Euan Kerr. The event includes heavy appetizers, wine and a cash bar. Tickets are $40 and are available at bit.ly/mnwriters, and proceeds help to support the activities of Books for Africa.
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.