Sullivan coming to Austin for Page Turners event

Published 8:29 am Monday, April 17, 2017

Austin’s annual citywide read is coming to its climax.

Author Faith Sullivan will visit Austin Thursday for a 7 p.m. book signing and speaking event at the Austin Public Library, along with a visit earlier in the day to Austin High School for students.

Leading up to Thursday’s event, an event called “Big Book Clubs Meets Little School House” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sweet Reads and will feature Mower County Historical Society curator Jaimie Timm.

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Sullivan’s book, “Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse,” was chosen by the Austin Page Turners as this year’s selection for the 16th annual citywide read.

Her book follows teacher Nell Stillman and her life in the Minnesota town of Harvester. Both Stillman and Harvester return to the pages from previous Sullivan novels, including “The Cape Ann,” “Gardenias” and “Empress of One.” Sullivan’s account is about Stillman’s place in her town, her friendships and her tragedies. Her love of P. G. Wodehouse novels — hence the title — keeps her going through bad times.

Sullivan’s book, the latest of eight novels, was named by the Wall Street Journal’s as one of the top 10 fiction books of 2015, and one of the best books of 2015 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her work has also earned her the Midwest Book Award, Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Ben Franklin Prize.

The book is available for check-out at the library. There are 30 books available, but it can also be read via e-books. Software is available for download from the library’s website, at

The book, both in hardcover and paperback, is also available for purchase at Sweet Reads, 407 N. Main St. in Austin.