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Hautman's 'Slider' is latest selection in 'One Book/One Minnesota' statewide book club

Saint Paul Pioneer Press - 3/15/2021

Mar. 15—David is 14 years old and in big trouble. He accidentally put $2,000 on his mother's credit card and he needs to win the cash prize in the Super Pigorino pizza-eating contest. Luckily, David can eat an entire 16-inch pepperoni pizza in 4 minutes and 35 seconds. He also has to keep an eye on his little brother (who would be labeled autistic if their family believed in labels). But maybe David's bottomless appetite isn't his only talent.

That's the premise of Minnesotan Pete Hautman's 2017 middle-grade novel "Slider," the fourth "chapter" of One Book/One Minnesota, announced Monday by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, acting as Minnesota Center for the Book.

This statewide book club invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect on and discuss the title book. From March through April, through local libraries, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book and will have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions. Readers can access the ebook free on EbooksMinnesota for eight weeks. In addition to the digital formats, hard copies of the book will be available through public libraries and independent stores across the state. Resources and more information can be found at: thefriends.org/onebook.

Hautman, who divides his time between Minnesota and Wisconsin, is the author of books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award-winning "Godless," the science fiction trilogy Klaatu Diskos, and "Eden West." Critics praised "Slider," calling it "funny ... uplifting ... good-natured and heartfelt." The author will discuss the book in a virtual appearance at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Registration is required. Go to: thefriends.org/onebook.

One Book/One Minnesota is presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education. The program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a time of distance and adversity, and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors.

Previous titles in the program were: "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, "The Plague of Doves" by Louise Erdrich, and "A Good Time for the Truth; Race in Minnesota" edited by Sun Yung Shin.

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