Toby Thompson to read at Blue Heron


On Tuesday, December 5, Toby Thompson will read from his recent creative nonfiction. The reading is part of the Laureate Writers Series and will take place at the Blue Heron Coffee House, 162 West Second Street, at 7 p.m. It will be followed by a book signing and an open mic. The theme for the open mic is family.

Thompson is the author of five books of nonfiction: “Positively Main Street — Bob Dylan’s Minnesota,” “The ‘60s Report,” “Riding the Rough String — Reflections on the American West,” “Metroliner — Passages,” “Washington to New York,” and “Saloon.” He teaches creative nonfiction writing at Penn State. Thompson has written for publications as diverse as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Gray’s Sporting Journal, GQ, Men’s Journal, Sports Afield, Playboy, Outside, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in Cabin John, Md., and Livingston, Montana.

The Los Angeles Times said “Positively Main Street” (written about the young Bob Dylan) is “Well worth the attention of anyone who has fallen under the spell of the boy from the North Country.” Novelist and poet Jim Harrison said of “Saloon,” “For the first time the American drinker has his Michelin and for myself it would be unthinkable to start another journey without it.” Referring to the work in “Metroliner,” Tom Wolfe called Thompson “An intrepid tripper in the Merry Prankster sense, and an urban Thoreau.” “Metroliner” offers a wide spectrum of pieces including profiles of Jackie Gleason, Tom Brokaw, Tom Wolfe, Carl Bernstein and Norman Mailer.

The event is co-sponsored by The Blue Heron and Winona’s Fine Arts Commission and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Winona Poet Laureate Ken McCullough at 507-450-9688 or 507-452-9482.


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