Sports and All That Jazz: The Percy Hughes Story

Jim Swanson
6 x 9. $19.95, pb, 172 pp

Based on extensive interviews, this book tells the story of jazz artist and tennis professional Percy Hughes, who entertained audiences at many venues throughout the Twin Cities for decades, including the Flame on Nicollet Avenue and the Point Club in Golden Valley. The region was a Swing Era hotspot, and Swanson recreates the flair of the period in loving detail.

50 Years of Music
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Dave Kenny
128 pages / $30.00 (hc)

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has treated audiences to performances of the highest caliber for more than 50 years. Here Dave Kenny tells the story of the community-based effort to establish the orchestra and the several transformations it has undergone under the baton of a succession of illustrious conductors including Dennis Russell Davies, Pinkas Zuckerman, and Hugh Wolff.

Ant Farm
Glimpses of Daily Life in Minnesota

Ben Garvin
96 pages, $27.95 (pb)

Documentary photographs and interviews paint a vivid and revealing portrait of daily life in the Midwest, from ex-cons to Quakers, retired farmers to Goths. By award-winning St. Paul Pioneer Press staff photographer Ben Garvin.

Porthole Views of the World

paintings by Hazel Stoeckeler, poems by Elizabeth Weber
$29.95 (hc) 96 pages
ISBN 978-1-932472-70-7

A world traveler for almost sixty years, Hazel Stoeckeler kept a diary of her travels in the form of postcard-sized watercolor sketches which have been assembled here along with poems by Elizabeth Weber. The collaboration sends us on a delightful journey to places such as Dakar in West Africa, Halong Bay in Vietnam, Norway, Easter Island, and Elephant Island, where Shackleton and his men took refuge in Antarctica.

The Schubert Club 125th Anniversary
Musings and Memories

232 pages, $25.00 (pb)
ISBN 1-932472-52-5

Essays by Patricia Hampl, Michael Steinberg, Jane Joeng Trenka, Mary Ann Feldman, and other contributors explore the Schubert Club’s early history, recitals (featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians), educational programs, scholarship awards, commissioned works of music, Museum of Musical Instruments, and role in the culture life of the Twin Cities. Amusing historical photographs and material from the archives add to this fascinating portrait of Minnesotas’s oldest arts organization.

Behind the Cameras:
Minnesotans in the Movies, vol 2

Rolf Canton
ISBN 1-932472-53-3 $19.95 (pb)

In this sequel to the best-selling Minnesotans in the Movies (now out of print) Rolf Canton explores the careers of Minnesotans who worked behind the scenes in the movie industry. Included are such greats as producers Mike Todd and Sarah Pillsbury, directors Gordon Parks and the Coen Brothers, and screenwriters Max Schulman and Pat Proft.

Harry Wilde Jones: American Architect

Elizabeth A. Vandam
144 pages, $39.00 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1-932472-66-0

Harry Wild Jones was one of the most distinguished architects working in the Twin Cities area during a period of enormous growth in the region at the turn of the twentieth century. Vandam chronicles his career from the office of Henry Hobson Richardson to a flourishing practice in Minneapolis, using photographs, sketches, professional papers, and entries from Jones’s personal journals to flesh out her account of his life and bring out the romance and elegance of the era in whcih he lived.

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