Uptown Church is proud to partner with Magers and Quinn Booksellers again, and host Senator Al Franken as he releases "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" at Uptown Church.
UC considers it a privilege to host authors and their work, we hope you find meaning in the creativity and work of others as you spend the evening with us.
Ticketing: Tickets are $28 plus tax include a copy of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which the senator will be available to sign following the event. Purchase tickets here.
Parking & Seating: Street parking only. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.
"Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, turns out to be good at it. It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. Here, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him on the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
Senator Al Franken graduated from Harvard University. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Al was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.
MPR News Editor-at-Large and Retired Host Gary Eichten has worn many hats during his 40-plus-year career at Minnesota Public Radio, including news director, special events producer and station manager. He has served as host for Minnesota Public Radio's live, special events news coverage, and has hosted all of the major news programs on Minnesota Public Radio, including Midday, which he hosted for more than 20 years. He also assisted in the development of two Peabody award-winning documentaries. In 2007, he was inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting's Hall of Fame. Eichten has also been awarded the prestigious 2011 Graven Award by the Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Board for his contribution to excellence in the journalism profession.