Imagine being seated in a room near a fireplace enjoying a very fine meal, conversation and surrounded by books and art. I was fortunate to have such an opportunity dining in Joe Plut's Reading Room often referred to as the The Library at Prairie Bay Restaurant in Baxter, Minnesota.
Now you can see this just isn't any ordinary room with books stacked on shelves, but books and art work that are suspended from the ceiling.
The Reading Room was designed to honor Joe Plut, a professor who taught at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN for 36 years. He conceived the idea of hosting a literary series with help from Chef Matt Annand from the Prairie Bay Restaurant. Each month May through September the series Speaking of Books Program showcases a wide variety of authors, publishers, book photographers and illustrators. After each presentation there is a question and answer period and a book signing followed by complimentary light hors d' oeuvres. The presentations are free to the public. What an exciting concept bringing The Arts to Life to the Lake Region area.
If you just happen to be in the Brainerd area be sure to stop by the Prairie Bay Restaurant and ask to eat in Joe Plut's Reading Room or what some call The Library. Your unique dining experience will provide you with lots of book conversations. Oh, and I should mention that the food was wonderful as well as the presentation :)
The Speaking of Books series are held the 3rd Thursday each month from 4:30-6:00 pm. The rest of the presentations are
Craig Nagel "A Sense of Wonder" and "A Place Called Home: Moments from an Ordinary Life"
Doug and Sally Mayfield "Angle of Declination"
Krisita Rolfzen Soukup-Literary publicist and owner of The Blue Cottage Agency which promotes local authors