Suburban World: The Norling Photos

"Where is Brad Zellar?" you might ask, as his hiatus from The Rake has created quite a void. Happily, he’s been busy promoting his new book, Suburban World: The Norling Photos, from Borealis Books. Zellar discovered Irwin Norling in 2002, when he unearthed Norling’s neglected negatives from the Bloomington Historical Society archives. Struck by the breadth and depth of the subject matter — everything from family portraits, Shriners, and donkey baseball games, to car crashes, drug busts, and murder scenes — and by the "astonishing and remarkably comprehensive record of life in one American community," Zellar unknowingly began his quest to compile his first book. The result is an extraordinary photo essay book featuring Bloomington, MN, circa 1950-1970.

Reception and book signing on April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.; author presentation on April 8th at 7 p.m.; Minnesota History Center.

April 9, at 7:30 p.m., Richfield Borders Books and Music.

April 16th at 7:30 p.m., Magers & Quinn Booksellers.