Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow
Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow is a collection of essays and drawings. It's published by Coffee House Press and was released in October, 2013.

What's in it? Most of the things depicted on the cover (left). Also: liquor store signage, train graffiti, trust fund kids, R.E.M., Mary McCarthy, Jorge Luis Borges, winter, the Metrodome, futuristic birdhouses, old man bars, Bert Blyleven, Buffalo Wild Wings, flags, empty storefronts, and Xerox machines.

Joe Meno had this to say about it: “Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow is a marvel, deftly examining the connections between art and everyday life. Andy Sturdevant’s lively, unique inquiries into trust fund kids, co-opted flags, gubernatorial portraits, art in second-tier cities, and Upper Midwestern esoterica, brim with both wit and humor.”

And this is what David Rees said: “Andy Sturdevant is one of those charming, inquisitive writers who reminds you the world is more interesting than it has any right to be. If you live in the Twin Cities, or have ever passed through the Twin Cities, or can locate the Twin Cities on a map, or have even read the words ‘Twin Cities’ in the past few seconds, you will love this book.”

You can buy it from Coffee House Press directly, or you can buy it from your favorite neighborhood independent book store.

More praise for Potluck Supper:

"Potluck Supper With Meeting to Follow feels like a long ambulatory conversation with an exceptionally interesting friend. Sturdevant’s voice — inquisitive, witty and intelligent — invites us in at every turn. The book’s material presence reinforces that invitation; it’s a lovely artifact, beautifully designed and charmingly illustrated. It would make a great gift for anyone interested in visual culture, Minnesota, the Midwest, Minneapolis, art, good writing, offbeat information … oh, heck, why not just say everyone? And get a copy for yourself while you’re at it."—Star Tribune

"Artist and writer Sturdevant takes the reader on an oddball tour of the arts and culture of the Twin Cities in this endearing collection. . . . Sturdevant captures Minneapolis eccentricity, a place 'where the drama queens and burnouts and weirdos and misfits of the rural and suburban Upper Midwest wind up' and proves himself a capable and clever writer on many other topics."—Publisher's Weekly

"Sturdevant knows what he's doing. He riffs on everything from being at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis during a blizzard to a secretive art gallery called Farm Accident. . . . [He] comes across as a guy you'd like to get to know." —St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Andy Sturdevant captures [Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Midwest] with clear-eyes and a compelling, conversational pen. . . . I dare you to find someone who can’t connect to something in this book.”—Hazel & Wren

"It's a book that feels like the first book about my Minnesota—not the Duluth I knew as a child or the St. Paul I knew as a teen and visiting collegiate, but the Minnesota I've lived in since 2007, a Minnesota in which one can make a happy life because it contains multitudes."—Twin Cities Daily Planet

"In reading, in criticism, the critic should breathe new life into his subject, put on display his subjectivity, a perspective that is one of a kind. In Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, Andy Sturdevant offers just such a unique outlook . . . His subject is Minnesota, and more often than not, the Twin Cities, and over the course of this collection of essays, he deconstructs and recreates them, praising and lampooning them though always with hope for what the place could be." —Bookslut

"[Sturdevant's] writings about place are thoughtful, observant, and appreciative, as he explores a landscape defined by interesting old neighborhoods, many-storied buildings, characters that make this place memorable and the artistic legacy Minnesotans have left in many medium." —MinnPost

"Once you finish reading [Potluck Supper], you can’t help but feel homesick for the Midwest whether you’re from there or not. Sturdevant taps into the magic from in and around Minneapolis, and spins it into gold."—Vol.1 Brooklyn