Lynx Final prompts friendly wager between Mayor Hodges and Los Angeles mayor

Mayor Betsy Hodges has challenged Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a friendly wager on the outcome of tonight’s final game between the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks at Target Center, and Mayor Garcetti has accepted.  The winning team will become the 2016 WNBA champion.

In the unlikely event Mayor Hodges has to fulfill her end of the friendly wager, she will provide books by women authors from or connected to Minneapolis. Those books are:

·         “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett. Krista Tippett’s nationally renowned podcast and website “On Being” is based in Minneapolis’ Loring Park. Krista Tippett is a 2013 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Obama.

·         “Dear Committee Members” by Julie Schumacher. Julie Schumacher won the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor for “Dear Committee Members.” She is the first woman to win the prize. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program and Department of English at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

·         “May Day” by Gretchen Marquette. Gretchen Marquette lives in Minneapolis and is published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press. In recent years, authors published by Graywolf Press have won a Nobel Prize for Literature, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a National Book Award, among many other awards and honors.

·         “In Caddis Wood” by Mary Francois Rockcastle. Mary Francois Rockcastle lives in Minneapolis and is published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press.

·         “Y" and "The Resurrection Trade” by Leslie Adrienne Miller. Leslie Adrienne Miller is a Minnesota author published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press.

If the Lynx win, Mayor Garcetti will send books by L.A. authors — such as Nina Revoyr and Janet Fitch — to Minneapolis.

“With the Lynx winning three out of the last five championships, they are already an amazing dynasty,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “They will be hard to beat. And there is nobody like Minneapolis fans to pack our house and cheer our team to victory.”

The Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA championship in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Published Oct 20, 2016

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