Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is wrapping up work on a new book about his 12 years at City Hall called “Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis.”
The University of Minnesota Press is publishing the book and plans to release it in April.
The mayor reflects on the challenges he encountered while leading the city, including the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge in 2007, increases in youth violence and the fight over gay marriage, according to the publisher’s description of the memoir.
Doug Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press, said he is looking forward to a “fun book launch” in the spring.
“We are thrilled to be publishing Mr. Rybak’s memoir, at once a political coming of age story and a clear-eyed look at life as an urban mayor inside and outside of City Hall. His approach to politics, not to mention his legendary energy and enthusiasm, transformed the city we call home,” he said.
Rybak currently serves as executive director of Generation Next, a nonprofit education group focused on tackling the achievement gap in Twin Cities schools.
He was mayor from 2002–2013 and often points to the city’s STEP-UP summer internship program for Minneapolis youth as his most proud achievement during his mayoral tenure. The program has created nearly 20,000 internships for youth since 2004, serving predominately low-income students of color.