Notable Twin Cities: 11/12–11/18

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Sunday, 11/12: Join Nor Hall to celebrate the launch of the new revised edition of Irons in the Fire. There will be a reading with Hall and special guests, followed by a book signing. Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3 p.m., free.

Join acclaimed women writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for “Women Writing Out of War” as they explore what war has promised, threatened, and delivered as we near the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day. Readers include Faith Sullivan, Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Caren Stelson, Kao Kalia Yang, Gretchen Marquette, and Kate St. Vincent Vogl. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 5 p.m., free.

Monday, 11/13: Here’s a tasty one: it’s “The Gourmands’ Way” Dinner with Justin Spring. Join Justin and Minneapolis food writer Steve Hoffman for an all-inclusive evening inspired by Spring’s newest book, The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy. Tickets include a conversation between Justin Spring and Steve Hoffman, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, wine service and a signed copy of Justin’s book. Restaurant Alma, 6:30 p.m., free.

Brian Dear will be presenting his book The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday, 11/14: Viet Thanh Nguyen will be giving a lecture on the theme of “Sanctuary,” and reading selections from his two books. O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, 7 p.m., free.

Come to Birchbark Books for an evening with Louise Erdrich in celebration of her forthcoming novel Future Home of the Living God. Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, and Louise will be signing books after the reading. Birchbark Books and Native Arts, 7 p.m., $32.

The Loft presents poet Solmaz Sharif, whose debut collection LOOK was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, in a Big Ideas discussion of privilege, erasure of histories, and marginalization. Open Book, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday, 11/15: The Speculations Readings Series continues with a fiction reading from local author Jason D. Wittman. Each reading includes a reception with free soda pop and cookies, and a post-reception expedition to a local bistro. DreamHaven Books & Comics, 6:30 p.m., free.

89.3 The Current’s Andrea Swensson will be presenting her book Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday, 11/16: Talking Volumes with Dan Brown MPR’s Kerri Miller will be in conversation with author Dan Brown. This is a ticketed event. Talking Volumes is a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune. Fitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., free.

Come to SubText Books for a reading and conversation with Sarah Seidelmann, author of Swimming with Elephants. Book signing to follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday, 11/17: Milkweed Books presents Inara Verzemnieks reading from her nonfiction debut, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe. Milkweed Books, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday, 11/18: Phyllis Alsdurf signs copies of her new picture book, Thanksgiving in the WoodsCommon Good Books, 11 a.m., free.

Lorrie Holmgren will be discussing Homicide in Hawaii, her newest Emily Swift Travel Mystery, and signing copies. Once Upon a Crime, 12 p.m., free.

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Abby Anderson is a fiction writer and an MFA candidate at Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis with an extra large cat, many books, and lots of crap from estate sales. More from this author →