Notable Twin Cities: 3/18–3/24

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Sunday 3/18: Come to Women Who Write 2018! The popular annual get-together of women writers and their fans returns Sunday, March 18. Hear from novelists, poets, essayists and short story writers in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, essay, young adult and romance. Elmer L. Andersen Library, 1 p.m., free.

Monday 3/19: Kevin Young, author of Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, will be in conversation with Marlon James. They’ll discuss how reality has been distorted and manipulated in America’s history. This event is part of The Loft’s Big Ideas series. Open Book, 7 p.m., $10-$15.

Join the Books & Bars team for a discussion of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player OneDangerous Man Brewing Company, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/20: Jessie Chandler, Erica Christ, Bernard Ferguson, David Housewright, and Tom Jeffers will all be reading from their work. The University Club of St. Paul, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/21: Miriam Karmel will be reading and discussing her recent short story collection, Subtle Variations. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 3/22: Chalk Talk Narrative is a forum for writers to gather, experiment, and find support. Each forum has a theme, an open mic, and a featured writer. Featured writers choose creative ways to interact with the crowd. March’s theme is “Family & The 6-Word Memoir.” The featured writer will be Robin Sauerwein. Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 6 p.m., free.

Join the UMN Creative Writing Program for the annual reading by authors of debut publications. University of Minnesota MFA alums Isaac Butler, Sally Franson, and Jon Lurie will all read from their books. After the reading, the Creative Writing Program celebrates its 21st birthday! Stay and mingle with MFA students past, present, and future as we reflect on 21 years of great writing. (And what would a 21st birthday be without a cash bar? Plus a book raffle!)  Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 3/23: Cracked Walnut presents an experimental experience of music, poetry, and visual art on a theme. Four writers will share a piece as they walk in the front door, across the long room, and out the back while a painting inspired by the poems develops in the background. A musical interlude will introduce a new poet every 15 minutes before time to enjoy cookies, tea, and conversation about the poetry with the crowd between performances. The Resonance Box, 7 p.m., $5–$10.

The Loft proudly presents a 2017–2018 Loft Mentor Series. Come enjoy readings in poetry and creative prose with Lesley Nneka Arimah, Victoria Blanco, and Jasmin Rae Ziegler. Open Book, 7 p.m., $5-$10.

Saturday 3/24: It’s the Rosemount Writers Festival! Join area writers, readers, and literary enthusiasts for the 2nd annual Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair. This is a day-long celebration of the literary arts with workshops, signings, a free book fair, and opportunities to meet literary professionals. The 2018 keynote speaker will be Lorna Landvik. Steeple Center, 9 a.m., $15 per class.

Excelsior Bay Books will host The Literature Lovers’ Luncheon, an event with national and local authors and light refreshments. Featured authors for March are Keziah Frost, Ben Ludwig, Peter Heller, and Sara Blaedel. Hazeltine National Golf Club, 11 a.m., $33, RSVP.

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Here’s a thing: The Loft Literary Center has announced is spring programming theme and it’s (drumroll…): To Be Honest! They’ve planned lots of great events and classes around the theme, and you should definitely check them out.

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Please email any event listings you’d like to see to [email protected].

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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 →