Notable Twin Cities: 7/31–8/6

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Sunday 7/31: The 24th annual Diversicon, a multicultural speculative fiction convention, wraps up Sunday with readings by Jessica Amanda Salmonson and Naomi Kritzer. Best Western Plus Bandana Square. 12 p.m., free.

Monday 8/1: Wenonah Hauter reads and answers questions about her book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment at Magers and Quinn. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/4: The Midstream Reading series hosts four writers—Cris Anderson, MaryAnn Moenck, Mary Austin Speaker and Scott Vetsch—who’ll each read from new work. Blue Moon Coffee Cafe. 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/5: Starting Friday and continuing all weekend, Rain Taxi will have a booth at the Uptown Art Fair, where you can pick up free copies of the publication, free-write with provided prompts, practice erasure poetry, draw comics, or play games like poetry tarot. Corner of Lake and Hennepin. Friday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free.

Saturday 8/6: At Once Upon A Crime bookstore, Monica Ferris presents her newest mystery/thriller, Knit Your Own Murder. 12 p.m., free.

Just a short drive over to Stillwater, Marge Rogers Barrett will debut her new book, Called – The Making & Unmaking of a Nun. Valley Bookseller. 2 p.m., free.

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Tyler Barton is a cofounder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for the Submerging Writer Fellowship. He is the author of the flash fiction collection, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize from Split Lip Press and was published in 2019. Find his work in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Find him at tsbarton.com or @goftyler. More from this author →