Notable Twin Cities: 8/21–8/27


Wednesday 8/24: Want to bookend your summer with some craft beer and the science of marketing? Join the authors of The Physics of Brand at Surly Brewing Co for Beer, Books & Brands, a release party presented by Magers and Quinn. Co-authors Aaron Keller, Renee Marino, and Dan Wallace will read, answer questions, and sign copies. 6–9 p.m., free.

Over at Subtext Books you can catch Minnesota author Ben Welter reading from his new history book, Minnesota Moxie: True Tales of Courage, Muscle, and Grit in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes (The History Press). 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/25: Magers and Quinn presents an in-depth conversation between award-winning authors. Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade (Scribner), will answer questions about her new book with host Melanie Hoffert, author of Prairie Silence (Beacon, Winner of the 2014 Minnesota Book Award). 7 p.m., free.

Friday 8/26: Society Editions presents its first two poetry publications, Against the Picture-Window: A Time of the Phoenix Compendium and the single-poem chapbook My Singularity by Minnesota poet Sun Yung Shin. This launch party and reading takes place at The White Page art gallery. 7 p.m., free.

If you’re a fan of PRI’s Selected Shorts podcast, then you’ll love Eat My Shorts: Short Story Theatre, a new, live performance series that brings excellent short fiction to life, onstage. Eat My Words and Applause Community Theatre have teamed up to bring this monthly event to Minneapolis, and this month’s featured author is the legendary Grace Paley. Eat My Words Books. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/27: Downtown, at Swandive Theatre, you can see Justin Maxwell present his play The Canopic Jar of My Sins: A Medieval Morality Play for Latter-Day Postmodernists. Pre-reading social hour at 6 p.m., readings at 6:30 p.m.. Free.


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

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 or @goftyler. More from this author →