Notable Twin Cities: 9/18–9/24


Monday 9/19: Start your week with Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James in conversation with editor John Freeman. They’ll discuss the newest Freeman’s anthology, which focuses on the theme of Family. Magers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/20: Readings by Writers, the series hosted by Carol Connolly, has been happening in St. Paul for over 17 years. The reading will highlight established and emerging writers across a variety of genres and styles, and this year’s lineup includes Mary Moore Easter, Michael Sauntry, Julie Pfitzinger, D. E. (Doug) Green, Athena Kildegaard, Dara Syrkin, Cristopher Gibson, and Katrina Vandenberg. The University Club of St. Paul., 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/21: MPR’s Kerri Miller hosts the next installment of the Talking Volumes series with author Carl Hiaasen. They’ll focus on his new novel, Razor Girl (Knopf). Fitzgerald Theatre, 7 p.m., tickets available here.

Thursday 9/22: Vanessa Ramos hosts a two-part night of presentations by Latinx writers. Thursday’s lineup includes Victoria Blanco, Michael Torres, and Gabriela Erandi. Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., free.

Common Good Books presents Jonathan Safran Foer reading from his new bestseller, Here I Am (FSG). 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/23: Poken Sword kicks off their second season of events with A Luminous Evening Dedicated to the Love of Language Literary Salon. The theme is “Dreams” and will feature readings and short films by a variety of emerging local authors. 2001 A SPACE.  6:30 p.m., $5 donation.

Vanessa Ramos hosts a second night of presentations by Latinx writers. Friday’s lineup includes Rebecca Diaz, Lorena Duarte, Anika Fajardo, Isela Xitlali Gómez, Anais Deal-Marquez, Marion Gomez, and Lara Mimosa Montes. Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/24: The Loft’s Equilibrium & the IHRC’s Global Minnesota: Immigrants Past and Present programming presents a reading and discussion with Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship winners Bolin Jue, Allyson Jeffredo, and Isabel Quintero. They will be joined by Palabristas, who have conducted spoken word workshops with with migrant/Latinx communities in the Twin Cities. Two participants will perform. A post-show discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bianet Castellanos, an American Studies professor at the University of Minnesota. The Loft Literary Center. 8 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 →