Notable Twin Cities: 10/2–10/8

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Sunday 10/2: Join recent Minnesota Book Award winners Charles Baxter, Ray Gonzalez, Marlon James, and Kaethe Schwehn for an exciting mashup of music and literature. Music Meets MN Lit features original songs inspired by the authors’ award-winning books, debuted live by Ipsifendus Collective. The songs will be paired with brief readings from each author, followed by book sales and signings at the conclusion of the event. Bedlam Lowertown, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 10/3: Get your tickets now, because Button Poetry Live, the monthly spoken word show, averages over 200 attendees. Hosted by past National Poetry Slam Team member Joseph Capehart and feature Rachel Wiley, the show includes a poetry slam open to the public, the winner of which will get $300 and a chance to compete for a spot on the Twin Cities National Poetry Slam Team. Camp Bar Twin Cities, 6 p.m., tickets range in price.

Tuesday 10/4: Join Milkweed Editions for an evening of poetry and conversation. Poets Michael Bazzett, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Chris Santiago, and Jennifer Willoughby will talk with Milkweed Editions’s Daniel Slager about the poetry community here in Minnesota. Merriam Park Library, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/5: The UMN Visiting Writers series continues with poet Simone Muench, author of Wolf Centos (Sarabande Books) and the forthcoming Suture (Black Lawrence Press). She’ll give a reading and sign copies of her books. The Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/6: MPR’s Kerri Miller sits down with author, editor, and activist, Gloria Stienem. Fitzgerald Theatre, 7 p.m., ticket prices vary.

Friday 10/7: The Fall Fiction Party is packed with exciting authors—Stephanie Wilbur Ash, Eric Braun, John Jodzio, Maryse Meijer, Robyn Schindeldecker, and Ashley Shelby—reading from their new books. Honey, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/8: YA fantasy author Rick Riordan, acclaimed for his popular Percy Jackson series, will present his newest novel, answer questions, and sign books. O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 7 p.m., $20.

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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 →