Notable Twin Cities: 10/9–10/15

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Monday 10/10: Start your week with a compelling conversation between authors Rachel Gold (My Zero Year) and Juliann Rich (Gravity) about the pressures faced by LGBTQ writers and allies. Barnes and Noble, St. Paul, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/11: The University of St. Thomas hosts critically acclaimed debut author Nathan Hill reading and signing copies of his new novel, The Nix (Knopf). O’Shaughnessy Library, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/12: Minnesota poet Sun Yung Shin releases her newest book of poetry, Unbearable Splendor (Coffee House Press) at Moon Palace Books. Other readers include Heid E. Erdrich and Roy G. Guzmán. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/13: At Subtext Books, you can hear Ben Westhoff present his non-fiction, Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap (Hachette). 7 p.m., free.

Friday & Saturday, 10/14-15: Arguably the biggest literary gathering since AWP 15, The Twin Cities Book Festival, hosted annually by Rain Taxi, is NOT to be missed. It provides bookish events, readings, and conversation for all ages of readers and writers. Friday night’s highlight event is Kathryn Alto presenting The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh at 6:30 in the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building. Tickets for opening night are $20.

Saturday, however, is free and open to the public. Here’s how Rain Taxi describes the day:

The Twin Cities Book Festival is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations. Francine Prose, Charles Baxter, Eddie Campbell, and A.S. King headline the day’s events.” Minnesota State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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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 →