Notable Twin Cities: 10/23–10/29

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Monday 10/24: The launch party for Zeke Caligiuri’s This Is Where I Am: A Memoir (University of Minnesota Press) will include a reading, signing, and reception. Caligiuri, currently in prison, wrote his story of growing up in the Twin Cities during the 1990s, when Minneapolis was known as “Murderapolis”. Open Book, 7 p.m., free.

The 19th season of Literary Witnesses opens with Belgian-American poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, presented by Rain Taxi and the Loft Literary Center. Plymouth Congressional Church, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/25: 555 Reads features five writers, each reading for five minutes, at Five Watt Coffee in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Hosted by Elizabeth Tannen, October’s lineup includes Anessa Ibrahim, Brad Liening, Jennifer Willoughby, Donte Collins, and Vanessa Ramos. It starts at 8 p.m., but get there early because it fills up fast.

Wednesday 10/26: Benjamin Percy, acclaimed author of five books of fiction, presents his new collection of craft essays, Thrill Me (Graywolf). Loft Literary Center. 7 p.m., 10$

Thursday 10/27: At Common Good Books, you’ll find poets Lara Mimosa Montes, Chaun Webster, and Erin Sharkey reading from their newest collections. 7 p.m., free.

Friday 10/28: Head over to the Loft for a unique event hosted by The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture. Building Communities, Changing Discourse: New Writing on Adoption is curated by Shannon Gibney, and the reading features Lisa Marie Brimmer, Susan Harness, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Melissa Ludtke, Jean Marie Place, SooJin Pate, Sun Yung Shin, and Kate St. Vincent Vogl. Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/29: Costumes are encouraged at the dual book launch party hosted by Revolver at Norseman Distillery. The event includes bands, dancing, drinking, DJs, and the chance to buy the two newest books published by Revolver, Sunset Riders by Jesse Sawyer and Exceptionally Bad by Tracy Danger Mumford. 8 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 →