Notable Twin Cities: 10/30–11/5


Sunday 10/30: Start your lit week on Sunday afternoon with the Loft’s reading series for YA and middle-grade authors, Second Story. This month features Brian Bliss, of author No Parking at the End of Times and Marina Budhos, author of the new novel, Watched. Open Book, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 10/31: Hand out candy—while listening to a local literary podcast!

Tuesday 11/1: The Happy Gnome in St. Paul hosts this month’s Books and Bars meeting. Join the group to discuss J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking). Moderated by Jeff Kamin, the club aims to be fun, lively, and inviting to all (whether if you’ve read the book or not). 6:15 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/2: Subtext Books presents three poets—Marsha de la O, Phil Taggart, and Mary Kay Rummel—reading from their newest work. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/3: This installment of Talking Volumes features one of the biggest literary hits of the year, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. MPR’s Kerri Miller will host the evening’s conversation and Q&A. 7 p.m., $23-50.

In Uptown, Magers & Quinn hosts poet Marsha de la O, who will read from her newest, award-winning collection Antidote for the Night (American Poets Continuum). 7 p.m., free.

Friday 11/4: See and hear spoken word poet Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre read from his newest collection, A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry (Button Poetry). Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/5: Head to the gym… to hear literature, eat cupcakes, and drink kombucha, of course. At Solcana Cross-Fit, popular LGBTQ authors Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Rachel Gold, Molly Beth Griffin, and Juliann Rich will read and discuss topics of mental health and queer/trans oppression with shay(den) gonzalez, executive director of Reclaim. This event is free, but all donations go to support Reclaim, a local organization that works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. 3 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 →