Notable Twin Cities: 2/5–2/11

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Monday 2/5: Button Poetry Live convenes at Camp Bar again for a night of electric spoken word. Hosted by Neil Hilborn featuring poet Omar Holmon, this event includes a free, pre-show workshop next door at Keys Cafe & Bakery at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:30. Reserve tickets online (free or donation).

Tuesday 2/6: Don’t call it a book club—Books & Bars offers more than just discussion. This week, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will be featured, including a live performance and a group conversation. The Happy Gnome. 6:15 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/7: Benjamin Percy will read from his new collection of craft essays, Thrill Me (Graywolf Press) at Hamline Midway Library. This event is part of the 2017 Fireside Reading Series. 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/8: Twin Cities Jewish Book Series features author and autism advocate Liane Kupferberg Carter. Carter will read from and answer questions about her book Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism. St. Paul Jewish Community Center 7 p.m., $8 for members/$12 for non-members.

Friday 2/9: Just outside of the city, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, you can find Literature Lover’s Night Out, a night of books, prizes, and delicious treats, hosted by Excelsior Bay Books. Authors Jane Hamilton, Julia Claiborne Johnson, and Mindy Mejia will read from their newest works. 7 p.m., $10 (get tickets).

Saturday 2/10: In the early afternoon, don’t miss Michael Kiesow Moore and Wendy Brown-Baez reading from their work at Quatrefoil Library in Minneapolis. 1 p.m., free.

After that, catch Nan Dixon reading from her new novel, The Other Twin, at Barnes & Noble in St. Paul. 2 p.m., free.
If that isn’t enough, you can head over to the Open Book center to hear professor Lu Jingren give her lecture, “Beautiful Books: Retaining the Habit of Reading” which focuses on contemporary Chinese book design. 6 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 →