Notable Twin Cities: 4/2–4/8


Sunday 4/2: The Loft presents Second Story with Duchess Harris and Caren Stelson. Second Story is the Loft’s reading series for young adult and middle-grade authors. Open Book, 2 p.m., free.

E.V. James will be signing copies of her new children’s fantasy adventure The Wish. Barnes & Noble, St. Paul, 2 p.m., free

Monday 4/3: Bill Porter, aka Red Pine, will read ancient Chinese poems and discuss his latest book, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past (Copper Canyon Press). Plymouth Congregational Church, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/4: Celebrate the release of Olivia Gatwood’s book New American Best Friend with Button Poetry. Hosted by Joseph Capehart and feature Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Dua Saleh, and Blythe Baird. Camp Bar, 8 p.m., $15.

Wednesday 4/5: Author Sue Leaf will be reading and signing copies of her book Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good LifeColumbia Heights Public Library, 2 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/6: Don’t miss the Normandale Writing Festival featuring keynote speaker Chris Santiago, author of the Minnesota Book Award-nominated poetry book, Tula. Chris will read from his work and discuss poetry and the writing process. The Festival features 50-minute panels, workshops, and readings centering on all types of writing, including fiction, business documents, poetry, nonfiction, scripts, and more. Normandale Community College, Kopp Student Center, 10 a.m., free.

Can Literature Make a Damn Bit of Difference? A Conversation. Marlon James and Lisa Lucas. The Guthrie, 7 p.m., $15.

Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School is a unique collection of thirty personal essays written by students from Wellstone International High School. They’ll be discussing their experiences. Barnes & Noble Edina, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 4/7: The Anthropocene Awareness Association presents Robin Wall Kimmerer; she’ll be reading and discussing her work. University of Minnesota Ralph Rapson Hall, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/8: Check out all the winners at the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards ceremony, including preface reception and after-party. InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, 6:30 p.m., $40 – $55.

Book launch! Authors Sara Biren and Andrew DeYoung celebrate the release of their books, The Last Thing You Said and The Exo ProjectSolomon’s Porch, 7 p.m., free.

Here’s a thing: Books and Bars! Ever wanted to be part of a book club, but, like, a cool kids book club? Then this is for you. Books and Bars is a book club show that takes place a couple times a month in a few different locations. Come for the books you’re interested in, have some laughs (and some food and drink!), and enjoy. Check out the deets, and then show up!


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Abby Anderson is a fiction writer and an MFA candidate at Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis with an extra large cat, many books, and lots of crap from estate sales. More from this author →