Notable Twin Cities: 4/16-4/22


Monday 4/17: Prince it up: Jim Walsh will discuss his book Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ‘90s, and share memories of Prince and Paisley Park. Chanhassen Library, 6:30 p.m., free.

“Deep Heart’s Core: Poetry & Mystery.” Come witness a conversation between poets Katie Donovan and James Lenfestey. Merriam Park Library, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/18: Lorna Landvik launches her new novel Once in a Blue Moon LodgeTrinity Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10.

Somalis in the Twin Cities: A Discussion of Immigration and Politics in Uncertain Times. This dialogue will feature authors Stefanie Chambers and Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, and will explore how the Twin Cities are creating an immigrant-friendly community, and where there’s room for improvement. The conversation will be introduced by former mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation and author of Pot-Hole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis, and will be moderated by Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-Minnesota. Open Book, 7 p.m., free, but RSVP.

The Pancake Poetry Reading series will feature Bao Phi, who will be reading from his new book, Thousand Star HotelCowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 4 p.m., free.

April’s Reading by Writers will celebrate the Minnesota Book Awards by gathering people who know books—and readers and writers. Speakers will include Mary Ann Grossman, Alayne Hopkins, Matt Kelliher, Tim Nolan, and Angela Schwesnedl, and there will be an audience discussion at the end. University Club of St. Paul, 7:30 p.m, free.

Wednesday 4/19: Between the Covers Happy Hour! Poets Gretchen Marquette, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Richard Broderick will be sharing their work as part of National Poetry Month. Dock Cafe, 4:30 p.m., $10, RSVP.

Come celebrate the launch of Dudley Riggs’s new memoir Flying Funny: My Life without a NetBrave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, 6 p.m., free, but RSVP.

Thursday 4/20: BRIDGES Poetry and spoken word series is intended to bring together writers across genres and cultural backgrounds to express themselves, along with readers and each other. All are welcome! Barnes & Noble St. Paul, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Nora Murphy will discuss her book of essays, White Birch, Red Hawthorn. This event will also include music by a Native drum group and Irish accordionist. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join MPR at The Thread Live with David Grann, who will be discussing his work Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIFitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., $50.

Friday 4/21: Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Writers will be reading from their work. Featured readers will include Lyle Daggett, Wang Ping, and Morgan Grayce Willow. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

The Loft Literary Center will present a 2016–2017 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Ayana Mathis and participants Elizabeth Meyers and Michael Torres. Open Book, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/22: Multimedia artist and writer Rowan Glaser will present her new book Motorcycles, Madness, & Miracles: A Badass Journey to EmpowermentBreakAway Arts, 10 a.m., free.

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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 →