Notable Twin Cities: 4/9-4/15

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Sunday 4/9: Jenny Swartout will be signing copies of her book The Little One Behind the BadgeBarnes and Noble Edina, 1 p.m., free.

Annie Meehan will be signing copies of her new book Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to TransformationBarnes and Noble St. Paul, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 4/10: Doctor and author Dr. Sharad P. Paul, MD, will discuss his book The Genetics of Health: Understanding Your Genes for Better Health. There will be a signing after the discussion. University of Minnesota Bookstore, 4 p.m., free.

Local author Eric Dregni will be reading from his book You’re Sending Me Where?: Dispatches from Summer Camp and signing copies. Concordia University Library, 12 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/11: Author and historian Nancy O’Brien Wagner will discuss Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’BrienMinnesota History Center, 7 p.m., free.

The Not-So Silent Planet: A Speculative Open Mic. Welcome to the country’s only recurring open mic dedicated to speculative fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, or supernatural horror! Sign up for 5–7 minutes, and tell us about a place of which we’ve never dreamt. Kieran’s Irish Pub, 8 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/12: Award-winning children’s author Melissa Sweet will present the 2017 Naomi C. Chase Lecture. The title of her lecture is “The Way I See It: The Art of Illustration and Biography.” Elmer L. Andersen Library, 5:30 p.m., free.

Actor, director, and travel writer Andrew McCarthy will discuss his debut YA novel, Just Fly Away, as part of the 2017 Talk of the Stacks series. Minneapolis Central Library, 7 p.m., free.

Greer Macallister will be discussing their book Girl in Disguise. Once Upon A Crime, 6:30 p.m., free.

OUTspoken! is the hottest queer open mic in the Twin Cities and is hosted by spoken word artists Nikolas Martell and Paul Canada Nemeth. It’ll include incredible feature performers, numerous costume changes, and a whole lot of glitter. Performers get seven minutes. Fox Egg Gallery, 7:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/13: National Poetry Month Party! Join poets and poetry fans for a party in the Milkweed Editions office suite (there will even be poetry-themed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, score!). At 7 p.m. the party continues with a reading in the Target Performance Hall featuring the finalists for this year’s $10,000 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry—the largest regional poetry prize. Open Book, 5:30 p.m., $25 General Admission/$10 Students.

April’s installment in the Midstream Reading Series will feature readings from Britty, Mark Ehling, Karie Oberg, and Danny Klecko. Blue Moon Coffee, 7:30 p.m., free.

Elizabeth Kolbert will be discussing her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth ExtinctionNorthrop Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 4/14: Local authors Julie Schumacher and May Lee-Yang will be reading from their work. Banfill Locke Center For the Arts, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/15: Tom Glaser will be signing copies of his book Full Heart LivingBarnes and Noble Edina, 1 p.m., free.

Here’s a thing: The Loft does a podcast! It’s a bunch a word nerds talking about geeky reading and writing stuff, and it’s weekly. Could you ask for anything more?! And it just started in November, so you’re not that late to the party—you can totally catch 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 →