Notable Twin Cities: 5/14-5/20

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Sunday 5/14: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a reading by contributors to Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, a collection of true stories about mothers and daughters. Readers include Susan Power, Sheila O’Connor, and Wang Ping. The reading will be hosted by editor Kathryn Kysar. Bockley Gallery, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 5/15: Coffee House Press’s Housequake returns, featuring all of the friends, books, and beer you love. $25 gets you one Fulton beverage of your choice and an exclusive print from Printerette, and you’ll be supporting Coffee House’s rad programming, great books, and super cool community. Fulton Brewery Taproom, 5:30 p.m., $25.

Rakesh Satyal will read from his novel No One Can Pronounce My Name. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/16: May’s installment of Carol Connolly’s Reading by Writers series will focus on writing for young people. Featured readers include John Coy, Andrew DeYoung, Susan Koefod, and Julie SchumacherThe University Club of St. Paul, 7:30 p.m., free.

J. Robert Lennon will be reading and discussing his new novel Broken River in conversation with Ben Percy. Book signing to follow. St. Paul Athletic Club, 7 p.m., free

Post-Asemic Press, a new publishing project from Michael Jacobson, celebrates its official launch. You can buy the press’s first three titles, and chat with Michael about asemic writing. This press launch coincides with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts exhibit Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/17: Lorna Landvik will be reading from her book Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. This event requires a $10 reservation fee and a cash bar will be available. Dock Cafe, 4:30 p.m., $10.

Thursday 5/18: Amy Thielen will be discussing her new memoir Give A Girl A Knife and signing copies. Books will be for sale via Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Tattersall Distilling, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/19: May’s “UNIVERSE: A Language We Speak” is the fifth in a series of readings about place and celestial bodies. Readers include Brenda Bell Brown, Rosemary Ann Davis, Mary Moore Easter, Sandra Evans, Sarah Hayes, Jean Miriam Larson, Roseann Lloyd, Betsy McNerney, Shannon Schenck, Julia Klatt Singer, and Todd Boss. This event will be hosted by Rosemary Davis, and a reception will follow the reading. Hearts and Ivy, 7 p.m., free.

Come check out the poetry slam for the finalists of TruArtSpeaks’s inaugural St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate Competition! The winner will receive mentorship from nationally renowned poet (and St. Paul native) Danez Smith, engage in performances and civic engagement opportunities throughout the year, and inspire other young people to tell their stories, raise their voices, and be heard. Black Dog Cafe, 7 p.m., free,

Saturday 5/20: Chuck Klosterman will be discussing his book Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Definitely Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century, and signing copies. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Edina, 3 p.m., free.

Here’s a thing: This one is for you North Woods kids: there’s a Lake Superior Writer’s org! It’s exactly what it sound like: this group is interested in encouraging artistic development, creating a writerly community, and providing resources to writers in the northeast part of the state. Pretty sweet.

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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 →