Notable Twin Cities: 6/11-6/17


Monday 6/12: Dani Shapiro will present her new memoir, HourglassMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/13: Check out the June Books & Bars! It’s a live performance and discussion centering around a monthly book, plus beer, and this month’s book is Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerIndeed Brewing Company, 5:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/14: Kerri Miller of MPR News will interview Jacqueline Woodson about her latest novel, Another Brooklyn, an autobiographical exploration of childhood friendships in 1970s New York. Intermedia Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 6/15: Come witness the Midstream Reading Series—this month’s readers include Rebecca Aronson, Mimi Jennings, James Silas Rogers, and Thomas R. Smith. Plan to arrive with enough time to be seated by 7:30 p.m. Blue Moon Cafe, 7:30 p.m., free.

Roxane Gay will read from her new memoir HungerMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 6/16: Local poet Todd Boss will be launching his new collection Tough LuckMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/17: Put this one on your calendar with a big red circle around it: David Sedaris will be reading from his new book Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, and signing copies. And he’ll be joined by writer Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not ApplyIt’s kind of a big deal. Common Good Books, 3 p.m., free.

Best Saturday ever! Join Rain Taxi for a literary picnic lunch to celebrate eight years of the Twin Cities Literary Calendar! At 1 p.m. there will be a brief toast, some prizes, and a few announcements from Rain Taxi Calendar Partners regarding some great upcoming author events. Mostly, though, the picnic is a chance to hang out with others in the Twin Cities famed literary community—there’s no finer in the country! Rain Taxi and The Commons will be providing soft drinks and snacks, tables and chairs; you can drop in any time, and feel free to bring along a picnic lunch or a food item to share. The Commons, 12 p.m., free, but RSVP.

Here’s a thing: This one is purely for the sake of inspiration: it’s the 2016/17 lineup of winning Letters about Literature. Letters about Literature is an annual contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and it asks kids to write about the impact an author’s work has had on them. It’s pretty neat, and it’s also the perfect antidote for those banging-your-head-against-a-wall, why-did-I-ever-want-to-be-a-writer moments. You’re welcome.


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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 →