Notable Twin Cities: 8/6–8/12


Sunday 8/6: In association with the current exhibit at the James J. Hill House, Joan Mathison will present a free talk on “Our Little Greenwich Village (or Montmartre) on Fourth Street,” as part of the [email protected] series. James J. Hill House, 4:30 p.m., free.

Monday 8/7: Laurie Penny will be presenting her book Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/8: Ben Percy will be reading from his new novel The Dark Net, and he’ll be joined by Marlon James for a conversation about writing outside the literary fiction mainstream. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.

SubText Books will present writer Paul Kingsnorth in conversation with Eric Utne. University Club of St. Paul, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/9: Come to the Err: Volume 1 Release Party! Join Err Artist Collective for the release of their anthology, Err: Volume 1. Featured readers will include Kasey McKee, M Wright, Danial Davis, Charlotte Rose, and Molly Hahne, with live art by Alyssa Johnson of Slanted Studios and music by Turn Back Now. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 7 p.m., free.

Edward McClelland will be presenting his book How to Speak Midwestern. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 8/10: Translator Jordan Stump will be presenting the novel My Heart Hemmed In by Maria NDiaye. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 8/11: Poets Lauren Haldeman and Rachel Moritz will be reading and discussing their work. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/12: Bring the kids and join Barbara DaCosta for the release party of her new picture book Mighty Moby. DaCosta will be reading from the book and refreshments will be served. Red Balloon Bookshop, 2 p.m., free.

Here’s a thing: Here’s another retreat option for you artsy folks, and if you get accepted, it’s free! It’s the New York Mills Artist Retreat. It’s a one-person-at-a-time program, which means you get a cozy one-bedroom apartment in New York Mills, and access to the Cultural Center for up to six weeks. And because it’s in the middle of rural Minnesota, there’s no one around to interrupt you as you write the next great American novel. Score. Applications for the winter months close October 1, so get it together and apply.


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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 →