Notable Twin Cities: 9/24–9/30


Sunday 9/24: Harley Dresner will present their book Mishegas: A Concrete Tale of Family Quicksand. Common Good Books, 1:30 p.m., free.

Poet Bao Phi will be reading from his new children’s book, A Different Pond. SubText Books, 1 p.m., free.

Monday 9/25: Join Milkweed Editions and the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters to celebrate the release of Dave and Amy Freeman’s new book, A Year in the Wilderness. Amy and Dave will be discussing the book with Milkweed Publisher & CEO Daniel Slager, and there will be a silent auction to support the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 6 p.m., $15.

Join the Loft Literary Center for a special evening as Eileen Myles presents their new memoir, Afterglow (a dog memoir). Open Book, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/26: MN Opera @ Books & Bars will be combining opera, literature, and beer! Join moderator Jeff Kamin and special guests, including Minnesota Opera President and General Director Ryan Taylor, for food, libations, and engaging conversations on books related to MN Opera’s 55th anniversary season. All are welcome to this moderated, opera-infused reinvention of the book club. The discussion will center on the novel Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. RSVP at link below. The Happy Gnome, 5 p.m., free.

Edwidge Danticat will be reading from her newest book The Art of Death. College of Saint Benedict, 7 p.m., free.

Betsy Carter will be reading from her novel We Were Strangers Once and signing copies. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/27: Join Birchbark Books for the ninth season of the the Birchbark Books Reading Series, curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina. September’s reading will feature Todd Boss, Sharon Chmielarz, and Marcie R. Rendon. Bockley Gallery, 7 p.m., free.

It’s Talking Volumes with Jacqueline Woodson! She’ll be in conversation with MPR’s Kerri Miller; it’s gonna be good. Fitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., $23–$50.

Thursday 9/28: Maria Nhambu will be reading from her book America’s Daughter and signing copies. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Writer, curator, and historian Betty Bright will deliver the 54th James Ford Bell Lecture on book arts and our evolving relationship with books. Open Book, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 9/29: Emily Chambers Blejwas will be reading from her book Once You Know This. Addendum Books, 5:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/30: Join author David Oppegaard for the launch party of his new book, The Town Built on Sorrow. Artista Bottega, 2 p.m., free.

Join author M.C. Atwood for the launch party of their new book The Devils You Know. Intermedia Arts, 7 p.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 →