Notable Twin Cities: 10/8–10/14


Sunday 10/8: Get fancy for the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s Opus & Olives Gala! The fundraising gala supports the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and includes dinner and presentations from authors. The 2017 author lineup this year is killer: Paula Poundstone, Ben Blum, Jamie Ford, Tom Perrotta, and Gabrielle Union. St. Paul RiverCentre, 5 p.m., $150.

Second Story Reading Series, in collaboration with Queer Voices Reading Series, will host a queer YA event featuring readings by local authors, a panel discussion, and book sales by Addendum Books. Author Molly Beth Griffin will read from a young adult novel in progress. The Loft Literary Center, 2 p.m., $10.

Tuesday 10/10: Get psyched for a Mystery Author Panel! Join Barbara Deese, Rebecca Kanner, and Midge Bubany for a spirited evening of conversation as they discuss their work as mystery writers. 1670 Stieger Lake Ln, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/11: Join The Loft for Books & Bars: Bryant Lake Bowl Edition for a lively discussion of Marie Benedict’s book The Other Einstein. Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, 6 p.m., free.

Join Queer Book Club and discuss The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel LevyMoon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/12: Join the University of Minnesota Libraries to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Poky Little Puppy and Little Golden Books with children’s literature historian Leonard Marcus and editor Diane Muldrow. Elmer L. Andersen Library, 5:30 p.m., free.

Friday 10/13: It’s the Twin Cities Book Festival’s Opening Night Reception! Mingle with visiting guest authors and raise a glass to the vibrant book culture of the Twin Cities. There’ll be an appetizer buffet and a cash bar. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 6 p.m., $25.

Twin Cities Book Festival Opening Night Ralk: come celebrate the release of a new anthology, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation (Penguin Books), with editor John Freeman and two contributors, poet Lawrence Joseph and fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins. Together, the trio will discuss inequality and illuminate how creative writing has never been more critical. Minnesota State Fairgrounds, doors at 6:45 p.m., free.

Saturday 10/14: It’s finally here: the Twin Cities Book Festival! It’s free, it’s all day-long festival, and it’s a great way to celebrate the vibrant literary culture of the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest! Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 10 a.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 →