Notable Twin Cities: 10/15–10/21


Sunday 10/15: It’s a celebration of Pablo Neruda! Come enjoy a reading and open mic event in honor of the republishing of Pablo Neruda’s debut poetry collection Book of Twilight. Readers will include local poet Greg Watson and others. Common Good Books, 1:30 p.m., free.

Monday 10/16: Twin Cities playwright, fiction writer, and essayist David Lawrence Grant will read from and discuss his essay, “People Like Us,” which appears in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Normandale Community College, 2 p.m., free.

Lauren Sanders will be discussing her new book, The Book of Love and Hatewith Melanie Hoffert. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 10/17: It’s the Great River Review launch party! Great River Review will celebrating its past, present, and future with a launch party for its newest issue. The party will feature readings from fiction writer Michael Walsh, nonfiction writers Erica Berry and Jordan Thomas, and poet Gretchen Marquette. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, 6 p.m., free.

Anand Prahlad will be reading from his new memoir The Secret Life of a Black Aspie and talking about issues of blackness and living with autism. Anderson Student Center, 7 p.m., free.

Barry Babcock will be reading from their book Teachers in the Forest: Essays from the Last Wilderness in Mississippi Headwaters Country. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 10/18: Andrea Thome will be reading from her book Seeds of Intention and signing copies. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 10/19: This is a rad one: it’s Spontaneous Combustion, Vol. 2: Writers’ Night. It’s a twenty-four-hour story-writing marathon. Authors will receive three story prompts from Sic Semper Serpent staff, then have twenty-four hours to write an original story that incorporates all prompts. The top fifteen stories from that day will earn a spot in the story showcase on October 27. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Enjoy October’s Talking Volumes! Kerri Miller will be in conversation with author Amy Tan. It’s gonna be good. Fitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., $23–$50.

Join Milkweed Books in the Target Performance Hall at Open Book as Ben Blum reads from his new book Ranger GamesOpen Book, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 10/20: Poets Stanley Kusunoki and Kevin Fitzpatrick will be reading from their work. Kusunoki will be reading from his new collection, Items in the News, and Fitzpatrick will be reading from his collection, Still Living in Town. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

The Loft presents 2017 Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill, author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy, for a conversation about writing craft, magic, and middle-grade literature. Moderated by William Alexander. Come grab a glass of wine or coffee and be a part of the conversation! Open Book, 7 p.m., $15.

Saturday 10/21: Here’s another really cool one: it’s Beyond Bars: Voices of Incarceration Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop annual reading! MPWW instructors and mentors are proud to read work on behalf of writers incarcerated in Minnesota’s state correctional facilities. MPWW student alumni will be reading their own work as well. Klas Center, Hamline University, 7 p.m., free.

Mary Farr will be reading from her book If I Could Mend Your Heart and signing copies. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.


Here’s a thing: You should totally read more details about the Sic Semper Serpent story marathon event on Thursday. Winners get money and a publishing contract. So what can you come up with in twenty-four hours?! Get after it!


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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 →