Notable Twin Cities: 10/29–11/4


Sunday 10/29: Writer and stand-up comedian Matt Bellassai will be signing copies of his new book, Everything Is Awful. Mall of America, Southeast Court, 3 p.m., free, but you need a wristband (and there are a limited number of wrist bands, so get there early).

Tuesday 10/31: It’s Halloween! Get spooky with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor as they present It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel. Grace-Trinity Community Church, 7 p.m., free, but RSVP.

Check out the latest installment of Talking Volumes! This time around Ron Chernow will be in conversation with MPR’s Kerri Miller. Fitzgerald Theater, 7 p.m., $23–$50.

Wednesday 11/1: Come to Subtext Books for a reading and conversation with Mark Abramson to celebrate his new memoir, Minnesota Boy. Book signing to follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Come to Gentrification, Artists, and the “Rediscovery” of American Cities: A Conversation With David Goodwin and Artspace’s Tio Aiken. Join us as David discusses his book with Tio Aiken. They’ll discuss the artists and development of Jersey City, as well as the forces currently shaping the Twin Cities’ own economic landscape. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/2: It’s time for a book launch! Join Milkweed Editions in celebration of the launch of Caitlin Bailey’s debut poetry collection Solve for Desire. The evening will feature a reception, reading, and conversation between Caitlin and Srikanth Reddy. Guthrie Theater, 6 p.m., free.

Join Rain Taxi in welcoming author, actor, and renowned humorist John Hodgman to the Twin Cities! Hodgman will be reading from and speaking about his new book, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches, and he’ll be joined in conversation with the Twin Cities’ own John Moe. Kagin Commons, 7 p.m., $30–$40.

Friday 11/3: Author and LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones will be reading from his memoir, When We Rise. Book signing to follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/4: Check this one out! It’s We Can’t Even Make This Up!: A Twin Cities Sisters in Crime Author Panel. Join Minnesota authors Christine Husom, Barbara Deese, and Pat Dennis as they discuss their writing. Great River Regional Library, 11 a.m., free.

It’s the MWA Midwest Book Fair! Once Upon A Crime will have four different Mystery Writers of America—Midwest authors in the store throughout the day. Come in, chat, and get books signed!  Once Upon A Crime, 12 p.m., free.


Here’s a thing: It’s NaNoWriMo! That’s National Novel Writing Month, if you didn’t know. In a nutshell, it’s when all the crazy writing kids (like, everywhere) decide to sit down and write a novel during the month of November. It’s rad, it’s tough, it’s free to join, and there’s a huge NaNoWriMo community just waiting for you to join. So why not? Dare you.


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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 →