Notable Twin Cities: 11/5–11/11


Sunday 11/5: Come enjoy the lovely seasonal program, “Autumn Leaves: An Afternoon of Poetry and Music.” Join Michael Kiesow Moore, Thomas R. Smith, and Ardie Medina for an afternoon of music and poetry with the Asiginaak Singers and cellist Lars Krogstad Ortiz. Quinn Violins, 2 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Author and activist Cleve Jones will be presenting When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 11/6: Blaire Briody will be presenting her book The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Dennis Browne will be reading from his book Chimes: Selected Short Poems. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/7: Here’s a good one for you YA kids! It’s “Let’s Talk YA” with Sara Shepard, Livia Blackburne, and E.K. Johnston. They’ll be discussing their new books, writing, life as an author, and more. Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30 p.m., free.

Jarret Middleton, author of Darkansas, will be in conversation with Minnesota Book Award-winning novelist Peter Geye. Milkweed Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 11/8:  Enjoy a free night of poetry! Rick Hilber will be reading from his new poetry collection, In Pieces in the Plaza. He’ll be joined by poets Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join Star Tribune visual art critic and reporter Alicia Eler for the launch of her book The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture. Magers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 11/9: Jarret Middleton will be reading from his new novel, Darkansas. SubText’s Matt Keliher will join Middleton for a conversation. SubText Books 7 p.m., free.

It’s a big week for poetry! This event is called, “In a Fine Frenzy Rolling: Poems and Songs Between Earth and Heaven,” and it’ll feature Sharon Chmielarz, Michael Dennis Browne, and Angela Shannon. They’ll be reading to the music of Laura Mackenzie. St. Paul’s Monastery, 7 p.m., $25.

Friday 11/10: Local writers Patricia Hampl and Lesley Nneka Arimah will be reading from their work as part of the Banfill Locke Reading Series. Banfill Locke Center For the Arts, 7:30 p.m., free.

Michael Shou-Yung Shum will be reading from his novel Queen of Spades with Jaclyn Watterson and Sequoia Nagamatsu. Milkweed Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, for a discussion with Minnesota scholar and historian Anton Treuer on family, war, and human connection. Reception and book signing to follow. Minnesota Humanities Center, 6:30 p.m., $10.

Saturday 11/11: Join author Aurora Whittet for a special story time with monster cookies (!) to celebrate her newest children’s picture book, How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster. Book signing to follow. SubText Books, 10:30 a.m., free.

It’s the Literature Lover’s Luncheon (fancy!)! Join Excelsior Bay Books for an afternoon of books, authors and fabulous food. Featured authors will include Nicole Baart, Michael Perry, Jacquelyn Vincenta, William Kent Krueger, and Stephanie Gangi. Hazeltine National Golf Club, 11 a.m., $55 for a season pass.


Here’s a thing: Here’s a fun one for any writer who wants a little bit of feedback (and you know, maybe some money to go with it!). It’s Writer’s Advice’s Scintillating Starts contest! They’re inviting you to send them the first thousand words of your manuscript. Grab their attention and make them beg for more, and you might win some money. Plus you’ll get all the good feels of having someone tell you your work is really good (which is even better).


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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 →