Notable Twin Cities: 2/25–3/3


Sunday 2/25: It’s Literary Lights: A Celebration of African-American Writers! Join Literary Lights for a reading to celebrate African-American writers, featuring: Michael Kleber-Diggs, Cherish Gibson, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, James Short, Sharon Chmielarz, and Brenda Bell Brown. Hosted by Donna Isaac. Blue Harbor Center for the Arts, 2 p.m., donations appreciated.

Dore Kiesselbach reads from his new collection Albatross. Anna George Meek, Betsy Brown, and Paige Riehl will also read new work. Common Good Books, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 2/26: As a celebration of the True North theme, the Loft invites you to an evening celebrating the wide array of northern voices, featuring a mix of powerful and talented Minnesota writers. This event will feature short readings by Dessa, Donte Collins, Marcie Rendon, Roy Guzmán, and Mai Neng Moua. The Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., $10.

Tuesday 2/27: Alicia Eler, author of The Selfie Generation, and Stephanie Glaros, artist and author of Humans of Minneapolis, will be in conversation with MPR’s Stephanie Curtis about identity, authentic storytelling, and building a personal brand through the lens of digital media. Minneapolis Central Library, 7 p.m., free.

Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt Reading: February’s 555 reading will be hosted by Isela Xitlali Gomez, line-up TBA. Five Watt Coffee, 8 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/28: Joseph Cassara presents The House of Impossible Beauties. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Iric Nathanson will be in conversation with former St. Paul mayor George Latimer on the publication of Nathanson’s book Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 3/1: Ben Austen will present High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/3: Nancy Hedin will be signing copies of her novel Bend and giving away her homemade blank books. Common Good Books, 11 a.m., free.

Join Athena Kildegaard to celebrate the publication of her new book of poetry, Course. Ann DuHamel and Maria Jette will perform a new song cycle composed by Linda Kachelmeier using poems from the book. The program will also include a conversation about bringing the song cycle to life, readings from the book, and a reception. Studio Z, 7 p.m., free.


Here’s a thing: Here’s another hidden gem: Studio Z is a super rad performance space for musicians, and it’s located right in Lowertown. They host performances and have rental space available, plus a whole host of other awesome music-y things.


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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 →