Monday 3/12: Books and Bars in an open book club that perfectly combines opera, literature, and beer! Join moderator Jeff Kamin and special guests, including Minnesota Opera President and General Director Ryan Taylor, for food, libations, and engaging conversations on books related to MN Opera’s 55th anniversary season. All are welcome to this moderated, opera-infused reinvention of the book club. March’s book is Fool by Christopher Moore. The Happy Gnome, 6:15 p.m., free but RSVP.
Tuesday 3/13: Meet the finalists of the 2018 Minnesota Book Awards! The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and The Loft Literary Center will host an evening event at which the public will get a chance to meet finalists from each of the nine categories of the 2018 Minnesota Book Awards, presented this year by sponsor Education Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. Open Book, 6 p.m., free.
Adam Regn Arvidson presents Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.
Maya Dusenbery presents Doing Harm: The Truth about How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.
Friday 3/17: It’s Be Heard 2018 Semifinals Bout 2! Join TruArtSpeaks for the second semifinals bout in the 2018 Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam Series! The series provides a space for MN poets between the ages of 13 and 19 to tell their stories, share their art, and build community with one another. Through a series of eight poetry slams (readings in which poets are judged on content, craft, performance, originality, and more), Be Heard seeks to identify six youth poets who will represent Minnesota at the annual international Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival in summer 2018. These poets will also receive mentorship in writing, performing, and arts leadership. Kagin Commons, 7 p.m., $5–$7.
Here’s a thing: Registration for The Loft’s Pitch Conference is open! The Pitch Conference is a big ol’ conference that’ll be full of agents hungry for work. Attendees can attend sessions and sign up to meet with agents for a chance to pitch their book. If you’ve got a polished manuscript that’s ready for an agent, this is the conference for you.
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