Notable Twin Cities: 4/8–4/14


Sunday 4/8: More Than a Single Story: Bamboozled Again! Carolyn Holbrook, Sharon Day, Kathryn Haddad, Ed Bok Lee, Alexs Pate, and Tlahtoki Xochimeh exploree the past and present ways communities of color have been tricked, lied to, and misaligned through literature, news, and government policies. They will discuss the effects these hoaxes have had on their communities over many generations, and the writing that is coming out of the current political climate. Opening poem by Anais Deal-Marquez. The Loft Literary Center, 2 p.m., $5–$10.

Kevin J. McNamara will present Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army That Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe. Common Good Books, 1 p.m., free.

Monday 4/9: Join Hieu Minh Nguyen, Danez Smith, Fatimah Asghar, Paul Tran, and Jeannie Retelle for an evening of poetry and performance in celebration Nguyen’s new collection Not Here. Public Functionary, 7 p.m., free.

Join Chris Mackenzie Jones, author of Behind the Book, and Patrick Nathan, author of Some Hell, as they discuss the story behind Patrick’s novel and how debut works are brought into the world. A book signing will follow. Presented by Graywolf Press, University of Chicago Press, and Milkweed Books. Pryes Brewing Company, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/10: Join author Sally Franson for the release party of her debut novel, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out, hosted by Milkweed Editions. Open Book, 6 p.m., free.

Enjoy a monthly book discussion and live show centered on Frederick Backman’s novel Beartown for the month of April. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Allison Coffelt will read from her new book, Maps Are Lines We Draw, and Jeannine Ouellette will read from her in-progress manuscript. Book signing to follow the reading and conversation. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/11: Join Mary Sharratt for the launch of her new novel Ecstasy. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Join The Blake School and Milkweed Editions to celebrate author Robin Wall Kimmerer, whose book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants draws from her life as an indigenous scientist, teacher, and mother to show how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons. Local author Heid E. Erdrich will join Kimmerer on stage and lead a conversation about beauty, language, and the intimacy of ecology. The Blake School, 7 p.m., free but RSVP.

Thursday 4/12: Elizabeth Foy Larsen will reading for her new book, 111 Places in the Twin Cities That You Must Not Miss. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join Louisa Gilder to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the publication of her book The Age of Entanglement: When Quantam Physic Was Reborn, presented by The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (Physics Interest), in partnership with Milkweed Books. After discussing her book and quantam entanglement in the Target Performance Hall the author will be available to sign copies of her book, available for purchase from Milkweed Books. Open Book, 7 p.m., free.

Sloane Crosley presents her new book of essays Look Alive Out There, in conversation with Marlon James. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m, free.

Friday 4/13: Join John Jodzio to celebrate the release of his new chapbook This Is All the Orientation You’re Gonna Get with readers Sarah Askari and Peter Bognanni. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Caitlin Bailey, Gretchen Marquette, and Roy Guzmán will be reading from their work to celebrate Bailey’s recent collection Solve for Desire. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/14: Jeff R. Lonto, author of The Legend of the Brewery, will present a history of the Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, from its 19th century origins to the present. View historic pictures and memorabilia. Grain Belt Apartments, 3 p.m., free.

Poetry Asylum presents a reading event with South Dakota Poet Laureate Lee Ann Roripaugh and poets Tiana Clark, Jason Labbe, Donte Collins, D. Allen, and Chaun Webster. This is a free event and all are welcome. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m. free.


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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 →