Notable Twin Cities: 4/29–5/5

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Sunday 4/29: Join Literary Lights for a celebration of National Poetry Month. Featured writers will include Rosa Peters, Michael Kiesow-Moore, Shannon Schenk, Su Smallen, Stanley Kusonoki, and Paige Riehl; hosted by Donna Isaac. Donations requested. Blue Harbor Center for the Arts, 2 p.m., free.

In honor of National Poetry Month, the April book selection for the Common Good Book Club is Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith. Common Good Books, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 4/30: Weike Wang presents Chemistry, moderated by Joanna R. Demkiewicz of The Riveter magazine. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/1: May’s Books and Bars monthly book discussion and live show will be centered on All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6:15 p.m., free.

Hanif Abdurraqib, author of the essay collection They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Danez Smith, author of the poetry collection Don’t Call Us Dead, will both be reading from their work. Reading in the Target Performance Hall followed by book signing and reception. Milkweed Books, 6 p.m., free, but RSVP.

Wednesday 5/2: Brian Freeman will be discussing his new Jonathan Stride novel, Alter Ego. Once Upon a Crime, 7 p.m., free.

Dan Darling presents his novel Archaeopteryx. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/3: Professor William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights and The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South, will discuss the sanitation strike that Martin Luther King, Jr. advocated for prior to his death in 1968, as well as the broader history of public sector unions. Rondo Community Library, 6:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/4: Hespera is an occasional reading series. Featured readers for this event will be Patrick Antenucci and C.M. Muller with music by Cole Pulice. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/5: Jules Nyquist will be reading from her memoir, Homesick, then, and will be joined by writer John Roche in conversation. Book signing to follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Join the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime for a reading from their new anthology Dark Side of the Loon. All stories are centered around a historic event in Minnesota history. Once Upon a Crime, 12 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 →