Notable Twin Cities: 5/13–5/19


Sunday 5/13: Deb Aronson presents Alexandra the Great: The Story of the Record-Breaking Filly Who Ruled the RacetrackMagers & Quinn Booksellers, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 5/14: Coffee House Press announces the return of Housequake, their annual party and fundraiser. Admission includes one Fulton beverage of their choice, an exclusive print letterpessed on the spot by Fontlove Studio, the chance to create a found poem, and the opportunity to support innovative programming, great books, and community. Fulton Brewing Taproom, 5:30 p.m., $25.

Kevin Griffin presents One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/15: Wendy Brown-Baez will be reading from her new book Catch a Dream, followed by a Q&A and writing workshop. Eat My Words Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Join Bonnie Kristian for the launch of her new book, A Flexible Faith. The author will give a short talk and reading, and a book signing will follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Joan Hicks Boone will present The Best Girl. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/16: Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion. Judges will be Steph Opitz, Brandi Brown, and Jana Shortal. Contenders will be Patrick Nathan, Su Hwang, Khary Jackson, and Jeanne Lutz. Nomad World Pub, 6:30 p.m., $12.

Join author Chibundu Onuzo to celebrate the release of her novel Welcome to Lagos. Onuzo will be conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. Reading, conversation, and short Q&A followed by signing and reception. Open Book, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/17: As a part of the Loft’s “To Be Honest” theme, join this celebration and discussion of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. Drawing from pathbreaking theaters across the country, this new anthology features plays from renowned and emerging playwrights, presenting a rich array of voices and aesthetics in a transforming America. Join the editor, Roberta Uno, and playwrights including Ananya Chatterjea, Dionna Daniel, Kathryn Haddad, Meena Natarajan, and Marcie Rendon for a discussion and celebration. Open Book, 6 p.m., free.

Barry ZeVan will read and discuss his memoir, My Life Among the Giants, and a book signing will follow. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/19: Author Gary Kaunonen will discuss his book Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike, which tells the story of the 1916 miners’ strike in northern Minnesota, one of the most important events in organized labor history of the 20th century, and what it meant for workers, immigrants, and labor relations. Hayden Heights Library, 2 p.m., free.

Christopher Danielson will read from his new children’s book, How Many? A Counting BookSubText Books, 10:30 a.m., free.


Here’s a thing: The Friends of the Hennepin County Library are always coming up with new ways to indulge all you lit lovers out there, and their newsletter is bursting with all kinds of goodies and tidbits to geek out over. If you don’t get the newsletter, you should definitely sign up—it’s good stuff, and they don’t bomb your inbox.


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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 →