Notable Twin Cities: 5/20–5/26

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Sunday 5/20: Join author Patty Costello for the launch of her book Catalina and the King’s Wall. A Cupcake Social, 10 a.m., free.

Monday 5/21: Join Rain Taxi in welcoming the internationally acclaimed author Michael Ondaatje to present his latest work, Warlight, a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II. Ondaatje will be in conversation with the Twin Cities own Louise Erdrich, with a reception and book signing to follow. Plymouth Congregational Church, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/22: Join the Upper Midwest Literary Archives in celebrating a new exhibit, “Prairie Poets and Press: Literary Lives of the Upper Midwest,” with an opening program and reception. Poet Jim Lenfestey and surprise guest will pay homage to the state’s literary luminaries. Elmer L. Andersen Library, 5:30 p.m., free but register.

Wednesday 5/23: Cary Griffith will be reading and signing his new book, Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/24: Susan Bartlett Foote will be at the Anoka County Historical Society for a reading, discussion, and signing of her new book, The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954. Anoka County Historical Society, 6 p.m, free.

Friday 5/25: At this slam, the top ten poets from the Spring submission process perform their work for a chance to become the next St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate! Presented by TruArtSpeaks. Black Dog Cafe, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/26/18: Jeffrey Burton will be reading from his mystery novel The Eulogist. Chapter2 Books, 1 p.m., free.

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Here’s a thing: The Loft Literary Center has long been a haven for the Twin Cities writerly community, but they’re not just about writing for the arts—they offer resources for business writers, too. Check out their Writing at Work program. It’s all about teaching business writers to write better content, and it’s good stuff.

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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 →