Notable Twin Cities: 9/16–9/22


Sunday 9/16: Alison McGhee will present What I Leave Behind, with Amy McNamara and A Flicker in the Clarity. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 9/17: Minneapolis professor and author Shannon Gibney will bring her new young adult novel, Dream Country, to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. Join Shannon (See No Color) in conversation with fellow author Bryan Bliss (We’ll Fly Away) about the new book, a heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom. Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30 p.m., free.

Anastasia Higginbotham will present the children’s picture book Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/18: Minneapolis artist Blue Delliquanti will be discussing the explosion of comics and graphic novels in the past fifteen years and their increasingly popular use to tell stories traditionally limited to prose. Her recent collaboration with Kevin Knodell and David Axe, The ‘Stan, is a collection of short comics about America’s longest war. The tales in the book are all true and took place in roughly the first decade of the US military intervention in Afghanistan. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

A conversation including Lori Rader-Day’s Under a Dark Sky, Jess Lourey’s Mercy’s Chase, Kristi Belcamino’s Taste of Vengeance and Brian Freeman. Once Upon a Crime, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/19: Milkweed Books presents Kelly Forsythe reading from Perennial, followed by book signing and reception. Other local readers TBA, so stay tuned! Milkweed Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 9/20: Content welcomes Julie Schumacher, Thurber Award-winning author Dear Committee Members, and now its follow-up The Shakespeare Requirement. Content Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

The Music of the Soul Lives On is the posthumous collection of Henry Mackaman’s short stories, poems and lyrics. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 9/21: Anoka-Ramsey Community College English faculty Katie Rauk, Paige Riehl, and Jasmin Ziegler read their poetry and prose. Prior to the reading there is a free tour of Banfill-Locke and a social half-hour at 6:30 p.m. Banfill Locke Center For the Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/22: Join Ellen Lansky and William Reichard for a reading from their new books. Moon Palace Books, 2 p.m., free.

Reading and book release of Jefferson Hansen’s 100 Hybrids. Boneshaker Books, 6 p.m., free.


Here’s a thing: It’s only September, but it’s not too early to get excited about Wordplay. It’s a huge party in celebration of words, books, and the people who love them, and it’s coming to Minneapolis in May. Check it out, put it on your calendar, and get ready, because it’s gonna be big!


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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 →