Sunday 11/4: Enjoy a conversation with six award-winning young adult authors as they explore mental health-related topics in YA novels. Authors will include Swati Avasthi, Peter Bognanni, Shannon Gibney, Kathleen Glasgow, Rachel Gold, and Pete Hautman. The event will be followed by a pizza dinner for teens and the authors. Trinity Episcopal Church, 3 p.m., free, but RSVP.
Monday 11/5: November’s feature performer for Button Poetry Live will be Arvind Nandakumar. Hosted by Shane Hawley. Honey, 7 p.m., free.
Wednesday 11/7: The Birchbark Books Reading Series continues with this November event––readers will include Elizabeth Weir, William Reichard, Stanley Kusunoki, and Margaret Hasse. Bockley Gallery, 7 p.m., free.
Thursday 11/8: Fairy tales were meant to function as a moral compass. But on closer inspection, are they moral? Archetypes and stereotypes abound, and the stories are often terrifying, traumatizing, and worse. Daniel Ortberg’s latest The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror leans into the darkness and asks: what happens when you give a classic tale a contemporary makeover? In this collection, Ortberg subverts tales like A Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast, to ask more meaningful questions and recalibrate the compass. The Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., $10–$15.
Friday 11/9: Join Milkweed Books for a reading and discussion with Alyson Hagy in celebration of Scribe, her new novel from Graywolf Press. Milkweed Books, 7 p.m., free.
Saturday 11/10: Join us as prize-winning poets Julian Randall, author of Refuse, and Tiana Clark, author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, read from their acclaimed debut full-length collections. Reading in the Target Performance Hall followed by book signing and reception. Milkweed Books, 6 p.m., free.
Here’s a thing: You probably know about the Loft’s Big Idea series, but did you know that they offer a pay-what-you-can admission option? That’s right! Thirty minutes before the event, the Loft offers tickets for a price determined by you, so that you won’t have to miss out on a Big Ideas event due to money. Pretty cool.
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