Notable Twin Cities: 11/4–11/10

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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.

Tuesday 11/6: Austin Smith will present Flyover Country. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 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.

Enjoy a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Lake Monster Brewing Company, 6:30 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.

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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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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 →