Sunday 2/3: Amoke Kubat and Jennifer Johnson “GO THERE!” by expressing the daily “unsaids” between black and white women in their conversational play ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well Intentioned White Girl. This nontraditional work reflects Kubat’s journey through the painful landscape of Minnesota Nice, gentrification of North Minneapolis, work spaces, and those awkward interracial intersections with white women. North Community High School, 4 p.m., free.
Monday 2/4: Music and poetry with Jasper Hardin, Adina, and musician Wendy C. Johnson. Eat My Words Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.
Tuesday 2/5: SubText Books presents a reading from Daisy Johnson for her novel Everything Under. Daisy will discuss the book with Curtis Sittenfeld, and a book signing will follow the reading and conversation! Black Dog Café, 6 p.m., free.
Blythe Baird reads from her new collection, If My Body Could Speak, a celebration of girlhood and all of its struggles and triumphs. In poems that dig deep into sexuality, acceptance of the body, survival of trauma, and learning to love yourself in spite of everything telling you not to, Baird’s voice is a rich addition to her generation. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.
Friday 2/8: Lauren Groff, author of the novel Fates and Furies and the story collection Florida, will be discussing her work as part of the 2018-2019 Pen Pals series. Hopkins Center For the Arts, 11 a.m., $40-50
Saturday 2/9: Celebrate the launch of local author/illustrator Mike Wohnoutka’s newest picture book, Croc & Turtle! Enjoy story time, a Q&A with the author, and refreshments. Red Balloon Bookshop, 10:30 a.m., free.
Here’s a thing: Wordplay, Minneapolis’s premier literary event, is still months away, but you can get involved now! Check out all the ways you can help make this important inaugural event happen, and then do what you can!
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