Notable Twin Cities: 2/17–2/23


Sunday 2/17: Join Button Poetry for a headlining set from forthcoming Button Poetry author, Brenna Twohy. Hosted by Sarah Ogutu. Icehouse, 7:30 p.m., free.

Come enjoy the To Spill My Husband’s Blood album and artwork release party! Shawn Peters (The Infamous Harry Hayward) will read, followed by performances by Amanda Standalone and To Spill My Husband’s Blood. Moon Palace Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 2/18: Mizna will present an evening of readings, light snacks, and music to celebrate the publication of their 37th issue, which has a special Palestine theme, marking seventy years of the occupation of Palestine. Chile-based guest editor Ismail Khalidi will appear, and there will also be readings by visiting authors Khaled Mattawa and Fargo Tbakhi, as well as local authors Bao Phi and Ed Bok Lee. The Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/19: Join the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a reception and artist presentation by Jody Williams, the winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her new book entitled For Now. The retrospective exhibition celebrating For Now will be on display February 12 through April 21 in the Cowles Literary Commons. Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/20: Sarah Stacke presents Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum. Stacke will be in conversation with Lillian Zumberge, and a book signing will follow! SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/21: Never mind that Valentine’s Day was a week ago, as there will be plenty of love and romance in this reading featuring couples who are also writers! Performers will include Eric Tu the Judoka, Peuo Tuy, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Venus DeMars, Claudia Hampston Daly, and host Stan Kusunoki. Blue Harbor Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 2/22: Heidi Czerwiec (author of the new lyric essay collection Fluid States), Chris Santiago, and Maya Jewell Zeller will read from their work. Moon Palace Books, 6 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/23: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about ninety seconds. The screening is hosted by children’s authors James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and Jacqueline West (The Collectors, the Books of Elsewhere series). Minneapolis Central Library, 3 p.m., free, but RSVP.


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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 →