Notable Twin Cities: 5/5–5/11


Monday 5/6: Join Moon Palace Books for a reading from Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl with author Andrea Lawlor, followed by a conversation with Patrick Nathan. Moon Palace Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/7: Enjoy a discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Urban Growler Brewing Co, 6:30 p.m., free.

Celebrate the launch of the brand-new graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me with illustrator and Minneapolis local Rosemary Valero-O’Connell! Visit Red Balloon Bookshop to hear about Valero-O’Connell’s illustrating process, enjoy some treats, and get your book signed! Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/8: Translator Barbara Sjoholm will discuss and sign copies of her new book, By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends. Books will be available for purchase. American Swedish Institute, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/9: The Loft Literary Center presents a 2018–2019 Loft Mentor Series Reading with mentor Carmen Maria Machado and fellows Jeannie Goodspeed and Maitreyi Ray. The Loft Literary Center, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/10: Come and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Normandale’s AFA in Creative Writing program with students and alumni. There will be a game of literary trivia; alumni readings from Kyle Adamson, Kayla Little, Teresa O’Brien Klotz, and Paul Van Dyke; and more. Kopp Student Center, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/11: It’s the first day of Wordplay! Check out various author events on multiple stages, take a class or two, and participate in the evening lit crawl. The Loft Literary Center, 10 a.m., free, cost varies by class.

And, please join The Rumpus and Paper Darts for Art & Lit on Lake Street, a Lit Crawl celebration! With readings from Ross Gay, Lyz Lenz, Lilliam Rivera, Sagirah Shahid, 신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, and Brandon Taylor. Zoe’s Cafe, 7 p.m., free.


Here’s a thing: If you’re going to Wordplay this weekend (and you should), check out the Saturday schedule to get an idea of what’s happening when, then put together a game plan to make sure you catch everything that suits your fancy. It’s gonna be good.


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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 →