Notable Twin Cities: 7/7–7/13

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Sunday 7/7: Literary Lights presents the book launch for Startled by Joy: New Poetry in Traditional Forms. Next Chapter Booksellers, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 7/8: Danny Klecko and Julie Pfitzinger discuss Casey Cep’s Furious Hours, which examines Harper Lee’s unfinished true-crime tale. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Boneshaker Books hosts its monthly Write Night, a space for writers to connect and share accountability. 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/9: Melvin Carter Jr.—father of St. Paul’s first African American mayor—discusses Diesel Heart: An Autobiography. Next Chapter Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Mai Neng Moua joins poets Pos Moua and Soul Choj Vang for a reading and discussion. Ramsey County Library – Shoreview, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 7/10: Lesley-Ann Brown reads from Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son. SubText Books, 7 p.m., free.

Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, presents her novel Evvie Drake Starts Over. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Err: Forty-Two features writing by Garett Strickland, Hallelujah Tamene, and Tim Schumacher, plus music and visual art. honey mpls, writers’ group at 7:30 p.m./show at 8:30 p.m., free. 

Thursday 7/11: Kelly Barnhill presents her Newberry-winning middle-grade novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon, now in paperback. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 7/12: Leaves of Grass–Illuminated combines theatre, dance, video, and solo performance to bring Walt Whitman’s classic work to life. Tickets are limited—call to inquire about Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances. Guthrie Theater, 7:30 p.m., $9.

Saturday 7/13: The winning poem of the Qu-Yuan Poetry Contest will be read to celebrate the grand opening of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden during the Lake Phalen Dragon Fesitval. Phalen Regional Park, 10 a.m. (reading at 11 a.m.), free.

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And another thing: Did you know the Midtown Farmers Market has set up shop in the Moon Palace Books parking lot? Stock up on local produce and literature every Tuesday and Saturday through October.

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Ellen Fee is a writer, teaching artist, and youthworker focused on creative writing and arts education. Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota and lives in St. Paul. Her work has appeared in Corbel Stone Press, Apeiron Review, and The Caterpillar, among others. You can follow her @ellenkfee on Twitter and Instagram. More from this author →