BARONE / MOOS: Pat Barone and Michael Moos read excerpts from their recent poetry books, respectively, âThe Music of this Ruinâ and âThe Idea of ââthe Gardenâ. 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, in-store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
MICHAEL BAZZETT: Author of “The Echo Chamber” in conversation with Maggie Smith (“Goldenrod”) and Matthew Olzmann (forthcoming “Constellation Route”). 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28, hosted by SubText Books, streamed for free via Crowdcast. Information / registration: crowdcast.io/e/bazzett/register.
TASHA CHRISTENSEN: Presents âWrite a Book in a Month (Without Hating Your Life),â a free one-session seminar for writers preparing for National Novel Writing Month in November. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28. Virtual, presented by Magers & Quinn. Go to: magersandquinn.com/event.
TO HONOUR CONNOLLY: St. Paul Almanac, a nonprofit journal of local writing and art, honors the late Carol Connolly, St. Paul poet laureate, by sponsoring a poetry competition on the themes of civic responsibility and community involvement, topics dear to Connolly’s heart and were part of his life’s work. The Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers, a fundraiser for the publication of the Almanac, will launch at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 at the University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Among the readers will be contest winners Ty Chapman, Claire Dawson and Mary Turck, who will each receive $ 100. (saintpaulalmanac.org)
DAN HILL: The local author reads an excerpt from his book “Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo”, with some of the contributors in costume. The book is business jargon containing words like “synergy” and clichÃ©s like “stay in your own lane”. 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 29. $ 5, free with purchase of his book from Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul. To book, go to: nextchapterbooksellers.com.
JAMES HAN MATTSON: Presents âReprieve,â a social horror literary novel named one of the best books of the fall by five major publications, including The New York Times and Esquire. Set in a haunted escape room, the novel explores the real horrors of racism and dehumanization. In conversation with Sequoia Nagamatsu, Twin Cities-based writer of the upcoming debut album “How High We Go in the Dark”, is already getting good reviews. 7 p.m. Monday, October 25, in person, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
GREGG MITMAN: Presents âEmpire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberiaâ, in conversation with Will Jones. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28, in person, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
SIGNATURE OF THE AUTHOR OF THE HALLOWEEN MYSTERY: Get Scared with Authors Susanna Calkins, Jess Lourey, Lori Rader-Day, Shannon Baker, Marcie Rendon, Jessie Chandler, Erica Ruth Neubauer. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, October 29, in person, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. RSVP appreciated but not required. Go to: magersandquinn.com/event.
WASHBURN FORT KAWAI: A writer from Minnesota from the Big Island of Hawaii talks about his first fiction, “Sharks in the Time of the Saviors,” which focuses on the family of a native son blessed by the island gods with unique abilities that induce pain. friction in his family. Virtual. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, presented by the MELSA Club Book series. Streamed live on facebook.com/ClubBook.
VANESSA ZOLTAN: The CEO and founder of Not Sorry Productions, which produces podcasts including Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, discusses her collection of essays “Praying with Jane Eyre”, in conversation with Chris Stedman, writer, speaker and professor of religion and of Philosophy based in Minneapolis at the University of Augsburg. Brought to you by SubText Books, free via Crowdcast. Go to: subtextbooks.com/event.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS
Good news from Mike Wohnoutka, who illustrated the words of David La Rochelle in their award-winning children’s picture book âSee the Cat: Three Stories About a Dogâ. Wohnoutka says he sold the worldwide rights to Candlewick Press for âUps & Downs: A Book of Mixed Emotions,â a picture book that goes beyond âhappy,â âsadâ and âangryâ to explore many emotions that a child may experience in a day. The publication is scheduled for fall 2023.
St. Paul’s Award-Winning Criminal Lawyer Soren petrek The Madeleine Toche series will be published as audio books in French by SAGA Egmont Publishing, the leading digital publisher in Europe. The Touche series, which includes “Cold, Lonely Courage”, is based on the true story of a young Belgian woman who helped countless Jewish children escape the Nazi regime.