Literary calendar for the week of May 22 – Twin Cities


ANGELA HARRELSON: Minnesotan talks about his recently released memoir “Lift Your Voice: How My Nephew George Floyd’s Murder Changed the World”. 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, Westcott Library, 1340 Westcott Road, Eagan. Free, registration required at:

EVELYN KLEIN: Minnesotan talks about his latest collection of poetry, “Fear and Promise, Remember the Year 2020.” 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Barnes and Noble, 2100 N. Snelling Ave., Roseville.

TOM WEBER: The reporter who was most recently with Minnesota Public Radio reads and signs copies of the third edition of his book ‘100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die’. 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, May 23, Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul.


In the news edition:

coffee press announced the new NVLA series, to be published every two years, beginning in the spring of 2023. In a statement announcing the series devoted to novels, the Minneapolis-based literary press said the program is “conceptualized as an artistic playground for authors (composed of) novels who challenge and expand the outer edges of storytelling, longtime Coffee House authors, newbie writers, and others whose novels may not fit into their usual publishing houses. The series will begin with “The Plotinus” by Rikki Ducornet, and “We’re Safe When We’re Alone” by Nghiem Tran, followed by “Sound Museum” by Poupeh Missaghi.

Artika Tyner, author of “Reimagining the Police: The History and Future of Law Enforcement”

Also next spring, Lerner Publishing Group and Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of business information services, are teaming up to bring the voices of diverse children’s book authors to the fore. The new publishing program will launch with a non-fiction book for young adults and will continue for a year, with at least four other non-fiction books for young adults written by authors, artists and creators of color beginners and emerging. Lerner will develop, publish and distribute the books, and Thomson Reuters will provide printing services. The first book will be “Reimagining the Police: The History and Future of Law Enforcement”, written for a teenage audience by Artika Tyner, educator, author, speaker and founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice at St. Thomas School of Law.

Midwest Independent Publishers Association Midwest Book Awards Silver Medal Awarded to Minnesota Physician, Author and Speaker Courtney Barnett, for her book “Difficult Gifts: A Physician’s Journey to Heal Body and Mind”, which explores the concept of living mindfully and joyfully despite unexpected suffering which, for her, was a brain tumor.

These witty friends from St. Paul’s Public Library sent a Save the Date for their annual celebration of books, Opus & Olives, titled – drum roll – An advantage with friends. If you don’t like this pun, you need to get out more. It’s Sunday, October 9 at the St. Paul River Center, with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by author presentations. Announcement of guest authors and ticket information will be made later this summer.

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