Literary calendar for the week of October 9 – Twin Cities

BRIAN FREEMAN: The award-winning author whose latest psychological mystery, ‘The Zero Night,’ will be published November 1, is a guest writer for Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main Street, Stillwater, presented by Valley Bookseller in Stillwater. $10. Go to

CAROL DINE: Reads excerpts from her young adult novel “The Take-Over Friend.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Red Balloon, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.

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LINDA LEGARD GROVER: Professor Emeritus of Native American Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, observes Indigenous Peoples Day with a discussion of his books “Gichigami Hearts” and his latest, “The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives,” which gives a poetic voice to Ojibwe family life (available in English and Ojibwe), including voices of history, memory and experience, children and elders and invisible beings that surround our lives. Virtual event. 7 p.m. Monday, October 10, presented by the Ramsey County Historical Society. Register at

MAGGIE O’FARRELL: The Pen Pals reading series features the author of “The Marriage Portrait”, an Italian Renaissance novel starring Lucrezia de Medici. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 (full morning program). Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main Street, Hopkins. Tickets at or call 612-543-8112.

GRANTA PRESENTS: TThe best of young Spanish novelists with David Aliaga, Lizzie Davis, Valerie Miles, Alejandro Morellon and Irene Reyes-Noguerol. 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9, in store. Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

GREYWOLF LITERARY SALON: The Minneapolis-based literary publisher hosts its annual literary fair virtually via Zoom, titled this year On Writerly Obsession. Featured Graywolf writers are Lars Horn (“Voice of the Fish”), Ander Monson (“Predator”), Courtney Faye Taylor (“Concentrate”) and Jacinda Townsend (“Mother Country”). The authors will examine how obsession is a fundamental propellant for writing great books. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27. Register at

STAN TROLLIP: Half of Michael Stanley’s writing staff (his partner is Michael Sears) sign copies of their latest police procedural “Deadly Covenant,” featuring Det. Kubu from Botswana. 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, October 14, Lake County Bookstore, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

MOLLY YEAH: Presents “Home is where the eggs are”. 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, Lynnhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., presented by Magers & Quinn. Paid event. Visit


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Good news from Minnesota’s award-winning authors. Kate Di Camillo gives us a Christmas present in “A Very Mercy Christmas”, another of his series on Mercy Watson, the pig who loves toast. She says it’s about friendship and pigs, starlight and song, neighbors and toast. The release date was September 27, so it should be in stores now.. Doug Wood (“Old Turtle” et al.) says his new picture book, “I Love You Little/I Love You Lots,” will be released in 2023. He calls it a love poem told in dialogue.

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