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1291 Promenade Place, Eagan, MN 55121
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9600 163rd Street W, Lakeville, MN 55044
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828 West County Road 42, Burnsville, MN 55337
1101 County Road 42 W., Burnsville, MN 55306
8098 Blaine Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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118 E. Broadway, Suite 238, Bloomington, MN 55425
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20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville, MN 55044
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508 3rd Street, Farmington, MN 55024
8801 Portland Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55420
8730 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
8800 Penn Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
13090 Alabama Avenue S., Savage, MN 55378
9700 France Avenue S., Bloomington, MN 55431
7100 Nicollet Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423
405 7th Avenue, Newport, MN 55055

Local events

5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering
The Loft Literary Center, Thursday, September 18 at 4pm
Mizna is partnering with RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers, Inc.) to present the 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering, September 18 to 20, at Open Book in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These biannual gatherings are focused on bringing together leading Arab American writers and scholars of Arab American literature.

Past gatherings have included workshops on poetry, creative non-fiction, memoirs, short stories, screenwriting, political and legal aspects of writing, conversations regarding gender, sexuality and more, and have been led by such acclaimed authors and artists as Naomi Shihab Nye, Rabih Alameddine, Evelyn Shakir, Mohja Kahf and so many more.

Registration Fees

Registration Fee (good for all segments of the Lit Gathering): $150

Daily Pass, Friday & Saturday, all sessions: $80

Attend individual segments:

Thursday, 6 p.m.: Opening McKnight Party & Performance (McKnight Office, $20)

Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.: Panels, Readings, and Workshops (Open Book, $10 each session)

Friday, 6 p.m.: Film Screening and Signature Cocktail. Abi Fowq el-Shajara (My Father Atop the Tree), A campy Egyptian classic film from 1969. (Open Book, $20)

Saturday, 9–11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.: Panels, Readings, and Workshops (Open Book, $10 each session)

Saturday, noon–1 p.m.: Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi in Conversation, Lunch provided by Mizna. (Open Book, $20)

Saturday, 6–8:30 p.m.: Closing Party and Arab American Book Awards awarded by the Arab American National Museum. Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, & D.J. (Open Book, $20)

To register and view the full schedule of events, included featured writers, click here.

Presented by RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers) and Mizna. Co-sponsored by the Loft Literary Center, the McKnight Foundation, and the Arab American National Museum. (The_Loft_Library)
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Book Event: "Dance of Death" Steve Lowenthal
Common Good Books, Thursday, September 18 at unknown time
Steve Lowenthal, author of Dance of Death, will be signing copies of his book at Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 18.
This event is free and open to the public. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
William Kent Krueger
SubText: a Bookstore, Thursday, September 18 at 7pm
William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen mysteries in the Cork O’Connor series, including Trickster’s Point and Tamarack County, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, which won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)
William Kent Krueger
Chapter 2 Books, Friday, September 19 at 6pm
William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen mysteries in the Cork O’Connor series, including Trickster’s Point and Tamarack County, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, which won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)
The Summer Prince - Wild Read Book Club
Moon Palace Books, Sunday, September 21 at 2pm
Welcome to Wild Read! Inspired by the writing of Octavia Butler, our speculative fiction book club reads and discusses books imagining a range of possible futures and parallel presents from diverse cultural perspectives. Drawing upon different experiences of the present and different understandings of the past Wild Read book selections use adventurous plots and unreal settings to explore very real themes like race, gender, spirituality, science, mythology and power.

Join us Sunday, September 21st at 2pm for a discussion of Alaya Dawn Johnson's The Summer Prince.

All are welcome but please RSVP at our store, Facebook, by phone (612-454-0455) or by email (info@moonpalacebooks.com) and we'll set up a chair for you.

Buy your copy at Moon Palace Books and get 20% off.

Location: Street: 2820 E 33rd St Additional: City: Minneapolis, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55406 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Steve Almond Tackles Football: An Evening of Controversy
The Loft Literary Center, Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm
Join New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond as he reads his new book, Against Football, and discusses the economic, medical, and moral hazards of America's favorite sport. Fans and non-fans welcome. It's sure to be a night to remember. (The_Loft_Library)
Writ Loud
The Loft Literary Center, Thursday, September 25 at 6pm
Get ready for another round of writerly carousing at Writ Loud, a happy hour for Loft students. Come catch up with old friends; write with Allison Wyss; and hear fellow students read their work. (The_Loft_Library)
Charles Baxter and The Art of Series
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, September 26 at 7pm
National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter discusses his editorial work on the Art of Series and the importance of writing what you don't know.

This is a new collaboration between Graywolf Press and the Loft. (The_Loft_Library)
The Elf on the Shelf Birthday Party!
The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda Bell

Children's Event, Special Event (added from Barnes & Noble)
Saturday, September 27th, 1pm: Kelly Barnhill
Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers, Saturday, September 27 at 1pm
Kelly Barnhill and her new book, The Witch's Boy, will be at Wild Rumpus on Saturday, September 27th. Be there!

Location: Street: 2720 West 43rd St. City: Minneapolis, Province: Minnesota Postal Code: 55410-1643 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nikky Finney: McKnight Reading
The Loft Literary Center, Saturday, September 27 at 7pm
Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Second Story Reading Series: Julie Schumacher and Molly Backes
The Loft Literary Center, Sunday, September 28 at 2pm
The Loft’s Second Story Reading Series for young adult and middle grade authors celebrates its sixth season with a bout of girl power.

Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”) was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, MS, Minnesota Monthly, and Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards (1990 and 1996). Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. It was published in translation in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Greece, and Korea. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and five books for younger readers: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls (2012), Black Box (2008), The Book of One Hundred Truths (2006), The Chain Letter (2005), and Grass Angel (2004), all from Delacorte. Ms. Schumacher lives in Saint Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.

M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, May 2012). In addition to writing novels, Molly is a member of the 2012 class of bloggers at The Debutante Ball, pens the "Writing Tips" column for The Prairie Wind (the newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of SCBWI), and is a frequent contributor to StoryStudio’s blog, Cooler by the Lake. Her story "Teacher's Pet" appears in the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good (LaChance, 2009). She has lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Illinois. She's not the kind of person to play favorites or anything, but she might just like Iowa the best. Follow her on Twitter @mollybackes. (The_Loft_Library)
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Colleen Oakley
The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel‎, Wednesday, October 1 at 11am
Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Before I Go is her debut novel. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
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The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel‎, Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm
Talking Volumes: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm
Talking Volumes, Minnesota's nationally acclaimed regional book club, spotlights current books and their authors in Star Tribune articles, author appearances at Saint Paul's Fitzgerald Theater, and Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts. Talking Volumes is a partnership of the Star Tribune and MPR in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

About The Iron Trial: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst—and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him—a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come…

From the remarkable imaginations of bestsilling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and her new dark fantasy novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

Season ticket packages go on sale July 22.

Single show tickets go on sale to the general public in August. Single tickets will be $25.00 for the public and $23.00 for MPR members, members of the Star Tribune Talking Volumes Club, and The Loft Literary Center. Call the Minnesota Public Radio box office at 651-290-1200 or visit online at http://fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org for more information. (The_Loft_Library)
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Event location: Fitzgerald Theater
Nodin Press presents Jill Breckenridge and Carol Rucks
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm
Join us as Nodin poets, Jill Breckenridge (The Sometimes Poems) and Carol Rucks (Evidence of Rain), launch new collections.

Jill Breckenridge grew up in the West, but now lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and playwright John Fenn raised a combined family of five children together. Jill works as an editor, focusing on both writing product and process. A former Director of The Loft Literary Center, she originated The Mentor Series, a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award, judged by William Stafford, for her book of poems, How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War, Civil Blood, was published by Milkweed Editions.The book was nominated for the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 1986. Jill’s honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose.

Her poems have appeared in many publications, and are anthologized in Minnesota Writes: Poetry; 25 Minnesota Poets; Woman Poet: Midwest; Looking for Home: Women Writing about Exile; Family Reunion: Poems about Parenting Grown Children; To Sing Along The Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present; and Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry.

Jill holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on creativity. Her web site is www.JillBreckenridge.com.

Carol Rucks grew up in a large family in Central Wisconsin. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where she studied Literature and Creative Writing with David Steingass, and Dave Engel. She has traveled widely in Eastern and Western Europe and in Latin America. She studied poetry with Rosann Lloyd in Guatemala, as part of Art Workshops in Guatemala. She has worked mainly in libraries, including the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, and also the Art/Music/Literature Department of the Minneapolis Central Library, which later became part of the Hennepin County Library system. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, Energy Review, Colere, West Branch, Dust and Fire, and elsewhere. She is actively involved with the Loft Literary Center and its classes and readings, and was a finalist in the 2012 Loft Mentor Series. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Mark McHugh. (The_Loft_Library)
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Common Good Books, Thursday, October 2 at 7pm
Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices
The Loft Literary Center, Friday, October 3 at 7pm
Join the Loft's Poetry Out Loud program for a special evening of readings centering on East African voices. Special guest Congressman Keith Ellison will be appearing to read from his book and relate the story of connecting with Minnesota State Poetry Out Loud champion Faiza Abubakar at the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

This event will also feature short readings by Lula Saleh, Sarah Ogutu, Abdi Phenomenal, and Abdihamid Geyre, with slightly longer readings by Faiza and Keith. After, there will be a discussion and Q&A moderated by University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar. (The_Loft_Library)… (more)
Rewriting Hiawatha
The Loft Literary Center, Saturday, October 4 at 7pm
Join Chris Martin and guests Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, Sarah Fox, Joe Horton, and more in an evening interrogating Minnesota's founding literary text, Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha," from a contemporary perspective.

Witness how these local luminaries rethink, revise, and rewrite Hiawatha in poetry, prose, and song. (The_Loft_Library)
Approaching the Gate: Lynette Reini-Grandell
The Loft Literary Center, Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm
Lynette Reini-Grandell’s long-anticipated debut collection of poetry quickens with forward movement, be it in a car that pushes towards the stars—or with a horse that suddenly spooks, leaving the speaker “knocked down, / breathless, / turning to the sight of a thousand-pound horse/ rushing the gate / and leaping over my head.” Several of the poems probe the experience of her grandparents who emigrated from Finland and settled on a farm in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century. The urge to move forward is matched with a deep love and reverence for creatures living in their natural world, for the buzz of the city, for unmet ancestors and kindred spirits, and most especially for her transgender husband.

Lynette Reini-Grandell’s poetry is informed by her Finnish-American heritage, a reverence for nature, and her love of horses. Her work has appeared in It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles, among others. Her poetry is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan, and she appears in the feature-length documentary, Venus of Mars. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company and teaches at Normandale Community College. She holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. More information can be found on her website, Reini-Grandell.com. Approaching the Gate is her first book.

Praise for Approaching the Gate:

"The poems in Lynette Reini-Grandell’s first collection take root in personal experience and branch outward into the universal. The speaker in these poems seeks an identity through the exploration of history (personal, familial, and ancestral), the surrounding natural world, and the emotional complexities of a relationship that blurs our gendered lenses. 'If you are ravishing, then who will come / to ravish me?' By turning an ever-questioning eye and searching mind toward the exterior, we delve deeper into the mysteries of the interior. 'Everything follows / a current, a trace. / Every tree / whorls toward its stem.' Revelatory and authentic, the poems in Approaching the Gate reveal a psyche and a world always in the process of redefinition."—Matt Rasmussen, author of Black Aperture, National Book Award Finalist

“The ghosts of fairy tales live in these pages and color their deceptively simple surfaces, as Lynette Reini-Grandell artfully blends meditation, history, and the risk inherent in love into poetic form. The fundament of these poems is the earth that nurtures and buries us, that supports farms and horses and trees and fire and wine. As in fairy tale, it is the generosity of human spirit in the face of difficulties that tentatively and momentarily and brightly distinguishes us. The pleasures that await the reader of this volume are physical, unsparing, and profound.”—Sidney Wade, author of Straits & Narrows: Poems

“Lynette Reini-Grandell’s first collection, Approaching the Gate, is a rich blend of star dust, music, memory—and horses, lots of horses. This is a poet who loves the world and gives herself entirely to the moment: 'we work together, / we put away the dead, / we burn with forward movement' she says. Reini-Grandell manages to take us from atomic dust to quantum love with the assuredness of a rider who knows when to reign in and when to let the poem have its way. 'I want to sense the kindling in all things, / to join the whirling dancers on the stage,' she says in 'To Change the World,' and she does.”--Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota State Poet Laureate, author of After Words

“Approaching the Gates is ganged with love and its many conflicting faces and bodies—human, celestial, animal. Love is the subject of this book—love’s difficulties, and dreams and longing to be unburdened of the beauty of life dreaming its many faces, bodies, and days—all the while, in love with even love’s impossibility, without which there (as the poet illuminates) can be no miracles. I love this debut book full of miracles where ‘even the vegetables sing.’”—Ed Bok Lee, author of Whorled

“In Lynette Reini-Grandell's new collection of poems she writes in the title poem: 'Pull apart anything that covers/scrape away whatever doesn't fit.' The truth is, everything in this beautiful collection fits. We would feel the loss if any single poem suddenly vanished. In this book there's room for love, discord, sorrow, history, loneliness, transformation, the sensuous, horses exactly as themselves, and as guides of the spirit, nature, and all its creatures, surprising leaps of image and intention--a bounty. The poet asks, 'Will there ever be/another world/like this one?' No, not really. This is Lynette Reini-Grandell's world, and we are fortunate to live it inside these poems of hers. In the first poem of this collection, the poet writes, 'I can drive, let me do this much./Let me watch the road.' Yes. Let her drive, and watch the world for us.”—Deborah Keenan, author of From Tiger to Prayer and So She Had the World (The_Loft_Library)
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Nancy Horan
The BookCase, Thursday, October 9 at 7pm
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Erin Hart
Twin Cities Book Festival 2013, Sunday, October 12 at unknown time
Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Hampton Sides
Hampton Sides (added from Random House)
Erin Hart
Hennepin County Library - Wayzata Branch, Tuesday, October 14 at 01am
Erin Hart is a theater critic and former administrator at the Minnesota State Arts Board. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music led her to cofound Minnesota’s Irish Music and Dance Association. She and her husband, musician Paddy O’Brien, live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frequently visit Ireland. Erin Hart was nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards for her debut novel, Haunted Ground, and won the Friends of American Writers Award in 2004. Visit her website at ErinHart.com. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Betty L. Medsger
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Wednesday, October 15 at 00am
Betty L. Medsger (added from Random House)
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