Welcome to the third and final installment of Kayla goes to fall lit events. Instead of telling you about cool events that I’ve already been to, I’m going to tell you about the ones that are coming up and why you should get your butt off the couch this fall and get out to the literary community of the great and glorious Twin Cities, long may they prosper.
October 27: Spontaneous s Combustion Vol2. Authors were given story prompts on Oct 19th and had 24 hours to write. The top 15 stories earned a spot in this story showcase. The authors will read their stories and the audience will vote. 6:30 PM @ Magers & Quinn
October 27 – 31: Victorian Ghost Stories. A spooky night out for literary lovers. Costumed actors present dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. Hear from Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some “true” ghost stories.
October 29: Caffeine and Correspondence. Host Jessica Lindgren provides stationary, writing implements, and postage for correspondence. A fun and social way to revive the dying art of letter writing. 1 PM @ The Coffee Shop NorthEast
October 29 and November 26: Barbaric Yawp – Literary Open Mic Night. Christopher Title hosts this monthly Literary Open Mic event. Bring your poetry or prose and share the company of your fellow writers. 6:30-8:30 PM @ Underground Music Cafe
October 30: Cocktails and Correspondence. A happy hour version of Caffeine and Correspondence. Jessica encourages the cocktail sippers to think of someone who deserves a handwritten note. Two hours dedicated to the fine art of putting pen to paper on the last Monday of every month. Stationary and postage provided. 4 PM-6 PM @ Hewing Hotel Library Lounge
October 31: Countdown to Midnight Party. Start the month with a bang and get a headstart on your word count before most people have even gotten out of bed. A classic Twin Cities Nano event. Come before midnight to eat and socialize, but once the clock strikes twelve, Cinderella’s got to write herself into a novel! 11PM-Wed 12 AM @ IHOP near MOA.
Oct 31 and November 16: Talking Volumes. MPR’s famous Talking Volumes series has two events left in the season. Ron Chernow and “Grant” on Oct 31st; Dan Brown and “Origin” on Nov 16th. @ The Fitzgerald in St. Paul
November 1: Birchbark Books Reading Series. Heid E. Erdrich, David Lawrence Grant, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Thomas Dillon Redshaw will talk about their books and engage the audience in a workshop. Curated by Michael Kiesow Moore and Ardie Medina, the reading series features new, emerging, and established writers quarterly September through May. 7 PM @ Birchbark Books
November 1-8: Brain Science to Keep You Writing. As we get into NaNoWriMo, get tips on building and sustaining momentum in your writing project. Discover why you procrastinate, distract yourself and find it so hard to write at times. Harness the power of brain science to show up, sit down and write, no matter what. Taught by writing and creativity instructor and author Rosanne Bane. Great way to share ideas and connect with fellow Wrimos. Various times and locations.
November 1-30: NaNoWriMo Twin Cities Write In’s. Various times and locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Meet fellow wrimos and slam out a few words at a cafe or resto. I’m a frequent flyer at the Blue Moon write in (Wednesdays during November and year round).
November 1, 17, & 28: The Beautiful Beginning, The Murky Middle, and The Exhausting Ending Write In’s. Had to highlight these special write-in’s at one of my favorite bookshops. Snacks, wi-fi, writing prompts, and plenty of places to sit. Plus, all month long, there will be a special sale on journals and craft books. Starting the month 30% off, and then the discount will decrease 1% each day to help youcountdownn to the end of the month. Various times @ The Red Balloon
November 2: Gentrification, Artists, and the “Rediscovery” of American Cities: A Conversation With David Goodwin and Artspace’s Tio Aiken. This will be a great opportunity for activists and citizens to engage the author in conversation about how gentrification works and how residents can become proactive and retain their power within the community. Books can change the world and spaces like this to discuss important books and critical issues are invaluable. 7 PM @ Magers & Quinn
November 5: Autumn Leaves: An Afternoon of Poetry and Music. Featuring Thomas R. Smith, Ardie Medina and the Asiginaak Singers, Michael Kiesow Moore, and Lars Krogstad Ortiz. 2 PM- 4 PM @ Quinn Violins
November 7: Let’s Talk YA with Livia Blackburne, E.K. Johnston & Sara Shepard. It’s time for the talk– the Young Adult talk. The St. Paul edition of Let’s Talk YA. We’ll be chatting with YA authors about their new books, writing, life as an author, and more. Enjoy a panel discussion, Q&A about why we love YA, themed activities, and great company. 6:30 PM @Red Balloon
November 11: MN Publishing Tweet-up. Another awesome tweet-up is happening at a rad bookstore. Common Good Books is one of my favorite places to peruse; come for the fellow writers and publishing types, stay for the books and coffee! This will be the last gathering of 2017 for the MN Publishing Tweet Up. It won’t be back until Feb. 2018! 10 Am-12 PM @ Common Good Books
November 19: Maggie Stiefvater, ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS. Bestselling author of the Raven Cycle will give a talk, read from her new book, take questions, and sign books. 7 PM @ The Red Balloon
November 25: Indies First: Author Booksellers on Small Business Saturday. The holidays are here and it’s time to shop local and small! A whole crew of local authors for one spectacular Saturday of shopping known as Indies First. This program is held every year on Small Business Saturday and highlights what makes independent bookstores so great by giving authors a way to support their local bookstores. Various locations.
December 2: NaNoWriMo TGIO. Party location and time TBA, but get this on your calendar! Hang out with the Twin Cities wrimos and celebrate everything you’ve accomplished this fall.
Wow, this turned into the longest thing. This is a lot of events…I may not make it to all of them but I’m going to try my darndest! I’d love to hear from you in the comments about events you’re interested in. Please let me know if I’ve missed something.
Peace & Love,