I know I’ve skipped… well, way too many months. Summer IS much slower for literary events compared to the spring and fall. Are you ready for fall things like leaves changing and cider? I know, too soon, too soon.
Ever read Jonathan Safran Soer, Emily St. John Mandel, or Liane Moriarty? They, among many other great writers, are coming to MN!
Here’s a rundown of things to get on your radar for September. Again, I know I’m not super consistent with posting the same events every time (if they’re monthly or recurring) but just shoot me a line to include what I missed! I’ve tried to be more inclusive by focusing on each bookstore and linking to all their upcoming events after featuring just one on here.
As always, in the “Events” tab above you’ll find the Rain Taxi official literary calendar and other resources to help with finding book readings and lit events in the Twin Cities area.
- This Sunday, August 21st: Stitch and B!tch at Subtext: A Bookstore, which is something I wish I had found out a long time ago! Totally thinking of joining.
- Thursday, September 1st: Sequoia Nagamatsu reads from Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone with additional readings by Salvatore Pane, John Colburn, and Harmony Neal
- On Tuesday, September 20th, Liane Moriarty will be there reading from her new book, Truly Madly Guilty!
- There’s more great ones this month including authors Marlon James, John Freeman, Rae Meadows, and Peter Geye. For a list of all events at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website!
- Monday, September 5th: Button Poetry Live! (this event does require tickets!)
- Thursday, September 8th: Graywolf Literary Salon: A World of Voices
- Featuring authors Anuradha Roy, Solmaz Sharif, and Monica Youn in conversation with Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae and executive editor Jeff Shotts about fiction, poetry, and twenty-first century ideas. With musical performances by cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, and percussionist Gary Waryan.
- This event does require tickets, and they’re on the higher end, but consider it a donation to a FANTASTIC independent press.
- It’s going to be so great.
- Tuesday, September 13th: Join the MN Publishing Tweet Up at the Urban Growler!
- These are super fun happy hour events for publishing wannabes and professionals, and you’ll probably see me there!
- Wednesday, September 14th: Sky Blue Water Book Launch hosted by Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers, the release of short story collection that celebrates Minnesota’s vibrant storytelling tradition, edited by Jay D. Peterson and Collette A. Morgan.
- This event is offsite, but only a block from Wild Rumpus and they will be selling books for signing.
- For a list of all events at Wild Rumpus, check out their Facebook events here!
- Thursday, September 15th: Eric Dregni presents Let’s Go Fishing
- Looking for the perfect Minnesotan coffee table book for dad for Christmas? This is your best bet! But shhhh (my dad doesn’t read this blog… I don’t think.)
- For a list of all events at Subtext: A Bookstore, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website! They have a monthly book club, too!
- Also on Thursday, September 15th: MPR’s Talking Volumes presents Elizabeth Alexander!
- This does require tickets, so nab them here while you’re checking out the rest of the 2016 season!
- Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23: Pen Pals with Anna Quindlen
- This does require tickets. See link above.
- Monday, September 26th: William Kent Krueger reads from Manitou Canyon, and Jess Lourey reads from Salem’s Cipher
- Jonathan Safran Foer comes on September 22 to read from his new novel Here I Am!
- For a list of all events at Common Good Books, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website! Nathan Hill, author of The Nix, will becoming as well!
- Thursday, September 29th: Emily St. John Mandel, author of NYT bestseller Station Eleven comes to St. Thomas!
- Other bookstores in the Twin Cities that have events you should check out:
- And a special shout out to get this on your calendars ahead of time: The Twin Cities Book Festival is on Saturday, October 15th! You don’t want to miss one of the most important TC literary events of the year!
If you can, I encourage you to check one or two of these great events out and perhaps discover some new awesome reads along the way! Let me know in the comments if there are any others you’re excited about this month!