Literary Death Match
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match, now in over 60 cities worldwide, was called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times. The live show brings together four authors to read their most electric writing for seven minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readers, the judges take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary — in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles — then select their favorite to advance to the finals. The two finalists then compete in a vaguely literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.

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Autoptic Spring Showcase
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Autoptic Spring Showcase

Autoptic’s Reading Series is an opportunity for the public to come see comics and zine creators and experience an excerpt of their work in their own words. Featuring: Gabrielle Bell, Kristin Tipping, Sean Knickerbocker, Peter Faecke, and Maddi Gonzalez.

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Fisher Cats present: (How) Are You My Mother? Essays on Nature and Nurture featuring Michele Filgate and Lori Gottlieb
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Fisher Cats present: (How) Are You My Mother? Essays on Nature and Nurture featuring Michele Filgate and Lori Gottlieb

Fisher Cats is a collective of women writers who have studied with Minneapolis author, editor and teacher Kate Hopper. Fisher Cats write in the creative nonfiction genre, and often their essays capture the wild ride of motherhood. This will be the Fisher Cats’ second appearance at Lit Crawl. Members Ann Kempke, Sara Martin, Heidi Fettig Parton, Joy Riggs, and Kelly Westhoff will read essays that examine the curious, poignant, and (sometimes) hilarious complexities of nature and nurture in the parent-child relationship. They will be joined by authors Michele Filgate and Lori Gottlieb.

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Milkweed Editions and Graywolf Press present Whose Pun Is It Anyway: A Play on Words
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Milkweed Editions and Graywolf Press present Whose Pun Is It Anyway: A Play on Words

Join Milkweed Editions and Graywolf Press for a night of the most groan-worthy, on-the-fly literary puns! What do you get when you mix sci-fi with the animal kingdom? Ursula Le Penguin! Literary movements with vegetables? Romaine-ticism! Teams of adventurous writers and editors will face off pudden-death style—but they’ll also be able to call on you, the audience, for help. We’ll supply the literary prompts, prizes, and drinks; only you can say whose puns are best (or worst). Are you game? Featuring Mary Laura Philpott, Kristen Arnett and Chris Santiago.

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Nerd Jeopardy
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Nerd Jeopardy

Just like the game show. Except all the questions concern books, everyone’s tipsy, and heckling is encouraged. Multiple teams will tackle categories like Poetry, Drunks, Children's Books, and Debbie Downers of Literature. Anyone can compete! Corral a couple friends for a team of 2-4 people. Prizes include books, drinks, and literary glory. Hosted by Ryan Chapman (author of Riots I Have Known), with special guests Mark Doten, Julie Schumacher, and Jennifer DuBois.

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Happy Hour with The Asian American Journalists Association and Twin Cities Black Journalists
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Happy Hour with The Asian American Journalists Association and Twin Cities Black Journalists

The Asian American Journalists Association and Twin Cities Black Journalists are reporters and nonfiction authors representing nearly every media outlet in the Twin Cities. Our members write for our food and buy ink by the barrel. Come have a beer and talk with us about craft, coverage, and Minnesota stories.

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Write on Mamas present: Teachable Moments: Motherhood, A Master Class in Unplanned Learning
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Write on Mamas present: Teachable Moments: Motherhood, A Master Class in Unplanned Learning

Whether we guide our children or learn from them – motherhood is filled with endless ‘teachable moments.’ For the third year in a row this ensemble of women will take the stage to read personal stories of some lessons they have learned along the way. Featuring: Paula Chapman, Leslie Lagerstrom, Cindy Lehew-Nehrbass, K.M. (Kelly) O’Sullivan, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, Roxanne Sadovsky, and Kate Bratt.

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The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club presents: Classic Rock Record Party with Steven Hyden
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club presents: Classic Rock Record Party with Steven Hyden

Dive deep into the era that defined the image of a "rock star," with rock star author Steven Hyden. He'll read from his book Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock, and then spin a few of his favorite classic rock LPs, sharing stories about the albums' origins in conversation with host Jay Gabler.

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Ear Candy - Bryant Lake Bowl
Jun
9
9:15 PM21:15

Ear Candy - Bryant Lake Bowl

Presented by Button Poetry

Storytellers weave together the beauty of narrative in a way that excites us and draws together our shared communities. Through an ever evolving framework of surrealist fiction, historical prose, western and non-western rhetoric, academia, and emerging art forms we are bonded through a shared conscious of spoken word delectable to the ears. 

Performing are: Spencer Brownstein, See More Perspective, and Symone Johnson-Hawkins

A free copy of a Button Poetry book will be given to the first 40 people in the door!

Button Poetry website

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

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 Nerd Jeopardy- Bryant Lake Bowl
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Nerd Jeopardy- Bryant Lake Bowl

Presented by Ryan Chapman

A trivia game very similar to a certain game show—except all of the questions are about books, everyone's a little tipsy, and heckling is encouraged. Teams of three compete for book prizes and everlasting glory. Anyone can play: just grab two friends and practice answering in the form of a question. Hosted by Ryan Chapman, author of Conversation Sparks: Trivia Worth Talking About

twitter at @chapmanchapman

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

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She’s Got This! Women On Standing Strong and Moving On – Magers & Quinn
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

She’s Got This! Women On Standing Strong and Moving On – Magers & Quinn

Presented by Write on Mamas

For the second year in a row this ensemble of fierce and wise women will take the stage to read personal stories of strength and resilience. Sharing distinct anecdotes ranging from the power of chicken soup to boycotting the Boy Scouts and everything in-between, this group of writers are looking forward to peppering you with carefully crafted words that will make you laugh, yank on your heart strings, and leave you wanting more. Please note: tissues will be provided. Featuring Galit Breen, Lucinda Cummings, Adrienne Frank, Leslie Lagerstrom, Cindy Lehew-Nehrbass, Sara Martin, and K.M (Kelly) O’Sullivan.

writeonmamas.com

Galit Breen - TheseLittleWaves.net

 Adrienne Frank -  adriennefrank.tumblr.com

Leslie Lagerstrom- www.transparenthood.net

Cindy Lehew-Nehrbass - joyandpathos.com

Free!

Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN

 

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Autoptic Showcase– Bryant Lake Bowl
Jun
9
6:45 PM18:45

Autoptic Showcase– Bryant Lake Bowl

Presented by Autoptic Festival

 

“Autoptic Showcase” is a quarterly reading series focused on highlighting talented local comic and zine creators here in Minneapolis. Comics, writing and zine making are notoriously solitary pursuits and we hope to create a community space to regularly come together, for both creators and the public, outside of conventions and festivals. Live readings will also provide featured artists an opportunity to present their work in their own voice. Be sure to follow the Autoptic Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on readings, and our flagship festival in August! 

 

Tonight’s showcase features:

Kevin Huizenga : kevinh.blogspot.com

Mark Ehling : newcarriage.tumblr.com

Jenny Schmid : jennyschmid.com

Autoptic.org
 

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

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Essays to Make You Feel– Magers & Quinn
Jun
9
5:30 PM17:30

Essays to Make You Feel– Magers & Quinn

Presented by The Fisher Cats - Kate Hopper, Ann Kempke, Katharine Malaga, Debra Palmquist, Heidi Fettig Parton, Joy Riggs, Krista Westendorp

Fisher Cats is a collective of thirty women writers who have studied with Minneapolis author, editor, and teacher Kate Hopper, through Kate’s Motherhood and Words classes or through her writing retreats. Many of the Fisher Cats have published essays they wrote based off Kate’s prodigious prompts, which often involve making a list, picking a scene with the most energy, and describing it in as much detail as possible. The result is writing that’s fierce, tender, occasionally funny, and always honest. Kate and six Fisher Cats will each read a short personal essay in today’s program. 

• Kate Hopper website;  @MNKateHopper twitter;  Kate Hopper Facebook

• Debra Palmquist ;  Debra Palmquist Facebook

• Heidi Fettig Parton website;  @Heidi_Parton Twitter

Joy Riggs website;  @RiggsJoy Twitter;  Joy Riggs blog

Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN

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Graywolf Press #Bookstagram- Trapeze Bubbles Bar at Barbette
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Graywolf Press #Bookstagram- Trapeze Bubbles Bar at Barbette

Presented by Graywolf Press

Visit the Graywolf Press #Bookstagram station at Trapeze Bubbles Bar at Barbette on June 9, from 3-3:45PM. We’ll supply the books, backdrops, and props (everything from coffee mugs to foliage to toy dinosaurs), you bring your #galleybrags, #amreading recs, and flat lay skills! Your creations will be featured in real time on a dedicated event feed and might even be featured on Graywolf’s own Instagram account (23.7k followers and counting). At the end of the event, we'll award the top three bookstagrams—prizes are on the line, so bring your A-game! #seeyouthere

Graywolf Press

Instagram: @graywolfpress

Twitter: @graywolfpress

FREE!

Trapeze (next door) at Barbette
1600 W Lake Street, Mpls

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Performing Revolutionary: Practice Session- Bryant Lake Bowl
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Performing Revolutionary: Practice Session- Bryant Lake Bowl

Presented by Nicole Garneau

Performance can help us practice being more revolutionary people. Come give it a try during a lively workshop and discussion. Nicole Garneau shares 60 Revolutionary Strategies in her new book, Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism. We will practice at least one of them. 

Nicole Garneau work

 Performing Revolution Facebook

 Nicole Garneau Instagram

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

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Break Some Books– Magers & Quinn
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Break Some Books– Magers & Quinn

Presented by Jessie Hennen and Christine Utz of Magers & Quinn

Come get your book-mangle on with an afternoon of book art and erasure poetry! We'll bring the old pages and art supplies; you bring the creativity. Two M&Q staff member graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop will help you white-out, black-out and highlight, slice and dice old books into new poems and stories. You'll leave with your very own beautiful, weird piece (or pieces) of book art.

This free drop-in event will run from 3-5 pm. Kids are welcome.

Jessie Hennen and Christine Utz are not actually interchangeable, but they are both employees of Magers & Quinn (Jessie runs events, Christine business-to-business) who live in Minneapolis and hold MFAs in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. They have each taught undergraduates in the Creative Writing department of the University of Iowa, and are recipients of teaching fellowships from the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, New Zealand (Jessie 2015, Christine 2016). They also both really like horses, though that's neither here nor there.
www.magersandquinn.com

Free!

Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN

 

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The Current's Rock & Roll Book Club Record Party - Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
Sep
16
9:00 PM21:00

The Current's Rock & Roll Book Club Record Party - Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club celebrates books about the music we love. We're throwing a record party with three authors of nonfiction books about Minnesota music — we're talking Prince, the Suburbs, the Suicide Commandos, the Minneapolis Sound. Andrea Swensson, Jim Walsh, and Cyn Collins will read their work, field audience questions, and spin some groovy vinyl.

Participants: Authors Andrea Swensson, Jim Walsh, and Cyn Collins, with host Jay Gabler

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

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Rain Taxi Presents Adrian Matejka - SooVac
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rain Taxi Presents Adrian Matejka - SooVac

Rain Taxi presents acclaimed hip hop influenced poet Adrian Matejka, award-winning author of Mixology,The Big Smoke, and the new book Map to the Stars. You won’t want to miss experiencing one of the most electric poets writing today! Copies of Map to the Stars and other books by Adrian Matejka will be available for purchase at the event, which includes a book signing and a special musical guest TBA.

Free!

SooVac
2909 Bryant Avenue South, Mpls

 

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Sister Black Press Presents "Poetry of Resistance & Change" - Soap Factory
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Sister Black Press Presents "Poetry of Resistance & Change" - Soap Factory

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards and broadsides featuring the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action.

Join local poets for a reading / performance at the Soap Factory on Sept 16th from 7:30pm-10pm. Poets include: D. Allen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Marion Gomez, Junauda Petrus, Maitreyi Ray, Hawona Sullivan-Janzen, and Ben Weaver.

Meet at Bryant Lake Bowl (in adjacent alley) at 6pm for group ride to the Soap Factory. The comfortably paced 6 mile route will follow the Midtown Greenway trail to Hiawatha LRT trail to 11th Ave to W. River pkwy and across the Stone Arch bridge…Food and beer trucks will be waiting!

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Soap Factory
514 2nd Street SE, Mpls

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Books & Bars - Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Books & Bars - Bryant Lake Bowl Theater

Books & Bars is reinventing the book club with a public show. We provide a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication with liquid courage. You’re invited to our free events with moderator Jeff Kamin & other spirited characters each month.  Discussing Saga comics (#1-12 or Vol 1 & 2 trades). Raise hand, say name, make comment.

Subtext Books will be on site selling the Saga comics.

Free!

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street, Mpls

 

 

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Write on Mama: Woven Words - Magers & Quinn
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Write on Mama: Woven Words - Magers & Quinn

An ensemble of Minnesota mamas share yarns of the emotional rollercoaster known as ‘motherhood.’ With diverse voices and experiences, the common threads of mothering will provide a colorful story-telling experience that promises to touch the heart.  www.writeonmamas.com

Participants:
Galit Breen
Lucinda Cummings
Adrienne Frank
Leslie Lagerstrom
Sara Martin
Cindy Nehrbass
Amber Stoner
Kelly O’Sullivan

Free!

Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave, Mpls

 

 

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Beep Boop Laugh Cry Presented by Button Poetry - Barbette
Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Beep Boop Laugh Cry Presented by Button Poetry - Barbette

The Twin Cities are a hub for some of the most exciting and viral poetry on the internet. It turns out all that writing is even better live! Help us celebrate the physical source of all that digital love! These are poems that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Performers include: Bernard Ferguson, Ry Irene, Muna Abdulahi, Rob Mitchell, and Blythe Baird”  Presented by Button Poetry.  

A free copy of a Button Poetry book will be given to the first 100 people in the door!

Free!

Trapeze at Barbette
1600 W Lake Street, Mpls

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