Writer Readings Include Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life” – Twin Cities


JOSEPH BAILEY: Discusses “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane: Unleashing Resilience in Turbulent Times”. In person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

WRITER READINGS: Features playwright, fiction writer and poet Bruce Ario reading his latest collection of poetry, “Off Into a New Light”; Neal Karlen, journalist and on-air essayist for CBS News and National Public Radio, discussing his ninth book, ‘This Thing Called Life: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record’, a memoir of his 31-year relationship with the late singer/songwriter; and Sally Franson, author of the novel “A Lady’s Guide to Selling,” in development for the screen. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

DAVID LEO RICE/BRIAN EVENSON: Rice presents “Drifter: Stories” and Evenson discusses “The Glassy, ​​Burning Floor of Hell: Stories”. Virtual event, presented by Magers & Quinn. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15. Go to: magersandquinn.com


National Book Award winner Jason Mott, bestselling author Maggie Shipstead and Reese Witherspoon Book Club favorite Tia Williams are among the guest readers during Club books spring season. These free virtual events are presented by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency, which serves libraries in the metropolitan area.

Here is the program. (All programs except O’Farrell’s start at 7 p.m.)

British novelist Maggie O’FarrellWednesday midday February 23 (postponed to November 2021)

Violinist and music teacher Brendan Slocumtuesday march 8

Winner of nine African American Library Awards Victoria Christopher Murray, tuesday march 22

Novelist Julie Otsuka, Wednesday March 30

Novelist Maggie Shipstead, Thursday April 14

Winner of the National Book Prize for Fiction Jason WordMonday April 25

Author of the Sigma Force series James Rollin, Thursday April 28

Tia Williams
Tia Williams (courtesy photo)

Former beauty editor, beauty blogger and novelist Tia Williams, tuesday 10 may

Indigenous novelist Rebecca RoanhorseThursday May 12

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not compulsory. Go to: facebook.com/ClubBook where the programs will be broadcast in real time.

More information about the authors and their books will be published in Pioneer Press the Sunday before their appearances.

by David Oppegaard The new novel “Claw Heart Mountain” will be published next spring, according to Publishers Market Place. The author of ‘The Suicide Collectors’, ‘The Town Built on Sorrow’ and other novels tells the story of college students who find $15 million and must protect it from a violent killer and the monstrous creature that lives on the mountain.

Run by students from the University of Augsburg Screaming Bird Press awarded its 2022 fiction prize to “I Have Her Memories”, by Carrie Grinstead from Los Angeles, California. The press will publish the book this fall and Grinstead will receive a prize of $2,500. Her collection of short stories was chosen in a national competition from more than 200 submissions. Grinstead is a graduate of Pomona College, New Mexico State University and the University of British Columbia.

If you’re in a contemporary classic mood for reading, Clarence Major’s “The Dirty Bird Blues” was released in a 25th anniversary edition of Penguin Classics. This seminal work on the African-American experience is set in post-World War II Chicago and Omaha and features a young harmonica singer with music in his head. He’s torn between his friendships with other musicians and his nightclub life and his responsibilities to his wife and child, so he looks for easy answers in “Dirty Bird” (Old Crow whisky).


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