Readings by Writers includes Neal Karlen’s ‘This Thing Called Life’ – Twin Cities

JOSEPH BAILEY: Discusses “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane: Unlocking Resilience in Turbulent Times.” In-person. 7 pm Wednesday, Feb. 16, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

READINGS BY WRITERS: Hosts playwright, fiction writer and poet Bruce Ario reading from his latest poetry collection, “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 Out,” in development for the screen. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 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 pm Tuesday, Feb. 15. Go to: magersandquinn.com

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON

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

Here is the schedule. (All programs except O’Farrell’s begin at 7 pm)

british novelist Maggie O’FarrellNoon Wednesday, Feb. 23 (rescheduled from November, 2021)

Violinist and music educator 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

National Book Award winner for fiction Jason MottMonday, April 25

Sigma Force series author James Rollins, Thursday, April 28

Aunt Williams
Tia Williams (Courtesy photo)

Former beauty editor, beauty blogger and novelist Aunt Williams, Tuesday, May 10

indigenous novelist rebecca roanhorseThursday, May 12

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

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

David Oppegaard’s 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 of college students who find $15 million and have to keep it from a violent killer and the monstrous creature who lives on the mountain.

Augsburg University’s student-run Howling Bird Press has awarded its 2022 fiction prize to “I Have Her Memories,” by Carrie Grinstead of Los Angeles, Calif. The press will publish the book this fall and Grinstead will receive a $2,500 prize. Her collection of short stories was chosen in a national competition from among more than 200 submissions. Grinstead has degrees from Pomona College, New Mexico State University, and the University of British Columbia.

If you’re feeling in a contemporary classic mood for reading, Clarence Major’s “Dirty Bird Blues” is out in a 25th anniversary edition from Penguin Classics. This seminal work about the African American experience is set in post-World War II Chicago and Omaha and features a young, harmonica-blowing singer who has music in his head. He’s torn between his friendships with fellow musicians and nightclub life and responsibilities to his wife and child, so he seeks easy answers in “Dirty Bird” (Old Crow whiskey).

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