DAVID HAZNAW: A Wisconsin writer who says his work is driven by authenticity, vulnerability, and self-awareness, presents “I Told You I Was Dehydrated: And Other Essays.” In person. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
BILL MEISSNER: Minnesotan features a baseball double header, reading his books, “Light at the Edge of the Field” and “Circling Toward Home.” Virtual event. 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14, presented by Magers & Quinn. Register at: magersandquinn.com/events.
WRITER READINGS: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with music and poetry. Readers will be host Tim Nolan, James Silas Rogers and Athena Kildegaard. Laura MacKenzie will provide the music. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.
FESTIVAL OF WRITERS: Minnesota author Faith Sullivan hosts the Rosemount Writers Festival and Book Fair. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Register at: rosemountwritersfestival.com.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS
Indigenous artist Jim Denomie is no longer with us, but his artwork remains for our enjoyment. His painting “The Storyteller, spiritual sex”, is on the cover of by Gordon Henry “Spirit Matters: White Clay, Red Exits, Distant Others” poetry collection, coming in June from Duluth-based Holy Cow! Hurry. Henry is a registered member/citizen of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation in Minnesota and a professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University.
Another upcoming book that is sure to be of interest to Minnesotans is “His name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Fight for racial justice » by Washington Post writers Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, a landmark biography of the man who was murdered by police officers in Minneapolis. From the Viking Editor: “…reveals how systemic racism has shaped the life and legacy of George Floyd – from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to persistent inequality in housing , education, healthcare, criminal justice and policing – telling the singular story of how one man’s tragic experience sparked a global movement for change.
“The Trees”, a literary thriller by Percival Everett, published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press, is one of five finalists for the $50,000 Joyce Carol Oates Prize that honors mid-career authors of major significance. Everett, author of more than 30 books, is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Southern California. The award also includes a residency at the University of California, Berkeley and the Bay Area in October. The other finalists are: Christopher Beha (“The Index of Self-Destructive Acts”), Lauren Groff (“Matrix”), Katie Kitamura (“Intimacies”) and Jason Mott (“Hell of a Book”). The winner will be announced in mid-April.
Ryan Greenwooda native of Owatonna and now a resident of the Twin Cities, wrote a chapter for the anthology “Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections,” about the 2020 election. His contribution is titled “People’s Action: Building a ‘Politics of Movement.’ ” Greenwood is the former executive director of Progressive Minnesota and co-founder of Take Action Minnesota. Published by O/R Books, the anthology features writers from Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza to Working Families Party leader Maurice Mitchell.