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2017 Twin Cities Book Festival + Opening Night Talk

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The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.

This year’s author presentations include everyone from Cory Doctorow to Yrsa Daley-Ward to Senator Al Franken. Plus there’s a massive book fair, mingling events for book lovers and writers, Young Adult and kids events, a poetry bus and more!

OPENING NIGHT TALK: Friday, October 13, 7 PM
TALES OF TWO AMERICAS: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

Be sure to attend the opening night reading and discussion at 7 PM at the Fine Arts Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds—it’s free and open to the public. Plus there’s a reception before hand at 7 PM that includes appetizer buffet and cash bar. Tickets to the reception are $25, support the Twin Cities Book Festival, and reception attendees will also have reserved seating for the opening night talk!

The Devil’s Wedding Ring Book Launch

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American Swedish Institute
Sunday, October 8, 2:00 PM

Please join award-winning Norwegian author Vidar Sundstøl on Sunday, October 8 for the launch of his new book, The Devil’s Wedding Ring, at the American Swedish Institute at 2:00 PM. Allen Eskens, author of The Life We Bury will lead a Q&A with Vidar, and a book signing will follow.

Advance praise for The Devil’s Wedding Ring:
“Ancient myth and contemporary detection collide in this highly impressive thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] briskly paced atmospheric mystery, inspired by Nordic landscapes and traditions.” —Library Journal, starred review

“The must-read you haven’t heard of yet. One of the most fresh and original takes on the Nordic Noir genre I’ve read in ages, Sundstøl’s exceptional standalone crime novel weaves together ancient folklore and a modern investigation to brilliant effect.” —Crime by the Book


Promo code: RODERICK50

Send Me Hope: A Community United Through Music
Sat Oct 7 7pm / Orchestra Hall

Three African-American church choirs and local artists come together to perform onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra. From gospel songs to bucket drumming to spoken word, this concert program is too unique to miss. Tickets and information >>

La La Land Party


Saturday, October 7 at 10 PM

Party like its 1999 with the fabulous Barb Barb, and local Minneapolis divas Bebe Gallini, Julia Starr, and Nikki Vixxen, who will take the stage with Jujubee (television personality and comedian seen on RuPaul’s Drag RaceDrag U), for an Oscar-worthy show not to be missed! Rock the night away for the rest of the night with DJ Jonathan Ackerman. This fabulous evening will include a dance party, Vogue style photo booth, cash bar, hosted hors d’oeuvres, and ice cream sundaes!

This event is open to all. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

4th Street Block Party & Happy Hour

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Saint Paul Murals Project @ the M
Thursday, September 28, 5-7 PM

Toast the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new murals on 4th Street! We’re throwing a block party with live music by Realtree, food truck snacks by Twin Cities Pita, and craft beer from St. Paul’s newest brewery, 12welve Eyes. Step up to the Utopian Podium, enjoy fun and games at the SPARKit mobile trailer, mingle with the mural artists, and much more. Presented in partnership with the City of St. Paul and the Historic Pioneer Endicott, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The M is located at 141 East 4th Street, St. Paul. The block party will be on 4th Street, between Robert and Jackson Streets. For more: mmaa.org/blockparty

Tempo Sunday Funday—Opera in the Front. Party in the Back.

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Are you 21-39 and Opera Curious? Join Tempo, Minnesota Opera’s young professionals group, for an afternoon of music and fun in Saint Paul on Sunday, October 1st. Mix it up with an opera concert and a food truck park, in that order. The day begins at Minnesota Opera’s 55th Anniversary Celebration with a 75-minute season preview concert. Then head to the new Seventh Street Truck Park for mingling, games, beverages made in Milwaukee, and chances to win prizes—including a free Tempo 2017-2018 Tempo membership! This Sunday Funday will be a low-key way to check out the opera and meet Tempo members.

You do not have to be a Tempo member to attend. This event is free, but an RSVP is required and a limited number of seats are available. To register for the concert, click here. To RSVP for the Food Truck Park social, click here.

Hello Fall At Minnesota History Center

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Tuesday, September 26, 5-7:30 PM

Are you new or recently returned to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul are? Or maybe you’d simply love to welcome someone who is. Join MSP Hello next Tuesday for Hello Fall, part of our free seasonal celebration of this place we call home. Enjoy live music from the High 48s, preview fall flavors and festivities, explore museum exhibitions, share your favorite fall memories, and connect over conversation with new friends. Hundreds of newcomers will leave with a special welcome gift. Food and drinks are available for purchase at this family friendly event that’s FREE for everyone.