Somali Women’s Stories Book Launch – Twin Cities


QAN BARRY: Presents “When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East: A Novel”. 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. Virtual event. Presented by Magers & Quinn. Go to magersandquinn.com.

VICTORIA GERBER BICECCI: Author and visual artist who is at the center of the artistic wave in Latin America exploring the symbiosis of literature with drawing, photography, video art and performance, in conversation with the editor of Coffee House Press, Lizzie Davis. Coffee House released Bicecci’s award-winning “Empty Set” in 2018. In store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

HOLIDAYS IN JENA: Minnesotan presents his picture book “A Spoonful of Faith,” featured last week on “Good Morning America.” In person. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26, Red Balloon, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.

DESIGNED TO FIT: Carolyn Holbrook, Ed Bok Lee and Alexs Pate read and discuss their contributions to “We Are Meant to Rise: Voices For Justice from Minneapolis to the World,” which features Indigenous writers and writers of color discussing racism in Minnesota, including understood in the context of the COVID pandemic and after the murder of George Floyd. Virtual event. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, Presented by Ramsey County Library in partnership with More Than a Single Story and University of Minnesota Press. Free. Register at: rclreads.bibliocommons.com.

MAGGIE O’FARRELL: The internationally acclaimed British novelist who has written eight bestsellers, including her award-winning debut album ‘After You’d Gone’, talks about her work of historical fiction, ‘Hamnet’, which explores the domestic life of William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway, and how the death of their only son may have inspired one of the Bard’s greatest pieces. Noon Wednesday, February 23. Virtual event. Featured in the Club Book series. Broadcast live on facebook.com/ClubBook.

MEGANE MAYNOR: The Minnesota author celebrates the release of “Not Enough Lollipops.” In person. 1 p.m. Sunday, February 27, presented by Red Balloon at Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul.

Author Ben Okri (courtesy photo)

BENOKRI: The Booker Prize-winning Nigerian fiction writer, poet and playwright, one of the greatest African writers of our time, presents ‘Every Leaf a Hallelujah’, an environmental fable, and a new edition of ‘Astonishing the Gods’, first published in 1995, a genre novel that was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped our world. Virtual event. 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22. Brought to you by Rain Taxi Review. Save: raintaxi.org.

MICAH ALLEY: The poet teaches a workshop on writing the book of love (ancient Indian love poetry from Tamil, Sanskrit and Prakrit). Brought to you by Cracked Walnut. Free. 3 p.m. Saturday, February 26, Franklin Library, 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. To register: Micahjruelle@gmail.com.

SOMALI STORIES: “Daughters of Arraweelo: Stories of Somali Women” by Ayaan Adan (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $17.95). Arraweelo was a legendary queen of Somalia, a powerful and eccentric ruler, whose name is also used as a disapproving tease for assertive Somali girls. In this book by a Minneapolis community organizer, 14 women who share the queen’s complexity and charisma demonstrate their insight, humor and genius, telling stories of family, identity, love, war, travel and daily life. In-person book launch, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., Hosted by Carolyn Holbrook with author Adan and special guests Qorsho Hassan and Kalthun Karani.

Will Steger/Rita Mae Steger: Polar explorer Will Steger and his niece, Steger Wilderness Center chef Rita Mae, chat with journalist and cookbook author Beth Dooley about their new cookbook, “The Steger Homestead Kitchen: Simple Recipes for an Abundant Life “, a collection of family recipes and stories, including the adventures of Will Steger exploring the most remote parts of the world. Featured in Friends of Hennepin County Library’s Talk of the Stacks series. Free virtual event. 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24. Register at: supporthclib.org/steger-homestead-kitchen.

VANESSA TORRES: A 16-year-old Latinx finds freedom through ballet dancing and breaking expectations in 1980s Minnesota, in “The Turning Pointe,” written by a Minnesotan who is a paramedic firefighter. In person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Red Balloon, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.

MAYA WASHINGTON: Features “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar: My Father and the Team that Changed the Game”, in conversation with Craig Rice, presented by Magers & Quinn, in partnership with MSP Film Society. Virtual event. 7 p.m. on Monday, February 21. Register at: magersandquinn.com.

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