JEFFREY BOLDT: Signs copies of his new novel “Blue Lake”. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th St,. Minneapolis.
DAVID SANTOS DONALDSON: Discusses “Greenland: A Novel,” with Patrick Nathan. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Virtual event, presented by Magers & Quinn. Register at magersandquinn.com.
JEFFERSON MORLEY: Features “The Dance of the Scorpions: The President, the Spymaster and Watergate”. In person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.
SARAH NELSON: Minnesotan signs copies of his new children’s picture book, “A Park Connects us,” an ode to local parks and how they become beacons for interracial fun. 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.
ERIKA SANCHEZ: The award-winning poet, novelist and essayist (“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”) talks about her new memoir, “Crying in the Bathroom,” about the Mexican immigrant daughter’s childhood in 1990s Chicago. virtual at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, presented by Magers & Quinn. Register at magersandquinn.com.
GRAND OPENING STRIVE: Strive Publishing Book Store at IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, will hold a grand opening from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. The event will kick off the store’s Summer Author Series with a visit from Anthony Walsh, author of the children’s book “Hockey Is For Everyone.” The summer series will feature children’s book authors, starting July 30, every other Saturday at 11 a.m., and adult genre authors every other Wednesday at 5 p.m., starting August 3. children’s books and to address the under-representation of black authors in book publishing.
RIPE SHERRY: Minnesotan presents “Touching Two Worlds: A Guide for Finding Hope in the Landscape of Loss”, a memoir and guide to help people better deal with their grief. Walling, a trauma psychologist, thinks most people are not good at mourning, burying a loved one on Saturday and returning to work on Tuesday. And we deny grief that doesn’t involve death, like job loss, divorce, and other life changes. We must, she says, learn to integrate grief. Her topics include parenthood and grief, the neurological benefits of movement (and why she joined the circus), how to cry in public, and recognizing and defusing triggers. Walling will read and sign books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, and will host a book launch party at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 4 at The Coven, 2429 Nicollet Ave. ., Minneapolis.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS
“Iron Lake” William Kent Krueger’s first thriller starring Cork O’Connor, is the summer title of A Book, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans to read a common title and come together virtually to appreciate, reflect and discuss. From now until September 4, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book and will have access to reading guides and virtual book club discussions through local libraries. Readers can access the eBook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks and will need to create an account to access the free materials. In addition to digital formats, hard copies of the book will be available at public libraries and independent bookstores across the state.
“Iron Lake,” released in 1998, featured O’Connor, a former sheriff from the northern Minnesota town of Aurora. He won a Minnesota Book Award and Mystery Writers of America Anthony Award for Best First Novel. The St. Paul author will hold a virtual chat at 7 p.m. on August 11 with Grand Master Ellen Hart. For more information, visit thefriends.org/onebook. It is a program of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library serving as the Minnesota Center for the Book.
In 34 years, Krueger’s 19th O’Connor adventure, “Fox Creek”, will be released on August 23. it’s on Novel Suspects’ summer reading list and Publishers Weekly gave it a star-studded review. It is Henri Melouxformer Ojibwe healer, who leads two women into the BWCA to avoid danger and O’Connor must find out who is threatening one of the women and where the wise old elder has disappeared in the desert.
” On the left bank “, a new Socialist Zine, launched earlier this month at East Side Freedom Library. This left-leaning magazine is published by St. Paulite David Ackos, who lives on the West Said and works on the East Side as a tenant organizer working on housing justice. The publication is accepting submissions for the next volume at [email protected] They are also inviting local leftist writers to support the project by joining the editorial board.
More good news: “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich is available in paperback from Harper Perennial. Part ghost story, part love story for books and bookstores, it’s based on the real-life aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.