This week’s literary selection features immigrant food, native hope, a tender relationship and travel – Twin Cities

There are so many candidates for this week’s election that we had to expand to more than one this week.


What food means to immigrants and the second generation is shared by 14 authors of different ethnicities in the interesting and touching anthology ”What we hunger for: Stories about refugees and immigrants about food and Family,” edited by Sun Yung Shin. For many immigrants, food means home, love, family, but also new experiences when their cuisine meets dishes from their new country.

As Sun Yung Shin writes in his introduction: “This book is so full of life, so vibrant and so juicy, I’m excited to share these essays with you. These writers have mined their multi-layered, multisensory memories for you; they have brought their best storytelling to these pages about food and families. You will find the poetics of food both collective and quirky. You will travel to fragrant places here and there. You will see the beautiful human complexities of each author through their multifaceted relationship to food and family. Sun Yung Shin is joined by contributors Lina Jamoul, Michael Torres, VV Ganeshananthan and Kou B.Thao, who reads from the anthology (Minnesota Historical Society Press) at 19 Friday, October 22nd. Free, in store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.


Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author (“My Name is Lucy Barton ‘) will be in person at Stillwater Middle School, 523 Marsh St. W., 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, to present her new novel. “Oh William!” in conversation with Minnesota Thurber Prize recipient Julie Schumacher. This is Strout’s third novel with author Lucy Barton, which tells the story of her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband, whom she divorced, and her longtime, again-again-again-friend and confidant. A big revelation for both of them makes him check mentally, the reason she left him in the first place. The title refers to her belief that he will never change. Presented by Literature Lovers’ Night Out, Rain Taxi Review and Valley Bookseller of Stillwater. $ 35, includes admission to the event and a signed copy of the book. Tickets:


Plagues and natural disasters have killed millions of people on Earth and prevented those who survive from sleeping, leading to disease, insanity and inability to rebuild. Apart from the indigenous peoples who have retained their ability to sleep. That is the precondition for Cherie Dimalines dystopian young adult novel “Hunting for stars” successor to “The Marrow Thieves”. In the new book, 17-year-old Frenchmen have lost their family to the boarding schools that have reopened so that authorities can capture the secrets of the indigenous peoples who are believed to carry this ability in their bone marrow. Frenchmen head north with his found family and dodge those who would imprison him. “Hunting By Stars” was named by Time Magazine as one of the best YA books ever. A member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community of Ontario, Dimalin, will present his book at a Zoom event at 19:30 Wednesday, October 20, presented by Birchbark Books. For free. Registration:


EAST SIDE FREEDOM Library holds its last outdoor cultural event at. 1pm Saturday, Oct. 23 on the library’s front lawn, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. It is free and open to the public. Baker / poet / memoir writer and good vivant Danny Klecko, author of the award-winning collection “Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker”, will tell how he found inspiration for his new book, “Lincolnland”, his odyssey during the pandemic when he hunted Abraham Lincoln’s ghost. If the audience is lucky, he might read from an even more recent publication, “3 am Austin Texas,” his short memoir about leaving St. Louis. Paul on a bitterly cold January day after committing a crime, and his experiences as a broken young man on his way south to Texas. It will be providing music for the Freedom Library event The closed society, a country / bluegrass band started in 2006 by South Asian-American Yale candidate and political activist Sumanth Gopinath. Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota.

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