Upcoming Events

Monday, November 11, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Tommy Pico presents Feed, in conversation with Patrick Nathan

Feed is the fourth book in the Teebs tetralogy. It's an epistolary recipe for the main character, a poem of nourishment, and a jaunty walk through New York's High Line park, with the lines, stanzas, paragraphs, dialogue, and registers approximating the park's cultivated gardens of wilderness. Among its questions, Feed asks what's the difference between being alone and being lonely? Can you ever really be friends with an ex? How do you make the perfect mac & cheese? Feed is an ode of reconciliation to the wild inconsistencies of a northeast spring, a frustrating season of back-and-forth, of thaw and blizzard, but with a faith that even amidst the mess, it knows where it's going.

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is the author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk and Feed. He's been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Lamba Literary Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Public Library. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Patrick Nathan’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Boulevard, Real Life, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Some Hell is his first novel. He lives in Minneapolis.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Susannah Cahalan presents The Great Pretender

For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness - how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is?  In search of an answer, in the 1970s a distinguished Stanford University psychologist named David Rosenhan organized a study where he and seven other people -- sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society -- went undercover and had themselves committed to asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels.

Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study – “On Being Sane in Insane Places” -- broke open the field of psychiatry, helping to close down institutions and changing mental health diagnoses forever.

But, as Susannah Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today?  In THE GREAT PRETENDER, Cahalan investigates through interviews with David Rosenhan’s colleagues and peers, searches for the anonymous participants or “pseudo-patients,” uncovers new never-reported material and information, and ultimately unravels the mystery surrounding Rosenhan’s research by shedding new light for the first time on the findings reported in his landmark study. 

Since her bestselling memoir Brain on Fire, where she chronicles her own struggles with modern medicine after being misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness, author and journalist Susannah Cahalan has become a leading voice on the treatment of mental illness in America. Brain on Fire has sold over a million copies, spent 52 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a feature film. 

Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Louis Jenkins presents Where Your House Is Now

Louis Jenkins has been charming readers with his subtle, curious, curmudgeonly, and Quixotic prose poems for decades. It might be late-night ruminations about the plumbing, a bear wandering aimlessly downtown, a fishing lure so grotesque it couldn’t possibly attract a fish, a row of spindly poplars in a field, or a visit to long-lost relatives in Norway. Given any situation or observation, Jenkins will follow the thread until it peters out, then veers in an entirely new but strangely logical direction, arriving, in the end, at some new, unexpected, and often hilarious truth. In Where Your House Is Now, Jenkins has combined the best of his earlier work with an entirely new set of poems that make it clear he has not lost his knack for uncovering the mysterious and bizarre beneath the quotidian experiences of Minnesota life.

Louis Jenkins’ poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. He has published ten collections of poetry. He was awarded two Bush Foundation Fellowships for poetry, a Loft-McKnight fellowship, and was the 2000 George Morrison Award winner. Mr. Jenkins has read his poetry on A Prairie Home Companion and was a featured poet at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in 1996 and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Aldeburgh, England in 2007.

A play, Nice Fish, based on his poems, premiered April 6, 2013, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. A revised version was performed at American Repertory Theater in Boston (Jan-Feb 2016) where, thanks to Academy Award-winning actor Mark Rylance and Claire Van Kampen, Mr. Jenkins got a chance to attempt acting. It was a short-lived career. The play later opened at The Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, where it ran until February 12, 2017. In March 2017 Nice Fish was nominated for an Olivier award as Best New Comedy of 2017.

Monday, November 18, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Joe Kapp presents The Toughest Chicano: A Life of Leadership

From Joe Kapp’s earliest days as a young kid organizing competitive street games in vibrant, 1940s immigrant neighborhoods across California, to his Purple People Eater days and current battle with dementia, Joe Kapp, "The Toughest Chicano," lays bare everything about Joe Kapp’s remarkable life with his signature tenacity and irreverent sense of humor.

Joe Kapp is the only man to quarterback a football team to the Rose Bowl, Grey Cup and Super Bowl. He led the Minnesota Vikings to their first Super Bowl, and throughout his life has been a shining example of leadership, courage, and integrity. He played college football for the University of California—Berkeley, then embarked on a professional career in the CFL (Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions) and the NFL (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots). Between 1971 and 1982 he acted in seven feature films and over 50 television productions. Afterward, he served as head coach of the California Golden Bears from 1982-1986. Kapp is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame; he lives in Los Gatos, California.

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Kevin Kuhn presents Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow

Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow is a collection of speculative fiction inspired by the original Twilight Zone series. In the spirit of that iconic, timeless show, these mysterious and gripping narratives explore parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality.

A toddler shifts through parallel worlds, changing into different versions of herself. What would a mother do for her daughter?

A chef finds an alternate food source on a remote world. When the new chef arrives, will he be forced to reveal a horrific secret?

A twelve-year-old Earth girl is randomly chosen to rule the galaxy. Why are galactic administrators so desperate to stop her?

Explore space and time—and confront humanity’s deepest fears—with Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.

Kevin A. Kuhn is a proud member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His first novel, Do You Realize?, won five independent literary awards. He is also a retired technology executive who currently teaches at a major business school. Kevin lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Melinda, and their five kids—three human children and two schnoodles.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

John Freeman presents Dictionary of the Undoing, with special guests. Presented by Rain Taxi.

Join us as John Freeman — literary critic, editor, poet, and “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers) — presents his latest work, Dictionary of the Undoing, a suite of incisive, poetic essays about the current political moment. From A to Z, Freeman has chosen potent words to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. At this Minneapolis event, Freeman will be joined by local writer-activists for a discussion about how we can redefine what it means to be a literary citizen.

“John Freeman has created a work of both artistry and activism in Dictionary of the Undoing, a lexicon of what should matter from A to Z—a complex and nuanced rebirthing of words that have been worn away by the strife and noise of this era.”—Walter Mosley

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing. His books include How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of E-mail, as well as Tales of Two Americas, an anthology of new writing about inequality in the U.S. today. Maps, his debut collection of poems, was published in 2017. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta and one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at New York University.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers (map)

Sci-Fi Night with Sue Burke, Naomi Kritzer, and Marissa Lingen

Sue Burke's sweeping SF Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence. Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission.

But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known...Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.

Sue Burke spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. A Clarion workshop alumnus, Burke has published more than thirty short stories in addition to working extensively as a literary translator. She lives in Chicago.

Naomi Kritzer has been making friends online since her teens, when she had to use a modem to dial up at 2400 baud. She is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and novels for adults, including the Eliana's Song duology and the Dead Rivers Trilogy. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family and four cats. The number of cats is subject to change without notice.

Marissa Lingen is the author of more than 100 short science fiction and fantasy stories. Her work has appeared in Nature, Analog, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many more. She lives with her family in the south suburbs.