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Get out your calendar. Cross off everything you have written down for April, and for May. Whatever you’ve got, I’ve got something better. When you see this lineup of book events, you’re going to be busy a dozen times over. (And keep in mind, this is not everything.)
Mary Sharratt: The Minnesota native (now a resident of England) writes fictionalized accounts of the lives of notable, unheralded women. She will launch her new novel, “Ecstasy,” about composer Alma Schindler, at 7 p.m. April 11 at Magers & Quinn, and appear again at 7 p.m. April 19 at Barnes & Noble Galleria.
Sloane Crosley: Comic essayist Crosley (“Look Alive Out There!”) will be in conversation at Magers & Quinn with Man Booker Prize winner
Marlon James at 7 p.m. April 12. This definitely wins the “weirdest pairing” award.
Louie Anderson: Minnesota’s favorite comic (right?) will sign copies of “Hey, Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too” at the Mall of America at 2 p.m. April 14.
Sheila O’Connor: O’Connor, who teaches in the MFA program at Hamline, will launch her new book for middle-grade students, “Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth,” at Red Balloon in St. Paul at 3 p.m. April 15.
Åsne Seierstad: The Norwegian journalist might be best known for “The Bookseller of Kabul.” Her new book is an account of two Muslim sisters, refugees in Norway, who become radicalized and slip off to Syria. The event, co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and Norway House, costs $5. It’s at 7 p.m. April 16 at the American Swedish Institute.
Patricia Hampl: The venerable St. Paul writer launches her new memoir, “The Art of the Wasted Day,” at 7 p.m. April 16 at Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Macalester College, sponsored by Common Good Books. She’ll be at Club Book at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Scott County Library in Prior Lake.
Leslie Jamison: Jamison’s new book, “The Recovering,” is a collection of essays about dealing with addiction. She will be in conversation with novelist and essayist
V.V. “Sugi” Ganeshananthan at 7 p.m. April 24 at Magers & Quinn.
David Grann: The New Yorker writer and author of the National Book Award finalist, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” will be in Lakeville at 7 p.m. April 28 as the main event of “One Book One Lakeville,” now in its 10th year. It’s sold out but seats might be released the night of the event. There are other events all month long. heritagelibraryfriends.com
Curtis Sittenfeld: The author of “American Wife,” has a new story collection, “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” She’ll be at Barnes & Noble Galleria at 7 p.m. May 8.
Sally Kohn: The political commentator will be in conversation with S
tephanie Curtis of MPR, discussing “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity,” at 7 p.m. May 11 at Uptown Church, 1219 W. 31st St., Mpls. Hosted by Magers & Quinn.
Tracy K. Smith: She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and she was just appointed to her second term as U.S. Poet Laureate. What else do you need to know? Oh, yes, she’s published by Minneapolis’ Graywolf Press. She will read from her new book, “Wade in the Water,” at Talk of the Stacks at 7 p.m. May 16 at the Central Library on the Nicollet Mall. Better get there early.
Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Louise Erdrich: They will discuss Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” at 7 p.m. May 21 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. Free; co-sponsored by Rain Taxi, Birchbark Books, and Literary Witnesses.
And what the hey, I have a little more room, so here’s one more:
Ottessa Moshfegh: She’ll read from her new novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” at 7 p.m. July 17 at Common Good Books.
How’s that for flyover country?
Laurie Hertzel is the Star Tribune senior editor for books. On Twitter: @StribBooks. On Facebook: facebook.com/startribunebooks
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