Literary calendar for week of Oct. 22

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C.M. ALONGI: Minnesotan discusses her science fiction debut “Citadel.” Alongi is best known for her CaFae Latte TikTok series about a cafe run by fairies. “Citadel” is the only human city on an alien planet, ruled by the tides that bring both deadly danger and much-needed resources. The Flooded Forest is ruled by demons from Hell and Citadel must kill every one of them. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.

BRITNEY CELEBRATION: It’s Britney, B**** is the theme of a celebration of rock star Britney Spears’ memoir “The Woman in Me,” with a reading and conversation with Chris Stedman and Kara Nesvig. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul.

CURTIS CHIN: Award-winning filmmaker and activist, co-founder and first executive director of New York’s Asian American Writers’ workshop discusses his debut memoir, “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant,” in metro libraries’ Club Book series. Free virtual program. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Streaming at

BONNIE GARMUS: London-based author of the bestselling novel “Lessons in Chemistry,” discusses her work. in Friends of the Hennepin County Library’s Pen Pals series. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. $49-$59. Go to

TYLOR JAMES: Discusses “Old Dark Houses.” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul.

JENNIFER LECLAIR: Signs copies of her new mystery, “Death In the Wolf Moon,” set in Grand Marais. 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 27, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

DONALD MENGAY: Presents “The Lede to Our Undoing” in conversation with Victoria Amador. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

VIET THANH NGUYEN: Native of Vietnam discusses his memoir “A Man of Two Faces,” expanding the genre of personal memoir to acknowledge larger stories of refugees, colonization and lyricism, in Talking Volumes reading series. $30. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, Fitzgerald Theater, St  Paul. Go to

CHRISTY PRAHL: Poet based in Chicago and rural Michigan introduces her debut collection, “We Are Reckless,” with guests J. Bailey Hutchinson, Moheb Soliman and Timothy Otte. 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.

Jesmyn Ward. (Beowulf Sheehan / Simon & Schuster)

JESMYN WARD: Two-time National Book Award winner presents the University of Minnesota English Department’s Freier Lecture in Literature. Ward, also a MacArthur Fellow, is the author of novels “Sing, Unburied, Sing” and “Salvage the Bones,” as well as the memoir “Men We Reaped.” She will discuss her new novel, “Let Us Descend,” to be published this week. Co-sponsored by African American & African Studies. Free with RSVP at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Northrop Carlson Family Stage, 84 Church St. S.E., Mpls.

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