Literary calendar for week of June 9

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BERG/EVANS: Minnesotans Steve Berg and Allan Evans talk about their latest crime novels. Berg’s is “Lost Colony” and Evans’ is “Killer Smile.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. (Registration is required for events at this store. Go to

COLIN HAMILTON: Presents “The Discarded,” about a librarian who rescues books that will be trashed to make room for newer ones. Kirkus called the novel “an enchanting discussion…” 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Mpls.

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LaROCHELLE/WOHNOUTKA: Author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka host a story time featuring their latest collaboration, “Go and Get With Rex,” about a think-outside-the-box dog who participates in a game where contestants bring back items that begin with a letter of the alphabet. But Rex returns with stuff that is not alphabetically correct, always having a perfectly good reason (according to him) why his item should be accepted. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.

MIDSTREAM READING SERIES: Hosts poets reading from their original work: Danika Stegman, Paul Dickinson, Chelsea DesAutels and Ezra David Mattes. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, United Church-Unitarian, 732 Holly Ave., St. Paul.

POETRY NIGHT: Sandra Larson and former Minnesota poet laureate Joyce Sutphen read from their work. 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

J. Ryan Stradal (Courtesy of Franco Tettamanti)

J. RYAN STRADAL: Minnesota native celebrates the paperback edition of his widely praised novel “Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Cub,” about three generations of a family that runs a supper club, a kind of restaurant unique to the Midwest, and the changing landscape of a small Minnesota town as fast food takes over. Like Stradal’s two previous novels, this is a big-hearted story with a Minnesota vibe. Stradal grew up in Hastings and lives in California. In conversation with Kate Gibson, one half of the pair hosting ABC Audio podcast “The Book Case with Kate and Charlie Gibson,” currently working on a master’s degree in library and information sciences at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.  Stradal is the first “Good Morning America” writer-in-residence. 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.

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