Literary calendar for week of June 16

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ROGER BARR: Presents “Murder on the Hill,” nonfiction about the unsolved 1937 murder of Union Depot waitress Ruth Munson, whose body was found after a fire in an abandoned hotel. Using diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, public documents and other primary sources, Barr builds a picture of a secretive woman who was walking the edge of respectability. He also traces the history of Ramsey Hill, which began as a place for millionaires, fell on hard times, and later was reborn through regentrification. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul.

MINNESOTA MYSTERY NIGHT: Welcomes Jessie Chandler and Judy M. Kerr introducing their newest collaboration, “Million Dollar Hoodlums,” featuring two local crime writers trying to solve a 50-year-old cold case. Chandler, a former Minnesotan who lives in Oregon, is author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper series. Her latest is “Shanghai Murder.” She is also a podcast co-host, a member of the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America, an accomplished painter, and former vice president of the Twin Cities chapter of Sisters in Crime. Minnesotan Kerr is author of the MC McCall series featuring a U.S. Postal inspector. Her first books in the series are “Black Friday” and “Silent Service.” A retiree from the U.S. Postal Service, Kerr is also a professional editor and proofreader. 7 p.m. Monday, June 17,  Axel’s restaurant, 1318 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. The program is free; paid dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Reservations at 651-686-4840.

ALLISON PUGH: Presents “The Last Human Job” in conversation with Dr. Mani Mokalla. 7 p.m. Monday, June 17, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

READINGS BY WRITERS: Poets Mary Junge, Timothy Young, Mary Kay Rummel and Michael Bazzett read from their work during the last program until September. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

ROBERT SAMUELS: Discusses “His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and Struggle for Racial Justice,” about challenges in the life of the man who “wanted to be somebody” and was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

Lisa See celebrates the paperback edition of her novel “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women” on June 20, 2024, at the Minneapolis Central Library, presented by Literature Lovers’ Night Out and Valley Bookseller. (Literature Loves’ Night Out/Valley Bookseller)

LISA SEE: Bestselling author discusses her latest novel, “Lady Tan’s Circle of Women,” now in paperback, about two women friends who want to help other women as midwives in training until one of them is married and forbidden from leaving the family compound. Presented by Literature Lovers’ Night Out and Valley Bookseller. 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; priority will be given to those who come earlier.)

KIM UY: Discusses “Chasing Dreams: Becoming a Doctor,” an English-Khmer bilingual graphic memoir that starts and ends in Cambodia about a girl who will inspire readers to hold onto their dreams. Part of Our Stories Carried Us Here series. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Mpls.

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