Literary calendar: Meet some mystery writers at 'Fall Into Crime' event

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Sep. 18—FALL INTO CRIME — Once Upon a Crime virtually presents mystery writers Raquel V. Reyes ("Mango, Mambo and Murder"), John Copenhaver ("The Savage King"), Vera Kurian ("Never Saw Me Coming"), David Tromblay ("Sangre Road") and Rachel Howzell Hall ("These Toxic Things"), hosted by Jessica Laine and Shelley Kubitz. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. Reservations at: crowdcast.io/e/fall-into-crime-readings/register.

ELLY FISHMAN: Presents "Refugee High: Coming of Age in America." 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in-person, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

GRAYWOLF SALON: Graywolf Press literary press, based in Minneapolis, virtually hosts an evening of readings by featured authors Kaveh Akbar ("Pilgrim Bell"), Percival Everett ("The Trees"), Donika Kelly ("The Renunciations"), Jim Moore ("Prognosis"). Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint ("Names for Light") and Nana Nkwetl ("Walking on Cowrie Shells"). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 via ZOOM. Free, but donations are encouraged to support Graywolf Press. To register to receive your secure link go to: graywolfpress.salsalabs.org/2021salon/index.html.

STEPHANIE LANDSEN: Minnesotan signs copies of "In a Far-Off Land." 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

READINGS BY WRITERS: The long-standing series begins a new season with in-person guest poets Ted King, Patrick Cabello Hansel, Michael Kleber-Diggs and Ethna McKiernan. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,. Sept. 21, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

QIAN JULIE WANG: Managing partner of New York City's Gottlieb & Wang law firm, specializing in advocacy for immigrants and people of color, virtually presents her debut "Beautiful Country," a memoir drafted almost entirely on her iPhone while commuting to and from her Brooklyn law office. 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in MELSA 's Club Book reading series. (Streamed live at facebook.com/ClubBook).

WILL TINKHAM: Launches "If I Lie in a Combat Zone: A Novel." 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in-person at Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.; magersandquinn.com/

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON

Freya Manfred's keynote address at the Oct. 2 Sinclair Lewis Festival in Sauk Centre will include readings from her published poetry, which evokes aspects of family, friendship, and the natural world, and excerpts from her father Fred Manfred's 1945 novel, "Boy Almighty," reissued in paperback this month (Bison Books, $14), with an introduction by Freya. She calls "Boy Almighty" her dad's "most autobiographical but also his most lyrical." Fred Manfred, who died in 1994, was the author of 26 novels and short stories, including the five-volume The Buckskin Man Tales, one of which is his popular "Lord Grizzly." Manfred was a friend of author Sinclair Lewis and gave the eulogy at Lewis' funeral in Sauk Centre.

That handyman Spike Carlson, who knows his way around a workshop, is welcoming a paperback edition of his popular book "A Walk Around the Block" (HarperCollins, $16.99), with a subtitle that says it all: "Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries (And Other Stuff You See Every Day & Know Nothing About"). The TODAY show critic said this book "... may just change how you look at the world around you."

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