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Literary Death Match March 1 at Nomad World Pub

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The Literary Death Match returns to the Twin Cities this Thursday, March 1, at the Nomad World Pub.

Here are the details from the LDM site:

Named “LDM’s Favorite City” in 2011, we’re thrilled to return to Minneapolis and the Nomad World Pub for another Twin Cities showdown that will shock, awe, and fill every single attendee with a kneecap-tingling feeling best described as “absolute wonder.”

The night’s all-star judges include filmmaker Emily Goldberg (director of Venus of Mars), the masterfully hilarious Ian Rans (of Drinking with Ian fame), and’s sex columnist Alexis McKinnis!

They’ll pass judgment on a dazzling foursome of readers, including Martin Kihn (author of Bad Dog: A Love Story and House of Lies, Showtime’s new hit show), do-it-all scribe Tristan Jimerson, the magnificent Sarah Stonich (author of Shelter and The Ice Chorus), and Coffee House Press rep Kao Kalia Yang!

Hosted by LDM creator Todd Zuniga. Produced by LDM Twin Cities executive producer Sarah Moeding.

Where: Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis (map)
When: Doors at 6:30, Show at 7:35 (sharp); afterdrinks after. 
Cost: $6 preorder; $10 at the door.

Rock the Cradle 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This Sunday, February 26, The Current presents Rock the Cradle, a free day of fun for kids and their grown-ups, held at two of the state’s premier arts and cultural institutions, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company. The annual kids’ event brings together families and social groups from all over the Twin Cities to enjoy music, art, books, puppetry, theater, and the community for a fun, entertaining, and engaging day. Check the website for details on planning your trip.

Join Kevin Kling at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. as he reads his acclaimed children’s book illustrated by Chris Monroe, Big Little Brother, in the MIA’s Pillsbury Auditorium as part of the Rock the Cradle festivities.

Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Great Gray Owl by Bill Marchel

The Great Backyard Bird Count begins tomorrow. Check out the website for more information on how to participate and where to submit your results.

Need some help identifying birds? Adele Porter and Bill Marchel’s children’s book, Birds in Our Backyard, introduces birds season by season with stunning photographs.

Photographer Bill Marchel recently won the 2011 Nikonians Wildlife Forum Challenge for the image shown here. A similar view of the Great Gray Owl is in the book .

Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota’s Protest Tradition

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota\'s Protest TraditionEver wondered about Minnesota’s “off-beat” politics? Have we always supported politicians as diverse as Hubert Humphrey, Jesse Ventura, Michele Bachmann, and Al Franken? Ever wondered “What was the Grange?” or “Who was Floyd Olson?” or “How did we get a DFL instead of a regular Democratic Party?”

Historian and former candidate for lieutenant governor on the Green Party ticket Rhoda Gilman answers these questions in Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota’s Protest Tradition. The book is a brief and readable overview of the Gopher State’s 150 years of rebellious and contentious politics, from the struggles over land and slavery in territorial times to the Occupy movement of the twenty-first century.

As John Van Hecke says on MN2020, “Pick it up. Read it. Then, share it with your kids or a friend. Minnesota’s past is much too important to let it go unlearned. Or worse, forgotten.”

Learn more about Minnesota’s history of challenging the status quo with Rhoda Gilman:

Thursday February 23 at Mill City Museum or

Tuesday May 13 at the Minnesota History Center’s History Lounge.

MinnPost Book Club Blast

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

MinnPost Book Club BlastMinnPost, the Loft Literary Center, and the University of Minnesota Press present the Third Annual MinnPost Book Club Blast with keynote author Kate DiCamillo on Sunday, February 12, at Open Book in Minneapolis.

The day’s festivities include the keynote with Kate, fantastic door prizes, and breakout sessions on topics such as running a successful book club, sharing your favorite book club reads, whether writers need a publisher, how writers should promote themselves online, and a memoir author panel with three prominent local writers, including Sarah Stonich, author of Shelter, published by our very own Borealis Books.

The event concludes with a wine and dessert reception and book signings with participating authors.

Shelter Sarah Stonich