Literary calendar: Brit Bennett, author of ‘Vanishing Half,’ launches Pen Pals series

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Literary calendar: Brit Bennett, author of ‘Vanishing Half,’ launches Pen Pals series
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BRIT BENNETT: Author of the bestseller “The Vanishing Half” discusses her work, launching the spring Pen Pals series presented by Friends of the Hennepin County Library. In-person. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11,  Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. $45-$55. Purchase at supporthclib.org or call 612-543-8112.

HUBBS CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE: After last year’s hiatus, registration is open for this year’s children’s literature conference, open to everyone. Themed “Coming Back Together,” the event will highlight local writers Sarah Warren (“Beyonce: Shine Your Light”), Dawn Axness Quigley (“JoJo Makoons”), and Michael Hall (“Red: A Crayon’s Story”). 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Participants can decide the day of the event if they chose to attend in-person or virtually. $20 students, $40 general admission. Go to: link.stthomas.edu/hubbs.

LINDA LeGARDE GROVER: Duluth-based author discusses “Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong” centered on the massive outcropping that divides the city of Duluth, known to the Ojibwe people as the Point of Rocks. LeGarde Grover uses this backdrop to write about the lives that unfolded there, some in myth, some long ago, some in the imagined present and some from the author’s family history. Virtual event. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8,  presented by Birchbark Books.  Go to: birchbarkbooks.com.

IVAN MAISEL: Discusses “I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief, and Love.” In-person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

POETRY NIGHT: Readings by Michael Bazzett, Christopher Salerno, and Devon Walker-Figueroa. Virtual event. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, presented by Magers & Quinn. Go to: magersandquinn.com.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON

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Cmarie Fuhrman (Courtesy photo)

University of Minnesota’s Creative Writing program announced the establishment of the Walter Nathan Literary Initiatives, a new fund that will support programming in partnership with Creative Writing to include reading events, an essay prize, and a literary festival for Twin Cities high school students.

The programs have been established via a gift from Michael and Julie Kaplan, married College of Liberal Arts alumni, to honor their fathers, Walter and Nathan.

The inaugural event, “Celebrating Great River Review,” will be at 7 p.m. March 1 in Pillsbury Hall, 310 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Mpls., celebrating the release of the publication’s 68th issue, featuring readings by Cmarie Fuhrman, first annual Great River Review Walter Nathan essayist, and Stephen Scott Whitaker, 2021 Pink Poetry Prize winner. It is free and open to the public.

Great River Review, the longest running literary magazine in Minnesota, has been produced by the University’s English department grad students and faculty since 2016.

The next event will be First Books reading March 17, to honor debut publications by MFA alumni and local and national writers. It will be in Pillsbury Hall and is open to the public.

In fall, the first Walter Nathan Literary Festival will host more than 500 area high school students for a reading and conversation with a nationally-known writer.

Catherine Thimmesh, Minnesota author who’s all about empowering girls, follows her book “Girls Think of Everything” with “Girls Solve Everything: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Building a Better World,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Pub date is March 1 from Clarion Books.

University of Minnesota Press has reissued “The Big island: A Story of Isle Royale” by Julian May, illustrated by John Schoenherr. First published in 1968, this is a picture book about wildlife on Isle Royale, a wilderness national park in Lake Superior, and its unique and fascinating ecosystem of animals, most notably wolf and moose, one of which stands majestically on the book’s cover.

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