The literary calendar for the week of March 19

AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS IN THE USA: “Immigration, Identity and the Arts” is the theme of a conversation about African immigrant experiences viewed through the lenses of music and literature, including Thi Bui’s NEA Big Read book “The Best We Could Do”. Writer, educator and activist Shannon Gibney hosts a dialogue with Nigerian songwriter-performer Kashimana Ahua and Somali author Abdullahi Janno, whose children’s book When River Stopped Singing to Cloud will be featured. Free of charge. Noon Saturday, March 25, East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.

MARY KAY ANDREWS: Author of bestsellers that evoke Southern places and themes, she presents her latest, “The Homewreckers,” featuring Georgia’s Hatti Kavanaugh in the Club Book series. Free of charge. 7:30pm Monday, March 27, RH Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury.

CHAD CORRIE: Introducing The Shadow Regent, a standalone fantasy set in the same story universe as The Wizard King Trilogy. Tralodren is a world rich in history, faith, and tales of adventure, including this one, where a god has fallen, a throne sits empty, and schemers plot in the shadows. Three new gods will be added to the family, further disrupting the previous order. 1-3 pm Saturday, March 25, Barnes & Noble, 710 County 10 NE, Blaine; 1-3 pm April 8, Barnes & Noble, 8040 Wedgewood Lane, Maple Grove.

RACHEL HANEL: Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction and Journalism at Minnesota State University, Mankato, discusses “Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman’s Path from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army,” about how a young Minnesota ended up being killed in a shootout… out with the police in 1974 in Los Angeles. 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.

PAMELA CARTER JOERN: Minnesota author and playwright presents his new novel, “Toby’s Last Resort,” a standalone film set 10 years after the events of “The Floor of the Sky.” The story of a woman who opens a summer residency program in the Nebraska Sandhills for the wounded and broken, misfits and dreamers, is set against the backdrop of a changing countryside. Free of charge. 1:00 PM Sunday, March 26, Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave., Mpls.

RYAN McENANEY: Discuss “The Field Guide to Outdoor Style: Design and Plant Your Perfect Outdoor Space.” 7pm Wednesday, March 29, Mages & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

MINNESOTA MYSTERY NIGHT: The monthly mystery series welcomes Jeffrey B. Burton, author of the Mason “Mace” Reid K-9 series featuring Mace and his cadaver dogs, in conversation with thriller writer St. Paul Brian Lutterman, author of the Pen Wilkinson corporate thriller series. with a paraplegic lawyer. Free of charge. 7pm Monday, March 20, Axel’s Restaurant, 1318 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. Guests are invited to have dinner before the program. Seats are limited; call 651-686-4840.

DAVID MURA: Discusses his new book “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself.” 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 22, Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.

POETRY SHOWCASE: With local writers Colombe Anderson, Ishwari Rajak and Elizabeth Weir. 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

READINGS FROM THE WRITERS: The series hosted by Tim Nolan welcomes Ben Drevlow, whose collection of stories is “A Good Ram is Hard to Find”; Christina Olson, whose poetry collection is “The Anxiety Workbook”; Matt Mauch, author of five books of lyrical prose and poetry, including “A Northern Spring”; and Richard Robbins, former director of the MFA program and Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State Mankato, whose book is “The Oracle of All Souls.” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

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