Literary calendar for week of March 17

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CHRIS CANDER: Presents “The Young of Other Animals” in conversation with Mark Haber. 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

BLUE DELLIQUANTI: Launches “Adversary” in conversation with Ezra David Mattes. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

ERIC DREGNI: Celebrates publication of the paperback edition of “Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons From Italy’s Culinary Capital,” in what began as a gastronomical quest becomes a portrait of how Italians and Americans live. 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., co-sponsored by Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

MATT EICHELDINGER: Minnesota author and educator introduces “Matt Sprouts and the Curse of the Ten Broken Toes,” a middle-grade novel in which the hero accidentally injures his neighbor and thinks he has “the Curse,” a hometown myth that ruins middle-schoolers’ lives. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.

LYZ LENZ: Introduces “This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Mpls.

CAROLINE LEVINE: Doctoral candidate at University of Florida College of Law lectures based on her book “Activist Humanist: Form and Method in the Climate Crisis.” She argues that the most conventional ways we study literature may actually be supporting climate denialism and inaction, making the case for a different method of connecting literature to environmental activism and how happy endings of 19th-century novels could be surprisingly useful guides for us in this moment of accelerating climate change. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

TOMMY ORANGE: Enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma is one of the most popular and praised chroniclers of the contemporary Native American experience. His debut, “There There,” tells interlaced stories of 12 characters from urban Native communities who converge for an important powwow. He will introduce his most recent novel, “Wandering Stars,” in which he traces the legacies of the notorious Sand Creek massacre of 1864 and Pennsylvania’s assimilationist Carlisle Indian School through three generations of a “fractured but resilient family.” In person. 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. S.E. Prior Lake. Free. Presented by MELSA, which brings popular writers to metro-area libraries for the Club Book series.

READINGS BY WRITERS: Hosts a late celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with “three old Irish guys” — Tim Nolan (host), Tim Cassidy, and Ted King — and a celebration of Ethna McKiernan, poet and advocate for the homeless, who died in 2021. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, University Club, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

JOHN SCALZI: Science fiction superstar discusses his latest novel, “Starter Villain,” about an unassuming teacher who unexpectedly inherits a long-lost uncle’s supervillain business — complete with island volcano lair. Virtual event. Presented by MELSA, which brings acclaimed authors to metro-area libraries for the Club Book series. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Viewing available at

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