Literary calendar: Minnesotan Beth Dooley launches 'Perennial Kitchen' cookbook

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May 15—CHARLES BERNSTEIN — Celebrates his new poetry collection "Topsy-Turvy," a mix of comedy and melancholy in a variety of forms ranging from horoscopes and sea shanties to translations and screenplays. In conversation with poet Tonya M. Foster. Presented by Rain Taxi Review. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18. Free, registration required at: raintaxi.com/charles-bernstein/.

BRIDGES READING: Bi-coastal reading includes writers in a variety of genres; Paula Cisewski, Jefferson Carter, Sagirah Shahid, V.V. Ganeshananthan, and Chia-Lun Chang. Presented by Bridges reading series, hosted by Stan Kusunoki. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20 via Zoom. Register at nextchapterbooksellers.com for the program link.

BETH DOOLEY: Minnesotan virtually launches her new cookbook "The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future," which expands the definition of "local food" to embrace regenerative agriculture, the method of growing small and large crops with ecological services. Includes recipes and insights into artisan grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables that are healthy and help retain topsoil, sequester carbon, and return nutrients to the soil. 6 p.m. Monday, May 17, presented by University of Minnesota Press, co-sponsored by Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Forever Green Initiative, Lakewinds Food Co-op, and Excelsior Bay Books. In conversation with Prabin Bajain, Sandy Boss Febbo, Kieran Folliard, Tre Hardy, Luke Peterson and Tracy Singleton. Free, registration at: Z.UMN.EDU/DOOLEY517.

ROB JUNG: Minnesotan Bob Junghaus, writing as Jung, introduces his novel "The Sower," second in his Chimera chronicles series after "The Reaper." The protagonist, a transgender private detective, has a cold case murder to solve, a U.S. Senate candidate with a past to hide, and an alleged forgery that rocks the world. Virtual Bookstube club, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, info on Facebook @BookstubeMN; 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, presented by Once Upon a Crime, onceuponacrimebooks.indielite.org; Noon Saturday, May 22, Chapter2Books, Hudson, Wis., chapter2books.com.

SPANISH ROOM FOR ALL: Author-translator team behind "InterseccionAlianza: Hacemos Espacio Para Todxs," Spanish edition of their critically-acclaimed 2019 children's book "IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All," discuss inclusive children's literature, translating egalitarian language, and why children should learn about concepts usually reserved for college classrooms. They are Carolyn Choi, LaToya Council, Chelsea Johnson, and Dario Valles. Presented by Wild Rumpus children's bookstore. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22. Information: wildrumpusbooks.com.

DAVID TROMBLAY: Oklahoma-based author who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for more than a decade before attending the Institute of American Indian Arts for his master's degree in creative writing presents his newest book "As You Were," his memories of a horrific childhood which led to his own violence. In conversation with Toni Jenson. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, presented by Magers & Quinn. Streams live on the store's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON

Quatrefoil Library, the place to go for LGBTQ books and DVDs, is offering free memberships for the first time in its 35-year history. The change goes into effect June 1, but people may apply now for their new Q Cards. In the past, library users paid $40 to gain borrowing privileges. Free membership is intended to encourage more people to get involved in the nonprofit, volunteer-run library and its activities, according to Claude Peck, Quatrefoil board president. His hope is that younger people and those with lower incomes will take advantage of Quatrefoil's unique LGBTQ collection, one of the nation's largest. After being closed for a year due to the pandemic, the library at 1220 E. Lake St., Mpls., will reopen starting every Saturday in June. For more information about the free Q Cards and the library go to: qlibrary.org.

Are you spring cleaning and looking for places to donate books locally? An organization called In The Book has created a Book Donation map of America showing where you can donate books close to you. Clicking on the map (inthebook.com/us/book-donation-map/), you'll find 15 organizations in the Twin Cities that accept books. In The Book, a New York-based personalized children's book publisher, created the map to give exposure to local businesses that may be in need of donations during the pandemic.

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