Literary calendar: Readings by Writers features four poets at the University Club

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Oct. 16—BEATRICE ADENODI — Awareness advocate and Minnesotan launches her book "Mindless Behaviors: Breaking Through Unseen Barriers," offering advice to those who feel stuck in a dead-end job, in a toxic relationship or are making fear-based choices. 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Union Depot, 214 Fourth St., St. Paul. $10 for the event, $25 for admission and a signed copy of the book. Information:

METRA FARRARI: Minnesotan presents "All the Blues Come Through," her novel of a female botanist who confronts the gods of mythology. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in-store, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.. Registration:

PANDEMIC POETRY: Reading by contributors to "A 21st Century Plague: Poetry from a Pandemic," edited by Elayne Clift, featuring writing from Thomas R. Smith, Michael Moos, Sandra Larson, Miriam Weinstein, Sue Crouse and John Krumberger. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, via Zoom, presented by Next Chapter Booksellers. Ticket information:

DERECKA PURNELL: Presents "Becoming Abolitionists," which explores the history of police as a means to capture runaway enslaved people and uphold white supremacy, in conversation with The New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb. Virtual. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, presented by Magers & Quinn. Registration required:

READINGS BY WRITERS: Tim Nolan hosts poets Doug Green, Isadora Gruye, Marya Hornbacher and Mary Moore Easter. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, University Club. 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

TAMARA WINFREY-HARRIS: Nationally-known columnist and speaker discusses her books. a revised and expanded second edition of "The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America," first published in 2015, and "Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power." Virtual. 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, presented in MELSA's Club Book series. Free. Streamed at


David Mura is a Minnesota poet, memoirist, teacher, playwright, and performance artist. Now he can add Emmy winner to his resume. "Armed With Language," a public television documentary on Military Intelligence Service Japanese American soldiers during World War II, won an Upper Midwest Emmy in the military category. Mura was writer, narrator and co-producer of the program. He quotes Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Chief of Intelligence as saying the Nisei shortened the war in the Pacific by two years and probably saved a million American lives. And they did their patriotic duty while their families were interned in relocation camps as being threats to national security.

News that will surprise no one: Kate DiCamillo's medieval middle grade novel, "The Beatryce Prophesy," has collected starred reviews from seven major publications. It doesn't get any better than that.

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