Events

April 2024

Tuesday
23
5:00 PM
Central time

In person: Aimee Nezhukumatathil appearing at Wonderfair

Join The Blake School and Milkweed Editions for this family-oriented event for all ages to explore wonders of nature. Featuring a conversation with New York Times bestselling World of Wonders author Aimee Nezhukumatathil and award-winning Brains On science podcast host Molly Bloom, along with orchids, turtles, plants, ice cream sundaes and more. View the original artwork by Fumi Mini Nakamura that illustrates World of Wonders and get inspired to make your own. Drop in, engage, and experience wonder together.

This event is free and open to the public, please register using this form.

Minneapolis, MN

The Blake School
511 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

Wednesday
24
7:00 PM
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In person: Fady Joudah appearing at Theatre Centre featuring Pacinthe Mattar

Join Fady Joudah for a reading and conversation in celebration of his newest collection, […]. Joudah will be joined in conversation by Pacinthe Mattar. This event is hosted by Another Story Bookshop.

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10.

Toronto, ON

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W,
Toronto ON M6J 1J1
Canada

Wednesday
24
7:30 PM
Central standard time

In person: Aimee Nezhukumatathil appearing at the University of Minnesota's Esther Freier Lecture featuring Ross Gay

Join the Department of English at 7:30 pm on April 24, 2024, as the Esther Freier Lecture Series presents Gay (above right), author of The Book of Delights and The Book of (More) Delights, and Nezhukumatathil (left), author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks & Other Astonishments. The bestselling poets and essayists will read from their work and be in conversation with English Professor Douglas Kearney.

Live captioning and ASL provided. For further questions about accessibility services and the venue, please email sutt0063@umn.edu or call 612-626-1528.

This event is free and open to the public with registration. Register here.

Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota
Coffman Union Theater
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Thursday
25
7:00 PM

In person: Benjamin Garcia appearing at Poets House featuring Eduardo C. Corral

Guggenheim fellow Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine (Graywolf Press, 2020) and award-winning debut poet Benjamin Garcia, author of Thrown in the Throat (Milkweed Editions, 2020) come together to read and discuss the work they published during the pandemic. This event is presented with support from the Battery Park City Authority.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

New York, NY

Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
United States

Friday
26
5:00 PM
Central Time

In Person: Milkweed Books' Poetry Listening Party

Join us for Milkweed Books’ Poetry Listening Party, featuring a lyrical selection of audiobooks on our list. Get a pre-release sneak peek of The Popol Vuh audiobook, translated from the K’iche and read by local poet Michael Bazzett. Relax in our cozy reading nook and let the voices of Mikeas Sánchez, JJJJJerome Ellis, Yalie Saweda Kamara, and Ada Limón wash over you, with some sips and snacks in reaching distance. Drop in, bring your own earbuds and device, or gather round our listening station to sample our innovative audiobook selection!

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Saturday
27
10:00 AM
Central Time

Independent Bookstore Day at Milkweed Books

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Milkweed Books with special one-day-only promotions, and delightful snacks and sips! We invite you to stop in, shop from our array of books and broadsides, and share in the joy and community of local independent bookstores during one of the biggest annual events in the bookselling world! Sign up to become a Milkweed member to receive an exclusive tote bag and member discount! Learn more about Milkweed membership levels and benefits here.

This event will run all day, from 10 am to 5 pm, at Milkweed Books, our brick-and-mortar independent bookstore located on the…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55113
United States

(612) 215-2540
Saturday
27
4:00 PM
Eastern standard time

In person: Jessica Fisher appearing at The Clark featuring Mary Ruefle

Join poets Jessica Fisher and Mary Ruefle for a reading and conversation in celebration of their new books.

Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524.

This event is free and open to the public.

Williamstown, MA

The Clark
255 South St
Williamstown, MA 02167
United States

Tuesday
30
5:30 PM

In person: Aimee Nezhukumatathil appearing at Square Books

Join Square Books in celebrating the release of author and friend Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s new book Bite by Bite: Nourishments and Jamborees and the paperback release of her celebrated work of nonfiction World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments.

This event is free and open to the public.

Oxford, MS

Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
United States

May 2024

Tuesday
30
7:00 PM
CT
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In person: Fady Joudah appearing at First Light Books with Roger Reeves

Join Fady Joudah for a reading and conversation about his newest collection, […]. Joudah will be joined in conversation by Roger Reeves.

This event is free and open to the public.

Austin, TX

First Light Bookstore
4300 Speedway Unit 104,
Austin, TX 78751
United States

Wednesday
1
6:00 PM
Central Time

In Person: Dorothy Chan Book Launch at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes award-winning author Dorothy Chan for a reading from their new poetry book Return of the Chinese Femme, an unabashed exploration of queerness, excess, identity, and tenderness. Dorothy will read from their book and sit in conversation alongside poet Douglas Kearney, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.

Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation beginning at 6 p.m.

About the book

The speaker in Dorothy Chan’s fifth collection, Return of the Chinese Femme, walks…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, PLEASE RSVP HERE.

LEARN MORE

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Thursday
2
12:00 PM
Pacific standard time

In person: Priyanka Kumar appearing at PLAYA Summer Workshops

Join at PLAYA for this 4-night writing retreat exploring the Poetry of Birding led by best-selling author Priyanka Kumar. Through guided birding excursions to observe migratory birds in the Summer Lake Wildlife Area, bring your observations back to meditative discussions in our workshop circle. Here, participants will integrate birds and poetry, beginning with Seamus Heaney’s “St. Kevin and the Blackbird,” and travel back through the ages to the lone hut of the master of Chinese nature poetry. Create nature poems of your own inspired by local field trips observing spring migration in Summer Lake, Oregon.

This is a ticketed workshop, open to the public. Register here.

Summer Lake, OR

Summer Lake Wildlife Area
53447 OR-31
Summer Lake, OR 97640
United States

Thursday
2
5:00 PM
Central Time

In person: Milkweed Presents: Beyond guilt: Writers reflect on climate change, hosted by Diane Wilson

Join us for the May entry in our monthly reading and panel discussion event series Milkweed Presents, hosted by The Seed Keeper author Diane Wilson! Diane will lead readings and conversation about writing amidst climate change with Erin Sharkey, editor of A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars, and special guest poet Halee Kirkwood.

Enjoy a social hour and book-signing in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore—Milkweed Books—beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation in the Open Book Performance Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

Our Spring 2024 slate of Milkweed Presents includes:

February…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP HERE.

Minneapolis, MN

Open Book Performance Hall
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

(612) 215-2540
Thursday
9
6:30 PM
CT

In person: Debra Magpie Earling appearing in conversation with Louise Erdrich

Join Debra Magpie Earling and Louise Erdrich for a conversation in celebration of The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. This event is in partnership with Birchbark Books and the Minneapolis Central Library.

Author accommodation generously provided by Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Pohlad Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States

Friday
10
11:30 AM
CT

In person: Kaleidoscope luncheon with Debra Magpie Earling

Join Debra Magpie Earling, author of the 2023 Montana Book Award-winning The Lost Journals of Sacajewea, for a conversation over lunch about the origins and development of her visionary novel. The event is open to all Kaleidoscope members and guests.

Open to members of Kaleidoscope and their guests. Register here.
To learn more or to join, visit milkweed.org/kaleidoscope.
 

Minneapolis, MN

Open Book Performance Hall
1011 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

Wednesday
15
7:00 PM
CT

In-person: Tess Taylor at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes poet Tess Taylor for a reading from her new book Leaning Toward Light, a collection of contemporary gardening poems with a diverse range of contemporary voices that offer poems celebrating that joyful connection to the natural world, in an era of climate crisis. Tess will read from Leaning Toward Light and be joined in conversation by local author Beth Dooley, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.

Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation beginning at 7 p.m…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, PLEASE RSVP HERE. 

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
First floor, Open Book
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

Thursday
16
7:00 PM

In person: Jennifer Kabat appearing at Porter Square Books

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Kabat for the release of her book The Eighth Moon. Francesca Wade and Aaron Hicklin will join Kabat in conversation.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Cambridge, MA

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
United States

Wednesday
22
6:00 PM
Central Time

In Person: Sonja Swift at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes poet Sonja Swift for a reading from her book Echo Loba, Loba Echo: Of Wisdom, Wolves, and Women, a unique look at the cultural, environmental, historical, literary, metaphorical, and political role of the wolf. Sonja will read from Echo Loba, Loba Echo and be joined in conversation by local author Winona LaDuke, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.

Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore, Milkweed Books, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation beginning at 6 p.m.

About the book

Echo Loba, Loba Echo is…

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

Thursday
23
5:00 PM
Central Time

Milkweed Presents: hosted by Michael Kleber-Diggs

Join us for the our monthly reading and panel discussion event series Milkweed Presents, hosted by Worldly Things author Michael Kleber-Diggs! Michael will lead readings and a conversation on the topic of art and activism during times of global and civil conflict with special guest speakers Sun Yung Shin and Michael Torres.

Please join us in-person at Open Book for an unforgettable reading and discussion at 6 p.m., and come early for a book-signing and social hour at Milkweed Books, our brick-and-mortar independent bookstore, at 5 p.m.

Milkweed Presents is a monthly event series featuring Milkweed authors as curators of…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP HERE

Minneapolis, MN

Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

(612) 215-2540
Thursday
30
6:00 PM

Cow Tipping Press, Milkweed Books, & Unrestricted Interest Present: Neurodivergent Book Launch with Max Eati, Mark Eati, & Mary Ayetey

Join Milkweed Books as we host a launch event for three neurodivergent writers and their new books with Cow Tipping Press and Unrestricted Access.

Mary Ayetey, winner of the 2024 Cow Tipping Prize, will have her multi-genre collection published in May. This stirring book introduces a bold literary voice. At times blurring the past, and other times distilling exquisite details from her memories, Atetey builds cities to wander through. Her writing probes at her identity and personal history, taking the world apart and putting it back together with dynamic, purposeful language.

The event will also feature work by Mark Eati and Max

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Thursday
30
7:30 PM
Eastern standard time

In person: Claire Wahmanholm appearing at Merkin Hall for Songs for the Next Generation

Vivian Fung is collaborating with the Jasper String Quartet, tenor Nicholas Phan, and pianist Myra Huang, on the creation of a new song cycle, Songs for the Next Generation. The project is a half-evening length song cycle, approximately 30 minutes, for tenor, string quartet, and piano.

The work centers around poet Claire Wahmanholm’s prize-winning poem “O,” which took second place at the Academy of American Poets’ inaugural Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize. The poem is described by the judges as “an original and powerful evocation, using a single letter of the alphabet to name the wonders that are at risk…

This event is free and open to the public.

New York, NY

Merkin Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

June 2024

Sunday
2
3:00 PM

In Person: Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. at Milkweed Books

Please join Milkweed Books in hosting poet Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. as he reads from his debut poetry collection Gay Poems for Red States.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

In Gay Poems for Red States, Carver counters the injustice of a persistent anti-LGBTQ+ movement by asserting that a life full of beauty and pride is possible for everyone. More than a collection of poetry, Carver’s earnest and heartfelt verses are for those wishing to discover and understand the vastness of Appalachia, and for the LGBTQ+ Appalachians who long for a future—for a home—in an often unwelcoming place…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP HERE.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Wednesday
5
6:00 PM

Milkweed Presents: Love, Loss, & What We Cook hosted by Beth Dooley

Join us for the our monthly reading and panel discussion event series Milkweed Presents, hosted by In Winter’s Kitchen author Beth Dooley! Beth will lead readings and a conversation on the topic of food and love with special guest speakers Karen Babine, Theresa McCormick, & Marnie Wells.

Please join us in-person at Open Book for an unforgettable reading and discussion at 6 p.m., and come early for a book-signing and social hour at Milkweed Books, our brick-and-mortar independent bookstore, at 5 p.m.

Milkweed Presents is a monthly event series featuring Milkweed authors as curators of conversation with local writers and community…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

(612) 215-2540
Friday
7
7:00 PM
Central Time

In Person: Nathan Lipps at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes author Nathan Lipps for the launch of his debut book of poems, Built Around the Fire, which delves into notions of place, the enveloping wonder and plight of our environment, and the complexities of rural culture. Nathan will read from Built Around the Fire, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.

Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation beginning at 7 p.m.

About the book

Built Around the Fire delves into notions of place, the enveloping wonder and…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Wednesday
12
6:00 PM
Eastern time

In person: Jennifer Kabat appearing at Unnameable Books

Join author Jennifer Kabat for a discussion on her memoir The Eighth Moon.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brooklyn, NY

Unnameable Books
615 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States

Wednesday
19
6:00 PM

In Person: John Balaban at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes poet John Balaban for a reading from his newest book Passing Through a Gate, an essential collection of his prize-winning poems in one place, threaded through with essays that link poetry to Balaban’s extensive travels, whether hitchhiking throughout the United States or wandering the countryside of Vietnam during wartime to record and translate folk poetry. John will read and be joined in conversation by local author Michael Bazzett, followed by time for audience questions and a book signing.

Enjoy a social hour in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 6 p.m., followed by…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540
Friday
28
7:00 PM

In Person: Margaret Yapp Book Launch at Milkweed Books

Join us at Milkweed Books to welcome Iowa poet Margaret Yapp and launch her new poetry collection, Green For Luck, out with EastOver Press on April 23.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Green for Luck wanders green city blocks, denying happen-stance and making lists. Margaret Yapp attends to mundanity as a string that holds us close to the earth, building quotidian divinities, landing jokes just to make sure we’re listening. In this book, words push the left and upper margins, forcing the body of the page to act as negative space, a place where the light gets in. Green for Luck

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE RSVP HERE.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

(612) 215-2540

July 2024

August 2024

Thursday
22
6:00 PM

In Person: Lauren Russell book launch at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes Lauren Russell for the launch of her new collection, A Window That Can Neither Close Nor Open, out August 27th. In A Window That Can Neither Open nor Close, the stakes of writing are also the stakes of living. “Though I no longer wanted to die,” writes Lauren Russell, “our first years together were not easy … because I also did not want to live.” From this enigmatic in-between, Russell dives into multitudes: cats and questions; compulsion and devotion; narrative and diagnosis; language and loneliness; scrupulosity and stasis; suicidality and love. After a…

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 S Washington Avenue
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

(612) 215-2540

September 2024

Thursday
5
7:00 PM
Pacific time

In-person: Chris La Tray appearing at Elliott Bay Books

Join Chris La Tray in conversation about his memoir Becoming Little Shell: A Landless Indian’s Journey Home.

This event is free and open to the public.

Seattle, WA

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

Thursday
12
7:00 PM
Central Time

In Person: Jennifer Kabat book launch at Milkweed Books

Join us as Milkweed Books welcomes Jennifer Kabat for the launch of her debut memoir, The Eighth Moon: A Memoir of Belonging and Rebellion. After reading from The Eighth Moon, Jennifer will be joined in conversation by local author Kathryn Savage.

Enjoy a social hour and book-signing in our brick-and-mortar indie bookstore Milkweed Books beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the reading and conversation at 7 p.m.


 

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Minneapolis, MN

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

612-215-2540

October 2024

Thursday
24
6:00 PM

In person: 2024 Book Lovers Ball

Experience the power of life-changing literature with Montana Poet Laureate and Métis storyteller Chris La Tray, author of the forthcoming memoir Becoming Little Shell. Enjoy dinner, drinks, a live auction, and more, while celebrating and supporting transformative books.

Funds raised from the Book Lovers Ball support Milkweed’s mission to identify, nurture, and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it.

Tickets available soon. Please contact Madi McLaughlin, madi_mclaughlin@milkweed.org, (612) 215-2559, with questions.

Minneapolis, MN

Machine Shop
300 Second Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States

November 2024

May 2025

Sunday
18
12:00 PM
Greenwich Mean Time

In person: Kerri ní Dochartaigh appearing at Nature Culture’s Ireland retreat

Join author Kerri ní Dochartaigh in prioritizing your creativity for ten days in spring 2025 at the seaside village of Doolin, County Clare, Ireland.

This retreat is led by Ryan Dennis of The Milkhouse Rural Writers Collective; co-organized with NatureCulture/Writing the Land.

This is a ticketed workshop. Register here.

County Clare,

Teergonean
Doolin
County Clare
V95 XR0K
Ireland