Open Book Stage (2nd Floor, part of Street Fest access): Dobby Gibson (Little Glass Planet, Graywolf Press, 2019) maps the strange and the mundane in this candid and subliminal collection of poems. Widower Esteban Bellacosa is just trying to pick up the pieces of his life when he wanders into an alternative universe in what is best described as a genre-bending, philosophical surrealist thriller from debut novelist Fernando A. Flores (Tears of the Trufflepig, FSG Originals, 2019). These two authors and friends will each read, followed by a casual conversation on friendship and work.
Stage Street: Target Stage Panel Discussion: Wobegon’s Gone: Writing Modern Minneapolis. Join Frank Bures and selected writers from Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology for a discussion of what it means to write in the post-Gopher Prairie, post-Lake Wobegon era. How do we honor our literary forebears while best representing our lives today? We’ll talk about new narrative threads that reflect our city and state, and what it means to be a writer in Minnesota today.