Literary calendar for week of July 16

16 July 2023

ZOE FISHMAN: Presents “The Fun Widow’s Book Hour” in conversation with Sherry Walling. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

Savita Harjani (Courtesy of the author)

SAVITA HARJANI: Retired Minneapolis lawyer launches “Postcards from Within: Random Ramblings of An Ordinary Human,” her memoir about caring for her dying mother in her native India for four years. The author came to the United States as a 20-year-old, earning her law degree at what is now Hamline-Mitchell Law School.  After her mother’s death in 2020, she returned to Minnesota. Her husband, Ramesh Harjani, is an electrical engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, University of Minnesota Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Mpls. Ticket information at

LEBLANC/GOLDBERG: Courtney LeBlanc and Zach Goldberg of Minneapolis discuss “Her Whole Bright Life,” LeBlanc’s poetry collection that weaves together the trauma and exhaustion of a life filled with disordered eating and the loss and grief at the death of the poet’s father. 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.

SANDHEI/VELURE: Tom Sandhei and Tricia Velure sign copies of their book “Dust Yourself Off: Gravel Road to a Good Life.” 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 21, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

What else is going on

JENNA ZARK: St. Paul resident Zark’s book “Crooked Lane: A Single Mom’s Jewish Journey” was named one of the best indie books of 2023 by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, winning first prize in the Overcoming Adversity/Tragedy Memoir category in the organization’s Next Generation Book Awards. It’s about the author’s new beginnings as a single mom after she and her husband divorced and she knew few people outside the synagogue where he had been a cantor. Her book has earned five other honors, including a first prize in the Parenting/Family category in the International Firebird Awards.

Related Articles

Books |

Readers and writers: Summer paperbacks to relax with

Books |

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s staff prodded colleges and libraries to buy her books

Books |

Behind ‘Oppenheimer,’ a prizewinning biography 25 years in the making

Books |

Literary calendar for week of July 9: Mysteries, guardian angels and baseball

Books |

Readers and writers: Mystery, heartbreak, satire and maybe even some horror

Need help?

If you need support, please send an email to [email protected]

Thank you.