Mila Jaroniec talks about her debut novel Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover,” writing autofiction, the surprising similarity between selling sex toys and selling books, and the impact of having a baby on editing. ...more
Roof Books presents David Buuck (Co-Founder and Editor of Tripwire), Jean Day (The Triumph of Life), and Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution Laura Moriarty (Who That Divines). Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.
Torch songs, i.e. “sentimental love songs, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited love,” were once the flagship of every respected crooner: with sultry lonesomeness, a smooth voice would dance above the elegant orchestra accompaniment, singing of lovers lost or unreciprocated romance.
Fitting comfortably in the gap between Angel Olsen and Lana Del Rey, Molly Burch’s debut Please Be Mine (Captured Tracks) is a collection of compelling torch songs, reminiscent of a gothic Frankie Avalon; the 1950s-inspired songwriting is the perfect counterpart to Burch’s amazing, deep voice, charming without ever being sugary.
“I was always really interested in singing before songwriting. I didn’t always have the confidence to write,” Molly says, “Initially it was more about finding the right songs to complement my voice.” We couldn’t be happier she finally did! Watch two videos from the new album after the jump. (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from one of hate and fear, we need books that display empathy, that help us understand different points of view, that show us we aren’t alone, that feed our spirits.
Sunday 2/19: Co-founder of Milkweed Editions and poet Emilie Buchwald will feature at Literary Witnesses, held in the Plymouth Congregational Church. Buchwald will read from her newest collection of poetry, The Moment’s Only Moment. 12 p.m., free.
Tuesday 2/21: Carol Connolly’s series Reading by Writers continues with a tribute to Charles Bukowski. Readers, all Twin Cities-based, include Mark Berriman, Tom Cassidy, Erica Christ, Ted King, Klecko, and Willie Murphy. University Club of Saint Paul, 7:30 p.m., free.
Meanwhile, over in Minneapolis, novelist Kevin Kuhn presents his newest book, Do You Realize?, at Magers & Quinn. 7 p.m., free.
It started, as it often does, with a recommendation from a friend, in this case Gabrielle Calvocoressi. She sent me an email saying “You have to look at this book.” I would have anyway, because I’ve been a fan of Adrian Matejka’s work for a long time, and in fact, I wanted his last book, The Big Smoke, for the Poetry Book Club but couldn’t make it happen.
So I was excited when I got a PDF of Map to the Stars in my inbox, and was hooked from the first poem, “Star-Struck Blacks,” which evokes Indianapolis and the Midwestern winters I’ve recently become used to, but which ends with an allusion to a dick joke.