Year in Review 2013: Literature

Categories: Books
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This year has been a solid-gold one for the literary scene, bringing in collaborative projects, audience engagement, star-studded showcases, and, of course, fabulous literature to the good old Twin Cities. Let's take a moment to set aside our modest Midwestern tendencies, and proceed to "ooh and ah" about what happened on the local scene in 2013.

The Loft Literary Center's Short-Short Salon

The literary scene wasted no time getting started in mid-January this year with the Loft Literary Center's first ever flash-fiction marathon, Short-Short Salon. The brainchild of Marge Barrett, Short-Short Salon featured readings from this year's three contest winners, as well as first-place winners from the past 12 years (the event had previously been hosted by MinnPost). Pulling in this year's first, second, and third places respectively were Katrina Wollet, Bonnie West, and Samuel Cole. A half-time show from comedian Rana May elicited chuckles and provided fodder between readers.
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Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

April brought about the release of local fiction writer Sarah Stonich's Vacationland, an intricately crafted book of short stories. Each piece is linked by Meg, a recurring, fully-dimensional character, and the place she calls home: the remains of a tired, family-owned lakeside resort in Northern Minnesota. Stonich brings all of her characters to life with gorgeous, organic mastery.

Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow by Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant's Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow was published by Minneapolis's Coffee House Press in October, and has been popping up in literary conversations, reviews, and at innovative events ever since. A guidebook to the Twin Cities spaces, art, and culture, Potluck Supper is a smart and quirky read, giving love to many local gems.

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David P. Hanson, work based on Lisp of Cloud by Leila Wilson
Motionpoems Screening at Walker Art Center

Motionpoems had another stellar year of taking poems from the page and turning them into short video. Creators Angella Kassube and Todd Boss (who is also a fantastic poet in his own right) revealed the world premiere of 2013 videos at a screening at Walker Art Center during the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. (Psst! Don't miss Motionpoems' and Todd Boss's newest endeavor, Arrivals and Departures, at the St. Paul Union Depot. For more details, check motionpoems.com.)

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[PANK] Invasion: Minneapolis

The Michigan-based experimental literary organization [PANK] brought its nationwide reading series to Minneapolis with the added pizzazz of local lit and art publication Paper Darts. [PANK]'s portion of the lineup featured Matt Mauch (of Maeve's Sessions and Great Twin Cities Poetry Read), Kris Bigalk, and Jordan Wiklund. Paper Darts' three choices were Katie Sisneros, John Brandon, and John Jodzio (whose book, Get in If You Want to Live, Paper Darts' published last year). The mashup served up some of the best current local talent.

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