LAURIE ALLMANN: Reads from her poetry collection “An Hour From Now,” steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, with Freya Manfred, author of nine books of poetry. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., St. Paul.
BRIAN FREEMAN: Bestselling, award-winning Minnesota author of psychological thrillers, who will take over Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series in a book due in 2020, discusses his work in the Bookstube at the Bierstube series. 5:30 p.m., social hour, 6:30 p.m. program, Thursday, Nov. 21; The Bierstube, 109 11th St. W., Hastings.
COLIN HAMILTON: Minnesotan celebrates publication of his novel “The Thirteenth Month,” narrated by a constant reader who experiences the world through books, from Dar es Salaam to Cleveland, while helping his demented mother die. A graduate in poetry of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hamilton published poetry and essays, then went on to a career in public affairs, helping develop the Minneapolis Central Library, the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, and affordable housing projects for low income artists. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Moon Palace Books, 3032 E. Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.
DONNA ISAAC: Reads from her poetry chapbook “Persistence of Vision,” inspired by her love for movies, with poet Margaret Hasse. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; Tillie’s Farmhouse, 232 Cleveland Ave., St. Paul.
KEVIN A. KUHN: Presents his new story collection, “Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow,” inspired by the original Twilight Zone series, in which he explores parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19; Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER: Discusses his new novel “This Tender Land.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Barnes & Noble, Maple Grove.
JOE KAPP: Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback who led the team to their first Super Bowl, discusses his memoir “The Toughest Chicano: A Life of Leadership,” in which he writes about his younger days in immigrant neighborhoods across California to his Purple People Eater Vikings career and his current battle with dementia. 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18; Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
GINA LaMANNA: USA Today bestselling author hosts a discussion of her new mystery “Pretty Guilty Women!” in Winding Trail Books book club. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19; Winding Trail Books, 2230 Carter Ave., St. Paul.
ADAM MINTER: Presents “Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale,” which follows donated old items, sometimes halfway across the world. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20; Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.
RED BALLOON BIRTHDAY PARTY: Award-winning children’s bookstore that opened Nov. 17, 1984, celebrates 35 years of going strong with a week of special shenanigans and offers. Those who spend $35 get a free Red Balloon-themed prize. The staff has made a list of 35 years of their favorite books, all of which will be discounted 15 percent. The celebrating goes on all day Saturday, Nov. 23, with a birthday-themed storytime at 10:30 a.m., and a 4 p.m. birthday bash including the unveiling of the store’s 35th anniversary poster, a trivia challenge and birthday cake. Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul.
SCI FI NIGHT: Sue Burke, Naomi Kritzer and Marissa Lingen celebrate release of Burke’s novel “Interference” and present other works. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.