bk_hoop-genius_290It seems like everything this week is all about the spooky, creepy, terrifying, and partying lead-up to Halloween. If you’re not crazy about the ghoulish holiday, or if you prefer to just stay home and get the kiddos dressed up or pass out treats, there are quieter options out there. For the literary or introverted types, book events are always intriguing, whether you have the opportunity to attend a blockbuster writer’s signing, or if it’s a local or self-published author trying to get their story out. So many stories and undiscovered talents. Take your pick of a few of these happenings over the weekend.

Sharon Anderson – Breaking Free: Ten Women’s Stories About Surviving Abuse
6:00pm Thursday, October 24 at Excelsior Bay Books
36 Water Street, Excelsior

Sara Paretsky – Critical Mass
7:00pm Thursday, October 24 at Once Upon a Crime
604 W. 26th Street, Minneapolis

Jesse Ventura – They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK
7:00pm Thursday, October 24 at Barnes & Noble Har-Mar Mall
2100 Snelling Ave. N, Roseville

Geoff Herbach – I’m With Stupidcover
7:00pm Friday, October 25 at Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul

John Coy – Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
7:00pm Friday, October 25 at Chapter 2 Books
422 2nd St, Hudson, WI

Soleil Moon Frye – Let’s Get This Party Started
2:00pm Saturday, October 26 at Mall of America Rotunda
340 W. Market, Bloomington

Lisa Bullard – Turn Left at the Cow
2:00pm Saturday, October 26 at The Valley Bookstore
217 Main St. N, Stillwater

Pamela Olson – Fast Times in Palestine
5:00pm Sunday, October 27 at Prairie Lutheran Church
1935 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul