Year in Review 2012: Literature

Punches were thrown at Revolver's launch party
Punches were thrown at Revolver's launch party
Photo by Antonio Rodriguez

True or false: Minnesota are writers are antisocial. Answer: Thanks to the Twin Cities literary scene, that statement is completely false. Let's get caught up on the best lit moments of 2012 with this list highlighting the written word.

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Revolver's Launch Party at Uppercut Boxing Club

Undoubtedly, one of the most memorable literary events of the year was Revolver literary magazine's launch party. The event, held at Uppercut Boxing Club, set four lovable hipsters against each other in the ring. With the tagline "Rowdy Reading," it was a sucker-punch way to introduce the brand spankin' new publication to the lit-scene. Bonus: You can now nab their first-ever, just-released print edition.

Boarded Windows

For the quirky fiction-lover on your list, nab a copy of Boarded Windows (published by the local Coffee House Press) by local author Dylan Hicks. The majority of the novel is set in Uptown Minneapolis, and follows the narrator through a series of memories of his bizarre relationship with his father, a country musician. The book also comes with a free download of its sister soundtrack, Sings Bolling Green, written and recorded by Hicks himself.

Thirty Two Magazine

Another shining addition to the local magazine market this year was Thirty Two Magazine, a new Minnesota-focused journal featuring literary essays, art, film, fashion, design, and current affairs. Smart design and in-depth content keeps this magazine fresh and on the top of our reading pile.

Read This!

We've got great literary pride in Minnesota, and with Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores (Coffee House Press), avid readers and indie-bookstore lovers have yet another reason to puff out their chests. The book is a compilation of favorite titles from our nation's indie booksellers. The project/publication was originally Hans Weyandt's idea (Micawbers Books in St. Paul).

Literary Death Match

Although host Todd Zuniga and local producer Sarah Moeding makes every single Literary Death Match Twin Cities memorable, last June's Episode 7 was especially phenomenal. It featured stage-stealing moments from performance poet Jeffrey Skemp, plus the sassy musical stylings of writer and performer Stephanie Wilbur Ash and her all-lady cover group, Goth Mother.

The Ultimate Master of Words at the Loft

The Loft Literary Center's Ultimate Master of Words tournament was yet another dueling event for the bloodthirsty Minnesota literary scene. Twelve local writers -- including Peter Bognanni, Sarah Stonich, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Dennis Cass, and Andy Sturdevant -- vied for the coveted title with hilarious anecdotes from the judges' panel. This whole evening of side-splitting laughter and nerdy literary delights was held together by the emceeing talents of Books and Bars host Jeff Kamin.

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