People Who Write Books Are the New Rock Stars

Who knew the Twin Cities had a hot young literary scene?

Just kidding. Of course we knew. (And in fits of self-aggrandizement, we sometimes consider ourselves, as hot young magazine writers, badge-carrying members of this scene.) But it’s undeniable that the local lit community in recent years has enjoyed a surge of fresh, flattering attention—and not just from the Talking Volumes crowd, but from fashionable, finger-on-the-pulse tastemakers who recognize that they now need a few literary arrows in their quiver of pop culture cool.

Books are back, baby. And they’re sexier than ever.

Of course, this is all thanks to Paper Darts, the hipster lit zine/publishing press/design agency founded by Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, and Meghan Murphy in 2009.

In addition to gorgeously produced publishing projects—last year, they released local writer John Jodzio’s short-story collection Get In If You Want to Live as a McSweeney’s-esque illustrated art book—the PD crew also has been known to throw a pretty banging party, treating their readings like rock shows.

Consider tonight’s “Super Super Tuesday Reading” at the Nomad. Paper Darts gathers a cadre of young novelists, both national and local, to read from their recently published works. The local talent includes Jodzio; former City Pages scribe Dylan Hicks, who will read from his recently released Boarded Windows; and rapper/poet Dessa, from the Doomtree hip-hop collective.

Austin, Texas-based Amelia Gray, fresh off the publication of her third book, also performs, as does Chicago writer Lindsay Hunter, who will read from her debut collection of short-shorts, Daddy’s.

Paper Darts’s “Super Super Tuesday Reading”
Tuesday, April 10
7–9 p.m.
Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls.