African-American writers are celebrated this week in literary events – Twin Cities

BEN AUSTEN: Journalist discusses “High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing,” a look at a Chicago housing project that was underfunded and poorly maintained, leading to gangs, drugs and a federal drug policy that turned many residents into felons. Cabrini-Green, which has been torn down, became a nationwide symbol for the worst of urban blight. 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1; Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

JOSEPH CASSARA: Discusses “The House of Impossible Beauties” in conversation with Chris Stedman. His debut novel follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids who frequent the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the documentary “Paris is Burning.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Magers &…

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