Sandra Cisneros will be in town Tuesday for a special Talking Volumes for youths. Cisneros wrote "The House on Mango Street," a novel about a young girl growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. The book was published 25 years ago to high acclaim.

Cisneros will be in conversation with MPR host Kerri Miller at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Washburn High School, 201 W. 49th St., Minneapolis. Tickets are $20 and are available from the Fitzgerald Theater box office, 651-290-1221 or

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• "Minnesota Prints and Printmakers 1900-1945" by Robert L. Crump has been published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Crump, a printmaker and superintendent of the Minnesota State Fair's fine arts exhibition, died recently. A gallery talk with Minnesota Historical Society curator Brian Szott will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Av., St. Paul.

• Twin Cities writer Benjamin Obler has published his first novel, "Javascotia," with Hamish Hamilton. The book is not yet available in the United States, but Obler will read at 2 p.m. today at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings, where copies will be available.

• Minnesota writer Tom Swift of Northfield has won the 2009 Seymour Medal for "Chief Bender's Burden." The medal honors the best new book of baseball history. Swift's book is the story of Charles Albert Bender, the first Minnesota-born man in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the greatest American Indian player. Swift will receive the medal in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday.

• Two poets will be featured guests at a reading at 7:30 p.m. Saturday -- Thomas R. Smith of Wisconsin and Asmund Bjornstad of Norway. Bjornstad was the first to translate John Donne's poetry into Norwegian. They will be at the Holtby House, 129 S.E. Melbourne Av., Minneapolis.

• This month sees two Talk of the Stacks events at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the speakers will be Claire Kirch of Publishers Weekly magazine, and, well, yours truly from the Strib. We'll talk about books, publishing and newspapers, moderated by Cathy Wurzer. April 28 will bring Tom Robbins, author of the new book "B is for Beer." Both events are at 7 p.m.