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Food at the Festival!

We are pleased to announce that a variety of State Fairgrounds concessions will be open in and around the Progress Center during the Twin Cities Book Festival! You'll find plenty of great stuff to eat and drink, such as:

•  fair favorites: burgers, chicken sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, fries;
•  healthy & vegetarian alternatives: black bean chili, mediterranean wraps, grilled cheese sandwiches;
•  beverages and treats: coffee and cappuccino drinks, sodas, water, cinnamon rolls, ice cream, and more!

Vendors will be open during Festival hours, 10 am to 5 pm, so no booklover will go hungry. See you there!

The Bookseller Is In!

To celebrate the release of the homegrown sensation Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores, the Twin Cities Book Festival proudly announces its first ever reading advice booth. Swing by to get book recommendations from the pros, plus discounts and chances to win copies of Read This!, the book that puts a bookseller in your pocket. Get in on the fun ahead of time by creating your own list of favorite titles to share (downloadable HERE); bring it to the booth to receive 20% off Read This! and a chance to win a gift package! Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Independent Booksellers Association.

Local Lit Lounge

Come celebrate a smorgasbord of releases by acclaimed local authors and a few esteemed visitors in the Festival's new Local Lit Lounge! Books will be available for purchase and signing; authors will be available for sparkling conversation; a few surprises may be in store for those sociable folks who visit. Click here to see a list of authors! Co-sponsored by Common Good Books.

Click here to download a flyer for this event!

Firecracker Mailbox

There may have been rain on our parade this summer, but we’re going to light off our latest writing project at the Twin Cities Book Festival, and cause some serious literary mayhem! When you stop by the Festival, bring a submission of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or comic art and drop it off at the Firecracker Mailbox—or create something that very day for your entry: How about an impromptu review of a Festival performance, or an imagistic couplet about the faces in the crowd? From the entries in the mailbox, we’ll edit and produce Firecracker, Volume 1—and create a time capsule of an already memorable day.

Click here to download a flyer for this event!

Literary Magazine Fair

Awesome new literary magazines from around the nation, available at incredibly low try-out prices! Co-sponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Used Book Sale

Hunt for literary treasures among the stacks at Rain Taxi's annual Used Book Sale! All proceeds go to help support the Festival.

Donate your used books to the Twin Cities Book Festival! Contact us at bookfest [at]

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