Special Pre-Festival Events

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A Night of Festive Brevity

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

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For this special kickoff to the Twin Cities Book Festival, join the local literary community for a celebratory night of terse verse that’s equal parts levity and brevity. Acclaimed writers will read quick quips in twenty seconds or less; an open mic segment will follow, so if you've got your own short poem to blast out, bring it. Or arrive early for our brevity writing workshop, where you can compose political haiku, art reviews in couplet form, or mini-odes to your favorite things, among other zingers—as long as it's brief and you're ready to be social, we're game!

Writing Workshop, 6–7 pm, Garden CafÉ

Poetry Party, 7–8 pm, Garden Terrace Room

Savory snacks and a cash bar await your pleasure at the poetry party, and there will be door prizes galore. Don't miss it! CLICK HERE to view Facebook event page.

Social/Brief is co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and the Walker Art Center.

Opening Night Party

Friday, October 12, 2012

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

at the headquarters of

Consortium Book Sales and Distribution

The Keg House 34 Thirteenth Avenue NE, Suite 101 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

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A Bigger Book Festival in a New Location


this year’s featured authors and some special guests


the ongoing success of the largest literary gathering in the state!

Cab Fare for this shindig is a mere $25, and proceeds go toward insuring the Book Festival a great start in its new home at the Fairgrounds. Donate here or at the door; either way, you'll become a Local Supporter and receive other benefits year-round. We hope to see you there!


Come join the party!

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