Twin Cities Book Festival

TCBF Directions

Progress Center and Fine Arts Center
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 North Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota

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WITHIN THE FAIRGROUNDS: Enter through the main gates at 1265 Snelling Avenue, and take the first right onto Cosgrove Street. Cosgrove dead ends at Randall Ave: the building to the right is the Fine Arts Center and the one directly in front of you is the Progress Center. There is a public lot to the left of the Progress Center (19 on the map) and more parking on the surrounding fairground streets. Bike racks will be located in front of the Progress Center to the right.

The Festival’s featured Author Presentations are in the Fine Arts Center. All other Festival activities, including the Book Fair, Morning Mingle, Children’s/Youth Stages, and author book signings, are in the Progress Center.


Twin Cities Book Festival Fliers

Twin Cities Book Festival, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Friday, October 13, 2017: 6-7pm Reception; 7-8pm Opening Night Talk
Saturday, October 14, 2017: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Festival Event Fliers

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General Twin Cities Book Festival Flier

ASL Interpreted Events

Local Author Morning Mingle

Opening Night Talk with John Freeman, Lawrence Joseph, and Claire Vaye Watkins

Holy Cow! Press Anniversary Celebration

Donna Seaman

Juan Felipe Herrera and Ray Gonzalez

Travel Writing & Discovery with Geraldine DeRuiter, Kenny Fries, and Doug Mack

Senator Al Franken

Daniel Handler

Alex Lemon

Cory Doctorow and Charlie Jane Anders

Yrsa Daley-Ward

Roz Chast

Children's Pavilion Programs

Young Readers Programs

Teen Events Programs

TCBF Press Release July 18, 2017

PrintPRESS RELEASE: July 18, 2017

featured authors for 2017

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST PAUL— Rain Taxi is proud to announce the featured authors for the 2017 Twin Cities Book Festival, taking place on the evening of Friday, October 13 and all day Saturday, October 14 in the Progress Center and Fine Arts building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

“This year promises to be one for the books, so they say, with an amazing diversity of authors on display to teach, tickle, and titillate literary Minnesotans,” says Festival Director Eric Lorberer, who also serves as Executive Director of Rain Taxi, the nonprofit literary organization that organizes the Festival.

Prestigious award-winners and relative unknowns (but not for long) grace the stages this year, from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to spoken-word poet Yrsa Daley-Ward. Lemony Snicket alter-ego Daniel Handler, Boing Boing’s own Cory Doctorow, and 2017 Nebula Award-winner Charlie Jane Anders will present their novels. Poet and memoirist Kenny Fries, poet and Minnesota ex-pat Alex Lemon, and visual arts enthusiast Donna Seaman round out this eclectic group. United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will converse with the poet he chose for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship, Minnesota’s own Ray Gonzalez! There will also be a 40th anniversary celebration of Duluth’s Holy Cow! Press, a panel discussion with travel writers, and a special Friday night presentation; authors participating in these presentations will be announced at a later date.

Please join us to celebrate the authors you know and to discover the authors everyone will be talking about this year.

The 2017 Festival authors and their featured books announced today are:

Charlie Jane Anders, All The Birds in the Sky

Roz Chast, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Yrsa Daley-Ward, bone

Cory Doctorow, Walkaway

Kenny Fries, In The Province of the Gods

Ray Gonzalez, winner of the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship

Daniel Handler, All The Dirty Parts

Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate

Alex Lemon, Feverland

Donna Seaman, Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

More information on each of these authors can be found on the Twin Cities Book Festival website here:

 Further announcements about group presentations and authors appearing in our Children’s and Youth stages, as well as those writers appearing in our annual celebration of local authors, will be made soon – as will listings of our exhibitors, activities, sponsors, and schedule – stay tuned!

For more information and for updates, please visit

About the Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long Festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The Festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.

Visit for more information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #tcbf on Facebook and on Twitter.

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About Rain Taxi

Now in its twenty-second year, Rain Taxi, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to championing literary culture through programs and publications that foster awareness of innovative writing. In addition to publishing the Independent Press Award-winning Rain Taxi Review of Books, the group also hosts readings and literary events in the Twin Cities, including the annual Twin Cities Book Festival.

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General Twin Cities Book Festival Photos

Please feel free to use these photos in any Twin Cities Book Festival coverage. Photo credits are appreciated too and included with the photos. If you have questions, please contact bookfest [at] raintaxi [dot] com.

2012 TCBF buying books -photo by Jennifer Simonson

2012 TCBF crowd shot, buying books -photo by Jennifer Simonson



Corner Table

2015 TCBF Used Book Table by Jennifer Simonson


2015 TCBF Childrens Pavilion--courtesy Red Balloon Bookshop



TCBF2013-kidsandbooks photo by Kelly Everding

TCBF 2013 finding literary treasures - photo by Kelly Everding


Katha Pollitt presenting at the 2014 TCBF - photo by Vance Gellert

Amy Klobuchar TCBF2015 photo by Tim Hedges

Amy Klobuchar presenting at the 2015 TCBF - photo by Tim Hedges