Upcoming Events

RAIN TAXI BOOK CLUB in THE COMMONS

Thursday, July 26, 2018,
5:00pm: Social Hour
5:45pm: Book Discussion
The Commons
425 Portland Avenue S, Minneapolis

BYOB for a social mixer and freewheeling discussion of Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance! Drop in anytime starting at 5 pm with your own beer, wine, or beverage of your choice—we’ll have snacks handy and some cool swag to give away! From 5:45-6:30, we’ll chat about the Minnesota classic that got generations pondering the nature of “Quality.” ; discussion leaders include:

Patrick Coleman
(acquisitions librarian for the Minnesota Historical Society)
Nor Hall
(Jungian therapist who once rode the world’s smallest Harley)
Steve Marsh
(senior writer at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is available at many book stores in the Twin Cities. This event is free and open to the public!

Progress Center
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

Friday, June 29, 3 - 8 pm
$10 ENTRY gives first look and special activities:
see below!

Saturday, June 30, 10 am - 4 pm
FREE ADMISSION plus more fun for the whole family:
see below!

Scores of dealers offering a variety of items both common
and rare, with books for every pocketbook!

Collectible Books ★ First Editions
Illustrated Books ★ Children’s Books
Pulp Fiction ★ Underground Publications
Maps and Prints ★ Local History
Travel and Exploration ★ Scholarly Titles
Letterpress Works ★ Vintage and Art Books
Posters and Photographs ★ Americana
Ephemera ★ Comics and Graphic Novels
PLUS: Vinyl Records in our new Analog Alley

Click Here to see a list of our exhibitors!


Friday Activities at Print Matters

Scavenger Hunt, 3-8 pm

Grab our list of treasures, try to spot them among the dealer’s booths, and win prizes—over $800 worth of books, gift cards, and more!

Free Letterpress Coasters, 3-6 pm

Printed on the spot by Monica Larson of Sister Black Press—because if you’re going to drink and read books, you need a coaster. One per person, please.

Poetry Tarot, 4-7 pm

Local poet-seers will lay out cards and write a poem for you based on the results. You’ll emerge from this reverie with a personalized poetry fortune to guide you.

Live Music, 5-8 pm

Paper Art Installation, all day (and Saturday too)

Inhabit the beauty of paper as living sculpture, created by Minnesota Book Award-winning book artist Amanda Degener. Viewing her practice of hand paper making as a collaboration with nature, Degener writes, "Reflection, nearness, care and love are found in slowness. Slowness is where we are renewed, where we sense ourselves in the world and find the boundaries of our own existence.”


Saturday Activities at Print Matters

Giant Word Cross, 10 am - 3 pm

Make a play on our word grid using tiles they’ll be able to see from across the fairgrounds. Regular sized rules apply!

DJ Tom Novak

Tom will be spinning 45s, ranging from top hits to dusty gems . . . a blast from the past to celebrate the age of analog!

Free Film Tickets!

IFC Films presents their new documentary Eating Animals, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Stop by to grab a pair of tickets to an advance screening (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win a copy of the book!


* Formerly known as the Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair, and still sponsored by the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association!

Print Matters Sponsors and Supporters


Thanks to the Midwest Antiqurian Booksellers Association for sponsoring Print Matters! MWABA, a professional organization of booksellers from the Midwest who deal in antiquarian, collectible, and used books, strives to promote the appreciation of books, maps, and ephemera among the general public. Visit www.mwaba.com.


Thanks to the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for their assistance in promoting Print Matters! Founded in 1949, the ABAA exists to promote interest in rare and antiquarian books and book collecting. Visit www.abaa.org.


Thanks to Bookmobile Craft Digital for printing this program! Bookmobile brings craftsmanship to short-run book printing of all kinds. Find them at www.bookmobile.com.


Rain Taxi champions aesthetically adventurous literature through publications, events, and services to the literary community. As one of our core values is celebrate and promote the power of print, we are honored to join with kindred spirits in organizing this installment of Print Matters. Visit us at www.raintaxi.org.


Interested Vendors

Please contact us at bookfest [at] raintaxi [dot] com for rates and information.

Interested Volunteers

Please contact us at bookfest [at] raintaxi [dot] com for more information.