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Twin Cities Book Festival
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
10am – 5pm • Free Admission
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The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important 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.

Friday Night Events

We start the Festival off right with a Grand Opening Party (ticketed)
and a reading by Laila Lalami (free)! more info


Head to the Festival with fellow cyclists for swag, fun, and more! more info

All-Day Book Fair

See the complete list of exhibitors appearing in the Book Fair, and check back for a listing of special author appearances, raffles, and giveaways! more info

Presenting Authors

Rain Taxi is pleased to welcome authors from around the country and the globe to this year’s Festival stages. more info

Author Hub Activities 

Meet great local authors for games, chats, giveaways, and more! more info

Children's, Tween, & Teen Authors

It’s another action-packed year in the Festival’s Children's
Pavilion, Middle Grade Headquarters, and Teen Tent stages. more info

Complete Schedule

Plan your day at the Festival with this schedule of author appearances! more info

Twin Cities Book Festival Program

Prepare for your day at the Festival and download a PDF of the program here.



Historic Progress Center & Fine Arts buildings
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 North Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota
At the corner of Cooper and Randall Streets

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WITHIN THE FAIRGROUNDS: Enter through the main gates at 1265 Snelling Avenue. Take the first right onto Cosgrove street. Cosgrove culminates in a T with Randall Ave: the building in front of the T is the Historic Progress Center. There is a public lot adjacent to the Progress Center, and more parking can be found on the streets surrounding the building.

CLICK HERE for more information.



2015 Book Festival Sponsors

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Children's Pavilion Sponsor:


Middle Grade/Teen Tent Sponsor:
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Official Festival Booksellers:

Media Sponsors:

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Program Printer:

Local Business Support: