Exhibitors and Specials

Twin Cities Book Festival, Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Saturday, October 13, 2018: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Host Booths

Rain Taxi Review of Books

Visit the Rain Taxi Review of Books table where you’ll find free copies of our latest issue and deep discounts on subscriptions, tees, beanies, and chapbooks! Plus this is where you enter the Book Festival Raffle to win fantastic prizes, including signed books, event tickets, gift certificates, t-shirts, and more!

Used Book and Record Bonanza

RT-Used-BookHunt for literary treasures among the stacks at Rain Taxi's annual Used Book & Record Bonanza—all proceeds go to help support the Festival. Want to donate your used books or records to the Twin Cities Book Festival? Contact us at bookfest [at] raintaxi.com.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Books by authors presenting in the Fine Arts Building will be available for sale, and authors will sign their books after their events. Click here for a complete schedule of author events.

Red Balloon Bookshop

Books by the authors presenting in the Children's Pavilion, Middle Grade Headquarters, and Teen Tent will be available for sale, and authors will sign their books after their events. Click here for a complete schedule of author events.

Food at the Festival

This year we have two food vendors ready to feed hungry book-lovers, so you’ll be able to take a food break and enjoy the Festival as long as you like!


In between seeing your favorite author presentations at the Twin Cities Book Festival, make time to peruse the Book Fair, which features more than 130 publishers, authors, book dealers, and more! Each year, exhibitors offer special prices on merchandise and other perks, and many include author signings at their tables.


Augsburg University MFA /
Howling Bird Press

Between The Lines Publishing

Calumet Editions

Chronicle Stories

The Loft Literary Center

Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA)

New Rivers Press

Nodin Press

Strive Publishing

University of Minnesota Press

Exhibiting Organizations

Agape Mindful Living
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Creative Writing Programs
Augsburg University MFA / Howling Bird Press
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
Beaming Books and Fortress Press
Beaver's Pond Press
Between the Lines Publishing
Birds, LLC
Books For Africa
Button Poetry
Calumet Editions
Carrier & Associates
Christian Science Reading Room of Second Church of Christ, Scientist
Coffee House Press
Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Critical Eye Editing & Publishing
Curious Cat Books
Daybreak Press Global Bookshop
Eagle Heights Press
Fitzgerald in Saint Paul
Fonograf Editions
Four Windows Press
Free Spirit Publishing
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
/ Black Market Reads

Graywolf Press
Green Card Voices
Hamline University / Water~Stone Review
Haymarket Books
Hmong Books
Holy Cow! Press
Ice Cube Press
League of Minnesota Poets
Liturgical Press
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
Midwest Independent Publishing Association
Milkweed Editions
Minneapolis Storytelling Workshop
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota Literacy Council
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
National Writers Union Twin Cities
New Rivers Press
Nodin Press
North Dakota State University Press
North Star Press
Northern Society of Pen Enthusiasts
NPC Company
Odin & Osgar
Pathfinder Press
Planting People Growing Justice
PM Press
Professional Editors Network
Queen of Swords Press
Rain Taxi Review of Books
Randolf College MFA
Red Bird Chapbooks
Red Dragonfly Press
RMA Publicity
Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company
Sigma’s Bookshelf
Smart Set, Inc.
Smith House Publishing Consultants
Spout Press
Strive Publishing
Tate Lake Enterprises
The Friends of the Saint Paul Library
The Lettered Streets Press
The Loft Literary Center
The Point Magazine
The Tower Magazine
Thirty West Publishing House
Three Ocean Press
Total Printing Systems
Uncivilized Books + ODOD Books
University of Minnesota Libraries / Minitex
Children's Literature Research Collections
University of Minnesota Press
Unrestricted Interest
Usborne Books & More
Wonderfull Books

Used & Rare Book Dealers

Against the Current
Ally Press
The Book House in Dinkytown
David Christensen Bookseller
Dreamhaven Books & Comics
Mark Gustafson Books
Midway Book Store
Oleanna books
Varangian Trade and Plunder

Author Exhibitors

T. J. Akers
The Final Paladin (Historical Fantasy)
See my ad in the Festival program!

Bob Allen
Walter the Wiley Walleye (Children's Picture Book)

Richard Bahr
Those People (Nonfiction)
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Krista Betcher
I Know You're Here (Children's Picture Book)
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Mary Bleckwehl
Claire's Hair (Children's Picture Book)

Joan Hicks Boone
The Best Girl (Memoir)
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Shane Burcaw
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability (Children's Nonfiction)

Kevin Cannon
YAB Helps You Navigate Middle School(Comics)

Zander Cannon
Kaijumax & Heck (Comics)

Pegg Chirhart
The Beagle's First Christmas (Children's Christmas)

Phyllis Cole-Dai
Beneath the Same Stars: A Novel of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War (Historical Fiction)

Michael Dardis
Darkside of the Sun (Historical Fiction)
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Randymary de Rosier
Dyslexia: I Live With It (Nonfiction)

Oumar Dieng
Sali and the Five Kingdoms (Young Adult Novel)

Greg Fields
Arc of the Comet (Fiction)
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Laura H. Gilbert
The Stories We Leave Behind: A Legacy-Based Approach to Dealing With Stuff (Nonfiction)

Rowan Glaser
Motorcycles, Madness & Miracles (Self-Help)

Molly Glasgow
When My Tummy Hurts: An Acupressure Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups (Children's Nonfiction)

Tom Hamel
The Wonder of Water: Fascinating Facts about Life's Sustaining Liquid (Nonfiction/Science)

Sarah Hanley
Matka (Historical Fiction)

Nancy J. Hedin
Bend (Fiction)

El Holly
The Quest for the Artifacts (Phantasmic Wars book 2) (YA Fantasy)

Phil Juliano
Little Peej and Spencer: The Amazing Time Traveling Toy Rescue (Children's Fiction)

Alex Liuzzi
This Book (Comedy/Sci-Fi)

Neve Maslakovic
The Bellbottom Incident (Science Fiction)

Judy McConnell
Dreamhouse (Fiction)

Mark McPherson
The Horrors of Anime (Nonfiction/Film Writing)

Anne Miller
The Last Photograph (Paranormal Romance)

LaBelle Nambangi
Women Who Soar: Stories of Challenging the Status Quo and Breaking the Global Patriarchy (Inspirational Biography)
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Matthew Nordin
The Pycroft Particle (Science-Fiction)

Larry Opseth
Healing Spirit (Fiction)

Julie Penshorn
I Can See Peace (Children's Fiction)

Rick Pfeifer
Mourning Dayze: A Wisconsin Garage Band Rockin' Since 1965 (Nonfiction)
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Duke Pieper
I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle (Sports Self-Help)
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Lehman Riley
The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers Bullying A Choice with Consequences (Children's Fiction)

Mark Ristau
A Hero Dreams (First installment in Hero’s Path series) (Fiction/Coming-of-age)

Regula Russelle
Charting an Artist Practice (Art & Community)

Rachel Rust
A Girl Scorned (YA Thriller)

Pete Simonse
The Coyote (Humorous Fantasy)

Christopher Straub
Max the Anti-Bullying Bulldog (Children's Fiction)

Neil L.R. Tate
Bone Shade (Science Fiction Thriller)

Kimberly Waltman
Bright or Blue (Children’s Picture Book)

Jason Walz
Last Pick (YA Graphic Novel)

Susan Wardell
My Grandma's Hands (Children's Picture Book)

Frank F. Weber
The I-94 Murders (Mystery)
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Dan Wellik
Pickles + Ocho (Children's Fiction)

Kristen Williams
Firebird (Science Fiction)
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Ruby R. Wilson
Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems (Poetry)


Check back for a list of Exhibitor Specials!


Many Festival exhibitors offer special discounts, activities, prize drawings, author signings, and more at their tables. Below is a list of confirmed Specials and Signings, but check back for updates and visit ALL our exhibitors for unannounced specials as well!

Ally Press
Dan Hill from Sensory Logic will be present at:
1 pm: Unveiling of results for the top 3 emotions Donald Trump shows
Mini-debrief session on facial expression displays during Ford/Kavanaugh hearing
1:15 pm: Author signings of Famous Faces Decoded by Dan Hill
2 pm: Raffle for free copy, one each, of Famous Faces Decoded and Decoding Faces
2 - 3 pm: Special discount rate for Emotionomics (from $20 to $10)
3 pm: Unveiling of results for the top 3 emotions Donald Trump shows
Mini-debrief session on facial expression displays during Ford/Kavanaugh hearing
3:30 pm: Raffle for free copy, one each, of Famous Faces Decoded and Decoding Faces

All Day: Will be offering free bookmarks and stickers. You can will receive a promo code for a month of membership when you sign up for free monthly story email. There will also be a raffle for a signed, framed print of one of our covers by local artist Mike Jandora.

Curious Cat Books
10:30 am: Cheryl Wilke, author of At The Cabin, will be signing
All Day: Drawing to win a free book at the end of the day, as well as a buy three, get one free deal.

Free Spirit Publishing
All Day: We’ll be selling chapter books for $9, picture books for $6, and board books for $4. Also, enter our drawing for a chance to win a $50 Free Spirit gift certificate!

Givens Foundation/Black Market Reads
All Day: Live podcast interviews with publishers and authors with BMR host Lissa Jones, free bookmarks
Hourly: Drawings for books by BMR Authors
Author Signings:
10 am: Jasmine Stringer
11 am: David Lawrence Grant and Jasmine Stringer
12 pm: Artika Tyner and Mary Moore Easter
1 pm: De'Vonna Pittman
3 pm: A. Raphael Johnson and Mahmoud El-Kati
4 pm: A. Raphael Johnson and Mahmoud El-Kati

Graywolf Press
All Day: Will be selling hardcovers at $20 and paperbacks at $10. We’ll also have Graywolf tote bags for sale (which you can only purchase at our festival appearances)

Holy Cow! Press
11 am - 12 pm: Caroline Johnson, The Caregiver (poems)
12 - 1 pm: Lynette Reini-Grandell, Wild Verge (poems)
1 - 2pm: Michael Fedo, Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author (memoir)

National Writers Union Twin Cities
11 am - 12 pm: Changing Times Press and the Loft Peace and Justice Writers, Turning Points: Finding Your Meaning in Turbulent Times
11 am - 12 pm: Robert Jones, Garish: Roadside Color Polaroids (photography), at the National Writers Union exhibit space.

Nodin Press
All Day: Free blank journals while supplies last!
11 am – 12 pm: Norita Dittberner–Jax, Crossing the Waters (poetry)
12 – 1 pm: Tony Bukoski Head of the Lakes (short stories)
1 – 2 pm: Philip Bryant The Promised Land (poetry)
2 pm – 3 pm: Greg Watson & Richard Broderick editors of The Road by Heart (poems of fatherhood)
3 pm – 4 pm: John Toren All the Things You Are and Seven States of Minnesota (essays )

North Dakota State University Press:
All Day: Free totebags while supplies last!
Author signing schedule:
10:30 am–11:30 am: Matthew Valan, Sister Secrets
1:30 pm–2:30 pm: Dawn Quigley, Apple in the Middle
3:30 pm–4:30 pm: Sammi Jones, Derby Girl

Queen of Swords Press
All day: We will be hosting author Michael Merriam at our table. Michael and Catherine Lundoff will be available for signings all day. We will also have table specials on all our print titles.

Red Bird Chapbooks
All day: Visitors to the Red Bird Chapbooks table can enter to win prizes including, chapbooks, pamphlets, and broadsides.

RMA Publicity
Authors appearances:
Joannie and Susanna Moses, Moses Publishing
Jeannine Kellogg
Kevin Kuhn
Rosemary Davis
Christine Fournier

Sigma's Bookshelf
All day: Will be selling books for $6, $7 and $13 (tax included), and 7 teen authors will be appearing throughout the day to sign books. There will also be a raffle for a Taste of Minnesota gift box donated by Lunds & Byerlys to raise money for the project. Sigma’s Bookshelf is a project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts services organization.
Author appearances:
Justin M. Anderson, Nothing But Trouble, Saving Stripes: A Kitty’s Story
Kayla Jarppi, Heaven’s Note
Vivian Olson, Ela’s Diary
Ellie Abood and Aashna Kshirsagar, Throne Spirits
Bella Skaja, Demons Unfolding
Tiffany Lonetto, No Ordinary Summer

Smart Set Inc.
All Day: Book printer and publisher Smart Set will feature its hot-off-the-press new release, Cosmic Trip; Rock Concerts at the Minneapolis Labor Temple, 1969-1970.
12 – 2 pm: Christian A. Peterson and poster artist Juryj Ostroushko

Three Ocean Press
All Day: James Anderson O'Neal will be signing his books Riley and the Great War and Riley and the Roaring Twenties throughout the day at our table.

University of Minnesota Press
All Day: 30% exhibit discount on all books
11 am: Rick Nelson and Lee Dean, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book
2 pm: Sarah Stonich, Laurentian Divide

Wonderfull Books
All Day: Enter to win a beautiful book designed by award-winning Wonderfull Books. Selections include signed copies of Emil Milan: Midcentury Master and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker. Come by the Wonderfull Books table for free giveaways and enter to win a fabulous book. Check out our new editions here.


T.J. Akers
All Day:
Drawing for a plushy character pack of six characters from Dusty's Adventures (no purchase necessary to enter).
Anyone who makes a purchase from this exhibitor will be entered into a drawing for a new Apple iPad!

Krista Betcher
Free bookmark giveaway. Free calendar magnet with purchase. Enter to win one of two books!

Mary Bleckwehl
Drawing for free school author visit!

Phyllis Cole-Dai
Like to read historical fiction about Minnesota? Enter a prize drawing for an autographed copy of Beneath the Same Stars: A Novel of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War by Phyllis Cole-Dai. Three copies to be given away. For a chance to win, stop by the author’s booth (#309) and sign up for her email list.

Oumar Dieng
Book giveaway: patrons can win a copy of Dieng's latest book by entering a drawing.

El Holly
El Holly's "Imagination is Key" Giveaway includes a box light set, a sketchbook/journal, a pen, a bookmark, and a set of gold bookends.

Phil Juliano
Free Best In Show (my comic strip from which the book is based) buttons for those that sign up for my mailing list.

Neve Maslakovic
Giveaway: Sign up for e-mail newsletter and be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed paperback of The Bellbottom Incident.

Duke Pieper
Visitors can enter a giveaway of Duke Pieper's book I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle by stopping by his table.

Ruby R. Wilson

Calling all poetry lovers! Enter a prize drawing for an autographed copy of the award-winning Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poetry. One copy to be given away. For a chance to win, stop by the editor’s booth (Ruby R. Wilson, #316) and join the book's email list.

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