Exhibitors and Specials

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

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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.

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 appearances.

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 appearances.

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!


Peruse the Book Fair with over 100 publishers, authors, book dealers, organizations and more to see what's happening in the local book world! Each year at the Festival, exhibitors offer special prices and other perks, and many offer author signings at their tables—a great way to get a personally inscribed book at a great price!


Button Poetry

The Creative Writing
Programs at Hamline


Holy Cow! Press

Nodin Press

University of Minnesota Press

Organizational Exhibitors

1517 Media
Animal Rights Coalition
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Creative Writing Programs
Augsburg College MFA
Beaver's Pond Press
Big Time Attic
Birds, LLC
Blue Earth Review
Business Game Changers
Calumet Editions
Carrier & Associates
Christian Science Reading Room
Coffee House Press
Daybreak Press Global Bookshop
Faunary Press
Finns Way Books
Fitzgerald in Saint Paul
Free Spirit Publishing
Freethought House
Fulcrum Publishing
Gabriel's Horn Press
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Graywolf Press
Green Card Voices
Green Linden Press
Haymarket Books
Ivory Tower
League of Minnesota Poets
Liturgical Press
Longitude Books
Metropolitan Library Service Agency
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
Midway Journal
Midwest Independent Publishing Association
Midwest Village & Voices
Milkweed Editions
Minnesota Atheists
Minnesota Connections Academy
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Moonfire Publishing
New Rivers Press
Pathfinder Press
Planting People Growing Justice
PM Press
Professional Editors Network
Quatrefoil Library
Queen of Swords Press
Rain Taxi Review of Books
Red Bird Chapbooks
RMA Publicity
Rochester Fantastical Women
See Double Press
SF Minnesota
Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company
Sic Semper Serpent
Sigma’s Bookshelf
Sky Candle Press
Smart Set, Inc.
Smith House Publishing Consultants
Spout Press
Spring Book Design
St. Catherine University
Supersession Press
The Friends of the Saint Paul Library
The Loft Literary Center
The Not Boring Book Show
Thicke & Vaney Books
Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions
Three Waters Publishing
Tinderbox Editions
Total Printing Systems
Twin Cities Pen Club
Twin Cities Sisters in Crime
Uncivilized Books
University of Minnesota Libraries /
Children's Literature Research Collections
Usborne Books & More
Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Women from the Center

Used & Rare Book Dealers

The Book House in Dinkytown
David Christensen Bookseller
Fireproof Books
JA Johnson Books
Midway Book Store
Varangian Trade and Plunder

Author Exhibitors

Matt Armbruster
Clondike and Mudo's Adventure (Children's/Young Readers)

Jamieya B-Johnson
Stripped: Living a Transformed Life (Spiritual)
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Evan Balasuriya
More Than Nine Lives (Memoir)

Nadia Bijaoui
The Other Side of The Curtain: Recovering from Deep Coma (Nonfiction)

Sean Bloomfield
Adventure North (Adventure Memoir)

Julien Bradley
Beneath the Bedrock (Historical Fiction)

C. A. Bryers
House of Falling Rain (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)

Jeffrey Burton
The Eulogist (Fiction)

John Capecci
105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance (co-authored with Irene Ziegler) (Drama)

Gordon W. Fredrickson
Raising Little Duck (Children's/Young Readers)
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Stephanie Glaros
Humans of Minneapolis (Art/Photography)

Rowan Glaser
Motorcycles, Madness, & Miracles: A Badass Journey to Empowerment (Memoir)
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Tom Glaser
Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know (Self-Help)

K Hanson
The Azrael Initiative (Thriller Fiction)

Steven Hiebert
Be Your Self and Be Well: Connecting with Your Soul's Power to Heal (Self-Help)

Amanda Huneke
"Why Not?" (Children's/Young Readers)

Andrew Hunkins
No Such Thing as Evil (Sci-Fi)
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Katharine Johnson
The Wind and the Drum (Historical Fiction)

Christine Keleny
Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure (Children's/Young Readers)

Robert Kirby
The Shirley Jackson Project: Comics Inspired by Her Life and Work (Comics Editor/contributor)

Jeffrey L. Kohanek
An Empire in Runes: The Runes of Issalia, Book III (Fantasy)

Joe Krogman
Without A Net (Mystery)

Kevin Kuhn
Do You Realize? (Sci-Fi)

Lee Lynch
AmazingMN (Travel)
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Jennifer Lynn
Being Here (Speculative Fiction/Urban Fantasy)

Mark McPherson
Pixels to Premieres: A History of Video Game Movies (Nonfiction)

Josh Merchant
Murray the Mailmonkey (Children's/Young Readers)

Lucinda J Miller
Anything But Simple: My Life as a Mennonite (Memoir)

Christine M. Mounts
Popcorn from the Void: Observations, Manic Kvetching, and the Raw Truth of Leukemia
by Todd Park (Editor, posthumous memoir)

Larry Odin Opseth
Homesteaders Hopes (Historical Fiction)

Tyler Page
Raised on Ritalin (Graphic Novel)

KD Proctor
Meet Me Under the Stars (Romance)

Delia Remington
In The Blood: Book One of the Blood Royal Saga (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
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Ashleigh Reynolds
Chromosomes (YA Sci-Fi)

Lehman Riley
The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers Book 7 Abraham Lincoln and His Battle With Depression (Children's/Young Readers)

Mark Ristau
A Hero Dreams (Fiction)
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Laurie Rossin
Danny's Boy (Medical Thriller)

Regula Russelle
Reasons for Art (Nonfiction/Social Change)

Paul Schaefer
Riding Shotgun (Fiction)

Emily Shore
Ruby in the Rough (YA Fiction)
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Kim Sigafus
The Mida Book Four: Perilous Choices (Fantasy Fiction)
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Karen Stockwell
Everyday Mysteries (Poetry)
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Mary Strand
Livin' La Vida Bennet (YA Fiction)

Christopher Straub
The UNABOMINABLE Yodi (Children's/Young Readers)

Aurora Whittet
How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster (Children's/Young Readers)

Cole W. Williams
Hear the River Dammed: Poems from the edge of the Mississippi (Poetry)



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!

1517 Media
2pm–3pm: Phyllis Alsdurf will be signing copies of Thanksgiving in the Woods

Animal Rights Coalition
All Day: drawing for a free cookbook

Blue Earth Review
All Day: signings by Mankato poet Candace Black, whose book Whereabouts was released recently by Snake Nation Press, and by Minneapolis cartoonist Sean Knickerbocker, whose book is Killbuck was just released by One Percent Press.

Button Poetry
3:30pm–4:30pm: Neil Hilborn and Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre will be signing

1pm: Shelley Swanson Sateren will be signing copies of Boxing Bootsie from the series Adventures at Tabby Towers
3pm: Steve Brezenoff will be signing copies of Boy Seeking Band

Coffee House Press
All Day: Everyone who newly signs up for our newsletter gets entered for a chance to win a Fall 2017 subscription. Additionally, all Coffee House Press books will be for sale at special festival prices.

Fitzgerald in Saint Paul
1 pm–2pm: Dave Page will be signing copies of his book F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home
All day: All items will be discounted 10%, and Fitzgerald in Saint Paul will cover the sales tax. Free poster with any purchase of $10 or more.

Goodbye Christopher Robin
All day: Enter to win passes for the upcoming film Goodbye Christopher Robin, which opens in select theaters in Minneapolis on October 27—plus a prize pack that will include a copy of Ann Thwaite’s biography of A.A. Milne, a poster, and reserved seating at our advance screening on October 24!

Midwest Village & Voices
12pm–1pm: Kevin FitzPatrick will be signing his new book of poetry, Still Living in Town

Nodin Press
All Day: Free blank books while supplies last!
10:30 am–11 am: John Toren, All The Things You Are
11:00 am–11:30 am: Sharon Chmielarz, little eternities 
11:30 am–12:00 pm: Norita Dittberner–Jax, Crossing the Waters
12:00 pm–12:30 pm: Dale Schwie, Taking Sides with the Sun

Planting People Growing Justice
All Day: Free totebags while supplies last!
Author signing schedule:
10 am–11 am: Dr. Artika R. Tyner
11 am–12 pm: Joan Treppa
1 pm–2 pm: Hudda Ibrahim
2 pm–3 pm: Rita Apaloo
3 pm–4pm: Bukola Oriola
4pm–5pm: Deborah Sawyer

Queen of Swords Press
All day: Michael Merriam will be signing his new weird Western novella, Not Enough Midnights

Red Bird Chapbooks
Enter our giveaway drawing for prizes including broadsides and packs of assorted chapbooks!
2 pm–3 pm: Paula Cisewski

Rochester Fantastical Women
All Day: signings by K. Bird Lincoln, author of the Tiger Lily and Dream Eater fantasy series, and J. Lynn Else, author of The Forgotten historical Egyptian fiction series. Table visitors have the chance to win Japanese candy by participating in a chopstick skills game. Special Festival discount will apply to books of K. Bird Lincoln and J. Lynn Else. Purchase of J. Lynn's The Forgotten book bundle includes a free sample of loose leaf Egyptian chamomile tea while supplies last!

Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company
Our signing schedule is as follows:
10:15–10:45 am: J.P. Johnson, Convoluted Tales
11–11:30 am: Judi Bergen, Longing to Belong
11:45 am–12:15 pm: Lee Henschel Jr., The Sailing Master Book Two: The Long Passage
12:30–1:15 pm: Emilio DeGrazia, Shamu, Splash & Solemn
1:30–2 pm: Peg Bauernfeind, Return to Backyard Canyon
2:15–2:45 pm: John Weiss, Back Roads
3–3:30 pm: Larry Johnson, Sixty–one
3:45–4:15 pm: Tom Driscoll, Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine and Ondine & the Blue Troll

Sic Semper Serpent
All Day: Our book The Adventures of Israel St. James, Pt. 1 will be selling for $10, $3 off the regular price. All copies are autographed by author Nathaniel Hicklin, and illustrator Jason Belden will be present for autograph meet–and–greets. The same book, is also available in a special bundle: $15 for an autographed copy of the book + an Israel St. James Poster + a sticker. Finally, our literary phenomenon "Spontaneous Combustion, Vol. 1" will also be available for $10, $1 off its regular price.

Sky Candle Press
1pm–2pm: Jane Donovan and Rosie McTozy (Holly Trechter) will be signing
All day: Esme Dooley novels for $12.99 each, saving up to 35%. Giclée prints (from the Esme novels) for $24.99 each. For each book you buy, you will receive a ticket to enter our 3:00 PM drawing for a giclée print. Free candy, crayons, and coloring books, while supplies last!

Spout Press
11am–12pm: Brianna Johnson will be signing copies of her book The Axe Lectures

The Not Boring Book Show
Our author signing schedule is as follows:
11am–12pm: Angela Halgrimson
11am–12pm: Melissa Savage
12pm–1 pm: Sal Di Leo
1pm–2pm: Tom Isbell
1pm–2pm: Stacy Verdick Case
3pm–4pm: Roxanne Battle
3pm–4pm: Alisha Perkins

Thick & Vaney Books
10am–5pm: author Bix Skahill will be signing copies of his books

University of Minnesota Press
Our author signing schedule is as follows:
11:15-11:45: Jack Zipes
12:00-12:30: Dudley Riggs
1:00-01:30: Andrea Swensson
1:45-02:15: RT Rybak


Gordon W. Fredrickson
All day: Drawing for choice of a set of 3 holiday books or a toy tractor

Josh Merchant
All day: a special 10% discount on copies of Murray the Mailmonkey, as well as a giveaway of signed Halloween illustrations with every book purchase

Christine M. Mounts
All day: giving away free 1 oz. bag of Smartfood popcorn with every book purchase.

KD Proctor
All day: giveaway for two signed copies of her book—each with a $10 Amazon gift card as well as a swag box of promotional goodies.

Laurie Rossin
All day: get the medical thriller Danny's Boy at the special show price of $12 (tax incl.), a $5 savings. Stop by for a FREE book backpack or cherry lip balm. 

Karen Stockwell
All day: giving away free original note card with marbled design (a $5 value) with every purchase of her book Everyday Mysteries

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