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Past Twin Cities Book Festivals

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2016 Festival Highlights

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Rain Taxi’s Opening Night Party was heavily attended by booklovers, authors, and exhibitors to celebrate the 16th Twin Cities Book Festival. It segued nicely into a talk by author Kathryn Aalto, presenting her book The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh to a packed audience!
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Exhibit Hall and Morning Mingle in Progress Center
The 16th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival, held on October 15, 2016, started with a bang as over 30 local authors gathered for a Morning Mingle—poets, novelists, essayists and more met with Festival attendees and signed books. Participating authors were: Beth Blair, Richard Broderick, Carl Brookins, Frank Bures, Sharon Chmielarz, John Coy, Allen Eskens, Michael Fallon, Peter Geye, Rachel Gold, David Housewright, Dylan Hicks, Wing Young Huie, Marlon James, E. Eero Johnson , Linda & Kathryn Koutsky, Julie Kramer, Michelle Leon, Jess Lourey, Gretchen Marquette, Anna George Meek, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Chris Monroe, Amy Munson, Kathleen Novak, Benjamin Percy, Lenny Russo, Charlie Quimby, Su Smallen, Faith Sullivan, Krista Tippett, and Connie Wanek.collagathon Over the course of the day, thousands thronged the exhibit hall to peruse the nearly 150 publishers, literary organizations, magazines, authors, and more who presented great books, author signings, giveaways, deals, and fun all day long. With its great prices, Rain Taxi’s Used Book and Record Bonanza sent hundreds of treasure hunters home with bargains galore! And plenty of attendees helped create a giant collage at the Collagathon!

Read Pioneer Press's Mary Anne Grossmann's take on the 2016 Festival HERE!

tcbf-authors-2016Featured Author Readings in the Fine Arts Building
The Festival kicked off the morning with an exuberant group of Minnesota writers discussing why rural Midwestern Life is ridiculous at the Are We Making Fun of Us? panel and celebrating Stephanie Wilbur Ash’s book The Annie Year. Joining Stephanie were Jason Good, Geoff Herbach, John Jodzio, and Mary Mack. Afterwards, two stages fired up with terrific presentations. On the Rain Stage, poets Michael Waters, Janice N. Harrington, and Ray Gonzalez gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BOA Editions. Comics great Eddie Campbell presented his art from Bacchus and other works. Comedian Phoebe Robinson read from her debut collection of essays You Can’t Touch My Hair. And literary legends Francine Prose and Charles Baxter discussed their new books with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer.

On the Taxi Stage, Kevin Smokler and Kirby Gann discussed how their new books pay homage to a nostalgic past that may not live up to modern standards. Three international voices, Lidija Dimkovska, Derek Palacio, and Karan Mahajan, joined forces to discuss how the personal and political collide in their books. Two esteemed Canadian writers, poet Fred Wah and novelist André Alexis, read from their current publications. And poster king Mitch Putnam was joined by local artists Wes Winship, Mike Davis, and Dan Black to discuss his over-sized deluxe OMG Posters: A Decade of Rock Art, moderated by The Current’s own Mary Lucia.

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The Children’s Pavilion entertained young children from 10am to 3pm, with music, activities, and storybook readings. Stephen and Trisha Speed Shaskan rocked the room with music and readings from their co-created book Punk Skunks. Kare11’s Belinda Jensen taught children about the wonders of weather. Illustrators Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead joined author Michelle Cuevas to present The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles.

On the Young Readers and Teen stage, three Minnesota authors, Abby Cooper, Brian Farrey, and Kelly Barnhill, presented their amazing works of magical worlds. Then rock star authors Stuart Gibbs, Sarah Mlynowski, and M.A. Larson took the stage to present their best-selling books. And Minnesota Book Award winner Shannon Gibney led an energetic conversation with A. S. King, Kathleen Glasgow, and Lara Avery, about the thought-provoking themes of their recent works.


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. Please contact us at bookfest [at] raintaxi [dot] com to inquire about ADA accessibility.


2016 Book Festival Sponsors

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

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2015 Festival Highlights

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photo by Jennifer Simonson

Opening Night Events
Rain Taxi kicked off this year’s Festival with a Grand Opening Party featuring good eats and a sneak preview of our pop up Edward S. Curtis photograph exhibition in the Fine Arts Building. Following the party was a spectacular reading by Moroccan novelist and critic Laila Lalami!

Exhibit Hall in Progress Center
The 15h Annual Twin Cities Book Festival, held on October 17, 2015, attracted 6500 attendees. The cold weather didn’t deter the biking enthusiasts who participated in the BikeMN-sponsored Bikeworm ride from downtown Minneapolis to the Progress Center. Over the course of the day, thousands thronged the exhibit hall to peruse the nearly 150 publishers, literary organizations, magazines, authors, and more who presented great books, author signings, giveaways, deals, and fun all day long. With its great prices, Rain Taxi’s Used Book and Record Bonanza sent hundreds of treasure hunters home with bargains galore!

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Clockwise from top: Senator Amy Klobuchar; Rain Taxi director Eric Lorberer and Joy Williams; Allen Eskens, Sheyna Galyan, and Matt Burgess; Rupert Thomson; Rohan Preston and Abari Jasim. Photos by Laurie Hertzel

Featured Author Readings in the Fine Arts Building
Rain Taxi returned to two reading stages in the Fine Arts Building to accommodate the amazing roster of local and visiting authors. The Rain Stage featured short story powerhouse Joy Williams, memoirist and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, graphic novelist Craig Thompson, nonfiction author Susan Cheever, and two panels: "Novels of the Midwest" with Lin Enger, Lauren Fox, and Faith Sullivan, and “The Character of a Cop" with Matt Burgess, Allen Eskens, and Sheyna Galyan.

The Taxi Stage featured a special presentation by photographer Edward S. Curtis expert Christopher Cardozo, novelist Jabari Asim, a session on the New New Poetry with Brian Henry, Jennifer L. Knox, and Rachel Moritz, British novelist Rupert Thomson, novelists Joe Meno and Nina Revoyr, and experimental poet Christian Bök.

Books and author signings for Featured Events were hosted by Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Author Hub
The Author Hub offered a full day of local and visiting author appearances who had new books to show off and discuss with readers. Participating authors included an all-day wood-working woodshop with carpentry expert and author Spike Carlsen; nonfiction authors Holly Day, Tom Weber, Ryan Berg, Jason Good, Josh Leventhal, and Norman Draper; pie experts Jerry Bechard and Cindee Borton-Parker of the Norske Nook; former Duluth mayor Don Ness; novelists Katie Pierson, Ava Finch, Nicole Helget, Ellen Hart, Erin Hart, Eleanor Arnason, and Pamela Carter Joern; and graphic novelist Anders Nilsen.

Books and author signings for the Author Hub were hosted by Common Good Books.

childrens-programming

Clockwise from top: Children's Pavilion crowd for Pretty Princesses; Cecil Castellucci and Daniel Wallace present Star Wars fare; D.J. MacHale plays a board game; all the Middle Grade and Teen Tent authors; girls make buttons; Nicola Yoon signs books. Photos courtesy of Red Balloon.

Children’s Pavilion—co-sponsored by MELSA
In the Children’s Pavilion, MELSA kept the kids hopping and happy with continuous fun from 10am to 3pm, featuring a Tiny Tots Obstacle Course, face painting, and music by Glen Everhart’s Heebie Jeebies. Special author appearances included storytelling with authors Mike Curato, Mike Wohnoutka, Stephanie Watson, Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, John Coy, and Book-O-Beards authors Lemke & Lentz, plus a Royal Storytime with Pretty Princess Parties.

Middle Grade Headquarters / Teen Tent—co-sponsored by Red Balloon Bookshop
Red Balloon upped the ante this year with another amazing roster of middle grade and YA authors. In the Middle Grade Headquarters, Cecil Castellucci and Daniel Wallace presented their Star Wars themed books along with costumed folks from the Garrison 501st Legion, an international Star Wars costuming organization. Australian bestseller John Flanagan presented a new book in his Ranger’s Apprentice series, and the “Middle Grade Adventures: Not for the Faint of Heart” panel featured Jacqueline West, Lynne Jonell, D.J. MacHale, John Parke Davis, and Carrie Ryan. In the Teen Tent, Carrie Ryan returned with Derek E. Sullivan and Nicola Yoon to discuss the topic “Can You Keep A Secret?” Rebecca Hahn, Tom Isbell, E.K. Johnston, and Julie Kagawa convened to discuss their panel topic “Fraught with Peril: Surviving a YA World.” The day wrapped up with a Teen Author Party and Book Signing with all authors celebrating the day!

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2014 Book Festival Highlights

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Exhibit Hall in the Progress Center
We broke all kinds of records on a beautiful fall Saturday with the 14th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival on October 11, 2014 with almost 7000 attendees. The Festival kicked off with a BikeMN-sponsored Bikeworm ride from downtown Minneapolis to the Progress Center, where 100 bikers rode with musician and poet Ben Weaver, then gathered to hear him read a poem he wrote for the occasion! Meanwhile, as the doors opened on the exhibit hall, thousands thronged all day to peruse the nearly 150 publishers, literary organizations, magazines, authors, comics artists, and more who presented great books, author signings, giveaways, deals, and fun all day long. With its great prices, Rain Taxi’s Used Book and Record Bonanza reeled in hundreds of treasure hunters happy to cart away piles of big finds. And the CLMP Literary Magazine Fair, always a Festival favorite, offered great literary magazines from across the country at amazing prices.

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Clockwise: Ben Weaver; Language of Air exhibit; Literary Magazine Fair; Used Book Sale.

Featured Author Readings in the Fine Arts Center
Terrific authors drew big audiences to our main stage in the Fine Arts Center. Ann Hood and Laird Hunt read from their recent historically infused fictions; Okey Ndibe thrilled the audience discussing fiction’s role in broadening our cross-cultural scope with J. Otis Powell; award-winning columnist Katha Pollitt launched her new book to a very large crowd; poets Matthea Harvey and Hoa Nguyen explored language and consciousness through their recent work; local authors Stephan Eirik Clark and Julie Schumacher discussed their satirical novels with local critic and writer Dylan Hicks; and local comics artists Anders Nilsen and Zak Sally rolled out their “Conversation Gardening,” an interactive experiment with readers to engage conversation about the vital world of independent media, helped along by moderator Jay D. Peterson. Books and author signings were hosted by Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

Featured-Authors

Clockwise: Stephan Eirik Clark, Dylan Hicks, & Julie Schumacher; Laird Hunt; Okey Ndibe; Ann Hood; Katha Pollitt; Matthea Harvey & Hoa Nguyen.

Author Hub
The Author Hub offered a full day of local and visiting author appearances who had new books to show off and discuss with readers. Participating authors include: Michael Agnew, Susan Barbieri, Aliki Barnstone, John Brandon, Allen Eskens, Michael Fallon, Damian Fowler, Brian Freeman, Allan Grostephan, Jeff Hertzberg, Patrick Hicks, Nancy Horan, Heather Taylor Johnson, Terry Kerber, Julie Kramer, Benjamin Percy, Paula Rabinowitz, John Rosengren, Sue Silverman, Laura Sobiech, and Justin St. Germain! The Rain Taxi booth also hosted some amazing author appearances, including Dessa, J. Otis Powell, Brian Laidlaw, Ben Weaver, and Elisabeth Workman. A special perk all day was offered by artist Anne Labovitz who painted “letter drawings” as she conversed with Festival goers, offering one-of-a-kind bookmarks as a free giveaway! Books and author signings were hosted by Common Good Books.

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Clockwise: Dessa; Elisabeth Workman; Anne Labovitz; Hoa Nguyen reads the tarot.

See this terrific time-lapse film of Anne Labovitz creating her "letter drawings" all day at the festival.

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Clockwise: Paula Rabinowitz; Aliki Barnstone & Allan Grostephan; Patrick Hicks; Damian Fowler & Toby Pearson.

Children’s Pavilion—co-sponsored by MELSA
In the Children’s Pavilion, MELSA kept the kids hopping and happy with continuous fun from 10am to 3pm, including Lego bricks station, fun face painting, MOO! the live action board game, and music by Duke Otherwise. Special author appearances included a Move and Groove storytime with Michael Dahl, Michael Hall, and Chris Monroe; Prairie Seed Learning with Phyllis Root; Monster Truck Mania with Derek Anderson; a Circus Quirkus party with Erin Soderberg, and hands-on kitchen science experiments with Liz Heinecke!

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Clockwise: Liz Heinecke; Phyllis Root; Moo Live Action Board Game; Derek Anderson; Lego fun.

Middle Grade Headquarters/Teen Tent
—co-sponsored by Red Balloon Bookshop

This year’s Festival also included a brand new reading stage just for middle grade and young adult readers! The Middle Grade Headquarters featured a fun Heroes of Olympus Party to celebrate the new Rick Riordan book The Blood of Olympus. Middle-graders could meet National Book Award winner William Alexander and local favorite Kelly Barnhill, who presented their new books. Jessica Day George appeared to present the next installment in her Castle Glower series. And authors S. A. Bodeen, Margi Preus, and Jacqueline West oversaw some lunchtime entertainment with a rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie! After lunch, the space changed over to the Teen Tent with Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson discussing their new books about falling in love. Marie Lu and Andrea Cremer presented their dystopian books, with offerings on how to survive during drastic times. The Teen Tent closed out with a Teen Party, hosted by local greats Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, and Carrie Mesrobian, with swag bags offered to the first 30 teen attendees. It was standing room only all afternoon! Red Balloon Bookshop worked closely with Rain Taxi to produce these amazing events, which were a resounding success and show that kids love to read!

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Clockwise: Middle Grade Headquarters entrance; Kelly Barnhill & William Alexander; Marie Lu; Teen Tent entrance; Enthusiastic audience; Stephanie Perkins & Morgan Matson.

Evening Events
Pre-Festival events included a VIP Opening Night Party at a local artist’s studio. Later that evening, Rain Taxi co-presented Ben Weaver and Brian Laidlaw in concert at The Cedar. On Saturday, we were proud to partner with the Friends of the Hennepin County Library to co-present a remarkable appearance by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, who discussed his new book The Sense of Style at the library Saturday night. A great wrap-up to a wonderful day!

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Partygoers admire the art; Grand Opening party scene; Steven Pinker.

Photos by Vance Gellert, Kelly Everding, and Addendum Books.


2014 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.



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2013 Festival Highlights

The 13th-annual Twin Cities Book Festival is in the books! On Saturday, October 12, 2013, more than 6,000 book aficionados came to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to experience a day of readings, discussions, and literary community. For the second year in a row the Book Festival expanded—last year we moved to the State Fairgrounds, and this year we took over a second building! Amid all this growth, though, the mainstays were the same: a bustling exhibit floor, a lively Children’s Pavilion, ands featured presentations from some of the world’s finest writers. Read about it below—and you can view more pictures from the day HERE!

BOOK FAIR

The heart of the Book Festival is always the exhibit floor, where exhibitors display and sell their wares and chat with attendees. This year saw a record number of publishers, literary organizations, and magazines with specials, giveaways, and drawings for prizes—138 exhibitors in all. Dozens of local authors signed copies of their books at publisher tables, some new faces joined our used bookseller area, and our exhibiting author portion of the book fair featured award-winning poets, novelists, essayists, and comics artists.

Advice offered at the Llewelyn Worldwide table

A sale at the Coffee House Press table

Rain Taxi’s Used Book & Record Sale and CLMP’s Literary Magazine Fair sent hundreds of buyers home with great deals. Got books or records to donate for next year’s sale? Contact us at bookfest[at]raintaxi.com!

FEATURED AUTHORS, SHOWCASES, AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Featured presenters wowed rapt audiences throughout the day. Award-winning poets Rae Armantrout and David Wojahn, comedian linguist Howard Mohr, bestselling novelist Nicholson Baker, screenwriter and memoirist Delia Ephron, scholar and multimedia innovator Ytasha Womack, and Romanian literary great Mircea Cartarescu all graced our stages!

Nicholson Baker and ASL interpreter Rebecca Rick

Delia Ephron

Lit lovers also took in a Minnesota Poetry Showcase featuring Christopher Bolin, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Matt Rasmussen, and Tom Hennen, and the Festival tradition of informative and engaging panel discussion continued in 2013 with Susannah Schouweiler of mnartists.org moderating the Writers at Work panel, featuring Kate Hopper, David Oppegaard, Stephanie Wilbur Ash, and Brad Zellar, and poet Gary Dop moderating the Classics Old and New panel,which included Stephen Burt, Marlon James, Alison McGhee, and Kevin Smokler.

Kate Kysar introduces the Classics Panel: Alison McGhee, Stephen Burt, Kevin Smokler, and Marlon James

Books for featured events were sold by our good friends at Magers and Quinn Booksellers!

CHILDREN’S PAVILION

With more authors than ever before, the Children’s Pavilion was hopping with happy kids! Sponsored by MELSA—An Alliance of Metro Public Libraries, the Pavilion programming included children’s authors Lisa Bullard, Lynne Jonell, Deborah Jo Larson, Mary Logue, Kurtis Scaletta, Stephen Shaskan, Lauren Striner, Yasmine Surovec, Kristen Tracy, and Stephanie Watson, with special signings by SA Bodeen and Robert Sabuda. Musical entertainers Duke Otherwise kept the kids buzzing between readings, and a whole slew of crafts and activities kept kids having hands-on fun at the Festival.

Facepainting in the Children's Pavilion

Books for the Children’s Pavilion were sold by our good friends at Red Balloon Bookshop!

LOCAL LIT LOUNGE

In the Local Lit Lounge, attendees had a chance to catch up with favorite local authors who had books released within the past year: Scott Dominic Carpenter, James Dawes, Jack El-Hai, Pete Hautman, Geoff Herbach, David Housewright, Rebecca Kanner, Dore Kiesselbach, Anna George Meek, Jim Northrup, W. Scott Olsen, Charlie Quimby, Stephen Michael Shearer, Jesse Ventura, Wendy Webb, and Morgan Grayce Willow all stopped by, plus the last hour of the day saw two pairs of literary treats: Erin Hart and Paddy O'Brien provided a bit of Irish music and culture, and two visiting Brians (Brian Evenson and Brian Tuohy) met with fans and fanatics!

Paddy O'Brien entertains with an Irish song

Attendees were also invited to take a Brainy Quiz with author Roseann Bane, and to play author Alan Deniro's "game novel" to celebrate his new book Tyrannia. Books for authors in our Local Lit Lounge were sold by our good friends at Common Good Books.

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS

Not content with one kick-off, we had two! On Thursday night, in collaboration with our good friends at the Pen Pals lecture series, we presented certified genius George Saunders at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Saunders spoke at length about his creative process and the inspiration for many of the stories in his newest collection Tenth of December. And on Friday, the Festival’s Friday Night Soiree was held at the classy Chowgirls Parlor, where local supporters of Rain Taxi got a chance to hobnob with visiting authors. Thanks to Pen Pals and to Chowgirls for their support!

Fun at the Soiree (with Jessica Bennett, Kristen Tracy, Eric Lorberer, Stephen Burt, and Brian Evenson

 

SPONSORS

Thanks to our 2013 volunteers and sponsors: Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MELSA, Target Foundation, and TCF Foundation; Media sponsors: MSP Magazine, City Pages, Minnesota Public Radio; booksellers: Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Common Good Books, and Red Balloon Bookshop.
If YOU want to become a Local Supporter of Rain Taxi and help us get next year’s Twin Cities Book Festival off the ground, please donate now!


2012 Festival Highlights

The 12th-annual Twin Cities Book Festival is in the books! On Saturday, October 13, 2012, more than 5,200 book aficionados came to the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to experience a day of readings, discussions, and literary community. With a new, bigger location, the Book Festival expanded its programming, but the mainstays were the same: a bustling exhibit floor, a lively Children’s Pavilion, as well as featured presentations from some of the world’s finest writers. Read about it below!

Book Fair

photo by Jennifer Simonson Photography

The heart of the Book Festival is always the exhibit floor, where exhibitors display and sell their wares and chat with attendees. This year saw a record number of publishers, literary organizations, and magazines with specials, giveaways, and drawings for prizes—120 exhibitors in all. Dozens of local authors signed copies of their books at publisher tables, some new faces joined our used bookseller area, and our exhibiting author portion of the book fair featured award-winning poets, novelists, essayists, and comics artists.

Featured Authors, Showcases, and Panel Discussions

Graphic novelist Chris Ware presents his new work Building Stories. photo by Vance Gellert

This year’s featured programming was among the finest in TCBF history. Poet heavyweights Sharon Olds and Gerald Stern, comics guru Chris Ware, experimental novelist Mark Z. Danielewski, best-selling author Susan Isaacs, collectors of “the weird” Jeff and Ann Vandermeer, scholar and activist Kate Bornstein, and Canadian naturalist Candace Savage all graced our stages!

In addition, this year the Festival added two Fiction Showcases: the YA Fiction Showcase co-sponsored by the Loft Literary Center and featuring Bree Despain, Amanda Hocking, Anne Greenwood Brown, and Anna Waggener, as well as the World Fiction Showcase, co-sponsored by Macalester College Department of English, and featuring Jennifer Miller, James Kilgore, Eduardo Halfon, and Tamara Faith Berger.

The Twin Cities Book Festival tradition of informative and engaging panel discussion continued in 2012 with Steph Opitz of CLMP moderating the Book Publicity: Basics and Beyond panel, featuring Stephanie Curtis, Jocelyn Hale, Jerrold Jenkins, and Lorna Landvik, and Harvard Professor Stephen Burt moderating the Queer Minnesota: The State of LGBT Writing panel, co-sponsored by mnartists.org, which included Raymond Luczak, John Medeiros, Catherine Lundoff, and Rachel Gold.

Books for featured events were sold by our good friends at Magers and Quinn Booksellers!

Children’s Pavilion

David LaRochelle reads from IT'S A TIGER photo by Kelly Everding

With more authors than ever before, the Children’s Pavilion was hopping with happy kids! Sponsored by MELSA—An Alliance of Metro Public Libraries, the Pavilion programming included children’s authors Molly Beth Griffin, Will Alexander, David LaRochelle, Nancy Carlson, Sarah Warren, Ryan Jacobson, Sid Farrar, Tim Kehoe, Samuel Hiti, Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe, Barbara DaCosta, and Mick Carlon. Musical entertainers the Splatter Sisters, Filibert Binkleby and the Travelers, and Steve Faison kept the kids buzzing between readings, and a whole slew of crafts and activities from MCBA, Minnesota Children’s Museum, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, the Como Zoo, the Children’s Theater Company, and MacPhail Center for Music made the Children’s Pavilion a highlight for younger readers.

Books for the Children’s Pavilion were sold by our good friends at Red Balloon Bookshop!

All-day Events

photo by Jennifer Simonson Photography

In the Local Lit Lounge, attendees had a chance to catch up with favorite local authors who had books released within the past year: Julie Schumacher, Greta Oglesby, Martin Kihn, Matt Batt, Doug Mack, Margi Preus, William Souder, John Brandon, Ann Bauer, Kathleen Jesme, Lara Avery, Jeffrey Pilcher, Mary Losure, and Robert Grunst. Toward the end of the day, visiting authors Cheryl Strayed and Richard and Kate Russo came by to sit for a spell and sign books as well! Books for authors in our Local Lit Lounge were sold by our good friends at Common Good Books.

Attendees were also invited to swing by the Coffee House Press-sponsored Read This! booth, where “The Bookseller was IN” all day long. Booksellers from across the Twin Cities took a shift at the desk, providing recommendations to eager readers. And nearby, inspired writers could drop off their writings in the first-ever Firecracker Mailbox, where work will be considered for a literary magazine composed entirely of the day’s submissions!

As always, Rain Taxi’s Used Book Sale and CLMP’s Literary Magazine Fair sent hundreds of buyers home with great deals. Got books to donate for next year’s sale? Contact us at bookfest[at]raintaxi.com!

Pre-Festival Events

Candace Savage, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Tamara Faith Berger. photo by Pamela Klinger-Horn

Not content with one kick-off, we had two! On Thursday night, in collaboration with our good friends at the Walker Art Center, we presented Social/Brief, an evening of brevity and levity: nearly 100 local writers showed up to read short poems open mic style over beverages and snacks. And on Friday, the Festival’s Opening Night Party was held at the book-friendly offices of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, where local supporters of Rain Taxi got a chance to hobnob with visiting authors. Thanks to the Walker and to Consortium for their support!

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2012 volunteers and sponsors: MELSA, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Target Foundation, and TCF Foundation; Media sponsors: MSP Magazine, Vita.mn, Minnesota Public Radio; booksellers: Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Common Good Books, and Red Balloon Bookshop.

If YOU want to become a Local Supporter of Rain Taxi and help us get next year’s Twin Cities Book Festival off the ground, please donate now!


2011 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

ALL-DAY EXHIBIT AND BOOK FAIR

The fantastic Book Fair showcased a wide range of publishers, literary organizations, booksellers, and more!

 

AUTHORS AT THE FESTIVAL

The day began with the Morning Mixer where local authors with new books shared coffee and bread. Throughout the day, the reading rooms filled with book-lovers excited to hear readings by this year's fantastic line-up of authors: novelists Diana Abu-Jaber, N. M. Kelby, Jaimy Gordon, and Daniel Woodrell, scientist Steven Pinker, cartoonist Ben Katchor, actor Kevin Sorbo, biographer Gary Tillery, essayist Lawrence Weschler, and the many great authors who participated in our panel discussions on mystery writing, Minnesota memoirs, and Minnesota place.

N.M. Kelby, Diana Abu-Jaber, Rain Taxi Board member Timothy Hedges

Lawrence Weschler and Ben Katchor

Martin Kihn and Kevin Sorbo

Steven Pinker

Minnesota Place panel featuring Laurie Hertzel, Kevin Cannon, Steve Healey, Wing Young Huie, Susan Niz, and Danielle Sosin;

Tess Gallagher reads her poetry

Festival authors: Daniel Woodrell, Jaimy Gordon, Gary Tillery, Tess Gallagher,
Festival Director Eric Lorberer; Lawrence Weschler, and Ben Katchor

 

CHILDREN'S PAVILION

Sponsored by Metro Public Libraries, the Children's Pavilion drew a great crowd with author readings by Paul Fricke, Phyllis Root, John Coy, Sarah Forss, Kelly Barnhill, and Lynne Jonell, performances by The Bazillions, the Bookcrobatics, and Dazzling Dave Yo-Yo Master, games, crafts, and more—including Bruce the Bug Guy!

Kelly Barnhill entertains young listeners

Children's Book sale at the Children's Pavilion

Paul Fricke teaches drawing

children gather around the bug exhibit

Thank you to our 2011 volunteers and sponsors: Minnesota State Arts Board, MELSA, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Target Foundation, and TCF Foundation; Media sponsors: MSP Magazine, Vita.mn, Minnesota Public Radio; booksellers: Magers & Quinn Booksellers and Red Balloon Bookshop.


2010 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

All-Day Exhibit and Book Fair

The fantastic Book Fair showcased over a hundred exhibitors. Publishers (local and from afar), literary organizations, booksellers, literary magazines, and authors filled the floor and drew crowds.

Brushes with Greatness: Authors at the Festival

Beginning with the Morning Mixer, featuring great local authors—and one not so local!—this was another great year for Festival-goers to meet authors. Throughout the day, book-lovers filled the reading rooms, eager to hear words come alive with readings by M. T. Anderson, Richard Paul Evans, Mary Catherine Bateson, James Howard Kunstler, Frederic Tuten, Jean Valentine, and Jeffrey Zaslow. Our panels were also popular with people flocking to hear about such topics as Changes in Publishing, Minnesota Debut Fiction, Regional Writing, Minnesota Comics, and Views from the Loft.

Alexander McCall Smith at the Mixer

Richard Paul Evans signs books

Standing room only at the Changing World of Publishing Panel.

Frederic Tuten and Festival Director Eric Lorberer

Jean Valentine reads

Jeffrey Zaslow with the Girls from Ames

Mary Catherine Bateson signs books

M. T. Anderson, James Howard Kunstler, Richard Paul Evans at Festival celebration.

 

Children's Pavilion

Our new Children's Pavilion, sponsored by Metro Public Libraries, gave our youngest booklovers plenty of space to dance and sing with the McPhail Sing-a-long, wonder at the reptiles presented by RAD Zoo, become spellbound by Magician Star Michaelina, compose poetry at the Poetry Booth, and make crafts. And of course, children enjoyed storytelling by Marsha Wilson Chall, Bruce Lansky, David LaRochelle, Stephanie Watson, and M. T. Anderson!

Thank you to our 2010 volunteers and sponsors: Minnesota State Arts Board, MELSA, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Target Foundation, and TCF Foundation; Media sponsors: MSP Magazine, Vita.mn, Minnesota Public Radio; booksellers: Magers & Quinn Booksellers and Borders.<


2009 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

The 2009 Twin Cities Book Festival had a snowy start to the day, but that didn’t stop the throngs of people from perusing the over 100 exhibitors on the book fair floor or attend the many stellar readings throughout the day. Here are just some of the highlights from this great celebration of the book!

All-Day Exhibit and Book Fair

The fantastic Book Fair showcased over a hundred exhibitors. Publishers (local and from afar), literary organizations, booksellers, literary magazines, and authors filled the floor and drew crowds. Many treasures were unearthed at the Rain Taxi Used Book Sale fundraiser(at right).

Brushes with Greatness: Authors at the Festival

Beginning with the Morning Mixer, featuring great local authors rubbing elbows with the early Festival-goers, this year was a great year for authors. It was a great way to warm up and start the celebration, with Kate Ledger, Zander Cannon, Heid Erdrich, Julie Kramer, and many more terrific local literary greats. And throughout the day, book-lovers filled the reading rooms, eager to hear their literature come alive with wonderful readings by Diane Ackerman, Lorrie Moore, Nicholson Baker, Robert Olen Butler, Christian Bök, Adam Zagajewski, David Allen Sibley, Gabrielle Bell, and Ethan Gilsdorf. Plus we had two great panels for writers: one called The Future of Poetry featured six outstanding poets exploring the cliques and claques of poetry (featuring Stephen Burt, Alexs Pate, Joyelle McSweeney, Elizabeth Robinson, Ed Bok Lee, and Matvei Yankelevich); and a Publishing Workshop featuring authors from the National Writers Union (featuring Jane Gilgun, Kathryn Kysar, Jacqueline Mosio, and Paul Zerby)!

Diane Ackerman signs books

Nicholson Baker reads

David Allen Sibley presentation

Lorrie Moore signs books

Robert Olen Butler signs books

Adam Zagajewski reads

Stephen Burt, Alexs Pate, Joyelle McSweeney, Elizabeth Robinson, Ed Bok Lee,
and Matvei Yankelevich discuss the Future of Poetry

 

Storytelling Circle

Children of all ages had a great time at our Storytelling Circle with excellent storytellers reading throughout the day and four chances to read to a dog! Our storyellers featured Emilie Buchwald, John Coy, Julie Crabtree, Matthea Harvey, Alison McGhee, and Phyllis Root. Also, Minnesota Center for Book Arts helped Festival goers make cool literary buttons to wear.

Emilie Buchwald

Alison McGhee

John Coy

Matthea Harvey

Read to a dog!

Phyllis Root

The 2009 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible in part by an Arts Across Minnesota grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.


2008 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

2008 Festival Exhibit Floor

Jaime Hernandez signs books.

The eighth annual Twin Cities Book Festival, held on October 11, 2008, drew book lovers from all over the metro area and beyond! People of all ages and ilks descended on the Minneapolis Community and Technical College to celebrate books and authors, starting with a 10am Morning Mixer featuring local authors with new books! Charles Baxter, H. M. Bouwman, Cass Dalglish, Ellen Hart, Geoff Herbach, Jeff Hertzberg, Pamela Carter Joern, Patrick Jones, Laurie Lindeen, David Schwartz, and Warren Woessner came together to share coffee and rub elbows with the public.

Robert Bly and Robert Hedin

As always, readings and discussions were held throughout the day. This year’s excellent array of authors included: NPR’s “voice of books” Alan Cheuse reading from his new novel; Mexican author Ana Clavel with her U.S. translator Jay Miskowiec; comics legend Jaime Hernandez in conversation with local comic artist Zak Sally; acclaimed literary novelist Valerie Martin; Allen Ginsberg biographer Bill Morgan; Icelandic author and Sugarcubes bassist Bragi Ólafsson; esteemed poet Nathaniel Tarn; debut novelist and Reduced Shakespeare Company co-founder Jess Winfield; and a book launch for poets and translators Robert Bly and Robert Hedin celebrating the publication of their joint translation of The Dream We Carry: Selected and Last Poems of Olav H. Hauge. There was also a very popular panel discussion on Juggling Literature and Life moderated by local poet Margaret Hasse and featuring novelist Elizabeth Oness, travel writer Rolf Potts, art historian and Walker Art Center director Olga Viso, New York poet Marjorie Welish, and memoirist Frank B. Wilderson, III.

Storytelling Circle

The Storytelling Circle came back with great stories and activities for young folk. Terrific children’s authors drew the young set to the Festival: Heather Bouwman, Kathy-jo Wargin, Susan Marie Swanson, Diane Hovey, Marion Robinson, and Joanne A. Reisberg read from their recent storybooks. And Minnesota Center for Book Arts taught children how to transform paper and string into miniature book necklaces. Children were also treated to free books donated by General Mills!

Rain Taxi wants to thank the 2008 Book Festival Staff for their hard work to bring the festival together and keep things running smoothly throughout the day: William Alexander, Alica Conroy, Beth Duncan, Kristin Livdahl, Andrea Seven, and Rebecca Weaver. We also gratefully acknowledge our media sponsor, Vita.mn, and our restaurant sponsor, Joe’s Garage. A big thank you to BookMobile for printing the program; thanks to the Comic Art Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for co-sponsoring the Jaime Hernandez reading; thanks to the University of Minnesota English Department for co-sponsoring the Nathaniel Tarn reading; and thanks to the Creative Writing Program at Hamline University for co-sponsoring the Valerie Martin reading.

The 2008 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.


2007 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

David Lubar

David Lubar

Another great turnout for the seventh annual Twin Cities Book Festival proves its staying power! On October 13, 2007, book lovers came together to celebrate the written word, enjoying the word wares of the exhibitors and discovering new books and authors throughout the day. Highlights this year included the new Children's Storytelling Circle with a campfire coziness created just for kids! Children of all ages enjoyed readings by Carol McCormick, Minnesota Lynx player Lindsey Harding, and special guest David Lubar, author of Curse of the Campfire Weenies! Other activities included a Nature's Yucky Quiz Bowl and a the chance to read to a dog with the Humane Society's Animal Ambassador of Reading Fun!

Chris Abani

We had more readings and panels than ever this year! Festival guest authors included award-winning Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani; bestselling Iranian-American author Gina B. Nahai; inventive novelist Diane Williams; ethnobotonist Dale Pendell; visionary journalist Daniel Pinchbeck; comics writer Andrew Helfer; celebrated Toronto writer Linda Spalding; Minnesota physician and photographer David L. Parker; award-winning poets Bin Ramke and Laura Moriarty; and all the way from Holland, Dutch poets Kees 't Hart and Arjen Duinker! There were two panel discussions: three young adult writers—David Lubar, Simone Elkeles, and Patrick Jones—converged to dispense wisdom on writing for the pesky teenager, and the Minnesota Crime Wave (Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart, and William Kent Krueger) gathered to discuss the unique perspective of a Minnesotan when it comes to writing about murder.

Kees ’t Hart and Arjen Duinker

There were also dozens of local author signings on the festival floor throughout the day. Some of the many authors who appeared include: Thomas Maltman, Rick Shefchik, Pete Hautman, Julie Schumacher, Matthew Sanford, Patricia Hampl, Jude Nutter, JoAnn Verberg, Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky, John Minczeski, Emilie Buchwald, Jim Lenfestey, Zak Sally, and many more!

The Book Festival wants to thank the 2007 Book Festival Staff for their hard work to bring the festival together and keep things running smoothly throughout the day: Emily Cook, Kristin Livdahl, William Alexander, Susan Buechler, Alica Conroy, Liz McLemore, and Rebecca Weaver. We also gratefully acknowledge our media sponsors: City Pages and Minnesota Public Radio and thank them for their continued support of the arts. A big thank you to BookMobile for printing the program; to the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota for co-presenting the Dutch poets; to beFamily for co-sponsoring the children's activities; to Keith Carlson and Tamara Lange of Bloomington Carpet One for donating carpet to the Children's Storytelling Circle; and to the Guthrie Theater, The Onion, and The Rake for their support. And, finally, a huge thanks to our volunteers who helped with organization, set-up, break-down, and innumerable tasks during the event.

The 2007 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature; and with generous support from the Carolyn Foundation.


2006 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Mark Danielewski

Mark Danielewski

With record attendance and a lineup of amazing authors from around the world, the Sixth Annual Twin Cities Book Festival was a fantastic day for readers and writers alike. Held on Saturday, October 14, 2006, for the third year at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, the festival featured events in a wide range of genres to appeal to book lovers of all ages. Highlights of the day included readings by award-winning authors; a Lemony Snickett book-launch event complete with an accordionist-led march through the exhibit hall; a used book sale with bargains and hard-to-find gems from booksellers from around the region; and an exhibit hall featuring area publishers, literary magazines, local arts organizations, and many more, almost all of whom offered great deals and special events just for festival goers.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Guest authors this year included acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; National Book Award nominee Mark Danielewski; macabre and entertaining author Mary Roach discussing science and the afterlife; the prolific and powerful poet, novelist and critic John Yau; music historian Steven Lee Beeber in conversation with 89.3 The Current's Mary Lucia about Jewish punk rock; blogger and ambitious home chef Julie Powell discussing her best-selling account of a year with Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking; biographer Lawrence Sutin on the impact of Buddhism in the West; a special book launch event for A Mermaid's Tale by debut author Amanda Adams; a panel on editing fantasy with Gavin Grant and Kelly Link of Small Beer Press; Newbery-Honor winner Shannon Hale; and a local celebrity Spelling Bee hosted by Steve Kleinedler, Senior Editor of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Mary Roach

Mary Roach

The Book Festival wants to thank coordinators Chris Fischbach, Emily Cook, and Jessica Bennett for their hard work to bring the festival together and keep things running smoothly throughout the day. We also acknowledge our media sponsor, City Pages, and thank them for their continued support of the arts. A big thank you to Project Logos: The Center for Creative Writing and the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University for co-sponsoring John Yau's appearance.
And, finally, a huge thanks to our volunteers who helped with organization, set-up, break-down, and innumerable tasks during the event.

The 2006 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.


2005 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Rick Moody

Rick Moody

The Fifth Annual Twin Cities Book Festival, held on Saturday, October 15, 2005, at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis, was the biggest and best to date, living up to the Festival's growing reputation as an indispensible component of the Twin Cities literary scene. 85 area publishers, literary magazines, book artists, and community organizations exhibited, many featuring book signings, special events, and sales for festival goers.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Our guest authors this year included American Splendor author Harvey Pekar in conversation with 89.3 The Current's Mary Lucia; award-winning, critically-acclaimed, and best-selling author Rick Moody; the spellbinding Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Queen of Dreams; Audrey Niffenegger illuminating the process behind her illustrated novel The Three Incestuous Sisters; novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt discussing her latest collection of essays on art; young adult authors Pete Hautman and Alison McGhee; poet, playwright, novelist, and critic Ana Castillo; Forrest Gander and Eliot Weinberger on the glorious past and vibrant future of New Directions; children's author Warren Hanson and his friend PEEF the Christmas Bear; Wellstone Action communications director Bill Lofy on his new biography of Paul Wellstone; and MCBA Book Artists showing how book arts can transform the literary. All events were well attended and appreciated, and some even filled to overflowing!

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

Coordinators Emily Cook, Chris Fischbach and Lisa Fink once again worked tirelessly to make the day a huge success. We heartily thank our media sponsors, City Pages and 89.3 The Current, and the following local businesses for their support: Joe's Garage, Barbette/Bryant Lake Bowl, Twin City Grill, Crema Cafe, Peace Coffee, and Open Book. As always, we send a huge thanks to all of our volunteers who made the day possible; to our esteemed authors who gave of their time and energy; and to all of our wonderful exhibitors!


2004 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Nearly 4000 people attended the 2004 Twin Cities Book Festival held on Saturday, October 16, 2004, at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College in downtown Minneapolis. Over 75 area publishers, literary magazines, book artists, and arts organizations showed off their literary wares to an enthusiastic crowd.

Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler

Fantastic readings by guest authors included best-seller Karen Joy Fowler, a joint poetry reading with Fanny Howe and Eleni Sikelianos, and a joint fiction reading with Wayne Koestenbaum and Doug Nufer. Readings by children's authors included a joint reading with Kate DiCamillo and Julie Schumacher, and storybook readings for the younger set by Rick Kupchella and Sun Yung Shin.

Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe

Special sessions featured a writing workshop with Chris Baty, founder of National Novel-writing Month, a "Trials of Publishing" panel discussion with novelists Janet Desaulniers and Sheila O'Connor, a visual presentation on the comic book industry by cartoonist Zander Cannon, a hands-on activity session on the Great North American Prairie, and book arts fun with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum

Special thanks go out to coordinators Chris Fischbach and Lisa Fink for their hard work on the festival, and to City Pages for media sponsorship. And a big thanks to all of our volunteers who made the festival run as smoothly as it did, to the wonderful authors who gave terrific readings and presentations, and the exhibitors who made the festival a smashing success!


2003 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Our highly successful 2003 festival was held on Saturday, September 27th at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in downtown Minneapolis. The day's events included:

Featured readings by Nick Bantock (of Griffin and Sabine fame), acclaimed author Charles Baxter, comic artist and writer Peter Kuper, and young adult novelist Kathe Koja. Special activities for kids included a puppet-making workshop with Galumph Interactive Theater, hands-on fun with the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, and storybook readings. The festival featured two great panel discussions--"Beyond Harry Potter" and "Rethinking the Book Club"--as well as a presentation by the Movie Maven. There were also author signings, raffles and giveaways, a literary magazine fair, and a great used book sale!

Nick Bantock
Nick Bantock gave a fantastic presentation, discussing the inception of the Griffin and Sabine series of books, presenting a slideshow of his unique art, and reading from The Morning Star, the latest volume of his illustrated, epistolary novels. Bantock read with famed local Guthrie actor Isabell Monk O'Connor to a capacity crowd.

Galumph Interactive Theater
Galumph Interactive Theater puppetmasters helped kids create their very own puppet masks. Other children's activities included hands-on Book Arts activites with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts where kids could make their very own book necklaces and story hats. Children received their own copy of the book Nine-in-One Grr! Grr! at the Hmong Story Sharing hour, sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Alison McGhee
Alison McGhee read from her Minnesota Book Award-winning Countdown to Kindergarten to a young and rapt audience. Other storybook readers included Lisa Westberg Peters and Nancy Carlson.

Special thanks go out to Chris Fischbach, Kathleen Anderson, Jon Skuldt, Katie Dublinski, and Neil Kozlowicz, and all the volunteers who made the Festival a great success!

The 2003 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible in part by funds provided by Marshall Field's, with additional support from the Target Foundation. Media sponsorship was provided by City Pages.


2002 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Greatly expanded, our 2002 festival was held on Saturday, October 12 at International Market Square and featured 90 exhibitors from the local book community and beyond. The day's events included:

Getting Published: A q&a session with the Pros | Holy Cow! Press 25th Anniversary Celebration | Fuori Poetry Reading | Speaking in Tongues: Brian Evenson & Lance Olsen | Between the Panels: Comics in the 21st Century | Reading Fortune-telling: What's in Your Reading Future? | CHILDREN'S AREA | Children's Storytelling | Children's poetry workshop | Watercolor Painting with Lisa Fifield | Galumph Interactive Theatre | Reading by John Coy


SPECIAL GUEST DENIS JOHNSON read new work and old including selections from Already Dead and The Incognito Lounge. The writer also performed a rousing duet with Ann Arbor rocker Jim Roll, whose album Inhabiting the Ball includes songs with lyrics by Rick Moody and Denis Johnson.

Special thanks to Christopher Fischbach, Alicia Conroy, Anitra Budd, and all the volunteers who helped make the second Twin Cities Book Festival a success!

The 2002 Twin Cities Book Festival was made possible in part by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature, support from the City of Minneapolis City Arts Grants program, and by Marshall Field's, with additional support from the Target Foundation. Media sponsors were City Pages and Minnesota Public Radio.


2001 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Our 2001 festival was held on Saturday, October 27 at Open Book, and featured over 50 exhibitors from the local book community. The day's events included:

Children's Storytelling sessions | A tribute to the late founder of New Rivers Press | A Hypermedia performance | Minnesota Literature Quiz show | Local mystery writers | Fuori Poetry Reading | Panel discussions: "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Lit Mag" and "Innovative Fictions."

Robert Creeley
SPECIAL GUEST ROBERT CREELEY braved tight airline security due to the events of 9/11 to deliver an incredible reading. The 77-year-old Creeley spoke about his own reactions to the tragedy amidst readings from his recent work, turning a packed auditorium into an intimate gathering place.

Special thanks to Jana Robbins and Tim Schwarz, local publishing professionals and booklovers who volunteered with Rain Taxi to get the Twin Cities Book Festival off the ground, and to sponsorship provided by the College of St. Benedict and Open Book.


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