Twin Cities Book Festival bursts forth brighter and wordier than ever October 15


It is not a moment too soon to lay in supplies for the impending Winter of 2011-12 – not fire logs or food but reading supplies.  The Rain Taxi: Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday, October 15, 10:00-5:00 p.m., offers just the right opportunity to get started.  This truly sensational event is sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books which has created this grand gathering of the reading and books community for the past eleven years.

It’s a free and open celebration of books and reading that features an Exhibit and Book Fair showcase that represents a wide range of writers, publishers, literary organizations, booksellers and a host of bibliophiles of every stripe.  As in the past the Book Festival is at the Metropolitan Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, just off Loring Park.

The Twin Cities Book Festival website expands each day as planners add authors, panels, exhibits and more.  Those confirmed to date include this broad spectrum of writers who will be speaking, reading and signing at the Festival:

  • Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Tess Gallagher
  • Jaime Gordon
  • Ben Katchor
  • N.M. Kelby
  • Steven Pinker
  • Kevin Sorbo
  • Gary Tillery
  • Lawrence Weschler, and
  • Daniel Woodress

There are also panel discussions featuring Minnesota writers in a panel discussing “Telling Our Stories: Minnesota Memories”

  • Martin Kihn
  • Paul Metsa
  • Nancy Paddock
  • Theresa Weir, and
  • Mary Rondeau

And five Minnesota writers and creators will discuss :This Must Be the Place: Representing Minnesota”

  • Kevin Cannon
  • Wing Young Huie
  • Steve Healey
  • Susan Niz, and
  • Mary Rockcastle

Never to be left in the dark, members of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter, will discuss their craft.  Explore the creative minds of these mystery writers:

  • Raymond Benson
  • Erin Hart
  • Sujata Massey
  • Julie Kramer
  • Michael Allan Mallory, and
  • Carl Brookins

Check the Twin Cities Book Festival website for excellent bios of these writers and descriptions of their works.

Don’t stop with the readings and panels either.  There are exhibits, a children’s pavilion, a used book sale and a literary  magazine fair.

Everything free and open thanks to support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council – with the collaboration of the sponsors and a host of volunteers who make the day run like clockwork.

If you can’t wait for the Saturday blast off, try the Friday evening kick-off, an exclusive screening of the documentary Shelf Life, the story of a day in the life of Powell’s City of Books.  Screening at 7:45 p.m. with a pre-film reception.  The kick-off is at the Whitney Fine Arts Theater at MCTC.  Tickets are $20 and seating is limited.  Proceeds support Rain Taxi Review of Books.

This and infinitely more on the Twin Cities Book Festival website.