THE TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL

Click on the year and revisit the highlights of past Twin Cities Book Festivals.
2001 Twin Cities Book Festival
2002 Twin Cities Book Festival
2003 Twin Cities Book Festival
2004 Twin Cities Book Festival
2005 Twin Cities Book Festival
2006 Twin Cities Book Festival
2007 Twin Cities Book Festival
2008 Twin Cities Book Festival
2009 Twin Cities Book Festival
2010 Twin Cities Book Festival
2011 Twin Cities Book Festival


2011 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

ALL-DAY EXHIBIT AND BOOK FAIR

The fantastic Book Fair showcased a wide range of publishers, literary organizations, booksellers, and more! CLICK HERE for a complete listing of exhibitors and exhibitor specials.


A BOUNTY FROM NEAR AND FAR: 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. CLICK HERE for more information about the 2011 guest authors and panelists.


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! CLICK HERE for more information about the authors and performers!

Children's Book sale at the Children's Pavilion; Kelly Barnhill entertains young listeners


 

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. CLICK HERE for a complete listing of our 2010 exhibitors.


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. For a complete listing of our 2010 Featured Events, CLICK HERE.


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! For a complete rundown of our 2010 Children's Pavilion, CLICK HERE.


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

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.

Jaime Hernandez signs books.

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!

Robert Bly and Robert Hedin

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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