Looking for something fun — and free — to do this weekend?
This Saturday, head over to the 10th annual Twin Cities Book Festival, taking place from 10 am to 5 pm at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, the book fair celebrates and promotes the Midwest’s literary culture. Regular features include book arts demonstrations run by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a used book sale, author signings, and a literary magazine fair.
The festival opens with a Morning Mixer, a salute to local writers who have published books within the last year.
Readers will have a chance to meet and greet these authors, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Authors include: Richard Terrill (“Almost Dark”), Jim Kakalios (“The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics”), Eric Hanson (“A Book of Ages”), Bonnie Blodgett (“Remembering Smell”), Micaela Preston (“Practically Green”), Alexa Stevenson (“Half Baked”), Stephen Michael Shearer (“Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr”), Mark Conway (“Dreaming Man, Face Down”), Ricki Thompson (“City of Cannibals”), and Colin Sokolowski (“The Accidental Adult”).
Throughout the day, additional guest authors M. T. Anderson, Mary Catherine Bateson, Richard Paul Evans, James Howard Kunstler, Frederic Tuten, Jean Valentine and Jeffrey Zaslow will make appearances and give readings.
All but Zaslow’s reading will be ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired.
Author Alexander McCall Smith, famous for his “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series, among many others, will also make a special appearance.
Five panel sessions featuring Minnesota and regional authors are scheduled throughout the day, as well.
Panels will touch on the changing world of publishing, regional writing, the boom in the local comics industry, and debut Minnesota fiction authors.
Click here to view the full events schedule.
A new feature at this year’s Book Festival: the Children’s Pavilion, which will be located on the second floor, above the book fair exhibit hall.
The pavilion will have lots of room for squirming kids to move around and comfy chairs to relax in. A bonus: every child will receive a free book.
For more information on festival exhibitors, discounts, prizes, author signings, and more, visit the Twin Cities Book Festival webpage.