Break out your bookmarks, it's time for the printed-word orgy that is the Twin Cities Book Festival. For one day, Minneapolis Community and Technical College will be swarming with bookworms, authors, poets, and peddlers of all varieties of bound pages. Festival sponsor lit mag Rain Taxi is bringing some writing heavyweights to entertain the literary masses. Alan Cheuse, book fans' trusted guide to literature on NPR, will be on hand to talk, especially about his own latest work, To Catch the Lightning; Jess Winfield will discuss his ambitious and hilarious debut novel, My Name Is Will, about Shakespeare and a rather pathetic graduate student studying the Bard. Connoisseurs of biographies won't be disappointed either, as Allen Ginsberg archivist/biographer/know-it-all Bill Morgan will promote his deeply intimate collection of Ginsberg's personal correspondences, The Letters of Allen Ginsberg. For more picture-oriented book consumers, coauthor and artist of the landmark alternative comic Love and Rockets, Jaime Hernandez, will chat about the series' new collection Love and Rockets: New Stories 1. And Robert Bly will bring the local appeal as he celebrates the launch of his and Robert Hedin's book of translations, The Dream We Carried: Selected and Last Poems of Olav H. Hauge. Yeah, books are great.
Sat., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008