1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Book Festival is a perfect whirlwind sampler of Minnesota's literary world. Start off the day by rubbing elbows with local writers at the Morning Mixer, which will feature Lightsey Darst, Geoff Herbach, Patricia Wrede, and John Reimringer. Then take in some readings, including one from frequent NPR contributor and American Book Award winner Diana Abu-Jaber, who will be talking about her most recent novel, Birds of Paradise. Steven Pinker, Tess Gallagher, and Ben Katchor will also be giving talks during the day. The liveliest part of the festival, the Exhibit and Book Fair, is where you can meet local publishers, authors, editors, and other literary aficionados. If you're hungry for more, check out a panel talk. Two will have a local focus, while the third is all about the craft of writing mysteries. One promising lecture, titled This Must Be the Place: Representing Minnesota, spotlights poet Steve Healey, cartoonist Kevin Cannon, photographer Wing Young Huie, novelist Mary Rockcastle, and young-adult author Susan Niz, and is moderated by Star Tribune book editor Laurie Hertzel. The five panelists will explore how they represent our lovely state through their work. Of course, there are still countless author signings, if you're still standing. For more info, visit www.raintaxi.com. (Photo by RLHyde)
Sat., Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011