BEST LITERARY PERIODICAL - 2006
No real surprise here, but hey, Rain Taxi isn't just the finest lit publication in town, it's one of the finest in the country. The quarterly just celebrated its 10th anniversary and has survived by giving the serious reader what she wants: no press releases masquerading as criticism, no celebrity and quasi-celebrity profiles, just lots and lots of reviews, essays, and an in-depth interview or two each issue. Not every review is a distinguished piece of criticism, but few are disposable, and the scope is always impressive and admirable: long and short takes on fiction well-known and obscure, poetry, graphic novels, and a variety of nonfiction. There's even a new column devoted to chapbooks. Rain Taxi also sponsors or co-sponsors a bunch of readings and other bookish events, including the Twin Cities Book Festival, which will mark its sixth year this October.