Every fall, thousands of book lovers descend on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to gather around the written word and the authors who’ve mastered it, and to stock up on new reads. Among the big-name authors flying in for the18th annual festival are award-winning Brit Geoff Dyer; Steve Almond, whose latest book, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country, attributes the outcome of the 2016 presidential election to erroneous narratives we’ve told ourselves; and Kenya native Ngugi wa Thiong’o, whose memoir, Wrestling with the Devil, recounts the year he spent in jail as a political prisoner. Many children’s and young adult authors will be in attendance, too, like Hamline professor Sheila O’Connor and janitor-turned-writer Daniel Bernstrom. Get your books signed at the “morning mingle” before a full day of author presentations and children’s programming—all for free. Find more info at www.raintaxi.com.