2009 Twin Cities Book Festival Schedule

2009 Twin Cities Book Festival Schedule
(Photo by Wonderlane)

Looking for something to do this Saturday? You should check out the Twin Cities Book Festival. The ninth annual event looks pretty awesome. They have a Pulitzer prize-winner who once worked as a counterintelligence officer, a naturalist that has an animal sex pheromone named after her, and a xenolinguist who once worked for Gene Roddenberry. Check out the complete schedule for this free event after the jump.

Morning Mixer

Meet and greet with a variety of local and national authors who aren't exhibiting or giving lectures at the event. Writers include Marya Hornbacher who has written on her struggles with both bi-polar and eating disorders in her memoirs Madness and Wasted, Catherine Friend who penned The Compassionate Carnivore, illustrator Zander Cannon, and many others.

Events in the Spruce Room

10:30am:   Panel Discussion: The Future of Poetry
Panelists include Stephen Burt, Ed Bok Lee, Joyelle McSweeney, Alexs Pate, Elizabeth Robinson, and Matvei Yankelevich.

11:30am:   Canceled: Ruth Reichl
Unfortunately food critic Ruth Reichl has postponed her talk in light of Gourmet Magazine suddenly shutting down. Perhaps wander over to room two or check out the book fair during this time?

12:30pm:   Adam Zagajewski
Meet Poland's most famous poet. No, really.

1:30pm:   Nicholson Baker
This prolific fiction and non-fiction writer has in recent years spoke out against books in paper form, arguing that it is time to move on into the new digital era. Controversy!

2:30pm:   Lorrie Moore
She has written three novels as well as three short story collections. Her latest, Birds of America, touches on subjects including racism, war, love, and working as a nanny. You know, the simple things in life.

3:30pm:   Publishing Workshop with NWU
Local writers discuss how their writing went from a seed and their head to a fully realized, published work.

Hennepin Room (aka stage 2)

10:30am:   Diane Ackerman
She's a poet, a naturalist, an essayist, and an author of many published works. She also has a sex pheromone in crocodiles (the molecule dianeackerone, in case you are curious), named after her.

11:30am:   Robert Olen Butler
He's won the Pulitzer, he's worked as a translator, and he was once a counterintelligence officer. In his latest effort, Hell, he places historical and contemporary icons in the unpleasant biblical hot spot.  

12:30pm:   David Allen Sibley
This naturalist has written many informative books on birding and trees.

1:30pm:   Ethan Gilsdorf
This guy knows his fantasy and gaming cultures. Why? Because he has lived it. In Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks rather than mocking the world of the nerd he celebrates it. Bravo. Come in costume and share your love for the delightful world of weirdos.

2:30pm:   Christian Bök
Known for his rapid-fire word delivery, this author is the highest-selling poet in Canada.

3:30pm:   Gabrielle Bell
This award-winning comic artist has collaborated with Michel Gondry.

Also happening throughout the day:

Book Fair
(10am to 5pm)

Check out exhibits and buy stuff to read from publishers, magazines, literary organizations, authors, and booksellers.

Children's Storytelling Circle
Got kids? Bring them to one of these readings:

10:30am:  Emilie Buchwald: Buddy Unchained
11am:  Kids can read to a friendly dog, dogs will not be able to read back
11:30am:  Alison McGhee: Always and Only A Witch Can Fly
Noon: Read to a Dog
12:30pm: John Coy: Two Old Potatoes and Me and Top of the Order
1pm:  Read to a dog
1:30pm:  Matthea Harvey: The Little General and the Giant Snowflake
2pm: Read to a dog
2:30pm:  Phyllis Root: Toot Toot Zoom!
3pm: Julie Crabtree: Discovering Pig Magic

The Twin Cities Book Festival takes place this Saturday, October 10 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). Still looking for more info? Check out www.raintaxi.com/bookfest for an even more complete schedule.

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