Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Rain Taxi announces lineup for Twin Cities Book Festival

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Workshops and conferences Updated: September 20, 2012 - 10:56 AM

 

The Twin Cities Book Festival 2011. Photo by Laurie Hertzel.

The Twin Cities Book Festival 2011. Photo by Laurie Hertzel.

 

If you've not yet spent an afternoon at the Twin Cities Book Festival, here's what you can expect: writers everywhere.Readers everywhere. Workshops and sessions on all aspects of the craft.  Tables full of books, and journals, and zines; publishers and publicists; games for children; a smattering of music; the occasional gigantic spider. (No worries--last year's Bug Booth was well supervised.)

 

7-year-old Baxter Heino checks out the Bug Booth in 2011.

7-year-old Baxter Heino checks out the Bug Booth in 2011.

This year's festival is the 12th annual, still sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, still bringing in big names, but different this year in that it's moving from downtown Minneapolis to the State Fairgrounds.

 

Here's the lineup of authors, and their newest books:

Kate Bornstein, author of "A Queer and Pleasant Danger."

Mark Z. Danielewski, "The fifty Year Sword."

Susan Isaacs, "Goldberg Variations."

Sharon Olds, "Stag's Leap."

Candace Savage, "A Geography of Blood."

Gerald Stern, "Stealing History" and "In Beauty Bright."

Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, "The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories."

Chris Ware, "Building Stories."

Panelists for the many sessions include Amanda Hocking, John Medeiros, Jocelyn Hale, Lorna Landvik, Bree Despain, Anne Greenwood Brown, and many others.

For kids, there's Chris Monroe, Molly Beth Griffin, Kevin Kling, Nancy Carlson ... and more.

It's all free. Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Historic Progress Center at the fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Av., St. Paul.

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