A big crowd on a crisp October day. Photo by Laurie Hertzel.

A big crowd on a crisp October day. Photo by Laurie Hertzel.

The fun thing about a book festival is the crowd it draws--book lovers, of course. So on this crisp October day, two floors at MCTC were crowded with readers, writers, publishers, librarians, booksellers and book critics, threading through tables packed with books and magazines and literary journals, popping into rooms for readings and panel discussions.

 

Sang Vo of Minneapolis twirled his daughter, Annabelle, in the Children's Pavilion, where the band The Bazillions played for the kids.

Sang Vo of Minneapolis twirled his daughter, Annabelle, in the Children's Pavilion, where the band The Bazillions played for the kids.

 

The top floor of the festival was for the kids. Authors Phyllis Root, John Coy, Lynne Jonell, and others read to the kids, who were also entertained with music and bugs. Yes, bugs.

 

 

Baxter Heino, 7, of Minneapolis, carefully held a tarantula in his palms. Behind him, a hissing Madagascar cockroach tried to escape from his plastic home. (Seconds before freedom, he was flicked back inside.))

Baxter Heino, 7, of Minneapolis, carefully held a tarantula in his palms. Behind him, a hissing Madagascar cockroach tried to escape from his plastic home. (Seconds before freedom, he was flicked back inside.))

 

Back downstairs, Jaimy Gordon signed copies of "The Lord of Misrule," her National Book Award winning novel. "I might have read too long," she said. "There wasn't time for questions."

 

Jaimy Gordon

Jaimy Gordon

 

 

 

Young adult novelist Susan Niz, cartoonist Kevin Cannon, photographer Wing Young Huie, novelist Danielle Sosin and poet Steve Healey.

Young adult novelist Susan Niz, cartoonist Kevin Cannon, photographer Wing Young Huie, novelist Danielle Sosin and poet Steve Healey.

 

 

The writers and artists on the panel "This Must Be the Place" talked about the importance and significance of sense of place, and how they represent Minnesota in their work.