get these October events on your calendar!

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Here’s a rundown of things to get on your radar for October.We’re in FULL SWING busy season, so yes, you’re going to have to choose when there’s two events on the same night!

Again, I know I’m not super consistent with posting the same events every time (if they’re monthly or recurring) but just shoot me a line to include what I missed! I’ve tried to be more inclusive by focusing on each bookstore and linking to all their upcoming events after featuring just one on here.

As always, in the “Events” tab above you’ll find the Rain Taxi official literary calendar and other resources to help with finding book readings  and lit events in the Twin Cities area.

  • Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival is on Saturday, October 15th!  You don’t want to miss one of the most important TC literary events of the year! 
    • Normally I write this post in chronological order, but this event is just TOO COOL to pass up. It’s 1) at the MN State Fairgrounds and 2) it’s ABSOLUTELY FREE. I hope to see you there!!
    • And there’s an Opening Night Party!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming 😉

  • Friday, October 7th: Dave Eggers will be chatting with guests and signing books at new Milkweed Books! Don’t miss checking out the new bookstore, if you haven’t already!
    • There’s also an event also on Tuesday, October 4th:Poets in Conversation with Milkweed Editions featuring Michael Bazzett, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Chris Santiago, and Jennifer Willoughby and that will be a conversation about the formation of poets and the supporting ecosystem here in Minnesota, with Milkweed Editions’ publisher, Daniel Slager.
    • Though they’re a powerhouse press, they’re still a baby bookstore, so a lot of events are hosted or run by Milkweed Editions! For a list of all events at Milkweed Books/Editions, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website!
  • Thursday, October 6th: Poetry Happy Hour hosted by MN Book Awards and Friends of the St. Paul Library featuring Todd Boss, Heid Erdrich, Dobby Gibson, Ed Bok Lee, and Katrina Vandenberg.
  • Also Wednesday, October 12th: Nathan Hill reads from The Nix at Magers & Quinn Booksellers!
    • Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost presents The Secret History of Twin Peaks on Saturday, October 22!
    • There’s more great ones this month including authors Charlie Quimby, Karen Brennan presenting her new book Monsters (get in the Halloween spirit!), James P. Lenfestey, and many others! For a list of all events at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website!
  • Monday, October 17th: Gary Dop and Amy Munson at Common Good Books! In undergrad, Amy Munson was my poetry professor and Gary Dob was my sister’s (though she turned out to be a better poet than me, I don’t think that has anything to do with our professors), so I’m a little biased but I think you should check them out. Amy Munson’s debut poetry volume Yes Thorn is now out from Tupelo Press!

And because this is literally only the first half of the month, but I’m already all our room, see below for other bookstores and their events pages, featuring authors such as Ben Percy, Caroline Burau, Cheri Register, Nick Flynn, and many others!

If you can, I encourage you to check one or two of these great events out and perhaps discover some new awesome reads along the way! Let me know in the comments if there are any others you’re excited about this month! 

get these September events on your calendar!

I know I’ve skipped… well, way too many months. Summer IS much slower for literary events compared to the spring and fall. Are you ready for fall things like leaves changing and cider? I know, too soon, too soon.

Ever read Jonathan Safran Soer, Emily St. John Mandel, or Liane Moriarty? They, among many other great writers, are coming to MN!

Here’s a rundown of things to get on your radar for September. Again, I know I’m not super consistent with posting the same events every time (if they’re monthly or recurring) but just shoot me a line to include what I missed! I’ve tried to be more inclusive by focusing on each bookstore and linking to all their upcoming events after featuring just one on here.

As always, in the “Events” tab above you’ll find the Rain Taxi official literary calendar and other resources to help with finding book readings  and lit events in the Twin Cities area.

  • Thursday, September 8th: Graywolf Literary Salon: A World of Voices
    • Featuring authors Anuradha Roy, Solmaz Sharif, and Monica Youn in conversation with Graywolf publisher Fiona McCrae and executive editor Jeff Shotts about fiction, poetry, and twenty-first century ideas. With musical performances by cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, and percussionist Gary Waryan.
    • This event does require tickets, and they’re on the higher end, but consider it a donation to a FANTASTIC independent press.
    • It’s going to be so great.
  • Wednesday, September 14th: Sky Blue Water Book Launch hosted by Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers, the release of short story collection that celebrates Minnesota’s vibrant storytelling tradition, edited by Jay D. Peterson and Collette A. Morgan.
    • This event is offsite, but only a block from Wild Rumpus and they will be selling books for signing.
    • For a list of all events at Wild Rumpus, check out their Facebook events here!
  • Thursday, September 15th: Eric Dregni presents Let’s Go Fishing
    • Looking for the perfect Minnesotan coffee table book for dad for Christmas? This is your best bet! But shhhh (my dad doesn’t read this blog… I don’t think.)
    • For a list of all events at Subtext: A Bookstore, check out their Facebook events here, or visit their website! They have a monthly book club, too!

If you can, I encourage you to check one or two of these great events out and perhaps discover some new awesome reads along the way! Let me know in the comments if there are any others you’re excited about this month! 

 

independent bookstore day 2016 adventures: part 1

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This sign! Love love love

If you were following my Instagram on Saturday, you’ll know all too well that I DID step up to the challenge of visiting 10 select independent bookstores in the Twin Cities for the chance to earn a $10 gift certificate to each. My husband and I jumped in my new used—with great gas mileage—car and sped off to start our adventure in St. Paul.

Bear with me through this post! I will try to keep my descriptions short, but in order to not talk (read?) your ears off, I’m splitting it into two posts. The following will release tomorrow!

Thus, I give you the first 5 bookstores:

 

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1. Subtext Books, downtown St. Paul

I had only been there once before, for bookseller “Rep Night” last fall, and so it was fun to see it in a retail setting. It’s small, but the selection is good. I found myself fascinated with their use of space: every possible surface is covered in books or book-related merchandise, but it doesn’t seem too overcrowded! Although I’m sure it did later in the day when it got busy.

Here we picked up our passports, and I grabbed the small book of bookstore essays by Ann Patchett that I have yet to start reading.

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2. Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul

This is a very lovely children’s bookstore on Grand. They are very whimsical and fun, with space for kids to run around and adults to mingle, and they even have a good selection of adult and YA books as well. Something for everyone! Andy, my husband, and I each got to choose something out of the “treasure chest”—Tolkien stickers for all! I purchased that savvy “cat and bookstores” limited edition bag, since it was the last one.

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3. Common Good Books, St. Paul

The awesome Common Good Books, also on Grand, is a fantastic place. No used selection yet, but they did have a great 20% off poetry deal for National Poetry Month. I’ve been here before to hear Tony Hoagland read his poetry—they host some great events! And I had the privilege of going there the next day for bookseller “Rep Night” again and meeting some of their booksellers all over again.

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4. Daybreak Press & Global Bookshop, Minneapolis (U of M)

This is a very new bookstore right by the light rail off on University on the University of Minnesota campus. I had never heard of it before Saturday, so it was a pleasure having another excuse to visit! I loved their selection of travel and books on different faiths. It was neat seeing many different faiths represented all in the same place. I’m still not sure entirely what they publish, but I plan to find out. It seems like a really awesome place!

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5. Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis

This is right next door to Peace Coffee, which LET ME TELL YOU was highly tempting at this point in the day, but I persevered. This is a cute, one-room bookstore that houses new AND old books, which was a refreshing change! It sounds like they do some events there as well. I very much enjoyed the handmade cards section—letterpressssssss!—and bought several, as well as picked up the Terry Tempest Williams chapbook that was available for IBD. Also met some awesome booksellers, but I’m sad to say that I met so many I can’t remember any names! D:

BOOKSELLERS, if you by any chance read this, let’s connect! I love this partnership the Midwest Booksellers Association created by making the passport contest and am so happy I was able to expand my horizons! Definitely looking forward to visited again to spend more time browsing.

Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!

Did you participate in #IBD2016 by doing the passport challenge? Leave a note in the comments!