About the Festival



20th Twin Cities Book Festival goes virtual

It’s no secret that all of us in the book universe are affected by the coronavirus on some level. Booksellers, authors, publishers, and literary orgs are striving to survive, revive, and possibly thrive at serving their audiences with authenticity in this ever evolving and adaptable literary landscape. 
Because our annual Twin Cities Book Festival is presented in October, we at Rain Taxi have been holding out for the possibility of a scaled back, real-world experience. However, it’s now apparent we’ll be navigating the Covid-19 terrain indefinitely, so we are leaping into the virtual with an exciting web-based exhibit hall, a variety of online author events, and unique web content commemorating this special 20th year of the TCBF.


20 Years of Celebrating
Books & Book People

Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival is the annual Minnesota gathering for readers, writers, publishers, and purveyors of all things literary. The TCBF features dozens of presenting authors, special children’s programs, and a wide variety of exhibitors featuring new and rare books, quirky literary curiosities, and more.

IT’S FREE! The TCBF is committed to being accessible to all, so we have never charged admission. Rain Taxi pays for the festival through individual donations, grant funding, and sponsors. Click here to help drive the TCBF →

Minneapolis and St. Paul consistently rank among the top ten literate cities in the US, and over 6,000 book lovers attend the TCBF each year.

The TCBF showcases an eclectic blend of world-renowned authors and prominent regional writers presenting side by side.

The TCBF features family-friendly programming for toddler, middle grade, and teen readers, with author panels, storytelling, and interactive activities.

Exhibitors make up the heart of our book fair, including publishers, authors, booksellers, literary organizations, and used book and vinyl dealers.

2020 will be the twentieth consecutive year that Rain Taxi has presented the Twin Cities Book Festival. Come celebrate with us!

History of the Festival

Rain Taxi launched the Twin Cities Book Festival in 2001 as a way to support readers, writers, publishers, and booksellers, as well as to engage the Twin Cities literary community in an exchange of ideas.

While writing and reading are usually solitary activities, the TCBF is a way to celebrate writing in community and acknowledge the social value of writing as an art form. Part of Rain Taxi’s mission is to call attention to the abundance and diversity of contemporary literature, and the Festival surely does that, while bringing pride to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area as a reading capital of the US.

Click here to see more details about past installments of the Rain Taxi’s annual Twin Cities Book Festival →

celebrating the social value of writing in community