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20th Twin Cities Book Festival goes virtual

It’s no secret all of us in the book world are pandemic-impacted on some level. Authors and artists, booksellers, publishers and literary groups are adapting to survive and somehow thrive at connecting with their audiences with authenticity in this ever-evolving literary landscape. 

And so, for the 20th Twin Cities Book Festival, Rain Taxi followed the science and leapt into the virtual with select, web-based exhibitors, an eclectic line-up of online author events, and unique content commemorating this historic time as well as the 20th anniversary of the TCBF. 


A taste of 2019

Relive last year’s excitement via this brief video, and get revved up for all the great literary fun in store for  the 2020 #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