About the Festival


19 Years of Celebrating Books & Book People

Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival is the annual gathering for readers, writers, publishers, and purveyors of all things literary. The one-day TCBF features dozens of presenting authors, special children’s programs, and nearly 150 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 in the Fine Arts Building venue. Click here to check out the lineup →
The TCBF features family friendly programming for young readers, tweens and teens, with author events, storytelling and hands-on activities.
Over 150 exhibitors fill the festival floor in the Progress Center including publishers, authors, booksellers, literary organizations, and used book and vinyl dealers.

2019 will be the 19th consecutive year that Rain Taxi has presented the Twin Cities Book Festival. It's almost 20 years old!

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

Hours & Location

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

10AM - 5PM

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center and Fine Arts Building
1265 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108