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Presenting Authors

In this section you’ll find our roster of authors who presented their work via readings, panels, and conversations.  Click on the author photo for more information about that guest.


Chantel Acevedo
Kwame Alexander
Ayad Akhtar
Derf Backderf
Sophie Blackall
Bryan Bliss
Victoria Bond
David Bowles
W. Bruce Cameron
Sumita  Chakraborty
Jerry Craft
Kate dicamillo
Heid E. Erdrich
Jasper Fforde
Eric Gansworth
Lamar Giles
Kathleen Gros
David Hajdu
yona harvey
Linda Hogan
Ursula murray husted
tiffany d. jackson
Kim Johnson
Hope Larson
TED Mathys
Naomi Shihab Nye
James Patterson
Joy Priest
Tim Probert
Justin A. Reynolds
David A. Robertson
kathleen rooney
Tatiana Ryckman
Djenane Saint Juste
Yusef Salaam
Jon Scieszka
R. Sikoryak
james otis smith
Adam Smyer
Pamela Sneed
jonathan stutzman
frank wilderson
Kao Kalia Yang

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Minnesota Writers Mashup

The TCBF’s ever-popular Minnesota Author Morning Mingle was reimagined this year in a fun and exciting new format, featuring the writers below. Purchase books by these authors from Magers & Quinn Booksellers!


Go to the Minnesota Writers Mashup

Gretchen Anthony

Gretchen Anthony

Gretchen Anthony

Paulette Bonneur & Harper

Gretchen Anthony

David Bruns

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Scott Carpenter

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James Cihlar

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John Coy

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Anya Johanna DeNiro

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Jessie Diggins

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Lin Enger

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Anika Fajardo

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Reid Forgrave

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Matt Goldman

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Janet Graber

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Roy Guzman

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Michael Hall

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Colin Hamilton

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Margaret Hasse

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Carolyn Holbrook

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Rachel Anne Jolie

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Neal Karlen

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Athena Kildegaard

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Patricia Kirkpatrick

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Thomas Maltman

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Alison McGhee

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Molly McGlennen

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Alex Messenger

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John Moe

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Diane C. Mullen

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Cole Nagamatsu

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Trung Le Nguyen

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J. R. Olson

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Alexs Pate

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Thomas Peacock

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Kaia Solveig Preus

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Michael Prior

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Julie Jo Severson

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Jonathan C. Slaght

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William Souder

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Caroline Stevermer

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Eric Utne

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Jason Walz

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Kawai Strong Washburn

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Wendy Webb

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Kathleen West

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Jack Zipes

Chapbook Launch

Rain Taxi is proud to include in this year’s TCBF the launch reading for a chapbook featuring nine Black poets of the Twin Cities responding to the murder of George Floyd. The chapbook, titled Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, is edited by Mary Moore Easter and is now available for purchase HERE.


Go to the Chapbook Launch

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Philip S. Bryant

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Mary Moore Easter

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keno evol

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Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

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Bernard James

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Douglas Kearney

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Michael Kleber-Diggs

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Sagirah Shahid

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Maya Washington