In-Person Festival 2021

2021 Twin Cities Book Festival, Saturday October 16, 2021

We were so glad to be able to welcome people back to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds; the energy was amazing all day, and the joy of being reunited as a literary community was palpable. From drawing vampires to discussing poetry to discovering new favorite titles, it was wonderful to see the people around us doing what we do best—reveling in books! The Book Fair featured nearly 100 exhibitors representing publishers, magazines, booksellers, authors, literary organizations, and more. Special author floor events included magician Joshua Jay, astronaut Terry Virts, hip-hop artist Dessa, barefoot runner Melissa Corley Carter, middle grade authors Kate Hannigan and Madeline McGrane, YA author Tracy Richardson, and musician/poet Brian Laidlaw.

Kazim Ali

Author Stage Events were trimmed down to only one stage in the Fine Arts Building. We welcomed local poets Margaret Hasse, Robert Hedin, and James Lenfestey celebrating new publications; Diane Glancy presented her new work, A Line of Driftwood, with poet Kimberly Blaeser; poet Kazim Ali presented his Choose Your Own Adventure middle grade book The Citadel of Whispers; two comics artists Bill Campbell and Matt Madden presented their new releases The Day the Klan Came to Town and Ex Libris, respectively; YA phenom Angeline Boulley gave a visual tour of her award-winning novel Fire Keeper’s Daughter; and poet Kaveh Akbar finished the day with his soulful poetry.

One of the many highlights of our Festival’s in-person day was our Minnesota Author Mashup, in which new books got presented in three-minute bursts—and our intrepid videographer captured them all. Take a gander at our playlist and enjoy the ones you want to watch from your socially distanced outpost. Think of it as our way of sending a little Minnesota literary love to your home!


Our virtual portion ran for a full month in September and October, and while live audiences had the pleasure of engaging in real time, replays are now available on Crowdcast and YouTube of all fifteen events for you to watch on demand. With authors discussing everything from revolutionary poetry to Black horror to YA novels in verse, there’s something for everyone.


Hours & Location

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10am to 5pm • Free!

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