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Twin Cities Book Festival

Event date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 8:00pm

Twin Cities Book 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 the annual Twin Cities Book Festival is presented in October, the folks 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 they 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.


There are tons of amazing events happening in the three days of TCBF! Red Balloon Bookshop is proud to be the official bookseller for the children's and young adult events. Learn more about those events—and shop books by featured authors—below. To see the full schedule, go here


Thursday, October 15th, 10:00 am — Twentieth Annual TCBF Launch, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye

Thursday, October 15th, 11:30 am — Magical Middle Grade

Thursday, October 15th, 1:00 pm — Friendship and Family: Character Growth in YA

Thursday, October 15th, 5:30 pm — Kerlan Awards honoring Jon Scieszka

Friday, October 16th, 10:00 am — Picture Book Play Time

Friday, October 16th, 11:30 am — Beyond Imagination: Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Friday, October 16th, 1:00 pm — Shattered Childhoods: Realistic Violence and YA Fiction

Friday, October 16th, 5:30 pm — Kate DiCamillo, in conversation with Jennifer M. Brown

Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 am — Kwame Alexander & James Patterson—Becoming Muhammad Ali

Saturday, October 17th, 11:30 am — Growing Up Graphic

Saturday, October 17th, 2:30 pm — Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, in conversation with Lissa Jones

Saturday, October 17th, 4:00 pm — “Yappy Hour” with W. Bruce Cameron