Ah…Fall in Minnesota! There’s a new chill in the air, a new crispness to the apples, and a new pumpkin-spice monstrosity everywhere you look, and I mean everywhere. I’ve seen yogurt, gum, hummus, and, I kid you not, dog treats. Don’t believe me? Look what I found at Trader Joe’s:
Yes, we all have our reasons to love the autumnal season. I’m not a fan of pumpkin-spice myself (or the ridiculous products it ends up in), but I do love fall, and in the Twin Cities fall is the prime time to check out local literary events. There are so many great events this month – it’s a literal (pun intended) extravaganza!
This smorgasbord of literary yumminess kicked off two weeks ago with the 12th Annual Twin Cities Zine Fest. It was a fantastic event and I’m so bummed that I didn’t post in time to get you folks involved. I’ve had a busy start to the fall season so I hope you’ll forgive me for the lapse. If you refuse to forgive me than I will have you know that I gave birth to my first child early September and if that doesn’t warrant a brief break from blogging then I don’t know what does. Luckily our amazing Brooke Stewart was keeping SS Press alive with her witty and inspirational posts. If you haven’t already read her thoughts on kicking a netflix addiction, you can find it here.
If you missed out on Zine Fest stay tuned for my next post. I’ll be covering the fest and giving you some insight into zines, the most lovable oddball of the literary world!
Without much further ado here’s what’s going on this fall in the Twin Cities literary community:
- Kerri Miller of MPR is doing another round of Talking Volumes at the beautiful Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Tickets are still available to the Ann Patchett and Colson Whitehead talks on October 18th and November 3rd, respectively, but I’d act fast. I lucked out and scored tickets to Gloria Steinem after they were sold out. Thank goodness for the generous book lovers in my life! I was hoping to see Elizabeth Alexander on September 15th but I was too busy with my then five day old babe…luckily we can all see the interview here! I highly recommend her memoir The Light of the World.
- Head over to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds October 7-9 for a shopping spree. Half Price Books is having their annual clearance event at the Grandstand and you will find some major deals. This is one of the Twin Cities biggest used books sales. Everything is $2 or less! Too good to be true I know. Details can be found here.
- Since you’ll be at the Fairgrounds on October 8 for the used book sale simply stroll from the Grandstand to the Education Building where you will find the MCBA Fall ComiCON which boasts 33,000 sq. feet of comic goodness!
- Ok, if you’re not yet sick of visiting the fairgrounds after this weekend come back October 14-15 for the Twin Cities Book Festival. Held in the Progress Center & Fine Arts Building the TC Book Fest is a lovely celebration of the Minnesota book community. Publishers, authors, and retailers will be present and it’s the perfect opportunity to discover new local books.
- And my personal favorite date idea for the literary lover in your life…RAMSEY AFTER DARK. October 14th take that special someone to the Historic Ramsey House for a moonlit tour exploring the origins of the Victorian Gothic Romance Novel. Who doesn’t love a date that mixes romance with horror? Sexy, am I right?
- Last but certainly not least, NERDCON will be rocking out at the Minneapolis Convention Center October 13-15. The tickets are a little pricey at $100/each but since I like you guys I’m going to share the secret code to get $20 off: DFTBA. I am so excited for NERDCON this year! Signings, panels, interactive story art, workshops, live music, even themed yoga – NERDCON has it all. And some big names will be in attendance: John Green, Dessa, Rives, etc…You can see a full list of the celebs here.
Whew! That is a lot of events. As you can see fall in the Twin Cities is about so much more than pumpkin-spice…it’s about books! But who says you can’t mix the two? If you’re a pumpkin-spice devotee now you have some awesome events to enjoy while sipping your fav latte/mocha thingie.
Now that fall is here it is time to start thinking about NANOWRIMO. Brooke and I have started gearing up for the challenge and we’ll be sharing our projects and plans with you soon (although as you all know Brooke is more of a pantser). Do you have a novel idea ready to go for November? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
See you at the book fests!