BARBARA’S BOOK

Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Click to learn more about "Wrestling with God"

Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

Twin Cities. Minneapolis skyline in October from Highway 35w heading north. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Minneapolis was the scene of last weekend’s Twin Cities Book Festival put on by Rain Taxi Review of Books. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, was a blast. Lots of fun authors, including a California novelist who frequents one of my favorite San Francisco Bay Area coffee shops — Nellie’s in Oakland. And lots of interesting publishers, from Graywolf to Holy Cow! Press.

Lynn Cloonan Olsen at her adult language school, Language Central in Minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

My high school friend Lynn Cloonan Olsen at Language Central in Minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

I scoped out a couple of presses as possible publishers for my next book, which might — might — have a Minnesota angle (stay tuned). They were Minnesota Historical Society Press and the University of Minnesota Press.

As always at book events like Rain Taxi’s, there were folks with an acerbic sense of humor touting the atheist point of view. August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists shared this slogan: “You say God can do anything. Have him say, ‘Hi.'” Reminds me of my favorite atheist — Anthony Mack — and the experiment he performs on God in my book, “Wrestling with God.”

My WWG book giveaway at the festival raised a nice wad of cash for my high school classmate’s Language Central adult language school. Big thanks to husband Jon for pitching my book to anyone who would listen.

Rain Taxi Review of Books sponsors the annual Twin Cities Book Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds as well as numerous literary events throughout the year.

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Tim Jollymore of Oakland, writes novels. Here with Barbara Falconer Newhall, author of Wrestling with God, at the Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Barbara Newhall

That’s me with Californian Tim Jollymore of Oakland, who writes novels set in Minnesota.  His latest, Listener in the Snow, weaves together Objibwe and Scandinavian cultures. Barbara Newhall photo

Graywolf Press table at the Twin Cities Book Festival, 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The Graywolf Press table attracted big crowds. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Kim Sigafus, Native American, author of Native American literary fiction at Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis Minnesota. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Kim Sigafus, author of Native American literary fiction, had numerous works on offer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Robert Earl Wildwood, author of climate change fiction., at Twin Cities Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Robert Earl Wildwood writes climate change fiction. Photo by Barbara Newhall

"You say God can do anything. Have him say, 'Hi.'" August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists at the Twin Cities Book Festival, Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Barbara Newhall

August Berkshire of Minnesota Atheists has a favorite saying: “You say God can do anything. Have him say, ‘Hi.'” Photo by Barbara Newhall

Heidi Culllinan, author of gay romance novels, at Twin Cities Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Heidi Cullinan is the author of gay romance novels. Photo by Barbara Newhall

 

 

 

 

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  1. Great seeing you, Barb, and finally meeting at least half of your family! Thank you, muchas gracias, mahatsanid for the donation!!! Thanks to you and Jon, people were quite generous. Cannot wait for your next visit. Meanwhile, I will continue enjoying reading about your life and thoughts. Lynn

  2. Thanks for the mention. You’ve covered the TCBF well. Nice article. tj

  3. Sue Watson says:

    Barbie. I hope you will consider come to the Harbor Springs Book fair next year.

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