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.
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.