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Barnes & Noble Is Celebrating Teen Books with a New Three-Day Festival

In May, Minnesota’s Teen Lit Con celebrated its third year of panels, workshops, and exhibitors for lovers of young-adult books. Now, starting in June, they’ll have company: Barnes & Noble just announced its first-ever B-Fest Teen Book Festival, three days of free YA-centric events at B&N stores around the country June 10–12, including all of the locations here in Minnesota. In addition to a set schedule of activities happening at all stores throughout the weekend—like trivia, giveaways, and a...

Brian Evenson’s Literary Horror Brings Your Nightmares to Life

Author Brian Evenson’s work is notable for consisting mostly of short stories. In honor of his latest collection, A Collapse of Horses, Minneapolis’s Coffee House Press has combined it with three of his past novels into a single volume. Brian Evenson, New and Reissued puts Horses together with Father of Lies, The Open Curtain, and Last Days, which together span almost 20 years of the author’s career. With introductions by authors like Bram Stoker Award winner Peter Straub, you...

What Is Weirdpunk Books? Meet Editors M. P. Johnson and Sam Richard

Local press Weirdpunk Books might have just made literary history: they managed to get a book published that features controversial personality G. G. Allin in various fantastic stories. They were able to make it using Kickstarter and it has been doing well as an indie-published book about a very, very niche personality. I was excited about every aspect of this project and it what it means for weird fiction, punk rock, and author crowdfunding, and I set up a...

From the Stands: DreamHaven Books Is Still Standing

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. One of my earliest memories of my “fandom” is going to DreamHaven on Lake Street and gazing longingly at their antique books, my breath fogging up the protective case they sat in. Amongst many first editions and leather-bound volumes of sci fi and horror, there was a section containing early editions of...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2015

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well. But it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First...

Star Wars Reads Day 2015: The Force is with Books October 10th!

The fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day is soon upon us, and this global celebration in support of the joy of reading and literacy is sure to have something for everyone! There are a number of events around the Twin Cities area and throughout Minnesota, and we’ve done our best to round them up. Events and times may be subject to change, so check with event venues for the most current information. Barnes & Noble Lego Build Events When:...

Princeless and the Revolution

What is the greatest all-ages comic book you should be reading if you aren’t already? Survey says: Princeless . . . and you didn’t even have to poll 100 people (that’s a Family Feud reference for those of you too young to remember Richard Dawson).  Instead, read this review of the first trade book of the series and before you can say “let’s go crazy,” see if you don’t get struck with the urge to rush out and buy...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....

Reviewing the Indie Author: Zombies in Love

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Zombies have invaded Winthrop University—we just don’t know it yet. One of those zombies, Jack, needs a job; he’s bored and he doesn’t sleep anymore. So he comes in one late night and asks Lisa Alioto, the owner of a Alioto’s Pizza, for a gig cleaning up. Even though Jack has an odd odor, she hires him to do the nightly clean up....

A Tasty Read for Fans of Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew

I had the pleasure this spring of devouring Kate Mulgrew’s Born with Teeth, a memoir in which she discusses her acting career, her family, and the ups and downs of balancing a passion for her art with her attempts at a conventional personal life (attempts which admittedly meet with mixed success). I will admit it—I wanted to read this book because of my youthful obsession with Captain Kathryn Janeway, leader of the USS Voyager. However, once I dived in, I...
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