Jeffrey Archer kicks off Twin Cities Book Festival – Twin Cities

Bestselling British author Jeffrey Archer will speak with Minnesota native Carl Brooks in a virtual event on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 3pm, opening October's Twin Cities Book Festival.  Courtesy of the Twin Cities Book Festival)
Bestselling British author Jeffrey Archer will speak with Minnesota native Carl Brooks in a virtual event on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 3pm, opening the Twin Cities Book Festival. (Courtesy Twin Cities Book Festival)

JEFFREY ARCHER: The British international bestselling author of fiction, non-fiction and short stories presents the virtual launch of the Twin Cities Book Festival, interviewed by Minnesota mystery writer/critic Carl Brookins in a special release day event for Archer’s new thriller Next in Line. Set in 1988 when Britain fell in love with Prince Diana, Det. Chief Inspector William Warwick of London’s Metropolitan Police Force knows the safety of the royal family is vital and a weak link can be disastrous. Now a renegade organization is threatening the royals. Archer, a member of the House of Lords, worked with the late Princess as an MP and volunteer for charity work. 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 27. Registration required. Go to:

Jamie Ford: Explains his novel The Many Daughters of Afon Moy, about generational trauma in a family of women that began when her ancestor was the first Chinese woman to set her bound feet on American soil. Personally. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, Washington County Library, 8595 Central Place, Woodbury Presented by Club Book. Go to:

JACLYNN HERRON: Signed copies of her debut “Rewriting Marguerite”. Friday, September 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

Steven Hyden: Starts Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation. 7 p.m. Monday, September 26, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.

WILL MCGRATH AND FRIENDS: Present Farewell Transmission: Notes from Hidden Spaces, starring Curtis Sittenfeld and Ali Sultan. This collection of essays traverses the world, from Yemen to the Bronx and beyond. One is about Cliff Jones, a black man in New York City who was exonerated after 30 years of wrongful imprisonment. The author worked with Jones on the play for several years. 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave. W., Mpls., presented by Magers & Quinn.

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John Owens: A wordless picture book can convey a lot through detailed illustrations. John Owens gets it right in One Winter Up North, a journey through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter. Owens, a freelance illustrator who teaches at the University of Minnesota, is the author of One Summer Up North, also inspired by his trips to the Boundary Waters. His illustrations in cool grey, light blue and white tones show a couple drinking coffee on a frozen lake while their child plays in the snow. An image of a lake lined with snow-covered trees evokes stillness. and on a spread, snow falls on a large lake while yellow light pours out of a tiny, cozy hut. Owens will present his book (University of Minnesota Press) on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Register at:

PENG SHEPHERD: Virtual talk about her award-winning novels The Cartographers, The Book of M and The Future Library. 7pm Monday 26th September Presented by Club Book. Go to:

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MICHAEL STANLEY: From the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip presents Deadly Covenant, the eighth installment in their police procedural series, starring David “Kubu” Bengu, who eventually becomes a detective in the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department. In this second prequel, the tall man, whose nickname means hippopotamus, is a humble policeman who is sent on a seemingly boring job to a village where ancient bones belonging to a group of Bushmen are being found. Soon he and his boss become entangled in a web of village secrets, prejudice against a Bushman who wants to return to his ancestors, and a water law dispute. Trolip will be in store in person; Sears will appear virtually from South Africa. 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th St., Mpls. This is the business’s first hybrid program, in-person and online. Register at:


Rapper, singer and author Dessa.  (Courtesy of Bill Phelps)
Rapper, singer and author Dessa. (Courtesy of Bill Phelps)

Rain Taxi Review will publish the Minneapolis-based writer/musician dessas Tits on the Moon, October 15 Twin Cities Book Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This is the latest in the Rain Taxi Chapbook series, published by Rain Taxi in association with Doomtree, the hip-hop collective and record label of which Dessa is a founding member. This is a special ticketed festival finale at 5pm at the Fine Arts Center. Attendees can pick up a $5 ticket at the Rain Taxi booth in the Progress Center between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm on the day of the festival. Dessa is the author of “My Own Devices,” a memoir about her life as a touring musician, which was included in NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Rain Taxi has also published her book of poetry, A Pound of Steam.

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Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Winner Jung Hae Chae for “Pojangmacha People”, which explores the idea of ​​“Han” matrilineal inheritance in the Korean diaspora. It focuses on the lives of “ordinary” Korean women – mothers from post-war diaspora households who act as makers of their own fortunes. She explores her own childhood in South Korea in the 1970s and takes the reader on her journey to the United States. “I dug up the root song of my ancestors, the come-what-must-ghosts I was, am, or will become,” she told her publisher. That Graywolf Nonfiction Prize honors and promotes the art of literary nonfiction and is awarded to an outstanding manuscript by an aspiring author who has published no more than two previous nonfiction books.

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