City Pages covers Sikoryak at Twin Cities Book Festival

Let’s appreciate these four fun events happening this week

City Pages    |    Jessica Armbruster    |    October 14, 2020

In times of pandemic, festivals are generally a no-go. So Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival has pivoted to being a virtual experience. And we suspect this will work great; of all the annual get-togethers in the Twin Cities, a celebration of books is probably the most cyber-friendly. For its 20th(!) year, this all-ages, all-genre book party doesn’t look that different from other years. The gang’s all here: Expect author readings, panel talks, book sales, and more over the course of three days. Highlights include Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, whose latest novel, Homeland Elegies, takes a fictionalized look at the world post-9/11. Intriguing group discussions include a talk from three authors (Derf Backderf, R. Sikoryak, and James Otis Smith) who recount history via graphic novel, covering things like Kent State, the Constitution, and Black heroes of the Wild West. You can find the complete schedule of happenings by clicking the “events” tab at, but you might also consider trying out the “Festival GPS” button, where a live volunteer can recommend things you might particularly enjoy. Also good to know: All events are free. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. October 15-17

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