Twin Cities Book Festival announces guest authors

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Minnesota's literary event of the year, the Twin Cities Book Festival, will celebrate its ninth year in October, and the fair's organizers say you can expect to rub padded elbows with some heavy-hitters from the lit world.

This year's guest novelists include:

Lorrie Moore, much admired for her funny, breezy, and superbly crafted short stories (and whose second novel, A Gate at the Stairs, is just out).

Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize winner in the '90s for his story collection A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain, about Vietnamese immigrants in Louisiana. His new novel, Hell, is about a TV newscaster who finds himself cast into the underworld with famous people like Shakespeare, Humphrey Bogart, and most of the popes.

Nicholson Baker
may be best known as the author of the controversial Vox, a novel composed entirely of the conversations of a man and woman in a phone-sex chat room.

Among the other authors:

Acclaimed Polish writer Adam Zagajewski.

Experimental poet Christian Bök, whose best-known work, Eunoia , is composed of five chapters, each of which uses only one vowel.
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Food guru Ruth Reichl, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine.

The Twin Cities Book Festival takes place all day Saturday, October 10, at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

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