Josh and I recently had the great fortune to attend the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute 12 in Minneapolis, on a scholarship from Rare Bird Books and Dzanc Books, both independent publishers of exceptional books. WI 12 was a whirlwind of new knowledge, new friends, and new books, all of which we are so excited to share with you! This slideshow covers our first day at Winter Institute, where we boarded a bus and visited just a handful of the incredible bookstores of the Twin Cities.
Bibliotour of the Twin Cities
Our snowy descent into Minneapolis!
First Stop, Coffee House Press!
Doughnuts at Coffee House
A warm and sugary welcome from Coffee House Press.
The Coffee House Press Press
This gorgeous antique press has a place of honor in Coffee House Press, surrounded by type and prints that exemplify the art and charm of letterpress printing.
Typewriters on Parade
Another delightful detail from Coffee House Press headquarters.
Next Stop, Moon Palace Books!
Readers & Rainbows at Moon Palace Books
We think you'll see why we say love at first sight.
Who wouldn't be charmed by this little slothful reader?
Next Stop, Addendum Books!
A dreamy, wintry window invites booklovers of all ages to Addendum Books in St. Paul.
Daybreak at Noon
Portrait of a social justice bookstore.
Joy at Daybreak
The monthly theme at Daybreak was joy, which we were certainly feeling at this welcoming bookshop.
Next Stop, Magers & Quinn!
Looking Up in Uptown
One of the largest independent bookstores in the midwest, Magers & Quinn is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, imbuing the street with warmth and the celebration of books.
We were delighted to receive this beautiful welcome from Magers & Quinn! Mad chalk skills on display.
A Shelfie for the Ages
This picture says it all. Magers & Quinn was enchanting.
Next Stop, Once Upon A Crime!
Man of Mystery
We can't think of an apter entrance for this alternately cozy and thrilling bookstore.
Next Stop, Wild Rumpus Books!
Wild Rumpus welcomes all readers at every step. Their door features a smaller door within for readers of smaller stature.
A Walter Dean Welcome
Walter Dean rests at the window, surveying all who seek his books.
Magic from the Bottom Up
A frozen lake breaks above the shop with a canoe inviting readers to adventure. This is just one of the many features that make Wild Rumpus a wild delight.
Addison, Ferdinand, and I were fast friends. Addison is one of many staff members who came to Wild Rumpus as a child.
Haunts, Old & New
This spooky little abode is home to thrilling and mysterious books for all ages.
Neal Degrasse Tyson & Me
Neal Degrasse Tyson, a very ladylike Silkie chicken, perched on my arm and pointed out her favorite books with her beak. Wild Rumpus is also home to birds and rats and fish and even a tarantula named Thomas Jefferson!
Last Stop, The Open Book & Milkweed Editions!
Open Book, Open Mind
Just a fraction of the elegant, modern building housing many exciting literary nonprofits of Minneapolis!
A Milkweed Welcome to Minneapolis
This darling sign welcomed all 655 booksellers from 335 bookstores and a record-breaking number of publishers and authors. Milkweed Editions, a leading literary, nonprofit publisher, invited us all in. It was the perfect opening to Wi12!