CELEBRATING AUTHORS & BOOKS

DEEP VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL

6th Edition (Live) - Sat., October 2, 2021

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center

Mankato, MN

Where Readers & Authors Meet

Cabin Fever Edition (Virtual)

Sat.-Sun., March 6-7, 2021

Where Readers and Authors Meet

DVBF 2021

Cabin Fever Edition

2 DAY Virtual Event

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 

AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS

PUBLISHERS & LITERARY ORG

NEW BOOK SHOWCASE

BOOKS OF ALL GENRES

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES

BOOK GIVEAWAYS

ABOUT THE DEEP VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL

 

The Deep Valley Book Festival gets its name from the setting of the beloved Betsy-Tacy children’s books written by Mankato-born author Maud Hart Lovelace.

The Deep Valley Book Festival connects readers and writers in a celebration of literature and literacy. This FREE family event brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. 

Both editions of the festival features dozens of authors, illustrators, publishers, literary organizations, and hundreds of books!

 

Visit with a favorite author or meet a new one, have your book signed, or listen to authors talk about their works. The festival features programs, workshops, speakers, panel discussions, book giveaways, and more.​

​The Deep Valley Book Festival is organized by an all-volunteer committee of local writers, publishers, and book lovers.

Largest literary festival of

its kind in Southern Minnesota!

2021 DVBF Cabin Fever Edition

Keynote Author

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AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. 

 

Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into several languages.

New titles in 2020 include Village of Scoundrels, The Littlest Voyageur, and The Silver Box, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.Back when such things were done, Margi enjoyed traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. Now mostly at home in Duluth, she likes to ski, hike, canoe, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.

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See all DVBF authors, illustrators, publishers

and literary organizations in the Author Directory 

2021 DVBF 6th Edition

Keynote Author

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AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

Will grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota and Stanford University.  His debut novel, Red Earth, White Earth, was published by Simon & Schuster, and was produced as a CBS television movie.  A Gravestone Made of Wheat & Other Stories won the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction.  The New York Times Book Review called it "…a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a candid but charitable eye.”

 

Several of his stories have been produced by National Public Radio and other arts groups. The title story, A Gravestone Made of Wheat was adapted into the film Sweet Land, starring Alan Cumming and Ned Beatty. In 2017 Sweet Land was produced as a musical by the History Theatre of Saint Paul.

 

A versatile writer, Will Weaver's several novels for young adults include Memory Boy and Striking Out (HarperCollins). Chosen as a teen “top ten” book by the American Library Association, Memory Boy was a 2016 production of the Minnesota Opera, Youth Division. His nonfiction work includes The Last Hunter, Barns of Minnesota, and the introduction to Libraries of Minnesota.

 

A recent judge for the National Book Awards and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post,  he is currently finishing new novel for adults, plus editing a recently discovered memoir of childhood by the late Minnesota author Jon Hassler. 

Young Writer & Artist Competition

Accepting entries through June 30, 2021

Download entry form

Awards presented at the 6th Edition DVBF

on October 2, 2021

Sponsors & Festival Friends

 

Your contribution helps ensure this family-oriented literary event can be offered free-of-charge to the public. Your gift helps make the Deep Valley Book Festival possible.

 

For more information on becoming a sponsor or the benefits of becoming a Festival Friend here.

The Deep Valley Book Festival is brought to you by

Minnesota Heritage Publishing and the Free Press Media

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