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 5th Edition

Deep Valley Book Festival

Saturday, October 3, 2020

10 am - 4 pm

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center 

Mankato, MN

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED IN 2019 - HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Celebrating Minnesota Authors and Books

FREE ADMISSION

FREE PARKING

FUN FOR ALL AGES

2019 DVBF HEADLINERS 
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Jacqueline West

Jacqueline is the author of the NYT-bestselling series The Books of Elsewhere, the middle grade fantasy The Collectors, and the middle grade mystery Digging Up Danger, as well as the YA novels Dreamers Often Lie and Last Things.  Her debut, The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One), garnered multiple starred reviews, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and a Junior Library Guild Selection, and received the 2010 CYBILS Award for fantasy/science fiction. An award-winning poet and occasional actress, Jacqueline lives with her family in Red Wing, Minnesota.

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Derek Anderson

Derek is the New York Times bestselling artist behind more than twenty-five books for children. He is the award-winning illustrator of Little Quack by Lauren Thompson, Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord and his own Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. Derek’s Croc and Ally books center around a grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator and the friendship they share. His newest picture book What About Harry? is about two bears that do everything together. When Sam builds bigger, swings higher and gets more attention, Harry no longer wants to play. But he soon realizes playing isn’t nearly as much fun without his best friend, Sam. Derek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Cheryl, and their dog, Louie.

Allen Eskens

Returning in 2019!

DVBF headline author in 2017

Allen is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 20 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.

2019 AUTHORS

2019 PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

& ILLUSTRATORS

Derek Anderson

Colleen Baldrica

Krista Betcher

Sara Biren

Rebecca Brooks

Kirstin Cronn-Mills

J.D. Delzer
Allen Eskens

Gordon Fredrickson

Jessie Fries

Rhonda Gilliland

Kiersten Hall

Rachael Hanel
Kayla Harren

Julie Holmes

Jill Kalz

Annabelle Lewis
Jeffrey Matthews

Marty Meyer-Gad

Theresa Mieseler

Rachel Moldstad
Colin Mustful
Chris Norbury

Janielle Nordell
Amy Pendino

Megan Cooley Peterson

David Pichaske

Katherine Quie

Joy Riggs

Julie Schrader

Bryce Stenzel

Bryce Stenzel
Deborah Stevens

Judy Stoffel

Susan Stradiotto

Joanna Carlson Swanson

Jonathan Sweet

Melody Taylor

Maureen Toonkel

Christopher Valen

Jacqueline West

Jason Willis

PUBLISHERS & LITERARY ORGANIZATIONS

 

Alban Lake Publishing

Betsy-Tacy Society

Blue Earth County Historical Society

Blue Earth County Library
Free Press Media

League of Minnesota Poets
Minnesota Heritage Publishing

Spoon River Poetry Press

The Creative Company

Wanda Gag House Association

FREE ADMISSION

to the Deep Valley Book Festival 

BECOME A FESTIVAL FRIEND

for $25 and receive $5 in Festival Bucks to spend at the festival! 

FESTIVAL NEWS

IN THE NEWS

 

Deep Valley Book Festival brings in BIG TALENT

Jacqueline West, Derek Anderson among the headliners 

Katie Leibel, Mankato Free Press, 9/20/2019

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Deep Valley Book Festival

Featured Artists Never Gave Up

by Rachael Hanel, Mankato Magazine, Sept. 2019

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Authors who were inspired by their hometowns

by Julie Schrader, Mankato Free Press, 9/29/19

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NEW VENUE IN 2019

We're excited for a new venue for the 2019 Deep Valley Book Festival!

Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center

Downtown Mankato 

(119 So. Front Street)

FREE Parking

Civic Center Parking Ramp,

125 So. Riverfront Dr.

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2019 YWAC

Award presentation 

2 pm

Thank you to all who entered the

2019 Deep Valley Young Writer

and Artist Competition!

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Festival Testimonials

My favorite part of the book festival was meeting the authors and artists and hearing their stories.

My favorite part of the book festival: Everything!

 

The DVBF exceeded my expectations.

 

 It's a wonderful celebration of writing and reading and adds a lot to the cultural life of our community.     

                 

The Deep Valley Book Festival was the most well-organized (and promoted) book fair that I've participated in -- and probably the most FUN as well! The people were awesome -- from the team of coordinators to the volunteers to the participants themselves.

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