Book Festival Finds

This year’s Twin Cities Book Festival was about discovery.  A few links and thoughts for your pleasure:

  • Hazel & Wren is a new online writing workshop.  You can submit your work, critique others’ work, and build a community of writers.  Sounds great to me!  Plus they had cool bookmarks.
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  • Lost with a Map is a small letter press book by Marvel Gregoire.  It contains poetry and images along with embroidery.  It was quiet and lovely.
  • I hadn’t realized that Kevin and Zander Cannon, illustrators of Evolution (which I’ll be blogging about more fully very soon) and cartoonists behind Big Time Attic, were local.  They also had a children’s picture book about pond hockey on display that looked cute.
  • Speaking of kids’ stuff,  the highlight of the Children’s Pavilion was The Bazillions.  If you have kids, do yourself a favor and add this album to their music collection.  They sing about things kids are thinking about like careers and rocket bikes. This one is for the parents who want to move beyond The Wheels on the Bus and the classics and on to the kind of songs that let their kids know that music is relevant to their lives too.  Their album, Rock-n-Roll Recess, is available for download via Amazon.

Another great event (here’s my post about last year’s Book Fest).  I’m looking forward to next year!

Friday Finds: Good books, free family fun, and great local music

Book Finds:

Family Finds:
Music Find:
  • Don’t miss the last block party of the year this weekend at Nick & Eddie.  The 274 Music Fest has a great lineup including Me & My Arrow, Gospel Gossip, and more.  Here’s a video of Gospel Gossip on the Current’s Local Show just to get you excited:

The weekend and beyond (July 16th-19th)

With the kids:

Without the kids:
Beyond the weekend:
  • This Monday, July 18th is the beginning of Genrebeast, a new music series at the Nick and Eddie Warehouse that brings together diverse bands because no one listens to just one genre of music anymore, right?  This is definitely worth checking out.
  • On Tuesday, July 19th, the Speak Up and Out Toastmasters group is offering a free one-hour seminar on Speaking Effectively Against the Marriage Amendment at the Hosmer Library.  This is a great opportunity to learn and be inspired.

(Frugal) Family Fun in the Twin Cities

MarketingMama recently posted some great ideas for family outings on her blog.  As I read I realized something.  I never take Ladybug to anything you need to buy tickets for.  And I rarely shell out money for anything we do.  Perhaps you’re like me?  If so, here are some events you may want to know about:

These are just a few ideas for the next few weeks.  Let me know if you find something that should be on this list!  Thanks!