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Events! at Red Balloon Bookshop

Holly Black & Cassandra Clare,
Magisterium: The Iron Trial - Ticketed Event

Thursday, Oct 2, 7:00 pm

Holly BLack and Cassandra Clare

Red Balloon Bookshop is thrilled to welcome best-selling authors Holly Black (Doll Bones; The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments; The Infernal Devices) on tour for their first middle-grade collaboration,The Iron Trial! The first in the five-book Magisterium series, The Iron Trial is a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown! Hear Holly and Cassie talk about their collaborative process, learn exclusive details in our Q&A, and stay for a book signing.

Presentation is free and open to the public; signing line requires a ticket. Please visit our Holly Black & Cassandra Clare Event Page for ticket and event information.

Saturday Spanish Storytime

Saturday, Oct 4, 10:30 am

Language Sprout

Come to Red Balloon for a special Saturday edition of Spanish Storytime, brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers! Sing songs, say rhymes, and hear stories, all performed en Español! Enjoy a themed craft to complete the fun. Ven, te esperamos!(Recommended for ages birth-3)

Since 2003, the Language Sprout Learning Center has partnered with children, parents, and schools throughout the Twin Cities to revolutionize multilingual education in Minnesota. Start learning a foreign language today! www.languagesprout.com


Lemony Snicket, "Shouldn't You Be in School?"
Ticketed Event

Tuesday, Oct 7, 6:30 pm

Lemony Snicket

“Shouldn’t You Come and See Lemony Snicket at Red Balloon?” Ask yourself this, and other wrong questions, in preparation for our unfortunate event with Lemony Snicket! His newest book, “Shouldn’t You Be in School?”, is the third volume in his best-selling All The Wrong Questions series, which chronicles his suspicious childhood and his childhood suspicions. Come to a night of singularities and peculiarities! Do YOU have what it takes?

Presentation is free and open to the public; signing line requires a ticket. Please visit our Lemony Snicket Event Page for ticket and event information.

AnnMarie Thomas, Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation

Thursday, Oct 9, 7:00 pm

Making Makers

Are you curious about the intersections of learning and making? Are you passionate about encouraging today’s youth to see the world as something they are actively helping to create? Are you already involved in the Maker Movement, or perhaps just excited to learn more? Join Dr. AnnMarie Thomas for a fascinating, in-depth look at the Maker Movement as she discusses her new book, Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation. Learn about the history, the “big names”, and the unsung heroes of the movement, as well as practical advice on getting kids started in making. Parents and educators of all types are invited to this dynamic, informative, and exciting conversation. Refreshments and book signing to follow.

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas and previously served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. Her teaching and research focuses on engineering design, particularly as it relates to PK-12 education. She is the mother of two young makers. AnnMarie Thomas has engineering degrees from MIT and Caltech, as well as a professional certificate in Sustainable Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Twin Cities Book Festival - Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center

Saturday, Oct 11, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture.

This year, Red Balloon is co-sponsoring the authors and programming in the NEW Middle Grade Headquarters and Teen Tent, as well as additional author programming in the Children’s Pavilion. Storytimes, music, Heroes of Olympus party, “Better Know an Author” game show, Teen Author Party, and more! Check out all the offerings for young readers here.

More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Thurs, Oct 16, 6:30 pm - Chapter & Verse Book Club

Thurs, Oct 16, 7:00 pm - Guys Read Book Club 

Sat, Oct 18, 10:30 am - Molly Beth Griffin and Jennifer A. Bell (illus.), Rhoda's Rock Hunt - Launch Party!

Mon, Oct 20, 6:30 pm - Teens Read Book Club 

Tues, Oct 21, 6:30 pm - Kendare Blake, Mortal Gods (Antigoddess #2) 

Sat, Oct 25, 10:30 am - Nancy Carlson, Sometimes You Barf and Chris Monroe, Bug on a Bike - Launch Party!

Sun, Oct 26, 2:00 pm - Brian Farrey, The Grimjinx Rebellion - Launch Party!

Mon, Oct 27, 6:30 pm - Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club 

Sat, Nov 8, 10:30 am - Navajo Storytime with Nancy Bo Flood and Dean Magraw

Sat, Nov 8, 2:00 pm - Third Annual Red Balloon Bookshop Poetry Party with Joyce Sidman and her new book, Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

Fri, Nov 14, 7:00 pm - Caragh O'Brien, The Vault of Dreamers 

Sat, Nov 15 - Red Balloon Bookshop's 30th Birthday Bash!



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