readers & writers festival 2021

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is a biennial event that locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

Join us for classes, craft seminars, special events, author readings and an exhibitors’ hall.


November 5 – 8, 2025

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Cook County Festival Partners Include

Generous funding for the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival comes from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, and Visit Cook County.

2019 Festival Attendee

“It was an incredible experience. We met so many warm, down-to-earth people. The 2021 festival is already on our calendar.”

2019 Festival Attendee

“The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is one of my favorite events in our area. It’s stimulating, fun, challenging and educational. My goodness—what avid reader or writer could pass that up?”

Past Festival Authors

  • Michael Bazzett
  • Scott Carpenter
  • Mary Casanova
  • Brenda Child
  • Beth Dooley
  • Bill Durbin
  • Julie L’Enfant
  • Leif Enger
  • Heid Erdrich
  • Allen Eskens
  • Rebecca Foust
  • Sally Franson
  • Rachel Gabriel
  • Judith Guest
  • Peter Geye
  • Shannon Gibney
  • Diane Glancy
  • Matt Goldman
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Rachael Hanel
  • Erin Hart
  • Nicole Helget
  • Geoff Herbach
  • Carolyn Holbrook
  • Danny Klecko
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Julie Landsman
  • Lorna Landvik
  • Lise Lunge-Larsen
  • Mary Moore Easter
  • David Mura
  • Sheila O’Connor
  • Matt Rasmussen
  • Marcie Rendon
  • Kathryn Savage
  • Lisa Golden Schroeder
  • Julie Schumacher
  • Sun Yung Shin
  • Moheb Soliman
  • Sarah Stonich
  • Faith Sullivan
  • Joyce Sutphen
  • Bart Sutter
  • Michael Torres
  • Kate St. Vincent Vogl
  • Diane Wilson
  • Cathy Wurzer
  • Kao Kalia Yang
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