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Great Escapes//Bibliophile Destinations

Common Good Books
The Twin Cities consistently rank among the top five most literate cities in the United States. The area’s love of books is apparent once you step inside downtown Minneapolis’ sunny, spacious Central Library, designed by Cesar Pelli. Nearby, check out Open Book, the largest literary arts center in the country and home to the nonprofit Loft Literary Center, which hosts readings by acclaimed authors. Local New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn headlines the Mystery, Crime & Thriller Festival in November. Two of the coziest book shops in town are owned by other notable local authors—Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books in St. Paul and Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark Books in Minneapolis.

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