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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.

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.

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We’re excited to announce a new venue for the 2019 Deep Valley Book Festival!


Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center in downtown Mankato

(119 So. Front Street)

2019 YWAC

Thank you to all who entered the 2019 Deep Valley Young Writer and Artist Competition! You will be notified concerning the awards presentation at the 2019 Deep Valley Book Festival on October 5th. Good luck! 


Deep Valley Young Writer Competition

2018 Award Winners

Deep Valley Young Artist Competition

2018 Award Winners

See YWAC winners in the Nov. issue of Kid-Oh! magazine


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.