Inside Books has featured well-known authors:
- Nick Flynn
- National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter
- Alison McGhee
- Bart Schneider
- John Coy
- Victoria Redel
- Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham
- Douglas Bower
Inside books has also hosted readings by Lake Sarah as well as Lake Sagatagan, a Minnesota Public Radio broadcast of "A Writer's View," a weeklong introduction to publishing, and movies inspired by books on the beautiful campus of the College of Saint Benedict campus in Minnesota lake country.
Funding for previous events has been provided from donors such as Target, the Star Tribune Foundation, and the Musser Fund.