The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, as the Library of Congress-designated Minnesota Center for the Book, expressed their appreciation to CRPLSA for financial support of the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.
The Minnesota Book Awards year begins with nominations opening in August, promotion of the finalists in February and March, and culminates with the Awards Ceremony in April. This is followed by statewide outreach celebrating the winners throughout the spring and summer. And, during each phase, CRPLSA support and involvement expands MNBA horizons to the entire state.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (Children’s Literature)
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg (Nonfiction)
The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart (Genre Fiction)
Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Sabine (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millett (Minnesota)
There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter (Novel & Short Story)
Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez (Poetry)
See No Color by Shannon Gibney (Young People’s Literature)
Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Managed by The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, with financial assistance from CRPLSA, this year’s celebration returned to the beautiful and historic Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Books, autographs, refreshments, live music, and the announcement of the award winners all made an unforgettable evening!
Just in time for the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards, SELCO staff will “booktalk” each of this year’s 32 finalists for SELCOtv. A special YouTube playlist aggregates the videos as they are posted. During the days leading up to the awards ceremony on April 16, 1-2 booktalks from the eight award categories will be posted each day.
Here is a selection of those shared thus far in the individual MNBA genre categories:
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the finalists in all eight categories for the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Chosen on Saturday, January 30, by 24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community.
Award winners will be announced at the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 16, at St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street East. The Preface reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by visiting www.thefriends.org or calling 651-222-3242. The official hashtag for social media is #MNBA16. All are encouraged to use it when posting comments, status updates or tweeting about any of the authors or their books.
Applications for judging the 28th Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) are now open. Judges will be selected from across the state, with a variety of professional experiences, as well as representing different ethnic and age groups. Apply today!