Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony


Join us to celebrate the 28th Annual
Minnesota Book Awards:

Saturday, April 16, 2016 | Union Depot | 7 p.m.
Hosted by MPR’s Stephanie Curtis

Online tickets SOLD OUT. For purchase options, please contact Chris Berry, 651-222-3242 or chris@thefriends.org

“Lit’ doesn’t get any better than this!”

Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. In 2016 we return to the beautiful and historic Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Books, autographs, refreshments, live music, and the announcement of the award winners make for an unforgettable evening!

The event:

7:00 p.m. – Preface Reception
Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, complimentary passed wine and cash bar.

8:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Wine and refreshments, celebrity presenters and more… with live music by modern jazz ensemble, The Willie August Project.

9:30 p.m. –  Epilogue After-Party
Complimentary champagne and desserts, toast the winners and finalists, dance and listen to live music by Southside Aces, featuring jazz and popular tunes spanning over 100 years, all done up in the New Orleans tradition.

Awards will be presented to the winners in eight book categories, as well as the 2016 Kay Sexton Award honoree, Jim Sitter; the 2016 Book Artist Award winner, Wendy Fernstrum; and the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award winner, William D. Green for Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912.

Online tickets have now ended. For last-minute options, please contact Chris Berry, 651-222-3242 or chris@thefriends.org

$50 or $500 for a table of ten
($45 or $450 for members of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library)

Any amount over your ticket price is appreciated and tax-deductible, and goes toward the year-round activities of the Minnesota Book Awards. Last year, The Friends’ support of the Minnesota Book Awards was $193,989. Thank you to our donors and sponsors who help keep the program strong!

Seating is limited, please reserve early. Tickets include complimentary wine and refreshments during the Awards ceremony, with champagne and dessert to follow at the after-party. This is not a dinner event, please plan accordingly. Sponsored tables and complete tables purchased together (10 seats per table) will receive priority seating. Tickets are non-refundable. Click here for directions and parking.

We offer closed captioning on one of our large event screens. If you would like to be seated in this area, please email your request to chris@thefriends.org.

  • All attendees will receive their table assignment at the event. Individuals wishing to sit together should make their reservations together or contact The Friends’ office no later than April 8 to make a seating request. The Friends cannot guarantee fulfillment of these requests.
  • Physical tickets are not issued for this event. Instead, confirmation of seat purchases will be provided by email or phone.
  • Additional donations to The Friends in support of the Minnesota Book Awards are  appreciated. Donations will be dedicated to support future Book Awards and/or statewide Book Awards outreach activities. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Heartland-7-e1370377125900Make a night of it!

The Lowertown restaurant boom has turned the St. Paul neighborhood into the hottest dining area in the city! There are more than two dozen restaurants within one mile of the Union Depot. Come early, get a good parking spot, walk up the street, and enjoy a special meal with your family and friends before the Awards Ceremony.

Restaurants near Saint Paul Union Depot>>


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