Minnesota Book Awards Gala


3M Library Systems presents the 27th Annual

Minnesota Book Awards
Saint Paul Union Depot | 7 p.m. | April 18, 2015

About the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala

MinnesotaBook Awards Emcee, John MoeLit doesn’t get better than this.

Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Gala. The Gala returned to the capital city this year, to beautiful and newly restored Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul.

Books, autographs, wine, live music, and the announcement of the award winners make for an unforgettable evening. The witty host of Wits, John Moe emceed the event, and innovative jazz trio The Willie August Project  provided the music.

7:00 p.m. – Opening Reception

Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, cash bar.

8:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

Wine and refreshments, celebrity presenters, and more.

9:30 p.m. –  Epilogue Celebration

Complimentary champagne and desserts, toast the winners and finalists, enjoy live music by Parisota Hot Club.

Awards were presented to the winner in each of eight book categories, as well as the Kay Sexton Award – 2014 honoree Mark Vinz – sponsored by Common Good Books, and the Book Artist Award – 2014 honoree, Fred Hagstrom – sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group and presented with Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Ticket Information

Round your ticket price to $50 in support of the Book Awards

Any amount over your ticket price is tax deductible

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 (details on nearby restaurants with special offers for Minnesota Book Awards attendees available here). 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.

  • 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 5 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.