Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony


Save the Date
for the 28th annual
Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony:

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Union Depot | 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale in January.

“Lit doesn’t get better than this.”

Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. In 2015 we returned to the beautiful and historic Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul. Books, autographs, refreshments, live music, and the announcement of the award winners made for an unforgettable evening. MPR Arts reporter Euan Kerr hosted.

Last year’s 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 music by acclaimed jazz trio The Willie August Project.

9:30 p.m. –  Epilogue After-Party
Enjoy complimentary champagne and desserts, toast the winners and finalists, and listen to live New Orleans-style jazz by the King Baron Quartet.

Awards will be presented to the winners in eight book categories, as well as the 2015 Kay Sexton Award honoree Mary François Rockcastle and the 2015 Book Artist Award winners Harriet Bart, Philip Gallo, and Jill Jevne.

Ticket Information

$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 supports the year-round activities of the Minnesota Book Awards.

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.

Heartland-7-e1370377125900Make a night of it!

Three nearby restaurants have generously offered dinner specials just for people attending the Minnesota Book Awards. Come early, get a good parking spot, walk up the street, and enjoy a special meal with your family and friends before the gala.

Pre-gala dinner specials>>


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