Minnesota Book Awards Events

mnba-events-webBeyond the gala each spring, Minnesota Book Awards programs and events take place around the state throughout the year. From author readings and discussions to pub quizzes and food events, the Minnesota Book Awards has programming for everyone. Read more about our events here or check out the Calendar page for a list of all events.

The Book Awards seeks to connect readers with Minnesota books, authors, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and more – through programs and outreach activities year-round.  Meet some of the best authors in the state at free events throughout the 100+ metro-area libraries represented by MELSA. If your library or bookstore would like us to list your Minnesota Book Award-related event, please send the details to info@thefriends.org.


Upcoming Events


Author events

Steve Hoffbeck speaking at Fergus Falls Public Library

Tuesday, May 3, 6:00 pm
Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 East Hampden Avenue

Kim Heikkila speaking at Thorson Memorial Library in Elbow Lake

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 pm
Thorson Memorial Library, 117 Central Avenue, Elbow Lake

Jack El-Hai speaking at Perham Area Public Library

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Perham Area Public Library, 225 Second Avenue, NE


Nominations and Judge Applications

August 1, 2016

Nominations for the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards will open August 1, 2016.
Book Artist Award submission deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016
Book nomination deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016