Virtual Events Spotlight

Find a Minnesota author for your next event!

The Minnesota Writers Directory, a project run by the Minnesota Center for the Book, connects writers across the state with people who want to hear more about their stories and their craft.

Did you know that many Minnesota writers are available for virtual events for classrooms, libraries, and beyond? Browse the site by author or genre and skype/zoom availability, to find a writer who is a good fit for your audience. To connect with an author about arranging a virtual visit, click on “Email the Author” on the author’s profile page.

Each month, we will also be feature a rotating list of writers from different genres who are available for virtual events. Visit the Minnesota Writers Directory to find more authors for your next virtual event. 


Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and an advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her memoir, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, won the 2021 Minnesota Book Award in the Memoir and Creative Nonfiction category. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center and at Hamline University.  

Audience: Adults, Teens 
Genre: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction 


Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 psychological thrillers. His Midwestern mystery, The Deep, Deep Snow, won the 2021 Minnesota Book Award in the Genre Fiction category. Freeman speaks at libraries and gives patrons a funny and thought-provoking look at his writing career and the publishing industry. 

Audience: Adults  
Genres: Mystery/Thriller 


Anika Fajardo, born in Columbia and raised in Minnesota, is the author of the middle-grade novel What If a Fish, winner of the 2021 Minnesota Book Award in the Middle Grade Literature category. Her book, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family, was a finalist for a 2020 Minnesota Book Award.  

Audience: Adults, Children 
Genre: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction, Middle Grade 


Visit the Minnesota Writers Directory to find more authors for your next virtual event:

Children’s Picture Book CLICK HERE
Fantasy CLICK HERE
History CLICK HERE
Literary Fiction CLICK HERE
Memoir/Creative Fiction CLICK HERE
Middle Grade CLICK HERE
Minnesota Nonfiction CLICK HERE
Mystery/Thriller CLICK HERE
Nonfiction CLICK HERE
Poetry CLICK HERE
Romance CLICK HERE
Science Fiction CLICK HERE
Young Adult CLICK HERE

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