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36 Finalists Blog: Erika Lee

March 3, 2020

Each day leading up to the 32nd annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, we’ll be featuring an exclusive interview with one of our 36 finalists. Learn more about these incredible local writers and gear up to see the winners announced live in person April 28. Interview with Erika Lee, author of America for Americans: A History…

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36 Books Blog: Dianna Hunter

April 4, 2019

Each day leading up to the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, we’ll be featuring an exclusive interview with one of our 36 finalists. Learn more about these incredible local writers and gear up to see the winners announced live in person April 6. Interview with Dianna Hunter, author of Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life…

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36 Finalists Blog: Nancy O’Brien Wagner

March 17, 2018

Each day leading up to the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, we’ll be featuring an exclusive interview with one of our 36 finalists. Learn more about these incredible local writers and gear up to see the winners announced live in person April 21.   Interview with Nancy O’Brien Wagner, author of Alice in France:…

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Resources for Writers

October 24, 2017

Resources for Writers A comprehensive list of resources for writers including local and national organizations for writers, graduate writing programs, literary publications, funding opportunities, national organizations, and more. Minnesota Organizations & Networks for Writers Intermedia Arts Intermedia Arts is Minnesota’s premier multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center. Our mission is to be a catalyst that builds understanding…

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Letters About Literature Past Winners

October 13, 2017

Letters About Literature Past Winners 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2019 Level I – 1st place Margo Sadler, Grade 6, Dakota Hills Middle School, Eagan (Letter to Margaret Peterson Haddix, Among the Hidden) Dear Margaret Peterson Haddix, Society is like a box. Confining you. Trapping you. In the middle of 4th…

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Jeff Kamin on Books & Bars, Reading, and Why Libraries Are Better Than Netflix

June 28, 2017

Books & Bars is a twist on traditional book clubs. Open to the public and held in bars, this moderated book club show “provides a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication with liquid courage.” The Friends has been a supporting partner of Books & Bars since the…

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