Authors on what the Minnesota Book Awards means to them

We sat down with three incredible Minnesota Book Award-winning authors to find out just what the Book Awards have meant to them. Following are our interviews with Maureen Millea Smith, 2007 Novel & Short Story winner for When Charlotte Came Home, Shannon Gibney, 2016 Young People’s Literature winner for See No Color, and David Housewright,…

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Zhen Tu’s Library Story

Watch Zhen Tu’s story   Dear Friends Supporter, A very big THANK YOU to everyone who attended and made the 14th annual Opus & Olives fundraising gala a huge success. Together, we supported the incredible work of the Saint Paul Public Library and raised a LOT of money to continue our efforts in the year…

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The Evolution of the Minnesota Book Awards and Why it Matters

Dear Reader, As we begin our 30th anniversary season of the Minnesota Book Awards, I can’t help but reflect on the storied history of the program and how many times it almost ceased to exist. In addition to the gratitude I will convey to certain individuals who fought to save it over the years, I…

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Tom Perrotta on the guitar and libraries

We are so thrilled that Tom Perrotta will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Tom a couple questions to help fans get to know him better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I play rhythm guitar in a…

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Gabrielle Union on Judy Blume and the library as a sanctuary

We are so thrilled that Gabrielle Union will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Gabrielle a couple questions to help fans get to know her better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. All my first lessons about sexuality…

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Ben Blum on his acrobatic stunts and libraries as secular temples

We are so thrilled that Ben Blum will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Ben a couple questions to help fans get to know him better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I was a tremendous math nerd…

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Jamie Ford on being kicked out of the library – and coming back

We are so thrilled that Jamie Ford will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Jamie a couple questions to help fans get to know him better in this #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. In junior high I was kicked…

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Reading Gives Salman a Foundation for Learning

Eight-year-old Salman loves reading. Right now he’s immersed in Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and the Geronimo Stilton series (one of his favorites!). He reads at the library, at school, and every night before bed. But Salman wasn’t always so confident about reading. “He used to be very shy, and he didn’t…

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