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Are you our new colleague? The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is hiring an experienced grant writer as Institutional Relations Manager. The ideal candidate is a successful, experienced, and motivated fundraiser who loves libraries, understands what makes Saint Paul special, and believes in the Oxford comma. Check out the position description here. Position…

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Sorry, Crossword Fans: No More Tournament

The Minnesota Crossword Tournament Will Not Return in 2018. It’s been a good run. Unfortunately though, it’s time to say goodbye to the Minnesota Crossword Tournament. For six years, we had great competition, fantastic puzzles, and enthusiastic participants at this one-of-a-kind event. We appreciate the enthusiasm of the loyal tournament-goers and will remember the event…

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2018 Minnesota Book Award Winners Announced

30th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Presented April 21, 2018, SAINT PAUL, MN – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the winners of the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by Education Minnesota. In addition to winners in nine categories, The Friends presented the Book Artist, Hognander Minnesota History, and Kay Sexton…

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36 Finalists Blog: Louise Erdrich

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 Louise Erdrich, author of Future Home of the…

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“Moving Words” to Bring Authors Across the State

presents: Moving Words Writers Across Minnesota In our role as the Center for the Book, The Friends will host a series of readings and discussions across the state’s 12 regional library systems. Moving Words is an opportunity for readers and writers to explore the impact of literature in their lives, how being a Minnesotan informs…

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36 Finalists Blog: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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 Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means…

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36 Finalists Blog: Peter Bognanni

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 Peter Bognanni, author of Things I’m Seeing Without…

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36 Finalists Blog: H. M. Bouwman

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 H. M. Bouwman, author of A Crack in…

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36 Finalists Blog: Wendy Webb

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 Wendy Webb, author of The End of Temperance…

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36 Finalists Blog: A. Rafael Johnson

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 A. Rafael Johnson, author of The Through Category:…

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