Lisa Genova on her cameo and a space for all of us

We are so thrilled that Lisa Genova will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Lisa a couple questions to help fans get to know her better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. I had a cameo in…

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Leif Enger on the bass and an approaching philosophical famine

We’re so thrilled that Leif Enger will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives as emcee. In preparation for the big event, we asked Leif a couple questions to help fans get to know him better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might now know about you. I play the electric…

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Lisa Wingate on the dream that lived and the new community

We are so thrilled that Lisa Wingate will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Lisa a couple questions to help fans get to know her better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might not know about you. Two long-lived dreams were born…

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Program Evaluator Contract Position

We’d love to work with you! The Friends is in search of a Short Term Arts Program Evaluator.   Position Overview: The Friends seeks a short term arts program evaluation contractor for the 2018 Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota project. The Friends, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, is engaged in a seven-month arts…

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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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