36 Finalists Blog: Martin Case

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 Martin Case, author of The Relentless Business of Treaties: How…

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36 Finalists Blog: Stephanie Watson

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 Stephanie Watson, author of Best Friends in the Universe, illustrated…

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David Mura Named 2019 Kay Sexton Award Recipient

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 14, 2019 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced today that David Mura, author, critic, teacher, mentor, and performance artist, is the winner of the 2019 Kay Sexton Award. Sponsored by St. Catherine University, the award is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of longstanding…

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Interview with Fireside author Gary Eldon Peter

Gary is one of our featured authors in this year’s Fireside Reading Series. You can meet Gary on Wednesday, February 6 at Hamline Midway Library. More info here. We asked Gary a few questions prior to the event. What inspires your writing? More than anything, I think it’s my need to tell stories, and the…

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2019 Annual Minnesota Book Awards Finalists Announced

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced finalists in all nine categories for the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, presented this year by sponsor Education Minnesota. Chosen on Saturday, January 26, by 27 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community – the finalists for each…

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The Friends Confirms Five New Board Members for 2019

The elected individuals will play a key role in the organization’s major 2019 endeavors. SAINT PAUL, MN, January 23, 2019 —The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has elected five new trustees to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2019. The new members bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the…

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Interview with author Sarah Stonich

Sarah is one of our featured authors in this year’s Fireside Reading Series. You can meet Sarah on Wednesday, January 23rd at Hamline Midway Library. More info here. We asked Sarah a few questions prior to the event. What inspires your writing? I’m inspired by what makes people tick, how they react to and navigate…

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Jody Williams Wins the 2019 Minnesota Book Artist Award

The artist will be honored with an award and a retrospective exhibition for her new work. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announces Jody Williams as the winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her new book entitled For Now. Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group, this annual award is presented as…

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Jane Leavy on library stacks and sculpting lobsters

We’re so thrilled that Jane Leavy will join us for this year’s Opus & Olives. In preparation for the big event, we asked Jane a couple questions to help fans get to know her better. This is an #opusexclusive. Tell us something that people might now know about you. I’m a welder and sculptor in…

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