Beyond the Book

A new documentary series based on Minnesota Book Award-winning books premiered in 2015 on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). “Beyond the Book” is co-produced by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and TPT.

Episode Two: “Winter Bees”

Author Joyce Sidman and illustrator Rick Allen reveal to a young reader the unique process behind the creation of this 2015 Minnesota Book Award winner for Children’s Literature. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold celebrates nature’s endurance in the cold of winter through poetry, essays and gorgeous images.

In addition to broadcast on TPT MN, the program will be repeated many times in the coming year, statewide, on TPT Life. To receive over-the-air broadcasts, viewers need a digital TV or a digital conversion box. It will be generally available to all cable and DirecTV households. You can also quickly learn when to watch – or WATCH NOW on your computer – by visiting the “Beyond the Book” program page. The next statewide digital MN channel showings are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM on TPT LIFE
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 8:30 PM on TPT MN
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:30 AM on TPT MN
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 8:30 PM on TPT MN
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM on TPT MN

Episode One:”The Art and Life of George Morrison”

Modern Spirit: The Art of George MorrisonThe art, life and impact of famed Minnesota artist George Morrison, based on the Minnesota Book Award-winning biography, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, features interviews with the authors, Kristin Makholm and W. Jackson Rushing III. Producers also spoke with artists Morrison inspired, some of his friends and family, and included historic moments with George himself.

To increase metro-wide viewership, a block of time dedicated to TPT MN programs is featured each Sunday on TPT LIFE.  This channel is carried over-the-air in the metro area on digital channel 2-3.  “The Art and Life of George Morrison” is scheduled to air on the TPT LIFE Channel on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. TPT LIFE

In addition to broadcast on TPT LIFE, the program will be repeated many times in the coming year, statewide, on the MN Channel. To receive over-the-air broadcasts, viewers need a digital TV or a digital conversion box. It will be generally available to all cable and DirecTV households. You can also quickly learn when to watch – or WATCH NOW on your computer – by visiting the “Beyond the Book” program page. The next statewide digital MN Channel showing is scheduled for:

  • Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. TPT MN 
  • SundayJuly 10, 2016 at 12 a.m. TPT MN 
  • SundayJuly 10, 2016 at 6 a.m. TPT MN 
  • SundayJuly 10, 2016 at 12 p.m. TPT MN

Stay tuned for further updates.


Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy AmendmentCRPLSA-200This series of high-quality documentaries exploring recent Minnesota Book Award recipients is funded in part by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.