Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony

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Join us to celebrate the 29th Annual
Minnesota Book Awards:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront

Finalists will be announced in late January, followed immediately by online ticket sales and additional details.

“Lit’ doesn’t get any better than this!”

Each April, authors, publishers and book-lovers celebrate the best of local literature at the Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Big readers, bright writers, books, autographs, refreshments, live music, and the announcement of the award winners make for an unforgettable evening!

The event:

6:30 p.m. – Preface Reception
Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, complimentary passed wine and cash bar.

8:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Wine and refreshments, celebrity presenters and live music.

9:30 p.m. –  Epilogue After-Party
Complimentary champagne and desserts,. Toast the winners and finalists, dance and listen to live music.

Awards will be presented to the winners in nine book categories, as well as the 2017 Kay Sexton Award honoree and the 2017 Book Artist Award winner.

Seating is limited, please reserve early. Tickets include complimentary wine and refreshments during the Awards ceremony, with champagne and dessert to follow at the after-party. This is not a dinner event, please plan accordingly. Sponsored tables and complete tables purchased together (10 seats per table) will receive priority seating. Tickets are non-refundable.

We offer closed captioning on one of our large event screens. If you would like to be seated in this area, please email your request to chris@thefriends.org.

  • All attendees will receive their table assignment at the event. Individuals wishing to sit together should make their reservations together or contact The Friends’ office no later than April 1 to make a seating request. The Friends cannot guarantee fulfillment of these requests.
  • Physical tickets are not issued for this event. Instead, confirmation of seat purchases will be provided by email or phone.
  • Additional donations to The Friends in support of the Minnesota Book Awards are  appreciated. Gifts will be dedicated to support future Book Awards and/or statewide Book Awards outreach activities. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Heartland-7-e1370377125900Make a night of it!

The local restaurant boom has turned downtown St. Paul into one of the hottest dining areas in the city! Come early, get a good parking spot, walk up the street, and enjoy a special meal with your family and friends before the Awards Ceremony.

Restaurants in the area>>


A Look Back at the First 25 Years of the Minnesota Book Awards: