Minnesota Book Awards Events

mnba-events-webBeyond the awards ceremony each spring, Minnesota Book Awards programs and events take place around the state throughout the year. From author readings and discussions to pub quizzes and food events, the Minnesota Book Awards has programming for everyone. Read more about our events here or check out the Calendar page for a list of all events.

The Book Awards seeks to connect readers with Minnesota books, authors, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and more – through programs and outreach activities year-round.  Meet some of the best authors in the state at free events throughout the 100+ metro-area libraries represented by MELSA. If your library or bookstore would like us to list your Minnesota Book Award-related event, please send the details to info@thefriends.org.


Upcoming Events


Finalist Announcement

January 28, 2017

Follow us on Facebook as we announce the 2017 finalists live throughout the afternoon.


2017 Minnesota Book Artist Award Reception

February 10, 2017
5:30 p.m.
Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis

Join us in celebrating Steven McCarthy, graphic design professor and 2017 recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award for his Wee Go Library project – a mobile collection of 22 altered books found in Little Free Libraries throughout the Twin Cities.


Meet the Finalists

Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m – 9 p.m.
Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis

Join the Minnesota Book Awards and the Loft Literary Center for a celebration of this year’s finalist books. In this popular annual event, finalists from each of the nine award categories gather to discuss their books, their writing lives, and much more. Check back in early March for the full list of participating authors.

6 p.m. – Reception
Meet the finalists; book sales and signing; complimentary wine and light refreshments

7 p.m. – Program
Learn about the finalist books in nine flash panel discussions hosted by local literary celebrities.

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29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony

Sponsored by Education Minnesota
Saturday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.

InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront, 11 East Kellog Boulevard, Saint Paul

Celebrate the best in local literature with readers and writers from across the state! 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. MPR’s Tom Weber will serve as the emcee for the evening.

6:30 p.m. – Preface Reception
Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, 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.

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