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. These events are made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education. 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


2017 Minnesota Book Award Winners Reading & Conversation
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.

Rochester Public Library
101 2nd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
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Get to know the 2017 Book Award winners and learn about their work in this special touring event. Each author will give a brief presentation and excerpt of their award-winning book, followed by a moderated question and answer session. Book sales will be available with time for signing. Participating authors are: J.J. Austrian (Worm Loves Worm), Lara Avery (The Memory Book), Allen Eskens (The Heavens May Fall), Brian Farrey (The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse), Peter Geye (Wintering), Shawn Otto (The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It), Cheri Register (The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape), and Kao Kalia Yang (The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father).

 


Prized Writers with William Kent Krueger & Danielle Sosin – The Importance of Place
Thursday, September 7, 12 p.m.

Virginia Public Library
215 5th Avenue South
Virginia, MN 55792
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Dive deeper into the work of two acclaimed storytellers in this writers in conversation event. Minnesota Book Award winner William Kent Krueger, the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen Cork O’Connor mysteries and the novel Ordinary Grace, and Danielle Sosin, author of the Book Award finalist The Long-Shining Waters and the short story collection Garden Primitives, discuss the importance of place in their work, their influences and writing life, and read excerpts.


Music Meets MN Lit
Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.

Grand Rapids Public Library
140 NE 2nd Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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Experience an exciting mash up of literature and music with readings by three award-winning authors and original songs inspired by their books. Ipsifendus Collective performs original compositions inspired by the work of recent Minnesota Book Award winners Melanie Hoffert (Prairie Silence); Margi Preus (West of the Moon); and Matt Rasmussen (Black Aperture). The original songs will be paired with readings from each author.


Prized Writers with Julie Schumacher & Lorna Landvik – Writing Humor
Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.

Rochester Public Library
101 2nd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904
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Dive deeper into the work of two acclaimed storytellers in this writers in conversation event, punctuated with readings. Minnesota Book Award winner Julie Schumacher and comedian and multiple-time Book Award finalist Lorna Landvik discuss their approach to writing humor, their influences, and writing life. Schumacher is the author of five books for younger readers and two novels, including The Body Is Water and the Thurber Prize-winning Dear Committee Members. Landvik is the author of several best-selling novels, including Patty Jane’s House of Curl and the recently released Once in a Blue Moon Lodge.

 


Prized Writers with Heid Erdrich & Sun Yung Shin – Poetry and Resistance
Saturday, October 7, 10:30 a.m.

Great River Regional Library – Delano
160 Railroad Ave East
Delano, MN 55328

Dive deeper into the work of two acclaimed poets in this writers in conversation event, punctuated with readings. Minnesota Book Award winners Heid Erdrich and Sun Yung Shin discuss the intersection of poetry and identity, their influences, and writing life. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, among other books, including 2009 Book Award winner National Monuments. Shin is the author of three poetry collections, including Unbearable Splendor, the 2017 Book Award winner, and is editor of the recent anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.


Music Meets MN Lit, with Douglas County Library
Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m.

Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center
4300 Pioneer Road SE
Alexandria, MN 56308
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Experience an exciting mash up of literature and music with readings by three award-winning authors and original songs inspired by their books. Ipsifendus Collective performs original compositions inspired by the work of recent Minnesota Book Award winners Melanie Hoffert (Prairie Silence); Margi Preus (West of the Moon); and Matt Rasmussen (Black Aperture). The original songs will be paired with readings from each author.


2017 Minnesota Book Award Winners Reading & Conversation, with Fergus Falls Public Library
Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Fergus Falls Campus
Legacy Hall
1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
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Get to know the 2017 Book Award winners and learn about their work in this special touring event. Each author will give a brief presentation and excerpt of their award-winning book, followed by a moderated question and answer session. Book sales will be available with time for signing. Participating authors are: Allen Eskens (The Heavens May Fall), Brian Farrey (The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse), Peter Geye (Wintering), Shawn Otto (The War on Science), Cheri Register (The Big Marsh), and Kao Kalia Yang (The Song Poet).