Book Awards Calendar of Events

Book Artist Award Winner Reception and Artist Presentation @ Open Book
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is the 2018 Book Artist Award recipient for her piece The Love Affair, a mixed-media sculptural book handcrafted from pieces of old family letters.

View the award-winning piece and hear the artist discuss her work at this special reception, hosted by Minnesota Center for Book Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Rasmussen will also be recognized at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21 at the InterContinental Hotel in Saint Paul.

Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group, this annual award is presented as part of the Minnesota Book Awards with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), and recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence of a new artistic work. The Minnesota Book Awards, presented by Education Minnesota, is a statewide, year-round outreach program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Meet the Finalists @ Open Book Building
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet the Finalists

6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Program

At this special event, presented with The Loft Literary Center, get to know the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards finalists as authors from each category participate in panel discussions about their work. Attendees can also view the Book Artist Award winner’s exhibit, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception and finalist books will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.



The winners of the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards will be announced at the Ceremony on Saturday, April 21, at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Saint Paul.
Click here for more information on the Minnesota Book Awards.

Young Adult Literature Finalists at Red Balloon @ Red Balloon Bookshop
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm


Meet the four Minnesota Book Awards finalists in the Young Adult Literature category. Join Sarah Ahiers (Thief’s Cunning), Sara Biren (The Last Thing You Said), Peter Bognanni (Things I’m Seeing Without You), and Andrew DeYoung (The Exo Project) to learn more about their books, chat with the authors, meet other YA fans, and get your books signed. More info here.

Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony @ InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Celebrate the best in local literature at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all.

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 and listen to live music.

Awards will be presented to the winners in nine book categories, the 2018 Book Artist Award winner, the 2018 Hognander Award winner, as well as the 2018 Kay Sexton Award honoree.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 5, 2018.