Book Awards Calendar of Events

Feb
19
Tue
Book Artist Award Winner Reception and Artist Presentation @ Cowles Literary Commons, Open Book Building
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reception 6:00 p.m. | Artist talk 6:30 p.m., Target Performance Hall

Jody Williams is the 2019 Book Artist Award recipient for her new book For Now. At once a book, a box, and a puzzle, For Now was born from a desire to create a book about dust and evolved into a meticulously designed exploration of the number four and its many associations.

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.

Williams will also be recognized at the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 6 at the InterContinental Hotel in Saint Paul. Tickets available here.

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.

Click here to see her winning work and to learn more about Jody Williams.

Mar
15
Fri
Meet the Finalists @ Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm

7:00 p.m. Program | Reception to follow

Get to know the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards finalists as authors from each category participate in panel discussions about their work. This free public event is presented with the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served during the reception with cash bar available, and finalist books will be available for purchase.

The winners of the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards will be announced at the Ceremony on Saturday, April 6, at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Saint Paul.

Click here for tickets and more information on the Minnesota Book Awards.

Apr
6
Sat
Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony @ InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm

Celebrate the state’s best books at the 2019 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, 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 2019 Book Artist Award winner, and the 2019 Kay Sexton Award honoree.

Click here for tickets and more information on the Minnesota Book Awards.

Apr
21
Sun
Book Artist Award Winner Exhibit (End Date) @ Cowles Literary Commons, Open Book Building
Apr 21 all-day

Exhibit runs February 15 – April 21

Jody Williams is the 2019 Book Artist Award recipient for her new book For Now. At once a book, a box, and a puzzle, For Now was born from a desire to create a book about dust and evolved into a meticulously designed exploration of the number four and its many associations.

Come see this award-winning piece at a retrospective exhibition, on display from February 15 – April 21, hosted by Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A special reception and artist presentation will be held on February 19. (link to this event)

Williams will also be recognized at the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 6 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 program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Click here to see her winning work and to learn more about Jody Williams.