2008 MN Book Award begins – get involved

Dear Minnesota Librarian,

I am excited to announce that things are gearing up for the kick-off of the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards. 

On September 4, 2007, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library will begin accepting nominations for books published by Minnesota authors in 2007.  We will be accepting nominations for books in these eight award categories:  Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota Nonfiction, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature.

In addition to preparing for nominations, we are also beginning recruitment of volunteer judges to serve on the preliminary round judging panels.  Each of our eight panels will have three judges, and qualified people new to the judging process are encouraged to apply as are experienced judges.  We are targeting librarians and booksellers in our preliminary round recruitment.

Librarians from throughout the state are encouraged to apply.  I have attached the preliminary round judge position description and the application form as both a PDF and Word document.  The preliminary round judges will meet the afternoon of Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Open Book, the home of The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, to select the four finalists in their category.  Only people who are available on January 26 should apply for a preliminary round position.  The call for final round judges will go out later this fall.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 14.  To learn more about the Minnesota Book Awards, please visit http://www.thefriends.org/.  Questions about the judging opportunity can be directed to me at mnbookawards@thefriends.org or 651-366-6497.

I hope the opportunity to be part of the Minnesota Book Awards judging process is of interest to you.  Thank you for considering the invitation to apply for this important position, helping to honor and celebrate the very best by Minnesota authors.

Warmly,

Ann

Ann Nelson

Minnesota Book Awards Coordinator
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1055

Direct Phone Number:  651/366-6497
Main Office Number:  651/222-3242   

Fax:  651/222-1988
mnbookawards@thefriends.org

http://www.thefriends.org/

The Minnesota Book Awards is a Capital City project, led by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Saint Paul.  Outreach partners include the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), the Minnesota Library Association (MLA), and Minnesota Department of Education – State Library Services.

 Ann Nelson
Minnesota Book Awards Coordinator
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1055Direct Phone Number:  651/366-6497
Main Office Number:  651/222-3242   
Fax:  651/222-1988
mnbookawards@thefriends.orgwww.thefriends.org 

The Minnesota Book Awards is a Capital City project, led by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Saint Paul.  Outreach partners include the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), the Minnesota Library Association (MLA), and Minnesota Department of Education – State Library Services. 

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