Mn Book Award Nominations Open

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is pleased to announce that nominations for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards are now open.   Eligible books must be written by a Minnesota author, have a 2007 publication date, and fit into one of the eight award categories:  Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature.  The Minnesota category is a new nonfiction category celebrating books with a topic of Minnesota history, nature, social customs, or nostalgia. Anyone may nominate an eligible book by completing a nomination form and submitting five non-returnable copies of the book, plus the $35 nomination fee, to The Friends’ office.  Eligibility guidelines and the nomination form are available at www.thefriends.org or by calling me at 651-366-6497.  Nominations close Friday, December 14, 2007.   Book Awards finalists in the eight categories will be announced in late January, 2008.  The 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards winners will be announced on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Gala celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront.  In addition to the eight category winners, the winners of the Kay Sexton Award, The Readers’ Choice Award, and the new Book Artist Award (information about this new award is included in the next two paragraphs of this email) will be presented at the Gala.  Tickets will go on sale in February, 2008. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, October 12, 2007 for the Minnesota Book Artist Award recognizing outstanding career achievements in the book arts and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community.  This award is being co-sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), www.mnbookarts.org.  Book artists may apply directly for the award or be nominated by another Minnesota resident.  Eligibility guidelines and the nomination and application forms are available at www.thefriends.org.  Interested book artists are also invited to attend an informational meeting about this new award on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 7 p.m.  For more information about this meeting and/or the new award in general, please visit www.thefriends.org or contact me.   It’s exciting to be gearing up for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions related to nominating a book in one of the eight award categories or submitting a nomination or application for the Book Artist Award.   Warmly, Ann  Ann NelsonMinnesota 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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