Minnesota Book Awards

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Minnesota Book Awards
Minnesota Book Awards logo
Awarded for Works created by Minnesotans in the previous year
Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Library
First awarded 1988
Official website "Minnesota Book Awards"

The Minnesota Book Awards are presented annually for books created by writers, illustrators or book artists who are Minnesotans. The award, originally established in 1988, is organized by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.


The Minnesota Book Awards were created in 1988 as part of the Minnesota Festival of the Book, an event which ran for two years. No awards were presented in 1990. Following this, the Awards were run by the Minnesota Center for the Book. In 2000, that organization (including the awards) was moved to the Minnesota Humanities Commission,[1] which in turn announced in 2006 that the Friends of the Saint Paul Library would return to the lead organizational role for the Awards.[2]

Categories and special awards[edit]

Minnesota Book Awards are presented for Children's Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. Prior to 2007, these categories varied each year. Some examples of past categories are Architecture, Book Cover Design, Children's Picture Book, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Photography, and Science and Nature.[3]

In addition to the awards in these categories, the Kay Sexton Award has been presented to recognize overall contributions to the state's literary community. Kay Sexton was the first recipient of the award, in 1988.

The annual Minnesota Book Artist Award, recognizing the recipient's excellence and contributions to the Minnesota book arts community, is administered and co-presented by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.[4]

Beginning in 2007, the Readers' Choice Award is voted on by the general public, from a pool of works nominated in all Minnesota Book Award categories.[5]

In 2012 the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award was introduced, recognizing a scholarly work related to Minnesota history.[6]


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