Each year the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library bestow Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) to authors, illustrators, and book artists in eight separate categories: children’s literature, general non-fiction, genre fiction, memoir & creative non-fiction, poetry, young people’s literature, Minnesota, and novel & short story.   SELCO in turn sponsors MNBA author tours featuring both winning and nominated MNBA authors at the member libraries. In addition, SELCO also offers Book Club in a Bag kits for each year’s MNBA winners.  These can be checked out through your local library. 

MNBA Author Tours  |  MNBA Book Club in a Bag Kits : MNBA Full List of Titles, Catalog, & Booking Instructions


SELCO Minnesota Book Award Author Tour 2018

Each year SELCO works with local libraries to build regional author tours around Minnesota Book Award (MNBA) finalists and winners, either with a multiple or single author tour.  For Winter 2018, we will be looking to feature authors who recently won in their categories for the 2017 MNBA Awards.  These authors are as follows:

  • Allen Eskens – The Heavens May Fall (Genre Fiction)
  • Peter Geye – Wintering (Novel & Short Story)
  • Shawn Otto – The War on Science… (General Nonfiction)
  • Cheri Register – The Big Marsh… (Minnesota)
  • Sun Yung Shin – Unbearable Splendor (Poetry)
  • Kao Kalia Yang – The Song Poet… (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)

As you can tell by the names listed, this tour will feature those authors in the Adult categories from last year’s winners roster.  Unfortunately this time around, the tour did not work for those who fell in the Children’s categories.

In the application we’ll ask you for your top three choices for authors and the top three availability dates for each of the authors.  We’re looking to plan the tour for dates between February 1 – April , 2018.  

Applications to be a part of the 2018 Winter Author tour were accepted from August 16-September 13.


MNBA Winners – Book Club in a Bag Kits

The MNBA Winners – Book Club in a Bag Kits are available for checkout! Each kit includes 10 copies of a book, reader guides, and bookmarks in a handy canvas bag.

Titles include winning books from the 2010 – 2016 Minnesota Book Awards. The Minnesota Book Awards are given to Minnesota authors in a number of different categories such as poetry, nonfiction, young adult and fiction. SELCO also has two Minnesota Reads Minnesota kits from the Minnesota Historical Society.

For booking and a list of available Book Club in a Bag Kit titles, please click HERE.


The above projects are made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.