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Online Author Event: Sarah Hanley & Thomas Peacock

Earlier this week, Minnesota’s public libraries hosted Minnesota Author Project Adult Fiction winners Sarah Hanley and Thomas D. Peacock in conversation Kaylin Creason, librarian from Washington County Library.

Sarah Hanley’s debut novel, Matka, won the 2019 Minnesota Author Project award for adult fiction. Her second novel, Past the Midway, was released in 2020.

Thomas Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He has co-authored/authored books on Ojibwe history and culture, education, fiction and racism. His book, The Wolf’s Trail, won the 2020 Minnesota Author Project for adult fiction.

MN Writes MN Reads is a program of the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators. This author panel is funded by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Let us know what you thought of the event!

Finalist Feature: This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year

Category: Communities Create

Description: This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year is a collection of writing by Minnesotans about living through the upheavals of a historic year. The short prose and poetry pieces address the COVID-19 pandemic and the justice for George Floyd movement along with the general political climate in the United States. The writers offer heartfelt reflections on the difficulties and the joys of navigating life during lockdowns and protests. Each contribution offers a glimpse into the range of experiences and reactions that Minnesotans had in a long year of radical changes to society.

Organization: Ramsey County Library is a system of seven public libraries in suburban Ramsey County, MN.

Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the libraries in making information, books, music, and programs available to the public.

We asked Ramsey County Library, “What does the library mean to your organization or the creation of your work?”

Ramsey County Library is excited to collect Minnesotans’ writing for its first book project, documenting a historic year and engaging our communities through writing.”

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: Stuck at Home: Entries from the Annual North Branch Area Library Poetry Contest

Category: Communities Create

Description: Stuck at Home is a collection of poems written by students of all ages for the North Branch Area Library’s annual poetry contest.

Organization: East Central Regional Library is a consolidated regional public library system providing library service in East Central Minnesota: Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.

We asked East Central Regional Library “What does the library mean to the creation of your work?”

This work is the product of the North Branch Area Library’s annual poetry contest, so the library is at the heart and soul of this work. The library is a space where people of all backgrounds and experiences can come together, access resources, and learn with and from each other, which has always been reflected in the yearly contest. The theme of this year’s event, “Stuck at Home”, gave youth of all ages the opportunity to share their experiences living through the Covid-19 pandemic. The library usually hosts a event where poets read their contest entries. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, with friends, family, and teachers packing into the Community Room to hear the reading. Since this kind of gathering was not possible in pandemic circumstances, the library gathered the contest entries and made them available through this eBook.

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.