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Finalists announced for 2020 Minnesota Author Project

Congratulations to the finalists of the third annual Minnesota Author Project, which recognizes the best indie-published authors in the state of Minnesota!


Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference and will receive $1000, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs. Winners will also be honored at an Indie Author Project Celebration, be included in a full-page print spread in Library Journal, and have opportunities to promote their work at Minnesota Public Libraries.

Stay tuned for features of these books, coming soon. Read their ebooks now on BiblioBoard Library.

Finalists for the Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create contest will also be announced this week.

Top 5!

MN Writes MN Reads celebrates the top 5 circulating Indie Author Project Select books of the summer. TWO of the top 5 are from Minnesota!

  1. I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn | East Central Regional Library, MN
  2. The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson | Canton Public Library, MA
  3. Justice Makes a Difference by Artika R. Tyner | Ramsey County Library, MN
  4. Woman King by Evette Davis | San Francisco Public Library, CA
  5. The Adventures of Stu by Patricia Gilbers | St. Louis County Library, MO

These titles got over 1000 total reads from June–August!

All 5 titles are available as simultaneous-use reads on BiblioBoard Library. Plus, watch the recording of Dr. Tyner’s Indie Author Project Expert Session, “Education for Social Change.”

A special shout-out to East Central Regional Library and Ramsey County Library as the local libraries supporting these particular Minnesota indie authors!

MN Writes MN Reads to Participate in Virtual Library Comic Convention

MN Writes MN Reads is pleased to announce that Minnesota is one of eleven states hosting the Virtual Library Comic Convention (VLCC) in partnership with library services company BiblioLabs. VLCC offers two key opportunities for comics and graphic novel fans:

 To celebrate comic and graphic novels together even while the pandemic keeps us apart, there will be virtual events being held on the afternoon of July 30, 2020, with free, unlimited registration for everyone in the state. The sessions feature comic authors and artists, as well as librarians discussing publishing programs available at public libraries. Sessions include:

  • Worth 1,000 Words: Visual Storytelling Through Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Comic Book Art 101: Demonstrations, Tips and Tricks of the Trade
  • BookFeud: Graphic Novel and Comic Edition

And more! All comic and graphic novel fans welcome.

To register for these free sessions and learn more, visit:

Second, leading comic and graphic novel publishing partners are coming together to help libraries deliver remote services. A huge collection of more than 4,000 titles is available to read online for free, no login required, through August 31, 2020.  The comics and graphic novels are organized by category, including superhero stories, real-life history, sports, fairy tales, horror, and more. There’s something for every graphic novel and comic fan. To check out the collection, go to: