After years of holding the Minnesota Book Awards spring gala event in downtown St. Paul, this year the organizers hauled the whole thing--books, authors, trophies, wineglasses, and all--across the river to downtown Minneapolis. The Hilton was a fine venue, and it made perfect sense to hold the event in Minneapolis. After all, while the big sponsor is the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, it really is a state-wide event.
But yesterday they announced that books, authors, trophies, and wineglasses will pack up and move back across the river for the 2014 event.
And why not? Look at the gorgeous venue they nabbed: The newly refurbished historic Union Depot in St. Paul's Lowertown. It'll also be a wee bit earlier in the spring than in years past, so mark your calendars: 7 p.m., April 5.