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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Minnesota Book Awards moving to YouTube this year

T. Mychael Rambo, photo by Lauren B. Photography

T. Mychael Rambo. Photo by Lauren B. Photography.

This year's Minnesota Book Awards ceremony was going to be the first year the awards were held at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul in a move toward inclusiveness. Instead, this will be the first year that the awards will be held virtually--entirely on YouTube, which makes it the most inclusive awards ceremony of all.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. April 28 with actor T. Mychael Rambo in conversation with Alayne Hopkins of the Friends of the St. Paul Library, and then will move into the announcements of the awards. Winners will be announced live, and you can watch through this link: www.thefriends.org/mnba

There's no charge to watch, but the Friends of the Library invite people to register to attend virtually and for the chance to win a set of the winning books.

Minnesota Book Awards ceremony is canceled

The Minnesota Book Awards

The Minnesota Book Awards 

This year’s Minnesota Book Awards ceremony, scheduled for April 28 at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Winners will still be announced that date. Finalists for this year's awards, which are for the publishing year 2019, include Kao Kalia Yang, Marlon James and Anne Ursu. This year's winner of the Kay Sexton Award is James Lenfestey and the winner of this year's Hognander History Award is William Green.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, who put on the awards, are working on a plan for creative ideas for announcing the winners. They ask that you check in on their website and Facebook page for future news.

For ticket refund information, go to: www.thefriends.org/mnba

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