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Indispensable resources for Minnesota readers

As an avid reader, there are certain websites I visit regularly to stay connected to Minnesota’s literary community. These sites are easy to use and keep me informed about literary events and local authors and publishers.

Check out these worthy local links, if you haven’t already.

Twin Cities Literary Calendar

Rain Taxi publishes this online incarnation of the monthly Minnesota Literature Newsletter, which folded in December 2008.

The calendar is crammed with readings, book festivals, book store celebrations, and book group meetings. The calendar is easy to follow because book events are color-coded by genre:
blue: book clubs
green: fiction
red: nonfiction
yellow: poetry
brown: lectures and panels  
purple: children and young adult

150 Best Minnesota Books
In honor of the Minnesota Historical Society’s 2009 sesquicentennial, acquisition librarian Patrick Coleman is designating the greatest 150 books to come out of Minnesota. New selections are added to the blog twice a month and all books are available for viewing in the Minnesota History Center library. Readers are free to add to and take issue with the growing list. Click here for the bare-bones listing of the books Coleman has chosen so far.

Minnesota Book Awards
A veritable showcase of the Minnesota’s literary talent, the Minnesota Book Awards honor the state’s finest authors, illustrators and publishers. Here, you can learn about recent years’ winners and finalists, read author news, and watch author interviews with the likes of Patricia Hampl, Deborah Keenan and William Kent Krueger. You can also download reading guides for the 2007 and 2008 award winners.

NoveList Plus
Available in the seven-county Twin Cities metro, this database has detailed information on more than 200,000 fiction and nonfiction titles. Additional features include author read-alikes and book discussion guides. Log-in requires a library card bar code, so you must be a registered borrower of the public library.

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