The 26th Annual Midwest Book Awards Gala was held on May 13, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olson Campus Center at the Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The awards ceremony is not a public event; reservations are required.

At this joyous event, we honor both the winners and finalists, the publishers and authors, and independent publishing in general. All the finalist entries are displayed during the reception. During the presentation, winners receive certificates and a bronze medallion.

After the award ceremony, finalists and award winners may pick up copies of the judges’ comments. Certificates for finalists are included in the judges’ packets. At that time, winners and finalists also may purchase foil seals for use in marketing efforts: gold for the winners and silver for the finalists. Award stickers may also be purchased at any time on the MIPA website: www.mipa.org.

Questions? Email Sherry Roberts or phone 952-322-4005.

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April 19 Meeting: PW's Claire Kirch



Claire has been senior correspondent for Publishers Weekly, covering the Midwest for several years. Her articles span a wide range of publishing topics as you can see at http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/article_authors/27.html.

Claire will talk about her experiences, the changes she’s seen in publishing, and the lessons authors and publishers have learned, which undoubtedly will include the timing of book reviews. Join us on Wednesday, April 19, a week later than our usual meeting night, at Midland Hills.

We'll also ask our attendees to talk about the mistakes they've made and what they wish they had known when they started in publishing so we can all learn from each other. This is the final meeting of the year since May is our Book Awards Gala (finalists will be announced in mid-April).
Who: Claire Kirch of Publisher's Weekly
What: Learning from Claire and from each other (What we wish we had known)
Where: Midland Hills Country Club, 2001 Fulham Ave, Roseville. [map]
When: April 19, 2017, 7 pm (but come early to network)
Why: We don't know what we don't know, but we can learn