CELEBRATE THE WORLD THROUGH LITERATURE
The Book Lovers Ball features a seated dinner, live auction, presentation of the Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture, storytelling from featured authors Amy & Dave Freeman, and more!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
The Machine Shop
300 Second Street SE | Minneapolis, MN 55414
Note the new venue!
Private Reception 5:30 p.m.
Doors Open + General Reception 6:00 p.m.
Program + Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Check back soon to see what items will be available at this year's LIVE AUCTION!
Past auctions have included a Craft Books & Craft Beer package, a Palm Springs Reader's Retreat, and a dinner party prepared by acclaimed author and local food expert Beth Dooley.
You won't want to miss what we have in store for you to bid on this year!
The Milkweed Award
The Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture is presented annually at the Book Lovers Ball. Beginning in 2016, two recipients will be selected annually by a committee composed of past award recipients. The honorees will have demonstrated ongoing commitment to the purpose and value of nonprofit literary organizations and will be known for having helped make the case in the community for the importance of the literary arts.
2017 Award Recipient Patricia Hampl
Patricia Hampl is recognized as a pioneer of the memoir, working to define and extend the understanding of autobiographical writing. She has authored numerous works of poetry and prose—including Spillville, A Romantic Education, and most recently The Florist's Daughter—for which she has won several awards, among them the Minnesota Book Award and Pushcart Prize. Currently, she is a Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota.
2017 Award Recipient John Gordon
John Gordon has served multiple terms, including one as chair, on the board of directors at Milkweed Editions. A champion of writers and books, he has been an invaluable advisor and supporter of the press for nearly three decades. Gordon has worked as an attorney in the Twin Cities for over forty years, practicing in the area of complex litigation at Faegre Baker Daniels and currently serving as the Interim Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.
Past Award Recipients
- Joanne Von Blon & Margaret Wurtele
- Gail See
- Jim Sitter
- Jim Lenfestey
- Jay & Page Cowles
- Emilie Buchwald & Randy Scholes
- Linda Myers Shelton
- Faith Sullivan
- George Johnson & Kelly Morrison
- Eleanor Winston & Mary Ann Grossmann