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.
Scroll right to take a sneak peek at some of the live auction items to be featured at this year's Book Lovers Ball!
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the event support working writers—new voices and those you know and love—and the creation of their beautiful, essential books.
Beth Dooley's Kitchen
*Back by popular demand!* Host a dinner for up to ten people in your home featuring locally-sourced delicacies and delights prepared by Beth Dooley, author of In Winter's Kitchen and celebrated advocate of the local food movement and Heartland food traditions.
Inside Spillville with
Win a fine art edition of Spillville—a beautifully crafted artist's book written by acclaimed author (and recently named Milkweed Award recipient) Patricia Hampl. Evoking the Midwest with narrative vignettes alongside exquisite engravings by Steven Sorman printed on handmade paper, only 150 of these oversized, unbound folio editions encased in blue linen boxes were created. Additionally, join Patricia for a special presentation about the creation of this unique work of art and literature. (White gloves included!)
Dogsledding Expedition with the Freemans
Journey to the scenic wilderness of northern Minnesota for a day-trip dogsledding expedition with Amy and Dave Freeman as your guides! Equipment, sled dogs, and lunch with Amy and Dave provided by Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge.
*Back by popular demand!* Claim the naming rights (for yourself or in honor of someone special!) for the signature cozy reading nook in our very own Milkweed Books for one whole year, and host a special event in the store for you and your friends.
The Milkweed Award
The Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contributions to Literary Culture is presented annually at the Book Lovers Ball. Up to two recipients are 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 nationally recognized as a pioneer of the memoir and one of the finest stylists writing today. A MacArthur Fellow, she authored A Romantic Education, The Florist's Daughter, and numerous other works of poetry and prose which have received extensive acclaim including four New York Times Notable Books and a Minnesota Book Award. Hampl is currently a Regents Professor and McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her next book, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking Penguin), is forthcoming in April 2018.
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 is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and has worked as an attorney in the Twin Cities for over forty years. He specialized in complex litigation at Faegre Baker Daniels and currently serves 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