Rockin' Event Review: Meet the Finalists of the Minnesota Book Awards

On March 21, 2017 the Loft hosted Meet the Finalists of the Minnesota Book Awards. Many of the finalists from all nine categories attended to meet readers, sign books, and sit on flash panels answering questions about their work.

Finalist books for purchase.

Finalist books for purchase.

Author Clyde Bellecourt speaking with readers.

Author Clyde Bellecourt speaking with readers.

Signing "This is Not a Cat."

Signing "This is Not a Cat."

Loving the book dress!

Loving the book dress!

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction panel.

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction panel.

Middle Grade panel.

Middle Grade panel.

Novel & Short Story/Genre Fiction panel.

Novel & Short Story/Genre Fiction panel.

I picked up three books at the event and had them signed by the authors.

The authors were gracious enough to sign the copies for me.

The authors were gracious enough to sign the copies for me.

Michelle Leon signing her Babes in Toyland memoir.

Michelle Leon signing her Babes in Toyland memoir.

Abby Cooper signing "Sticks & Stones."

Abby Cooper signing "Sticks & Stones."

Robert Spande signing "The Born and the Made."

Robert Spande signing "The Born and the Made."

I simply adore Robert's handmade books. Each book is hand drilled and bound and there is a feeling that you are holding something truly special when you are reading. If you like Stranger Things this book will be right up your alley! Get your hands on this epic creation!

This cut out cover he specialty made for the Meet the Finalists event.

This cut out cover he specialty made for the Meet the Finalists event.

Close up on the hand coloring, the cut-outs, and the drilling and binding.

Close up on the hand coloring, the cut-outs, and the drilling and binding.

Even the spine has the cut-out on this edition.

Even the spine has the cut-out on this edition.

The back also has the cut-out.

The back also has the cut-out.

Inside prints and the gold on the page edges all done by hand. This is the book for a book nerd.

Inside prints and the gold on the page edges all done by hand. This is the book for a book nerd.