The winners of the 2020 Minnesota Author Project were announced by Sarah Hawkins of MELSA and Emily Gooding of Bibliolabs in a virtual session at the Minnesota Library Association Conference on Friday, October 2.
Thomas Peacock won in the Adult Fiction category for his novel The Wolf's Trail, and Bethany Atazadeh won the YA Fiction prize for The Stolen Kingdom, a retelling of the legend of Aladdin and his lamp. Dr. Artika Tyner and the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute won in the Communities Create category for Justice Makes a Difference.
This year's awards were the first to include the Communities Create category. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Tyner talked about the inspiration for Justice Makes a Difference. "You're never too young and you're never too old to make a change in your community," she said.
The Minnesota Author Project honors self-published authors from Minnesota. This year marked the third edition of the awards. For more information, visit the project website.