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NEMBA Readers Needed

January 12, 2017

Join a reading team for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards 

This year marks the 29th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA). The ceremony will be held in UMD’s Kirby Ballroom on Thurs., May 18.

The Kathryn A. Martin Library's NEMBA team and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library are seeking individuals to serve on one of the reading teams that will select the winning book in each of the award’s six categories. 

Each of the six reading teams will be composed of 3-5 members and will meet several times from the beginning of February to the end of April to discuss the nominated books. The six categories are (1) Nonfiction, (2) Fiction, (3) Art, Photography, (4) Children’s Literature, (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir. The amount of reading tends to vary, with the Fiction and Nonfiction teams reading the most.

To volunteer, complete the application form.

Readers do not need to be professional literary critics, but rather a diverse group that represents the different backgrounds and lifestyles of the Northland. Feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested in participating.

Those who have served on a reading team in the past should consider serving as a team leader. 

For more information about joining a reading team, contact Kayleen Jones. After the nominations window has closed on February 1, 2017, readers will be notified as to which reading team they are on.

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