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Julie Klassen Wins Minnesota Book Award

Contact: Karen Steele
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ksteele@bakerpublishinggroup. com 

Ada, Mich. (April 23, 2015)—On April 18, Julie Klassen was presented with a Minnesota Book Award in the Genre Fiction category for her book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park (Bethany House; ISBN 9780764210716; ebook ISBN 9781441264824; $14.99). This presentation took place during a Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Union Depot in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For a complete list of award winners, please visit mnba/winners-and-finalists/ current-winners/.

This year marks the 27th annual Minnesota Book Awards program, and more than 800 people attended this event. The Book Awards is a project of The Friends, a nonprofit, community membership organization dedicated to supporting the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. The goal of the awards is to “connect readers with Minnesota books, authors, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and more through programs and outreach activities year round.” 

Bestselling author Julie Klassen is the author of eight novels, including three winners of the Christy Awards for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Learn more at

Bethany House has been publishing high quality books for over 50 years. Recognized as the pioneer and leader in Christian fiction, we publish over 75 new fiction and nonfiction titles annually in subjects including historical and contemporary fiction, Christian living, devotional, family resources, and theology. Our titles are frequently found on Christian bestseller lists.