This Was 2020 Now Available

Ramsey County Library and the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of "This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year" is now available for print on demand. The paperback book is available for order at local bookstores or online.

Edited by Ramsey County Library staff and featuring 51 writers from across Minnesota, "This Was 2020" captures people’s experiences and reflections of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and Justice for George Floyd movement along with other social and political upheavals of the year. This collection of writings encouraged Minnesotans to write and reflect on a tumultuous year as a way to learn from, heal and imagine brighter futures for all.

Initially published by using the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project’s suite of online tools for indie publishing, the book is available to read online.

"This Was 2020" is the winner of the Minnesota Author Project award in the Communities Create category, which is an award highlighting indie-published authors in the state.

The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries serves as the official publisher. Neither Ramsey County Library nor the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries receive any revenue from the sale of this book. This project was funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This Was 2020 Book Celebration

Tuesday, November 9, 7-8 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book "This Was 2020," hear about the project and meet some of the authors online!