Minnesota Books Nominated for Awards

mnbookawards.jpgThis is not only the season of bone-chilling temps — you think it’s cold but, hey, buddy, I sleep outdoors — it’s also the time when book awards announce contenders. I’ve reported on some of these already. Over the weekend I also learned the Minnesota Book Awards finalists have been chosen. A partial list:

Autobiography, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Caroline Burau, Answering 911
Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Love of Impermanent Things
Matthew Sanford, Waking
Diane Wilson, Spirit Car

Children’s Literature

Dianne E. Gray, Tomorrow the River
Joyce Sidman, Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow
Joyce Sidman, Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Rooms
Lauren Stringer, Winter is the Warmest Season
Anne Ursu, The Shadow Thieves

Fiction or Short Story

Alicia L. Conroy, Lives of Mapmakers
Patti Frazee, Cirkus
Maureen Millea Smith, When Charlotte Comes Home

General Nonfiction

Taner Akçam, “A Shameful Act”
Cyn Collins, “West Bank Boogie”
Moira Harris and Leo Harris, Minnesota on Paper
Kim Ode, Baking with the St. Paul Bread Club
William Swanson, Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson

Genre Fiction

Brian Freeman, Stripped
William Kent Krueger, Copper River
Roger Stelljes, “The St. Paul Conspiracy”

Young Adult Literature

William Durbin, El Lector
Pete Hautman, Rash
Julie Schumacher, The Book of One Hundred Truths

Click here for a full roster of nominated books (I did not list all categories). Click here or on the titles themselves if you want to learn more or purchase.

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