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Announcement: Minnesota Book Awards finalists

The Friends of St Paul Public Library has just published this list of finalists for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards


Sponsored by Books for Africa

A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
(Capstone Young Readers/Capstone*)

Mighty Moby by Ed Young, text by Barbara DaCosta
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group)

Round by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
by K. L. Going, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
(Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)




Sponsored by College of Saint Benedict/
Saint John’s University

Alice in France:The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien
by Nancy O’Brien Wagner
(Minnesota Historical Society Press*)

The First and Only Book of Sack: 36 Years of Cartoons for the Star Tribune by Steve Sack
(Star Tribune Media Co.*)

Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy by Elaine Tyler May
(Basic Books/Hachette Book Group)

Mountain Ranch by Michael Crouser
(University of Texas Press)




Sponsored by Macalester College

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb
(Lake Union Publishing)

Nothing Stays Buried by P. J. Tracy
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House)

Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger
(Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)




Sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen
(Clarkson Potter/Crown Publishing)

It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by Tom Rademacher
(University of Minnesota Press*)   

Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate 
by Carolyn Porter
(Skyhorse Publishing)

Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year by Linda LeGarde Grover
(University of Minnesota Press*)




Sponsored by Education Minnesota

A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House)

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
(Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group)

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d
by Mary Losure
(Candlewick Press)

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta
(Albert Whitman & Company)




Sponsored by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

by Marcia G. Anderson
(Minnesota Historical Society Press*)

Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound
by Andrea Swensson
(University of Minnesota Press*)

Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice by Roberta Walburn
(University of Minnesota Press*)

Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis by Davu Seru, photography by Charles Chamblis
(Minnesota Historical Society Press*)




Sponsored by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
(HarperCollins Publishers)

Stories for a Lost Child by Carter Meland
(Michigan State University Press)

The Through by A. Rafael Johnson
(Jaded Ibis Press)

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
by Lesley Nneka Arimah
(Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)




Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.

by Donte Collins (Button Poetry*)

Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum
for Archaic Media
by Heid E. Erdrich
(Michigan State University Press)

Solve for Desire by Caitlin Bailey
(Milkweed Editions*)

Thousand Star Hotel by Bao Phi
(Coffee House Press*)




Sponsored by Brainfuse

The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung
(Boyds Mills Press/Highlights)

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
(Amulet Books/Abrams)

Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers
(HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers)

Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

(Dial Books/Penguin Random House)



Minnesotans Reads about Reading

Truth to tell I don’t get to very many author readings or even find time to prowl the local press sections in the areas libraries and bookstores.  I can’t afford the Minnesota Book Awards any more.  Still, I love to just read about what’s happening on the literary scenes — in bookstores, libraries, book clubs and attic reading spaces throughout the metro area and the state.  Mary Anne Grossmann does a great job of keeping the literary flame burning at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Though other print media flag a few readings, it’s almost always the out-of-town biggies.  I want to know about the emerging writers, the local folks whose literary works, histories, memoirs, books for children  and more are so artfully created and so often overlooked.

One delightful way to track the Minnesota muse is by following  Minnesota Reads, now celebrating two years of celebrating Minnesota writers and readers.  On the one hand, MR is running commentary on who’s doing. writing and reading what.  My favorite or many treats on MR is an absolutely essential calendar of readings and literary events, often in places I’ve never visited except in my imagination.   That’s MY favorite, but there something for everyone!

Happy Anniversary to Minnesota – Celebrate by checking it out and adding your voice whether you’re a reader, a writer, a publisher or, like me, mostly a lurker.  They also serve who only stand and lurk.