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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Minnesota Book Awards (2009-2010)

2011 info from The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa:
1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions, by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Brenda Sexton
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser, paintings by Claire A. Nivola
My Heart Is Like a Zoo, by Michael Hall
A Night on the Range, by Aaron Frisch, illustrated by Chris Sheban

General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO:
The Assassination of Hole in the Day, by Anton Treuer
The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World, by James J. Farrell
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition, by Michael Nordskog, photography by Aaron W. Hautala
Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness, by Greg Breining, photography by Layne Kennedy

Genre Fiction:
Silencing Sam, by Julie Kramer
The Taking of Libbie, SD, by David Housewright
The Tale of Halcyon Crane, by Wendy Webb
Vermilion Drift, by William Kent Krueger

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction:
Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA, by Bonnie J. Rough
Crossing the Barriers: The Autobiography of Allan H. Spear, by Allan H. Spear
News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, by Laurie Hertzel
She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood, by Amie Klempnauer Miller

Minnesota, sponsored by Xcel Energy:
North Country: The Making of Minnesota, by Mary Lethert Wingerd
Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks, by Chris Niskanen, photography by Doug Ohman
This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount, by Jay Weiner
We’re Gonna Win, Twins!: 50 Years of Minnesota’s Hometown Team, by Doug Grow

Novel and Short Story:
Dogfight, A Love Story, by Matt Burgess
The House of Tomorrow, by Peter Bognanni
Losing Camille, by Paul Kilgore
Vestments, by John Reimringer

Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.:
Dreaming Man, Face Down, by Mark Conway
Find the Girl, by Lightsey Darst
On Speaking Terms, by Connie Wanek
Sin Eater, by William Reichard

Young People’s Literature, sponsored by Sit Investment Associates:
Blank Confession, by Pete Hautman
Hamster Magic, by Lynne Jonell, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere; Volume I, by Jacqueline West
Split, by Swati Avasthi

2010 Award
Winners of the 2010 Minnesota Book Awards, a joint venture of Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, the St. Paul Public Library and the city of St. Paul., were honored Saturday. The Pioneer Press reported that recipients included:

Children's literature: Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman
General nonfiction: I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson by Joy K. Lintelman
Genre fiction: Jelly's Gold by David Housewright
Memoir/Creative nonfiction: The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows by Kent Nerburn
Minnesota: Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving by Cary J. Griffith
Novel/Short story: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Poetry: I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter
Young people's literature: The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Readers' choice award: Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council by Dave Kenney
Kay Sexton Award for outstanding contributions to Minnesota's literary community: Carolyn Holbrook, founder of SASE: The Write Place.
Book Artist Award: Wilber H. "Chip" Schilling.

2009 Award
The Erdrich sisters captured two of the eight categories in this year's [2009] Minnesota Book Awards, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Louise's The Plague of Doves won for best novel and Heid took the poetry prize for her collection, National Monuments.

Other winners included The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (memoir/creative nonfiction, as well as the Readers' Choice Award), The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson (children's literature, picture book), The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint and Still Eat Meat by Catherine Friend (general nonfiction), Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (genre fiction), Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy (young people's literature) and Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota by Barbara W. Sommer (Minnesota).

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