Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Library of Congress honors Laura Purdie Salas' picture book

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards, Local authors Updated: September 25, 2012 - 11:22 AM

 

Laura Purdie Salas.

Laura Purdie Salas.

 

 

This year's book chosen to represent Minnesota at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., is Laura Purdie Salas's already much-honored, many-prize-winning, delightful  "BookSpeak! Poems About Books."

Her lovely, lively poems celebrate everything book-related. The book won a Minnesota Book Award earlier this year, and also was honored by NCTE Notables; Bank Street Best Books; Librarians' Choice; Honor Book - Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression; White Ravens; and (my favorite) the Nerdy Book Award.

Salas lives and writes in Maple Grove.

The National Book Festival's 52 Great Reads (50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are meant to represent the literary heritage of each state.

Previous Minnesota books have included two by Anton Treuer ("Ojibwe in Minnesota" and the Ojibwe-language "Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Ji-gikinoo'amaageng") and "Night Driving," by John Coy.

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