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.

Mankato's Nick Healy to be honored in Chicago

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards, Local authors Updated: April 12, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Nick Healy.

Nick Healy.

Mankato author Nick Healy will be honored in May for his collection of short stories, "It Takes You Over," which tied for second place in the annual Friends of American Writers prize. since 1928, the FAW has sponsored an annual competition to boost the careers of new and promising writers from the Midwest. Previous winners include Carl Sandburg, Toni Morrison, and Jane Smiley. Last year's winners included St. Paul writer Kevin Fenton for his novel, "Merit Badges."

Healy tied with Cincinnati, Ohio, writer Marjorie Celona, author of "Y"; they each win $1,000.

The top winner was Christopher Hebert of Nashville, Tenn., who will win $2,000 for his novel, "The Boiling Season."

The awards ceremony will be in Chicago on May 10.

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