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.

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Beaver's Pond Press, those Sauna Guys, clean up at awards gala

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel Updated: May 12, 2011 - 10:54 AM

 

Aaron Hautala and Michael Nordskog

Aaron Hautala and Michael Nordskog

 

We are in the thick of awards season now, and last night it was MIPA--the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, which handed out awards in 35 categories.

Nominees came from the whole Upper Midwest, 12 states. Winners included a fair number from Minnesota, including Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala, authors of "The Opposite of Cold," that book that is pretty much known by its unofficial title, "The Sauna Book."

Their book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, took first place in the category of Midwest Regional Interest.

Other local winners included Beaver's Pond Press, which won no fewer than 15 prizes (both first prize, and runner up), Tristan Publishing of Golden Valley, and Bethany House.

Self-published authors, take heart; even iUniverse won a prize. A complete list of winners follows:

Arts:
First place (a tie): Friendship: The Art of the Practice, Tristan Publishing
and The Saint John's Bible: Historical Books, Liturgical Press
Finalist: The Prints of Warrington Colescott, University of Wisconsin Press
 
Biography/Memoir
First place: John Paul Stevens, Northern Illinois University Press
Finalists: A Lifetime Burning, Borderland Books, and Czechs Forever, Penfield Books
 
Business
First place: Sacred Ground, Beaver's Pond Press
Finalist: Selling It Softly, Grand Oaks Press
 
Children's Picture Book
First place: Looking for Lucy, Beaver's Pond Press
Finalists: Stranger in the Woods: Snowflake Edition, Carl R. Sams II Photography, and Yafi's Family, Amharic Kids Press
 
Children's Fiction
First place: Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey, Beaver's Pond Press
Finalists: Henry! You're Late Again!, Beaver's Pond Press, and Military Life, Elva Resa Publishing
 
Children's Non-Fiction
First place: Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You, Free Spirit Publishing
Finalists: Frankie, the Rock 'n Roll Therapy Dog, Joyful Paws Prints Press, LLC, and
Pingpong Perry Experiences How a Book Is Made, Picture Window Books/Capstone
 
Young Adult Fiction
First place: Wilkinshire, iUniverse
Finalists: Siberia John & The Mystery of the Amazing Zoo, Three Towers Press, and
The Ugly Tree, Comfort Publishing
 
Coffee Table Books
First place: Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
Finalist: Like an Old Friend, Beaver's Pond Press
 
Cookbooks
First place: Let’s Cook, Appletree Press, Inc.
Finalists: Café Indiana Cookbook, University of Wisconsin Press, and Cooking Ala Heart, Appletree Press Inc.
 
Crafts/Hobbies
First place: Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman LLC
Finalists: Quilting: The Basics and Beyond, Landauer Publishing, and Threads: The Basics and Beyond, Landauer Publishing
 
Culture
First place: Living in Two Worlds, World Wisdom
Finalists: Paris from the Heart, Beaver's Pond Press, and Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
 
Current Events
First place: Quick Cash, Northern Illinois University Press
Finalist: Men of a Single Book, World Wisdom
 
Family/Parenting
First place: Heading Home with Your Newborn, American Academy of Pediatrics
Finalists: First the Broccoli, then the Ice Cream, Two Fish Books, and Yafi's Family, Amharic Kids Press
 
General Fiction
First place: The Peculiar Boars of Malloy, Switchgrass Books (Northern Illinois University Press)
Finalists: Cranberry Red, University of Wisconsin Press, and Today's Special! Yes It Is, Tristan Publishing
 
Genre Fiction
First place: Girl in the Gatehouse, Bethany House
Finalists: Deadly Reunion, North Star Press, and Death's Imperfect Witness, North Star Press
 
Health
First place: Mental Health Naturally, American Academy of Pediatrics
Finalists: The Reluctant Donor, Beaver's Pond Press, and Yoga for Every Room in Your House, Great Bear Press
 
History
First place: Sierra Summer, 1874, Pineneedle Press
Finalists: Living in Two Worlds, World Wisdom, and Lost on the Lady Elgin, In-Depth Editions
 
How-To/Do-It-Yourself
First place: Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions, Amy Barickman LLC
 
Humor
First place: Hitchhiking After Dark, Gale Force Press
Finalists: Garage Logic, Beaver's Pond Press, and The Athletic Benchley, Glendower Media
 
Inspiration/Gift Book
First place: I'm New at Being Old, Temuna Press
Finalists: Bringing Jon Home, Beaver's Pond Press, and Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
 
Midwest Regional Interest
First place: The Opposite of Cold, University of Minnesota Press
Finalists: H. H. Bennett, Photographer, University of Wisconsin Press, and Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
 
Nature
First place: Nature’s Garden, Forager's Harvest Press
Finalists: Amazing Hummingbirds, Adventure Publications, and Common Dragonflies of Northern Door County, Stonehill Publishing
 
Poetry
First place: Beso the Donkey, Michigan State University
Finalists: Jackson, Jesse, and the Almost Free Lunch, Beaver's Pond Press, and The Wind Blows. The Ice Breaks, Nodin Press
 
Recreation/Sports
First place: A Grouse Hunter's Almanac, University of Wisconsin Press
Finalists: Live Happily Ever Active, Jabberwocky Books, and Raising Stanley: What It Takes to Claim Hockey's Ultimate Prize, Triumph Books
 
Reference
First place: A Handbook of Scandinavian Names, University of Wisconsin Press
Finalists: 2011 Saint Paul Almanac, Arcata Press, and MFA in a Box, Dream of Things
 
Religion/Philosophy
First place: The Saint John's Bible: Historical Books, Liturgical Press
Finalists: Circle of Catholic Women, Juloya, and Kierkegaard, Lutheran University Press
 
Self-Help
First place: Living with the Enemy, Beaver's Pond Press
Finalists: The Joyful Professor, MavenMark Books, and Yoga for Every Room in Your House, Great Bear Press
 
Social Science
First place: Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
Finalists: Spirits of Earth, University of Wisconsin Press, and Stalking Mary, Beaver's Pond Press
 
Travel
First place: Lake Superior: The Ultimate Guide, Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.
Finalists: 2011 Saint Paul Almanac, Arcata Press, and Paris from the Heart, Beaver's Pond Press
 
Illustration
First place: Whispers of the Ancients, University of Michigan Press
Finalists: An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism, World Wisdom, and Stranger in the Woods: Snowflake Edition, Carl R. Sams II Photography
 
Interior Layout
First place: Living in Two Worlds, World Wisdom
Finalists: Live Happily Ever Active, Jabberwocky Books, and Sacred Ground, Beaver's Pond Press
 
1-2 Color Cover
First place: The Butterfly Key, Butterfly Publishing Press
Finalist: Legacy of Life, MavenMark Books
 
3 or More Color Cover
First place: Living in Two Worlds, World Wisdom
Finalists: An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism, World Wisdom, and Marilyn and Me, Augusta Wind Press
 
Total Book Design
First place: Wisconsin's Own, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Finalists: An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism, World Wisdom
Living in Two Worlds, World Wisdom
 
Publisher's Website
First place: Beaver's Pond Press
Finalists: Granny Girl Press and World Wisdom
 
 

Peter Bognanni wins L.A. Times award for first novel

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel Updated: April 30, 2011 - 9:56 PM

 

 

Macalester instructor and novelist Peter Bognanni won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Friday night for his novel, "House of Tomorrow." Other winners of the L.A. Times book prizes included Jennifer Egan for "A Visit from the Goon Squad," and Michael Lewis for "The Big Short.

A full list of winners can be found here.

Bognanni said on Facebook today, "At times, I'm not sure I really won. But it's in the paper!"  You gotta love a guy who believes what he reads in the paper.

Bognanni's novel, about a boy who lives in a geodesic dome with his grandmother and discovers rock and roll, had previously won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

To read a review of the book, go here.

 

And the winner is.....

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel Updated: April 29, 2011 - 7:33 AM

 

Dori Hillestad Butler and her dog, Mouse

Dori Hillestad Butler and her dog, Mouse

 

OK, I am not working today--I am not even in Minnesota--but I had to do a quick post here to let you all know that  Dori Hillestad Butler won the Edgar Award last night for her juvenile mystery, "The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy."

Butler lives in Coralville, Iowa, now, but has long Minnesota roots, growing up in Fairmont and living in Minneapolis, Bemidji and Rochester.

You can read my earlier post about Butler and her work here.

Between Butler and the folks from Once Upon a Crime, who won the Raven Award, I think Minnesota was well-represented.

Another Minnesotan at the Edgar Awards

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel Updated: April 26, 2011 - 1:20 PM

 

 

Dori Hillestad Butler and her dog, Mouse

Dori Hillestad Butler and her dog, Mouse

 

OK, we made such a big deal about the owners of Once Upon a Crime jetting off to New York this week to receive the Raven Award during the annual Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards that we completely neglected to tell you about another Minnesotan who will be there.

Dori Hillestad Butler, who writes a wonderful wonderful blog about the writing life (which you can read here), and who grew up in Fairmont, Minn., (where her mother still lives) and also lived in Bemidji, Minneapolis and Rochester (though, presumably, not all at the same time), is a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

 

 

Butler has been a children's author for many years, and in 1998 Gov. Arne Carlson declared Nov. 19 "Read 'M is for Minnesota' Day" in honor of one of her early books, which was published by the University of Minnesota Press.

She was recently at the heart of a fascinating controversy when a child in Texas checked one of her books out of the library--"My Mom's Having a Baby" apparently shocked the child's babysitter, who marched immediately to Fox News and complained.

(The book covers the facts of life in a rather candid fashion and is perhaps not for every kid, but it was honored by Booklist, which gave it a starred review and named it an editors' choice for 2005.)  Butler, who now lives in Coralville, Iowa, ended up doing an interview on the Fox affiliate in Ames (and blogged charmingly about the harrowing limo ride that got her there barely in time).

And now her latest book, "The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy," is a finalist for an Edgar. It's the story of a mystery-solving dog named Buddy, which sounds like a great premise for a book if you ask me, especially since neither of my dogs show any ambition at all and are completley unemployable. Buddy could be their inspiration.

Winners will be named Thursday. Like with any good mystery, the suspense must be killing her.

Awards! More book awards!

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel Updated: April 25, 2011 - 2:22 PM

 

Mary Casanova

Mary Casanova

 

The winners of the 23rd annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards will be announced on May 19 at UMD. Children's author Mary Casanova will be keynote speaker.

The event will open at 5 p.m. with a book fair and dessert reception. Poet and essayist Barton Sutter will emcee the program, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Nearly 50 books are competing in five categories; wniners will receive $200 and a glass plaque. For a list of the nominees, go here.

Casanova lives in Ranier, Minn., and has written 19 novels and picture books. She has won many awards, including two Minnesota Book Awards.

The evening is free and open to the public and will take place in UMD's Kirby Ballroom in Duluth. It is sponsored by the UMD Library, with support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers.

The day before, Casanova will lead a workshop on writing children's books. The workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the UMD Library. The fee is $35 for members of the Lake Superior Writers, or $40 for others. email charlene@clovervalleypress.com.

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