The last two big awards leading up to next month’s Minnesota Book Awards gala event have been announced. The Hognander History Award, which is given every other year to the author of a significant book about Minnesota history, and the Kay Sexton Award, which is given annually to a person who has made a significant contribution to the world of books, reading and literature in the state, were announced Friday.
The Hognander award will go to Gwen Westerman and Bruce White for their book, “Mni Sota Makoce, The Land of the Dakota.” The book was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2012 and won a Minnesota Book Award last year.
Westerman is professor of English and Humanities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bruce White is author of “We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People.”
This year’s Kay Sexton Award winner is Mark Vinz, retired professor of English at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, co-director of the Tom McGrath Visiting Writing Series, and founding editor of the literary journal Dacotah Territory.
Vinz was also director of the college’s MFA program, editor of Dakota Arts Quarterly, and the co-founder of Plains Distribution Service, an organization that worked to get good books into small Midwestern communities.
Vinz is also a poet and fiction writer, winner of three Minnesota Book Awards, six PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and was named a poet laureate of North Dakota.
His next collection will be published by Red Dragonfly Press.
Westerman, White and Vinz will be honored on April 5 at the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala at the St. Paul Union Depot.
The Lambda Awards honor the best in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing. This year, Minneapolis mystery writer Ellen Hart is among the finalists. (She has won five times before. Root for her anyway!) Memoirist Barrie Jean Borich, recently of Chicago but a longtime Twin Cities writer and teacher at thee Loft, is also a finalist. Also on the list: Twin Cities novelist Edmond Manning's latest romance; a novel published by Minneapolis publisher Scarletta Press, a nonfiction book published by the University of Minnesota Press, and a collection of poetry published by Graywolf Press.
It's a long list, with lots of worthy nominees, and new this year is the category of graphic novels. Winners will be announced in June. Links to Star Tribune reviews, when available.
Nevada, a novel, Imogen Binnie, Topside Press
Tiresias, Devon Llywelyn Jones, Devon Llywelyn Jones
Wanting in Arabic, Trish Salah, TSAR Publications
Corona, Bushra Rehman, Sibling Rivalry Press
Hild: A Novel, Nicola Griffith, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In His Secret Life, Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes Books
My Education, Susan Choi, Penguin Group/Viking
The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel, David Leavitt, Bloomsbury
GAY GENERAL FICTION
A Visit to Priapus and Other Stories, by Glenway Wescott, Ed. Jerry Rosco, University of Wisconsin Press
An Honest Ghost, Rick Whitaker, Jaded Ibis Press
The City of Devi, Manil Suri, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Damn Love, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Ig Publishing
The Desperates, Greg Kearney, Cormorant Books
Fire Year, Jason K Friedman, Sarabande Books
Local Souls, Allan Gurganus, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Mundo Cruel: Stories, Luis Negron; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, Seven Stories Press
Necessary Errors, Caleb Crain, Penguin Books
The Red Shoes, John Stewart Wynne, Riverdale Ave Books/Magnus
LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION
The Albino Album, Chavisa Woods, Seven Stories Press
Bodies of Water, T. Greenwood, Kensington
Cha-Ching!, Ali Liebegott, City Lights
Cream, Christiana Harrell, Createspace
The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson, Grove/Atlantic Inc./Grove Press
Fat Angie, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Candlewick Press
Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta, Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
She Rises: A Novel, Kate Worsley, Bloomsbury
Survival Skills, Jean Ryan, Ashland Creek Press
We Are Water, Wally Lamb, HarperCollins/Harper
LGBT DEBUT FICTION
The Affairs of Others: A Novel, Amy Grace Loyd, Picador
Descendants of Hagar, Nik Nicholson, AuthorHouse
Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin, Simon & Schuster/Atria Books
How to Shake the Other Man, Derek Palacio, Nouvella
In Between, Jane Hoppen, Bold Strokes Books
Inside, Charles L. Ross, Ink Inc.
Jane and the Whales, Andrea Routley, Caitlin Press
My Brother's Name: A Novel, Laura Krughoff, Scarletta / Scarletta Press
Prick Queasy, Ronald Palmer, Publication Studio
The Rest of Us: Stories, Guy Mark Foster, Tincture/Lethe Press
Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter, S. Bear Bergman, Arsenal Pulp Press
The End of San Francisco, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, City Lights Publishers
Testo Junkie, Beatriz Preciado, Feminist Press
The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, Maria San Filippo, Indiana University Press
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, Shiri Eisner, Seal Press
The Soundtrack of My Life, Clive Davis, Simon & Schuster
Among the Bloodpeople, Thomas Glave, Akashic Books
Does Jesus Really Love Me?, Jeff Chu, Harper Collins
The End of the Homosexual?, Dennis Altman, University of Queensland Press
Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims, Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle, NYU Press
Meet Grindr: How One App Changed The Way We Connect, Jamie Woo, Self-Published
Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants, Phil Tiemeyer, University of California Press
The Queer Limit of Black Memory Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution, Matt Richardson, The Ohio State University Press
Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children in the United States since World War II, Daniel Winunwe Rivers, University of North Carolina Press
Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines. Polaroids 1975-1983, Ben Smales, Tom Bianchi, Edmund White, Damiani
White Girls, Hilton Als, McSweeney's Publishing
You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico, Beacon Press
Alternative Medicine, Rafael Campo, Duke University Press
The Apartment of Tragic Appliances, Michael D. Snediker, Peanut Books (an imprint of punctum books)
Clay, David Groff, Trio House Press
Companion Grasses, Brian Teare, Omnidawn Publishing
Metaphysical Dog, Frank Bidart, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Obscenely Yours, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Alice James Books
Silverchest, Carl Phillips, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Straight Razor, Randall Mann, Persea Books
The Talking Day, Michael Klein, Sibling Rivalry Press
Unpeopled Eden, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Four Way Books
A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings, Eloise Klein Healy, Red Hen Press
Chopper! Chopper! Poetry From Bordered Lives, Veronica Reyes, Red Hen Press/Arktoi Books
Chord Box, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, The University of Arkansas Press
The Collected Poems of Ai, Ai, W.W. Norton & Company
The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black, Graywolf Press
Proxy, R. Erica Doyle, Belladonna Collaborative
Rise in the Fall, Ana Bozicevic, Birds, LLC
She Has a Name, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Four Way Books
Viral, Suzanne Parker, Alice James Books
We Come Elemental, Tamiko Beyer, Alice James Books
Baton Rouge Bingo, Greg Herren, Bold Strokes Books
Boystown 5: Murder Book, Marshall Thornton, MLR Press
Fierce, David Lennon, Blue Spike Publishing
Foxed, Garry Ryan, NeWest Press
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari, Sarah Black, Dreamspinner Press
How to Greet Strangers: A Mystery, Joyce Thompson, Lethe Press
In Real Life, The 3rd Gemini & Flowers Mystery, Jonathan Gregory, Amazon Digital Services Inc
Pawn of Satan, Mark Zubro, MLR Press
Pretty Boy Dead, Jon Michaelsen, Wilde City Press
The Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery, Janice Law, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media
Cross and Burn, Val McDermid, Grove/Atlantic/Atlantic Monthly Press
Death of the Demon, Annel Holt, Scribner
High Desert, Katherine V. Forrest, Spinsters Ink
The Killer Wore Leather: A Mystery, Laura Antoniou, Cleis Press
Point of Betrayal, Ann Roberts, Bella Books
The Rainey Season, R.E. Bradshaw, R.E. Bradshaw Books
She Overheard Murder, Jean Sheldon, Wellworth Publishing/Bast Press
Taken by the Wind, Ellen Hart, St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books
Turning on the Tide, Jenna Rae, Bella Books
Web of Obsessions, Diane Wood, Bella Books
The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel, Ian Hamilton, Picador
A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, by Glenway Wescott, Ed. Jerry Rosco, University of Wisconsin Press
The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, Perry N. Halkitis, Oxford University Press
American Hipster: A Life of Herbert Huncke, The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat Movement, Hillary Holladay, Riverdale Ave Books/Magnus
Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, Richard Rodriguez, Penguin Group/Viking
Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, David Margolick, Other Press
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, Alysia Abbott, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson, Blake Bailey, Alfred A. Knopf
Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist, Jim Elledge, Overlook Duckworth
In Bed With Gore Vidal, Tim Teeman, Riverdale Ave Books/Magnus
Returning to Reims, Didier Eribon, Semiotext(e)
Body Geographic, Barrie Jean Borich, University of Nebraska Press
Growing up Golem, Donna Minkowitz, Riverdale Ave Books/Magnus
How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp Press
L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir, Annie Rachel Lanzillotto, SUNY Press, Excelsior Editions
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton, Bloomsbury
Covet Thy Neighbor, L. A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
Glitterland, Alexis Hall, Riptide Publishing
Into This River I Drown, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press
King Mai, Edmond Manning, Pickwick Ink Publishing
My Dear Watson, L.A. Fields, Lethe Press
Pickup Men, L.C. Chase, Riptide Publishing
Play Me, I'm Yours, Madison Parker, Harmony Ink Press
Rocky's Road, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press
Unbroken, Larry Benjamin, Beaten Track Publishing
Where You Are, J.H. Trumble, Kensington
All That Lies Within, Lynn Ames, Phoenix Rising Press
At Seventeen, Gerri Hill, Bella Books
Broken Trails, D Jordan Redhawk, Bella Books
Clean Slate, Andrea Bramhall, Bold Strokes Books
Date with Destiny, Mason Dixon, Bold Strokes Books
Hold Me Forever, D. Jackson Leigh, Bold Strokes Books
Hoosier Daddy, Ann McMan, Salem West, Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company/Nuance
Last Salute, Tracey Richardson, Bella Books
Love by the Numbers, Karin Kallmaker, Bella Books
The Prince ss Affair, Nell Stark, Bold Strokes Books
Capture & Surrender, Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt, Riptide Publishing
The Padisah's Son and the Fox: an erotic novella, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
Sensual Travels: Gay Erotic Stories, Michael Luongo (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender
Show-Offs: Gay Erotic Stories, Ed. Richard Labonte, Cleis Press
Team Players: Gay Erotic Stories, Winston Gieseke (Ed.), Bruno Gmuender
At Her Feet, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Bold Strokes Books
Best Lesbian Erotica 2014, Kathleen Warnock, Ed., Cleis Press
Wild Girls Wild Nights: True Lesbian Sex Stories, Ed. Sacchi Green, Cleis Press
An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings, Harvey Milk, Jason Edward Black, Charles E. Morris, University of California Press
The Feminist Porn Book, Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young, Feminist Press
Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, Editors: Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico, Lowbrow Press
Ghosts in Gaslight. Monsters in Steam. Gay City: Volume 5, Evan J Peterson & Vincent Kovar, Gay City Anthologies
Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba, MaThoko's Books
Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollentions of Consciousness and Coming Out, Ed. Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibran Guido, Cognella Academic Publishing
This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, Megan Volpert, Sibling Rivalry Press
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, T.C. Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books
What I LOVE about being QUEER, Vivek Shraya, George Brown College
Who's Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, Eds. Jim Elledge and David Groff, The University of Wisconsin Press
LGBT CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT
Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster, Inc./ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Boy In Box, Christopher R. Michael, Hubbub Publishing
Girls I've Run Away With, Rhiannon Argo, Moonshine Press
If You Could Be Mine, Sara Farizan, Algonquin Books
Openly Straight, Bill Konigsberg, Arthur A. Levine Books
Rapture Practice, Aaron Hartzler, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Secret City, Julia Watts, Bella Books
The Secret Ingredient, Stewart Lewis- Author, Rebecca Short-Editor, Delacorte Press (Penguin/Random House)
The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine Books
Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square
Las Hociconas: Three Locas with Big Mouths and Even Bigger Brains, Adelina Anthony, Korima Press
sash & trim and other plays, Djola Branner, RedBone Press
Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks
LGBT GRAPHIC NOVEL
Artifice, Alex Woolfson (author), Winona Nelson (Illustrator), AMW Comics
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Duck! Second Chances, Tana Ford, Bang A Left
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker, Steve Dutro, M Press
Collaborators, Deborah Wheeler, Dragon Moon Press
Death by Silver, Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press
Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press
Dragon Slayer, Isabella Carter, Less Than Three Press
Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes, Lethe Press
Hell's Belle, Marie Castle, Bella Books
Invisible Soft Return :\, Roberta Degnore, Digital Fabulists
Light, Nathan Burgoryne, Bold Strokes Books
Like Light for Flies, Lee Thomas, Lethe Press
The Stars Change, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Circlet Press, Inc.
Butch Queens Up in Pumps Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, Marlon M. Bailey, University of Michigan Press
Feeling Women's Liberation, Victoria Hesford, Duke University Press
Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America, Colin R. Johnson, Temple University Press
Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production, Lisa Henderson, NYU Press
Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami, Susana Pena, University of Minnesota Press
Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Duke University Press
Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, Christina B. Hanhardt, Duke University Press
Shanghai Lalas, Lucetta Yip Lo Kam, Hong Kong University Press
Tomorrow's Parties: Sex and the Untimely, Peter M. Coviello, NYU Press
Transforming Citizenships: Transgender Articulations of the Law, Isaac West, NYU Press
Here's the list with links, when available, to Star Tribune reviews:
Daniel Alarcon, "At Night We Walk in Circles," published by Riverhead Books.
Percival Everett, "Percival Everett by Virgil Russell," published by Graywolf Press.
Karen Joy Fowler, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," published by Putnam.
Joan Silber, "Fools," published by W.W. Norton.
Valerie Trueblood, "Search Party: Stories of Rescue," published by Counterpoint Press.
This year's judges were Madison Smartt Bell, Manuel Munoz, and Achy Obejas.
The annual PEN/Faulkner award for fiction honors the best published works of fiction by an American author.
So many familiar titles and publishers on the list of the L.A. Times Book Award finalists--Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear," and A. Scott Berg's biography of Woodrow Wilson, and Ruth Ozeki's fine novel, "A Tale for the Time Being."
But also--tiny little Two Dollar Radio press! And Minnesota's Joyce Sidman, and UM MFA grad (and occasional Star Tribune book critic) Ethan Rutherford, and Graywolf Press, and Coffee House Press. Also (I have just learned), Anders Nilsen, a finalist in graphic novels, is back in Minneapolis after about 20 years away, and the publisher of yet another graphic novel finalist--Uncivilized Books--is also in the Twin Cities. Whew. So much to love about this long list. The winners will be announced on April 11.
Here's the full list, with links to Star Tribune reviews:
The 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize finalists:
Marie Arana, “Bolivar: American Liberator,” Simon & Schuster
A. Scott Berg, “Wilson,” G.P. Putnam's Sons
Benita Eisler, “The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman,” W. W. Norton & Co.
Edna O'Brien , “Country Girl: A Memoir,” Little, Brown & Co.
Deborah Solomon, “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell,” Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Sheri Fink, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” Crown
David Finkel, “Thank You for Your Service,” Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Charlie LeDuff, “Detroit: An American Autopsy,” The Penguin Press
Barry Siegel, “Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom,” Henry Holt & Co.
Lawrence Wright, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” Knopf
Percival Everett, “Percival Everett by Virgil Russell,” Graywolf Press
Claire Messud, “The Woman Upstairs,” Knopf
Ruth Ozeki, “A Tale for the Time Being,” Viking
Susan Steinberg, “Spectacle: Stories,” Graywolf Press
Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid's Version: A Novel,” Little, Brown & Co.
The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
NoViolet Bulawayo, “We Need New Names,” Reagan Arthur Books
Jeff Jackson, “Mira Corpora,” Two Dollar Radio
Fiona McFarlane, “The Night Guest,” Faber & Faber
Jamie Quatro, “I Want to Show You More,” Grove Press
Ethan Rutherford, “The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories,” Ecco / HarperCollins
David B., “Incidents in the Night: Volume 1,” Uncivilized Books
Ben Katchor, “Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories,” Pantheon
Ulli Lust, “Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life,” Fantagraphics
Anders Nilsen, “The End,” Fantagraphics
Joe Sacco, “The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme,” W. W. Norton & Co.
Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, “FDR and the Jews,” Belknap Press of Harvard University
Christopher Clark, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” HarperCollins
Glenn Frankel, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” Bloomsbury USA
Doris Kearns Goodwin, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” Simon & Schuster
Alan Taylor, “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,” W. W. Norton & Co.
Richard Crompton, “Hour of the Red God,” Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Robert Galbraith, “The Cuckoo's Calling,” Mulholland Books/Little, Brown & Co.
John Grisham, “Sycamore Row,” Doubleday Books
Gene Kerrigan, “The Rage,” Europa Editions
Ferdinand von Schirach, “The Collini Case,” Viking
Joshua Beckman, “The Inside of an Apple,” Wave Books
Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, “Hello, the Roses,” New Directions
Ron Padgett, “Collected Poems,” Coffee House Press
Elizabeth Robinson, “On Ghosts,” Solid Objects
Lynn Xu, “Debts & Lessons,” Omnidawn
Science & Technology
Matthew D. Lieberman, “Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect,” Crown
Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld, “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience,” Basic Books
Virginia Morell, “Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures,” Crown
Annalee Newitz, “Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction,” Doubleday Books
Alan Weisman, “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?” Little, Brown & Co.
Young Adult Literature
Elizabeth Knox, “Mortal Fire,” Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Rainbow Rowell, “Fangirl,” St. Martin's Griffin
Joyce Sidman, “What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Jonathan Stroud, “Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase,” Disney-Hyperion
Gene Luen Yang, “Boxers & Saints,” First Second/Macmillan
Minneapolis writer Kate DiCamillo, recently named the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, won her second Newbery Medal this morning for her book, "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," the story of a girl and a squirrel with superpowers. DiCamillo launched "Flora & Ulysses" in September in an event at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.
Given by the American Library Association, the Newbery Award is considered the most prestigious honor in children's literature.
DiCamillo's second Bink and Gollie book, "Bink and Gollie: Two For One," written with Minneapolis writer Alison McGhee, was also honored for best children's video book. DiCamillo first won the Newbery in 2004 for "The Tale of Despereaux," and her first book, "Because of Winn-Dixie," was a Newbery Honor book.
The Caldecott Medal for illustration went to "Locomotive," by Brian Floca. Other awards included Marcus Sedgwick's "Midwinterblood"--the Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult book. Rita Williams-Garcia's "P.S. Be Eleven" won the Coretta Scott King award for best African-American book. The King award for illustration went to Bryan Collier for "Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me.'
Below is the press release from the American Library Association, listing all of today's winners:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; and “Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
** Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.
Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press; “Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC; and “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
** Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions; “Darius & Twig,” written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Words with Wings,” written by Nikki Grimes and published by WordSong, an imprint of Highlights.
** Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group.
One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: “Nelson Mandela,” illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
** Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award:
“When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop,” illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
** Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Authors Patricia and Researcher Fredrick McKissack are the winners of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.
Patricia McKissack and her late husband Fredrick McKissack, both natives of Tennessee, began their writing and research partnership in the 1980’s.Their subject matter from family-based folklore to nonfiction titles, are scholarly researched and written with accurate, authentic text, creating a cultural transmission of history. Their immense range of topics are informative, readable and enjoyable, covering accounts from slavery days to biographical studies of noted men and women in African American history past and present.
** Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick, is the 2014 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell and published by St. Martin’s Griffin (Macmillan); “Kingdom of Little Wounds,” written by Susann Cokal and published by Candlewick Press; “Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch and published by Candlewick Press; and “Navigating Early,” written by Clare Vanderpool and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, Penguin Random House Company.
** Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.
“Handbook for Dragon Slayers,” written by Merrie Haskell and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Rose under Fire,” written by Elizabeth Wein and published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
** Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“Brewster,” written by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company
“The Death of Bees,” written by Lisa O’Donnell and published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Golden Boy: A Novel,” written by Abigail Tarttelin and published by ATRIA Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“Help for the Haunted,” written by John Searles and published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Lexicon: A Novel,” written by Max Barry and published by The Penguin Group, Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
“Lives of Tao,” written by Wesley Chu and published by Angry Robot, a member of the Osprey Group
“Mother, Mother: A Novel,” written by Koren Zailckas and published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Relish,” written by Lucy Knisley and published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
“The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel,” written by Katja Millay and published by ATRIA Paperback, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“The Universe Versus Alex Woods,” written by Gavin Extence and published by Redhook Books, an imprint of Orbit, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
** Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods Studios, Inc., producers of “Bink & Gollie: Two for One,” are the Carnegie Medal winners. The video’s cast is anchored by Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, with music by David Mansfield. Tony Fucile’s artwork is brilliantly brought to life by Chuck Gammage Animation.
** Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Markus Zusak is the 2014 Edwards Award winner. His books include: “The Book Thief” and “I Am the Messenger,” published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, and “Getting the Girl” and “Fighting Ruben Wolfe,” published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic.
** May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site:
Brian Selznick will deliver the 2015 lecture.
Author and illustrator Brian Selznick graduated from Rhode Island School of Design intending to be a set designer for the theater, but a stint at Eeyore’s children’s bookstore in New York City changed his mind and his first book was published while working there. He left to pursue a full-time career in children's book illustration, but he still designs theater sets and is a professional puppeteer. Among his award-winning works are illustrations for two Sibert Honor Books and a Caldecott Honor Book. His groundbreaking “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal.
** Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
“Mister Orange” is the 2014 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Dutch in 2011 as “Mister Orange,” the book was written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “The Bathing Costume or the Worst
Vacation of My Life,” written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; “My Father’s Arms Are a Boat,” written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson, and published by Enchanted Lion Books; and “The War Within These Walls,” written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson, and published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
** Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
“Scowler,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, is the 2014 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne.
Four Odyssey Honor Recordings also were selected: “Better Nate Than Ever,” produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written and narrated by Tim Federle; “Creepy Carrots!” produced by Weston Woods Studios, Inc., and written by Aaron Reynolds; “Eleanor & Park,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; and “Matilda,” produced by Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet.
** Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“Niño Wrestles the World,” illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Yuyi Morales and published by Roaring Brook Press.
Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita,” illustrated and written by Angela Dominguez and published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC; “Tito Puente: Mambo King / Rey del Mambo,” illustrated by Rafael López, written by Monica Brown and published by Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
** Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,” written by Meg Medina, is the Belpré Author Award winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.
Three Belpré Author Honor Books were named: “The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist,” written by Margarita Engle and published by Harcourt, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; “The Living,” written by Matt de la Peña and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company; and “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
** Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“Parrots over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, and illustrated by Susan L. Roth, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by LEE & LOW BOOKS, Inc.
Four Sibert Honor Books were named: “A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; “Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard,” written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate and published by Candlewick Press; “Locomotive,” written and illustrated by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; and “The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius,” written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
** Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
“Beautiful Music for Ugly Children,” written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd; and “Fat Angie,” written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo and published by Candlewick Press, are the winners of the 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.
Three Honor Books were selected: “Better Nate Than Ever,” written by Tim Federle and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “Branded by the Pink Triangle,” written by Ken Setterington and published by Second Story Press; and “Two Boys Kissing,” written by David Levithan and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
** Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished book for beginning readers:
“The Watermelon Seed,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Three Geisel Honor Books were named: “Ball,” written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; “A Big Guy Took My Ball!” written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group; and “Penny and Her Marble,” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
** William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“Charm & Strange,” written by Stephanie Kuehn, is the 2014 Morris Award winner. The book is published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of
Four other books were finalists for the award: “Sex & Violence,” written by Carrie Mesrobian and published by Carolrhoda LAB, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group; “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets,” written by Evan Roskos and published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; “Belle Epoque,” written by Elizabeth Ross and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; and “In the Shadow of Blackbirds,” written by Cat Winters and published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS.
** YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi,” written by Neal Bascomb, is the 2014 Excellence winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Four other books were finalists for the award: “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design,” written by Chip Kidd and published by Workman Publishing Company; “Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II,” written by Martin W. Sandler and published by Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.; “Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers,” written by Tanya Lee Stone and published by Candlewick Press; and “The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” written by James L. Swanson and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit www.ala.org/yma .
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