Several winners from years past are among the finalists for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards, including children’s writer David LaRochelle, who won last year and who is a finalist twice this year. Other past winners and finalists include mystery writers William Kent Krueger, Erin Hart and Brian Freeman, novelist Kent Nerburn, and children’s author Alison McGhee.
Finalists in eight categories were chosen Saturday afternoon by 24 judges from around the state — writers, teachers, librarians and booksellers.
Here’s the list:
Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa:
“The Case of the Missing Donut,” by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Isabel Roxas; “How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans,” by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing; “ Moo!” by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka; and “Peep Leap,” by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello.
General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO:
“Evil Men,” by James Dawes (Harvard University Press); “Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War,” by Larry Haeg (University of Minnesota Press); “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII,” by Jack El-Hai, and “Soda Shop Salvation: Recipes and Stories from the Sweeter Side of Prohibition,” by Rae Katherine Eighmey (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, sponsored by GovDelivery:
“The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder and the Light from an Ancient Sky,” by Kent Nerburn; “Prairie Silence,” by Melanie Hoffert; “Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi,” by Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan, and “We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter,” by Rachael Hanel (University of Minnesota Press)
Minnesota, sponsored by MSR Architects:
“A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts,” by Sue Leaf (University of Minnesota Press); “Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront,” by Penny A. Petersen (University of Minnesota Press); “Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison,” by W. Jackson Rushing III and Kristin Makholm, and “Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cites,” by Julie L. Davis (University of Minnesota Press)
Novel & Short Story, sponsored by Education Minnesota:
“Let the Dark Flower Blossom,” by Norah Labiner; (Coffee House Press) “Little Wolves,” by Thomas Maltman; “The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories,” by Ethan Rutherford, and “Vacationland,” by Sarah Stonich (University of Minnesota Press)
Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.:
“Black Aperture,” by Matt Rasmussen; “The First Flag,” by Sarah Fox (Coffee House Press); “It Becomes You,” by Dobby Gibson (Graywolf Press); and “Slip,” by Cullen Bailey Burns
Young People’s Literature, sponsored by Sit Investment Associates:
“Chasing Shadows,” by Swati Avasthi with graphics by Craig Phillips; “The Real Boy,” by Anne Ursu; “ Sex & Violence,” by Carrie Mesrobian (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publications); and “Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron,” by Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering.
The winners will be announced April 5 at the book award gala, this year to be held at the historic St. Paul Union Depot. That same evening three special awards will also be given--Fred Hagstrom will receive the seventh annual Book Artist Award, which has already been announced; the Kay Sexton Award, which will be announced in February, and the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award.
The Pushcart Prizes were announced today, and the list is long and illustrous. Andrew Dubus III, Natasha Trethewey, Louise Gluck, Amy Hempel, Pam Houston, Lorrie Moore ... Three Minnesota writers are among the nearly 70 winners:
Charles Baxter, for his story, "What Happens in Hell," published by Ploughshares
Jude Nutter, for her poem, "Love Like That," published in Briarcliff Rerview
The Pushcart Prizes honor stories, essays and poems published by small presses.
For a full list of winners, go here.
"Ordinary Grace," the latest novel by St. Paul writer William Kent Krueger, is a finalist for an Edgar Award for best novel. Krueger's book was well-received by critics (you can read the Star Tribune review here) and has already won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for best fiction.
Other finalists for the Edgar are: "Sandrine's Case," by Thomas H. Cook; "The Humans," by Matt Haig; "How the Light Gets In," by Louise Penny; "Standing in Another Man's Grave," by Ian Rankin; and "Until She Comes Home," by Lori Roy.
To read a full list of finalists (other categories include Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, and many others) go to the Edgars Website.
The Edgar Awards are given by the Mystery Writers of America, and winners will be announced May 1.
Carleton College professor and printmaker Fred Hagstrom has been named the 2014 Book Artist Award winner for his new piece, "Passage." The annual award is presented jointly by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minnesota Book Awards, and Hagstrom joins Jana Pullman, Bridget O'Malley and Amanda Degener of Cave Paper, Regula Russelle, and others in receiving the honor.
Hagstrom teaches printmaking, drawing, art and narrative, and artist's books at Carleton, and has lectured and studied all over the world. His new piece, "Passage," juxtaposes archival photographs of slave ships, hand-drawn diagrams depicting the conditions aboard the ships, and selected text from two books on the issue of slave trade.
Hagstrom will be honored at the Minnesota Book Awards gala in the spring, and his work will be displayed at Open Book from Jan. 24-March 30, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Graywolf Press publisher Fiona McCrae and executive editor Jeff Shotts were in the audience last night when poet Mary Szybist won the National Book Award for her Graywolf book, "Incarnadine," a collection of poems about the Annunciation.
Szybist thanked Graywolf, among others, in her brief, fervent acceptance speech, praising the press for handling her book with such care.
This is the first National Book Award won by a Graywolf author, though there have been finalists (Carl Phillips, Salvatore Scibona and Deborah Baker). Graywolf writers have won, in recent years, most major literary prizes, including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the National Book Critics Circle award.
" ‘Incarnadine’ is a marvel of a book, about the many ways we encounter the world and the world encounters us,” Shotts, who edited "Incarnadine," said in an interview when the book was short-listed.
Other winners last night include "The Thing About Luck," by Cynthia Kadohata, for Young People's Literature; "The Unwinding," by George Packer, for Nonfiction; and "The Good Lord Bird," by James McBride, for fiction.
You can read five poems from "Incarnadine" on the Graywolf website here.
Twin Cities poet Matt Rasmussen was a finalist for "Black Aperture," his collection of poems about his brother's suicide. The book also won the Walt Whitman Award. Last night's ceremony was broadcast live on C-Span 2 and you can watch it on the National Book Foundation website here.
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