Familiar favorites and voices are among the nominees for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards, set for April 12.
Children's literature: "Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat," by Lynne Jonell (Holt); "Farmer Cap," by Jill Kalz (Picture Window); "Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg," by Mia Posada (Millbrook Press/Lerner), "The Perfect Nest," by Catherine Friend (Candlewick).
General nonfiction: "The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot," by Charles Baxter (Graywolf); "Looking for Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour," by Wing Young Huie (University of Minnesota); "The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting," by Jim Walsh (Voyageur/MBI), "That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity," by James Dawes (Harvard University).
Genre fiction: "Code Black," by Philip Donlay (ibooks); "Maiden Rock," by Mary Logue (Bleak House/Big Earth); "Protect and Defend," by Vince Flynn (Atria/Simon & Schuster), "Thunder Bay," by William Kent Krueger (Atria/Simon & Schuster).
Memoir and creative nonfiction: "The Dog Says How," by Kevin Kling (Borealis/Minnesota Historical Society); "The Florist's Daughter," by Patricia Hampl (Harcourt); "Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth," by Catherine Watson (Syren), "The Wet Collection," by Joni Tevis (Milkweed).
Minnesota: "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out," by Annette Atkins (Minnesota Historical Society); "Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota," by Doug Hoverson (University of Minnesota); "Mike Lynch's Minnesota Weatherwatch: A Complete Guide for Winter-Obsessed Minnesotans," by Mike Lynch (Voyageur/MBI), "We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibway People," by Bruce White (Minnesota Historical Society).
Novel and short story: "The Last Communist Virgin," by Wang Ping (Coffee House); "Pretty Little Mistakes," by Heather McElhatton (HarperCollins); "Pontoon," by Garrison Keillor (Viking/Penguin), "The View from Mount Joy," by Lorna Landvik (Ballantine/Random House).
Poetry: "Music for Landing Planes By," by Éireann Lorsung (Milkweed); "The Resurrection Trade," by Leslie Adrienne Miller (Graywolf); "This Brightness," by William Reichard (Mid-List), "Willow Room, Green Door," by Deborah Keenan (Milkweed).
Young-adult literature: "Billie Standish Was Here," by Nancy Crocker (Simon & Schuster); "Chasing Tail Lights," by Patrick Jones (Walker); "Defect," by Will Weaver (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), "Falling Boy," by Alison McGhee (Picador/St. Martin's).
Two additional awards will be presented April 12: Jody Williams, book artist and teacher at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, will receive the first annual Book Artist Award. (A reception featuring Williams' work will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Av., Minneapolis.). The Kay Sexton Award, which honors a lifetime contribution to letters, will be announced in February.
Sarah T. Williams is the Star Tribune Books editor.