Five times a finalist, and now a winner: Bestselling mystery writer Brian Freeman picked up his first Minnesota Book Award on Saturday night for “The Voice Inside.”
Sarah Stonich, a finalist in 2014 for the novel “Vacationland,” also was a first-time winner, picking up a trophy for the book’s sequel, “Laurentian Divide.”
But nationally renowned writers Kelly Barnhill and Kate DiCamillo — both past winners of the Newbery Medal for children’s literature — went home Saturday as just finalists, as did several previous winners, including Patricia Hampl and Pete Hautman.
Here is the full list of Minnesota Book Award winners:
Cori Doerrfeld, “The Rabbit Listened” (children’s literature): A picture book about an empathetic rabbit who listens in a time of need.
Maya Dusenbery, “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick” (general nonfiction): A deep dive into how sexism in medicine is harmful to women.
Brian Freeman, “The Voice Inside” (genre fiction): Homicide inspector Frost Easton discovers that his best friend has planted evidence to put a serial killer away for life.
Wing Young Huie, “Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging” (memoir and creative nonfiction): In photographs and text, Huie explores what it means to be Chinese in Minnesota and in China.
Pat Schmatz, “The Key to Every Thing” (middle-grade literature): When Tash comes home from camp, she finds that one person she has always counted on is gone.
Susan Bartlett Foote, “The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions” (Minnesota nonfiction): A history of the reform movement in Minnesota, which led to a modern approach to mental health.
Sarah Stonich, “Laurentian Divide” (novel or short story): The second in a planned trilogy, set up the North Shore in the fictional town of Hatchet Inlet.
Chaun Webster, “GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime” (poetry): A debut collection inspired by graffiti, collage and text.
Shannon Gibney, “Dream Country” (young adult literature): Three narratives are woven together in this novel set in Minneapolis and Liberia.
Also honored Saturday were Jody Williams, who received the Book Artist Award, and David Mura, who received the Kay Sexton Award. Both were previously announced.
More than 200 books were considered for this year’s awards and the winners were chosen from a group of 36 finalists. The Minnesota Book Awards is a program of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.