The folks behind the Minnesota Book Awards are the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, the St. Paul Public Library and the city of St. Paul, and for years the gala event has been held each spring in downtown St. Paul. But in 2013, for the awards' 25th anniversary, the gala is crossing the river.
"We're really excited about the move and look forward to more (and stronger) partnership with West Metro organizations and literati," wrote Ann McKinnon, the event's director of communications and marketing.
Finalists for the book awards will be announced Jan. 26, and they will meet the public at the Loft on March 15. The awards ceremony will be April 13 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
• "Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment and How to Get Help That Works," by Anne M. Fletcher, will be published in February by Viking. Fletcher lives in Minnesota.
• "Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room," by Barry C. Feld, has been published by New York University Press. Feld is Centennial Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota and the author of many books.
• "Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery," by William C. Moyers of St. Paul, has been published by Hazelden. Moyers is the author of the bestseller "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption."
• "A Call to Arms," by William C. Hammond, has been published by the Naval Institute Press. This is the fourth in the nautical series by Hammond, who lives in Minneapolis. Other books in the series are "A Matter of Honor," "For Love of Country" and "The Power and the Glory."
• "Ordinary Grace," by William Kent Krueger, will be published in March by Atria Book. Not another in the Cork O'Connor series, this novel is set in small-town Minnesota in 1961 -- the story of a boy, a minister and a murder.
• "Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron," by Mary Losure, will be published in March by Candlewick. Losure is the author of "The Fairy Ring" and lives in Minnesota. Her new book will be illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, who also illustrated Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux."
• "Archaeology of Minnesota," by Guy Gibbon, has been published by the University of Minnesota Press. Gibbon is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and the author of several books.
• Submissions are now open for the second Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, sponsored by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Submissions will be accepted until Jan. 31, with the winner announced in April. The first winner was Patricia Kirkpatrick for her book, "Odessa," published by Milkweed last month. This year's judge will be G.C. Waldrep, winner of the Dorset Prize and author of four collections of poetry. For information on submitting, visit the Milkweed Web page, www.milkweed.org.