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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Minnesota authors Marlon James, Emily Fridlund win American Academy awards

Marlon James. Star Tribune file photo.

Marlon James. Star Tribune file photo.

Eight writers, including St. Paul novelist Marlon James, have won Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards celebrate "exceptional accomplishment in literature" and are worth $10,000 each.

And Edina native Emily Fridlund has won the academy's Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for her novel, "History of Wolves," which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Fridlund also won the Mary McCarthy Award Prize in Short Fiction for her story collection, "Catapult."

James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings." He teaches English at Macalester College in St. Paul, where he is the college's first writer-in-residence.

Here are all the winners:

Arts and Letters Awards in Literature
Claire Cavanagh; Mary Gaitskill; Ishion Hutchinson; Marlon James; Kay Redfield Jamison; Rick Moody; Mary Robison; Brenda Shaughnessy.

E.M. Forster Award in Literature
Jon McGregor

Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Emily Fridlund

Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction

Emily Fridlund for "History of Wolves"

Katherine Anne Porter Award in Literature
Noy Holland

Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature
Hannah Lillith Assadi for "Sonora."

Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award in Literature
Atticus Lish

Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation
Bill Porter (Red Pine)

Morton Dawen Zabel Award in Literature
Elaine Scarry

The American Academy was founded in 1898. This year's judges were Joy Williams, Russell Banks, Henri Cole, Amy Hempel and Anne Tyler. The awards ceremony will take place in New York in May.

Poet published by Graywolf, Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer lead all-women list of book critics honorees


Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier


"Whereas," a collection of poems by writer Layli Long Soldier and published by Graywolf Press of Minneapolis, was chosen as the winner of the National Book Critics Circle prize for poetry. Long Soldier was honored at a ceremony this evening in New York City, along with five other writers--all, as it happens, women.

The list of winners includes:

Xioulu Guo, "Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China," (Grove Press), winner for autobiography.

Carina Chocano, "You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks and Other Mixed Messages," (Mariner Press), criticism.

Caroline Fraser, "Prairie Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder," (Metropolitan Books), biography.

Joan Silber, "Improvement," (Counterpoint Press), fiction.

Frances FitzGerald, "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America," (Simon & Schuster), nonfiction.

Some winners were previously announced, including the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, which went to critic Charles Finch; the John Leonard Prize for best first novel, which went to Graywolf Press' "Her Body and Other Parties: Stories," by Carmen Maria Machado; and the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement, which went to writer John McPhee.

The NBCC is a professional organization of about 800 book reviewers, books editors and book critics.

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