The Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Winners ceremony, held each year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is a casual, laid-back affair, with an attentive, bookish audience, lovely glass plaques, and PIE. Always lots of pie!
This year 39 titles competed for honors in six categories. The winners were nicely divided among several regional presses -- University of Minnesota Press, North Star Press of St. Cloud, Holy Cow! Press, and others. The keynote speaker was Duluth poet laureate Jim Johnson.
Here are the winners:
Memoir and creative nonfiction:
Winner: "Rooted in Iron and Ice: Innocent Years on the Mesabi," by Gary W Barfknecht.
Honorable mention: "Zenith City: Stories from Duluth," by Michael Fedo.
Winner: "Approaching the Gate," by Lynette Reini-Grandell
Honorable mention: "Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range," by Sheila Packa
Art and photography:
Winner: "Saved by Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McCough, OSB," by John Schifsky and others.
Honorable mention: "The Other Side of Wilderness," by Richard C Johnson
Winner: "Twin Ports by Trolley," by Aaron Isaacs
Honorable mention: "Sawdust in their Blood," by Jim Boyd
Winner: "Rhoda's Rock Hunt," by Molly Beth Griffin
Honorable mention: "Wilder's Foe," by Diane Bradley
Winner: "Sins of Our Fathers," by Shawn Lawrence Otto
Honorable mention: "A River Through Two Harbors," by Dennis Herschbach
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Now I want some pie!