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

Books by Kate DiCamillo, Graywolf Press on shortlist for National Book Award

Kate DiCamillo. Star Tribune file photo.

Kate DiCamillo. Star Tribune file photo.

The finalists for this year's National Book Awards were announced this morning, live-streamed on the Facebook page of the New Yorker magazine. The announcement was moved up a week so as not to conflict with the Nobel Prize for Literature announcement, which was moved back.

Minnesota writer Kate DiCamillo is a finalist in young people's literature for her novel, "Raymie Nightingale," and a book published by Graywolf Press, "Look," by Solmaz Sharif, is a finalist in poetry. Graywolf had three books on the long list.  "Sachiko," a novel by Minneapolis writer Caren Stelson and published by Carolrhoda Books, was also on the long list for young people's literature.

DiCamillo was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Tiger Rising."

Also on the short list: Colson Whitehead, for his novel "The Underground Railroad." Whitehead will be in the Twin Cities on Nov. 3 for Talking Volumes.

The winners will be announced at a gala event on Nov. 16 in New York City, which will be live-streamed on the website of the National Book Foundation, www.nationalbook.org.

Here are the finalists:

Finalists for fiction

●Chris Bachelder, “The Throwback Special ” (Norton)

● Paulette Jiles, “News of the World” (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

● Karan Mahajan, “The Association of Small Bombs” (Viking/Penguin Random House)

● Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad” (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)

● Jacqueline Woodson, “Another Brooklyn” (Amistad/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Finalists for nonfiction

● Arlie Russell Hochschild, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” (The New Press)

● Ibram X. Kendi, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” (Nation)

●Viet Thanh Nguyen, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” (Harvard)

●Andrés Reséndez, “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

●Heather Ann Thompson, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” (Pantheon/Penguin Random House)

Finalists for poetry

●Daniel Borzutzky, “The Performance of Becoming Human” (Brooklyn Arts)

● Rita Dove, “Collected Poems 1974–2004” (W. W. Norton & Company)

●Peter Gizzi, “Archeophonics” (Wesleyan)

●Jay Hopler, “The Abridged History of Rainfall” (McSweeney’s)

● Solmaz Sharif, “Look” (Graywolf Press)

Finalists for young people’s literature

● Kate DiCamillo, “Raymie Nightingale” (Candlewick)

●John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, “March: Book Three” (Top Shelf Productions/IDW Publishing)

●Grace Lin, “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group)

● Jason Reynolds, “Ghost” (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

● Nicola Yoon, "The Sun Is Also a Star" (Delacorte)

Milkweed to publish memoir of Minn. couple who spent year in Boundary Waters

Dave and Amy Freeman. Photo by Nate Ptacek

Dave and Amy Freeman. Photo by Nate Ptacek

Milkweed Editions publisher Daniel Slager "paddled into the wilderness" last month to broker a book deal with Dave and Amy Freeman, the couple who spent an entire year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Freemans departed Sept. 23, 2015, for a year meant to raise awareness of the environment and the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota sulfide-ore copper mining operation just on the edge of the BWCA. They camped at 120 sites, explored 500 lakes, rivers and streams, and traveled more than 2,000 miles by canoe, foot, ski, snowshoe and dog team, accoding to the press release released by Milkweed.

The couple returned last week. "Our exit from the Wilderness today is bittersweet," Amy Freeman said in the press release. "We love this place and honestly wouldn't mind staying a bit longer, but we are eager to catch up with family and friends."

They documented their experience through social media, National Geographic and Canoe & Kayak magazine, and they have neen featured on TV's "The Today Show."

The Star Tribune wrote about them last week and last December.

They will spend the next several months working on a book, which will be published iin Fall 2017 by Milkweed.

Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis publishes fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and many of their books have a concentration on the wilderness and the environment.

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