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

St. Paul writer wins Edgar Award for her YA book

St. Paul writer Naomi Kritzer has had a very good week.  Fresh off finding out on Tuesday night that her young adult novel, “Catfishing on CatNet” had won her first Minnesota Book Award, she found out on Wednesday night that her book had also won an Edgar Allan Poe Award.

“Catfishing on CatNet” is a thriller set in the near future, exploring issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence and the power and perils of social networks.

Kritzer’s work has previously won Hugo and Locus Awards and was nominated for a Nebula Award. Her novella “The Thing About Ghost Stories” was a finalist for a Hugo Award. Kritzer lives in St. Paul with her family and plenty of cats.

Here’s the full list of the Edgar Award winners:

BEST NOVEL

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Sarah Crichton Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

The Hotel Neversink by Adam O’Fallon Price (Tin House Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

by Axton Betz-Hamilton (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)

BEST SHORT STORY

“One of These Nights,” from Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime

by Women Writers by Livia Llewellyn (Akashic Books)

BEST JUVENILE

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught

(Simon & Schuster Children’s Books – Paula Wiseman Books)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tom Doherty Associates – Tor Teen)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

“Season 5, Episode 4” – Line of Duty, Teleplay by Jed Mercurio (Acorn TV)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

“There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” from Milwaukee Noir by Derrick Harriell (Akashic Books)

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)

G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS SUE GRAFTON MEMORIAL AWARD

Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark (Kensington Publishing)

5 Minnesota writers receive McKnight grants

Five Minnesota writers have each received a $25,000 McKnight Artist Fellowship for their ongoing work. This year's awards were in the categories of poetry, spoken-word and literature for young children.

Honored were Lauren Stringer, whose picture book, "Mud," was a Minnesota Book Award winner; Blythe Baird, a spoken-word artist whose collection, "If My Body Could Speak" was published last year by Button Poetry; and poets Michael Torres, Jacob Lindberg, and Claire Wahmanholm.

Torres, who teaches at University of Minnesota-Mankato, will publish his first collection, "Incomplete List of Names," this year with Beacon Press. Lindberg lives in Victoria and edits Up North Lit. Wahmanholm lives in the Twin Cities and has had three collections published, including one by Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis.

This year's judges were Natalie Diaz, Patricia Smith and Uma Krishnaswami.

The honorable mentions for these awards were Phyllis Root (Minneapolis), Matt Lilley (Fridley), and Kao Kalia Yang (Saint Paul) for children's books; Tish Jones (Saint Paul), Jeffrey Skemp (Minneapolis), and Rebecca Nichloson (Minneapolis) for spoken word, and Valerie Deus (Minneapolis), Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (Saint Paul), and Preeti Kaur Rajpal (Minneapolis).

The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis and the McKnight Foundation have partnered since 1982 on fellowships for Minnesota writers.

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