| As a part of its 25th anniversary season, the Minnesota Book Awards is proud to announce a new literary map of our state: From Main Street to Your Street: Minnesota Writers on the Map, featuring more than 100 writers from historical to modern times, whose contributions to the state’s literary legacy are profound.
Copies of the map will be available in public libraries beginning at the end of May. In early June, the map will move online with more information on each of the authors listed, and new interactive elements. There will be links to the Minnesota Historical Society’s author biographies pages, as well.
This project was produced in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and Explore Minnesota, and made possible by funds from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through a designation from the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA), Explore Minnesota, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
| You're invited to the Minnesota Writers' Map reception!
Tuesday May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota History Center, Heffelfinger Room
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
RSVP by Friday, May 17
Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
Please join the Minnesota Book Awards, Explore Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, and CRPLSA for a reception to launch our new writers' map of the state.
The featured writers were chosen by the staff of the Minnesota Book Awards and the Minnesota Historical Society. The selection spans historical to modern times and includes writers who have had a meaningful impact on the state, its writing life, and in many cases, on the world at large.
Minnesota Writers on the Map is made possible by funds from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage funds for Library Legacy activities, through a designation by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and the people of Minnesota.
The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards announced and presented on Saturday, April 13. More than 800 people gathered in St. Paul for the award ceremony hosted by author and comedienne Lorna Landvik. The winners of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards are:
|| Award for Children’s Literature
David LaRochelle -- It’s a Tiger!
|| Award for General Nonfiction
David Treuer -- Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life
|| Award for Genre Fiction
David Housewright -- Curse of the Jade Lily
|| Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
Atina Diffley -- Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works
|| Award for Minnesota
Gwen Westerman and Bruce White -- Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota
|| Award for Novel & Short Story
Louise Erdrich -- The Round House
|| Award for Poetry
Patricia Kirkpatrick -- Odessa
|| Award for Young People’s Literature
Geoff Herbach -- Nothing Special
The 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards is a project of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. Statewide outreach partners include: the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA); the Loft Literary Center; Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA); Minnesota Department of Education---State Library Services; Minnesota Educational Media Organization; and Minnesota Library Foundation. Media sponsors include: Minnesota Public Radio, Pioneer Press, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), PSAV Presentations Services and TPT-Minnesota Channel. Major funding for the Book Awards was provided by The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts; The Huss Foundation; The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; The McKnight Foundation; a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the Office of State Library Services; Books for Africa; Education Minnesota; Leonard, Street and Deinard; Marvin Windows and Doors; Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle; Minnesota AFL-CIO; Sit Investment Associates; and Wellington Management, Inc.
All of our episodes for the Minnesota Book Award Finalists have been recorded, edited and made available to you via SELCOtv! The 2013 winners will be announced on Saturday, April 13 at the MNBA awards celebration at The Hilton Minneapolis. You still have a bit of time to hear what SELCO staff thought about all 32 titles in the running.
- General Nonfiction reviewed by Rachel Gray, Information Services Librarian
- Poetry reviewed by Michael Scott, Assistant Director
- Children's Literature reviewed by Ann Hutton, Executive Director
- Novels & Short Stories reviewed by Aimee Lake, Finance Manager
- Minnesota reviewed by Donovan Lambright, Automation Librarian
- Memoir/Creative Nonfiction reviewed by Cheryl Hill, Technology Services Librarian
- Young People reviewed by Mollie Stanford, Regional Librarian
- Genre Fiction reviewed by Tyler Irvin, Technology Support Librarian
Michael Scott continues our SELCOtv series featuring the finalists of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards with the Poetry selections.
The Poetry Finalists are:
- The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota by Jim Johnson (Red Dragonfly Press)
- Odessa by Patricia Kirkpatrick (Milkweed Editions)
- Pitch by Todd Boss (W. W. Norton & Company)
- Salt Pier by Dore Kiesselbach (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Watch the video here!
SELCOtv launched a new series for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA). The first episode features the four general nonfiction finalists as booktalked by Rachel Gray, SELCO Information Services Librarian. In the weeks leading up to the 2013 Award Gala on April 13, SELCOtv will produce seven additional videos. Each will offer a short synopsis of the finalists in the other literary categories. Check out the MNBA general nonfiction titles and stay tuned for upcoming MNBA SELCOtv episodes.
The general nonfiction video highlights:
- Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life by David W. Noble (University of Minnesota Press)
- Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole by John Huston and Tyler Fish (Octane Press)
- Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community by Brenda J. Child (Viking/Penguin Group)
- Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer (Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove/Atlantic, Inc.)
The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the finalists for the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA). Judges from around the state - writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers and others from the literary community - announced four titles in each of eight categories. Click here for the 2013 nominees in:
- Children's Literature
- General Nonfiction
- Genre Fiction
- Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
- Novel & Short Story
- Young People's Literature
SELCO will purchase copies of each of the 2013 MNBA Nominees for ease of checkout and reading pleasure. Check the online catalog and pick your favorite MNBA title in each category.
Award winners will be announced at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The opening reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the awards ceremony will follow. Click here for more information about the Gala and to purchase tickets.
Every Minnesota reader can join in the fun. Count down to the Gala Awards and learn more about the finalists on the MNBA 32 Books in 32 Days blog, beginning March 12 for the 2013 finalists.
Interested in reading two Minnesota classics??! Book a Minnesota Reads Minnesota Book Club in a Bag kit today! The Minnesota Reads Minnesota kits were created by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Minnesota Regional Library Systems to honor books written by Minnesotans about Minnesota. Each book featured is part of the Minnesota Historical Society's collection and selected by MHS Acquisitions Librarian, Patrick Coleman. Each kit includes a discussion guide and twelve paperback copies. The two titles available for booking are Main Street by Sinclair Lewis and Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor. Take book club discussions to the next level by encouraging library patrons to check out these kits! Also, based on book club participation and kit use, libraries could host a discussion led by Patrick Coleman himself! General PR posters and bookmarks are available to help promote the kits.
To view the kits in AquaBrowser, please do a series search for "Minnesota Reads Minnesota" or find the kits doing a general "book club in a bag" search. More info about these kits and SELCO's Minnesota Book Club in a Bag kits can be found HERE (click on the Book Club tab). Questions? Give us a call! Happy Reading!
The deadline to nominate a book for the 25th Minnesosta Book Awards is fast approaching! Nominations and materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012.
The program honors Minnesota’s finest authors and primary artistic creators in eight categories: Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
Authors, publishers, and agents may nominate an eligible book by completing the nomination form and submitting five nonreturnable copies of the book, plus a $45 nomination fee. Nomination forms and the eligibility and entry guidelines are available online. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala in April, at the Hilton Minneapolis.
Each year the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library award the Minnesota Book Awards to Minnesota authors, illustrators, and book artists in 8 categories. Categories include children's literature, general non-fiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative non-fiction, poetry, young people's literature, Minnesota, novel and short story. A people's choice award is also given. All Minnesotans can vote on their favorite nominee for the people's choice. Selco will be sponsoring author tours featuring winning and nominated authors of the Minnesota Book Awards. Presentations will occur at local libraries and are free of charge. A complete list of presentations can be found under the author tours tab above. Titles for the Book Club in a Bag kits are selected from Minnesota Book Award winners and can be checked out through your local library.
The 2013 Winter Author Tour features Minnesota Book Award nominees and winners of 2012 . See below. Check back here for updates.
|Owatonna Public Library||Nancy Paddock|| Februrary 5
|| 7:00 PM
| Dodge Center Public Library
|| Eric Dregni
||Februrary 7|| 7:00 PM
| University Center Rochester
Coffman Center Rm 206
| Shawn Otto
|| Februrary 21
|| 7:00 PM
| Lake City
City Hall - Ballroom
| Kim Heikkila
||Februrary 23|| 10:00 AM
|Rushford Public Libray||Eric Dregni||Februrary 26|| 7:00 PM
|St. Charles Public Library||Kim Heikkila||Februrary 26|| 7:00 PM
|Ridgeway Community School||Catherine Thimmesh|| Februrary 28
|| 1:00 PM
| Blooming Prairie HS
Blooming Prairie City Council Chambers
| Pete Hautman
|| March 19
|| 1:00 PM
|Winona State Science Lab Center (SLC)||Shawn Otto||April 4|| 7:00 PM
| Austin Public Library
||Brian Freeman||April 9|| 6:30 PM
|Houston Public Library||Catherine Friend||April 11|| 7:00 PM
| Northfield Public Library
||Greg Smith||April 11||7:00 PM|
The Minnesota Book Award Book Club in A Bag Kits are available for checkout! Each kit includes 10 copies of a book, reader guides, and bookmarks in a handy canvas bag.
Titles include winning books from the 2009 - 2012 Minnesota Book Awards. The Minnesota Book Awards are given to Minnesota authors in a number of different categories such as poetry, nonfiction, young adult and fiction. SELCO also has two Minnesota Reads Minnesota kits from the Minnesota Historical Society. The titles currently available are listed below, along with a PDF version of the winners.
*Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto (General Nonfiction)
*Big Wheat by Richard A. Thompson (Genre Fiction)
*A Song at Twilight: Of Alzheimer's and Love by Nancy Paddock (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
*Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists by Julie L'Enfant (Minnesota)
*The Law of Miracles and Other Stories by Gregory Blake Smith (Novel & Short Story)
*Whorled by Ed Bok Lee (Poetry)
*With or Without You by Brian Farrey (Young People's Literature)
*The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta (Readers' Choice)
*Book Speak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas (Children's Literature)
* The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition by Michael Nordskog (General Nonfiction)
* The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb (Genre Fiction)
* Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA by Bonnie J. Rough (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
* North Country: The Making of Minnesota by Mary Lethert Wingerd (Minnesota)
* Vestments by John Reimringer (Novel & Short Story)
* Find the Girl by Lightsey Darst (Poetry)
* Blank Confession by Pete Hautman (Young People's Literature)
* News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie Hertzel (Readers' Choice)
* My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall (Children's Literature)
* Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman (Children's Literature)
* I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson by Joy K. Lintelman (General Nonfiction)
* Jelly's Gold by David Housewright (Genre Fiction)
* The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows by Kent Nerburn (Memoir & Creative Nonfiction)
* Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving by Cary J. Griffith (Minnesota)
* The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Novel & Short Story)
* I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter (Poetry)
* The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (Young People's Literature)
* Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council by Dave Kenney (Readers' Choice Award)
* The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (Readers' Choice Award)
* The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (Novel & Short Story)
* Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota by Barbara Sommer (Minnesota)
* The Compassionate Carnivore by Catherine Friend (General Nonfiction)
* National Monuments by Heid E. Erdrich (Poetry)
* Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy (Young People's Literature)
* Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (Genre Fiction)
Minnesota Reads Minnesota Book Club in a Bag kits were created by the Minnesota Historical Society and feature titles from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections. Each kit includes 12 paperbacks and a discussion guide. Titles available are:
* Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
* Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
For booking and other information about all Book Club in a Bag Kits, please click here . This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
| Eric Dregni
2012 Finalist for General Non-fiction: Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America
(University of Minnesota Press)
Dregni is assistant professor of English at Concordia University in Saint Paul and the author of several previous works on Nordic and Italian heritage.
|| Shawn Otto
2012 Award for General Nonfiction: Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America (Rodale)
Shawn Otto is an award-winning screenwriter and cofounder of “Science Debate 2008,” the largest political initiative in the history of science.
|| Kim Heikkila
2012 Finalist for Minnesota: Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam
(Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Heikkila is an adjunct instructor at St. Catherine University.
|| Catherine Thimmesh
2012 Finalist for Children's Literature : Friends True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships
(Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
Friends is Catherine Thimmesh’s sixth nonfiction book for children. She lives in Eden Prairie.
| Pete Hautman
2012 Finalist for Young People's Literature: The Big Crunch
(Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.)
Pete Hautman has written eight previous novel, including Godless, a National Book Award winner. He calls Golden Valley home.
|| Brian Freeman
2012 Finalist for Genre Fiction: The Bone House
(Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)
Brian Freeman is the author of 15 novels, including five psychological suspense thrillers.
|| Greg Smith
2012 Finalist for Novel and Short Story: The Law of Miracles and Other Stories (University of Massachusetts Press)
Gregory Blake Smith is a professor at Carleton College. This is his fourth book
|| Catherine Friend
2012 Finalist for Memoir and Creative Non-fiction:Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet
(Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group)
Friend is a prolific author whose work includes nonfiction, children’s books, and genre fiction.
|| Nancy Paddock
2012 Finalist for Memoir and Creative Non-fiction: A Song at Twilight: Of Alzheimer’s and Love
Paddock is a poet and screenwriter and lives in Litchfield, Minnesota.