Author Krueger wins fifth Minnesota Book Award


Mystery writer William Kent Krueger won his fifth Minnesota Book Award Saturday night, which ties the record set last year by novelist Louise Erdrich, according to media reports.

Krueger won in the Genre Fiction category for his novel, "Tamarack County."

A record 960 people attended the 26th annual Book Awards gala held at St. Paul Union Depot, which was emceed by John Moe, author and Minnesota Public Radio host of "Wits." the Pioneer Press says. 

There were 242 books nominated this year, with 32 selected as finalists, the Star Tribune reported.

Here's a look at the other winners:

– Children's Literature: David LaRochelle, who was competing against himself with two of the four books nominated in children's literature, won his third Book Award for "Moo!"

– General Nonfiction: Jack El-Hai won his second book award for "The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of World War II."

– Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: Melanie Hoffert won for her book, "Prairie Silence."

– Minnesota: "Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison" by Kristin Makholm won.

– Novel and Short Story: Ethan Rutherford's "The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories."

– Poetry: "Black Aperture" by Matt Rasmussen.

– Young People's Literature: Carrie Mesrobian's "Sex & Violence.

Also at the awards gala: Mark Vinz received the previously announced Kay Sexton Award for his lifelong contributions to literature in Minnesota. Fred Hagstrom received the Book Artist Award. Gwen Westerman and Bruce White were awarded the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award for "MniSota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota."

The Book Awards are put on by the nonprofit Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, which is dedicated to supporting the St. Paul Public Library.

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