Minnesota authors DiCamillo, Ursu on long-list for National Book Awards

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Minneapolis authors Kate DiCamillo and Anne Ursu are on the first-ever "long-list" of finalists for the National Book Awards, The Associated Press reports.

Both writers are among the 10 finalists in the Young People's Literature category announced Monday by the National Book Foundation.

DiCamillo, whose books "Because of Winn Dixie" and the Newbery-winning "The Tale of Despereaux" went on to become movies, was nominated for "Flora & Ulysses."

Ursu is up for "The Real Boy."

The writers, along with pending nominees for poetry, fiction and non-fiction, will find out Oct. 16 if they've made the cut for the top five in the category.

The winners will be unveiled at a Nov. 20 dinner and ceremony in New York and each take home $10,000.

The Star Tribune points out that DiCamillo and Ursu have a "reputation to uphold," since Minneapolis author Will Alexander won the National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category last year for his debut book "Goblin Secrets."

In addition, North Dakota native-turned-Minneapolis author Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award for fiction last year for “The Round House.”

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