Need to curl up with good book as we hunker down for more cold weather? Check out the Minnesota Book Awards finalists list for your next literary adventure.
The winners will be announced in April.
Some award winners are already announced. The Book Artist award goes to Harriet Bart, Philip Gallo and Jill Jevene.
Previously announced are the Book Artist Award, which will be awarded to Harriet Bart, Philip Gallo and Jill Jevne. The award is for collaborative work using "Bart's conceptual designs, printing by Gallo, and fine bindings by Jevne," according to the press release.
Harriet Bart sat down with TPT's MN Original for an interview:
The 2015 Kay Sexton Award will go to Mary François Rockcastle who is developed the creative writing programs at Hamline University. The award honors the "long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Minnesota."
Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa
- It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers)
- Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka (Holiday House)
- Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)
- Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO
- Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
- My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation by Brenda J. Child (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
- New Scenic Café: The Cookbookby Scott Graden with Arlene Anderson (New Scenic Café, Inc.)
- Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by R.W. Holmen (The Pilgrim Press)
- Fallen Angelby Chuck Logan (Conquill Press)
- The Life We Buryby Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books)
- The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)
- Strongwood: A Crime Dossier by Larry Millett (University of Minnesota Press)
Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
- Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir by Sherry Quan Lee (Modern History Press/Loving Healing Press)
- Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead by James Silas Rogers (North Star Press of St. Cloud)
- Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain by James P. Lenfestey (Milkweed Editions)
- Tailings: A Memoir by Kaethe Schwehn (Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock Publishers)
- Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota by John J. Moriarty and Carol D. Hall (University of Minnesota Press)
- Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
- Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook: A Guide to Selecting and Preparing the Best Local Produce with Seasonal Recipes from Local Chefs and Farmers by Tricia Cornell (Voyageur Press)
- Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes by Larry Millet, photography by Matt Schmitt (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Novel & Short Story, sponsored by Education Minnesota
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)
- In Reach by Pamela Carter Joern (University of Nebraska Press)
- The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons by Heather A. Slomski (University of Iowa Press)
- Stillwater by Nicole Helget (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.
- Albedo by Kathleen Jesme (Ahsahta Press)
- Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill (Milkweed Editions)
- Soul Over Lightningby Ray Gonzalez (The University of Arizona Press)
- This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Write Bloody Publishing)
Young People’s Literature, sponsored by The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University
- Ambassador by William Alexander (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
- Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press)
- West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Amulet Books/Abrams)
- The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers/ Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
The winners will be named at the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 18 at the St. Paul Union Depot. Tickets are available at thefriends.org.