Minnesota Book Awards finalists named


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."

List of finalists:

Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa

General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO

Genre Fiction

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


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.

Young People’s Literature, sponsored by The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University

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.

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