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Winners of 27th annual Minnesota Book Awards announced

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A book about the life of Minnesota's first female Supreme Court Justice is among the winners of the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.

"Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement," by Lori Strurdevant, was one of eight books recognized at a Saturday night ceremony in St. Paul, where a crowd of about 800 gathered to honor the winning authors, the Star Tribune reports.

The paper notes that three of the writers – including Strurdevant – are previous winners of the Minnesota Book Award, which is organized by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

According to the Book Awards website, "Her Honor" explores the life and times of Rosalie Wahl, who, as a 38-year-old mother of four in the early 1960s, decided to go to law school. The decision would lead to a distinguished legal career and a seat in Minnesota's high court.

During her time as a justice, she led two Supreme Court task forces whose goal was to study race and gender bias in the state's judicial system.

Wahl retired from her post in 1994, having spent nearly two decades there. She died in 2013 at the age of 88.

Drumroll, please: The winners

Narrowed down from 38 finalists, nine authors took home awards in eight categories, though organizers extended "heartiest congratulations" to all the finalists on their website.

Without further ado:

Children's LiteratureWinter 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: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Genre Fiction: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: Tailings: A Memoir by Kaethe Schwehn (Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock Publishers)

Minnesota: Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Novel & Short Story: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

Poetry: Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill (Milkweed Editions)

Young People's Literature: West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Amulet Books/Abrams)

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library describes the Book Awards as a "statewide outreach program connecting readers to the work of Minnesota authors."

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