Stephen King was among the authors who appeared in last year's inaugural event.
The two books were taken off the required reading list because they contain racial slurs.
You can see him in St. Paul on Oct. 31
"Thank you judges for, like, liking my book!"
The novel launched him to international fame in 2015.
She's "certain to have a very bright literary future ahead of her."
The Loft says its lineup did not match its values.
Emily Fridlund's book is set in the north woods
Louise Erdrich is nominated for her novel "The Round House." It's the third time she's been a finalist for an award. Meanwhile, William Alexander is nominated in the young people's literature category for his debut novel "Goblin Secrets."