2014 Crossword Tournament Scores Posted

We want to offer a special thanks to our amazing puzzle constructors and sponsors, all of whom helped make the 2014 tournament a great success.  For more information about our sponsors and constructors, please visit the Minnesota Crossword Tournament’s website.

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Amateur Finalists

Third Place: Michael Phenicie – 7:57
Second Place: Amy Paepke – 7:27
First Place: Anne Loring – 7:03

Expert Finalists

Third Place: Martin Eiger – uncompleted
Second Place: Carl Voss – 10:40
First Place: Mike Weepie – 7:24

Team Finalists

Third Place: “Must be Done in Time for Sports” – 7:30
First Place (tie): “Dewey 490″ – 6:45
First Place (tie): “Purcell” -  6:45

 

FINAL SCORES

Amateur Contestants
Final Scores
Expert Contestants
Final Scores
Teams
Final Score
Amy Paepke3445Mike Weepie3405Paepke3470
Anne Loring3325Carl Voss3380Must Be Done In Time For Sports3370
Michael Phenicie3295Martin Eiger3355Tina and Phil3270
Samantha Klein3270Daniel Sadoff3305Purcell3220
Laura Henry3195Jacob Gelfand3280Dewey 4903200
Robert Lundegaard3175Peter Broda3230Click Treat3150
Joe Gaspard3170Jesse Grittner3205Neural Nerds3075
Martha Postlethwaite3125Marcia Brott3155Mellman and Labore2945
Andrea Ruby3025Stewart Lelievre3060DAM Puzzlers2880
Becca Greenstein2895Ginny Agresti3005Larson and Schulz2855
Lisa Odom2850David Bael2915UMN Visit Office2710
Marilyn Ruby2790Thomas Cody2890Brandon and Leigh2645
Scott Trantina2780Martha Truax2475Rubies are a Girl's Best Friend2495
Steven Pellinen2600Martha Hardesty2205S Words2435
Deane Morrison2510Walter Blue2080Stein and Griffin1870
Drew Lawn2430Kay Mickelson1500Anderson Family1820
Sheila Frankfurt2365Team Ink1680
Clare Ritter1620
Amy Crosseen740
Amy Frankfurt490

In Memory of Mary Ida Thomson

Minnesota’s literary community lost a seminal leader with the recent death of Mary Ida Thomson, one of the founders of the Minnesota Book Awards and a Trustee Emeritus of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. A Matching Gift Memorial grant is announced by The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.


Excerpt:

“Minnesota Festival of the Book co-founder, Mary Ida Thomson, dies at 92″

by  Mary Ann Grossman, Pioneer Press (6/3/2014)

MUGPROCMary Ida Thomson was often in the news in 1988 when she co-chaired the first Minnesota Festival of the Book as chair of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Board of Trustees. She served on the boards of St. Croix Valley Girl Scouts, Minnesota Church Foundation, the Charities Review Council and People Inc. and was involved with the Harriet Tubman Center. Many Sundays found her counting the collections at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Thomson was elected to The Friends Board in 1979. She served until 1992, the last six years as president. She has since then been honored as a Trustee Emeritus. “Mary Ida was kind, warm, generous, very smart and insightful,” said Peter Pearson, who was hired as The Friends’ first executive director (now president) when Thomson was in office.

One of Thomson’s lasting legacies will be the Minnesota Festival of the Book, a 10-day event that drew thousands of people to Rice Park and other local venues. Thomson got the idea when she and Leslie Wolfson, festival events coordinator for The Friends, traveled to Key West, Florida, to visit that city’s book fair. The idea for a local festival became reality when Scott Walker, then publisher of Graywolf Press, joined the board as a community representative. The Friends provided $29,000 in staff support and specific expenditures for the festival, a celebration of literature that included the first Minnesota Book Awards. Thomson admitted in a Pioneer Press interview before the festival that it was a leap of faith for the group to be at the forefront of this huge event requiring coordination of 96 organizations. “It was the right idea at the right time,” she said.

“Mary Ida’s friends are concerned that her contributions, particularly to the community of the book, will go unheralded,” said Mary Treacy, past director of Metronet, the umbrella organization that serves local libraries. “It’s no exaggeration to say that the strength and breadth of Minnesota’s book community rests on the vision of Mary Ida. She sought out and nurtured people and ideas.” Edie Meissner, Book Festival project director, recalls that “Mary Ida was constantly supportive. She didn’t have a lot of ego. She just worked hard.”

In 1991, Thomson and another Friends stalwart, the late Jeanne Fischer, showed what advocacy meant after the St. Paul City Council tried to cut $400,000 from the library budget. The women organized group members to show up at hearings and make speeches from the floor in defense of libraries. With one week’s notice they obtained 3,000 signatures from people who opposed the cuts. The City Council listened, and $100,000 was reinstated.

Although Thomson’s memory loss kept her from participating in activities, her friends have not forgotten the impact she had on people and organizations. Treacy said: “A n ever-growing circle of ‘Friends of Mary Ida’ share memories of an extraordinary woman whose gentle hand and wise counsel touched so many lives. To the end, she never lost her sense of dignity.”

She will be remembered at a memorial service on Friday, June 27 at 11:00 AM at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, 500 Eighth Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414. All are invited to attend a reception at the church immediately following the service. Read obituary>>


Announcing the Matching Grant

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is now pleased to announce that The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation has offered a matching gift challenge grant for memorial gifts in memory of Mary Ida Thomson, up to $10,000. All gifts to the memorial book endowment fund will be matched, dollar-for dollar by this grant. Please keep in mind that for every $25 contributed to the Book Endowment Fund, a bookplate inscribed with Mary Ida’s name and, if desired, the name of the donor, will be placed in a newly purchased book at the Library. A gift of $500 will endow the purchase of a book each year in perpetuity. Memorial gifts are also  acknowledged in The Friends’ and the Saint Paul Public Library’s shared annual report. Click here to learn more or make a secure, online memorial gift now. Contributors of long-lasting tributes of $500 or more are automatically members of The Donor Society, which recognizes The Friends’ most generous individual supporters. Smaller gifts count toward the cumulative $500 annual giving level required for Donor Society membership.

The Friends Announces Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Challenge Grant

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has been awarded a challenge grant of up to $100,000 by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, to be applied to gifts and pledges for its current capital campaign, “A New Legacy of Learning.”

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, June 4, 2014 — The Richard M. Schulze Foundation has challenged The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library to raise $100,000 over the next 12 months for its capital campaign, “A New Legacy of Learning.” If these funds are raised, the Foundation will match the gifts and pledges, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. This effectively doubles the value of those gifts.

The funds are intended to support enhanced children’s library services and programs at two library locations that are currently being totally renovated, the Sun Ray Library on the East Side, and the Highland Park Library in the southwest.

The Friends’ “A New Legacy of Learning” campaign seeks $7.8 million in private funding to augment $7 million in City funding to support these two large renovation projects, along with some modest enhancements to the Central Library in downtown Saint Paul. One of the campaign’s highest priorities is to create libraries that offer literacy-rich children’s spaces to foster early learning, pre-school readiness, and student support. These new libraries will offer flexible, interactive children’s areas where families can learn together.

The campaign has raised $5.7 million of its $7.8 million goal so far, and fundraising actively continues.

For additional information on “A New Legacy of Learning,” or to donate to the campaign, contact Susan Dowd or visit www.thefriends.org. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

 

The Friends to Host 3rd Annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament

Amateur, expert and team puzzlers from around the region will compete for prizes and honors in June 22 contest modeled after the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA – Get out your pencils (or pens – if you dare!) for the third annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament. Crossworders will have a chance to compete for bragging rights and prizes on Sunday, June 22 at Saint Paul’s Landmark Center, 75 5th Street. Doors open at noon and the first round of puzzles begins at 12:30 p.m.

Solvers in each of three brackets – Amateur, Expert and Teams (of up to four players) – will tackle at least three original crossword puzzles created and edited specially for this tournament by constructors whose work appears in the New York Times. Like the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) after which Minnesota’s was modeled, scoring will be based on accuracy and speed. Solvers with the highest combined scores from the first three rounds will move on to the finals, with championship puzzles to be solved in front of the crowd.

Spectators will be provided copies of the puzzles to play along. Puzzle packs will also be available online following the tournament. Complimentary snacks and coffee will be available at the tournament; other bars and restaurants are nearby. Solvers and spectators alike will enjoy an entertaining day of suspense, surprises and fun. Proceeds support the mission of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. The competition is limited to 200 individual competitors and 25 teams – please register early.

Registration Information:
Individual Competitor   $20
Team (2 to 4 puzzlers)   $45
Spectator   $5
More information and registration

About The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library:

Currently celebrating its 69th year, The Friends is a private, nonprofit membership organization which supports the Saint Paul Public Library through private fundraising, advocacy, cultural programming and public awareness activities. Since 2006, The Friends has led the Minnesota Book Awards and, as of 2012, is the designated Minnesota Center for the Book – the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. For more information, contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or explore this website.

State Winners Announced in Annual Student Writing Contest



Eleven Minnesota students in grades 4 through 12 are honored for outstanding writing in national Letters About Literature essay contest.

SAINT PAUL, May 12, 2014 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the home of the Minnesota Center for the Book, is pleased to announce the state-level winners of the 2014 annual national Letters About Literature Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English and Common Good Books.

Center for the Book

Some 50,000 adolescent and young adult readers nationwide in grades 4 through 12 participated in this year’s Letters About Literature program, which encourages young people to read, be inspired, and write back to the author who has somehow changed their view of the world or themselves. Minnesota’s students entered 1,113 letters in the competition, and of those, 119 letters made it through to the state-level round of judging. For more information about the contest, national winners, and free teaching resources to guide students through the reader response and writing process, visit www.read.gov/letters/.

The winners of the Letters About Literature essay competition were selected on three levels: Level I for grades four through six, Level II for grades seven and eight, and Level III for grades nine through twelve.

The winners are:

Level I

First place:
Nathan Behrens (Grade 6: Parkview Center School, Roseville)
Letter to Barbara Joosse, author of I Love You the Purplest

Second Place:
Alemu Slattery (Grade 5: Great River School, St. Paul)
Letter to Gary Paulsen, author of Tucket’s Travels

Third Place (tie):
Lauren Phillips (Grade 6: Chapel Hill Academy, Chanhassen)
Letter to Jenny L. Cote, author of The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud;
and
Noelle Wang (Grade 5: Friendly Hills Middle School, Mendota Heights)
Letter to Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Level II

First Place:
Noah Visness (Grade 7: ESCHEL Home School Cooperative, St. Paul)
Letter to Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Men

Second Place (tie):
Caroline Bowen (Grade 8: Our Lady of Grace, Edina)
Letter to Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief;
and
Sarah Chute (Grade 8: The Blake School – Middle School, Hopkins)
Letter to John Green, author of  The Fault in Our Stars

Third Place:
Riley Wentink (Grade 8: Chaska Middle School West)
Letter to George Orwell, author of 1984

Level III

First Place:
Larissa Bohler (Grade 11: St. Michael-Albertville High School, St. Michael)
Letter to Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Second Place:
Meckenna Woetzel (Grade 12: Blaine High School, Blaine)
Letter to Elie Weisel, author of Night

Third Place:
Meghana Iyer (Grade 9: Valley View Middle School, Edina)
Letter to Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Click here to read the winning essays.

For more information, contact
 Alayne Hopkins, Director of Programs and Minnesota Book Awards
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
651-366-6488
alayne@thefriends.orgCommon Good Books

The Friends achieve coveted 4-star rating for third consecutive year

4-star-charityFewer than 12 percent of charities evaluated have received the coveted 4-Star rating for three consecutive years, indicating that The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library outperforms the majority of nonprofits in America with respect to financial health, accountability and transparency.

April 22, 2014 – As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, donors demand more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support. In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, highlights the work of efficient charities such as The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and provides donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.

Based on the most recent financial information, Charity Navigator has calculated a 4-Star rating for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for the third consecutive year for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Fewer than 12 percent of the charities evaluated receive this “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years, a classification that differentiates The Friends from its peers, and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that The Friends adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

“It’s important that our donors trust that we’re using our funds wisely to accomplish The Friends’ mission,” said Peter Pearson, Friends President. “Our 4-Star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we continue take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously. We strive to be the best stewards of our resources.”

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. They evaluate ten times more charities than their nearest competitor, and attract more visitors to their website (www.charitynavigator.org) than all other charity rating groups combined, making them the leading charity evaluator in America, influencing billions of dollars of charitable gifts annually.

Since its founding in 2002, Charity Navigator’s professional analysts have examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents and have used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess the financial health of over 5,500 of America’s best-known charities. Each charity is awarded an overall rating, ranging from zero to four stars. Charity Navigator accepts no funding from the charities they evaluate, ensuring that ratings remain objective.

The mission of Charity Navigator, a nonprofit itself, is to be a “guide to intelligent giving,” and its impact on American giving cannot be overstated. Millions of donors visit the site annually with the vast majority indicating that Charity Navigator is the sole or primary resource they use to make their charitable giving decisions.

Winners of the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Announced

Minnesota Book AwardsThe Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards, presented by 3M Library Systems. In addition to winners in eight categories, the Book Awards presented the Kay Sexton, Book Artist, and Hognander Minnesota History Awards to previously announced honorees, respectively Mark Vinz, Fred Hagstrom, and Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. The annual Minnesota Book Awards program is a project of The Friends, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul.

A record-breaking 960 people attended a gala award ceremony on Saturday, April 5, emceed by John Moe, author and Minnesota Public Radio host of “Wits.” Announced at the gala, the winners of the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards are:

Award for Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books for Africa: David LaRochelle and Mike WohnoutkaMoo!– published by Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury Children’s Books
When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer’s car, she takes it for a wild ride. Using just one word (well, maybe two), this book will have readers laughing one moment and on the edge of their seats the next. LaRochelle is a previous Minnesota Book Award winner and lives in White Bear Lake. Wohnoutka has illustrated books for Random House, Dutton Children’s Books, and more – this is his first Book Award.

Award for General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO: Jack El-HaiThe Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII – published by PublicAffairs Books/Perseus Books Group.
El-Hai uncovers the remarkable relationship between army psychiatrist Captain Douglas M. Kelley and the elite of the captured Nazi regime, particularly Hermann Göring. El-Hai is the MN Book Award winning author of The Lobotomist.

Award for Genre Fiction, sponsored by Alerus Financial: William Kent KruegerTamarack County – published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.
While investigating a woman’s disappearance, Cork O’Connor and his family are pulled into a deadly series of events which may have a connection to a murder more than twenty years old – a case where Cork was the deputy in charge. Krueger is the author of twelve previous Cork O’Connor mysteries and this is his fifth Minnesota Book Award.

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, sponsored by GovDelivery: Melanie HoffertPrairie Silence – published by Beacon Press.
Stories about returning home and exploring abandoned towns are woven into a coming-of-age tale about falling in love, making peace with faith, and belonging to a place where neighbors are as close as blood but are often unable to share their deepest truths. Hoffert holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University.

Award for Minnesota, sponsored by MSR Architects: Kristin MakholmModern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison – published by University of Oklahoma Press.
This stunning book, co-written with W. Jackson Rushing, III, showcases Chippewa artist Morrison’s work while also exploring the artist’s identity as a modernist within the broader context of twentieth-century American and Native American art. Makholm is Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Award for Novel & Short Story, sponsored by Education Minnesota: Ethan RutherfordThe Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories – published by Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers
The strange, imaginative, and refreshingly original stories in Rutherford’s debut collection explore the ways in which we experience the world: as it is, could be, and all that lies between. Rutherford‘s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories.

Award for Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.: Matt RasmussenBlack Aperture – published by Louisiana State University Press
In his moving debut collection, a finalist for the National Book Award, Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother’s suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. Rasmussen is a founding coeditor of Birds LLC, a small independent poetry press, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Award for Young People’s Literature, sponsored by Sit Investment Associates: Carrie MesrobianSex & Violence – published by Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group*
After an assault that leaves seventeen-year-old Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota—which may offer him his best shot at making sense of his life again. Mesrobian teaches at the Loft Literary Center. This is her first book.

At the Book Awards gala on April 5, Mark Vinz received the previously announced Kay Sexton Award, for his lifelong contributions to Minnesota’s literary community. One of the finest, most respected figures in the state’s literary history, Vinz served as a professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead for forty years where he mentored countless emerging writers and left a lasting mark on the literary culture at MSU. During his years there, he directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing and co-directed the Tom McGrath Visiting Writers Series from 1986 to 2006. The Award is sponsored by Common Good Books.

Also presented was the seventh annual Book Artist Award, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group and Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). The award, presented to Fred Hagstrom – a distinguished professor of art at Carleton College since 1984 – recognizes the book artist for excellence of a new artistic work and demonstrated proficiency and quality in the book arts, as well as an ongoing commitment and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. His award-winning piece, Passage, examines the historic tragedy of the slave trade using archival photographs of former slaves combined with hand-drawn diagrams depicting the inhumane conditions aboard slave ships. These images are paired with selected texts from two historical books that were important for building opposition to the slave trade: An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade by Thomas Clarkson, 1788, and Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Color by A. Mott, 1837.
Hagstrom’s work is currently being shown at St. Paul’s Central Library, 90 W. 4th St., through April, and will be exhibited at other library locations statewide during the year.

Finally, Gwen Westerman and Bruce White were awarded the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award for Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota – published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. This award, supported by the Hognander Family Foundation, recognizes and celebrates the most outstanding scholarly work published in 2012 or 2013 on a topic of Minnesota history. Westerman is professor of English and Humanities at Minnesota State University in Mankato. White is author of We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People.

Books written by a Minnesotan and first published in 2013 were eligible for the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards. 242 books were nominated for awards this year, and 32 books were selected as finalists. The winners were chosen by panels of judges from the list of finalists. Nominations for next year’s Awards will open in August, 2014. For more information on the Book Awards process, and a complete list of finalists and winners since 1988, visit www.mnbookawards.org.

The Book Awards gala will be broadcast on future dates on Saint Paul Neighborhood Network and TPT-MN Channel.

Learn more about the books here.

The 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards is a project of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. Statewide outreach partners include: the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPSLA); the Loft Literary Center; Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA); Minnesota Department of Education—State Library Services; and Minnesota Educational Media Organization. Media sponsors include: Minnesota Public Radio, Pioneer Press, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), and TPT-Minnesota Channel. Major funding for the Book Awards was provided by 3M Library Systems; the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts; the Huss Foundation; the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered through the Office of State Library Services; Alerus Financial; Books for Africa; Education Minnesota; GovDelivery; MSR Architects; Minnesota AFL-CIO; Sit Investment Associates; and Wellington Management, Inc.

*indicates a Minnesota-based publisher

New Google Stories video profiles Saint Paul Public Library’s WORKplace

SAINT PAUL – Saint Paul Public Library’s Mobile WORKplace program is the focus of a newly released Google Stories video, Saint Paul Public Library: Sharing More Than Books. Google Stories features people around the world who demonstrate passion and a desire to improve their communities. Google’s newest video profiles the library’s WORKplace program, which provides computer training and job search assistance in several languages for people in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Lorraine Yurshansky, writer/director of the Google Stories video, was motivated to tell the story of how Saint Paul Public Library’s Mobile WORKplace serves the critical needs of Saint Paul’s new immigrant communities.

The Twin Cities is home to the largest populations of Somali, Hmong, and Karen people outside of their native countries. Many people from these communities are new to the United States and to the technology that is so commonplace here. Access to digital and workforce skills is essential for community members and the city of Saint Paul to thrive.

Saint Paul Public Library’s Mobile WORKplace program offers computer access, skills training, and job search assistance at community centers, schools, public housing facilities, and other sites. Classes are offered in Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Karen, Amharic, Spanish, and English.

“We are going out to the community so there are fewer barriers to learning. We help people develop their skills, and they, in turn, make Saint Paul better and stronger,” said Pang Yang, community services coordinator for Saint Paul Public Library.

Saint Paul Public Library’s Mobile WORKplace has received generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Otto Bremer Foundation; and The Institute of Museum and Library Services in conjunction with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, which administers federal LSTA grants.

About Saint Paul Public Library

Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes and more. We’re located in 12 neighborhood libraries, Central Library and the Bookmobile. Visit us in your neighborhood or online at sppl.org.

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The Minnesota Book Awards, presented by 3M Library Systems, announces 26th annual MNBA finalists

Minnesota Book AwardsSAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 25, 2014The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and 3M Library Systems are pleased to announce the finalists in all eight categories for the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Chosen on Saturday, January 25, by 24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community – the finalists in each category are:

Children’s Literature, sponsored by Books For Africa:

The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers)
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers)
Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
Peep Leap by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello (Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Publishing)

General Nonfiction, sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Evil Men by James Dawes (Harvard University Press)
Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War by Larry Haeg (University of Minnesota Press)
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII by Jack El-Hai (PublicAffairs Books/Perseus Books Group)
Soda Shop Salvation: Recipes and Stories from the Sweeter Side of Prohibition by Rae Katherine Eighmey (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Genre Fiction, sponsored by Alerus Financial:

The Book of Killowen by Erin Hart (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman (Quercus)
Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Wolves by Cary J. Griffith (Adventure Publications)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, sponsored by GovDelivery:

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder and the Light from an Ancient Sky by Kent Nerburn (New World Library)
Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert (Beacon Press)
Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi by Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan (University Press of Kentucky)
We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter by Rachael Hanel (University of Minnesota Press)

Minnesota, sponsored by MSR Architects:

A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts by Sue Leaf (University of Minnesota Press)
Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront by Penny A. Petersen (University of Minnesota Press)
Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison by W. Jackson Rushing III and Kristin Makholm (University of Oklahoma Press)
Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities by Julie L. Davis (University of Minnesota Press)

Novel & Short Story, sponsored by Education Minnesota:

Let the Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labiner (Coffee House Press)
Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman (Soho Press)
The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford (Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers)
Vacationland by Sarah Stonich (University of Minnesota Press)

Poetry, sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.:

Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen (Louisiana State University Press)
The First Flag by Sarah Fox (Coffee House Press)
It Becomes You by Dobby Gibson (Graywolf Press)
Slip by Cullen Bailey Burns (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

Young People’s Literature, sponsored by Sit Investment Associates:

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi with graphics by Craig Phillips (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books)
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Publishers)
Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group)
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick Press)

Learn more about the books here.

Award winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 5, at the historic Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street East, Lowertown, Saint Paul. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available by visiting www.thefriends.org or calling 651-222-3242.

Three special awards for contributions to Minnesota’s literary and artistic community will be presented on April 5, as well. Fred Hagstrom will receive the seventh annual Minnesota Book Artist Award, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group and presented with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). A distinguished professor of art at Carleton College since 1984, Hagstrom came to the book arts through a long background in printmaking. An exhibit featuring his work is on display in the Cowles Literary Commons at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, now through March 30.

The Kay Sexton Award, sponsored by Common Good Books, honors a lifetime contribution to the literary community, and the 2014 winner will be announced in late February. The Kay Sexton Award is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Minnesota. The award is named for Kay Sexton, a book buyer for many years at Dayton’s and B. Dalton Bookstores in the Twin Cities.

Finally, an announcement of the winner of the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award, sponsored by the Hognander Family Foundation, will be made in early March. This award recognizes and celebrates the most outstanding scholarly work by an author on a topic of Minnesota history published in the previous two years.

For additional information on the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards or the Gala, please visit www.thefriends.org or call 651-366-6497. The Minnesota Book Awards, presented by 3M Library Systems, is a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Generous support for the Book Awards has been provided by the Huss Foundation; The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; and The McKnight Foundation. Outreach partners and supporting organizations include: The Loft Literary Center; Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA); Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Minnesota Department of Education—State Library Services; and Minnesota Educational Media Organization.

About The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library:
Currently celebrating its 69th year, The Friends is a nonprofit membership organization which supports the Saint Paul Public Library through private fundraising, advocacy, cultural programming and public awareness activities, and shares knowledge and expertise to strengthen libraries and library organizations everywhere. Since 2006, The Friends has led the Minnesota Book Awards and serves as the Minnesota Center for the Book – the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. For more information, contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or visit www.thefriends.org.

Contact:
Bailey Veesenmeyer, Program Coordinator
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
651-366-6497
mnbookawards@thefriends.org

 

Minnesota Book Awards Announces 2014 Book Artist Award Winner

Fred Hagstrom was named the 2014 Minnesota Book Artist Award winner for his new piece entitled “Passage.” His work will be displayed in the second floor literary commons of the Open Book, January 24 through March 30, with an opening reception on Friday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m.

passage-thumbThe Minnesota Book Awards is pleased to announce Fred Hagstrom as the winner of the 2014 Minnesota Book Artist Award sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. This annual award, presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Minnesota Book Awards, recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence of a new artistic work, demonstrated proficiency and quality in the book arts through three pieces of supporting previous work, as well as an ongoing commitment and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. The award was previously presented to Jana Pullman (2013), Cave Paper’s Bridget O’Malley and Amanda Degener (2012), Regula Russelle (2011), Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling (2010), Paulette Myers-Rich (2009), and Jody Williams (2008).

A distinguished professor of art at Carleton College since 1984, Fred Hagstrom came to the book arts through a long background in printmaking. His recent work focuses on historical subjects, juxtaposing archival photographs with carefully chosen text to produce work both visually rich and emotionally provocative. His award-winning piece, Passage, examines the historic tragedy of the slave trade using archival photographs of former slaves combined with hand-drawn diagrams depicting the inhumane conditions aboard slave ships. These images are paired with selected texts from two historical books that were important for building opposition to the slave trade: An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade by Thomas Clarkson, 1788, and Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Person of Color by A.Mott, 1837.

Hagstrom teaches printmaking, drawing, art and narrative, and artist’s books at Carleton College. He received his BA from Hamline University in Saint Paul and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, he studied at the University of Chicago for one year, as well as under S.W. Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, France. His prints have been shown in galleries throughout the United States and are featured in numerous museum collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center. Hagstrom’s awards and honors include several research, travel, and development grants, as well as prestigious national printmaking awards. He has also received fellowships through the McKnight and Blandin Foundations.

An exhibit celebrating Hagstrom’s work runs January 24 through March 30 in the second floor literary commons of the Open Book building, 1011 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis. A reception showcasing the exhibit and honoring Hagstrom takes place Friday, January 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Open Book, with a brief program and presentation at 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and features live music, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. Exhibits of Hagstrom’s work will also be featured at other venues throughout the state this year, including Saint Paul’s Central Library this spring.

Hagstrom will receive special recognition and an award at the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Saint Paul’s Union Depot. Awards will be presented that evening to the winners of eight book categories (Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature), the Kay Sexton Award, sponsored by Common Good Books, and the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award. Gala tickets will go on sale in late January.

The Minnesota Book Awards, presented by 3M Library Systems, is a statewide, year-round outreach program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in partnership with the Saint Paul Public Library and City of Saint Paul. Explore this website or call 651-366-6497 for more information about the Minnesota Book Awards. Visit www.mnbookarts.org or call 612-215-2527 for more information about Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

About the Minnesota Book Awards:

The Minnesota Book Awards (MNBA) was created in 1988 by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and other organizations as a part of the Festival of the Book. Awards are presented each year to books in eight categories by Minnesota writers or illustrators, as well as the Kay Sexton Award, Book Artist Award, and the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award. Through its work with MNBA, The Friends was designated the Minnesota Center for the Book, a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To find out more about MNBA and the Center for the Book, please visit www.thefriends.org/mnbookawards.

Contact:

Bailey Veesenmeyer, Minnesota Book Awards Coordinator
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
651-366-6497
bailey@thefriends.org