Current Book Entries

Entries for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards

Last Updated: 11/17/16

Finalists to be announced on Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Children’s Picture Book:

A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms by Belinda Jensen, illustrated by Renée Kurilla (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

The Brave Little Puppy by Lori Evert, photographs by Per Breiehagen (Random House Books For Young Readers)

Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden (Henry Holt and Co.)

Christmas in the Northern Lands by Chuck Haavik and Aaron Kloss (Wise Ink Creative Publishers)

Don’t be Sad, Sad Sally by Sally Dufner, illustrated by Alexis Thompson (Xlibris)

Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Friends in Fur Coats by Claire Buchwald and Sarah Buchlaw, illustrated by Rebecca Evans (The Gryphon Press)

How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

Maggie and Wendel: Imagine Everything! by Cori Doerrfeld (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Mama Loved to Worry by Maryann Weidt, illustrations by Rachael Balsaitis (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love by Aurora Whittet (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Manners Are Not for Monkeys by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by David Huyck (Kids Can Press)

Max Speed by Stephen Shaskan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Miss Elephonse of Africa by Kathy Schoen (Mill Street Publishers)

Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins by Chris Monroe (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Monster & Son by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Joey Chou (Chronicle Books)

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

One North Star: A Counting Book by Phyllis Root, illustrations by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen (University of Minnesota Press)

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch, illustrated by Mia Posada (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

Punk Skunks by Trisha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Stephen Shaskan (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

The Search for Beltrami’s Heart by John R. Eggers, illustrations by Chris Pash (WOWTeaching Creations)

Sera Toujours: A Daddy’s Love Will Always Be by Tim Pearson, illustrated by Amy Lynn (Forty Press)

Storm’s Coming! by Margi Preus, illustrations by David Geister (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Super Animal Powers: The Amazing Abilities of Animals by Ryan Jacobson, photographs by Stan Tekiela (Adventure Publications)

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (Chronicle Books)

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photographs by Wing Young Huie (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

This Is NOT A Cat! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Sterling Children’s Books)

Treasure’s Gift by Laurie Hanson, illustrated by Darcy Bell-Myers (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova, woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski (University of Minnesota Press)

When Grammy Comes to Play by Karen Wiswell and Kristine Rauenhorst, illustrated by Shelley Dieterichs (Lilja Press)

Wonderfall by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers)

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)

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General Nonfiction:

Alzheimer’s Gifts by Rick Naymark (Gentili Press)

Baby Bare: A Bottom-Up Approach to Growing Strong Brains and Bodies by Stephanie Johnson (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil (University of Minnesota Press)

Creating a Real School: Lake Country School Montessori Environments 1976-1996 by Larry and Pat Schaefer, with Lori Studrevant (Nodin Press)

The Deep Well of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom by Michael J. Dorer (Parent Child Press)

Defining Moments: Finding God in the Midst of It All by Queen (Ms. Marlene’s Office LLC)

Designing Our Way to a Better World by Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota Press)

Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates by John Whitman (University of Minnesota Press)

The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures (Melville House Publishing)

Hedonistic Hops by Marie & Michael Porter (Celebration Generation)

Hello, Little One by Douglas Wood, photography by Katharina Wood (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise by Jim L. Bowyer (Levins Publishing)

La Familia: An International Love Story by Mary Martin (Mano a Mano International)

Militaria From the Pacific War: Discovering Their Stories by J. Forrest Pollard (James Pollard)

Night Sky with the Naked Eye: How to Find Planets, Constellations, Satellites and Other Night Sky Wonders Without a Telescope by Bob King (Page Street Publishing Co.)

Now That I’m Here, What Should I Be Doing?: Discover Life’s Purpose by Bill Harley & Jean Harley (Wisdom Editions)

Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points by Lynn Garthwaite (Blue Spectrum Books)

Playing for Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IX by Diane LeBlanc and Allys Swanson (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside by Heidi Barr (Avenida Books)

Racing Age by Angela Jimenez (Angela Jimenez Photography)

Rescue and Train Service Dogs by Tom Coleman (Tom Coleman)

Stress Free from Rainy Day Syndrome: A Practical Guide to End Stress, Restore Calm, and Find Happiness by Geoffrey Saign (KiraKu Press)

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy (Graywolf Press)

The Ulysses Delusion: Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit by Cecilia Konchar Farr (Palgrave Macmillan)

The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World by Deanna A. Thompson (Abingdon Press)

The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It by Shawn Otto (Milkweed Editions)

We All Do Better: Economic Priorities for a Land of Opportunity by David Bly (Levins Publishing)

What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods by John Pastor (Island Press)

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Genre Fiction:

Black Otter Bay by Vincent Wyckoff (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Boondoggle by Mark Rapacz (280 Steps)

The Born and the Made by Robert Spande (Robert Spande)

Crosshairs on Castro by John Harrigan (John Harrigan)

Dead Too Long by Ron Handberg (Forty Press)

Demon in the Hole: A Thriller by Richard A. Thompson (Conquill Press)

The Devereaux Deity by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Goodbye to the Dead by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

Hard to Breathe by Tom Combs (Evoke Publishing)

The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books)

In Plain Sight: A Jon Wells Novel by Greg Gardner (Greg Gardner)

Interlocking Monsters by Heidi Arneson (Stick Pony Press)

Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt (Berkley/Penguin Random House)

Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana (James A. Zarzana)

The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors: A Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery by Julie Seedorf (Cozy Cat Press)

Rise of the Spring Tide by James Stitt (James Stitt)

Sagar’s Tale by James Stitt (James Stitt)

Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Worldwide)

Sarah’s Sound by Gary Crask (Gary Crask)

The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House)

South Texas Tangle by T.K. O’Neill (Bluestone Press)

Stealing the Countess by David Housewright (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)

The Truth About Mallory Bain by Clare Hexom (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Tyranny Begins by Elizabeth Hatcher True (Mill City Press)

Warrior’s Revenge by Sherry Roberts (Osmyrrah Publishing)

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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Accidentally Green: Building an Organic Livelihood by Gene R. Stark (Gene Stark)

Africa’s Child by Maria Nhambu (Dancing Twiga Press)

Bright Yellow by Barbara Svedahl (Mill City Press)

Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun by Marge Rogers Barrett (Antrim House)

Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family by Ben Utecht, with Mark Tabb (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster)

Do-Over: An Accidental Template for Scaling the Abyss by Maureen Anderson (Periwinkle Press)

Family Whispers of Love: Cherished Memories with Recipes by Jacklyn Marie Milton (Planting People Growing Justice Press)

Fat Old Woman in Las Vegas: Gambling, Dieting and Wicked Fun by Pat Dennis (Penury Press LLC)

Guitarlo by Arlo Hennings (Hear2Ear Records and Books)

Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food by Beatrice Ojakangas (University of Minnesota Press)

House of Fire: A Story of Love, Courage, and Transformation by Elizabeth di Grazia (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland by Michelle Leon (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Inadvertent Café by Brent Olson (Kirk House Publishers)

Just Keep Shooting: My Youth in Manhattan: Memoir of a Midwestern Girl in the 1950s and 1960s by Judy McConnell (Judy McConnell)

Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time by Rachel Chadima (Two Harbors Press)

Living Seminole by Edna DeHass Siniff, art and sketches by Nancy Larkin (ElderBerry Publishing/CMP Publishing Group, LLC)

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm ─ from Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen (Avery/Penguin Random House)

Love, Hilma Letters Home and Family Stories from a First-Generation American and World War II Nurse by Karen Lindesmith (Little Sand Press)

The Marginal Woman: Loving, Living, and Breaking Boundaries in a Pre-Feminist World by Shirley White  Pearl (Ideal Living Press)

Miles of Memories: One Woman’s Journey to all 50 States by Lori Spangler (Mill City Press)

Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis by R.T. Rybak (University of Minnesota Press)

Running Home: Big-League Wife, Small-Town Story by Alisha Perkins (Mill City Press)

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company)               

Standing in Deep Water: Overcoming the Infectious Legacy of the Hitler Youth by Kristin D. Anderson (Tangram Books)

Tell Me Exactly What Happened: Dispatches from 911 by Caroline Burau (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Ten: Five Five by Royal Hettling (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

This Is Where I Am: A Memoir by Zeke Caligiuri (University of Minnesota Press)

The Thunder Before the Storm: The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt by Clyde Bellecourt, as told to Jon Lurie (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Triptych by April Vinding (Wipf & Stock)

Wondahful Mammaries by Peggy Keener (Publishers ExpressPress)

You must only to love them: Lessons Learned in Turkey by Ann Marie Mershon (Maple Hill Publishing)

Your Story is Your Medicine: A Prescription for Healing in an Imperfect World by Shelli Stanger Nelson (Motivational Press)

We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories by Fred Amram (Holy Cow! Press)

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Middle Grade Literature:

The Amazing World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Journey Through the Mesozoic Era by James Kuether (Adventure Publications)

Benwise Larsen’s Last Christmas in Minnesota by Michael Fridgen (Dreamlly Books)

Drasine: WhipEye Chronicles, Book 3 by Geoffrey Saign (KiraKu Press)

The Forgetting Machine by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)

The Great Skeeter Battle: Bubblegum Mike, Book 1 by Geoffrey Saign (KiraKu Press)

Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack by Joanna Dymond (Birchtree Publishing Group Ltd.)

The Last Ma-Loo by Dean Ammerman (Kabloona)

Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)

Lylian: Lost Land of the Lytles by Thom Sandberg (Whizbang Press)

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

The Search for the Homestead Treasure by Ann Treacy (University of Minnesota Press)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (Algonquin Young Readers)

The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O’Reilly (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Shine by Neil Pascale (Neil Pascale)

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan)

Tilly’s Top-Secret Trapdoor by Maureen Bartone (Maureen Bartone)

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press)

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Minnesota:

A Legacy Unrivaled: The Story of John Gagliardi by Boz Bostrom (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits by Jim Walsh (University of Minnesota Press)

The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape by Cheri Register (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Dishing Up Minnesota: 150 Recipes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes by Teresa Marrone, photography by David Paul Schmit (Storey Publishing)

Edwin H. Lundie: Five Decades, A Journey of Art & Architecture by Peter O’Toole (Artist Book Press, Ltd.)

The Fighting Frenchman: Minnesota’s Boxing Legend Scott LeDoux by Paul Levy (University of Minnesota Press)

The Ford Century in Minnesota by Brian McMahon (University of Minnesota Press)

Heart of St. Paul: A History of the Pioneer and Endicott Buildings by Larry Millett (Minnesota Museum of American Art)

Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis by Daniel Corrigan and Danny Sigelman (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Humans of Minneapolis by Stephanie Glaros (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis by James Eli Shiffer  (University of Minnesota Press)

Laird’s Legacy: A History of the Winona Public Library by Greg Gaut (Friends of the Winona Public Library, Inc.)

Let’s Go Fishing! Fish Tales from the North Woods by Eric Dregni (University of Minnesota Press)

Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior by Elizabeth Ann Bartlett (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

MN Invents: Volume 1 by Jeff Johnson and Sam Smith (Replace Inc.)

Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead by Adrian Lee (Calumet Editions)

A Photographic Guide to Some Common Wasps and Bees of Minnesota by Scott King (Thistlewords Press)

Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné by Gary B. Christensen, biography by Stephen A. Gjertson (Afton Historical Society Press)

Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking by Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota by Frank M. White (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America by Beth Blair (Unofficial Guides/Keen Communications)

U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings by Steve Berg (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

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Novel & Short Story:

Amateurs by Dylan Hicks (Coffee House Press)

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (Unnamed Press)

Boyfriends by Bonnie West (InkTears)

Canoes in Winter: Beneath the Surface by Bob Guelker (5 Pines Publishing)

Do Not Find Me by Kathleen Novak (The Permanent Press)

The Enigma of Iris Murphy: Stories by Maureen Millea Smith (Livingston Press)

First, You Swallow the Moon by Kipp Wessel (radialGRAIN)

Flying Goats in Agadir by Kirstin Ruth Bratt (Dahlia Publishing)

Granola, Mn by Susanne Aspley (WTF Press)

House of Large Sizes by Ian Leask (Calumet Editions)

Hyena’s Tree by Thomas J. Larson (THEAQ LLC Publishing)

Inhabited by Charlie Quimby (Torrey House Press)

Killing the Devil and Other Excellent Tricks by Parnell Thill (Parnell Thill)

Knockout: Stories by John Jodzio (Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint Press)

Lady in the Moon: A Novel in Stories by Connie Claire Szarke (Heron Bay Publishing)

LaRose by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins Publishers)

Mothers Hurling Bricks by Bill Nemmers (Calumet Editions)

Mudge’s Best Short Stories by Frederick Blanch (Three Waters Publishing, LLC)

A Notion of Pelicans by Donna Salli (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Perfume River Nights by Michael P. Maurer (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

The Tao of Nookomis by Thomas D. Peacock (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

Unzipping the Parka: Stories of Minnesotans Doing Very Un-Minnesotan Things by Brian Landon (Landon Books LLC)

Wintering by Peter Geye (Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House)

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Poetry:

23 Poems by Thom Tammaro (Red Dragonfly Press)

A jar of PETALS by Frederick Blanch (P. Hanson Marketing, Inc.)

The Address to Your Heart by Deborah Fee, illustrated by Ara Elizabeth Schmidt (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Between Us by Margaret Hasse (Nodin Press)

Blindsight by Greg Hewett (Coffee House Press)

Buried Choirs by Katharine Rauk (Tinderbox Editions)

Cataloging the Flow: Elegy by John Calvin Rezmerski (Red Dragonfly Press)

Cow Calls in Dalarna by Bart Sutter (Red Dragonfly Press)

The Field by Tim Nolan (New Rivers Press)

Findley Place: A Street, a Ballpark, a Neighborhood by Rita Moe (Rita Moe)

Flucht by Michelle Matthees (New Rivers Press)

Good at Being Me: Accumulated Wisdom & Cautionary Tales by David Lee Andersen (Andersen by Design LLC)

Good Thunder, Blue Earth by Susan Stevens Chambers (River Place Press)

H is for Harry by Susan Sink (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.)

The Ice-Cream Vigils: Last Poems by Philip Dacey (Red Dragonfly Press)

Island Attitudes by Vicki Mickelson (Peppertree Press)

Jesus of Walmart by Richard Broderick (NYQ Books/The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc.)

The Kiss of Walt Whitman Still on My Lips by Raymond Luczak (Squares & Rebels)

May Day by Gretchen Marquette (Graywolf Press)

Meridian by Mark Maire (Codhill Press)

Midnight River by Laura Hansen (NFSPS Press)

The Moment’s Only Moment by Emilie Buchwald (Nodin Press)

Natural Disasters by Erica Rivera (Erica Rivera)

Ode to Beautiful by Sandra Sidman Larson (Finishing Line Press)

Paint with Words by Anthony Swann (Birchtree Publishing Group Ltd.)

The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives by Linda LeGarde Grover (Red Mountain Press)

The Somnambulist by Lara Mimosa Montes (Horse Less Press)

Surge by Opal C McCarthy (Tinderbox Editions)

swift, bright, drift by Diane Jarvenpa (Red Dragonfly Press)

Tiptoe and Whisper by Janaya Martin (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Tula by Chris Santiago (Milkweed Editions)

Two Men Rowing Madly Toward Infinity by William Reichard (Broadstone Books)

Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press)

Ventriloquy by Athena Kildegaard (Tinderbox Editions)

Yes Thorn by Amy Munson (Tupelo Press)

You This Close by Su Smallen (Red Dragonfly Press)

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Young Adult Literature:

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (HarperTeen)

Avalanche by Melinda Braun (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster)

Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan (Clean Teen Publishing)

Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)

Edge the Bare Garden by Roseanne Cheng (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark (Harper Teen/HarperCollins Publishers)

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown (Albert Whitman & Company)

Ice-Out by Mary Casanova (University of Minnesota Press)

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group)

Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

The Memory Book by Lara Avery (Poppy/Little, Brown and Company)

Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, art by E. Eero Johnson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House)

Shadows of the Dark Crystal by J.M. Lee (Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Random House)

Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills (Candlewick Press)

Wyshea Shadows: Divided Draghons, Book 1 by Geoffrey Saign (KiraKu Press)

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