Current Book Entries

Entries for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards

Finalists to be announced on Saturday, January 28, 2017

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Jumps to category | Children’s Literature | General Nonfiction | Genre FictionMemoir & Creative Nonfiction | Middle Grade Literature | Minnesota | Novel & Short Story | Poetry | Young People’s Literature |


Children’s Literature:

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

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

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

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

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

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General Nonfiction:

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

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

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Genre Fiction:

The Devereaux Deity by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Goodbye to the Dead by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

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

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

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

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

Sarah’s Sound by Gary Crask (Gary Crask)

Tyranny Begins by Elizabeth Hatcher True (Mill City Press)

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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Accidentally Green: Building an Organic Livelihood by Gene 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)

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

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

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)

Wondahful Mammaries by Peggy Keener (Publishers ExpressPress)

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

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Middle Grade Literature:

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

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

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

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

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

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Minnesota:

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

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Novel & Short Story:

Amateurs by Dylan Hicks (Coffee House Press)

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

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

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

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Poetry:

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

Blindsight by Greg Hewett (Coffee House Press)

H is for Harry by Susan Sink (North Star Press)

Island Attitudes by Vicki Mickelson (Peppertree Press)

May Day by Gretchen Marquette (Graywolf Press)

Meridian by Mark Maire (Codhill Press)

Natural Disasters by Erica Rivera (Erica Rivera)

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

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

Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press)

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Young Adult Literature:

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

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

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

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