Current Submissions

The following books have been submitted for the 31st annual Minnesota Book Awards. Finalists will be announced January 26, 2019.

Children’s Picture Book:

A to Z Come Read With Me by Gary Harbo (Kutie Kari Books, Inc.)

ABC Death by Shane Hawley, illustrated by Joel Erkkinen (Button Poetry)

Abel and Mabel, Leaf Long Friends by Brent Nelson (Heather Hill)

Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest by Aimée Bissonette, illustrated by Doris Ettlinger (Sleeping Bear Press)

Amazing Africa: A to Z by Dr. Artika R. Tyner and Monica Habia, illustrated by Reyhana Ismail (Planting People Growing Justice Press)

Americans by Douglas Wood, illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Be Gentle with Me by Nadine Turner Jordan (Page Publishing)

Being You by Alexs Pate, illustrated by Soud (Capstone/Capstone Editions)

Best Friends in the Universe by Stephanie Watson, illustrations by LeUyen Pham (Orchard Books)

Big Cat, Little Fox by Cheryl Stephani, illustrated by Margarita Sikorskaia (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Case of the Missing Poodle, a Detective Ducky Story by Ben Kubicek (self-published)

Claire’s Hair: A Tale of Hair, Heart, and Humor by Mary Bleckwehl, illustrated by Sara J. Weingartner (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Go Away, Mama! by Chelsea Fadden, illustrated by Elly Sebastian (Beavers Pond Press)

Good Rosie by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Candlewick Press)

Hannah’s Tall Order: An A to Z Sandwich by Linda Vander Heyden, illustrated by Kayla Harren (Sleeping Bear Press)

Healing the Storm by Pario Max (Pario Max Corp.)

How Many? A Counting Book by Christopher Danielson (Stenhouse Publishers)

Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova, woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski (University of Minnesota Press)

I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn, illustrated by Jeanine-Jonee Keith (Growing Communities for Peace)

Isle of You by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jaime Kim (Candlewick Press)

Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo by Dr. Artika Tyner, illustrated by Broderick Poole (In Black Ink)

Life in the Neck: New Friends by Diane Davies, illustrated by Margarita Sikorskaia (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Light Up the States by Debbie Hoven (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Meet My Family!: Animal Babies and Their Families by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

Mr. Rondo’s Spirit: A Story of a Man & His Community by Ericka Dennis, illustrated by Mychal Batson (In Black Ink)

The Mukluk Ball by Katharine Johnson, illustrated by Alicia Schwab (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books For Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers)

Sampsiration by Samuel Jacobs (Bukola Oriola Group)

Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Paula Wiseman Books)

Snow Day!: A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms by CA Nobens (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Today Is a Baptism Day by Anna V. Ostenso Moore, illustrated by Peter Krueger (Church Publishing Incorporated)

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army by Art Coulson, illustrated by Nick Hardcastle (Capstone/Capstone Editions)

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Mangal, illustrated by Luisa Uribe (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

When Everything Was Everything by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, illustrated by Cori Nakamura Lin (Full Circle Publishing, LLC)

When I Fly With Papa by Claudia May, illustrated by Jena Holliday (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Where’s Duke? by Daniel Urshan (Lake Superior Marketing)

General Nonfiction:

Behind the Book: Eleven Authors on Their Path to Publication by Chris Mackenzie Jones (University of Chicago Press)

The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World by John D. Bessler (Carolina Academic Press)

Connections by Charles R. Stinson Architects (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery (HarperOne)

Economic Uncertainty by Brent Nelson (Heather Hill)

Getting to Know Your Child’s Brain by Tressa Reisetter (Calumet Editions)

The Girls Are Gone by Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Journey: The Gift of Being a Psychic Medium by Lisa Andres (self-published)

Letters from Elvis: Shocking Revelations to a Secret Confidante by Gary Lindberg (Calumet Editions)

Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (Skinner House Books)

Planting SEADS: Southeast Asian Diaspora Stories by Chanida Phaengdara Potter, mk nguyen, Narate Keys, and Pheng Thao (The SEAD Project)

Prairie Imperialists: the Indian Country Origins of American Empire by Katharine Bjork (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Prince: Before the Rain by Allen Beaulieu (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property by Martin Case (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook by Wariyaa (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing by David Mura (The University of Georgia Press)

Those People: The True Character of the Homeless by Richard Bahr (Huff Publishing Associates)

Untamed Mushrooms: From Field to Table by Michael Karns, Dennis Becker, and Lisa Golden Schroeder (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Victory Motorcycles 1998-2017 by Michael Dapper and Lee Klancher (Octane Press)

Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football by Roger R. Tamte (University of Illinois Press)

Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company by C. Roger Pellett (Wayne State University Press)

Wildly Successful Farming: Sustainability and the New Agricultural Land Ethic by Brian DeVore (University of Wisconsin Press)

Genre Fiction:

Alter Ego by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

The Coyote by Pete Simons (self-published)

Darkness by Barry Smith (self-published)

Darkness, Sing Me A Song by David Housewright (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb (Lake Union)

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books)

Dive Bartender: Sibling Rivalry by T.K. O’Neill (Bluestone Press)

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Books)

Fatal Score by John Rogers (Gotuit Publishing LLC)

Filipino Stowaway by Jerry Hines (self-published)

The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy (Crooked Lane Books)

The Holdouts by James Tucker (Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing)

Hound of God by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Imperfect Memories by Jody Wenner (self-published)

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books)

Like To Die by David Housewright (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)

Mercy’s Chase by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Publications)

Nightfall by Brian Lutterman (Conquill Press)

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens (Mulholland Books)

The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman (Thomas & Mercer)

Voice of the Elders by Greg Ripley (Calumet Editions)

Where Privacy Dies by Priscilla Paton (Coffeetown Press)

A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)

The Wizard of Suomen by Ethelinda Webb (self-published)

Wrongful Deaths by Tom Combs (Evoke Publishing)

Zimbabwe Hustle by Nate Granzow (self-published)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter by Lonnie Dupre, with Pam Louwagie (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl (Viking/Penguin Random House)

Athena: A Greek-American Woman’s Resistance to the Nazis and the Greek Junta by Athena Mihos Psyhogios Henderson and James C. Henderson (self-published)

Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis (Old Road Publishing)

Buoyancy: A Memoir by Jeannie Piekos (self-published)

Chinese-Ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author by Michael Fedo (Holy Cow! Press)

Draftee (A Buffoon in Vietnam) by Mark S. Peters (self-published)

Enchanted: Reflections from a Joyfully Green and Frugally Rich Life by Holly Jorgensen (Northern Holly Creations, LLC)

Everything Lost Is Found Again: Four Seasons in Lesotho by Will McGrath (Dzanc Books)

German Awakening: Tales of an American Life by Amy Hallberg (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor’s Account of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure by Kimberly J. Brown (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press)

Into the Backlands: a Peace Corps Memoir by Kenneth E. Dugan Fliés (Lost Lake Folk Art/Shipwreckt Books)

It’s Never Going To Work: A Tale of Art and Nonprofits in the Minneapolis Community by Jamie Schumacher (Marjorie Books)

Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir by Ty Sassaman (Mill City Press)

Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi by Wang Ping (The University of Georgia Press)

Maja and Me: My Journey with My Lesbian Daughter by Mary Rose Knutson (Paddle Press)

My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love by Dessa (Penguin Random House)

Pawns: The Farm, Nebish, Minnesota, 1950s by Wendell Affield (self-published)

The Shape of a Hundred Hips by Patricia Cumbie (BinkBooks/Bedazzled Ink Publishing)

Sister Secrets: A Brother’s Reveal by Matthew Valan (North Dakota State University Press)

Those Three Words: A Birth Mother’s Story of Choice, Chance & Motherhood by Christine Bauer (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Two Homelands: A Historian Considers His Life and Work by Odd S. Lovoll (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Latter-day Saints by Marilène Phipps (Calumet Editions)

Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life by Dianna Hunter (University of Minnesota Press)

Middle Grade Literature:

Ask the Archbishop by Archbishop Bernard Hebda (Catholic Schools Center of Excellence)

Can Any Bunny Be An Easter Bunny? by Mary Ann Waldron, illustrated by Monica Zrust (Minnesota Heritage Publishing)

The Collectors by Jacqueline West (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Dear Sister by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Joe Bluhm (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump: A Russian Folk Tale by Pyotr Yershov, retold by Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota Press)

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

I Can Learn Social Skills!: Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up by Benjamin Farrey-Latz (Free Spirit Publishing)

The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick Press)

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

My Sister Steals My Toys by Steve Hanson (Glow Word Books)

The Ostrich and Other Lost Things by Beth Hautala (Philomel Books/Penguin Random House)

Otherwood by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)

Owen and Eleanor Move In by H.M. Bouwman (Sparkhouse Family)

The Truth About Martians by Melissa Savage (Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)

The Tukor’s Journey by Jeannine Kellogg (Jagged Compass LLC)

Two Crows from Mar-Kett by Barry Smith (self-published)

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876 by William D. Green (University of Minnesota Press)

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946-1954 by Susan Bartlett Foote (University of Minnesota Press)

Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal that Shook Minneapolis by Erik Rivenes (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Don Fraser: Minnesota’s Quiet Crusader by Iric Nathanson (Nodin Press)

Edwin H. Lundie ~ Companion ~ The Office of an Architect by Peter J. O’Toole (Artist Book Press, Ltd.)

A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities by John J. Moriarty, photography by Siah L. St. Clair (University of Minnesota Press)

Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade by Timothy Cochrane (University of Minnesota Press)

The Girl in Building C: The True Story of a Teenage Tuberculosis Patient by Mary Krugerud (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-Winning Recipes from the Star Tribune’s Holiday Cookie Contest by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson, photography by Tom Wallace (University of Minnesota Press)

Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters by Cary J. Griffith (University of Minnesota Press)

Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment by Grant J. Merritt (University of Minnesota Press)

Metropolitan Dreams: The Scandalous Rise and Stunning Fall of a Minneapolis Masterpiece by Larry Millett (University of Minnesota Press)

Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior by Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure (Zenith City Press)

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between by Phyllis Root, photography by Kelly Povo (University of Minnesota Press)

Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota: The Complete Guide to Species Identification by Welby R. Smith, photography by Richard Haug (University of Minnesota Press)

St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift, photography by Craig Blacklock, essay by Walter F. Mondale (Blacklock Photography Galleries)

Ten Yards Beyond the Finish Line: Coach Roy Griak, A Journey in Maroon and Gold by Donald Timm, with Lindsay Nielsen (Calumet Editions)

Thank You For Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores by Kristal Leebrick (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

When Republicans Were Progressive by Dave Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Wild and Rare: Tracking Endangered Species in the Upper Midwest by Adam Regn Arvidson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Novel & Short Story:

The Arch by Gary Crask (self-published)

The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard: A Novel by Kathleen Novak (The Permanent Press)

Back to Willow Pond by Diane Ganzer Baum (Avis Readers Publishing Group)

Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny by Thomas D. Peacock (Holy Cow! Press)

Beneath the Same Heaven by Anne Marie Grewal (Open Books)

The Beyond Now Device: A Fictional Exploration of Time by Mark Hollock (self-published)

Boy by Anna Hamilton (self-published)

Buffalo Man: Life of a Boy Giant on the Minnesota River by Joseph A. Amato (Crossings Press)

Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez (BookBaby)

The Cutter’s Widow by Mary DesJarlais (Calumet Editions)

Emerging Man by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Encounter in Prague by Jarda Cervenka (Whistling Shade)

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony (Park Row Books/HarperCollins)

In the Cards: A Global Epic of the Heart by Edie Barrett (self-published)

In the Right Place:  A Christmas Novel by Douglas Knick (Orange Hat Publishing)

A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out by Sally Franson (The Dial Press/Penguin Random House)

The Last Deaf Club in America by Raymond Luczak (Handtype Press)

Laurentian Divide: A Novel by Sarah Stonich (University of Minnesota Press)

Liberating Duluth by D.E. Peterson (self-published)

The Lion’s Binding Oath and Other Stories by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (Catalyst Press)

Matka by Sarah Hanley (Edward Wayne Publishing)

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith (Viking/Penguin Random House)

The Mercurial Science of the Human Heart by Vincent Reusch (New Rivers Press)

Oranges by Gary Eldon Peter (New Rivers Press)

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls by Maureen Aitken (Southeast Missouri State University Press)

The Rainy Year by Harold Fenske (self-published)

The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn (Bloomsbury USA)

Say Something by Beth Hill (Good Vibes Publishing)

The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher (Doubleday)

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan (Graywolf Press)

A Symphony of Rivals by Roma Calatayud-Stocks (Calumet Editions)

To Be a Tanook by Barry Smith (self-published)

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger (Atlantic Monthly Press)

The Winter Bees: Fiction by Jill Kalz (Minneopa Valley Press)

The Witness Tree by Amy Pendino (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)


A Babble of Objects: Poems by Raymond Luczak (Fomite Press)

All Roads Lead Home by Nicole Borg (Up On Big Rock Poetry Series/Shipwreckt Books)

The Body of the World by Mary Moore Easter (Mad Hat Press)

Candle and Pins: Poems on Superstitions by Jacqueline West (Alban Lake Publishing)

Cloud Song by Leslie Schultz (Kelsay Books)

Conjoining by Heidi Czerwiec (Sable Books)

Course by Athena Kildegaard (Tinderbox Editions)

Darling Nova by Melissa Cundieff (Autumn House Press)

Dear Corpse by John Colburn (Spuyten Duyvil)

Fitzpatrick by Richard Carr (Broadstone Books)

The Future by Neil Hilborn (Button Poetry)

GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime by Chaun Webster (Noemi Press)

Homestead by Daniel Dietrich (Authreo Media)

How Still the Riddle by Francine Tolf, art by Gale Tolf (Pinyon Publishing)

I Travel in Rusting Burned-Out Sedans by Jim Bohen (Unsolicited Press)

The Idea of the Garden by Michael Moos (Ashland Poetry Press)

Interrogation Room by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (White Pine Press)

Loon in Late November Water by Freya Manfred (Red Dragonfly Press)

A Mark of Permanence by Justin Watkins (Up On Big Rock Poetry Series/Shipwreckt Books)

Moonman by Kevin Zepper (Jules Poetry Playhouse Publications)

Nordic Accordian by Barton Sutter (Nodin Press)

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press)

Portraits of Rodeo Clowns and Royalty by Timothy Young (Red Dragonfly Press)

The Promised Land by Philip S. Bryant (Nodin Press)

Simples by KateLynn Hibbard (Howling Bird Press)

Suspension by Paige Riehl (Terrapin Books)

The Sword of Eden: Eve and Mary Speak by Gracia Grindal (Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock)

Text For Our Nomadic Future by Jim Johnson (Red Dragonfly Press)

These Humans by Steven Schild (Up On Big Rock Poetry Series/Shipwreckt Books)

To Keep Him Hidden by Ryan Vine (Salmon Poetry)

The Way She Told Her Story by Diane Jarvenpa (New Rivers Press)

Whispers from the Aural World by Karolyn Redoute (Plain View Press)

Wild Verge by Lynette Reini-Grandell (Holy Cow! Press)

Wilder by Claire Wahmanholm (Milkweed Editions)

Young Adult Literature:

Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley (North Dakota State University Press)

Bitter Roads of Summer by Jennifer Parker (self-published)

Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown (Albert Whitman & Company)

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney (Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)

Escape to Fort Abercrombie by Candace Simar (Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage)

Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World by David Allen, Mike Williams, and Mark Wallace (Penguin Books/Penguin Random House)

Hooper by Geoff Herbach (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)

My Name is Harper Lee Gallagher by Jennifer Parker (self-published)

The Return to Podocia by M.G. Nelson (Barn Cat Press)

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)