Minnesota Book Award Winners & Finalists



The winners of the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards were announced on Saturday, April 21 at the Awards Ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel in Saint Paul.

2018 Winners


Children's Literature

Sponsor: Books for Africa

A Different Pond
By Bao Phi
Illustrated by Thi Bui
Capstone Young Readers/Capstone*

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General Nonfiction

Sponsor: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

The First and Only Book of Sack:
36 Years of Cartoons for the Star Tribune
by Steve Sack
Star Tribune Media Co.*

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Genre Fiction

Sponsor: Macalester College

The End of Temperance Dare
By Wendy Webb
Lake Union Publishing

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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsor: Faegre Baker Daniels

Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year
By Linda LeGarde Grover
University of Minnesota Press*

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Middle Grade Literature

Sponsor: Education Minnesota

The End of the Wild
By Nicole Helget
Little, Brown and Company/
Hachette Book Group

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Minnesota Nonfiction

Sponsor: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Got to Be Something Here:
The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

By Andrea Swensson
University of Minnesota Press*

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Novel & Short Story

Sponsor: Fitzgerald in Saint Paul

What It Means When
a Man Falls from the Sky

By Lesley Nneka Arimah
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House

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Sponsor: Wellington Management, Inc.

Curator of Ephemera at the
New Museum for Archaic Media
By Heid E. Erdrich
Michigan State University Press

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Young Adult Literature

Sponsor: Brainfuse

The Exo Project
By Andrew DeYoung
Boyds Mills Press/Highlights

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*Indicates a Minnesota-based publisher

2018 Kay Sexton Award Winner

Sponsored by St. Catherine University

Presented annually, the Kay Sexton Award recognizes an individual or organization for long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading and literary activity in Minnesota. The award honors Kay Sexton, a book buyer for many years at Dayton’s and B. Dalton Bookstores in the Twin Cities. She was the first recipient of the award in 1988.

Kathryn Haddad

Kathryn Haddad is a writer, teacher and community organizer whose work explores contemporary experiences and reflects on the political reality of life for Arab and Muslim Americans. In 1998, she founded Mizna – one of the few Arab American Arts and literary organizations in the United States, where she served as its artistic and executive director for 12 years. She also started the literary journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America, which was and continues to be the only journal of Arab American literature in the United States.

2018 Book Artist Award Winner

Sponsored by Lerner Publishing

This annual award, presented by The Friends and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) as part of the Minnesota Book Awards, recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for outstanding new work in the book arts during the last year, a demonstrated proficiency in the book arts, and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community.

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Artist and professor Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is the recipient of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her  project The Love Affair – a mixed-media sculptural book handcrafted from pieces of old family letters. A retrospective exhibition celebrating The Love Affair  will be on display February 1 – March 13 in the Cowles Literary Commons on the second floor of the Open Book building.

A reception and artist presentation will take place there Friday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain open during the Meet the Finalists event for the Minnesota Book Awards on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Rasmussen will also receive special recognition and an award at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Saint Paul, sponsored by Education Minnesota.

2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award Winner

The Hognander Minnesota History Award recognizes the author of the most outstanding scholarly work related to Minnesota history published during the preceding two years. The award, funded by the Hognander Family Foundation, is presented every two years.

Flames of Discontent

Gary Kaunonen
Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike

Flames of Discontent is a working-class history of a 1916 miners’ strike in northern Minnesota, one of the most important events in organized labor of the early 20th century, and what it meant for workers and immigrants, mining, and labor relations in Minnesota and beyond. 

Gary Kaunonen is an independent historian of labor and immigration and a documentary filmmaker based in International Falls, Minnesota. He is author of Finns in Michigan along with two award-winning books, Challenge Accepted: A Finnish Immigrant Response to Industrial America in Michigan’s Copper Country and, with coauthor Aaron Goings, Community in Conflict: A Working-class History of the 1913-14 Michigan Copper Strike and the Italian Hall Tragedy. His documentary “Northern Minnesota’s Labor Wars” examines the 1916 and 1917 strikes in that region and their significance to World War I-era political deportations and repression.

Minnesota Book Awards Past Winners & Finalists



Note: Winners listed first in each category in bold.

Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa:


Worm by J.J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato; Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins Publishers   Article >>

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Chronicle Books Article >>

This is NOT a Cat! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka; Sterling Children’s Books/Sterling Publishing Article >>

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Article >>

General Nonfiction

Sponsored by the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute and Saint John’s University


TheWar on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It by Shawn Otto (Milkweed Editions*) Article >>

Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims (University of Minnesota Press*) Article >>

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

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

Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Macalester College:


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

The Born and the Made by Robert Spande (self-published) Article >>

Rise of the Spring Tide by James Stitt (self-published) Article >>

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


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels:


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

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

This is Where I Am: A Memoir by Zeke Caligiuri (University of Minnesota Press*) Article >>

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


Middle Grade Literature

Sponsored by Education Minnesota:


The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (Algonquin Young Readers/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) Article >>

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

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

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper (Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan) Article >>

Minnesota Non-fiction

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota:


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

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

Richard F. Lack: Catalogue Raisonné 1943-1998 by Gary B. Christensen, biography by Stephen A. Gjertson (Afton Historical Society Press*) Article >>

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

Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul:


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

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash (Unnamed Press) Article >>

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

LaRose by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins Publishers) Article >>


Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press*) Article >>

May Day by Gretchen Marquette (Graywolf Press*) Article >>

Tula by Chris Santiago (Milkweed Editions*) Article >>

Yes Thorn by Amy Munson (Tupelo Press) Article >>


* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher

Young Adult Literature

Sponsored by Brainfuse


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

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers) Article >>

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

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


Note: Winners listed first in each category in bold.

Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa:


Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

Behold! A Baby by Stephanie Watson, illustrated by Joy Ang (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Ten Pigs by Derek Anderson (Orchard Books/Scholastic)

General Nonfiction

Sponsored by The Waterbury Group at Morgan Stanley:


No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg (Nation Books/Perseus Books Group)

Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding (Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group)

John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design by Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley (University of Minnesota Press)*

Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again by Traci Mann (HarperWave/HarperCollins Publishers)

Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Macalester College:


The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books)

The Devereaux Decision by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)*

He’s Either Dead or in St. Paul by D.B. Moon (Three Waters Publishing, LLC)*

Season of Fear by Brian Freeman (Quercus)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Kevin & Greta Warren:


Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Babine (University of Minnesota Press)*

In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley (Milkweed Editions)*

The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir by Catherine Madison (University of Minnesota Press)*

We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying by Bruce Kramer, with Cathy Wurzer (University of Minnesota Press)*


Sponsored by St. Mary’s University of Minnesota:


Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millett, photographs by Denes Saari and Maria Forrai Saari (University of Minnesota Press)*

Minnesota State of Wonders by Brian Peterson, stories by Kerri Westenberg (Mark Hirsch Publishing)

North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer (University of Minnesota Press)*

Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe by Anton Treuer (Minnesota Historical Society Press)*

Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Education Minnesota:


There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter (Pantheon Books/Random House)

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

The Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake by Rachel Coyne (New Rivers Press)*

Prudence by David Treuer (Riverhead Books/Penguin)


Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.:


Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez (BOA Editions, Ltd.)

Borrowed Wave by Rachel Moritz (Kore Press)

Home Studies by Julie Gard (New Rivers Press)*

Modern Love & Other Myths by Joyce Sutphen (Red Dragonfly Press)*

Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University:


See No Color by Shannon Gibney (Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group)*

The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus (Amulet Books/Abrams)

The Firebug of Balrog County by David Oppegaard (Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.)*

Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart by Jane St. Anthony (University of Minnesota Press)*


* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in bold.

Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold , Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

It’s an Orange Aardvark, Michael Hall, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers

Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, Mike Wohnoutka, Holiday House

Water Can Be…, Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group*

General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life, Nancy Koester, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation, Brenda J. Child, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

New Scenic Café, Inc.: The Cookbook, Scott Graden with Arlene Anderson, New Scenic Café, Inc.*

Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism, R.W. Holmen, The Pilgrim Press

Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Macalester College


The Secret of Pembrooke Park, Julie Klassen, Bethany House Publisher*

Fallen Angel, Chuck Logan, Conquill Press*

The Life We Bury, Allen Eskens, Seventh Street Books/Prometheus Books

Strongwood: A Crime Dossier, Larry Millett, Adventure Publications*

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual


Tailings: A Memoir, Kaethe Schwehn, Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock Publishers

Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir, Sherry Quan Lee, Modern History Press/Loving Healing Press

Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead, James Silas Rogers, North Star Press of St. Cloud*

Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, James P. Lenfestey, Milkweed Editions*


Sponsored by St. Mary’s University of Minnesota


Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, Lori Sturdevant, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota, John J. Moriarty and Carol D. Hall, University of Minnesota Press*

Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook: A Guide to Selecting and Preparing the Best Local Produce with Seasonal Recipes from Local Chefs and Farmers, Tricia Cornell, Voyageur Press*

Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes, Larry Millett, photography by Matt Schmitt, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Education Minnesota


A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James, Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House

In Reach, Pamela Carter Joern, University of Nebraska Press

The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, Heather A. Slomski, University of Iowa Press

Stillwater, Nicole Helget, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Dangerous Goods, Sean Hill, Milkweed Editions*

Albedo, Kathleen Jesme, Ahsahta Press

Soul Over Lightning, Ray Gonzalez, The University of Arizona Press

This Way to the Sugar, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Write Bloody Publishing

Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by Sit Investment Associates


West of the Moon, Margi Preus, Amulet Books/Abrams

Ambassador, William Alexander, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, Candlewick Press

The Witch’s Boy, Kelly Barnhill, Algonquin Young Readers/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


Moo!, David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury Children’s Books

The Case of the Missing Donut, Alison McGhee, illustrated by Isabel Roxas, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers

Peep Leap, Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello, Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Publishing

General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII, Jack El-Hai, PublicAffairs Books/Perseus Books Group

Evil Men, James Dawes, Harvard University Press

Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War, Larry Haeg, University of Minnesota Press*

Soda Shop Salvation: Recipes and Stories from the Sweeter Side of Prohibition, Rae Katherine Eighmey, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Alerus Financial


Tamarack County, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

The Book of Killowen, Erin Hart, Scribner/Simon & Schuster

The Cold Nowhere, Brian Freeman, Quercus

Wolves, Cary J. Griffith, Adventure Publications*

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by GovDelivery


Prairie Silence, Melanie Hoffert, Beacon Press

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder and the Light from an Ancient Sky, Kent Nerburn, New World Library

Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi, 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, Rachael Hanel, University of Minnesota Press*


Sponsored by MSR Architects


Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, W. Jackson Rushing III and Kristin Makholm, University of Oklahoma Press

A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts, Sue Leaf, University of Minnesota Press*

Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront, Penny A. Petersen, University of Minnesota Press*

Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities, Julie L. Davis, University of Minnesota Press*

Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Education Minnesota


The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, Ethan Rutherford, Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers

Let the Dark Flower Blossom, Norah Labiner, Coffee House Press*

Little Wolves, Thomas Maltman, Soho Press

Vacationland, Sarah Stonich, University of Minnesota Press*


Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Black Aperture, Matt Rasmussen, Louisiana State University Press

The First Flag, Sarah Fox, Coffee House Press*

It Becomes You, Dobby Gibson, Graywolf Press*

Slip, Cullen Bailey Burns, New Issues Poetry & Prose

Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by Sit Investment Associates


Sex & Violence, Carrie Mesrobian, Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group*

Chasing Shadows, Swati Avasthi with graphics by Craig Phillips, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books

The Real Boy, Anne Ursu, Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Publishers

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron, Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, Candlewick Press

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


It’s a Tiger!, David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, Chronicle Books

A Leaf Can Be, Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Tell Me About Your Day Today, Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Waking Dragons, Jane Yolen, illustrated by Derek Anderson, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, David Treuer, Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life, David W. Noble, University of Minnesota Press

Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole, John Huston and Tyler Fish, Octane Press

Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, Brenda J. Child, Viking/Penguin Group

Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors


Curse of the Jade Lily, David Housewright, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press

The Devil and the Diva, David Housewright and Renee Valois, Down and Out Books

Ruth3:5, Michael Fridgen, Dreamily Books*

The Tutor’s Daughter, Julie Klassen, Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Leonard, Street and Deinard


Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, Atina Diffley, University of Minnesota Press

Letters to a Young Madman, Paul Gruchow, Levins Publishing

Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration, Lonnie Dupre, Keen Editions

My Mother Is Now Earth, Mark Anthony Rolo, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press


Sponsored by Meyer, Sherer & Rockcastle (MS&R)


Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, Gwen Westerman and Bruce White, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Every Man Did His Duty: Pictures & Stories of the Men of the First Minnesota, Wayne D. Jorgenson, Tasora Books

Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, Tony Dierckins and Maryanne C. Norton, Zenith City Press/X-Communication

The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More, Chris Niskanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Education Minnesota


The Round House, Louise Erdrich, Harper/HarperCollins Publishers

The Healing, Jonathan Odell, Nan A. Talese/Random House, Inc.

It Takes You Over, Nick Healy, New Rivers Press

Vladimir’s Mustache and Other Stories, Stephan Eirik Clark, Russian Life Books


Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Odessa, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Milkweed Editions

The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, Jim Johnson, Red Dragonfly Press

Pitch, Todd Boss, W. W. Norton & Company

Salt Pier, Dore Kiesselbach, University of Pittsburgh Press

Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by Sit Investment Associates


Nothing Special, Geoff Herbach, Sourcebooks Fire/Sourcebooks, Inc.

Goblin Secrets, William Alexander, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Shadow on the Mountain, Margi Preus, Amulet Books/Abrams

Silhouette of a Sparrow, Molly Beth Griffin, Milkweed Editions

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Award for Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


BookSpeak! Poems About Books, Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships, Catherine Thimmesh, Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

The Last Day of Kindergarten, Nancy Loewen, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, Marshall Cavendish Children

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Award for General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, Shawn Lawrence Otto, Rodale

Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma, Michael Tonry, Oxford University Press

Trout Caviar: Recipes from a Northern Forager, Brett Laidlaw, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, Eric Dregni, University of Minnesota Press*

Award for Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors


Big Wheat, Richard A. Thompson, Poisoned Pen Press

The Bone House, Brian Freeman, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press

Death of the Mantis, Michael Stanley, Harper/HarperCollins Publishers

Northwest Angle, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Leonard, Street and Deinard


A Song at Twilight: Of Alzheimer’s and Love, Nancy Paddock, Blueroad Press*

For Love of Lakes, Darby Nelson, Michigan State University Press

The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq, Bronson Lemer, The University of Wisconsin Press

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep & Enough Wool to Save the Planet, Catherine Friend, Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group

Award for Minnesota

Sponsored by Xcel Energy


Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists, Julie L’Enfant, Afton Press*

Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez, Jim Northrup, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

The Pillsburys of Minnesota, Lori Sturdevant with George S. Pillsbury, Nodin Press*

Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, Kim Heikkila, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Award for Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Anchor Trust


The Law of Miracles and Other Stories, Gregory Blake Smith, University of Massachusetts Press

In Caddis Wood, Mary François Rockcastle, Graywolf Press*

The Long-Shining Waters, Danielle Sosin, Milkweed Editions*

Merit Badges, Kevin Fenton, New Issues/Western Michigan University

Award for Poetry

Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Whorled, Ed Bok Lee, Coffee House Press*

Bodies of Light, Athena Kildegaard, Red Dragonfly Press*

Buddha, Proof, Su Smallen, Broadcraft Press

Invisible Strings, Jim Moore, Graywolf Press*

Award for Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by Sit Investment Associates


With or Without You, Brian Farrey, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

The Big Crunch, Pete Hautman, Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.

The Books of Elsewhere: Spellbound, Jacqueline West, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group USA Inc.

The Tanglewood Terror, Kurtis Scaletta, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books

Readers’ Choice Award

(selected by online voters from across the state)

The Tanglewood Terror, Kurtis Scaletta, Published by Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Award for Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Michael Hall, HarperCollins Publishers

1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions , David LaRochelle, illustrated by Brenda Sexton, Sterling Publishing

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, Linda Glaser, paintings by Claire A. Nivola, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Night on the Range, Aaron Frisch, illustrated by Chris Sheban, The Creative Company

Award for General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition, Michael Nordskog, photography by Aaron W. Hautala, University of Minnesota Press*

The Assassination of Hole in the Day, Anton Treuer, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press*

The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World, James J. Farrell, Milkweed Editions*

Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness, Greg Breining, photography by Layne Kennedy, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Award for Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors


The Tale of Halcyon Crane, Wendy Webb, Henry Holt & Company

Silencing Sam, Julie Kramer, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

The Taking of Libbie, SD, David Housewright, Minotaur Books

Vermilion Drift, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA, Bonnie J. Rough, Counterpoint

Crossing the Barriers: The Autobiography of Allan H. Spear, Allan H. Spear, University of Minnesota Press*

News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, Laurie Hertzel, University of Minnesota Press*

She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood, Amie Klempnauer Miller, Beacon Press

Award for Minnesota

Sponsored by Xcel Energy


North Country: The Making of Minnesota, Mary Lethert Wingerd, University of Minnesota Press*

Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks, Chris Niskanen, photography by Doug Ohman, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount, Jay Weiner, University of Minnesota Press*

We’re Gonna Win, Twins! 50 Years of Minnesota’s Hometown Team, Doug Grow, University of Minnesota Press*

Award for Novel & Short Story

Sponsored by Anchor Trust


Vestments, John Reimringer, Milkweed Editions*

Dogfight, A Love Story, Matt Burgess, Doubleday/Random House, Inc.

The House of Tomorrow, Peter Bognanni, Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Losing Camille, Paul Kilgore, Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books

Award for Poetry

Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Find the Girl, Lightsey Darst, Coffee House Press*

Dreaming Man, Face Down, Mark Conway, Dream Horse Press

On Speaking Terms, Connie Wanek, Copper Canyon Press

Sin Eater, William Reichard, Mid-List Press

Award for Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by 3M Company


Blank Confession, Pete Hautman, Simon & Schuster

The Books of Elsewhere, Volume I: The Shadows, Jacqueline West, Dial Books for Young Readers/The Penguin Group

Hamster Magic, Lynne Jonell, illustrated by Brandon Dorman, Random House Children’s Books/Random House, Inc.

Split, Swati Avasthi, Random House Children’s Books/Random House, Inc.

Readers’ Choice Award

(selected by online voters from across the state)

News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, Laurie Hertzel, Published by University of Minnesota Press

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Award for Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Books For Africa


Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, Joyce Sidman, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Longest Night, Marion Dane Bauer, Holiday House

Song of Middle C, Alison McGhee, Candlewick Press

Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School, Laura Purdie Salas, Clarion Books

Award for General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Minnesota AFL-CIO


I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson, Joy K. Lintelman, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Drink This: Wine Made Simple, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Ballantine Books/The Random House Publishing Group

Journeywell: A Guide to Quality Aging, Trish Herbert, Beaver’s Bond Press*

Richard Parkes Bonington: The Complete Paintings, Patrick Noon, Yale University Press

Award for Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.


Jelly’s Gold, David Housewright, Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press

The Silent Governess, Julie Klassen, Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group

Rough Country, John Sandford, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group

Frag Box, Richard A. Thompson, Poisoned Pen Press

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, Kent Nerburn, New World Library

Going Blind: A Memoir, Mara Faulkner, Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press

Kevin Kling’s Holiday Inn, Kevin Kling, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press*

The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake, Sue Leaf, University of Minnesota Press*

Award for Minnesota

Sponsored by Xcel Energy


Opening Goliath: Danger and Discovery in Caving, Cary J. Griffith, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in the Northern Star Council, Dave Kenney, Northern Star Council, The Boy Scouts of America*

Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City, Iric Nathanson, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Jewel of Como: The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Leigh Roethke and Bonnie Blodgett, Afton Historical Society Press*

Award for Novel & Short Story


The Book of Night Women, Marlon James, Riverhead Books/Penguin Group

The Turtle Catcher, Nicole Helget, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, N.M. Kelby, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press*

The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama’s Boy and Scholar, Scott Muskin, Hooded Friar Press

Award for Poetry


I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman, Jude Nutter, University of Notre Dame Press

Skirmish, Dobby Gibson, Graywolf Press*

Faith Run, Ray Gonzalez, The University of Arizona Press

Unrest, Joanna Rawson, Graywolf Press*

Award for Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by 3M Company


The Magician’s Elephant, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind, Kristin Cronn-Mills, Flux/Llewellyn*

Crows & Cards, Joseph Helgerson, Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From, Catherine Thimmesh, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Readers’ Choice Award

Sponsored by Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com


Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in the Northern Star Council, Dave Kenney, Northern Star Council, The Boy Scouts of America*

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher



Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Award for Children’s Literature

Sponsored by MLBA Children’s Fund


The House in the Night, Susan Marie Swanson, Illustrated by Beth Krommes, Houghton Mifflin Company

Henry’s Amazing Imagination, Nancy Carlson, Viking/Penguin Group

Monkey with a Tool Belt, Chris Monroe, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group*

My Friend, the Starfinder, George Ella Lyon, Illustrated by Stephen Gammel, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

Award for General Nonfiction


The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat, Catherine Friend, Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group

A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It, Greg Breining, Photography by Layne Kennedy, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks, Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, Terry Shoptaugh, North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies

Award for Genre Fiction

Sponsored by Wellington Management


Stalking Susan, Julie Kramer, Doubleday Publishing Group

A Carrion Death, Michael Stanley, HarperCollins Publishers

Phantom Prey, John Sandford, G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group

Red Knife, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Kao Kalia Yang, Coffee House Press*

Madness: A Bipolar Life, Marya Hornbacher, Houghton Mifflin Company

Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays, Ray Gonzalez, The University of Arizona Press

Swallow the Ocean, Laura M. Flynn, Counterpoint

Award for Minnesota

Sponsored by Xcel Energy


Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, Barbara W. Sommer, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge, Tony Dierckins, X-Communication*

Landscapes of Minnesota: A Geography, John Fraser Hart and Susy Svatek Ziegler, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas, David A. Lanegran with Carol Urness, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Award for Novel & Short Story


The Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins Publishers

Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, David Mura, Coffee House Press*

Shelter Half, Carol Bly, Holy Cow! Press*

The Soul Thief, Charles Baxter, Pantheon Books/Random House, Inc.

Award for Poetry


National Monuments, Heid E. Erdrich, Michigan State University Press

Milk and Tides, Margaret Hasse, Nodin Press*

The Sound of It, Tim Nolan, New Rivers Press*

Yellowrocket, Todd Boss, W.W. Norton & Company Inc.

Award for Young People’s Literature

Sponsored by Tarrant, Drummer & Liska, PLLC


Twelve Long Months, Brian Malloy, Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Inc.

Black Box, Julie Schumacher, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) , Alison McGhee, Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Inc.

Saturday Night Dirt: A Motor Novel, Will Weaver; Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Readers’ Choice Award

(selected by online voters from across the state)

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Kao Kalia Yang, Coffee House Press*

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Award for Children’s Literature

Sponsored by Xcel Energy


Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Lynne Jonell, Henry Holt and Company

The Perfect Nest, Catherine Friend, Candlewick Press

Farmer Cap, Jill Kalz, Picture Window Books*

Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg, Mia Posada, Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group*

Award for General Nonfiction

Sponsored by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.


The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, Charles Baxter, Graywolf Press*

That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity, James Dawes, Harvard University Press

Looking for Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour, Wing Young Huie, University of Minnesota Press*

The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting – An Oral History, Jim Walsh, Voyageur Press/MBI Publishing Company*

Award for Minnesota

Sponsored by Marquette Financial Companies


Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota, Doug Hoverson, University of Minnesota Press*

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out, Annette Atkins, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Weatherwatch: A Complete Guide for Weather-Obsessed Minnesotans, Mike Lynch, Voyageur Press/MBI Publishing Company*

We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People, Bruce White, Minnesota Historical Society Press*

Award for Young Adult Literature


Defect, Will Weaver; Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Billie Standish Was Here, Nancy Crocker; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Chasing Tail Lights, Patrick Jones; Walker & Company

Falling Boy, Alison McGhee; Picador/St. Martin’s Press

Award for Poetry


Willow Room, Green Door, Deborah Keenan; Milkweed Editions*

Music for Landing Planes By, Éireann Lorsung; Milkweed Editions*

The Resurrection Trade, Leslie Adrienne Miller; Graywolf Press*

This Brightness, William Reichard; Mid-List Press*

Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.

The Florist’s Daughter, Patricia Hampl; Harcourt

The Dog Says How, Kevin Kling; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press*

The Wet Collection, Joni Tevis; Milkweed Editions*

Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth, Catherine Watson; Syren Book Company*

Award for Novel & Short Story


The Last Communist Virgin, Wang Ping; Coffee House Press*

Pontoon, Garrison Keillor; Viking Penguin/Penguin Group

The View from Mount Joy, Lorna Landvik; Ballantine Books/The Random House Publishing Group

Pretty Little Mistakes, Heather McElhatton; HarperCollins Publishers

Award for Genre Fiction

Thunder Bay, William Kent Krueger; Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Code Black, Philip Donlay; iBooks

Protect and Defend, Vince Flynn; Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Maiden Rock, Mary Logue; Bleak House Books/Big Earth Publishing

Readers’ Choice Award

(selected by online voters from across the state)

Farmer Cap, Jill Kalz; Picture Window Books*

* Denotes a Minnesota-based Publisher


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Autobiography, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, Diane Wilson; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat, Caroline Burau; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Love of Impermanent Things: A Threshold Ecology, Mary Rose O’Reilley; Milkweed Editions

Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, Matthew Sanford; Rodale

Children’s Literature


Tomorrow, the River, Dianne E. Gray, Houghton Mifflin Company

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, Joyce Sidman, Houghton Mifflin Company

Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry, Joyce Sidman, Houghton Mifflin Company

Winter Is the Warmest Season, Lauren Stringer, Harcourt Books

The Cronus Chronicles, Book One: The Shadow Thieves, Anne Ursu, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

Fine Press


What it’s like here:, Jim Moore, Regula Russelle and CB Sherlock; Accordion Productions

The Grammarian’s Five Daughters, Eleanor Arnason; Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Promises Vague yet Certain, Donald Dass and Cecilia Lieder; Calyx Productions Duluth

General Nonfiction


A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility, Taner Akçam; Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company

West Bank Boogie: Forty Years of Music, Mayhem and Memories, Cyn Collins, Triangle Park Creative

Minnesota on Paper: Collecting Our Printed History , Moira F. Harris and Leo J. Harris; University of Minnesota Press

Baking with the St. Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips and Stories , Kim Ode; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson, William Swanson; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

Genre Fiction


Copper River, William Kent Krueger; Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Stripped, Brian Freeman, St. Martin’s Press

The St. Paul Conspiracy, Roger Stelljes, North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

Novel & Short Story


When Charlotte Comes Home, Maureen Millea Smith; Alyson Books

Lives of Mapmakers, Alicia L. Conroy; Carnegie Mellon University Press

Cirkus, Patti Frazee; Alyson Books



The Curator of Silence, Jude Nutter; University of Notre Dame Press

Coven, Susan Deborah King; Folio Bookworks

Response: Poetry and Prints from the Lake Superior Writers and the Northern Printmakers Alliance, Cecilia Lieder; Calyx Press Duluth

Yahweh’s Other Shoe, Kilian McDonnell; Saint John’s University Press

Trust the Wild Heart, Nancy Paddock, Red Dragonfly Press

Young Adult Literature

The Book of One Hundred Truths, Julie Schumacher; Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books

El Lector, William Durbin; Wendy Lamb Books/Random House Children’s Books

Rash, Pete Hautman; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Readers’ Choice Award

(selected by online voters from across the state)

Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, Matthew Sanford; Rodale


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Anthology & Collection

Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul’s Historic Black Community, Kate Cavett, editor; Syren Book Company

Christmas in Minnesota, Marilyn Ziebarth, editor, Brian Horrigan, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Ann O’Fallon, editor, Margaret Vaillancourt, editor; Syren Book Company (New Voice)

Minnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past, Minnesota Quilt Project, text, Greg Winter, photography, Lee Sandberg, photography; Voyageur Press

Autobiography, Memoir, & Creative Nonfiction


Left for Dead: A Second Life After Vietnam, Jon Hovde, Maureen Anderson; University of Minnesota Press (New Voice)

Crossing Three Wilderness, U Sam Oeur, Ken McCullough; Coffee House Press

Humble Pie: Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust, Anne Dimock; Andrews McMeel Publishing (New Voice)

On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood & Holiness, Elizabeth J. Andrew; Westview Press/Perseus Books

The Summer of Ordinary Ways, Nicole Lea Helget; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press (New Voice)

Children’s and Young Adult Nonfiction

Wanda Gág: Storybook Artist, Gwenyth Swain; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

Marooned: The Strange But True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe, Robert Kraske, Robert Andrew Parker, illustrator; Clarion Books

Minnesota’s Capitol: A Centennial Story, Leigh Roethke; Afton Historical Society Press

Muhammad Ali: Genius, Nick Healy; Creative Education

Children’s Fiction

The Counterfeit Princess, Jane Resh Thomas; Clarion Books

A Bear Named Trouble, Marion Dane Bauer; Clarion Books

Bridge to America, Linda Glaser; Houghton Mifflin

Stinky Stern Forever, Michelle Edwards; Harcourt Children’s Books

Children’s Picture Book

Fold Me a Poem, Kristine O’Connell George, Lauren Stringer, illustrator; Harcourt Children’s Books

Dear Big, Mean, Ugly Monster, Ruth Marie Berglin, Carl Sirocco, illustrator; Child & Family Press (New Voice)

If Frogs Made Weather, Marion Dane Bauer, Dorothy Donahue, illustrator; Holiday House

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, Joyce Sidman, Beckie Prange, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

Fine Press

Ghost Poems for the Living: 13 Sonnets by Shakespeare with Distillations, William Shakespeare, text, Paulette Myers-Rich, text; Traffic Street Press

Mayflies of the Driftless Region, Gaylord Schanilec, wood engravings
Clarke Garry, identifications; Midnight Paper Sales

Putting Tomatoes By, Paul Gruchow, text, C. B. Sherlock, producer
Regula Russelle, producer, Jenny Eisenman Anderson, assistant, Jennifer Bolanos, assistant, Wendy Fernstrum, assistant, Fred J. Larson, assistant, Candida Pagan, assistant, Stephen Pittelkow, assistant, Jana Pullman, assistant; Accordion Productions

There Is No Other Way to Speak, Bill Holm, editor, Wendy Fernstrum, printer, Robyn Stoller, printer, Regular Russelle, binder, C. B. Sherlock, binder, Jeff Rathermel, project director; Minnesota Center for Book Arts

General Nonfiction

Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming, Winona LaDuke; South End Press

The Ambivalent Arts of Katherine Anne Porter, Mary Titus; University of Georgia Press

Barns of Minnesota, Will Weaver; Doug Ohman, photography; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Politics the Wellstone Way: How to Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues, Wellstone Action, Bill Lofy, editor; University of Minnesota Press

Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth, Catherine Watson; Syren Book Company

History & Biography

The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness, Jack El-Hai; John Wiley & Sons

Building on a Borrowed Past: Place and Identity in Pipestone, Minnesota, Sally J. Southwick; Ohio University Press

Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy, Kent Nerburn; HarperSanFranciso

The Political Style of Conspiracy: Chase, Sumner and Lincoln, Michael William Pfau; Michigan State University Press

Rudy! The People’s Governor, Betty Wilson; Nodin Press

Novel and Short Story

The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich; HarperCollins

Beautiful Inez, Bart Schneider; Shaye Areheart Books/Crown Publishing

Gardenias, Faith Sullivan; Milkwood Editions

Somebody’s Daughter, Marie Myung-Ok Lee; Beacon Press



Lightning at Dinner, Jim Moore; Graywolf Press

Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems 1986-2005, Ray Gonzalez; BOA Editions

The Mother’s Tongue, Heid E. Erdrich; Salt Publishing

Polar, Dobby Gibson; Alice James Books (New Voice)

Real Karaoke People, Ed-Bok Lee; New Rivers Press

Popular Fiction


The Iron Girl, Ellen Hart, St. Martin’s Minotaur

Dead Run, P.J. Tracy; G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Mercy Falls, William Kent Krueger; Atria Books

Poison Heart, Mary Logue; Ballantine Books

Tin City, David Housewright; St. Martin’s Minotaur

Science & Nature


A Northern Front: New and Selected Essays, John Hildebrand; Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press

Immortal River: The Upper Mississippi in Ancient and Modern Times, Calvin R. Fremling; University of Wisconsin Press

Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota, Lynn M. Steiner, writer and photographer; Voyageur Press

Young Adult Fiction


All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Alison McGhee; Candlewick Press

Full Service, Will Weaver; Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Invisible, Peter Hautman; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Just Like That, Marsha Qualey; Dial Books

Residence, Janet Graber; Marshall Cavendish


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Anthology and Collections


Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, Robert Hedin, editor; Persea Books

As Long as the Moon Shall Rise: Reflections on the Full Moon, Ellen Moore Anderson, editor; Holy Cow! Press

Charlotte’s Table: An Anthology of Writings by the 42nd Street Irregulars, Roger Jones, editor; Rick Fournier, editor, Vernelle Kurak, editor; Piecemeal Publications

For the Love of Knitting: A Celebration of the Knitter’s Art, Kari Cornell, editor; Voyageur Press

The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Patricia Hampl, editor, Dave Page, editor; Borealis Books, an imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society Press

Autobiography and Memoir

Flim-Flam Man: A True Family History, Jennifer Vogel; Scribner

Gang of One: Memories of a Red Guard, Fan Shen; University of Nebraska Press

O Clouds,Unfold!: Clara Ueland and her Family, Brenda Ueland; Nodin Press

Yeh Yeh’s House: A Memoir , Evelina Chao; St. Martin’s Press

Children’s Fiction and Poetry

The Darkest Evening, William Durbin; Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic

The Double-Digit Club, Marion Dane Bauer; Holiday House

Grass Angel, Julie Schumacher; Delacorte Press

Snap, Alison McGhee; Candlewick Press

Children’s Picture Books


The Best Pet of All, David LaRochelle, Hanako Wakiyama, illustrator; Dutton Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains, Barbara Knutson; Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss, illustrator; Harcourt

Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners, Bridget Levin, Amanda Shepherd, illustrator; Chronicle Books

Children’s and Young Adult Nonfiction


The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Beth Krommes, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

Lewis & Clark: Adventures West, John C. Hamilton; Sparrow Media Group

Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics, Catherine Thimmesh, Douglas B. Jones, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

Fine Press


Distance from the Sun: Thirty Prose Poems from Thirty Years, Louis Jenkins, Chandler O’Leary, illustration, Jeff Rathermel, design and binding, Jana Pullman, design and binding; Minnesota Center for Book Arts

13 ÷ 14: Reflections on “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” by Wallace Stevens, Figures Drawn from the Loculus of Archimedes, Harriet Bart in collaboration with Philip Gallo, Jill Jevne, binding design and execution; Mnemonic Press

The Intruder, Clayton Schanilec, Gaylord Schanilec, design and illustration; Midnight Paper Sales

Surplus Value Books: Catalog #13, Rick Moody, Wilber Schilling, design and printing in collaboration with Daniel E. Kelm; Indulgence Press

General Nonfiction


Why Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen, David Walsh; Free Press

Caring for American Indian Objects: A Practical and Cultural Guide, Sherelyn Ogden, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Meetings, Paul Shambroom; Chris Boot Ltd.

Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, Cheryl L. Reed; Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Group

History and Biography


Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford; Crown Publishers

In Gatsby’s Shadow: The Story of Charles Macomb Flandrau , Larry Haeg; University of Iowa Press

Minnesota Goes to War: The Home Front during World War II, Dave Kenney; Minnesota Historical Society Press

On Foot: A History of Walking, Joseph A. Amato; New York University Press

Strange Days, Dangerous Nights: Photos from the Speed Graphic Era, Larry Millett; Borealis Books, an imprint of the Minnesota Historical Society Press

Nature and Minnesota


Minnesota Treasures: Stories behind the State’s Historic Places, Denis P. Gardner; Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Angry Trout Cafe Notebook: Friends, Recipes, and the Culture of Sustainability, George H. Wilkes; Northwind Sailing Inc.

The Forest for the Trees: How Humans Shaped the Northwoods, Jeff Forester; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Restless Skies: The Ultimate Weather Book, Paul Douglas; Barnes & Noble Books

Spirit of the North: The Quotable Sigurd F. Olson, David Backes, editor; University of Minnesota Press

Novel and Short Story


The Work of Wolves, Kent Meyers; Harcourt

Left Hand, Ken McCullough; Seismicity Editions

The Real Minerva, Mary Sharratt; Houghton Mifflin

Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum; Harcourt



Naming the Stars, Joyce Sutphen; Holy Cow! Press

Atlas: Poems, Katrina Vandenberg; Milkweed Editions

The Jewish Fake Book, Sima Rabinowitz; Elixir Press

Playing the Black Piano, Bill Holm; Milkweed Editions

Shut Up Shut Down, Mark Nowak; Coffee House Press

Popular Fiction


Alone at Night, KJ Erickson; St. Martin’s Press

Blood Hollow, William Kent Krueger; Atria Books

Lake of Sorrows, Erin Hart; Scribner

Live Bait, P.J. Tracy; Putnam

The Tarnished Eye, Judith Guest; Scribner

Young Adult Fiction and Poetry


Godless, Pete Hautman; Simon & Schuster

The Alison Rules, Catherine Clark; HarperCollins

A Long Year of Silence, Kathryn Adams Doty; Edinborough Press

Too Big A Storm, Marsha Qualey; Dial Books


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Anthology and Collections


A Place Called Home: Writings on the Midwestern Small Town, Richard Davies, editor, Joseph Amato, editor, David Pichaske, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul, Nora Murphy, Joanna Rawson, Julia Klatt Singer, Diego Vázquez, Jr.; Coffee House Press

Toward the Livable City, Emilie Buchwald, editor; Milkweed Editions

Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Walt Whitman, Sheila Coghill, editor, Thom Tammaro, editor; University of Iowa Press

No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets, Ray Gonzalez, editor; Tupelo Press

Autobiography and Memoir


The Language of Blood: A Memoir, Jane Jeong Trenka; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Baghdad Express: A Gulf War Memoir, Joel Turnipseed; Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood before the War, Samuel Hynes; Viking Press

Leaning into the Wind: A Memoir of Midwest Weather, Susan Allen Toth; University of Minnesota Press

Jesus Sound Explosion, Mark Curtis Anderson; The University of Georgia Press

Children’s Literature


Hey Pancakes!, Tamson Weston, Stephen Gammell, illustrator; Silver Whistle

Two Old Potatoes and Me, John Coy, Carolyn Fisher, illustrator; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up, Lisa Westberg Peters, Cathie Felstead, illustrator; HarperCollins Children’s Books

One-Dog Canoe, Mary Casanova, Ard Hoyt, illustrator; Melanie Kroupa Books

Children’s Non-fiction


Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story, Lisa Westberg Peters, Lauren Stringer, illustrator; Harcourt Children’s Books

V is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet, Kathy-Jo Wargin, Karen Latham, illustrator, Rebecca Latham, illustrator; Sleeping Bear Press

Imagine a House: A Journey to Fascinating Houses around the World, Angela Gustafson; Out of the Box

Nature’s Yucky: Gross Stuff that Helps Nature Work, Lea Ann Landstrom, Karen Schragg, Constance Bergum, illustrator; Mountain Press Publishing Company

Sacagawea, Lise Erdrich, Julie Buffalohead, illustrator; Lerner Publishing Group

Fine Press


Poetry of Chance Encounters, Harriet Bart; Mnemonic Press

The Mirror of Simple Souls, Anne Carson, Mary J. Pauly, Kim Anno, illustrator; One Crow Press, Literary Arts Institute at the College of Saint Benedict

Glenmacnass, Thomas Kinsella, Paulette Myers-Rich, illustrator; Traffic Street Press

Six Visual Poems, Scott Helmes, Philip Gallo; Stamp Pad Press/Hermetic Press

History and Biography


Mill City: A Visual History of the Minneapolis Mill District, Shannon Pennefeather, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota, John Bessler, University of Minnesota Press

Enterprising Minnesotans: 150 Years of Business Pioneers, Stephen George; University of Minnesota Press

75 Memorable Moments in Minnesota Sports, Joel Rippel; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Minnesota Eats Out: An Illustrated History, Kathryn Koutsky, Linda Koutsky, Recipes by Eleanor Ostman; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Nature and Minnesota


Looking for the Summer: A 94 Day Journey, Jim Brandenburg; NorthWord Press

Blades of Glory: The True Story of Championship Dreams and a Young Team Bred to Win, John Rosengren; Sourcebooks

Birds of Minnesota and Wisconsin, Robert Janssen, Daryl Tessen, Gregory Kennedy; Lone Pine Publishing

Lake Effect: Along Superior’s Shores, Erika Alin; University of Minnesota Press

A Cook’s Tour of Minnesota, Ann Burckhardt; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Novel and Short Story


Where No Gods Came, Sheila O’Connor; University of Michigan Press

Was It Beautiful?, Alison McGhee, Shaye Areheart Books

Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea, Diane Glancy; The Overlook Press

Saul and Patsy, Charles Baxter; Pantheon Books

Landing Zones, Edward Micus; New Rivers Press



Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, Richard Terrill; University of Tampa Press

Original Fire, Louise Erdrich; Harper Collins

Singing the Bones Together, Angela Shannon; Tia Chucha Press

Paper Boat, Cullen Bailey Burns; New Rivers Press

The Magic Whip, Wang Ping; Coffee House Press

Popular Fiction


Monkeewrench, P.J. Tracy; G.P. Putnam’s Sons

O’Banion’s Gift, Michael O’Rourke, St. John’s Publishing

The Last Witness, KJ Erickson; St. Martin’s Minotaur

Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold; William Morrow

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Lorna Landvik; Ballantine Books

Young Adult Literature


Sweetblood, Pete Hautman; Simon & Schuster

Blackwater Ben, William Durbin; Wendy Lamb Books

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, illustrator; Candlewick Press

The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices, Joyce Sidman
Doug Mindell, photographer; Houghton Mifflin

Young Adult Non-fiction


Northern Lights: The Stories of Minnesota’s Past, Dave Kenney; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Leonard Bernstein: In Love With Music, Caroline Evensen Lazo; Lerner Publishing Group

The Channel Tunnel, Sandy Donovan; Lerner Publishing Group


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Anthology or Collection of Short Stories by Multiple Authors


Keys to the Interior, Robert Hedin, co-editor, Richard Broderick, co-editor; Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Bamboo Among the Oaks, Mai Neng Moua, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community, Heid Erdrich, co-editor, Laura Tohe, co-editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press



Cap Wigington: An Architectual Legacy in Ice and Stone
David V. Taylor, co-author, Paul C. Larson, co-author, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Ralph Rapson: Sketches and Drawings from Around the World, Ralph Rapson; Afton Historical Society Press

Art and Music


The Gág Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America, Julie L’Enfant; Afton Historical Society Press

The B-52’s Universe, Mats A. Sexton; Plan B Books

The Minnesota Orchestra at One Hundred: A Collection of Essays, Sandra D. Hyslop, co-author, Gwendolyn M. Pappas, co-author; Minnesota Orchestral Association

Autobiography, Biography, Memoir


Back to Mississippi: A Personal Journey Through the Events that Changed America in 1964, Mary V. Winstead; Hyperion

Crying at the Movies, Madelon Sprengnether; Graywolf Press

Underground Heart, Ray Gonzalez; University of Arizona Press

Book Cover Design


Daisy Air Rifles & BB Guns: The First 100 Years, Tom Heffron, designer, Ben Saltzman, photographer, Neal Punchard, author; MBI Publishing

The Gág Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America, Barbara J. Arney, designer, Julie L’Enfant, author; Afton Historical Society Press

Seven Days, James H. Monroe, designer, Judd P. Spicer, author; Beaver’s Pond Press

Children’s Fiction


Countdown to Kindergarten, Alison McGhee, Harry Bliss, illustrator; Harcourt/Silver Whistle

Cécile: Gates of Gold, Mary Casanova; Pleasant Company

The First Thing My Mama Told Me, Susan Marie Swanson, Christine Davenier, illustrator; Harcourt Children’s Books

Children’s Nonfiction


The Sky’s the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls, Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

Inside the Secret Garden, Carolyn Strom Collins, co-author, Christina Wyss Eriksson, co-author, Tasha Tudor, illustrator, Mary Collier, illustrator; HarperCollins

Jesse Ventura Tells It Like It Is: America’s Most Outspoken Governor, Jesse Ventura with Herón Márquez; The Lerner Publishing Group

Education, Teaching, Academic


Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa (We Look in all Directions), Thomas M. Peacock, co-author, Marlene Wisuri, co-author; Afton Historical Society Press

The Good Path, Thomas M. Peacock, co-author, Marlene Wisuri, co-author; Afton Historical Society Press

Once Upon a Corporation: Leadership Insights from Short Stories, Tolly Kizilos; iUniverse

Fiction – Novel or Collection of Short Stories by a Single Author


Miniatures, Norah Labiner; Coffee House Press

July, July, Tim O’Brien; Houghton Mifflin

Roofwalker, Susan Power; Milkweed Editions

Fine Press


New York Revisited, Gaylord Schanilec, artist, Ken Auchincloss, author; Grolier Club of New York

A Brief History of Punctuation, C. Mikal Oness, artist, Maurya Simon, author; Sutton Hoo Press

Emigrant Suite, Eavan Boland, Paulette Myers-Rich; Traffic Street Press

Gardening, Nature, Environmental


Voices for the Land, Brian Peterson, photographer; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol L. Henderson, author and photographer; University of Texas Press

Trees of Wisconsin: A Field Guide, Stan Tekiela; Adventure Publications



Mortal Prey, John Sandford; G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Bound to Die, Brian Lutterman; Salvo Press

History, Politics, and Culture


Pale Horse at Plum Run, Brian Leehan; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi; Simon & Schuster

Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa (We Look in all Directions), Thomas M. Peacock, co-author, Marlene Wisuri, co-author; Afton Historical Society Press

Interior Book Design


Impressions, Mandi Selisker, designer, Roger Cooper, poet, John Erickson, artist; Beaver’s Pond Press

Expecting Good Things of All: 100 Years of Academic Excellence, Rachel Fine, designer, Janet Woolman, author; The Blake School

Ralph Rapson: Sketches and Drawings from Around the World, Mary Susan Oleson, designer, Ralph Rapson, author; Afton Historical Society Press

Minnesota Subject


Voices for the Land, Brian Peterson, photographer; Minnesota Historical Society Press

A Country Doctor’s Casebook, Roger A. MacDonald, M.D.; Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Gág Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America, Julie L’Enfant, author; Afton Historical Society Press



Overcoming: The Autobiography of W. Harry Davis, W. Harry Davis, author, Lori Sturdevant, editor; Afton HistoricalSociety Press

Bears Make Rock Soup and Other Stories, Lisa Fifield, painter, Lise Erdrich, author; Children’s Book Press

Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa (We Look in all Directions), Thomas M. Peacock, co-author, Marlene Wisuri, co-author; Afton Historical Society Press

New Age, Metaphysics, and Spirituality


Pathways to Spirituality and Healing, Alexa Umbreit, co-author, Mark Umbreit, co-author; Fairview Press

A Book of Grace: Words to Bring You Peace, Margi Preus, co-author, Ann Treacy, co-author; Sourcebooks, Inc.

You Better Recognize!, Valerie Rose; Beaver’s Pond Press

New Voice (First-time author)


Spilling Clarence, Anne Ursu; Hyperion

Audrey & Barbara, Janet Lawson; Atheneum/Simon & Schuster

A Country Doctor’s Casebook, Roger A. MacDonald, M.D.; Minnesota Historical Society Press



Voices for the Land; Brian Peterson, photographer, Minnesota Historical Society Press

By These Hands, David Parker, M.D., photographer; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol L. Henderson, author and photographer; University of Texas Press



The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande, Ray Gonzalez; BOA Editions

Acts of Contortion, Anna G. Meek; University of Wisconsin Press

Red Suburb, Greg Hewett; Coffee House Press

Young Adult Fiction


Firestorm, Jan Neubert Schultz; The Lerner Publishing Group

Chasing Fire: Danger in Canoe Country, Earl Fleck; Holy Cow! Press

Funny Man, Margo Sorenson; Perfection Learning Corporation

Young Adult Nonfiction


The Good Path, Thomas M. Peacock, co-author, Marlene Wisuri, co-author; Afton Historical Society Press

Boy Vs. Girl, George Abrahams, Sheila Ahlbrand; Free Spirit Publishing

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Voice of the Jazz Age, Caroline Lazo; The Lerner Publishing Group


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Anthology & Collections


The Cancer Poetry Project, Karin Miller, editor; Fairview Press

Kerlan Awards in Children’s Literature 1975-2001, Ruth Berman, editor; Pogo Press, Inc.

Living Our Language: Ojibwe Tales & Oral Histories, Anton Treuer, editor & translator; Minnesota Historical Society Press

This Old Quilt, Margret Aldrich, editor; Voyageur Press

Autobiography & Memoir


While the Locust Slept, Peter Razor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s, Ricardo J. Brown; University of Minnesota Press

The Low Road: A Scottish Family Memoir, Valerie Miner; Michigan State University Press

Mountains of Memory: A Fire Lookout’s Life in the River of No Return Wilderness, Don Scheese; University of Iowa Press



The Race of the Birkebeiners, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Mary Azarian, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

The Day Ocean Came to Visit, Diane Wolkstein
Steve Johnson, co-illustrator, Lou Fancher, co-illustrator; Harcourt

Silver Seeds: A Book of Nature Poems, Paul Paolilli, co-author, Dan Brewer, co-author, Steve Johnson, co-illustrator, Lou Fancher, co-illustrator; Viking Children’s Books

Fine Press


Garment Register, Harriet Bart, book artist, Phillip Gallo, printer, Jill Jevne, binder; Harriet Bart

Ernest Morgan: Printer of Principle, Gaylord Shanilec, author & book artist; Midnight Paper Sales

The Geography of the Heart, Charlene Sexton, author & editor
Regula Russelle, book artist; Poetry and Spirituality Society

Ice Walk, Judith Guest, Michael Lizama, co-artist, Jana Pullman, co-artist; Minnesota Center for the Book Arts

History & Biography


Views on the Mississippi: The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse, Mark Neuzil; University of Minnesota Press

Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the St. John’s Pottery, Matthew Welch; Afton Historical Society Press

A Union Against Unions, William Millikan; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Nature & Minnesota


In Search of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor, Richard Olsenius, photographer; Viking Studio

Lake Street, U.S.A., Wing Young Huie; Ruminator Books

Picturing Lake Minnetonka, James W. Ogland; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Novel & Short Story


The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich; HarperCollins Books

In the Company of Angels, N. M. Kelby; Hyperion

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger; Atlantic Monthly Press



The Night Abraham Called to the Stars, Robert Bly; HarperCollins

Alembic, Vicki Graham; Red Dragonfly Press

The Bullfinch Rising from the Cherry Tree, Olav H. Hauge, Robert Hedin, translator; Brooding Heron Press

Bullroarer: A Sequence, Ted Genoways; Northeastern University Press

The Salt Hour, J.P. White; University of Illinois Press

Popular Fiction


Purgatory Ridge: A Cork O’Conner Mystery, William Kent Krueger; Pocket Books

The End of Enemies, Grant Blackwood; Berkley Books

The Merchant of Venus, Ellen Hart; St. Martin’s Press

Youth Literature


Zazoo, Richard Mosher; Clarion Books

Four to the Pole!, Nancy Loewen, co-author, Ann Bancroft, co-author; Linnet Books

Memory Boy, Will Weaver; HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Tiger Rising, Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick Press


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Honor Award

A Man’s Reach, Gov. Elmer L. Andersen, author and Lori Sturdevant, editor; University of Minnesota Press

Anthology & Collections

Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson, Sheila Coghill, co-editor, Thom Tammaro, co-editor; University of Iowa Press

33 Minnesota Poets, Emilio DeGrazia, co-editor, Monica DeGrazia, co-editor; Nodin Press

100 Years of Vintage Farm Tractors, Michael Dregni, editor; Voyageur Press

Autobiography & Memoir


Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir, Cheri Register; Minnesota Historical Society Press

The Barn at the End of the World, Mary Rose O’Reilley; Milkweed Editions

Eccentric Islands, Bill Holm; Milkweed Editions

Honor the Grandmothers: Dakota and Lakota Women Tell Their Stories, Sarah Penman, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Places in the World a Person Could Walk, David Syring; University of Texas Press



The Hunter, Mary Casanova, author, Ed Young, illustrator; Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Bonaparte, Marsha Wilson Chall, author, Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator; DK Publishing

Everything I Know About Pirates, Tom Lichtenheld, author & illustrator; Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Grandma’s Gone to Live in the Stars, Max Haynes, author & illustrator; Albert Whitman

Fine Press


The Summer House, Patricia Hampl, author, Harold Kyle, book artist, Michael Lizama, book artist, Mary Jo Pauly, book artist; Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Emerson Wulling: Printer for Pleasure, Gaylord Schanilec, author & book artist; Midnight Paper Sales Press

Gatherin Black Walnuts, Robert Coats, author, Regula Russelle, book artist; Cedar Fence Press

May 31, 1944, Isabella Leitner, author, Gerson Leiber, book artist, Philip Gallo, book artist; Hermetic Press/Oil Creek Press

Velocities of the Possible, Gonzalo Rojas, author, John Oliver Simon, translator, Scott King, book artist; Red Dragonfly Press

History and Biography


The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, Steven R. Hoffbeck; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, Wang Ping; University of Minnesota Press

Classic Fishing Lures and Tackle , Eric L. Sorenson; Voyageur Press

Cooperative Commonwealth: Co-ops in Rural Minnesota, 1859-1939, Steven J. Keillor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Dust: A History of the Small and Invisible, Joseph Amato; University of California Press

Nature & Minnesota


Wild Rice Cooking: History, Natural History, Harvesting, and Lore, Susan Carol Hauser; Lyons Press

Growing Home: Stories of Ethnic Gardening, Susan Davis Price; University of Minnesota Press

A Plague of Frogs, William Souder; Hyperion Books

The Wolves of Minnesota, L. David Mech, editor; Voyageur Press

Novel & Short Story

Shadow Baby, 
Alison McGhee; Harmony Books

Glory Goes and Gets Some, Emily Carter; Coffee House Press

The Pact, Walter J. Roers; New Rivers Press

Revenge of Underwater Man, Jarda Cervenka; University of Notre Dame Press

Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken, Shannon Olson; Viking



Turtle Pictures, Ray Gonzalez; University of Arizona Press

Coming Back to the Body, Joyce Sutphen; Holy Cow! Press

Rafting on the Water Table, Susan Steger Welsh; New Rivers Press

The Winter Keeper, Eva Hooker; Chapiteau Press

The Winter Road, Louis Jenkins; Holy Cow! Press

Popular Fiction


Dark Coulee, Mary Logue; Walker and Company

Easy Prey, John Sandford; G. P. Putnam’s Sons

The Last Good Man, Kathleen Eagle; William Morrow

Six Crooked Highways: A Novel, Wayne Johnson; Harmony Books

Young Adult


Curse of a Winter Moon, Mary Casanova; Hyperion Books for Children

Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick Press

Girls Think of Everything, Catherine Thimmesh, Houghton Mifflin Company

The Journal of Otto Peltonen, William Durbin; Scholastic

Mummies, Bones and Body Parts, Charlotte Wilcox, Lerner Publishing Group


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Biography and Memoir


Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, Patricia Weaver Francisco; HarperCollins (Cliff Street Books)

My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich; Graywolf Press

Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, Freya Manfred; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Grand Canyon Celebration: A Father-Son Journey of Discovery, Michael Quinn Patton; Prometheus Books



The Troll with No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Betsy Bowen, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

The Quiltmaker’s Gift, Jeff Brambeau, Gail de Marcken, illustrator; Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers

Grandmother Winter, Phyllis Root, Beth Krommes, illustrator; Houghton Mifflin

Fine Press


Broder, Anna Reckin, Paulette Myers-Rich, photographs and bookwork; Traffic Street Press

In the Rocks, Anonymous; Ampersand Club

Saturday Nights in Marietta, Robert Bly; Minnesota Center for Book Arts

2 for 5, Michael Dennis Browne, Patricia Hampl, Wilber Schilling, book artist; Weisman Art Museum



Minnesota’s Twentieth Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People, D.J. Tice; University of Minnesota Press

Minnesota Politics and Government, Daniel J. Elazar, Virginia Gray, Wyman Spano; University of Nebraska Press

Cass Gilbert, Architect: Modern Traditionalist; Sharon Irish; Monacelli Press

All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, Winona LaDuke; South End Press

Nature and Minnesota


Worlds within a World, Paul Gruchow, Richel Burkey, author of field notes; Minnesota’s Bookstore and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Finding the Forest, Peter P. Bundy; Masconomo Forestry

Southwest Minnesota: The Land and the People, David R. Pichaske, ed., Joseph Amato, ed.; Crossings Press

Talking Rocks: Geology and 10,000 Years of Native American Tradition in the Lake Superior Region, Ron Morton, Carl Gawboy; Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers

Rock Picker’s Guide to Lake Superior’s North Shore, Mark Sparky Stensaas, Rick Kollath, illustrator; Kollath-Stensaas Publishing



The Multicultiboho Sideshow Vol. 1, Alexs D. Pate, Avon

Seasons of Sun and Rain, Marjorie Dorner; Milkweed Editions

The Tall Pine Polka, Lorna Landvik; Ballantine

The Hiawatha, David Treuer; Picador


Tug, G.E. Patterson; Graywolf Press

The Deathbed Playboy, Philip Dacey; EWU Press

Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours, Diane Glancy, ed., Mark Nowak, ed.; Coffee House Press

Cabato Sentora, Ray Gonzalez; Boa Editions, Ltd.

An Alchemy in the Bones, William Reichard; New Rivers Press

Popular Fiction


Mrs. Million, Pete Hautman, Simon and Schuster

A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold, Baen Books

The Reeves Tale, Margaret Frazer; Berkley Prime Crime Publishing

Boundary Waters, William Kent Krueger; Pocket Books

Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery, Larry Millett; Viking Press

Short Story


Dating Miss Universe, Steven Polansky; Ohio State University Press

Taking the Wall, Jonis Agee; Coffee House Press

Keepsakes and Other Stories, Jon Hassler; Afton Historical Society Press

Music of the Inner Lakes, Roger Sheffer; New Rivers Press

Young Adult


Dove Song, Kristine L. Franklin, Candlewick Press

An Early Winter, Marion Dane Bauer; Clarion Books

Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun, Arvella Whitmore; Dial Books for Young Readers



Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Picture Books – Author


Elizabeti’s Doll, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen; Lee & Low Publishing, Inc.

Rupa Raises the Sun, Marsha Wilson Chall; DK Ink Publishing

I Need a Snake, Lynne Jonell; G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Letter to the Lake, Susan Marie Swanson; DK Publishing, Inc.

Making the World, Douglas Wood; Simon & Schuster

Picture Books – Illustrator


Out of the Ocean, Debra Frasier; Harcourt Brace & Company

M is for Minnesota, Dori Hillestad Butler, Janice Lee Porter, illustrator; University of Minnesota Press

Coppelia, Margot Fonteyn, Steve Johnson, illustrator, Lou Fancher, illustrator; Harcourt Brace & Company

Music Over Manhattan, Mark Karlins, Jack E. Davis, illustrator; Bantam, Doubleday, Dell

Scarecrow, Cynthia Ryland, Lauren Stringer, illustrator; Harcourt Brace & Company

Children’s Non-Fiction


Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I, Jane Resh Thomas; Clarion Books

Gloria Steinem, Feminist Extraordinaire, Caroline Evensen Lazo; Lerner Publications Company

Jane Gibbs: Little Bird That Was Caught, Anne E. Neuberger; Ramsey County Historical Society

Young People’s Fiction


Soldier’s Heart, Gary Paulsen; Delacorte Press

Sooner, Patricia Calvert; Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster

Hard Ball, Will Weaver; HarperCollins



Hiking Minnesota, John Pukite; Falcon

Bicycle Vacation Guide: Minnesota & Wisconsin, Doug Shidell and Vicky Vogels; Little Transport Press

Birds of Minnesota Field Guide, Stan Tekiela; Adventure Publications

Help and Guidance


Raising Nonviolent Children in a Violent World, Michael Obsatz; Augsburg/Augsburg Fortress

What Teens Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Shape Your Own Future, Peter L. Benson, Judy Galbraith, Pamela Espeland; Free Spirit Publishing

Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Coaches, Institute for Athletic Medicine, Scott Kulstad, editor; Fairview Press


The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, Sarah Susanka, Kira Obolensky; The Taunton Press, Inc.

Take the Young Stranger by the Hand: Same-sex Relations and the YMCA, John Donald Gustav-Wrathall; The University of Chicago Press

No-Fault Politics: Modern Presidents, The Press, and Reformers, Eugene McCarthy; Times Books/Random House

Creative Non-Fiction


Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map, Barton Sutter; University of Minnesota Press

The Cold-and-Hunger Dance, Diane Glancy; University of Nebraska Press

Arousal: Bodies and Pleasures, Martha Roth; Milkweed Editions

The Ice Palace That Melted Away; Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life, Bill (William) Stumpf; Pantheon Books/Random House



Valley of Grass: Tallgrass Prairie and Parkland of the Red River Region, Kim Alan Chapman, Adelheid Fischer, Mary Kinsella Ziegenhagen; North Star Press of St. Cloud

Black Bear Country, Michael Furtman; NorthWord Press

Winter Sign, Jim Dale Huot-Vickery; University of Minnesota Press

The Wolves of Denali, L.David Mech, Layne G. Adams, Thomas J. Meier, John W. Burch, Bruce W. Dale; University of Minnesota Press

Illustrated Book


Chased by the Light: A 90-Day Journey, Jim Brandenburg; NorthWord Press

Born to Pull, Gail de Marcken, illustrator, Bob Cary, author; Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers

Toy Farm Tractors, Bill Vossler, Andy Kraushaar, photography; Voyageur Press



Building Community, Keeping the Faith: German Catholic Vernacular Architecture in a Rural Minnesota Parish; Fred W. Peterson, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, Brenda J .Child; University of Nebraska Press

A Place at the Lake, Paul Clifford Larson; Afton Historical Society Press

The Promise Fulfilled: A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today, Odd S. Lovoll; University of Minnesota Press

Empire by Default: The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century, Ivan Musicant; Henry Holt and Company, Inc.



A Lake Superior Lawyer: A Biography of Chester Adgate Congdon, Roy O. Hoover; Superior Partners

Louise’s Legacy: Hamm Family Stories, Moira F. Harris, ed.; Pogo Press

Breaking Trail, Edgar E. Hetteen, Jay M. Lemke; Focus Publishing, Inc.

Collected Works

The Talking of Hands: Unpublished Writing by New Rivers Press Authors, New Rivers Press; New Rivers Press

Minnesota Seasons: Classic Tales of Life Outdoors, Scott Bestul, editor, The Cabin Bookshelf

Welcome to Your Life; Writings for the Heart of Young America, David Haynes, editor, Julie Landsman, editor; Milkweed Editions

Fantasy & Science Fiction


Komarr: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure, Lois McMaster Bujold; Baen Books

Dragon, Steven Brust, Tor Books

Juniper, Gentian, & Rosemary, Pamela Dean, Tor Books



The Witness of Combines, Kent Meyers; University of Minnesota Press

Barefoot on Crane Island, Marjorie Myers Douglas; Minnesota Historical Society Press

A Finntown of the Heart, Patricia Johnson Eilola; North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art, George Morrison
as told to Margot Fortunato Galt; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Reluctant Dissenter: An Autobiography, James Patrick Shannon; The Crossroad Publishing Company



Iron Lake, William Kent Krueger; Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster Inc.

Closed in Silence, Joan M. Drury; Spinsters Ink

The Big Law, Chuck Logan; HarperCollins

Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders: From the American Chronicles of John H. Watson, M.D., Larry Millett; Viking

Novels and Short Stories


Rainlight, Alison McGhee; Papier-Mache Press

How the Dead Live: Stories, Alvin Greenberg; Graywolf Press

Trip Sheets, Ellen Hawley; Milkweed Editions

Our Sometime Sister: A Novel, Norah Labiner; Coffee House Press

Range of Light: A Novel, Valerie Miner; Zoland Books, Inc.

Blue Bossa, Bart Schneider; Viking Penguin



The Green Tuxedo, Janet A. Holmes; University of Notre Dame Press

Sermon on a Perfect Spring Day: Poems, Philip Bryant; New Rivers Press

Temporary Help: Poems, John Engman [Minneapolis, d. 1996]; Holy Cow! Press

The Old Liberators: New and Selected Poems and Translations, Robert Hedin; Holy Cow! Press

Yesterday Had a Man in It, Leslie Adrienne Miller; Carnegie Mellon University Press

Sacred Vows, U Sam Oeur; Coffee House Press

Fine Press


Roar Shocks, David Rathman; Hermetic Press

Waterfalls of the Mississippi, Richard Fred Arey, Color engravings by Gaylord Schanilec; Minnesota Outdoors Press
*Winner of the 1999 John T. Flanagan Award

The Everyday Magic of Walterlee Higgins, David Haynes; Minnesota Center for Book Arts


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Autobiography & Biography


John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life, Paul C. Nagel; Knopf

Minstrel: My Adventures in Newspapering, Jim Klobuchar; University of Minnesota Press

Romanoff–Prince of Rogues: The Life & Times of a Hollywood Icon, Jane Pejsa; Kenwood Publishing

Children’s Non-Fiction

Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children, David L. Parker; Lerner Publishing Group

Afrikatrek: A Journey by Bicycle Through Africa, Dan Buettner; Lerner Publishing Group

Great Lives: The American Frontier, Patricia Calvert; Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans: How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World, Sylvia A. Johnson; Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Horsepower: The Wonder of Draft Horses, Cris Peterson, Alvis Upitis, illustrator; Boyds Mills Press

Collected Works


Tanzania on Tuesday: Writing by American Women Abroad, Kathleen Coskran, editor, C.W. Truesdale, editor; New Rivers Press

North Writers II: Our Place in the Woods, John Henricksson, editor; University of Minnesota Press

The Most Wonderful Books: Writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading, Michael Dorris, editor, Emilie Buchwald, editors; Milkweed Editions

Creative Non-Fiction


North Enough: Aids and Other Clear-Cuts, Jan Zita Grover; Graywolf Press

The West Pole, Diane Glancy; University of Minnesota Press

The Rez Road Follies: Canoes, Casinos, Computers, and Birch Bark Baskets, Jim Northrup; Kodansha

Fantasy & Science Fiction

From the End of the Twentieth Century, John M. Ford; NESFA Press

Freedom and Necessity, Stephen Brust, Emma Bull; TOR

Emerald House Rising, Peg Kerr; Warner Books

Fun & Humor


Growing Up Lutheran: What Does This Mean?, Janet Letnes Martin, Suzann Johnson Nelson; Caranga Press

Having Fun with Baseball Nicknames, Phil Blazovich; MLC Publications

Burma-Shave: The Rhymes, the Signs, the Times, Bill Vossler; North Star Press of St. Cloud

Help & Guidance


Taking Charge of My Mind and Body: A Girl’s Guide to Outstmarting Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking, and Eating Problems, Gladys Folkers, Jeanne Engelmann, Marie Olofsdotter, illustrator; Free Spirit Publishing

Brave New Girls: Creative Ideas to Help Girls Be Confident, Healthy, & Happy, Jeanette Gadeberg; Fairview Press

The Therapy Answer Book: Getting the Most Out of Counseling, Kathleen J. Papatola; Fairview Press



Icy Pleasures: Minnesota Celebrates Winter, Paul Clifford Larson; Afton Historical Society

The Loaf that Became a Legend: A History of Saint John’s Bread, Kenneth M. Jones, Diane Deale Jones; North Star Press of St. Cloud

Salt Lantern: Traces of an American Family, William Towner Morgan; University of Iowa Press

Illustrated Books


Connections & Reflections: Mothers & Daughters in Their Own Light, in Their Own Words, Catherine Koemptgen; Pfeifer Hamilton

15 Years in a Photographer’s Life, Nadine Blacklock; Blacklock Nature Photography

Death of the Dream: Classic Minnesota Farmhouses, William G. Gabler; Afton Historical Society Press



Minnesota Business Almanac: Minnesota’s Guide to Business, 1997-1998 edition, A publication of Twin Cities Business Monthly, MSP Communications, Greg Breining; Fodor’s Travel Publications/Compass American Guides

36 One-Day Discovery Tours: Fun Places to Drive Within and From Minneapolis and St. Paul, new and expanded edition, Carvel Lee; Nodin Press

Mystery & Detective


Practice to Deceive, David Housewright; Norton

Term Limits, Vince Flynn; Cloak & Dagger Press

Murder in the Air, Ellen Hart; Ballantine Books



A Wild Neighborhood, John Henricksson, Betsy Bowen, illustrator; University of Minnesota Press

Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild, Paul Gruchow; Milkweed Editions
*Winner of the 1998 John T. Flanagan Award

Sugartime: The Hidden Pleasures of Making Maple Syrup with a Primer for the Novice Sugarer, Susan Carol Hauser; The Lyons Press



Cleaning Up: The Story Behind the Biggest Legal Bonanza of Our Time, David Lebedoff; The Free Press

Golf Beats Us All (and So We Love It), Joseph A. Amato; Johnson Books

Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America, John D. Bessler; Northeastern University Press

The Spirit of the Sixties: The Making of Postwar Radicalism, James J. Farrell; Routledge

The History of Money: From Sandstone to Cyberspace, Jack Weatherford; Crown Publishers


Floating Kingdom: A Novel, George Rabasa; Coffee House Press

Bitter Grounds, Sandra Benitez; Hyperion

Errands, Judith Guest; Ballantine Books

The Dean’s List, Jon Hassler; Ballantine Books

All American Dream Dolls, David Haynes; Milkweed Editions

Your Oasis on Fame Lake, Lorna Landvik; Fawcett Columbine

Personal Papers


The Far Islands and Other Cold Places: Travel Essays of a Victorian Lady, Elizabeth Taylor, James Taylor Dunn, editor; Pogo Press

Dear Poppa: The World War II Berman Family Letters, Compiled by Ruth Berman, Judy Barett Litoff, editor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Views from the Publisher’s Desk: Editorials by Elmer L. AndersenFormer Governor of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen; Nodin Press

Picture Books


If You Were Born a Kitten, Marion Dane Bauer; Simon & Schuster Books for Younger Readers

Is That You, Winter?: A Story, Stephen Gammell; Harcourt, Brace & Company/Silver Whistle

Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend Retold, Betsy Bowen, illustrator, Nancy Van Laan, author; Houghton Mifflin

The Lost and Found House, Steve Johnson, illustrator, Lou Fancher, illustrator, Michael Cadnum, author; Viking

The Year of the Ranch, Alice McLeran; Viking

Wanted: Best Friend, A.M. Monson; Dial Books for Young Readers

Rosie’s Fiddle, Phyllis Root; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Celebration!, Jane Resh Thomas; Hyperion Books for Children



Selected Poems, 1965-1995, Michael Dennis Browne, Carnegie Mellon Press

Morning Poems, Robert Bly, HarperCollins

Faith in Ice Times: Poems, Mark Christensen; Loonfeather Press

Home from the Field: Collected Poems, Leo Dangle; Spoon River Poetry Press

Fishing for Myth, Heid E. Erdrich; New Rivers Press

Bonfire: Poems, Connie Wanek; New Rivers Press

Short Stories


Small Invasions: Stories, Beth Weatherby; Plains Press

Grandmother’s Gift: Stories from the Anishinabeg, Anne M. Dunn; Holy Cow! Press

The Natural Father, Robert Lacy; New Rivers Press

Crowning the Queen of Love: Short Stories, Susan Welch; Coffee House Press

Young Adult Fiction


The Broken Blade, William Durbin; Delacorte Press

Wolf Shadows, Mary Casanova; Hyperion Books for Children

Lone Wolf, Kristine L. Franklin; Candlewick Press

Thin Ice, Marsha Qualey; Delacorte Publishing


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Biography and History


Aldo Leopold: A Fierce Green Fire, Marybeth Lorbiecki; Falcon Publishing

Remembering China, 1935-1945: A Memoir, Bea Exner Liu; New Rivers Press

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: Toward the Summit, Dave Page
John Koblas; North Star Press of St. Cloud

And Prairie Dogs Weren’t Kosher: Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest Since 1855, Linda Mack Schloff; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Children’s Non-Fiction


Snapshot: America Discovers the Camera, Kenneth P. Czech; Lerner Publications

Jimmy Carter: On the Road to Peace, Carol Lazo; Dillon Press

Diseases: Finding the Cure, Robert Mulcahy; The Oliver Press

Free to Dream. The Making of a Poet: Langston Hughes, Audrey Osofsky; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Collected Works


Changing the Bully that Rules the World: Reading and Thinking About Ethics, Carol Bly, editor; Milkweed Editions

Irene: Selected Writings of Irene Paul, Gayla Ellis and others, editors; Midwest Villages & Voices

The Frederick Manfred Reader, John Calvin Rezmerski, editor; Holy Cow! Press

Going to the Lake, Betty Rossi, editor, Elmo Heggie, editor; Loonfeather Press

Help & Guidance


The Manipulative Child: How to Gain Control and Raise Resilient, Resourceful, and Independent Kids, E. W. Swihart, Patrick D. Cotter; Macmillan

Lifekeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here, What You Do Best, Jane A. G. Kise, David Stark; Bethany House Press

Cooperation Works: How People Are Using Cooperative Action to Rebuild Communities and Revitalize the Economy, E. G. Nadeau; Loan Oak Press

The Smart Consumers Book of Questions, Linda Mack Ross; Chicago Review Press

Illustrated Books


Minnesota’s Architect: The Life and Work of Clarence H. Johnston, Paul Clifford Larson; Afton Historical Society Press

Maya Quest: The Interactive Expedition, Dan Buettner; Onion Press

Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood, Wing Young Huie; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Twin Cites Then and Now, Larry Millett, Jerry Mathiason, photographer; Minnesota Historical Society Press


Canoe Country Flora: Plants and Trees of the North Woods and Boundary Waters, Mark Stensaas; Pfeifer-Hamilton

Fred’s Best Guide to Twin Cities Winter Recreation, Richard ‘Fred’ Arey; Minnesota Outdoor Press

Nature’s Revenge: The Secrets of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Their Remedies, Susan Hauser; Lyons & Burford

A Field Guide to Cows, John Pukite; Falcoln Press Publishing



Patty’s Journey: From Orphanage to Adoption and Reunion, Donna Scott Norling; University of Minnesota Press

Crossing the Moon: A Journey Through Infertility, Paulette Bates Alden; Hungry Mind Press

Rescuing Little Roundhead, Syl Jones; Milkweed Editions

Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity, David Mura; Anchor Books

Minnesota Places

Tales of the Old North Shore: Paintings and Companion Stories, Howard Sivertson; Lake Superior Port Cities

To Call It Home: The New Immigrants of Southwestern Minnesota
Joseph A. Amato and others, Crossings Press

Afton Remembered, Edwin G. Robb; Afton Historical Society Press

Grand Avenue: The Renaissance of an Urban Street, Billoine Whiting Young, David Lanegran; North Star Press of St. Cloud

Mystery & Detective


Silent Words, Joan M. Drury; Spinsters Ink

The Oldest Sin, Ellen Hart; Ballantine Books

The Mortal Nuts, Pete Hautman; Simon & Schuster



Far From Tame: Reflections From the Heart of a Continent, Laurie Allmann; University of Minnesota Press

North Country Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to the Great Outdoors, Anne Braatas; Pioneer Books

Explorations in the Ordinary: A Backyard Naturalist’s View of Minnesota, David R. Moffatt; North Star Press of St. Cloud

Smithson’s Island: The Necessity of Solitude, Judith Ann Smithson; Lone Oak Press



The Garden of Eating: Food, Sex and the Hunger for Meaning, Jeremy Iggers; Basic Books

The American Barbershop: A Closer Look at a Disappearing Place, Mic Hunter; Face to Face Books

The Last Word on Lutefisk: True Tales of Cod and Tradition, Gary Legwold; Conrad Henry Press



Tales of Burning Love, Louise Erdrich; Harper Collins

Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears, Diane Glancy; Harcourt Brace

Live at Five, David Haynes; Milkweed Editions

The Empress of One, Faith Sullivan; Milkweed Editions

Personal Voices


The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth: Minneota, Minnesota, Bill Holm; Milkweed Editions
*Also winner of the 1997 John T. Flanagan Award

The Snow Lotus: Exploring the Eternal Moment, Peter Leschak; University of Minnesota Press

A Haunting Reverence: Meditations on a Northern Land, Kent Nerburn; New World Library

Picture Books


Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble, Phyllis Root, author; Candlewick Press

Mud, Lauren Stringer, illustrator; Harcourt Brace

The Fiddler of the Northern Lights, Leslie W. Bowman, illustrator; Cobblehill Books/Dutton

Night Driving, John Coy, author; Henry Holt & Company

My Many Colored Days, Steve Johnson, illustrator, Lou Fancher, illustrator; Knopf

Ghost Dance, Alice McLerran, author; Clarion

October Smiled Back, Lisa Westberg Peters, author; Henry Holt

Remember That, Karen Ritz, illustrator; Clarion



War Baby Express, Roseann Lloyd, Holy Cow! Press

To Collect the Flesh: Poems, Greg Hewett, New Rivers Press

Dovetailed Corners: Prose Poems, Jim Johnson, Marlene Wisuri, photographer, J.C. Hendricks, photographer; Holy Cow! Press

On the Road with Patsy Cline: Poems, John W. Reinhard; New Rivers Press

Short Stories


Glass Houses: Stories, George Rabasa; Coffee House Press

One Last Dance with Lawrence Welk, Peter Damian Bellis; River Boat Books

The Dance Hall at Spring Hill: Stories, Duke Klassen; New Rivers Press

An Explanation for Chaos, Julie Schumacher; Soho Press

The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped and Other Stories, Marie Sheppard Williams; Coffee House Press

Young Adult Fiction


Sees Behind Trees, Michael Dorris; Hyperion Books for Children

Riot, Mary Casanova; Hyperion Books for Children

Nerd No More, Kristine L. Franklin; Candlewick Press

Book of Enchantments, Patricia C. Wrede; Harcourt Brace: Jane Yolen Book; Hyperion Books for Children


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.


Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance
Jack Sutin
Rochelle Sutin
Lawrence Sutin, editor
Graywolf Press

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sandy Berman But Were Afraid To Ask
Chris Dodge, editor
Jan DeSirey, editor

Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist
Philip Furia
Oxford University Press

Norwegian Yankee: Knute Nelson and the Failure of American Politics, 1860-1923
Millard L. Gieske
Steven J. Keillor
The Norwegian-American Historical Association

Children’s Non-Fiction

Bookworks: Making Books by Hand
Gwenyth Swain, author
with Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Jennifer Hagerman, illustrator
Carolrhoda Books

A Writer’s Story: From Life to Fiction
Marion Dane Bauer
Clarion Books

Kwanzaa Karamu: Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaan Feast
Maryann N. Brady
Barbara Knutson, illustrator
Robert L. Wolfe, photographer
Diane Wolfe. photographer
Carolrhoda Books

A Drummer-Boy’s Diary: Comprising Four Years of Service with the Second Regiment Minnesota Veteran Volunteers, 1861-1865
Newell L. Chester, editor
North Star Press of Saint Cloud

Up to the Plate: The All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Margot Fortunato Galt
Lerner Publications

Electrifying Medicine: How Electricity Sparked a Medical Revolution
Brenda L. Himrich
Stew Thornley
Lerner Publications

Collected Works

Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest
Mark Vinz, editor
Thom Tammaro, editor
University of Minnesota Press

Ringing in the Wilderness: Selections from the North Country Anvil
Rhoda R. Gilman, editor
Holy Cow! Press

Twenty-six Minnesota Writers
Monica DeGrazia
Emilio DeGrazia
Nodin Press

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Eagan The Unnatural
David Prill
St. Martins Press

Oakdale Headcrash
Bruce Bethke
Aspect Warner

Cat’s Paw
L. A. Taylor

Help & Guidance

Realistic Oil Painting Techniques
Kurt Anderson
North Light Books

Making Sense of Adolescence: How to Parent from the Heart
John Crudele
Richard A. Erickson
Triumph Books

England as You Like It: An Independent Traveler’s Companion
Susan Allen Toth
Ballantine Books


Professor Wellstone Goes to Washington
Dennis J. McGrath
Dane Smith
University of Minnesota Press

Upper Mississippi River History: Fact, Fiction, Legend
Ron Larson
Steamboat Press

Divided Waters: The Naval History of the Civil War
Ivan Musicant

Gentle Warriors: Clara Ueland and the Minnesota Struggle for Woman Suffrage
Barbara Stuhler
Minnesota Historical Society Press

Illustrated Book

The Architecture of Edwin Lunde
Dale Mulfinger
Peter Kerze, photographer
Eveleth Minnesota Historical Society Press

Duluth Portfolio
Craig Blacklock
Nadine Blacklock

Minnesota, the Spirit of the Land
Douglas Wood
Greg Ryan, photographer
Saint Paul Voyageur Press


A Concise Dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe
Earl Nyholm
University of Minnesota Press

Twin Cities Bicycling
Richard ‘Fred’ Arey
Minnesota Outdoor Press

Twin Cities Family Fun Spots
Lisa Sabroski
Blue Sky Marketing


Minnesota Gardens: An Illustrated History
Susan Davis Price
Afton Historical Society Press

At the Headwaters: The 1993 Flood in Southwestern Minnesota: 40 Photos and 40 Essays
Joseph Amato, editor
Janet Timmerman, editor
Southwest State University Press

Gopher Glory: 100 Years of University of Minnesota Basketball
Steve Perlstein
Layers Publishing

Mystery & Detective

Faint Praise: A Jane Lawless Mystery
Ellen Hart
Seal Press

The Ditched Blond
Harold Adams
Walker Publishing

Grave Choices
M. D. Lake, pseudonym for Allen Simpson
Avon Books

The Weatherman
Steve Thayer
Viking Press


Minnesota’s Natural Heritage
John R. Tester
University of Minnesota Press

Upland Game Birds
Dick Sternberg
Cy Decosse

Nature Smart: A Family Guide to Nature
Stan Tekiela
Karen Shanberg
Julie Janke, illustrator
Afton Adventure Publications

Minnesota’s Saint Croix River Valley and Anoka Sandplain
Daniel Wovcha
Barbara C. Delaney
Gerda E. Nordquist
University of Minnesota Press


Grass Roots: The Universe of Home
Paul Gruchow
Milkweed Editions

Dahcotah; or, Life and Legends of the Sioux Around Fort Snelling
Barbara J. Arney, designer
Mary Henderson Eastman, author
Afton Historical Society Press

Law v. Life: What Lawyers Are Afraid to Say About the Legal Profession
Walt Bachman
Four Directions Press

Passages of Pride: Lesbian and Gay Youth Come of Age
Kurt Chandler
Times Books


David Treuer
Graywolf Press

Rookery Blues
Jon Hassler
Ballantine Books

Somebody Else’s Mama
David Haynes
Milkweed Editions

Patty Jane’s House of Curl
Lorna Landvik
Bridge Works Publishing

The Body is Water
Julie Schumacher
Soho Press

Personal Voices

Shepherdess: Notes from the Field
Joan Jarvis Ellison
Purdue University Press

Tales from Jackpine Bob
Bob Cary

“Trust Me, I’m a Doctor”:  Humorous Second Opinions for Everyday Life
Mark DePaolis
Fairview Press


The Long Experience of Love
Jim Moore
Milkweed Editions

What They Always Were: Poems
Norita Dittberner-Jax
New Rivers Press

Happiness: Poems
Deborah Keenan
Coffee House Press

Silver Dollar: Poems
CarolAnn Russell
West End Press

When the Italians Came to My Town
Thom Tammaro
Spoon River Poetry Press

Short Stories

Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers: Stories
Ann Lundberg Grunke
New Rivers Press

A .38 Special and a Broken Heart: Short Stories
Jonis Agee
Coffee House Press

Leech Lake When Beaver Was Very Great: Stories to Live By
Anne M. Dunn
Sharon L. White, illustrator
Midwest Traditions

Young Adult Fiction

Marsha Qualey
Houghton Mifflin

River of Champions
Mary Halvorson
New Directions Press

Farm Team
Will Weaver

Younger Children

Ellis Island: Doorway to Freedom [Winner for illustrator]
Karen Ritz, illustrator
Steven Kroll, author
Holiday House
Daddy Played Music for the Cows [Winner for author]
Maryann N. Weidt
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

When I Go Camping with Grandma
Marion Dane Bauer
Bridgewater Books

Gathering: A Northwoods Counting Book
Betsy Bowen
Little, Brown

Dance with Me
Barbara Juster Esbensen

Cat, You Better Come Home
Steve Johnson, illustrator
Lou Fancher, illustrator
Garrison Keillor, author

Snail and Buffalo
Jim Latimer
Orchard Books


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.



Eggs in the Coffee, Sheep in the Corn: My 17 Years as a Farm Wife, Marjorie Myers Douglas; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Hellroaring: The Life and Times of a Fire Bum, Peter M. Leschak; North Star Press of Saint Cloud

Gratia Countryman: Her Life, Her Loves and Her Library, Jane Pejsa; Nodin Press

Children’s Non-Fiction


Sovietrek: A Journey by Bicycle Across Russia, Dan Buettner; Lerner Publications

Kerry, A Teenage Mother, Maggi Aitkens; Lerner Publications

Wings of Magic, 2nd ed., Sandy Ehlers; McCartney

A Beekeeper’s Year, Sylvia A. Johnson, Nick Von Ohlen, photographer; Little, Brown and Company

Jackie Joyner Kersee: Superwoman, Jennifer Larson; Lerner Publications

Hilde and Eli: Children of the Holocaust, Karen Ritz, illustrator, David A. Adler, author; Holiday House

Fantasy & Science Fiction


A College of Magics, Caroline Stevermer; TOR

Five Hundred Years After, Steven Brust; TOR

Double Feature, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly; NESFA Press

The Dubious Hills, Pamela Dean; TOR

Fiction (Novel & Stories)


Seventeen Grams of Soul, Emilio DeGrazia; Lone Oak Press

Losing Absalom: A Novel, Alexs D. Pate; Coffee House Press

The Peace Terrorist: Stories, Carol Masters; New Rivers Press

Hitting Into the Wind, William Meissner; Random House

A Walking Fire: A Novel, Valerie Miner; State University of New York Press

Rainy Lake: A Novel, Mary Francois Rockcastle; Graywolf Press

Help & Guidance


Suicide: Why? 85 Questions and Answers About Suicide. 2nd ed., Adina Wrobleski; Afterwords Publishing

Roughing it Elegantly: A Practical Guide to Canoe Camping. 2nd ed., Linda Oliver Isakson, author, Patricia J. Bell, illustrator; Cat’s Paw Press

Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey, Michael Winer, Karen Ray; Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Mediasmart: How to Handle a Reporter, By a Reporter, Dennis Stauffer; MinneApplePress

The Six Steps to Excellence in Selling: The Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Selling, Warren M. Wechsler; Better Books



As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s, Karal Ann Marling; Harvard University Press

Material Culture and People’s Art Among the Norwegians in America, Marion J. Nelson, editor; Norwegian-American Historical Association

Churchill’s Deception: The Dark Secret that Destroyed Nazi Germany, Louis C. Kilzer; Simon & Schuster

North Star Statehouse: An Armchair Guide to the Minnesota State Capitol, Thomas O’Sullivan; Pogo Press

Illustrated Book


The Shape of Things: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques, Patricia Condon Johnston; Live Oak Press and Afton Historical Society Press

Gooseberry, Craig Blacklock, Nadine Blacklock; Pfeifer-Hamilton

Saint John’s in Pictures, Michael Crouser; The Veronica Press

The Twin Cities Naturally: A Pictorial Tour of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area, Greg Ryan, Sally Beyer; Voyageur Press


Minnesota Job Seeker’s Sourcebook: The Complete Statewide Guide to Job-Seeking Support Services. 2nd ed., Pati Gelfman, editor; Resource Publishing Group

Where the Waters Gather and the Rivers Meet: An Atlas of the Eastern Sioux, Paul Durand; Paul C. Durand

A Rustling of Wings: An Angelic Guide to the Twin Cities, Joan Nyberg, Richard Nyberg, photographer; Wingtip Press

Fishing Lake Superior: A Complete Guide to Stream, Shoreline, and Open-Water Angling, Shawn Perich; Pfeifer-Hamilton

Mystery & Detective


A Small Sacrifice: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart; Seal Press

A Way with Widows: A Carl Wilcox Mystery, Harold Adams; Walker

The Bishop’s Tale, Margaret Frazer, pseud., Mary Monica Kuhfeld, Gail Frazer; Berkley Prime Crime

Red Trance, R. D. Zimmerman; Morrow



Amphibians and Reptiles Native to Minnesota, John J. Moriarty; University of Minnesota Press

Wild Minnesota, Greg Breining; NorthWord Press

Sky Spirit: The American Bald Eagle, Michael Furtman; NorthWord Press

Wilderness Visionaries: Leopold, Thoreau, Muir, Olson, Murie, Service, Marshall, Rutstrum, Jim Dale Vickery; NorthWord Press



Mother Journeys: Feminists Write About Mothering, Martha Roth, editor, Amy Sheldon, editor; Spinster’s Ink

Rebel Baseball: The Summer the Game was Returned to the Fans, Steve Perlstein; Onion Press

Savages and Civilization: Who Will Survive?, Jack Weatherford; Crown

Older Children


Am I Blue: Coming Out from the Silence, Marion Dane Bauer, editor; HarperCollins

A Question of Trust, Marion Dane Bauer; Scholastic

Writing to Richie, Patricia Calvert; Scribners

A Place to Belong, Emily Crofford; Carolrhoda Books

A Bride for Anna’s Papa, Isabel R. Marvin, Kay Sather, illustrator; Milkweed Editions

Come in From the Cold, Marsha Qualey; Houghton-Mifflin

Personal Voices


Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, Kent Nerburn; New World Library

Seeing the Raven: A Narrative of Renewal, Peter M. Leschak; University of Minnesota Press

Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Women, Life and Love, Kent Nerburn; New World Library



Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems, Louis Jenkins; Holy Cow! Press

Handmade Paper: Poems, Patricia Barone; New Rivers Press

Meditations on the Insatiable Soul: Poems, Robert Bly; HarperCollins

The Physicist at the Mall, Janet Holmes; Anhinga Press

Ungodliness: Poems, Leslie Adrienne Miller; Carnegie Mellon University Press

Horse of Earth: Poems, Thomas R. Smith; Holy Cow! Press

Younger Children (author & illustrator)

Imani in the Belly, Deborah M. Newton Chocolate, Alex Boies, illustrator; BridgeWater Books

Eve and Smithy: An Iowa Tale, Michelle Edwards; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

The Masked Maverick, Jacqueline K. Ogburn, Nancy Carlson, illustrator; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

The Great Buffalo Race: How the Buffalo Got Its Hump; A Seneca Tale Retold, Barbara Juster Esbensen; Little, Brown and Company

My Head is Full of Colors, Catherine Friend; Hyperion Books for Children

Clouds of Terror, Laurie K. Johnson, illustrator; Carolrhoda Books

Sam, Who Was Swallowed by a Shark, Phyllis Root, Candlewick Press


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

Minnesota Community of the Book
Special Award Honorees


A Guide to Minnesota Writers: Expanded and Revised, Ron Barron; Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, 1993
Burgess International Group, distributor

Minnesota’s Literary Visitors, John Theodore Flanagan, Moira F. Harris; Pogo Press

Discover Minnesota: An Annotated Bibliography of Books for Children in Grades K-9, Marianne Miller Hudec; Burgess International Group

Collected Works


Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest, Mark Vinz, editor, Thom Tammaro, editor; University of Minnesota Press

Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories, Pam Keesey, editor; Cleis Press

Do You Know Me Now? , Elisabeth Rosenberg, editor, Andreas Rosenberg, illustrator, Megan O’Leary, illustrator; Normandale Community College

What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread: Poems, Alden Nowlan, Thomas R. Smith, editor; Nineties Press; Aly Press Center, distributor

Fantasy & Science Fiction


Ring of Swords, Eleanor Arnason; TOR Books

Agyar, Steven Brust, TOR, 1993

Growing Up Weightless, John M. Ford; Bantam Books/Spectra

Nevernever, Will P.J.F. Shetterley; Jane Yolen Books

Calling on Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede; Jane Yolen Books



 A Place Where the Sea Remembers, Sandra Benitez; Coffee House Press

Strange Angels, Jonis Agee; Ticknor & Fields

Dear James, Jon Hassler, Ballantine Books

Right By My Side: A Novel, David Haynes; New Rivers Press

Blue Bel Air, Brett Laidlaw; W.W. Norton

No Matter What, Mary Saracino; Spinsters Ink



The Hike Into the Sun: Memoir of an American Soldier Captured on Bataan in 1942 and Imprisoned by the Japanese until 1945, Bernard T. FitzPatrick, John A. and Sweetser; McFarland & Company

White-Man-Runs-Him (Crow Scout with Custer), Dennis W. Harcey, Brian R. Croone with Joe Medicine Crow; Evanston Publishing

Snelling: Minnesota’s First Family, Barbara K. Luecke, John C. Luecke; Egan, Grenadier

Clare of Assisi: A Biographical Study, Ingrid J. Peterson; Franciscan Press

What This Awl Means: Feminist Archeology of a Wahpeton Dakota Village, Janet D. Spector, Chris C. Cavender, contributor, Diane M. Stolen, contributor, Mary K. Whelan, contributor, Randall M. Withrow, contributor; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Illustrated Book


Lake Superior Images, Craig Blacklock; Blacklock Nature Photography

Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise, Jim Brandenburg; NorthWord Press

Native Nations: First Americans as Seen by Edward S. Curtis, Christopher Cardozo, editor, George P. Horse Capture, foreword; Little Brown & Company: A Bullfinch Press Book

Landscape of Ghosts, Bill Holm, Bob Firth, photographer; Voyageur Press



Writing for Business: Helpful, Easy-to-Apply Advice for Everyone Who Writes on the Job, Stephen Wilbers; The Good Writing Press

Minneapolis-St. Paul: People Place and Public Life, John S. Adams, Barbara J. VanDrasek; University of Minnesota Press

30 Steps to Becoming a Writer–and Getting Published: The Complete Starter Kit for Aspiring Writers, Scott Edelstein; Writer’s Digest Books

Bringing Baby Home: An Owner’s Manual, Laura Zahn; Down to Earth



Basic Needs: A Year with Street Kids in a City School, Julie Landsman; Milkweed Editions

The Great Jerusalem Artichoke Circus: The Buying and Selling of the Rural American Dream, Joseph Anthony Amato; University of Minnesota Press

Knowing Where the Fountains Are: Stories and Stark Realities of Homeless Youth, Kevin Cwayna; Deaconess Press

Hard-Pressed in the Heartland: The Hormel Strike and the Future of Labor Movement, Peter Rachleff; SouthEnd Press

Mystery & Detective


Black Dreams, Kate Green; HarperCollins

The Other Side of Silence, Joan Drury; Spinsters Ink

Cry Vengeance, Ron Handberg; Carol Publishing Group

A Killing Cure: A Jane Lawless Mystery, Ellen Hart; Seal Press

Drawing Dead, Pete Hautman; Simon & Schuster

Still Explosion, Mary Logue; Seal Press



News From the Border–A Mother’s Memoir of her Autistic Son, Jane Taylor McDonnell, Paul McDonnell, afterword; Tickner & Fields

Transforming a Rape Culture, Emilie Buchwald, editor, Pamela Fletcher, editor, Martha Roth, editor; Milkweed Editions

How to Stop Crime, Anthony V. Bouza; Plenum Press

Birth of a New World: An Open Moment for International Leadership, Harlan Cleveland, Robert S. McNamara, foreword; Jossey-Bass

Medical Cost Crisis: A Common-Sense Solution, Don W. Larson; Bond Publishing

Older Children’s Fiction


Revolutions of the Heart, Marsha Qualey; Houghton-Mifflin

A Taste of Smoke, Marion Dane Bauer; Clarion Books

Champ Hobarth, Judith Bernie Strommen; Henry Holt

Striking Out, Will Weaver; HarperCollins

Older Children’s Non-Fiction


To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves, Jim Brandenburg, JoAnn Bren Guernsey, editor; Walker

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A New Kind of First Lady; JoAnn Bren Guernsey, Lerner Publications

American Woman: Hidden in History, Forging the Future, 2nd ed., Roger A. Hammer, Island-in-the-Universe Woman, editing and foreword, Christie Nelson-Weyh, principal illustrator, Britta Hallin, illustrator, Paul Moran, illustrator, Ta-coumba Aiken, illustrator; Place in the Woods

Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking, Laura Waterman Wittstock, Dale Kakkak, photographer, Michael Dorris, foreword; Lerner Publications

Personal Voices


Walking the Rez Road, Jim Northrup, Med Aerol, foreword; Voyageur Press

Firesticks: A Collection of Stories, Diane Glancy; University of Oklahoma Press

Bumming with the Furies: Out on the Trail of Experience, Peter M. Leschak, Mark Coyle, illustrator, Fred Yiran, illustrator, Patrick Dwyer, illustrator; North Star Press of Saint Cloud

Meeting the Neighbors: Sketches of Life on the Northern Prairie, W. Scott Olsen; North Star Press of Saint Cloud



The Book of Names, Barton Sutter; BOA Editions

The Second Thing I Remember: A Collection of Poems, Judith Hougen; New Rivers Press

Boars’ Dance: Poems, Joe Paddock; Holy Cow! Press

Feast, CarolAnn Russell, Marce Wood, illustrator; Loonfeather Press

Caution, Thin Ice: Poems, Larry Schug; NorthStar Press of Saint Cloud

The Book of Hearts, Karen Herseth Wee; Black Hat Press

Younger Children


Tracks in the Wild, Betsy Bowen; Little, Brown

Sungura and Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale, Barbara Knutson; Little, Brown

Playful Slider: The North American River Otter, Barbara Juster Esbensen, Mary Barnett Brown. illustrator; Little, Brown

Monster Mama, Liz Rosenberg, Stephen Gammell, illustrator; Philomel

Sato and the Elephants, Juanita Havill, Jean Tseng, illustrator, Mou-sien Tseng, illustrator; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

Moose and Friends, Jim Latimer, Carolyn Ewing, illustrator; Scribner

A Picture Book of Anne Frank, David Adler, Karen Ritz, illustrator; Holiday House


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.


The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women, Rosalie Maggio, editor; Beacon Press

A World Treasury of Folk Wisdom, Reynolds Feldman, editor, Cynthia Voelke, editor; HarperCollins

Rooster Crows at Light from the Bombing: Echoes from the Gulf War, Anthony Signorelli, editor, Paul MacAdam, editor; Inroads Press



Scandinavian Feasts, Beatrice A. Ojankangas, Michael Grimaldi, photographer; Stewart, Tabori & Chang; distributed in the US by Workman Publishing Co.

The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, The Heartland of Northern Italian Food, Lynne Rossetto Kaspar; Morrow

Cafe Brenda Cookbook: Redefining Seafood and Vegetarian Cuisine, Brenda Langton, Margaret Stuart; Voyageur Press

Lutheran Church Basement Women, Janet Letnes Martin, Al Todnem; Redbird Production



Winter Roads, Summer Fields: Stories, Marjorie Dorner, Allen Servoss, illustrator; Milkweed Editions

Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound: A Novel, Judith Katz; Firebrand Books

Just This Side of Fargo, W. Scott Olsen; Ironwood Press

The Price of Eggs: Short Stories, Anne Panning; Coffee House Press



The Wild Gardener: The Life and Selected Writings of Eloise Butler, Martha E. Hellander; North Star Press of Saint Cloud

The Prepublishing Handbook: What You Should Know Before You Publish Your First Book, Patricia J. Bell, author, Don Poynter, foreword; Cat’s Paw Press

How to Turn Your Money Life Around: The Money Book for Women, Ruth L. Hayden; Health Communications Incorporated

Lost Twin Cities, Larry Millett; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Mystery & Detective


The Man Who Was Taller Than God, Harold Adams; Walker

Sweetgrass, Cass Dalglish; Lone Oak Press

Blood Kin, Marjorie Dorner; Morrow

Shooting Star, Kate Green; HarperCollins



Dragon Within the Gates: The Once and Future AIDS Epidemic, Stephen C. Joseph; Carroll & Graf

Women With Alcoholic Husbands: Ambivalence and the Trap of Codependency, Ramona Marie Asher; University of North Carolina Press

Reforming Farm Policy: Towards a National Agenda, Willard Wesley Cochrane, C. Ford Runge; Iowa State University Press

The Worlds of Christopher Columbus, William D. Phillips, Carla Rahn Phillips; Cambridge University Press

Older Children


What’s Your Story? A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction, Marion Dane Bauer; Houghton Mifflin: Clarion Books

If You Praise a Word, It Turns into a Poem: Selected Works from the COMPAS Writers and Artists in the School Program., COMPAS, editor

Take Time to Play Checkers: Wise Words from Kids on Their Parents, Friends, Worries, Hopes and Growing Up, Misti Snow; Viking

Personal Narrative


The Journey Goes On, David Nimmer; Nodin Press

Virgin Time, Patricia Hampl; Farrar Straus Giroux

Girl to Woman: A Gathering of Images, Susan Hauser; Astarte Shell Press



You Won’t Remember This: Poems, Michael Dennis Browne; Carnegie Mellon University Press

Hogs and Personals: Poems, Leo Dangel; Spoon River Poetry Press

Minnesota Gothic, Mark Vinz, Wayne Gudmundson, photographer; Milkweed Editions

When I Looked Back, You Were Gone: Poems, Cary Waterman; Holy Cow Press; distributed by Talman

Younger Children


Old Black Fly, Jim Aylsworth, Stephen Gammell, illustrator; Holt

Dreamcatcher, Audrey Osofsk, Ed Young, illustrator; Orchard Books

Hello, Crow, Jeff Daniel Marion, Leslie Bowman, illustrator; Orchard Books

Up North at the Cabin, Marsha Wilson Chall, Steve Johnson, illustrator; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

Alef-Bet: A Hebrew Alphabet Book, Michelle Edwards; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

Who Shrank My Grandmother’s House? Poems of Discovery, Barbara Juster Esbensen, Eric Beddows, illustrator; HarperCollins

James Bear’s Pie, Jim Latimer, Betsy Franco-Feeney, illustrator; C. Scribner’s Sons

Lenore’s Big Break, Susan Pearson, Nancy Carlson, illustrator; Viking

Purple-Delicious Blackberry Jam, Lisa Westberg Peters, Barbara McGregor, illustrator; Arcade Publishing


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.


The Graywolf Anthology Eight: The New Family, Scott Walker, editor; Graywolf Press

Mixed Voices: Contemporary Poems About Music, Emilie Buchwald, editor, Ruth Roston, editor; Milkweed Editions

North Writers: A Strong Woods Collection, John Henricksson, editor; University of Minnesota Press

Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture, Jack Zipes, translator and editor; Viking

The House on Via Gombito: Writing by North American Women Abroad, Madelon Sprengnether, editor, C.W. Truesdale, editor; New Rivers Press

Vital Signs: International Stories on Aging, Dorothy Sennett, editor, Anne Czarniecki, editor, Robertson Davies, introduction; Graywolf Press



Matriarch of Conspiracy: Ruth von Kleist, 1867-1945, Jane Pejsa; Kenwood Publishing

I’m Mama D, Giovanna D’Agostino; Nodin Press; distributed by the Bookmen

Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, David Mura; Atlantic Monthly Press

Holy Cow! The Life and Times of Halsey Hall, Stew Thornley, Sue Hall Kennedy, foreword; Nodin Press; distributed by the Bookmen

Fantasy & Science Fiction


Elsewhere, Will Shetterly; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

The Phoenix Guards, Steven Brust; A Tom Doherty Associates Book: TOR Fantasy

Bone Dance: A Fantasy for Technophiles, Emma Bull; Ace Books

Tam Lin (The Fairy Tale Series, created by Terri Windling), Pamela Dean; A Tom Doherty Associates Book: TOR Fantasy

Young Bleys, Gordon Dickson; A Tom Doherty Associates Book: A TOR Book

D’Shai, Joel Rosenberg; Ace Books

Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede; A Tom Doherty Associates Book: A TOR Fantasy



My Father’s War and Other Stories, Barton Sutter

Sweet Eyes, Jonis Agee; Crown Publishers

The Tomcat’s Wife and Other Stories, Carol Bly; HarperCollins

Billy Brazil, Emilio DeGrazia; New Rivers Press



Walking Minnesota, Mary Jo Malach, Jim Malach, Mary Steffl, contributing writer, Martha McNey, contributing writer, Karen Berry, illustrator; Voyageur Press

When You’re Sick and Don’t Know Why: Coping with Your Undiagnosed Illness, Linda Hanner, John J. Witek, contributor, Robert B. Clift, contributor; DCI Publishing

Twin Cities Restaurant Guide, Jeremy Iggers; Beyond Words Editing & Publishing

Our Historic Upper Mississippi, Including a Traveler’s Guide of Things to do Along the River, Duane R. Lund; Adventure Publications

The Dictionary of Bias-free Usage: A Guide to Non-Discriminatory Language, Rosalie Maggio; Oryx Press



Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America, Jack Weatherford; Crown

Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest, Christina Baldwin, Susan Boulet, illustrator; Bantam

There is No November, Dave Hoium, Leon Oistad; Jeric Publications, Inc.

The Way of the Wolf, L. David Mech; Voyageur Press

Everyone’s Country Estate: A History of Minnesota’s State Parks, Roy W. Meyer; Minnesota Historical Society

A House of One’s Own: An Architect’s Guide to Designing the House of Your Dreams, James Stageberg, Susan Allen Toth; Clarkson Potter

Older Children


Face to Face, Marion Dane Bauer; Clarion

Leona and Ike, Juanita Havill, Emily McCully, illustrator; Crown Publishers

The Secret of Sanctuary Island, A(nne) M. Monson; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books

Everybody’s Daughter, Marsha Qualey; Houghton Mifflin

River Rats, Caroline Stevermer; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: Jane Yolen Books



Lone Dog’s Winter Count, Diane Glancy; West End Press

But I Won’t Go Out In a Boat: Poems, Sharon Chmielarz; New Rivers Press

Witch Tree: A Collaboration, Joanne Hart, author, Hazel Belvo, illustrator; Holy Cow! Press

The Dead Get By With Everything: Poems, Bill Holm; Milkweed Editions

All Tangled Up With the Living, Louis Jenkins; Ally Press

Death Song, Thomas McGrath, author, Sam Hamill, editor, Dale Jacobson, introduction; Copper Canyon Press

Gravity, John Minczeski; Texas Tech University Press

Younger Children


The Salamander Room, Steve Johnson, illustrator, Anne Mazer, author; Knopf: Distributed by Random House

Old Turtle, Douglas Wood, Cheng-Khee Chee, illustrator; Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers

Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year, Betsy Bowen; Joy Street Books

A Visit to Grandma’s, Nancy Carlson; Viking

Chicken Man, Michelle Edwards; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books

Tiger With Wings: The Great Horned Owl, Barbara Juster Esbensen, Mary Barrett Brown, illustrator; Orchard

On the Day You Were Born, Debra Frasier; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

The Wing Shop, Stephen Gammell, illustrator, Elvira Woodruff, author; Holiday House

Roxaboxen, Alice McLerran, Barbara Cooney, illustrator; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books


Note: Winners listed first in each category in Bold.

*No awards were held in 1990, as the presentation of awards shifted from autumn to spring.


Coming Home Crazy: An Alphabet of China Essays, Bill Holm; Milkweed Editions

The Days of Rondo, Evelyn Fairbanks; Minnesota Historical Society Press

Road Song, Natalie Kusz; Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Grand Obsession: Madame Curie and Her World, Rosalynd Pflaum; Doubleday

Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick, Lawrence Sutin; Harmony Books

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, book 1, Patricia C. Wrede; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: Jane Yolen Books

Phoenix, Steven Brust, Berkeley: Ace Books

Wolf and Iron, Gordon R. Dickson, T. Doherty Associates: A TOR Book

Hero, Joel Rosenberg, Penguin: A Roc Book



The Stone Canoe and Other Stories, John L. Peyton; McDonald & Woodward

North of Hope: A Novel, Jon Hassler; Ballantine

Medicine River, Thomas King; Viking

The Samaritan Treasure: Stories, Marianne Luban; Coffee House Press

Tokens of Grace: A Novel in Stories, Sheila O’Connor, Sharon Brown, illustrator; Milkweed Editions



How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation, Rosalie Maggio; Prentice Hall

Teaching Kids to Love the Earth, Marina Lechecki Herman, Ann Schimpf, Joseph Passineau, Paul Treuer; Pfeifer-Hamilton

Minnesota Atlas: A Complete Guide to Public Lands and Water Accesses, John M. Hanson; Adventure Publications



Freeze Frame, Marjorie Dorner; Morrow

The Fool’s Run, John Camp; Henry Holt

Hallowed Murder, Ellen Hart; Seal Press

Amends for Murder, M.D. Lake, pseud. of Allen Simpson; Avon Books



The Bear Guardian: Northwoods Tales and Meditations, Peter M. Leschak, Jessica Allen Johnson, illustrator; North Star Press of St. Cloud

The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States, Janine M. Benyus, Glenn Wolff, illustrator; Simon & Schuster

The Geese of Silver Lake, Craig Blacklock; Voyageur Press

Prairie Skies, Paul Douglas, Laurie Kruhoeffer, illustrator; Voyageur Press

A Northwoods Window, Robert Treuer; Voyageur Press



The Passionate, Accurate Story: Making Your Heart’s Truth into Literature, Carol Bly; Milkweed Editions

Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates, Dianna Hunter, editor, Ken Meter, photographer, Dianna Hunter, photographer, Randi Roth, photographer, Carol Bly, Forword; Holy Cow! Press

The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America’s Great Lyricists, Philip Furia; Oxford University Press

Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair, Karal Ann Marling; Minnesota Historical Society

The Anatomy of Judgment, Philip J. Regal; University of Minnesota Press

Older Children


Woodsong, Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen, illustrator; Bradbury Press

A Dream of Queens and Castles, Marion Dane Bauer; Clarion Books

When Morning Comes, Patricia Calvert; Charles Scribner’s Sons

The Music Box Christmas, Rosalie Maggio; Morrow

The Princess in the Pigpen, Jane Resh Thomas; Clarion Books



The Color of Mesabi Bones: Poems and Prose Poems
John Caddy, R. W. Scholes, illustrator and designer; Milkweed Editions

How To Be Lucky, Jill Breckenridge; Bluestem Press; distributed by Small Press Distribution

Iron Woman: Poems, Diane Glancy; New Rivers Press

Caravan, Ethna McKiernan; Midwest Villages and Voices

Cherry Ferris Wheels, Patrick McKinnon; Black Hat Press

This Body She’s Entered, Mary Kay Rummel, Sandra Rummel, illustrator; New River’s Press

Younger Children


How the Guinea Fowl Got Its Spots: A Swahili Tale of Friendship, Barbara Knutson; Carolrhoda Press

Arnie and the New Kid, Nancy Carlson; Viking

Dora’s Book, Michelle Edwards; Carolrhoda Books

When Moose Was Young, Jim Latimer, Donald Carrick, illustrator; Charles Scribner’s Sons

Younger Children; International Children’s Book Award


Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, Megan McDonald, S. D. Shindler, illustrator; Orchard Books



Book Design & Execution


The Arctic Wolf: Living with the Pack, L. David Mech, Roger Caras, foreword; Voyageur Press

Circles of Tradition: Folk Arts in Minnesota, Willard B. Moore and others. Published for the Minnesota Museum of Art by the Minnesota Historical Society Press

Minnesota’s Endangered Flora and Fauna, Barbara Coffin, editor, Lee Pfannmuller, editor, Jan A. Janssens, illustrator; University of Minnesota Press

Village Without Mirrors, Patricia Weaver Francisco, Timothy Francisco, photographer; Milkweed Editions



Going the Moose Way Home, Jim Latimer, Donald Carrick, illustrator; Scribner

I Like Me!, Nancy Carlson; Viking Kestrel

Song and Danceman, Karen Ackerman, Stephen Gammell, illustrator; Knopf

Porkchop’s Halloween, Susan Pearson, Rick Brown, illustrator; Simon & Schuster

Saying Goodbye to Grandma, Jane Resh Thomas; Clarion Books



A Gravestone Made of Wheat: Stories, Will Weaver; Simon & Schuster

Feeding the Eagles: Short Stories, Paulette Bates Alden; Graywolf Press

This Coffin Has No Handles, Thomas McGrath; Thunder’s Mouth Press

The Finer Grain, Denise Ohio; Naiad Press

The Madonna Stories, Gary Paulsen; Van Vliet & Company

Wheat that Springeth Green, J.F. (James Farl) Powers; Knopf



Morning Glory, LaVyrle Spencer; Putnam’s

Island of Steel, Stephen Paul Cohen; William Morrow

Family Closets, Marjorie Dorner; McGraw-Hill

Snow White and Rose Red, Patricia C. Wrede; Tom Doherty Associates (A TOR Book)

Mindscream, R.D. Zimmerman; Donald I. Fine



Meant to Be Read Out Loud, Susan Hauser, Woodcuts by Barbara Orfield Loken; Loonfeather Press

Quiet Magic, Sam Cook, Bob Cary, illustrator; Pfeifer-Hamilton

The Necessity of Empty Places, Paul Gruchow; St. Martin’s (A Thomas Dunne Book)

No Retreat, No Surrender: Labor’s War at Hormel, Dave Hage, Paul Klauda; William Morrow



Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, Jack Weatherford; Crown

Rethinking the Cold War, Eric Black; Paradigm Press

Plastic Surgery: The Kindest Cut, John Camp; Henry Holt

Courage and Love, Gisela Konopka; Burgess Printing for the Author

Why Can’t Sharon Kowalski Come Home?, Karen Thompson, Julie Andrzejewski'; Spinsters/Aunt Lute

The Service Edge: 101 Companies that Profit from Customer Care, Ron Zemke, Dick Schaff; New American Library



Freedom of History: Poems, James Moore; Milkweed Editions

Younger Children


The Sun, the Wind and the Rain, Lisa Westberg Peters, Ted Rand, illustrator; Henry Holt




The High Price of Everything: Stories Kathleen Coskran (New Rivers Press)

The Star Maiden: An Ojibway Tale Retold Barbara Juster Esbensen; Helen K. Davie, illustrator (Little, Brown)

Spillville Patricia Hampl; Steven Sorman, engravings (Milkweed Editions)

Leaving Home Garrison Keillor (Viking)

Selected Poems, 1938-1988 Thomas McGrath; Sam Hamill, editor

Hatchet Gary Paulsen (Viking Penguin: Puffin Books)

Border Country: The Quetico-Superior Wilderness Craig Blacklock, photographer; Nadine Blacklock, photographer; Tom Klein, author; Gaylord Nelson, introduction (NorthWord Press)



Touch the Moon Marion Dane Bauer; Alix Berenzy, illustrator (Clarion Books)

Stranger, You & I Patricia Calvert (Scribner)

Arnie Goes to Camp Nancy Carlson (Viking Kestrel)

Airmail To the Moon Tom Birdseye; Stephen Gammell, illustrator (Holiday House)

In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling Margaret Hasse (Milkweed Editions)

Grand Opening Jon Hassler (Morrow)

American Beauty C.J.Hribal (Simon & Schuster)

Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth; A Novel Brett Laidlaw (Norton)

Red Lake of the Heart Mary Logue (Dell)

Prime Fathers Frederick Feikema Manfred (Howe Brothers)

A Long Way to See: Images and Voices of North Dakota Michael Moos; Wayne Gudmundson, photographer (North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies)

Cover Me: Short Stories Lon Otto (Coffee House Press)

The Crossing Gary Paulsen (Orchard Books: A Richard Jackson Book)

The Island Gary Paulsen (Orchard Books: A Richard Jackson Book)

The Transparency of Skin: Poems Catherine Stearns (New Rivers Press)

On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers Stew Thornley; Dave Moore, foreword (Nodin Press)

How to Prepare for Your High School Reunion, and Other Midlife Musings Susan Allen Toth (Little, Brown)

The Superior North Shore Thomas F. Waters; Carol Yonker Waters, illustrator (University of Minnesota Press)

Dying Old and Dying Young: Poems Susan Williams; Sharon Scapple, photographer; Garret Williams photographer (New Rivers Press)

Kay Sexton Award Past Winners

2017 Kay Sexton Honoree: Lou Bellamy

Lou Bellamy

For more than four decades, Lou Bellamy has been a champion of African American literature, bringing to light works by African American playwrights, enabling artists to find their voice, and inspiring understanding of the vital role these stories play in our community and history. Bellamy founded Penumbra Theatre in 1976, which for 40 years has provided a platform for the promotion of African American dramatic literature, honoring and telling the stories of the African American experience. In the words of Neal Cuthbert, former Vice President of Programs at the McKnight Foundation, Penumbra has, through its acclaimed stage productions, educational programming, and new play development efforts, “had an impact on the creative lives of generations of African American and other writers and has frankly altered the course of artistic expression and development in this community and across the country.” In addition to promoting works on stage at Penumbra, Bellamy has inspired and touched the lives of thousands of youth, cultivating the production of new dramatic literature, poetry, and spoken word. Bellamy’s work has consistently provided a community for new writers, ensuring they have valuable resources and support.

For 38 years, Bellamy was an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, fostering appreciation for and understanding of African American dramatic literature and its context within historical civil rights initiatives. His commitment to connecting students and the larger public with the many voices in African American literature inspired the founding of the Lou Bellamy Rare Book Collection in 2011, a premier collection in the Givens Collection of African American Literature donated anonymously in Bellamy’s honor. This is a growing collection of more than 850 rare volumes, some of which pre-date the Emancipation Proclamation. This collection, combined with the Penumbra Theatre Archives, entrusted to the Givens Collection in 2006, are evidence of Bellamy’s impact in the world of literature, history, and archives. “The archive of Penumbra Theatre presents an enduring record of hundreds of voices, perspectives, and experiences that are critical to our collective understanding of what American life and literature is – what it sounds like, and who gets to tell it,” states Cecily Marcus, Curator of the Givens Collection of African American Literature.

Bellamy is an OBIE Award-winning director and accomplished actor, and under his leadership, Penumbra has grown to be the largest theater of its kind in America and has produced 39 world premieres, including August Wilson’s first professional production. Penumbra also has the distinction of having produced more of Wilson’s plays than any other theater in the world.

Lou Bellamy will be honored on Saturday, April 8, at the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony at InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront.

2016 Kay Sexton Honoree: Jim Sitter

Jim Sitter

For more than thirty years, Jim Sitter has been one of the most prolific and effective arts leaders in the state. He embodies the spirit of the Kay Sexton Award with an extraordinary array of accomplishments, helping to make the literary and book arts community in Minnesota what it is today. As David Unowksy, founder of Hungry Mind Bookstore and fellow Kay Sexton Award recipient says, “Jim’s work has benefitted every aspect of our literary culture: writers, publishers, booksellers and other non-profits.”

After attending Macalester College and working at the Hungry Mind Bookstore (where he initiated the Hungry Mind Reading Series), Sitter acquired Truck Distribution in 1979 and renamed it Bookslinger. He refocused the company and turned it into a national distribution service aimed at providing more visibility to books from independent literary presses, thereby beginning the process of fostering a national audience and appreciation for Minnesota’s great presses.

During this time, Sitter developed an appreciation for the craft of bookmaking and conceived a vision for creating the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). He assembled a board of highly influential arts and civic leaders, including former Governor Elmer L. Andersen, and served as the founding executive director of MCBA until 1989. Early in his tenure, Sitter invited Allan Kornblum – then head of Toothpaste Press – to move to Minnesota and become the organization’s first press-in-residence. In addition to motivating Kornblum’s move and the creation of Coffee House Press, Sitter played a crucial role in the press’ development as a nonprofit organization and influenced the decision to begin publishing full-length trade editions. He was also responsible for persuading Scott Walker, founder and Executive Director of Graywolf Press, to relocate from Washington State, further cementing his integral role in the creation of what has become a vital literary community.

Sitter’s expertise led him to New York, where he became the executive director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), expanding the funding opportunities for small presses across the country. He advocated for support from national foundations, raising $9 million dollars in grants to nonprofit literary presses – of which Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Press were three major beneficiaries.

He also helped to form LitNet, a coalition of nonprofit literary organizations from throughout the United States that supports freedom of expression and promotes funding for the literary arts. As its chief lobbyist, Sitter was instrumental in saving the National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for writers and helping to ensure that agency’s survival in the 1990s. Longtime friends, Page and Jay Cowles call Sitter “a natural entrepreneur, committed to the highest standards of literary publishing as well as the book arts.” They laud his leadership, his knowledge of the field, and his deep empathy for the artists and supporters with whom he has worked, adding, “It generated confidence and sophistication in the literary and book arts fields.”


2015 Kay Sexton Honoree: Mary François Rockcastle

Mary François Rockcastle

The Minnesota Book Awards is pleased to announce Mary François Rockcastle, Director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, as the recipient of the 2015 Kay Sexton Award. Sponsored by Common Good Books, the 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. It is named for the late Kay Sexton, an influential bookseller and B. Dalton vice president before her retirement.

A visionary force in the development of Hamline University’s nationally-acclaimed creative writing programs, Mary François Rockcastle exemplifies the spirit of the Kay Sexton Award for her remarkable accomplishments and contributions to the state’s literary community. Friend and colleague Patricia Weaver Francisco called her “an innovator who creates opportunities for writers to grow” and said, “I watch Mary brainstorm, connect and create every day on behalf of writers, literature, and the literary community she loves; initiating, collaborating and volunteering with almost super-human energy and enthusiasm.”

Rockcastle joined the adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Hamline University after completing an M.A. with a double emphasis in English and creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She and her colleagues worked together to develop and launch the MFA in Creative Writing program in 1994—the first of its kind in Minnesota—and Rockcastle has gone on to expand and continuously improve the university’s creative writing offerings which now include the low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and the BFA in Creative Writing (established by Rockcastle in 2007 and 2010, respectively).

Praising the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, author Kate DiCamillo said: “Mary has made the Twin Cities a hub for children’s literature, a destination for students and teachers and writers of books for children. There are only a handful of academic programs in the U.S. that are dedicated to literature for children and Mary Rockcastle has—to the Twin Cities’ great benefit—created one here.”

Also to Rockcastle’s credit is the award-winning national literary journal, Water~Stone Review, now in its 17th year, for which she was awarded the W. Lindberg Award for Excellence in Literary Editing in 2009. She continues to serve as the executive director.

Rockcastle is the author of two novels published by Graywolf Press, Rainy Lake (1996) and In Caddis Wood (2011), which were finalists for Minnesota Book Awards. She is also the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction, both in fiction.

Rockcastle was honored on Saturday, April 18, at the 27th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala,  held at Saint Paul’s Union Depot. Awards were also be presented in eight book categories, as well as the annual Book Artist Award.


2014 Kay Sexton Honoree: Mark Vinz

Mark Vinz

Mark Vinz, retired professor of English at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, will be honored with the Kay Sexton Award on Saturday, April 5 at the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala presented by 3M Library Systems.

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.

Early in his career, Vinz also founded and edited one of the state’s most successful literary journals throughout the 1970s, Dacotah Territory, which has been recognized as the model and inspiration for many of the other Minnesota literary magazines and small presses that would follow. In addition, Vinz edited Dakota Arts Quarterly from 1977 to 1984 and was a co-founder of Plains Distribution Service, an organization integral in getting books into small Midwestern communities.

The author of numerous books of poetry and fiction, Vinz has been the recipient several prestigious honors including three Minnesota Book Awards, six PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a poet laureate title in North Dakota. He is also the editor of several anthologies that showcase the work of Minnesota poets and writers, including Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest, winner of a 1993 Minnesota Book Award. Now retired from his position at MSU, Vinz continues to write poetry in Moorhead. His newest collection will be published later this year by Red Dragonfly Press.

2013 Kay Sexton Honoree: Robert Hedin

Robert Hedin

Robert Hedin, founding director of the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, was honored with the Kay Sexton Award on Saturday, April 13 at the 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala presented by Marvin Windows and Doors. The 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. This award honors Kay Sexton, a book buyer for many years at Dayton’s and B. Dalton Bookstores in the Twin Cities. She was the first recipient of the award in 1988. The Sexton Award is sponsored by Common Good Books.

The Anderson Center, an estate set on 330 acres in Red Wing, Minnesota, provides a residency program for writers and artists from the United States and abroad to work and live on site, and is committed to promoting arts in the larger community. “Whether Robert Hedin is tending to the immediate needs of the current residents, planning future literary events, working with the greater community on arts outreach, or promoting the work of Minnesota writers, his leadership and generosity set the tone for the Anderson Center,” says Sheila O’Connor, Minnesota author and Hamline University Assistant Professor.

Under Hedin’s direction, the Anderson Center, now in its 18th year as the largest artist community in the Upper Midwest, hosts several literary events throughout the year where readers and writers gather, including the widely attended Celebration of Minnesota Children’s Authors and Illustrators held in September. In addition to directing the Anderson Center, Hedin has been the co-editor of The Great River Review, the oldest continuously published literary journal in Minnesota since 1997.

The recipient of numerous awards for his writing, including two Minnesota Book Awards, Hedin is the author, translator and editor of nearly two dozen books of poetry and prose published by such presses as Copper Canyon Press, University of Arizona, University of Iowa, and Southern Illinois University. He edited Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2007 in honor of the state’s sesquicentennial.


2012 Kay Sexton Honoree: Allan Kornblum

Allan Kornblum

Allan Kornblum, founder and senior editor of Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press, was honored with the Kay Sexton Award at the 24th annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala. Throughout his trailblazing, 40-year career in publishing, Kornblum has exemplified everything the Sexton Award stands for.

“Allan has come to represent, both to those within publishing and those outside it, the spirit of independence and the single-minded pursuit of artistic integrity,” said Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press.

In 1973, Kornblum founded a small mimeograph periodical in Iowa City, Iowa that evolved into Toothpaste Press, a publishing house specializing in the production of high-quality poetry and short fiction letterpress chapbooks.

Kornblum’s affiliation with the vibrant Minnesota publishing scene began in the mid-1980s, when he transferred operations from Iowa to Minneapolis. In addition to that change of venue, Kornblum renamed and reincorporated the organization as a non-profit, Coffee House Press.

At a time when loose editing and production standards were the norm, Kornblum made strides toward the professionalism that typifies the industry today. That included shifting from letterpress to offset printing, using computerized typesetting, and improving the marketing and distribution of new titles. Those changes allowed Coffee House to reach a wider audience, which in turn allowed showcased authors – who may not have gained traction in the larger New York world of publishing – the opportunity to find the readers they deserved.

Coffee House is now among the premier non-profit publishers of its size in the country. To date, it has published more than 300 books – with 250 of those titles still in print. Its repertoire includes eight past Minnesota Book Award winners, the 2009 Readers’ Choice Award recipient (Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir), and two National Book Award finalists: Patricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler in 2008, and Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel in 2010. At present, the press publishes between 15 and 20 new titles each year and receives upwards of 3,000 submissions annually.

In 1997, Allan received an American Book Award for his contributions to literature and publishing. In summer 2011, after a gradual transition period, Kornblum passed many of his day-to-day tasks to successors within the organization. However, he is still very much involved with its continued success as senior editor and ex officio member of the board of directors.

Books: Coffee House Press’ Kornblum “thrilled” by Kay Sexton Award

Pioneer Press, February 27, 2012, by Mary Ann Grossmann

Allan Kornblum was still smiling Monday after being told last week he won the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton award. Kornblum, founder/senior editor of Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press, earned the honor for nearly 30 years of dedication to the Minnesota literary community and fostering books and reading.  “I am thrilled about this,” Kornblum said. “It’s a nice plus in a rough period since I’ve been undergoing monthly chemo for leukemia.” With four treatments left, Kornblum says he hasn’t had any bad effects, although he gets tired.  READ MORE>>

Coffee House Press’ Allan Kornblum receives Kay Sexton Award

MPR’s State of the Arts – February 24, 2012 by Marianne Combs 
Allan Kornblum, the founder and long-time editor-in-chief of Coffee House Press, will be honored for his dedication to fostering books and reading at this year’s Minnesota Book Awards in April. Kornblum only recently stepped down from his leadership position at the press, which is one of the most successful independent literary presses in the country. He is still on staff in the position of senior editor.  READ MORE>>

Coffee House founder winner of Sexton Award

Star Tribune, February 24, 2012, by Laurie Hertzel

It all started, Allan Kornblum says, with a kick in the butt. Back when he was in college in New York, he helped collate the pages of a poetry magazine, and then went to the editor and asked if he could show him some poems. “And the editor kind of stared off in the distance and said, ‘I’ve always thought poetry should be as hard to break into as the longshoreman’s union,'” Kornblum said. Unfazed by the rejection, he decided, “I’m going to start a little magazine.'”

2011 Kay Sexton Honoree: Carol Connolly

Carol Connolly

Carol Connolly, a mentor, advisor, literary program coordinator, community activist, and Saint Paul’s first poet laureate was honored with the Kay Sexton Award on April 16, 2011 at the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala presented by RBC Wealth Management. In the words of Carolyn Holbrook, 2010 winner of the Kay Sexton Award, “Carol’s commitment to literature spans several decades and cuts across the many invisible lines that tend to divide us: age, race, economics, political affiliation, gender and sexual orientation.”

Connolly works tirelessly for the betterment of the literary community and the community at large. She is committed to supporting other writers, exposing readers to diverse literary voices, and bringing poetry to the streets.

For thirteen years, Connolly has coordinated and hosted the Third Tuesday reading series now held at the University Club. Her goals for the monthly program include sparking curiosity about new writers and books, making literature more democratic, and raising funds for organizations by passing the hat at the monthly events.

The current recipient of the Third Tuesday donations is the Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk project. This project literally brings the written word to people on the streets by imprinting poetry by local poets in concrete as the City goes about its normal business of repairing broken sidewalks. Says Marcus Young, lead artist for Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk, “Carol has been an unrelenting supporter, an advisor, and overall guardian angel. She has served on the contest selection panel all three years and has been instrumental in gaining media attention and community involvement for the project.” To date, the program has created 367 installations of a collection of 31 poems.

As Saint Paul’s poet laureate, a lifetime appointment from Mayor Chris Coleman made in 2006, Connolly brings poetic perspective to government events. In 1985, Connolly published her first book of poems, Payments Due. These poems were then adapted into a play that ran for two years in California and two years in Minnesota. Her latest work, All This and More: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2009.

More than a writer and local champion of the local literary community, Connolly is also a political activist for social justice in areas such as human rights, women’s rights, and the peace movement. She has served as chair of the Saint Paul Human Rights Commission, co-chaired the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus, coordinated DC Comic’s Wonder Women Foundation, and served as a Minnesota Racing Commissioner.

2010 Kay Sexton Honoree: Carolyn Holbrook

Carolyn Holbrook


Carolyn Holbrook, a community leader, teacher, advocate, mentor and innovator, was honored with the Kay Sexton Award at the 22nd annual Minnesota Book Awards gala in 2010. Since the early 1980s, Holbrook’s vision has been to promote the inclusion of disparate voices in the global community. She remains committed to writers, readers, and spoken word artists – reaching out to individuals and communities whose access to opportunities for exploration of writing is limited or nonexistent.

Holbrook’s work reaches across and connects arts organizations, schools, individual artists, and neighborhoods.

Andrea Gilats, Director of LearningLife at the University of Minnesota, spoke of Holbrook’s impact on Minnesota’s literary community as she presented the award: “Carolyn believes that if we see a need, we can work to meet it. She is an inspirational example of what it means to have an indomitable spirit. Her instinctive, respectful practice of cultural entrepreneurism, her remarkable persistence, and her sheer joy in seeing others grow and thrive are lessons in living for us all. By consistently choosing affirmation, optimism, and progress over anger, complacency, and exclusion, Carolyn has created models for people and communities everywhere.”

Holbrook was the founder and director of The Whittier Writers’ Workshop from 1979 to 1986 where she developed the first mentorship program for African American writers in the Twin Cities. From 1989 to 1993 she served as the Program Director at The Loft Literary Center, and from 2005 to 2007 she was Education Coordinator at the Givens Foundation for African American Literature where she developed and managed a writers-in-the-schools program. In 1993, she founded SASE: The Write Place, an organization dedicated to making the literary arts accessible to a diverse community. Holbrook served as SASE’s Executive Director until 2006 when she spearheaded the organization’s successful merger with Intermedia Arts.

Other organizations benefiting from Holbrook’s involvement include the Minnesota Book Awards, Minnesota State Arts Board, Rain Taxi Review, Everyday Sidewalks on City Streets, Minnesota Literature Network, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. She teaches in the English departments at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

2009 Kay Sexton Honoree: Pat Coleman

Pat Coleman 

As Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS), where he has worked for the last thirty years, Pat Coleman identifies, selects, and procures books for the Library. He is considered both a pioneer and classicist. Coleman has expanded the horizons of collecting, making the MHS Library’s collection a vital resource for all users: academics, family historians, students, businesses, and government. He has developed the premiere collection of books and printed material about Minnesota available in the world.

Through his work, the MHS Library is one of the preeminent research libraries in the region and nation. Coleman collects the typical and necessary local histories along with the new examples of current literature, artist books, and amazing rare pamphlets and maps.

Through his deep working relationships with scholars, authors, publishers, donors, and book artists, Coleman continues to make huge contributions to the overall Minnesota book community. He works with dealers and booksellers to facilitate the acquiring of books. He has close relationships with public libraries, and has served on the University of Minnesota’s Friends of the Library Board. Coleman currently serves on the Coffee House Press board, served on the Minnesota Humanities Commission board, and is a long-time member of both the Ampersand Club and the Manuscript Society. He writes the 150 Best Minnesota Books Blog, originally begun in honor of the state’s sesquicentennial, highlighting books which are important to the intellectual life and identity of the state.

Minnesota author Patricia Hampl says this of Coleman’s contributions to the state’s book community, “Pat is deeply committed to community service – so much so he doesn’t even call it that. He just has an instinct and manages to pull people together in the interest of books and reading.” Coleman believes in the strength of members of Minnesota’s book community functioning together and working toward one goal: promoting learning through the written word. Congratulations on winning this prestigious award, and thank you, Pat!

1988-2008 Kay Sexton Honorees

2008 Don Leeper, founder and president of BookMobile, a pioneer in Print On Demand. Instrumental in the founding of Minnesota Bookbuilders, a nonprofit association promoting bookmaking and publishing

2007 Emilie Buchwald, publisher, Milkweed Editions and Gryphon Press, former board member and chair of The Loft Literary Center

2006 Richard Robbins, director of the creative writing program at Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato and the Good Thunder Reading Series

2005 Marly Rusoff, founder of The Loft Literary Center

2004 Dr. Julian Plante, founding director, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library

2003 John “Jack” Parker, curator, James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota

2003 Karen Nelson Hoyle, curator, Children’s Literature Research Collections, including the Kerlan Collection and the Hess Collection, at the University of Minnesota

2002 Harry Lerner, publisher, Lerner Publishing Group

2001 Jolie Lynne Sasseville & James Drey Alzheimer, co-founders of Stone House Press and organizers of literary arts programs in Otter Tail County (presented posthumously)

2000 Jeanne Fischer, book reviewer, book discussion leader, library volunteer

1999 Gail See, Bookcase bookstore and literary organization boards

1998 C.W. “Bill” Truesdale, publisher, New Rivers Press

1997 Gov. Elmer L. Andersen, book collector and bibliophilanthropist

1996 Harold Kittleson, bibliophile and library benefactor

1995 Norton Stillman, book wholesaler, bookstore owner and publisher

1994 Glenda Martin & Mollie Hoben, founders, Minnesota Women’s Press

1993 David Unowsky, owner, Ruminator Bookstore

1992 Doris Pagel, editor, Authors and Illustrators as Program Resources

1991 The Charles and Gertie Geck Family, promoters of children’s books and authors

1989 Mary Ann Grossmann, books editor, St. Paul Pioneer Press

1988 Kay Sexton, book buyer and promoter of books and reading, B. Dalton

Book Artist Award Past Winners

2017 Book Artist: Steven McCarthy

Graphic design professor Steven McCarthy is the recipient 2017 Minnesota Book Artist Award for his Wee Go Library project – a mobile collection of 22 altered books found in Little Free Libraries throughout the Twin Cities. Using various techniques – collage, rebinding, cutting, folding, tearing, gluing – McCarthy altered the books to create a collection in which used items are reborn as a part of the larger library narrative. Each book is sourced to its donor library with a small pamphlet that has a pin-pointed map and photos of the library structure and sponsoring house. The entire collection is beautifully housed in a custom-built oak and pine display case with felt-lined drawers to hold each of McCarthy’s whimsical creations.


2016 Book Artist: Wendy Fernstrum

The Minnesota Book Awards is pleased to announce Wendy Fernstrum as the winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her new piece, One Is the Holiest Number (#2), which was completed in 2015. Her award-winning piece is a meditation on the paradox of one: how each of us as an individual is distinctly one, yet simultaneously part of a unified whole, as one.


2015 Book Artist: Harriet Bart (Philip Gallo & Jill Jevne)

The Minnesota Book Awards is pleased to announce Harriet Bart and her longtime collaborative partners, printer Philip Gallo and binder Jill Jevne, as the winners of the 2015 Minnesota Book Artist Award for a new piece entitled Ghost Maps.


2014 Book Artist: Fred Hagstrom

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.


2013 Book Artist: Jana Pullman

Pullman’s primary artistic work in the Book Arts is in the area of Design Bindings. She creates unique bindings for specific books using materials such as leather, wood, handmade paper, and eggshells. Her high expectation of craftsmanship pushes her to improve technique and explore new approaches.


2012 Book Artist: Cave Paper

Working together at Cave Paper, O’Malley and Degener have been book artists for over 17 years. There are only a few contemporary artists in the world who have been making creative papers for as long and as consistently as Cave Paper. The two artists work in partnership daily, collaborating with many talented book artists.


2011 Book Artist: Regula Russelle

“Art making is cultural work,” says Russelle. “It has political and spiritual dimensions. The central themes in my books and prints are the deep questions in my life. Mostly, I am haunted by the great American question, ‘What might we become?’ How do we shape a day, a week, a communal life, and the larger world?"


2010 Book Artist: Wilbur H. "Chip" Schilling

“Experimentation is key to my work,” says Schilling, “and I’m always learning – embracing new technology while continuing to master the traditional book arts. Because of this, my work is varied, reflecting the never ending possibilities that book arts provide for artistic expression.


2009 Book Artist: Paulette Myers-Rich

Myers-Rich works extensively with black and white photography, with artists’ books being her favored format as they allow the combination of image and text in conventional and non-traditional book forms. “Contemporary book arts has given rise to a variety of structures that both embrace tradition and break with it.”


2008 Book Artist: Jody Williams

Jody Williams has been publishing limited edition artist’s books in Minnesota since 1989. “Books communicate information and ideas; boxes keep things safe and hidden,” she says. “Most of my work deals with artist’s books and boxes, and with the relationship between communication and containers.”


Hognander Minnesota History Award Past Winners

2016 Hognander Award: William D. Green

Spanning the half-century after the Civil War, Degrees of Freedom draws a rare picture of black experience in a northern state and of the nature of black discontent and action within a predominantly white, ostensibly progressive society.


2014 Hognander Award: Gwen Westerman and Bruce White

Drawing on oral history interviews, archival work, and painstaking comparisons of Dakota, French, and English sources, Mni Sota Makoce tells the detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for at least hundreds of years prior to exile.


2012 Hognander Award: Mary Wingerd

North Country: The Making of Minnesota unlocks the complex origins of Minnesota, that have often been ignored in favor of a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. It is the unflinching account of how the land the Dakota named Mini Sota Makoce became the State of Minnesota and of its people.