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Announcing the 32 finalists!


We are pleased to announce the finalists in all eight categories for the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Chosen on Saturday, January 30, by 24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community – the finalists are...

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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction | Minnesota | Novel & Short Story | Poetry | Young People's Literature

*Indicates a Minnesota Publisher

Children's Literature

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)

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

(Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers)

Ten Pigs by Derek Anderson

(Orchard Books/Scholastic)

General Nonfiction

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*)

No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg

(Nation Books/Perseus Books Group)

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

The Devereaux Decision by Steve McEllistrem

(Calumet Editions)

The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books)

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

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*)

Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Babine

(University of Minnesota Press*)

We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying by Bruce Kramer, with Cathy Wurzer

(University of Minnesota Press*)

Minnesota Category

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

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)

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


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

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*)

See No Color by Shannon Gibney

(Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing Group*)

Awards Ceremony

Save the date: April 16

Award winners will be announced at the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 16, at St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, 214 Fourth Street East. The Preface reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by visiting or calling 651-222-3242. The official hashtag for social media is #MNBA16. All are encouraged to use it when posting comments, status updates or tweeting about any of the authors or their books.


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