Shortlist for Minnesota Book Awards

In case you live under a rock or are trapped in a snowbank, here’s the shortlist for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees, and, hell, anyone who published a book this year. The winners will be announced on April 16.

Novel & Short Story
Dogfight, A Love Story by Matt Burgess (6 questions we always ask)
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (6 questions we always asked)
Losing Camille by Paul Kilgore
Vestments by John Reimringer (6 questions we always ask)

Young People’s Literature
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman (6 questions we always ask)
Hamster Magic by Lynne Jonell (6 questions we always ask)
The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere; Volume I by Jacqueline West (6 questions we always ask)
Split by Swati Avasthi (6 questions we always ask)

General Nonfiction
The Assassination of Hole in the Day by Anton Treuer (6 questions we always ask)
The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World by James J. Farrell
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition by Michael Nordskog and Aaron W. Hautala (6 questions we always ask)
Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness by Greg Breining and Layne Kennedy

Children’s Literature
1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Brenda Sexton (6 questions we always ask)
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser, paintings by Claire A. Nivola (6 questions we always ask)
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
A Night on the Range by Aaron Frisch, illustrated by Chris Sheban

Genre Fiction
Silencing Sam by Julie Kramer
The Taking of Libbie, S.D. by David Housewright (6 questions we always ask)
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb (6 questions we always ask)
Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA by Bonnie J. Rough
Crossing the Barriers: The Autobiography of Allan H. Spear by Allan H. Spear
News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist by Laurie Hertzel (6 questions we always ask)
She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood by Amie Klempnauer Miller (6 questions we always ask)

Minnesota
North Country: The Making of Minnesota by Mary Lethert Wingerd
Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks by Chris Niskanen and Doug Ohman
This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount by Jay Weiner (6 questions we always ask)
We’re Gonna Win, Twins!: 50 Years of Minnesota’s Hometown Team by Doug Grow

Poetry
Dreaming Man, Face Down by Mark Conway
Find the Girl by Lightsey Darst (6 questions we always ask)
On Speaking Terms by Connie Wanek (6 questions we always ask)
Sin Eater by William Reichard (6 questions we always ask)

Website: I WIll Dare

I was the kind of girl who kept an obsessive list of statistics about her Sweet Valley High collection and would take great pride in being able to recite plot synopses for each one from memory. Really. Sadly, nobody ever asked me to recite them.

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