Minnesota Book Awards are coming


We at the TC Daily Planet invite you to read and reflect on the books nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards. We would like to publish reviews, reflections or responses to the nominated books (below). Just send your response to editor@tcdailyplanet.net.

Now in its twentieth year, the Minnesoa Book Awards program announced finalists in eight categories, and will make awards at a gala celebration on April 12. The Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, honor the work of a Minnesota writer, or “primary artistic creator” such as an illustrator or photographer whose work is integral and essential to the work. Only work published in 2007 is eligible for the 2007 awards.

The nominees are:

Children’s Literature:

-Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell (Henry Holt and Company)
-Farmer Cap by Jill Kalz (Picture Window Books)
-Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)
-The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend (Candlewick Press)

General Nonfiction:

-The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot by Charles Baxter (Graywolf Press)
-Looking for Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour by Wing Young Huie (University of Minnesota Press)
-The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting – An Oral History by Jim Walsh (Voyageur Press/MBI Publishing Company)
-That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity by James Dawes (Harvard University Press)
This category is sponsored by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.

Genre Fiction:

-Code Black by Philip Donlay (ibooks)
-Maiden Rock by Mary Logue (Bleak House Books/Big Earth Publishing)
-Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
-Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

-The Dog Says How by Kevin Kling (Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press)
-The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl (Harcourt)
-Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth by Catherine Watson (Syren Book Company)
-The Wet Collection by Joni Tevis (Milkweed Editions)


-Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out by Annette Atkins (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
-Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota by Doug Hoverson (University of Minnesota Press)
-Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Weatherwatch: A Complete Guide for Weather-Obsessed Minnesotans by Mike Lynch (Voyageur Press/MBI Publishing Company)
-We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibway People by Bruce White (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
This category is sponsored by Marquette Financial.

Novel & Short Story:

-The Last Communist Virgin by Wang Ping (Coffee House Press)
-Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton (HarperCollins Publishers)
-Pontoon by Garrison Keillor (Viking Penguin/Penguin Group)
-The View from Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik (Ballantine Books/The Random House Publishing Group)


-Music for Landing Planes By by Éireann Lorsung (Milkweed Editions)
-The Resurrection Trade by Leslie Adrienne Miller (Graywolf Press)
-This Brightness by William Reichard (Mid-List Press)
-Willow Room, Green Door by Deborah Keenan (Milkweed Editions)

Young Adult Literature:

-Billie Standish was Here by Nancy Crocker (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
-Chasing Tail Lights by Patrick Jones (Walker & Company)
-Defect by Will Weaver (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
-Falling Boy by Alison McGhee (Picador/St. Martin’s Press