Minnesota Book Awards nominations open


All the old favorites plus a new nonfiction category for Minnesota-focused nonfiction.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced this week that nominations for the 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards are now open. The annual competition honors books written by Minnesota authors in eight award categories: Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult Literature. The Minnesota category is a new nonfiction category celebrating books with a topic of Minnesota history, nature, social customs, or nostalgia.

The annual Minnesota Book Awards is a statewide, year-round outreach program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Public Library. Visit www.thefriends.org for details.

Nominees for the 2008 award must have a 2007 publication date. Last year’s winners included: Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, by
Diane Wilson (Autobiography, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction); Tomorrow, the River, by Dianne E. Gray (Children’s Literature); What it’s like here, by Jim Moore, Regula Russelle and CB Sherlock (Fine Press); A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility, Taner Akçam (General Nonfiction); Copper River, by William Kent Krueger (Genre Fiction); When Charlotte Comes Home, by Maureen Millea Smith (Novel and Short Story); The Curator of Silence, Jude Nutter (Poetry); The Book of One Hundred Truths, by Julie Schumacher (Young Adult Literature); and Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, by Matthew Sanford (Readers’ Choice Award).

Eligibility guidelines and the nomination form are available at www.thefriends.org or by calling 651-366-6497. Nominations close Friday, December 14, 2007. Book Awards finalists in the eight categories will be announced in late January, 2008. The 20th annual Minnesota Book Awards winners will be announced on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Gala celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. In addition to the eight category winners, the winners of the Kay Sexton Award, The Readers’ Choice Award, and the new Book Artist Award will be presented at the Gala.

Nominations are also being accepted through Friday, October 12, 2007 for the Minnesota Book Artist Award recognizing outstanding career achievements in the book arts and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. This award is being co-sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA).