(From their website)
The winners of the 23rd Annual Minnesota Book Awards were announced at the annual gala held on April 16, 2011. In addition to winners in the eight categories, nearly 2,000 voters from across Minnesota selected the Reader’s Choice Award. The winners are:
Award for Children’s Literature Michael Hall – My Heart is Like a Zoo
Award for General Nonfiction Michael Nordskog and Aaron W. Hautala, photography – The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition
Award for Genre Fiction Wendy Webb – The Tale of Halcyon Crane
Award for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Bonnie J. Rough – Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA
Award for Minnesota Mary Lethert Wingerd – North Country: The Making of Minnesota
Award for Novel & Short Story John Reimringer – Vestments
Award for Poetry Lightsey Darst – Find the Girl
Award for Young People’s Literature Pete Hautman – Blank Confession
The Reader’s Choice Award Laurie Hertzel – News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist
Books written by a Minnesotan and first published in 2010 were eligible for the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards. 293 books were nominated for awards this year, and 32 books were selected as finalists. The winners were chosen by panels of judges from the list of finalists. Nominations for next year’s Awards will open in early fall, 2011. Click here to see the all the past Minnesota Book Award finalists and winners by year.
RBC Wealth Management presents the Minnesota Book Awards a project of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. Outreach partners and supporting organizations include:3M Company; Anchor Trust; Beaver’s Pond Press; Books For Africa; Capstone; Coffee House Press; Common Good Books; Lerner Publishing; The Loft Literary Center; MELSA; Milkweed Editions; Minnesota AFL-CIO; Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Minnesota Crime Wave; Minnesota Educational Media Organization; Minnesota Library Foundation; Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association; Red Balloon Bookshop; Saint Paul Almanac; Wellington Management, Inc.; Xcel Energy. Media sponsors include Minnesota Public Radio (MPR); Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com; Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN); Swank Audio Visuals; Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) Minnesota Channel. Generous support has been provided by The Boss Foundation; Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts, Huss Foundation, The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation; City of Saint Paul – Cultural STAR Program; Minnesota Department of Education—State Library Services.