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Minnesota Book Award Winners

 
The 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony was held Saturday, April 8, 2017 in St. Paul. Winners of the 2017 Minnesota Book Awards were:

Children’s Literature: Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

General Nonfiction: The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It by Shawn Otto

Genre Fiction: The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang

Middle Grade Literature: The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Minnesota Nonfiction: The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape by Cheri Register

Novel & Short Story: Wintering by Peter Geye

Poetry: Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin

Young Adult Literature: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

For more information about the winners and the finalists in all nine categories, click here.

 

 

2017 Minnesota Book Award Reviews Are Complete

All of the reviews of the Minnesota Book Award finalists have been posted. Sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, the award finalists were announced in March. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region contributed to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.

Our thanks to all those who read and contributed reviews. You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. Winners will be announced Saturday, April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront and posted on the SELCO Facebook page as they are announced.

2017 MN Book Award Reviews

The Minnesota Book Awards are sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Finalists were announced earlier this month. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region are contributing to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.

You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. We will be posting reviews throughout the month of March. Winners will be announced April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront. 

Announcing MNBA Finalists

On Saturday, January 28, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced the finalists in nine categories for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.  Reviewed and chosen by 27 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community – the categories are:

Eligibility and process — Books created by writers, illustrators or book artists who are Minnesotans are eligible for Minnesota Book Awards. The Awards are given each year for books published in the previous year. For instance, the this selection of finalists were 2016 for consideration in 2017.

The Book Awards process begins with nominations, which are received from authors, publishers and others from throughout the state. From the nominated works, panels of preliminary round judges choose four finalists. Award winners are then selected by different, final round, judging panels.  Of note this year, 15 of the titles were published by Minnesota presses.

The 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards ceremony will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Seating is limited.  Make early reservations.