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Meet the Nominees (Book Awards, that is!)

  • Open Book 1011 Washingtn Ave. Minneapolis, MN USA (map)

Meet the Finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards @ Open Book

Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm

Join the Minnesota Book Awards and the Loft Literary Center for a celebration of this year’s finalist books on Friday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis. In this popular annual event, finalists from each of the eight award categories gather to share brief excerpts from their books, followed by complimentary wine and light refreshments, book sales and signings. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Here’s the current list of participating authors:

Children’s Literature (sponsored by Books For Africa)
✓Stephanie Watson (“Behold! A Baby”)
✓Mike Wohnoutka (“Dad’s First Day”)
✓Michael Hall (“Red: A Crayon’s Story”)
✓Derek Anderson (“Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure”)

General Nonfiction (sponsored by The Waterbury Group at Morgan Stanley)
✓Kate Harding (“Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It”)
✓Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley (“John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design”)
✓Traci Mann (“Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again”)

Genre Fiction (sponsored by Macalester College)
✓Steve McEllistrem (“The Devereaux Decision”)
✓D.B. Moon (“He’s Either Dead or in St. Paul”)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction
✓Beth Dooley (“In Winter’s Kitchen”)
✓Catherine Madison (“The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir”)
✓Karen Sabine (“Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life”)

Minnesota (sponsored by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota)
✓Brian Peterson and Kerri Westenberg (Minnesota State of Wonders)

Novel & Short Story (sponsored by Education Minnesota)
✓ Benjamin Percy (“The Dead Lands”)
✓Rachel Coyne (“The Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake”)
✓Charles Baxter (“There’s Something I Want You to Do”)

Poetry (sponsored by Wellington Management, Inc.)
✓Rachel Moritz (“Borrowed Wave”)
✓Julie Gard (“Home Studies”)
✓Joyce Sutphen (“Modern Love & Other Myths”)

Young People’s Literature (sponsored by The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University)
✓Margi Preus (“The Bamboo Sword”)
✓David Oppegaard (“The Firebug of Balrog County”)
✓Jane St. Anthony (“Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart”)
✓Shannon Gibney (“See No Color”)

- See more at:

Earlier Event: February 3
Fireside Chat at Hamline
Later Event: April 16
MN Book Awards