2016 Minnesota Book Awards Include Four Repeat Winners

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2016 Minnesota Book Awards Include Four Repeat Winners


Espeland, Pamela, MinnPost.com


Before a crowd of more than 900 book lovers, publishers, authors and sponsors, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library handed out the 28th annual Minnesota Book Awards Saturday night at a gala at Union Depot. With MPR's Stephanie Curtis as emcee, winners in eight categories were announced, along with the year's Book Artist, Hognander Minnesota History and Kay Sexton awardees. Four of the awards went to previous winners.

The Children's Literature Award, sponsored by Books for Africa, went to Michael Hall for "Red: A Crayon's Story," about finding the courage to be true to your inner self, published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins. Hall won the category in 2011 for "My Heart Is Like a Zoo."

Ryan Berg won the General Nonfiction Award, sponsored by the Waterbury Group at Morgan Stanley, for "No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions," about homeless LGBTQ teens in New York, published by Nation Books/Perseus Books Group.

Mystery writer Ellen Hart took her fourth Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction for "The Grave Soul," her 23rd Ellen Lawless book. Hart is the author of 30 crime novels in two different series. The award category is sponsored by Macalester College.

Karen Babine won the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Award, sponsored by Kevin and Greta Warren, for "Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life," published by University of Minnesota Press. Babine's collection of essays travels from the wildness of Lake Superior to the order of an apple orchard.

Larry Millett, a writer of architectural history and mystery fiction (including five books that put Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota), won the Minnesota Award for "Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury," a richly illustrated exploration of the post-WWII architectural style we love. University of Minnesota Press is the publisher.

Charles Baxter won the Novel & Short Story Award, sponsored by Education Minnesota, for "There's Something I Want You to Do," a collection of 10 interrelated stories published by Pantheon Books/ Random House. …

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