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Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA)

NEMBA Winner's seal

31st Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards  


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Northland Country Club, Duluth, MN

5:00  Book Fair, Reception

6:30  Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation

8:30  Book Fair, Reception

The 31st Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, and will honor books published in 2018. The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards were created to showcase and honor authors and books that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota. The celebration will include featured speaker, author Margi Preus, as well as a book fair and reception. The program and awards presentation is free and open to the public. 

This year's speaker, Margi Preus, is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series.

Margi Preus

Margi Preus

Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into many languages. When not writing, Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. At home in Duluth she likes to ski, hike, paddle, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.

Nominations for the 31st annual NEMBA are now closed. The final list of accepted nominees is now public. We will begin accepting nominations for the 32nd annual NEMBA in October, 2019.


Nominations were submitted in one of six categories:

  1. Nonfiction: nonfiction works such as history, biography, guidebooks, cookbooks, books about science and nature, and scholarly works.
  2. Fiction: novels, short stories, plays, and other works of narrative fiction.
  3. Art, Photography: books that primarily serve to showcase (and annotate) the visual art contained in them.
  4. Children's Literature: books of any type intended for children and young adults.
  5. Poetry: collections of poetry or a single poem of book length.
  6. Memoir: books that examine some aspect of the world from a highly personal perspective. 


The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque and 100 book seals. 


Presented by UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library
416 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library